Photo Friday: Kittens


Since everyone likes kittens I thought I would show you some kittens that were at the SPCA in Largo, Florida the other day.

All of them were napping while I was there except the grey and white one. He lied on my lap for a long time but kept getting up to rub his face on my nose.

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Chris’s Tenth Gotcha Day


It is hard to believe that Chris has been with us now for ten years. He is not as much of a “bad” cat now as he was in his youth but he is still a huge PITA sometimes. Now, for example, he is on my lap as I write this and is clawing at my face and chest trying to get me to pay more attention to him.

I decided to keep this post simple today since I have already made a big deal about many of his other gotcha days. This time I thought I would just find an early photo of Chris that I have not already posted on this blog. The photo below was of Chris and Tigger taken on December 3, 2009, less than three weeks after we adopted him.

If you haven’t read it yet, the following two posts talk about Chris’s adoption.

Decisions, decisions

Chris Comes Home

Cat and Mouse Toy


My wife ordered a cat toy recently and it arrived Monday. The actual name of the toy is not on the box. It just says “Dougez Cat.”

I asked my wife who she ordered it from but she couldn’t remember. The closest I could find was here on Amazon but there is no mention of “Dougez.” I’m sure it is made in China and whoever is selling it puts their name on it.

It has three speeds and shuts off after ten minutes. I turned it on using the slowest speed and watched to see what our cats would do.

The toy is suppose to promote exercise but our cats seemed to take a more passive interest, especially Chris who played with it while lying down.

I would not call this toy a great success but it is not a failure either. After two days Chris still sometimes asks for it to be turned on so he can play with it while lying down. In terms of health benefits though, it’s right up there with John Madden Football.

Frankie’s Misadventure


Frankie escaped again early yesterday morning and did what he always does to keep from getting caught. He headed toward a car,

He knows that if he is near a car, he can duck under it if I come too close.

If there are other cars nearby he can go from car to car with little risk of getting caught.

I decided to just wait him out at home so I let Chris out to wait with me.

I still have to watch Chris but I don’t worry about him because he mostly likes to hang out near the house and eat grass or just chill.

That wasn’t always the case. Chris, after all, invented the hide-under-the-car-technique. Some of you may remember his younger days.

After a short time Frankie returned.

Unfortunately, as soon as I took this photo and put my phone away to catch him, he bolted and hid under a car again.

I put Chris in the house and went inside to wait for him. After a little while. while I was cleaning the litter boxes, I looked out the window and saw him out from under the car and very interested in a nearby tree. Then he jumped into the tree.

I hurried outside hoping I could catch him before he went too hign in the tree.

I couldn’t reach him good enough and forced him higher into the tree.

I went to my shed and found a grabber tool which was the longest thing I could find quickly and returned to the tree. I was barely able to reach Frankie with it and managed to turn him around and forced him out of the tree but he ran several houses away and under another car so I gave up, went home and waited.

He finally came home after being outside for over an hour and then settled into a nice morning nap with Chris and Floki.

Shelter Cats on National Cat Day


Since today is National Cat Day, a day to raise awareness of homeless pets, I thought I would share some recent pictures I took while volunteering at a local SPCA in Largo, Florida. Most of these cats are very friendly and still available for adoption. If you don’t live near me, I’m sure your local shelter has plenty of cats that would love to share your home with you.

As you can see, many cats need a home and the pictures shown here are perhaps five to ten percent of the shelter’s total.

Lately, my wife and I have considered adopting a female cat to help keep our boys in line but we are currently two cats over our legal limit so I don’t know what will happen. If we do decide to adopt, one possibility is the cat shown below. Forgive the quality but I couldn’t get a decent photo of her face because of low light and too much movement.

This girl came to me as soon as I walked in. She got on my lap and purred up a storm. I was a bit concerned because she was practically skin and bones. When one of the shelter employees saw this she said, “Wow, Mama Girl is coming out of her shell.” This surprised me for two reasons. First, out of several cats in the pod, this one seemed the most outgoing and affectionate. Second, I thought she was still a kitten. How could she be a mother? I was told she was about a year old and had already had a litter of kittens.

I expressed my concern about her weight and the employee said she would make a note of it and watch her. If she didn’t improve they might have to remove her from the pod and isolate her. I hoped that wouldn’t happen but sometimes a bully cat can keep another cat from eating. She brought her a container of wet food and asked me to watch and make sure nobody took it from her, which I did. I then noticed a sore on her front leg which I also mentioned.

I will keep on eye on her for as long as she is there. Hopefully she will gain a little weight. Perhaps if I bring her home Chris could show her how to eat for weight gain.

We’re Back


We got back late Monday from our vacation to Germany where my wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. We had a great time there but we were happy to get home and see our kitties. They were happy to see us too.

Of course, there were a lot of things we needed to do after we got home. For one thing, the bed sheets needed to be changed.

Frankie and Flokie were eager to help but Chris was lying in the hallway in a diabetic coma from all the dry food that he had unrestricted access to while we were away. He did manage to come up on the bed after it was made.

Frankie decided to join me in the bathroom. He likes to get on the sink and move the soap dish for some reason but this is the first time I saw him lie on the sink.

We also had plenty of laundry to do and Frankie and Floki were eager to help with that too.

I will write about our trip on my personal blog, CharlesHuss.com, when I have time so keep an eye out for that.

Hopefully I will be able to get back on track soon. We are having some major work done on our home starting Saturday so I don’t know how normal things will be for a while but I will try visit blogs and get some writing done if I can.