October 07, 2017

Luxury Sleeping

Nope, not for me - for Fuzzy. Caught him as comfy as could be in the pile of pillows on the couch a couple of weeks ago

Ffuzzy in pillows 1
Ffuzzy in pillows 1
Ffuzzy in pillows 1

Also cat related, Thursday just before leaving work I looked at the local TV station's website. Don't ask me why, I don't normally do that. The website had a big notice that the Animal Rescue League was in need of cat food as they have 95 cats and some have special dietary needs, while others are just plain picky. The ARL is not too far from where I work, so I stopped at a local supermarket and picked up a bunch of food on their list, then dropped it off before heading home.

Cat food donation-sm

I wonder if that store knew what was going on as they had a run on cat food. The two cases of Fancy Feast were the last 2 on the shelves, and I only left one of the Purina no grain cat food in the green bags on the shelf. And the two blue bags of cat nibble were the last two on the shelves also.

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September 24, 2017

New Digs for Ziva

As promised, Ziva's new cage was delivedred Monday. Unfortunately it was after I had left for my night job so setting it up had to wait until Tuesday.. But, I got it set up and she is much happier. This cage is within 1/2" of the dimensions of Birdie's cage except 4" taller (I couldn't find the exact model of Birdie's) - it still look huge to my eyes. I kept getting the tape measure out to compare measurements :). The seed cups are the same size as Birdie's cage, which is one of the criteria I used when I was researching. I do like the hammered copper color versus gold.

Ziva new cage front-trnd
Ziva new cage front-trnd


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September 16, 2017

New Family Member

Everyone, please welcome Ziva to her new home.

Ziva head on in old cage
Ziva head on in old cage

Ziva is a 3 year old cockatiel whom I got from my neighbor. Although my neighbor and I don't interact much, she had my phone number from when I thought I needed her to take care of the animals and pellet stoves while I was away at HOT training in April. She texted me Wednesday evening to see if I knew anyone who could take her. I replied that I could take her in, and Ziva was delivered shortly after 10 this morning.

Right now shwe is in a smaller cage; she came with 2 cages - 1 gigantic and the smaller one. The gigantic cage is just too big to place in the living room (where Birdie is, and is really for a mid-sized bird and could be dangerous for her with some of the bar spacings, so I've elected not to use it. She is fine, the small cage having been her home for a couple of years - the neighbor just got the big one not too long ago off of CL. Here is the large cage standing in front of the 36" wide front door :O

Ziva big cage front of door-trnd

ear not, she is not stuck forever in a small cage; I have ordered a cage about the size of Birdie's, nice and spacious for one bird but not over-sized and it should be in on Monday.

Birdie only had a spaz-attack for a couple of minutes until he realized that:

  • I wasn't putting her in his cage
  • she was staying "over there"

She called for a bit, but is settling down. I will give her a while in her new cage (when it comes in) before seeing if she wants out; the neighbor says shed likes to be on people - unlike Birdie who is only happy in his cage.

The cats have been outside most of the day. Fuzzy came in once, briefly, and I'm not sure he even noticed the new addition. I'll have to watch more closely when Rita comes in as she chases birds if they have the temerity to come into the pen. Fuzzy has left the wildlife chasing days long ago - one he started getting regular meals, so I don't worry about him too much (although I will still be cautious).

Welcome to the fold Rita!

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July 01, 2017

Happy Anniversary Rita

It has been 1 year since Rita joined Fuzzy, Birdie and I; I picked her up on 4th of July weekend of 2016. She has fit in well. Although Fuzzy and she aren't best buds, there isn't any annimosity and they are polite and pleasant to each other. She is my desk and bed cat - making sure I can't see the computer screen and laying between my arm pit and hip at night. She has had new experience such as going outside, which it was evident she had never been allowed to do before. Heck, until November or so of last year, she didn't even get near the door and looked indifferently on as Fuzzy went in and out.

Rita on porch walking-trnd
Rita on porch walking-trnd
Rita on porch walking-trnd

As you can tell from the blurry pictures, when I am outside she is always twining around my legs and "talking" to me. When she is not next to me, she is looking for bugs to chase. She definitely has some Siamese in her or may even be purebred Oriental Cat. Doesn't matter to me, I've been enchanted by her and am happy I can give her a good home.

Posted by Bogie on July 1, 2017 at 06:20 PM in Our Animals | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 30, 2016

A Couple of Cuties

Just had to share a couple of cute pics of Fuzzy and Rita

Fuzzy stretched out on couch
Fuzzy stretched out on couch
Fuzzy stretched out on couch
Fuzzy stretched out on couch

That is all :)

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September 24, 2016

Kitty Cuteness

Just a few pics I've taken over the last couple of weeks

This blanket strip was placed on the floor while the folks were here. I spent days trying to pick it up, but every time I thought of it, one or the other cat was on it. This time they doubled down :) I did eventually get to pick it up a couple of days after the pics were taken (taken 9/6)

Fuzzy and Rita on Blanket
Fuzzy and Rita on Blanket

On 9/17 I picked up a couple of catnip mice for the kitties.

Rita with catnip
Rita with catnip
Rita with catnip
Rita with catnip

Fuzzy with catnip3

On 9/18, Rita ventured outside for the first time. Pics are a bit grainy because it was dusk. Rita loves to chase bugs that are on the other side of the glass in the storm door - and she managed to hone in on a bug out on the grass.

Rita on ramp
Rita on ramp

Today, I let Rita outside for a few minutes, but I didn't think to get pictures. Later, after she was back inside, she was trying to get me to let her outside to go after the dove. Not that she would have known what to do with it (and the dove probably would win a cage match), but that didn't stop her from really wanting to go after it.

Rita and dove 1-turned
Rita and dove 1-turned

And that concludes today's cuteness quotient.


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July 17, 2016

Fuzzy and Rita Update

When we last left Rita, she was ensconced in the craft room with a gate between her and Fuzzy.

Fuzzy at Ritas door 2

Oh sure, Fuzzy could, and did, jump the fence, but I made it quite clear to him that was not acceptable. Twice, the first day Rita was here, he jumped the fence and started yowling and hissing, and generally trying to chase her around. Both times he got his butt lifted out of the room and put outside  Since he wanted to be in to check out the cat, he got the picture pretty quickly. As an observation, it is a testament to his temperament  and level-headedness that he never tried to claw or bite me as I was non-too-gently getting him out of the room, even though he was worked up about the strange cat.

Rita also could jump the gate, but chose not to as she realized her safety depended on her staying in.

The night of the 4th (ir early morning of the 5th), she jumped the gate and started exploring. I was asleep on the couch and Fuzzy was sleeping on my legs (his favorite place to sleep). I was suddenly jerked out of sleep by growling and hissing. Fuzzy was swatting at something under the couch, and I realized it was Rita. I grabbed her and placed her back in the room, where she stayed until the afternoon of the 5th. Once again she jumped out and this time Fuzzy just watched her.

I left the gate up in case Rita needed to jump back in for safety (her food and litter box were in there too). By Wednesday evening, after I got home from work, it was evident that the gate was a moot point, so I took it down. Byt the 9th, I was able to move the litter box downstairs. interestingly enough, I still feed her in that room as she doesn't want to jump on the table that Fuzzy's food is on.

Gratuitous pic of Fuzzy

Fuzzy in cat bed

Last Sunday I was a couch potato (reading), and the cats took full advantage.

Fuzzy and Rita on couch
Fuzzy and Rita on couch

Last night I was vacuuming and as I came around from the living room toward the kitchen, here is what I saw (neither is a fan of the vacuum - LOL).

Fuzzy-Rita at door while vacuuming
Fuzzy-Rita at door while vacuuming
Fuzzy-Rita at door while vacuuming

Rita has not been outside yet. She only evinces interest if I am outside, but the minute I open the door she leaves the kitchen, so she isn't much interested - except when the vacuum is out :), but even then when I approached the door she went into the office. She also likes to chase the bugs on the other side at night.

Although not fast friends, they are doing well. They already get along better than Fuzzy got along with Tory, so all is good.


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July 04, 2016

Spirit of America

It has been lonely without a lap kitty in the house. Sure, Fuzzy keeps me company, along with Birdie, but Fuzzy is definitely not a lap cat and although not stand-offish, is not as willing to be sociable at a drop of a hat. Tory, since moving into this house, had always jumped in my lap every time I sat down. Didn't matter where he was, or if he was in the deep of sleep, he knew when I sat down and would come over to sit in my lap for a time (annoying when I was try to eat - but still endearing).

Last Sunday I decided to go to the Animal Rescue League (ARL) in Bedford to see if there were any grown cats that I thought would fit in the household. I had a specific wish list for a cat; gets along with other cats (some don't), somewhat outgoing (although I could work with a shy cat), must be a lover - after all I want a lap kitty. I was also looking for an adult younger or older didn't matter) and preferably female (spayed of course) as I felt Fuzzy was more apt to accept a female as to another male. Color was unimportant, although I do tend to favor darker colors such as black and gray with black stripes. Additionally, hair length was unimportant.

The ARL had several cats that I fancied, but most were not good with other cats. Then I saw some posters of cats that were held in some of the offices (allowed to roam free during the day in their designated office. One, a white cat named Spirit, was said to be good with other animals and the adoption fee was already paid by a good Samaritan. I asked to see her, and off we went to her assigned abode.

Spirit, a 4 YO white cat with light blue eyes and red ears (actually the blood going thru her ears), was walking toward the door as we opened it. Although she didn't rush up to the stranger (me), she came over within a minute or two to see what was up. after petting her and talking to her, she was quite vocal - although a soft vocalization, I decided that she would be a great new companion. I started the adoption process, and that is when they discovered she had dental issues and hadn't been tested for FeLV - a requirement before she went to a new home. She had been recently been transferred from a rescue in the northern part of the state, and apparently all of her records hadn't made it into the computer yet, which was the reason the dental and testing issues were not known at the time.

The ARL didn't know when she would be ready since they depend on vets volunteering their time to do needed surgeries and they said they would get back to me when everything was set. Friday, they called to let me know that the test had come back negative and that three back teeth had been removed. She would be done with her meds Saturday morning, so would be ready to pick up after that. Was I still interested? Of course I was.

Saturday afternoon, I picked her up - here is a picture of her in the office as we were waiting for the paper work to go thru.

Spirit (Rita) at Animal rescue league shelter

Even though her adoption fee had been paid, I made a donation that was equal to what it would have been. She talked to me a bit in the truck as we were headed home, but she settled for travel fairly quickly.

I had readied the craft room, the coolest main-floor room in summer, to receive her - that would be here "home" for a while until Fuzzy figured out she was part of the family. I let her out of the carrier and she immediatly scooted for cover. A couple of hours later I went and checked, and she had eaten the few kibbles I had placed in the food bowl and gone back into hiding. The next time I checked, she came out and greeted me - and wouldn't stay still for a picture :)

Rita (spirit) first exploration in back room

Since then, she has claimed a window seat on top of Cop Car's old sewing machine. Fuzzy still isn't enamored of the idea, but he has quit standing outside the door and yowling/growling at her. He does check out the door several times a day. The door is cracked open a couple of inches, with a baby gate in front so Fuzzy can't go in, but they can get used to each other's scents and presence.

Meanwhile, every time I go in there she greets me, talks to me, and presents herself for belly rubs. Yep, that's right, she thinks she's a dog :) She is very affectionate and she is very good with her claws; when she kneads, she kneads air.

As for her name, Spirit just doesn't flow from the tongue. I have decided that Spirit is short for Spirit of America (being she is red, whit and blue) and have shortened that to Rita (spiRIT of America).

Rita on sewing machine

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June 25, 2016

Tory 5/2000 to 6/23/16

Several weeks ago I noticed that Tory's purring changed in depth and timber. He was also slowly loosing weight, although I could only tell because I picked him up every morning into my lap while at the computer before leaving for work. Monday he didn't eat enough for me to tell that he had eaten. Tuesday and Wednesday were the same (Fuzzy eats different food, which Tory wouldn't touch). I thought I felt a hard lump in his throat, but was unsure.

Thursday morning I took him to the vet. She confirmed that he had a restriction growing along his windpipe that was squeezing it shut. Thus, the change in his purring/snoring (he was working hard to breathe) and probably the culprit for his not wishing to eat. It was a hard mass along the full length of his windpipe, and there was no way they could remove it. My choices were to take him home and watch him decline for the next couple of weeks before putting down, or let him go then.

I had already prepared myself over the last couple of days (hoping for the best, fearing the worst) and had spent extra special time the previous night and that morning - I held him as he drew his last breath on the examine table.

This is the most at peace I have been with helping a furry friend to the end. I didn't wait too long as I did for some, circumstances didn't force the decision too soon as happened with others, I had the opportunity to help as I didn't get to for a couple of others. He went before his struggle became a burden.

Pictures taken 6/22 and 6/23

Tory standing in office
Tory standing in office
Tory standing in office

He looks remarkably good for a 16 year old cat who had, at best, 2-3 weeks to live. I miss my lap kitty, but know it was for the best.

Rest easy my friend.

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May 22, 2016

Comfy Kitty

Went in to make the bed and apparently Fuzzy liked the configuration it was in.

Fuzzy on bed

Needless to say the bedding did not get pulled up - wouldn't want to disturb the kitty ;D

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