Friday, November 20, 2015

Frootbat Friday, Nolo Style

Our blog posts have been few & far between as of late...and our visiting our furrends even less... 'cept for clicking 'Likes' on FB kind of visiting! But that means there's lots of room for improvement, right?!

Frootbat Friday always brings smiles, and is a purrfect day to give you all an update on Nolo! You might remember him, from this blog post, when Teri sprung him out of the Fairfax County Shelter, two months ago!

Teri is fostering Nolo from Sphynx Open Arms Rescue, and they have been so supportive and generous in taking on the financial responsibility for his healthcare so far. Yes, Teri works for a kitty vet and that's a big plus, but SOAR wanted him to have a full physical, blood work and a fecal test to start.

So Teri took him into work with her and got all that done. His lab work was all purrfect,  but it was found that he has a heart murmur, and SOAR wanted that checked off to the cardiologist for Nolo! He needed his teeth cleaning but we didn't want to do that without having his heart checked out first!

Nolo is 4 years old, but as he came into the shelter with no medical history, it was unknown what healthcare he had before now, or if the murmur had been present his whole life, etc. Teri thinks he was well taken care of because he was amenable to bathing, having his ears cleaned and nails trimmed. She was sure it wasn't the first time he'd had a bath and he's had 3 in the 2 months he's been with us and he is very well behaved for his 'spa days'.

The heart doctor found he has a thickening and blockage, possibly early onset HCM, and so he is on meds for that now and has to go back for a recheck in another month, to see if the meds are helping his heart work better. Another plus...Nolo is very easy to pill, too!

SOAR has covered all his vet expenses and Teri so appreciates that, as she has all of us to take care of. And they have shared his photos that Teri has sent them and are starting to take adoption applications for him now Teri had gotten all his healthcare taken care of. Nolo's met us and Teri's been evaluating his personality, reporting to SOAR that he was ok around other cats, but we are not so OK with him and have been aggressive, but not Nolo!

He is the sweetest, mild mannered kitty! He must have been really terrified in the shelter to act the way he did. He has been into work with Teri 4 times now, and has not shown any 'cage brave' behavior at all! He doesn't even respond inkind when we hiss and swat at him. Teri said he just looks like his feelings are hurt when we are mean to him. He wants to be friends and Coco says no way, but Nolo and Brighton are play chasing and having moments of fun together, but not enough for us to be together 24/7 yet.

When Teri isn't home and at night, Nolo has his own bedroom. That way, we don't get too jealous of sharing Teri and Nolo doesn't get bullied. Sometimes she puts us in the bedroom and lets Nolo have some roaming time around the house.

He just wants to be with Teri, sitting on her shoulder when she's on the computer and having some kitty massages and playtime with her. Teri is also using flower essences with us, Jackson Galaxy's Ultimate Peacemaker Set to help our emotional state.

There have been 2 hopeful applications received for from the lead tech at the cardiologists which sounded perfect! But she has not responded to multiple emails and phone messages, so she must have changed her mind...but letting us know would have been the polite thing to do! Then the second family, who had taken on some special needs cats before, after getting more info from them, just wouldn't have been the right place for Nolo either...

So he is still here with us, and Teri says he isn't going to be a 'Foster Fail' since she already has all of she is going to start posting more about him on FB and Twitter and Instagram and hopefully with SOAR sharing more about hime, too...he will be able to find his forever home!

A home experienced with a Sphynx or Cornish Rex would be nice, but Teri would be there for him to help his new family with advice and recommendations on caring for a Cornish Rex, as would the rescue. Of course, taking on a kitty with a known health issue scares some people, but other than his heart...he is the picture of health and has no bad habits at all! And he has so much love to give!

Many of our friends are Cornish Rex fans cuz of us Curly Swirly cats, and if any of you have been longing for one of your very own, visit the Sphynx Open Arms Rescue website and fill out an adoption application. And you can ask us any questions at all about Nolo and we will try to answer them for you.

And if you just can't add another kitty to your family (like us), then you might think about making a donation to SOAR in lieu of giving Christmas gifts this year. You would be helping cats like Nolo and such a dedicated nationwide organization that helps mutant cats like us! And it would make Christmas shopping easy, too!

Ps: All our friends know...if you live in our house, you have to wear silly hats from time-to-time!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dona Nobis Pacem #Blog4Peace Reprise...Cuz we liked our 2014 Peace Globe so much!

Today, November 4th, we cats, and bloggers all around the world, are gathering together for a BlogBlast for Peace


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

Some of our hopes for the day...purr loudly; don't stay angry longer than 15 minutes; breath deeply, and love just as deeply...that sounds peaceful to us!

Ps: Want to learn more about BlogBlast for Peace? Click this link Blog4Peace

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

#BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday is Wordy today!

Well, it's almost Halloween, and while we don't confine our dressing up to just holidays, there is something about Halloween that brings out the 'Please Don't Dress Up Your Cats' pleas...

Our friend, Ingrid Kind, of The Conscious Cat, did a post today which we give our paw of approval to, because as she says... most cats don't enjoy dressing up or the attention it brings... 

And thanks, Ingrid, for linking to the Coco le Chat book that is helping make Coco famous and $1 from every book we sell goes to local cat rescue organizations!

And Pam Bennett-Johnson, the cat behaviorist we so admire, wrote a timely article today giving the reasons not to dress up your cat at Halloween, too! And every reason she lists are based on her wide experience as a behaviorist and Teri read each item and gave each reason some thought, too...

But those of you who have met us personally, and know Teri wouldn't do anything that was detrimental to our well-being...know we like socializing, being out in public and strutting our stuff on the cat walk...because when we do that, it's benefitting homeless pets!

We don't dress up at home...

We don't dress up without supervision...

We do have custom fitted clothes, designed with our comfort in mind.

We do love rolling around in our stroller, and being the center of attention.

We do get lots of Fishy Flakes as a reward and are even learning tricks like siting pretty and giving our paw High Five! 

And Teri doesn't force us into clothes that are uncomfortable or dangerous. In fact most of our outfits are actually harnesses, with a D-ring to attach our Bungie leash we are always safe and not running amok!

Teri truly feels like the time she spends with us, out and about in stylish fashions, is part of the human-animal bond the enriches both her life and ours. And if dressing up in costumes wasn't something we were ok with, Teri would let us stay at home, content to burrow into our Kitty Clam!


Sammy doesn't like to travel and gets car sick (though he has been known to put on a costume for a photo shoot a time or two) so he stays home and prefers it that way. Kely, who never put on a dress until about a year ago, enjoys going to work with Teri every day, and surprisingly, also is comfortable wearing dresses, too.

Some of it may be the personality and temperament of the Cornish Rex breed, but we think it's because Teri is calming and gentle and lets us be cats as well as fashionistas and therefore makes wearing costumes a good experience for us...

So whether you dress up or put on a virtual witches hat or just have some fun with JibJab... we hope you have a Safe and Sane Hallow's Eve!


And it's Wednesday, so don't furget to join in the #BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog don't have to dress up, we promise! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Frootbat Friday, Nolo Style

Every time we do a Frootbat Friday, Teri says she remembers the first time she heard that word...from  Kaze and Skeezix and even Dragonheart...

It's a term that just makes her smile, like Furry Dance does...

On this Frooty Friday, we introduce to you a kitty named Nolo! Our friends that follow us on Facebook already know about him, but here's a little back story...

Last Friday, just as Teri was getting off of work and sitting out by Lake Anne with Kely, she got 2 messages from FB friends that there was a Cornish Rex in need at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Teri has been a foster mom to a few mutant cats in need, and well, she couldn't just drive home and not do something! She hadn't ever been to the Fairfax Shelter before but she was impressed with what she saw, including many volunteers who stopped in to take the shelter dogs for a walk... Sweet!

They took her in to meet Nolo, but he was terrified, ears flat back and lunging at the cage door. He even had scratches on his nose from doing that! They told her he was surrendered the day before, his owner had died and a family member took him in, only to find they were allergic and poor Nolo was taken to the shelter!

He was friendly and outgoing on intake, when the staff snapped this photo...

But one scary night there and he turned into 'Unadoptable'... Fortunately the shelter had worked with the Sphynx rescue organization, S.O.A.R. (Sphynx Open Arms Rescue) and they contacted them about Nolo and two friends of mine heard about him and well...Teri's a foster mom again!

She brought Nolo home last Friday and set him up in the 'rehab' cage in the basement and he settled down very quickly and as you can see from this video...before long he had 'Happy Feet'! Like Teri said, that makes her happy, too!


We will keep you updated on Nolo (who has lovely Frootbats) and the search for his new forever home!

Monday, September 21, 2015

ManCat Monday...Strutting the Cat Walk!

Photo by Shonna Okada

As you can see, us ManCats know how to strut our stuff on the Cat Walk, too!

Photo by Shonna Okada
Last weekend was the National Capital Cat Show, and this year for the very first time, there was a feline fashion show!

Of course, we stylin' cats had to participate, as did a number of kitties who had never dressed up a day in their 9 Lives! But our fans know we are experienced models, and not only Coco knows how to rock the Cat Walk!

Photo by Shonna Okada
You'll have to go visit Coco's blog to see her in all her glory...after all, it's ManCat Monday here on our blog!

Photo by Shonna Okada

Monday, September 7, 2015

Monday Mewsings & a Box for Cat Ladies!

You know quip that a cat has never met a box it didn't like...except maybe the one that we call a PTU, hahameow!

Well, our friend, Dorian Wagner, who besides running the best little cat rescue express in the U S of A, The Cute Transport Network, keeps us us informed about All Things Cat, at her Your Daily Cute website.

Her most recent venture is now helping Ladies Who Love Cats (one of whom cares for us) get a nice little surprise each month (no, not that monthly surprise...) if they sign up for her subscription service, Cat Lady Box!

Teri spends quite a bit of time surfing the web, looking at cat related accessories, but for the most part, they just stay on her 'Wish List'. We are sure she isn't the only Cat Lovin' Lady out there that does the same thing, right?

So if you love a lady that loves cats, we know the purrfect way to make her happy! For $34.99 a month, you can rest assured that the carefully curated contents of each monthly box, will make her Squee with delight!

Those monthly Squees happen when said Lady opens the Box and finds two or three fashionably cat-themed presents... hand-picked items chosen with the most fashionable Cat Lady in mind! She might find a bracelet, sensuous purrfume, a silky scarce, even catnip scented lip balm, and more!

AND by seeking out the most special of gifts to fill these purrfectly wonderful boxes, they also support independent artisans and small businesses who they purchase said unique finds from!

And in case you are thinking this might be an extravagance more like splurging, we'll have you know that Cat Lady Box donates 5% of their profits, each and every month, to cat rescue organizations!

And, if you think that the empty box might not be quite enough to make us cats happurry, can bump up your subscription to the next level, The Crazy Cat Lady Box. If you do that...well, we cats will be sure to fall in love with hand picked catnip toys and treats!

The shipping is free, and you can cancel at any time, but we hope that you will find the surprise you or your loved one gets every month makes you as happy as Teri was when she opened her CatLadyBox!

 And as happy as we cats were to sit in the empty box, too!

To get more details on the sur-purr-eyes-ing-lee meow-vah-lous Cat Lady Box, just click on this on the logo below!

Disclaimer: Teri did not get paid for this review, but she did get a free Cat Lady Box! That did not sway or influence her opinion of the fine assortment of feline-themed goodies inside! She told us she only shares info and products that she feels will be useful and relevant to our readers. We think she is the most fun-loving, ethical personal assistant we know! And thanks for the toys, Dorian!