Friday, October 17, 2014

a week of texts

A sampling of received text messages from the past week. I'll let you guess who did the sending and who did the receiving!

Oct 14, 2014 10:05 am
Wish there was room for me in there! :)

Oct 15, 2014 10:03 am
Not much left of the kitty fort today, but enough for Rose to enjoy!

Oct 15, 2014 2:01 pm
Theo and Nahum kindly offer to help Buddy with his lunch.

Oct 15, 2014 2:06 pm
Now Buddy’s offering to help me with my lunch! How considerate!

Oct 15, 2014 2:39pm
Lovefest! Bert’s coat is really soft and shiny. He’s lookin good!

Oct 16, 2014 7:30 am
Rose looks like she’s wondering if she’s gonna get a fort to hang out in today.

Oct 16, 2014 7:51am
In case you don’t believe me. She’s already taken up residence too.

Oct 17, 2014 2:47 pm
Dashboard Oliver!

Oct 17, 2014 3:09pm
It appears there was a siege while I was away.

Oct 17, 2014 3:27pm
If competitive cheese sauce licking was an Olympic sport,
we would have a few gold metals hanging on our wall.

What do people with no cats text each other during the week?! Must be so boring!

Friday, October 10, 2014

the adventures of Bert

It's been a week of many adventures for sweet Bert.

When one steps into the PTU, you never knows where it may take you...

First stop: my office!

Monday was declared, Bring Your Rescue Kitty To Work Day!

Bert sniffed and sniffed, giving everything a thorough inspection before he said he was tired and needed a nap. So, back home we went.

Then today, he headed back to the PTU - this time, so we could walk over to the vet.

The vampire vet wanted some more of his blood - to test for the nasty little bugs that have been living in the blood. His red cell count was in the perfect range, so he's got a clean bill of health!! Go Bert!! He also gained nearly a pound since his last visit about a month ago! He likes his foods, but what's wrong with that?!

I think I have the best vet on the planet - she has continued to be incredibly generous with Bert's medical care, donating her time and significantly discounting the diagnostic work. She knows he's a rescue, who needed some help. A big thank you to my awesome vet!! ( I don't hold the vampire thing against her.)

Next stop in the PTU... inside the house, like a real inside kitty!

Feline ambassador Nahum, always the first to greet the newcomers with a sniff.

Bert's been hanging out in the garage until all the parasites living in his blood were exterminated. Now that he's free of bugs, he can come inside! Yea!!!!

This first time was just a short visit. He met all the cats except for Willow. There was a bit of hissing, but otherwise all went perfect. Over the weekend he'll be getting more and more time integrated with the general population! Yah for Bert!

Happy Weekend to you!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

finally Friday

You know it's Friday after a long week when...

Your feral cat is passed out, belly up in the weeds.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hershey hangout happiness

I recently had the joy of having lunch with Mike, Hershey's dad and guess what? Mike invited me to hangout with Hershey before lunch! I wasn't going to pass up that chance!

I forget how incredibly soft he is.

He's one adorably sweet boy, who's filled with delightful personality.

My heart always fills with joy when I get to visit sweet Hershey. Oh, and my visit with Mike was fun too! What a wonderful pair these two make. It's so heartwarming to see how much they both truly adore each other.

Monday, September 22, 2014

a full day

I had some reading to do for work this morning, so I went out to the garage to hang out with Bert. I think he liked the company.

I know I did!

When I look at these pictures of Bert, I think about how I was so close to releasing him back to the TNR site because he was bitey and swatty. I'm so grateful I gave him more time as he really turned a corner! Hopefully he's destined to be a spoiled inside kitty for the rest of his life.

Buddy's slowly going downhill. His age is catching up to him as evidenced by a number of little things. He eats as he always has (like a horse), but he's slowly losing weight. He feels and looks frail. His back legs are very unsteady and tremble. He's starting to hork more. And he's been sporting that "I'm not feeling so good" look. I think I may make an appointment for him to get some diagnostics. I would appreciate purrs for his wellbeing.

I recently bought Buddy another heating pad. He's got two now and I'm about to get him another. He needs one for each of his favorite spots.

Oliver enjoys sprawling in his heated loft bed on the back porch.

I heard some very sad news today. John, a friend and fellow TNR guy who caretakes a small backyard colony of black feral cats, lost one of his beloved cats today. Apparently Uncle got hit by a car in the road. Breaks my heart to hear of a loved feral passing away like this. Even more sad is that John was making great progress taming Uncle and had visions of him becoming an inside cat. Rest in peace sweet Uncle, know you are dearly loved.

John's beautiful feral family: Grandma, Little Mama, and Uncle all posing in front of their heated and insulated home that John built for them.
photo courtesy of John
This news significantly heightened my anxiety about Oliver and his family being outside. We live near some busy roads. Every day I see them alive and well I give thanks for another day.

Over the summer I've been locking Oliver on the back porch at night for his safety. If I don't, he'll go roaming and pick fights with neighbor cats. A few months ago, Pierre decided that he wanted to be locked on the back porch with Oliver every night. After Oliver is secured, Pierre shows up outside the screen door and waits to be let in. I love having both of them secured each night, that way I know they are both safe. I only wish MK and Nora would join him!

Fulfilling Pierre's wish posed quite the logistical challenge due to the fact that he's still semi-feral and keeps a distance from me. The solution involves the use of fancy technology - a string! It's tied it to the handle on the guillotine door. The string goes up to the ceiling and across the room to the mudroom door and back down. When it's time to lock Oliver away, I close the guillotine cat door by hand and then go over to the other end of the room and pull the string which opens the guillotine door and Pierre hops right in!  Old school but it works.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

even more Bert

I'm really falling for Bert and his easy going, lovey ways.

I'm trying to spend as much time with him as I can as he gets bored living out in the garage.

He's too busy cuddling to blog.

His first Nipnanner!! He loves it!

The compounded antibiotic he gets has been causing him to hork,
so I've been giving him a tuna juice appetizer and chaser. He's not a fan of all these liquids getting squirted in his mouth but he's so chill about it all. The tuna seems to help him keep down the medicine.

He just can't get enough head rubs and cuddles.

Hopefully the little blood parasites are dying a miserable, painful death.

Bye bye little nasty parasites! Hello to loves!!

Watching Oliver's family get some dinner

Friday, September 19, 2014


My schedule sometimes allows me to come home for lunch. Who wants a crowded, annoying lunch room when you can have a peaceful lunch with the kitties?!

Anytime I sit at the table, Buddy demands tummy rubs and he won't take no for an answer!

We sometimes work out a compromise where he drapes himself across my arm, 
waiting ever so impatiently as I eat.

And sometimes he bails on the tummy rubs and goes for my lunch!