Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Lily goes punk!

Happy Halloween to one and all.!  Mom only posted one post for this week even tho this is her favorite holiday.  Just too much going on along with two Gotcha Days coming up on Nov 1 and 2!  Busy busy busy!

Without further ado, we would like to announce the 2014 Halloween costumes - Lily and Sweetpea.

Sweetpea doing her impression of a lazy chef.

And for the skittish whitesters who will NOT let Mom put a costume on the we have some tongue in cheek costumes with Two Spot and Smidge modeling.

Two Spot as quarterback (hehehe)

Smidge going as an Identity Thief
  We posted this before on previous Halloween's but this is a house that Mom drives by on her way to work - they go all out from Halloween until St Pat's, changing the color of the lights and theme with each month!

We thank you for stopping by and hope you will come back for both Gotcha Days - Callie's on Nov 1 for her first  one with us and Snowball's on Nov 2.  Have a fun, spooky All Hallow's Eve!

P.S. We have a winner for the goodie bag given away for the commenter who guessed first who Al was named after on his Gotcha day post - Caren and Cody! (Mom will get your address)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Albert's 10th Gotcha/Birth Day!

First off - Mom has not had a party for me since 2009! How bad is that?  She can't keep up with all our special days never mind the humans.  Since she doesn't know exactly when I was was born, this is a combo celebration for my Gotcha Day which is this date and my Brthday which probably was two months before this, guessing my age from my size.

Me as a young kitty

Ten years back, Mom found me by the side of the road.  At first glance, she thought I was a white plastic bag but then realized I was a tiny kitten.  She turned her car around and came back to scoop me up before anything happened to me.  As you can see I am a stunning all white long haired mancat with Paul Newman blue eyes.  That means I am deaf - most, if not all white cats with blue eyes are deaf since it is genetic.

Life as a deaf cat can be fine but Mom also thinks I did not have much quality time with my cat mom and siblings - I don't react to the other cats well at all.   I am clueless when it comes to reading the signals  that cats say or do to tell me what is going on or about to happen.  I think some of this is that I get scared when bumped into unexpectedly or get startled in any way by the other cats.  I am not a mean cat but I am ready to defend myself if I think I am threatened.  Being around the others makes me nervous and jumpy.  I like being alone or with the humans better.  I guess that makes me a high maintenance cat.

I can be goofy and silly too.

Mom and Pop love me just the same and have gone all out to make sure I am cared for and have a safe place to be, even if it means I have to be separated from the other cats or supervised by the them when I am with other cats.  I have my own room with two levels and a cool array of shelves to walk on high above the ground.  Pop is building me a special cat walk to allow me to go into another room but still stay up high on a wide shelf so I can come and go without running into the other cats.  As homes go, I think I have a pretty good one in spite of all my little quirks.

Anyhow...let's get this party going...there is ham with cream cheese, shrimps, catnip cream shakes for the older crowd and cake for all.  Help yourself!

We have a surprise gift  for the first one to guess the answer to this question -  
What famous person am I named after?  (Hint ...he had wild white hair also).

Thanks for coming to my party! I am so glad to have met all of you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Feral Cat Day - Oct 16

Snowball as a feral kitten, living outside.

Today is National Feral Cat Day, hosted by Alley Cat Allies.  Since our house is full of rescued feral cats - this is a very appropriate holiday for us.  Let's start at the beginning for those who don't know us.

When Mom and Pop bought their farmhouse back in 1999, in the mountains of western North Carolina, they  unwittingly acquired  a colony of feral cats who had been living in the woods behind the house. Many of the kittens were not healthy and Mom was very upset.  She called the local Humane Society and got the typical reaction when she mentioned ferals - "We can trap them and kill them for you.." 

The first shelter made of straw bales covered with plastic and lines with straw.

Horrified at their reaction to feral cats, Mom looked for other humane options and found Alley Cat Allies online.  They sent her brochures and helped her figure out how to trap them, find a vet to do discount spay and neuters and build a shelter for them to be warm and safe while living outdoors. Mom and Pop TNR'd  about 20 something of us with the help of the neighborhood vet.  That's a lot of cats!  TNR works and we had a great life in their yard with food, love and shelter.

The shelter evolved to an insulated kitchen cabinet.  Pop added a second level and porch to it.

Many years later, those left of this colony are now living the Life of Riley - indoors with love, food, medical care and a warm place to spend their lives.  Things are different now thanks to Alley Cat Allies.  They provided education and tools to care for ferals and now many organizations across the nation are working to care for feral cats.  So, if you need help to care for a colony of cats near you - please contact Alley cat Allies or a local feral cat organization.

This is the screen porch on the shelter for the younger ones.   The older ferals are inside with Mom and Pop. 

Snowball and Pop in a love session.

P.S.  We would like to invite you all to our Al's 10th Gotcha Day on Oct 21.  Since CB doesn't post special days anymore, we wanted to let you know before hand!  Mark your calendar.  It will be fun!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thankful for Fun Packages in the Mail

Two Spot here today.  We were chosen to do a review of Petbox..  PetBox is a monthly subscription box that delivers (with FREE shipping) toys, treats, and all kinds of goodies to your cat! They give you the option to choose the items you want for your cat (or dog), or you can have our team of pet experts surprise them with a selection each month! Also, they use all natural products made here in the USA. PetBox wants to deliver the experience that pets and pet owners love!

Look at what we got...

 A kitty DVD - with birds and all kinds of fun things to watch.  And Lawn Protector, something to put in kitty water to keep our pee from turning the grass brown. 

This is great to keep us interested during he day - Mom puts treats inside and we have to figure out how to get them out.  Tabitha and Woody went for this right off.

 An ID maker kit - just register your tag online and put it on their collar.  If they get lost all your info in just a quick link away to get your pet back.  Since we don't go outside, if anyone wants to try this let us know in the comments and we will send it to you free.

This is a cool handmade bandana for cats that slides onto collars for a cool look from an Etsey shop. Ivy has it on below!  Doesn't she look cool?

And last but not least, made in USA, all natural freeze dried chicken treats.  Yum!

If you want to try out a Petbox, use our discount code of  2SPOT, currently active for 10% off your first PetBox.  Since we let them pick out our goodies, we got some stuff not meant for indoor only cats but you can hand pick your items for your dog or cat.  They have lots of cool things to chose from - check them out!

We are thankful we get to review pet products like this and share them with you!

Friday, October 3, 2014

World Smile Day - Oct 3

Eating tuna make Ivy smile.
Today is World Smile Day. And all us cats are official World Smile Day Ambassadors.  Do an act of kindness - help one person smile!

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. (Mom's hometown.) 

Harvey Ball is known to have created the Smiley Face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.  After Harvey died in 2001, the "Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation" was created to honor his name and memory. The slogan of the Smile Foundation is "improving this world, one smile at a time." The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day each year. (info from Wikipedia)

Getting scritches makes Tabitha smile.

Sitting with Mom on her office chair makes Darby smile.    

What makes you smile?



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