Friday, July 13, 2018

Happy Caturday

Happy Caturday, furriends!

This is a flashback pic from our time in North Carolina.

A bit of Did You Know for today:
Mom loves to sing silly song snippets at us. 
One of her favs - the Monkees' theme song.

"hey hey we're the Monkees, people say we monkey around,
but we're too busy singing, to put anybody down" ****

for any of you younger peeps who don't know it.

Also, the sticky lil peeps' song, Pop Goes the Weasel.
All we can say is, as often as we're forced to listen,
it's a good thing no real weasels are a poppin', cuz that would be.... a really huge mess!

Yes, this is our life. Mouses!

**** we just realized, that this is a really good thing to practice, especially in our current climate.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

One Sentence Wednesday

That woman 



PS: tail not pictured. It's in hiding. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Princess and the Pillowcase

It's really a shame when a princess can't be comfortable in her own home, don't you think?

Mom got a bit grumpy with me last night.

ALL I did was get on the bed and scrub off my paws on the pillowcase. It was fresh and clean and just put on the pillow the day before. And mom really loves high quality bed linens, so it felt just purrfect on my tiny, regal paws.

Well.... I *may* have just come from doing most unladylike business in the facilities area. That possibly might have formed the basis of her 3am complaint.

Really, she should understand, a princess like me deserves only the best! And hey, we've got more fresh pillowcases for tonight!

Happy Tuesday, furriends.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Happy Caturday!

Good morning, furriends! Today is an impawtant day - it's Chewy Review day!

Here I am supervising mom while she prepares the buffet area. As we wait, I'll give you a peek at our selection this month:

Taste of the Wild - 
did WE go wild over it? Let's find out. 

And the taste test results are IN! 

It's... Ok. We will eat it. Mom mixes it with our regular noms. One thing we don't much like is that it's got large chunks. 

But we appreciate Chewy sending us stuff to try, and report to our furriends on. As always, the reviews are unbiased and straight from the kittehs. And that's our official disclaimer. 

Chewy sent mom something too : gorgeous birthday flowers! Thanks, Chewy. 

For anyone who wants to see the chunkiness:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Group Message

Dear Neighborhood,

We hate fireworks. They make all of us here very cranky.

That is all.

- the Whiskeratti Crew

Monday, July 2, 2018

Mancat Monday - Resistance is Futile.

But I'm gonna do it anyways, cuz that's the kind of cat I am. 

Moms have their little tricks, don't they?
Mostly we get to win, except... When it comes to medicine or the Stabby Place. Then they really won't be swayed by OUR little tricks. 

You see, this morning I didn't want to take my meds. Mom says I've been a real little stinker about it lately. So I ran UTB. Very effective. Can't reach me now, mom ! (Unless I lay too close to the edge of the bed, then she can just slide me right on out on our hardwood floor. Rookie mistake!)

Mom trick: lay on the bed and call for... Leia!! She knows I just can't stand for that hussy to get attention unless I get some too. It's like a light for little bugs, can't resist. I pop out, and MOUSES, she's waiting with the pill
! Just like this morning. 

Sneaky, mom. 

Last Friday I had my thyroid checked, had to double my dosage. Best part - I'm putting the Fear of the Orange into that place, I'm definitely getting a rep there. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Finally Friday

A week to furget, definitely, but we've reached the end. May we all have an excellent weekend.

Tonight, something happened that Mom haaaates: power outage. 
Storm came through, high winds, and oops there it went. 
So once again we felines leapt into action to help mom.

Above you see Leia keeping guard on the outside perimeter.

After awhile we moved the base of operations into the bedroom.
Here, you see ME keeping watch over mom.


Oh, glorious day in the night - the power came back after about 1.5 hours.

Now, mom does also have a LOOOOVE list.
And this is extremely high on it :

O2 Cool Fan, battery operated, 10 inches. 

We have three of these guys now, one with an AC adapter. 

Trust us, everyone NEEDS these. It helps with coolness, obviously, but also with moving air around if you have breathing issues, and it's just frankly disconcerting to be without electricity, emotionally. 
And also, mom really appreciates the soothing white noise it makes, 
helps to provide a buffer around her.

It does require six of the biggest batteries, but these are green papers well spent. They can be bought from Amazon, Walmart, and a lot of other places, but the 10 inches are hard to find in stores.

*** This is a spontaneous love note to O2 Cool, no compensation here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Goodbye, Penny

I'm sorry to share that Penny didn't survive her surgery today. 
The mass was bigger than the vets thought, and she was unable to be resuscitated.

She was about a year and a half old; when she was around eight weeks I got to spend a couple of hours with her. She played at the park - putting everything in her mouth that she could! - and I held her on the car ride home afterwards. She slept, so warm and sweet and peaceful. 

It never crossed my mind that this precious life I was holding
wouldn't survive long into her barely-adulthood.

To all things there is a purpose, and a season; and one of the hardest things in life is accepting that.

To the vets responsible for her today, I have one question for you:

Will you sleep well tonight? 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Mancat Monday

Ok, so really we don't have much to say. We're exhausted from taking care of mom - not only is it her birthday; she says she is mumble mumblity 7, she stayed home from work because she has a cold. 

And we all know how much work that makes for us felines.
And probably for the woofies out there too.

While we resume our nap,
she wants to rant about something. Take it away, Grumpy Mom!

Grumpy Mom:

Vet bills and broken promises.... !! I posted about my niece's dog, Penny, last week.
Since then she's seen multiple vets, including the ER only vet, one CT scan for $1,200 that was sworn to be definitive - it wasn't, only disproved one theory - and I have no idea what all else in terms of labwork, exams, etc.

The vet capable of doing the surgery - at this point they are doing exploratory because they have no idea now - required a $2,000 deposit before they would do the CT. I guess I understand that, it's just... so. very. expensive! They don't think it's cancer now, unless it's some form of really rare cancer, and the scan disproved their twisted lung lobe theory, and hey, it might just be bacterial...

And for the record, I have a serious dislike of ER-only vets. I don't trust them at all. Their care is not comprehensive, since they have no facilities for round the clock care; they often charge exorbitant prices; and frequently those employed are the bottom tier vets. 

The vet I take my cats to is a 24 hr hospital - the doctor working through any
given night  is also often the one who will do regular business hours work.
And I have had two ER visits, but the only extra charge was a higher exam fee.

So, please, vet taking care of Penny, for the love of all that is furry will you PLEASE figure this out before a. Penny dies, and/or b. my niece has to sell one of her own body parts to pay for this.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Finally Friday - What's In a Name??

Happy Friday, furriends! 

This is a picture from a couple of years ago,
before we trekked south to Florida from NC.

So, What's In a Name, you ask?? It can be good or it can be fraught with...
fraught with... eerrrrrr...
stuff you really don't want in there!

Fraught - y Example:
Mom actually called me Sugarplum the other day.
Can you imagine that?
MOUSES! That woman is obsessed with her nicknames, you have no idea.
 I hope she forgets this one real fast.

Good Example, No Fraughtiness:
My real name is Tobias, not Toby. Yep, that's my official,
right on my rabies certificate, at the Stabby Place, for all formal events, name.

Toby, or Tobers, to furriends & fam. 

I even have a title too - Lord Marshal. Given to me when I was a ball of orange fluff,
but it was too big for me at the time, so no one ever used it. 

Still don't, but it is, indeed-y, my title. (this one doesn't appear on my rabies cert though).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday Review

And it's time for.... the Chewy Review!!

Happy Wednesday, furriends.

So this month we got a variety pack of Tiki Cat pouch foodables to try.

And oh my Ceiling Cat, yep, these were mega tasty. Truly.

However... we hate that there has to be a however...

it's full of pumpkin. So for me, Toby, this caused a bit of difficulty
when it came time for litterbox activity, so mom uses it now more as a topper than a meal.

Oh, and we also got a bag of  Vetri Science Joint Support chews, but 
this one will take some time to prove how well it works, so that review won't be for awhile.

Chewy sends us stuff to review for them - which is really fun - but the opinions are our very own.
Like anyone could tell a kitteh what to think anyway!

In other news...

Mom's niece has a beautiful golden lab, Penny, about a year and a half old.
Very sweet dog.
She has a mass about 8-10 inches long in her lungs.
The vet thinks it's cancer, and wants to do surgery soon.
Any purrayers for Penny would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mancat Monday

Happy Monday, furriends.

Just a minute, please, while I finish this grooming. I have something REALLY impawtant to meow about today.

Ok, I'm ready!

No! You go away! It's my day.

Now I can't remember what it was.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Finally Friday - Squeals & Interactive Toys

Back in the day, and my 'thritis wasn't a thing, when I wanted something
 from mom I'd just stretch up and tap her with my paw. Easy mousies.

These days, I just sit here and paw at her foot. But wow, you would not believe the way she SQUEALED tonight. Like she's fragile or something. 

She complains that I have a strong paw and it hurts.

Lots of rain here today. We're told there are lots of tiny, tiny frogs a-hoppin' all over because of it.
Just the right size for a paw to whap. But do WE get to play with them? 

NO! I mean, yeah, sure, that would require getting out in the rain. And getting wet and dirty paws. 
Ok, so don't you think she oughta bring some tiny frogs INSIDE then? 
Aren't hoomins always looking for a good toy for us?

Well, here you go.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

(We Can't Do) Wordless Wednesday

What, mom? It's time for Toby's evening meds?
Nope, no idea where he is.

Must be in that super secret hiding place he has.

I'll let him know you're looking for him, mm'kay?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Happy Caturday

Happy Caturday, furriends!

The other day I was making biscuits with mom. I'm very good at it, you know.
So there I was, kneading away on the back of the couch, when she says.. she says...
"Can you make me some cookies, too?"

Seriously?! Do you think this is a bakery? I do strictly biscuits, lady.


In Toby news...

Mom was up at 5 am today putting fresh sheets and pillowcases on the bed.
And not because Toby yakked, either. And there was a rumor that she applied a
warm washcloth to someone's bum, but that's unconfirmed.

He's not saying. 

We will leave you with this scene from early morning here, on a local road.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Leia on Thursday: Will She or Won't She?

So, I have this thing I do in the :whispers: facilities area.

Mom has been tracking all of our output for the last few years,
especially since we became.. umm... richer in years. Weirdo.

And in that time, she has seen that I have this adorable**** habit when I'm about to go.
I hop in the box. I wait. Maybe I hop right back out. 

Sometimes I stand there and my tail goes up - the flag of Pee Intentions - 
but then comes the BIG question -

will I pee or not? 

If mom is sitting nearby, she holds very, very still and is very, very quiet so as not to distract me. 
I admit that as a Princess, I am quite dainty and delicate and the slightest thing can derail this.

If I don't go, then I usually circle back two or three times until I'm finally ready. Maybe I put it off for another hour or so. Maybe it's done in ten minutes. That's kind of fun because Mom really loves the suspense, and the wait to see if I'm just being delicate, or signaling that I have a problem.

***** ok, Mom doesn't think this is so adorable, but I do!

It's been like this for years and probably always was. 
I HATE it. The watch, the wait, but this is how she does things.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Leia Hosts Very Easy Sunday

So not much happening here right now... including fried chick-hen.
Would you believe it's been TWO whole days since we've had any?

Every time mom brings out her noms, we assemble for our share
but it's not the good stuff, so we don't get anything.

So we just stare in utter disbelief. It's so disappointing.

Also, I want to give a meow-out to my boy Brody over at 15 and Meowing.
He's so dreamy!

There is one thing... Mom is still furious over the owner of our rental who decided to come in when she was not here and was unaware he was coming, to work on the dryer vent issue. She was, as always, very clear that she has to be here, just call her when you need to get in.
She does not allow hoomins to be here if she's not. In all our years with her, and being renters, this has never been an issue before now. She says we go through property managers, and don't directly interact with the owner. Which is probably a good thing because she does NOT have a high opinion of him for several reasons. But the doofus decided to handle this himself, and apparently has no respect for boundaries. Even worse, we still have a plumbing issue to deal with.

We hope everyone has a happy week. And calm people. Because it's a lot of work soothing them.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

It's a Wild Life Sunday

You know, we are off duty today, so we gave mom purrmission to talk about local wildlife.

If you are a bird lover - sorry, Trout Town Tabbies! - this red hawk is for you.
We know the mom over at Army of Four LOVES her birdies.

This guy lives on or near our street. Last year I'm certain there was a hawk's nest in the big tree over our house. May still be there for all I know. The other day he was on a stop sign, I disturbed him as I drove by, so he relocated himself. Right across from my house. 

And now for the wildlife IN my house. Stop now if lizards squick you out.

I *think* he's an albino Gecko. Closest I can find on Google.

For some reason lizards like coming into my house. I saw him the other day in my laundry room, so I thought maybe he came in through the dryer vent that connects to the outside? I blocked off the door bottom so he couldn't escape but turns out, if he did come in through the vent, he didn't or couldn't exit that way.

By the way, that is dryer lint he's holding on to so fiercely.
I actually did try to remove it but he for sure wasn't letting go. 

I was able to scoop him up in a towel - this worked last time when my fierce huntress Leia carried her prize into the bedroom - and tossed him outside. And discovered that he is unable to use his back legs, either of them. Broken or fused or whatever, they just aren't moving. He's still fast enough though, and clearly he's been eating something. But I doubt he has a long life out there, in the wilds of my yard, with those legs. I *almost* kinda feel sorry for him, but he's on his own.

I really wish all life, aside from my cats, would stay OUTSIDE.


We hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day;
but also, please remember those who gave to make this day a reality.

- The Whiskeratti Gang

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Finally Friday - Toby Edition


You know what, for a loooong time I had this table all to myself.
And now? The little purr-in-ski just helps herself to MY space anytime she wants to.

What's a fellow to do??

Go hang out with my buds, Cornelius Croc and the Lion guy.

Even if I'm not too sure about that lion guy.

Happy Friday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tiny Tabby Tuesday

Trust the pawparrazi to take the most unflattering pics. 

My hiney is quite tiny, believe me!
Unlike hers.

I strongly suspect she did this on purpose.

Hoomins have such a juvenile sense of humor. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

It's Caturday - with Royal Wedding Bells!

And today, an American became a Princess! 

(ok, yes, we've read all about the naming conventions, don't care,
it's Princess Meghan as far as we are concerned!)

While not especially a fan of Princess M. (never seen her acting work
though she seems like a nice person),
Mom IS still a big admirer of Princess Diana, and has followed her sons' lives.
Princess Kate is awesome too, and we wish all four of them,
with their assorted children and those to be, the happiest and most blessed of lives.

In more local news...

Mom has enhanced the (formerly) dining table napping options for us.

I look kind of funny here, don't I? This is what happens when you
get ear meds every freakin' day.

Very hard on the furs.

Mom got the meow from Next that a group is doing
Trap, Neuter & Release in our neighborhood next week!
They are asking that those of us who feed strays, to not feed on the 23rd.

Hopefully this will include the one that comes around here. It's possible he/she already got gotted, since Mom noticed that he didn't eat for about two days last week, which is very unusual.
It's also heartening to know that other people around here feed those in need.

And lastly, we have very sad news to share: 

We are very, very sad for him and his. 
We hope his furry ones take good care of him right now.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuff Tuesday

So, it was supposed to be MY day but uhh... Toby... has something to whine talk about.

Whine??!! I was cruelly treated out there in the harsh world, 
and now YOU are being a brat about it??

Mean, that's what you are, girl. Just wait till it's your turn.

And I'm not looking at the camera because I absolutely refuse to cooperate with mom today.
Yep, you guessed it, yet another Stabby Place visit. Ears. Again. Stupid ears. Stupid Stabby Place.

In the rain, no less. Actual rain drops TOUCHED my furs!! 
Ok, mom did hold the umbrella over my PTU but I definitely felt the cold and wet stuff. 
And I was there all day (mom: one hour, 20 minutes)!!

But I showed her. I wouldn't come talk to her for hours and hours and days
(mom: about 5 minutes)!

However, there was fried chick-hen after. Mom and I have an agreement about that...
acceptance does not constitute forgiveness, so that's ok.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mom Day Sunday

Mom, we have a gift for you in honor of the day.

For all the noms fed, all the facilities scooped,
all the 4 am barfing, the 3 am demands to eat NOW,
Toby's whapping you in the face,
all the Stabby Place visits, that one time Leia bit you on accident,
all the sweeping up of shed furs, not to mention the endless hairballs,

We present this:

Peace in the valley. 

Also, Toby let you see him licking my ears.
Just a cherry on the cake for you.

You're welcome.

- your furry kids

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Caturday

We're helping Mom make the bed.

Exactly - it's a group effort, as you can plainly see~

Today we are going to talk about the Chewy item we DID like
a whole lot -

These Halo chicken freeze dried treats

Good for kittehs or woofies, these can be used as a stand alone treat or a foodables topper.
For kittehs, it's better to tear them apart a bit. 
Mom just crumbles them when she's using it as a topper.

They get 3.5 paws up from us!

Enjoy your weekend, furriends.

Disclaimer: The treats were free from Chewy to review, but the opinions are strictly ours.