Princess Success Story

This is Princess, our latest foster cat. Princess came to us with a slight cat-cold and spent a pleasant few weeks in our home. She was a little shy, but very snugly and sweet. When she had stopped sneezing, we dropped her off at the Ottawa Humane Society with best wishes for a happy future.

But it turned out that Princess was not ready to go up for adoption. She was suffering from an extreme form of gingivitis that was making her gums red and inflamed. She came back to us with a course of antibiotics and a warning that cats with this condition usually get put down.

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Princess is two and a half years old! We took her back knowing that we would do everything we could to keep this tragedy from happening… while at the same time giving her as much love as possible, just in case.

After lots of drooling, a few vet checks, yet anther course of antibiotics, and a month of daily teeth brushing, the inflammation in Princess’s gums has completely receded!

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Princess is now available for adoption at the Ottawa Human Society (ask for shelter number A164784). Whoever become’s this little girl’s forever family should take very good care to keep up with her teeth brushing, but otherwise she is absolutely a perfect cat. She is warm and cuddly, neat, funny, and got along very well with our two adult male cats. She can  be a bit of a wallflower at first (hugs the walls) and she likes her peace and quiet, but is very affectionate and playful.

We had Princess for a long time, and under pretty stressful circumstances. We become attached to all the cats we care for, but the ones who need you most are the ones who leave a little deeper stamp on your heart. We miss Princess in our home already, but the feeling of having had a hand in her recovery is incredible. To be surpassed only by the knowledge of her having found a loving forever home.

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Princess ID#A164784

Good luck little Miss.

Cute n’ Shy {Foster Kittens}

Yesterday we said goodbye to our latest batch of foster kittens; Molly and Victoria.

Molly & Victoria

These little beauties came to us severely under-socialized. Wherever they spent the first 6 weeks of their life, there were absolutely no people around. They ran from us, hissed at us, and scratched us when we picked them up. They didn’t want to play or cuddle with us, and if we were too close to their food they wouldn’t eat.

After a month and a half in our home, and working with them everyday … they still run from us. But only 70% of the time! No more hissing or scratching, they cuddle and purr if we are patient enough, they love to play with toys, and will eat right from our lap.

Molly – Shelter No. 163671

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Victoria – Shelter No. 163670Victoria 2 . 163670 Victoria 1 .163670Molly and Victoria are recovering from their spay surgeries, and will be available for adoption from the Ottawa Humane Society shortly.  They each need a forever home filled with people who are patient and loving and will never give up on their social issues. Maybe a little more effort than the average kitten, but I promise the love they give to you in return is SO worth it. They are already missed in our home.

Fall Foster Kittens

For the last two and a half months, we have been a foster family to a teenage mum and her babies. As volunteers for the Ottawa Humane Society, we took into our home a very thin young cat and her litter of two-week old tiny mouths to feed.

It was a tough road. They all got sick several times, there were many trips back and forth to the OHS vet, and there was a mess to clean up every. single.day.  But we made it. The kittens learned to open their eyes, walk, run, play, fight, ant eat solid food right before our eyes. They got used to getting their bums bathed and taking medicine but we also taught them about pets and purrs and cuddles and kiss attacks. They grew and grew and even mum put on weight. Pretty soon we had a very healthy brewed of 6 cats on our hands (wait 8, with our 2 boys, yikes!) and it was time for them to go back to the OHS to find their forever-homes.

Without further ado , I would like to introduce you to our latest batch of foster cats:

Tiffany

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Having babies at 11 months old means Tiffany entered motherhood while still a kitten herself. She rose to the challenge and took very good care of her little ones, even through all their bouts of cat-colds and parasites. Once the babies were a little older and she no longer had to be a 24/7 milk machine, we saw Tiffany’s personality come out. She is the most affectionate female cat we have ever met! She loves to snuggle and be held, nothing gives her greater pleasure than to stretch out on the couch with you and take a good long sunshine cat-nap. She loves to run and play with toys, she is still very young after all, but she has a calm and gentle nature. Tiffany was very respectful of the dominance our two male cats hold in the house and got along with Dexter and Marcel perfectly. She isn’t big on scratching our climbing, but as someone who at one time must have been very hungry, she will try to nab scraps from the kitchen sink. I’m sure she can be cured of this bad habit with a few more months of having a access to a food bowl. Otherwise she is a wonderfully neat and tidy cat who deserves a life-time of comfort and love in her forever home.

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Cassi is the littlest one. The one we would worry most about  when they were sick. The last one to get access to mom’s milk or the food dish. The one who watches the play-fights instead of joining in. But this quiet patient little girl is an absolute sweetheart. She loves to play with toys and hanging out with you. She may be a little left-behind by her bigger brothers and sisters, but she always manages to catch up. Cassi was a favourite of our two adult cats, and enjoyed many a happy grooming from them. Plus, look at that beautiful face!

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Daniel is the cuddler. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are doing, if Daniel feels like a cuddle, he will find a nook in your elbow or knee and make himself comfortable. You will get lots of purrs and kitten-kisses out of this little man. When he isn’t cuddling away, he is full or running, climbing, jumping kitten-energy. He is very social and always wants to be in the room you are in’ regardless if he is playing or sleeping.

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Jack is the leader of the litter. He was first to open his eyes, walk, play with toys, climb on a bed, and be happy being picked up. As he grew, Jack continued to lead the group. He is always first to explore a new room, person, toy, or thing, and is happy doing so on his own. He’s an independent little guy who gets along with everyone (is still a huge cuddly baby) but wouldn’t mind being on his own either. He is confident and self assured and will grow up to be a very intelligent well-adjusted cat.

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Teal’c is hilarious. He is a good nurtured guy who is always doing something funny or showing up somewhere ridiculous. He has a very expressive face absolutely loves getting picked up and held. He is a little joker and loves to sneak-attack his siblings. Another favourite game is ‘chase me tail”. He is really a joy to watch and be around. Teal’c’s liveliness will be missed.

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Sam

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Sam is a great little kitten. She is fun and full of crazy kitten-energy. She can keep up with her bigger brothers and give them a run for their money in play-fights.  She is a neat little girl at her dish and at the litter box … toys though, she leaves everywhere! Sam has a knack for finding the best bit of sunbeam to take a nap in and loves to sleep close to her siblings. She loves always having someone around to play with, and doesn’t seem to be happy being by herself. She doesn’t want to miss the action!

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So there they are , all 6 of them. It was hard letting them go, it always is, but these guys were with us for a long time. Even with all the vet trips, medicine, scratches, and litter-training that goes into fostering, really the hardest part of this type of volunteering is giving them back; trusting they will find good homes.

Everyone has recovered well from surgery and most of them have already been adopted! There are many more cats and kittens in need of forever-homes at the Ottawa Humane Society. If you think it is time to bring an animal into your home, please don’t support puppy/kitten-mills, visit the OHS

 

Say Hello to our Little Friends

Not much to blog about lately. We are busy in the Powder Room and progress is being made … slowly. I’m holding off on an update though, so that the ‘reveal’ will be special.  I may do a sneak-peak in a week or so, maybe.

Also taking up my time are some special house guests we have visiting. They want to say hello:

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We have 3 beautiful foster kittens! This is Pam, Jim, and Erin (I watch The Office, can you tell?). They are all-black, 6 week old domestic short-hairs who need to put on weight before their spay/neuter surgeries. The fact that they are all-black is significant, apparently. The first foster parent who went to pick them up refused them because of superstitions! I couldn’t believe it. Foster volunteers are generally cat-crazy people, like me, who love everything with whiskers and claws. The fact that the love stops short at black-coloured fur is astonishing.

I’m trying not to be judgmental, I have personal relationships with people who share this superstition, and I respect them too much to respect this weird belief, but really? Who could look into those tiny faces and see an ill omen?
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Jim is Mr. Social. He loves to play with his sisters and tries to engage with my cats, who are old grumps that just walk away. He makes everything a toy and seems capable of playing with twenty things at once.

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Pam in the leader. She is the first one out to explore everything and isn’t afraid to jump or climb precariously to get somewhere new. We are constantly asking her “How did you get there?” but she keeps her secrets. This little girl is bold and beautiful.

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Erin is smaller than her siblings and can’t always keep up with their antics. That’s okay though, she seems to like a quieter pace. She loves being around Liam and I and is the cuddler out of the group.

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Whoever turned this trio down lost-out big time.  These guys have in no way caused us any misfortune, I shmuggle* them every day and nothing bad has happened; surprise surprise. They are well behaved, hilarious to watch, and are, most importantly, staying healthy.

*shmuggle: to cuddle something so close that they are gently smooshed and then showered with kisses and love. 

The Case for Cats in Weddings

It is not even a surprising trend anymore; pets at weddings. People take their dog out for engagement photo shoots and have their puppy bear the rings down the aisle. I’ve even been in a wedding with chiuaua flower girls.

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My friend Julie and her dogs Mercedes and (half of) Mini

And I love it! As pets become more and more part of our lives, it is natural for us to want to include them in one of our most special days. But here is the thing; I have cats. Cats are not going dawn a flower collar and adorably deliver rings on a pillow, nor will they sit quietly by during the exchange of the vows.

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this does not happen

Cats hate the car, hate change, and hate being anywhere that isn’t their territory. Even if you did have the patience, preservation, and energy to train your cat to do those things, you would be going against his nature and it would not be representative of your relationship with him.

There is a way to include your fuzz-ball in the Big Day, and that is at home … or, by a stretch that only includes travel-accustomed cats, maybe in the hotel room that you will be getting ready in.

How To Include The Cat in Your Wedding
Cats will pick up on the energy in the house, they will sense the festive atmosphere and react accordingly.  Hopefully everything is going smoothly and everyone’s stress level is at a minimum. The little guys will be naturally curious about all the wedding paraphernalia and will have to investigate. Your instinct might be to isolate them in safe place, and with people coming in and out, high heels, and fun camera wires laying around, that may be a good idea. But in the quiet moments of your final prep, waiting for the car, or when you are taking pictures for the ‘getting ready’  part of the day, let in the cats andd ask your photographer to capture them interacting with some key items of the wedding. Introduce them to ribbons on a program, your shoes,  or if you are very brave … the rings!

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Your cat will also likely be very interested in you on the wedding day. Your hair is going to smell like a salon, you might have a cool veil to hide under, you will be holding a fun looking bunch of flowers, not to mention wearing a beautiful white dress that would look better with a little fur all over it. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, pause and have  moment with your cat. Let him know that its still you, this is a positive experience, you still love him and like having him around. This will also likely calm you down and put things in perspective. Today in not about hair or harpists, today is about love. Today you are  creating a family, and your cat is already a member.

If the photographer can capture those emotions, you will have a treasured memory forever.

MomentsAs fun as candid shots are, formal photos are a wedding requirement. Go for broke and demand a formal shot with your cat. Pick him up and cuddle him, shamelessly stare boldly into the camera. Grab the groom and do a fun family shot with the first thing you ever loved and nurtured together as a couple. If there are a few snickers and whispers from certain not-so-awesome wedding guests; own it. You are the crazy cat couple and this is your day!

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Happy Halloween

It’s the most wonderful day of the Fall! Time for candy, LOTS of candy! And glowing flickering pumpkins. And adorable kiddies dressed up as cartoon characters you don’t recognize because you are old now and it sinks deeply in as the ungrateful little bastards walk away from the house you have a life-time-sized mortgage on with the candy you now so desperately need to console yourself.

It is also a day I think a lot about my black cat Dexter, we adopted him 3 years ago around this time. He is like a built-in decoration!

baby Dexter playing with a witches hat

Due to silly superstitions, black cats have the lowest adoption rates, which is sad, because black cats are the gentlest and smartest breed! So be nice to black cats, they are great all year-long, but especially cool at Halloween.

Kittens or Puppies?

Remember wayyyy back in 2o00 when the site Hot or Not took the newly usable internet by storm?  It was basically a public version of Zuckerberg’s FaceMash where he posted the pictures of Harvard students for the community to rate.

Well now there is a site to answer the age-old question that has plagued humanity since the domestication of wolves and lions:

Which is cuter, kittens or puppies?

www.kittensvspuppies.com allows kittens and puppies to go head-to-head in cuteness battles, with the outcome decided by you.  You can even add your own kitty or puppy into the fray!

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As you can see, the battles are heart wrenchingly close. How do you choose?

The website also rates the results so you can see the Most Winningest furbaby in each category.

current kitteh hero

I am completely addicted to this site and play as if the fate of the world rested on the result of the war. I admit to being a terrible traitor and switching sides constantly.

Remember:  it is a perfectly natural and healthy thing to waste large portions of the day doing nothing on the internet. Have fun!

Spoil Your Cat

Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas? Of course not, it’s 88 days away! That is 88 days to decorate the house, trim the tree, cook multiple feasts, bake pallets of cookies, and buy and wrap a trillion presents!

I usually start with present shopping and try to be done by the end of November so I can enjoy the December festivities. But with a trip to Turkey taking up most of that month, I’m feeling the pressure early and am amazed that I haven’t yet done anything.

A good way to start a big project you’re not keen on, is to begin with the least objectionable piece. The most fun to shop for on my Christmas list are my cats; Marcel and Dexter.

Obviously last year they liked the bag more than their present, but they seem to enjoy Christmas in general. The tree is an interesting things to look at/destroy, and I’m probably more generous with tuna can drippings during the most wonderful time of the year. I love watching them play with new toys and using products that enrich their lives. It makes me feel like a good cat mom.

Solar Chasers Cat Toy $29.95

A solar powered (eco) wand that wiggles back and forth, to entice my cats on bright sunny days for play even when I’m not around. I think this will be super-fun for a little while, but they will get bored with it quickly -like they do with everything. However, if it gets them active even for a bit it will be worth it, and the moment a foster-sibling wants to play solar chaser, Marcel and Dex’s interest will be renewed. The cats in this video are certainly having lots of fun.

Neko Flies $59.40 for complete package

More interactive than the solar-powered option, this fresh take on an old classic encourages bonding between you and your cat by revealing the natural hunter inside. The interchangeable bait attachments are beautifully designed to look, move, and feel like typical feline prey.  Although any cat will attack something small and fury being dragged across the floor, but to really engage a cat is important to know their prey preference; both Marcel and Dexter get most excited about birds and bugs. They are awesome bug catchers, with many a fly and cricket having been triumphantly brought into our bedroom over the summer. To keep their skills honed during the winter, I would probably skip buying the whole package and only get the rod ($9), the kragonfly ($11) and the kittycada ($11) to start. The metal clip prevent the cord from getting tangled around the rod, which is a problem with many other fishing pole style toys.

Cat Crib $29.99

Did you know cats sleep about 18 hours a day? Thant’s an average, I have no idea what length of time my cats sleep. Contrary to appearances, I am not a crazy cat lady, following them around with a stop watch. But it must be around 18 hours, they sleep a heck of a lot; on the bed, on the couch, on my head, on the dinning room table even when there are plates on it, on clothes they’ve pulled off hangers in the closet … sigh. Cats have a knack for finding cozy spots to nap, so I’d like to give them one that tucks away nicely underneath furniture and isn’t something I wear. Dexter will especially love ‘being hidden’ , and I’d bet he uses Cat Crib as a  sneak attack post as well.

Self Warming Cat Bed $49

Two cats mean two cat beds. This Etsy product has an internal metallic layer that radiates heat back to the cat. Marcel loves to sit in the bay window and enjoy the panoramic sunbeams. With this bed dead centre he will probably have the warmest, coziest spot in the house. The beautiful fabric options appeal to me and make having a cat bed in the dinning room a non-issue.

Organic Cotton Cat Collar with Antique Brass Hardware $9.50 each

Another Etsy find, these cat collars are made with unique organic cotton webbing with very mature and sophisticated patterns for my posh kitties. I also love the antique brass hardware that sets these even further apart from anything you could find in a pet store. To top it all off the snap collar is break-away, which is an important safety feature in case the collar  gets snagged on something. I can’t wait to see hoe handsome the boys look in these!

Tickle Pickle $7

I want one of these because I have heard so much about them. Kate at ModernCat.net has raved about this organic catnip filled tubes several times, and I have heard from cat-lover friends as well that nothing gets a cat going like a tickle pickle. This one should be fun!

Okay, so Marcel and Dexter may not get everything on their my wishlist this year, you can only spoil your pet so far as your budget allows. I doubt my niece would like it if I spent more on one of my cats than on her. But these are very reasonable options I get to choose from, any of which will be enjoyed by both me and my cats this holiday.

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The Cat Came Back

07/09/2012 Update – Looks like Grayson has been adopted! Congratulations little man, I’m sure your forever home is worth the wait. We will miss you! xox

Look who is back up for grabs at the Ottawa Humane Society:

Grayson!

Grayson was a foster kitten who came back to us with a cold after his neuter surgery. After some sniffily sneezie welcome back kisses n’ hugs, this little man got better quickly and is up for adoption for a second time. Grayson’s full bio is here.

Grayson’s sister Laurie also came back with a cold, but has already been adopted.

Congratulations princess! Have a wonderful life filled with love in your forever home.

If you have any questions about Grayson and his personality, do not hesitate to contact me. He has spent quite a bit of time now with his foster family so we know him pretty well.

For more information about this animal, call:
Ottawa Humane Society at (613) 725-3166 ext: 258
Ask for information about animal ID number A145085