Furry Friday

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Left to Right : Pippi, Squirt, and Wylla (the new addition in the 5 years I have been missing in action around here)

I know that technically the picture would be better if Squirt was not blurry, but I kind of love it this way anyways! 🙂

Feel free to check out more of my pictures on Instagram to see what else I have up to while I have been missing in action from the blog. 😉

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Furry Friday Failure!

Oh goodness!  It seems I totally forgot to post anything for Furry Friday!  To make up for my epic fail I have a few more pictures than usual though and a short synopsis on how the cats did in my car for 40+ hours! 😉

First a couple of Squirt in the car during our very long, cross-country, drive.  I ended up doing a combination of keeping the cats in their carriers and letting them out of their carriers on harness and leash.  I didn’t have a whole lot of room in my small, 2-door car, so this worked out pretty well for us.  When I was driving they were in their carriers, but when my dad was driving and I could supervise them I let them out on harness and leash.  During one really long stretch they even used the litterbox in the moving car!  Honestly, they both did better then I could’ve hoped for.  A little crying and whining, but mostly they just slept and hung out with me when I was playing passenger. You could still tell that Pippi mostly hated the whole ride, but by the third day Squirt was riding in the front seat like a pro, looking fairly comfortable with the situation, and even looking out windows.

Once we got here and got Pippi out of the car she made herself right at home though!  Of the two of them she also gets along fairly well with Thomas.  Squirt… Well.. Not so much.  He hisses and growls at Thomas anytime Thomas gets to close, but he has plenty of spots to get away from Thomas and I never leave them together unsupervised either.  He is running away less and less though, so it is a work in progress 😉

Since I have been back in South Florida I have been sleeping on a twin bed… It is usually just Pippi and I in bed as Squirt generally chooses to sleep in his own bed on the floor.  I never realized exactly how much room one tiny little eight pound cat can take up though!  This bed is not really big enough for both of us, but I suspect I would end up sleeping on the couch before I would ever kick the cute and furry little princess out of the bed!

Pippi just can’t fathom why I would ever call her a bed-hog… It has nothing to do with the fact that she always chooses to lay across the bed this way so that I am squished up against the wall 😛

It must be rough being such a pretty, pretty princess… Requires so much beauty rest and attitude! 😉

Eight Years of Gray

“People that don’t like cats haven’t met the right one yet.”

~ Deborah A. Edwards

Eight years ago I met “the one” when Chris and I went looking from a friend for Ash, after we moved into our first apartment together.  We went to Petsmart to look at St. Francis Society’s adoptable cats and agreed that we wanted a cat that wasn’t gray since we already had a gray cat, Ash.  As luck would have it though, within moments of walking into the adoption center we knew we wanted the cute gray cat who was belly up and purring away in his cage.  According to card on his cage his foster family had named him “Squirt” because he was a feisty little squirt when he was captured with his feral mom during a spay day event.

Needless to say, we brought him home the next day.  Here is the first picture I have of him:

You can tell he was a still a bit freaked out about his new home there.  He settled in quickly though!

After he was settled in I did try to find a name that was a bit more dignified than Squirt.  In fact, I had settled on the name Salem, but it just wouldn’t stick.  Squirt just suited him. 😛

Over the years, a few of Squirt personality traits have become very apparent (and endearing!).  He is shy at first, but very curious.  He is a scientist at heart and loves to experiment with gravity.  Despite seeming to be the most nervous of the cats, he is actually the most easy going when it comes to change.  He is generally well behaved and very polite and he has a strong paternal streak to his personality… He keeps an eye on everyone and acts as the father figure to the young’uns, even if he can’t boss them around like he did when they were little. (Photographic evidence here and here 😉 )

Here is a cute story so that you can get a sense of Squirt’s personality:  One day, not too long after Titus decided to adopt us as his loyal subjects, I decided to give him his first bath.  I filled the tub, grabbed Ty, and shut him in the bathroom with me to keep things contained.  As soon as I lowered Titus into the bath he started screaming protesting.  I wasn’t too surprised that Titus was upset about his bath.  What did surprise me though was the indignant meowing coming from outside the bathroom door.  I swear that Squirt was trying to tell me to be nice to his new buddy and to let him in so he could make sure Titus was okay.

He doesn’t just keep an eye on the other cats either.. He also keeps an eye on Chris and I as well.  Here is a picture of him supervising my online activities from his perch on my leg:

Even after all these years, I still think Squirt is the cutest cat ever.  He also has such pretty green eyes!

I really can’t imagine life with out my Squirt watching over me. 😀

Happy Gotcha Day Squirt!

Buried Treasures

As you can probably tell, recently I have been sorting through all the photos and videos on my computer and I rediscovered some of my “home movies.” 🙂  Most of them aren’t worth much to anyone besides me, but here are two more of Squirt that might be worth watching for my cat lover friends out there:

In this first one Squirt shows off the trick he taught himself.  For some odd reason, for a few months the floor in that particular room was hot lava as far as Squirt was concerned.  I would have to carry him in and, if he did have to touch the floor to get out of the room, he would jump and run like his tail was on fire.  It was very weird, and to this day a mystery.  After a month or two everything went back to normal and he stopped performing this particular trick in favor of simply sauntering out though.

A bit of back story on the next video.. I was attempting to teach myself how to crochet and Squirt thought the yarn that I was working with was just the neatest thing since sliced bread.  Having just recently installed a ceiling fan in our bedroom I came up with the genius idea to tie a piece of yarn to one of the fan blades!

I looks like I am getting to the bottom of the barrel now, but I will have to see what other buried treasures I can find to share with y’all 😀

Exhibits A & B

At this time, I offer into evidence two videos, becoming exhibits A and B…

These videos, captured by our witness, Rori, show proof that rats and cats can in fact coexist peacefully! 😉

Plainly, you can see that the rats weren’t very concerned about Squirt being there.  Squirt was more afraid of the girls than they were of him.  He really just wanted to eat their food!

Then, and now, these videos totally made my day 🙂