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Domestic Mediumhair from <a href='http://www.catchannel.com/local/VI/St.John/club-members.aspx' title='St.John, VI'>St.John, VI</a>

Mr. Kitty

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Hi! My name is Mr. Kitty

I am Domestic Mediumhair from St.John, VI

Nicknames: He is just Mr.Kitty

Age: 10 years old

Gender: M

Coat: short haired

Education: Some of the "board members" didn't like Mr. Kitty hanging around the center. I waited til the Bishop was there one day, called him outside and showed him the cat. I told him there were a few ladies who didn't like me taking care of him. I told him this is Gods cat. He needs a place to stay and eat. God sent him here. I told him about the ladies not wanting him there. The Bishop looked at the ladies and told them " Of course she can take care of Gods cat".

My favorite tricks and treats are: He minds well. He will " get over there and LAY DOWN" and Sharing my lunch with me

Where I hang out: Under the table where I work on my art and crafts * * * * Now, on top of the refridgerator

My favorite grubs: Dry Purina food, just about anything

My pet peeves: Any other cats who come around invading "his" house

What I love about my owners: She's nice to me.

My cat hobbies: Hang out with me

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Mr Kitty showed up at the Senior Center/Church where I work about 2 1/2 years ago. He was pretty scruffy looking. The kitchen ladies were feeding him scraps but when I saw he was going to stay I started feeding him catfood. It took almost 1 1/2 years til I could pet him. Now he is a lot of fun. His ear is clipped so he had been through the shelter and I took him last month for a check up and his shots up to date. * * * * A very long story but the short version is that I had to bring Mr.Kitty home with me. A new " part time " asst. director was making everyone at the center miserable. I moved across the street to Parks and Recreation. Mr.Kitty couldn't go there. He was miserable at the center, constantly meowing, looking for me so I took him home. He is adjusting but not as happy as he was with me at the center.

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Due to a change in website platforms, a necessary step to enhance and update the CAT FANCY magazine website, it will no longer be possible to host Club Cat. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, Club Cat will close and members will no longer be able to accrue points. Members with sufficient reward points have until Jan. 10, 2014, to redeem their points for any of the cat products currently available in the Club Cat Rewards Catalog. On Jan. 15, 2014, Club Cat members with 25 reward points or higher will be automatically entered into a raffle to win special prizes. Raffle prize winners will be notified after Jan. 31, 2014. Points for the final Cat of the Day will be awarded on Jan. 1, 2014. New programs similar to Cat of the Day will be announced with the launch of the new website, so look for further announcements. Thank you to everyone who joined Club Cat! 01/31/2014 12:00.00 AM
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♥ Wedding Date Reminder ♥
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MISS TALLULAH (TALLEY)
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♥ ARE GETTING MARRIED ♥
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♥ ♥ JANUARY 5, 2014 ♥ ♥
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Castle Chapel :¦: Page # 265436
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Talley and I will be on CC until the lights go out. We hope to see you on our wedding day. I left a vote with purrs and warm hugs.

YOUR FURIEND FUREVER
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“If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you
and share with you its beauty
On the days you're feeling blue.
If I could build a mountain
You could call your very own
A place to find serenity
A place to be alone
If I could take your troubles
I would toss them in the sea
But all these things I'm finding
are impossible for me.
I cannot build a mountain
Or catch a rainbow fair
But let me be what I know best
A furiend who's always there.”
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Come visit me, K.Whiskers LUVS Talley •VOTE MEEKO & A.BOOTZ 17441, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

12/30/2013 05:15.41 PM Report This Comment
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K. Whiskers ♥ Talley
“Love is the most beautiful gift,
we are given to share.”

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It is with joy that we,

Miss Tallulah (Talley)
and
King Whiskers

invite you to share
in a celebration of love
as we exchange
our marriage vows
Sunday, the fifth of January
two thousand fourteen
twelve o'clock in the afternoon (PST)
The Royal Feline Castle
in the Castle Church
on page number 265436

Reception dinner and
dancing immediately
following ceremony
in the Castle Grand Ballroom

If you are unable to attend,
we ask for your presence
in thought and in prayer
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It’s official! We finally have the place and page number for our wedding in January. Talley and I hope you will all be able to attend. No RSVP needed. There will be plenty of room and food for all. If there are any musicians out there who might be able to play at our wedding, I would sure like to hear from you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our furiends on CC.

I left a vote with purrs and warm hugs.
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“Two lives, two hearts
joined together in furiendship
united forever in love.”
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12/04/2013 08:19.08 PM Report This Comment
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MISS TALLULAH (TALLEY)
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Place and Page # to come…
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My sweet heart Talley and I have some wonderful news. We’ve finally chosen a date for our wedding day. Talley did some research and discovered January 6th (which is a Monday next year) was considered Christmas before the reform of the calendar. It is the feast of the Epiphany, which is when the Wise Men reached Jesus and announced his birth to the world. It is still called “Old Christmas” by orthodox Christians. The celebration is held on the Sunday that falls between January 2nd and January 8th. We chose Sunday, the fifth of January 2014 to exchange our vows.

We still have a lot of planning to do dear furiends. We will soon let you know where and on what page our wedding will take place. Until then, we hope you can set aside the date to share in the celebration of our love.

I left a vote with soft purrs and warm hugs.

"As our story continues to unfold, we've decided to have and to hold. So we're gathering together with open hearts, for a day we no longer will live apart. January 5th we'll share our love so true, with you as our guests as we say our "I do's."
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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11/03/2013 07:35.32 PM Report This Comment
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Dear Mr. Kitty & MoMo,
DAY 9
I'll be bringing you all a different zodiac sign each day, Aries through Pisces!


CATS AROUND THE ZODIAC

THE MYSTIQUE OF ARIES (March 21 to April 20)

The mystique of the Aries cat is reckless, quite often propelled by what seems to be blind motion. This sensation is an endowment from Mars, planetary ruler of Aries, which happens to be the planet of war, stress, and action. Thus many felines of this sign exude a quality which could actually be felt or seen as Martian. Always the leader, this cat seems on the verge of charging, like the ram symbolising his sign. Courage is part of the Aries mystique; one simply intuits that no thought of consequence ever inhibits or prohibits its innate impulse to jump in and experience whatever is attracting it. Like its human counterpart, the Aries cat exudes a fiery, ardent quality, which is felt by sensitive humans as a hunger for life in as many phases as a feline is capable of experience it. A love for the new, the novel, and the untried seethes from this cat; it will stop at virtually nothing to get at these. As the quality of leadership typifies the human Aries native, so does it compose a part of the Aries cat mystique. There is nothing passive and very little of he student in this cat's bearing, for patience is definitely not one of its virtues. Rather, one may expect it to be the dashing “captain” of the most magnificent chases, intrepidly touching ground where cats (if not angels!) would usually fear to tread, its followers spurred by the Aries' breathtaking audacity. Since Aries is the zodiac's First House, governing self-awareness and conscience of countenance, a measure of egotism is always exuded by its feline natives. Yet the proud bearing of the Aries cat is part of its charm; humans might even envy the unfaltering self-assurance this little animal possesses. Still, on a deeper level, the Aries mystique must be understood in terms of its inherent infantilism. The First House native is eternally immature and naïve, literally the baby of the zodiac. Ignorance and bravado are conjoined in the Aries mystique.

(From Cats Around the Zodiac by M. Strom)

Thank you all so very much for your support and kind votes, but especially for your furiendship. I hope you are enjoying my catpaign. I'm leaving you a vote and wishes for a blessed day.

You can catch up on all the news on the CMR Page #46883, and don't forget to pray for all the homeless and ailing kitties in the world.

Purrs & furry paw hugs,
Malachi

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10/09/2013 05:59.57 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 20-Carmel
Carmel - Point Lobos - Pebble Beach
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Today we are going to explore a little of Carmel by foot and by motor coach. Let’s drive to Point Lobos, for an easy walk through dense groves of Cypress forest leading to hidden coves, beaches, and overlooks where the many shades of Pacific blues and greens will dazzle our senses. We will check out one of the majestic hiking trails at Pfeiffer State Park and take in the breathtaking panoramic ocean views.

I know you must all be hungry by now, but we are going to board our Feline Motor Coaches once again and take a little trip, stopping for lunch half way through. Next stop is Pebble Beach, a small coastal resort destination, home to the famous golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links.

No trip to Carmel would be complete without an excursion along the Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive. Perhaps the most famous drive in the world, this 17-mile trip will take us past the centuries-old Lone Cypress, a gorgeous inspiration for artists and photographers through the years, all along the Pacific Coast, with its heavily forested areas and crashing waves. We’ll stop along the way to see the Cypress Point Lookout and Seal and Bird Rocks. This leisurely road winds its way through pristine Del Monte Forest and quietly luxurious Pebble Beach, where we’ll dine at the Pebble Beach Resort.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Carmel. Let’s take the rest of the day for “Chillin’ at the Beach”. We can stock up on picnic stuff at Nielsen Brothers Market, and devote the rest of the day to Carmel Beach. Later, we can head back to our hotel rooms, clean up and walk back to the hotel restaurant for a fat steak dinner. Tomorrow we will be boarding the train again for a short ride to Monterey. Once there, we will check in to our fine accommodations and get ready to see what Monterey has to offer. The Royal Feline Castle Train leaves at 9 a.m. - so don’t be late!

Let’s take a peek at what tomorrow holds in store. An absolute “must-see” for all who come to this area is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, located along Cannery Row, the street made famous through the writings of John Steinbeck. This is the aquarium by which all others are measured. Sitting on the border of one of the largest underwater canyons on earth, it is home to more than 350,000 animals and plants representing over 550 species of fishes found in Monterey Bay and other parts of the world.

A continental breakfast will be served on the train. Getting to Monterey is a short trip, so keep your bags packed for an easy exit from the train to our next hotel.
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06/20/2013 12:33.02 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 19-Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea
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We’ll be disembarking our train and checking into the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Hotel, a picturesque retreat overlooking the Big Sur coast with epic views of the Pacific Ocean. Let’s check in, unpack, relax and then meet for dinner in the hotel’s Pacific’s Edge Restaurant, an award winning establishment built with glass walls, showcasing sweeping ocean vistas. We will all meet in the hotel lobby tomorrow morning to begin our tour of Carmel.

Carmel-by-the-Sea was, in the eyes of Devendorf and developer Frank H. Powers, a real estate development in waiting. The two established the Carmel Development Company, which filed its map of the city in 1903 and began to market the haven to the poets and writers, artists and academicians, who would create Bohemia-by-the-Sea and launch the art colony renowned today.

Today, seasoned celebrities come to Carmel to blend like chameleons into this community by the sea. It’s where movie stars can have a romantic getaway. It’s a place with charm and sophistication that makes everyone feel like a celebrity.

Apply some sunscreen, pack a jacket and we’ll take an early morning stroll along pristine Carmel Beach. We’ll continue along Ocean Avenue and experience the finest shopping this side of The Riviera or Rodeo Drive. Hungry yet? Let’s people-watch at famed Hog’s Breath Inn, the popular restaurant and bar once owned by Clint Eastwood & enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio.

We can treat ourselves to a visit to the Cottage of Sweets, voted America’s No. 1 candy shop in a 2009 USA Today poll. Its curlicued roof and storybook architecture make this a quintessentially sweet Carmel spot.

We’ll visit Carmel-by-the-Sea’s City Hall, originally built in 1921 as All Saints Church. It was here that Mayor Eastwood served his term. We can experience the charming history of this famed art colony with a self guided walking tour that starts at Carmel Heritage Society’s First Murphy House, a 1902 legacy of Carmel’s charming history, and Comstock House. Hugh Comstock is accredited with creating the Comstock “Dollhouse Tudor” homes, 300-square-foot quaint cottages, particularly the iconographic Hansel House. In the 1920’s these sold for about $100. Today they sell for over 8 million dollars with their front-row ocean views from Point Lobos to Pebble Beach!

We can enjoy a casually exquisite dinner at one of Carmel’s dozens of top-drawer restaurants and top off the evening with a beach fire and s’mores on captivating Carmel Beach, rated one of America’s cleanest and prettiest.

Tomorrow we will be doing a little bit of walking and driving. So rest up and enjoy your stay at the hotel.
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I posted some pictures on my page.

*Vote daily our beautiful COTM Candidate DOLLY #222609!*

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I left a vote with purrs & hugs.

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06/19/2013 01:06.52 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 18-Big Sur to Carmel
Big Sur Coast Highway to Carmel
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The Royal Feline Castle Train will be our guide through the Big Sur Coast Highway. We want to enjoy the spectacular scenery during the day, so after dinner on the train, we can all relax onboard for the night. Sip a cocktail in the lounge car, read in the library, gain a tree-top perspective of the landscape from the dome car or join furiends around the piano. Or simply relax in your cabin in the comfort of our sleeping cars until morning, when the breakfast bell chimes, signaling our journey is about to commence.

The stunning views of the Pacific Ocean right outside our windows make the perfect companion to our breakfast meal. Tables are set with crisp starched linens and fine china and glassware reminiscent of the glory days of rail travel.

Timing is perfect to enjoy a spectacular view of the California coastline as our train travels to our next destination of Carmel. We will be traveling the route that hugs the California coast, providing access to austere, windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean. Views include rugged canyons, towering redwoods, sea lions, and other marine life.

Big Sur's beaches are subject to generally cool weather. Sunny days are sporadic as a blanket of seasonal fog often hugs the coastline, dropping the temperature in the process. Private property and Big Sur's steep terrain make most of its coastline inaccessible to the public. However, several State Park and U.S. Forest Service beaches are open to the public all year. These beaches are recommended due to easy access and spine-tingling scenery.

The actual town of Big Sur has been a fertile area for artistic advancements. A variety of authors have immortalized the region with the written word. In the late 19th century, Robert Louis Stevenson lived briefly in the area, followed by John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and Jack Kerouac, among others. Unlike many areas honored in literature, Big Sur remains relatively unchanged over the years.

John Steinbeck wrote, "Here at Big Sur, at a certain time of the year and a certain time of the day only, a pale blue-green hue pervades the distant hills; it is an old, nostalgic hue, it is a mystical phenomenon, or so I like to think, born of a certain way of looking at the world."

John Steinbeck's legacy is now synonymous with the Big Sur area. Known as Steinbeck Country, the cities of Monterey, Carmel and Salinas on the northern end of the byway brim with memories of John Steinbeck's legacy.

Our journey for now is almost over as we arrive to the city of Carmel.
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I left a vote with purrs & hugs.

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06/18/2013 01:44.38 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 14 –San Luis Obispo
Another Day In San Luis Obispo
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After a great breakfast at the Madonna Inn, the female kitties all wanted to take a peek at the famous (top ten in the world) tom’s restroom. The girls had heard a trip to San Luis Obispo wouldn’t be complete without visiting the tom’s room at the Madonna Inn! In it, the urinals look like caves with waterfalls, which is activated when you break a beam of light. Yep, that's it!

Walk to Morro Bay -
There’s no better way to spend the day than out on the incredible estuary in beautiful Morro Bay. Strolling the bayfront, fishing, kayaking or simply sitting on the dock…it’s all here waiting for us. Morro Bay, along California’s Central Coast, is among the most visually spectacular communities in America. This is where we will start. It has a rich early history that stretches back to the adventures of the Chumash & Salinian Native Americans & visits by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo & the Manila Galleons of the 16th Century. Here we can see the famous “Morro Rock.” Morro Rock is also sometimes called the “Gibraltar of the Pacific.” It is the last of a line of long-extinct volcanoes formed about 23 million years ago, which include nine peaks ranging from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. Morro Rock is a State Historic Landmark, a bird sanctuary & home to nesting Peregrine Falcons. It is therefore closed to any climbing or disturbance.

Now let’s go on a driving tour. Our motor coaches will pick us up at Morro Bay. The uncrowded roads & stunning views in & around San Luis Obispo make for incredible scenic drives. We’ll get a mixture of vineyards, curving mountain roads, and coastal views driving up US 101 & loop back to San Luis Obispo via Highway 1 through cattle pastures & farmland. We’ll travel the scenic back roads into downtown Arroyo Grande. Stroll the historic Village, discover turn-of-the-century Victorians surrounding Santa Manuela Schoolhouse, and cross the suspended swinging bridge — the only one of its kind in California.

Let’s end our day with a visit to some wineries. Wine tasting should be a perfect blend of a great experience & great wine, and that’s just what we’ll get as we enjoy the hand-crafted bottlings of San Luis Obispo’s wine region. The moderate climate of the verdant, sunlit Edna Valley just outside town allows for an extended growing season, which give local wines lush, distinct flavors sure to please any palate. My particular favorite winery is called Talley Vineyard Wines! Enjoy sweeping views of the Rincon Vineyard & the fields of Talley Farms from the tasting room. The vineyard is just minutes away from Lopez Lake, a great place for an evening picnic. An ideal setting for tasting great Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

Time to head back to The Inn.
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See pictures on my page. Have a Happy Father’s Day weekend!

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06/14/2013 01:51.48 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 13 –San Luis Obispo
Welcome To San Luis Obispo
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The Feline Castle Train takes us to the charming old city of San Luis Obispo. Founded in 1772, the city boasts numerous historic inns and theaters, and even a rare commercial building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Whether to soak in the ambience or some of the delicious wines produced in nearby Edna Valley, we'll find that San Luis Obispo is a perfect place to end the southern part of our California Coast journey.

San Luis Obispo was named the happiest city in America by author and researcher Dan Buettner. A weekend in this charming and scenic town, situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, can be whatever you want it to be: a relaxing getaway or a buzz of activity. For serenity, pack a lunch and head north or south to picnic at one of the dozens of picturesque wineries. Head west for great beaches, perfect for a leisurely swim. For a dose of history, visit the birthplace and heart of this quaint town: the beautiful adobe-brick Mission San Luis Obispo. Kittens will revel in the plentiful fun activities, such as the Charles Paddock Zoo & the Morro Bay Aquarium. For a laugh or a gasp, stop in at the outrageously decorated Madonna Inn, where nothing in the garish décor is consistent except for an abundance of the color pink. All are welcome for a peek inside the lobby's men's room for more interior design surprises. Don’t laugh too hard because this is the hotel where we will be staying!

For over 50 years the charm of the Madonna Inn has been one of California’s landmark attractions and this will be our home for a few nights. The Inn offers very unique rooms, each decorated differently to suit many individual tastes...rock rooms, waterfall showers, rock fireplaces, European fixtures, and fine furnishings to name a few. Last year they added horseback riding, two pink tennis courts and a winter ice skating rink. The owner of the Inn said, "Anybody can build one room and a thousand like it. It's more economical. I want visitors to come in with a smile and leave with a smile. It's fun." Aiming to cater to a range of tastes, rooms were given unusual names such as the Love Nest, Old Mill, Kona Rock, Irish Hills, Cloud Nine, Just Heaven, Hearts & Flowers, Rock Bottom, Austrian Suite, Cabin Still, Old World Suite, Caveman Room, Elegance, Daisy Mae, Safari Room, Highway Suite, Jungle Rock, American Home & Bridal Falls to name a few. This should be a lot of fun!

So let’s settle into our rooms & meet for a nice dinner at the Madonna Inn’s Gold Rush Steak House. Tomorrow we’ll explore what San Luis Obispo has to offer.
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I posted some pictures on my page.

*Vote daily our beautiful COTM Candidate DOLLY #222609!*

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I left a vote with purrs & hugs.

Come visit me, K.Whiskers LUVS Talley •VOTE MEEKO & A.BOOTZ 17441, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

06/13/2013 02:42.37 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 11 – Los Angeles
Welcome to Hollywood!
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Let’s all climb aboard our Feline Motor Coaches & head for Hollywood. Our first stop will be to see the famous Hollywood Sign. You can see the Hollywood Sign from many places around Los Angeles, but a quick drive up Mulholland Drive or above the Hollywood Reservoir will reward us with a glimpse of living in the Hollywood Hills & some great city views, too.

Next stop, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We start the day by spending the morning on Hollywood Boulevard, following the path of bronze-and-marble stars along the Walk of Fame. Since 1960 more than 2,400 celebrities have been honored along the world's most famous sidewalk, but you'll need an old-timer to explain who a lot of the now-long-dead entertainers were.

Along the Hollywood Walk of Fame we’ll see Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It's sort of a tourist rite of passage to compare your hands and feet with the famous prints set in cement at the entrance court to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a tradition started when silent-film star Norma Talmadge "accidentally" stepped in wet cement during the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings. Go ahead -- compare your paws to footprints left by Humphrey Bogart or Marilyn Monroe.

We’ll take a lunch break & walk down the street to Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood's oldest restaurant (since 1919). Part restaurant, part museum, this is where Faulkner, Hemingway, and Orson Welles derived liquid inspiration during their screenwriting days. After lunch, we can all waddle back to our motor coach, put in a ‘Best of the Beach Boys’ CD and slowly cruise the legendary Sunset Boulevard and The Sunset Strip.

This 1-hour drive takes us from sorta-seedy Hollywood to flamboyant West Hollywood, past the moneyed minimansions of Beverly Hills, winding our way into the secluded enclave of Pacific Palisades toward Malibu, and finally the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

We soon arrive at the Santa Monica Pier. Built in 1908 for passenger & cargo ships, the pier does a pretty good job of recapturing the glory days of Southern California. Buy an ice-cream cone at one of the snack shacks & stroll seaward past the wooden carousel, roller coaster, and arcades, then buy a ticket to ride the Ferris wheel.

From the pier, we’ll walk to the carnival-like stretch known as Venice Beach. For first-timers, this pseudo-bohemian scene is a bit of a shock to the senses: a surreal assemblage of street performers, musicians, musclemen pumping serious iron, apocalyptic evangelists, break dancers, stoned drummers, outlandish clothing—or lack of, and endless schlock shops. We haven’t seen it all until we’ve seen Venice! MOL!

Our paws should be tired by now. We’ll board our motor coaches & head back to our hotel for a leisurely dinner.
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06/11/2013 12:22.18 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 10–Long Beach
Welcome to the Queen Mary -
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Relax on board the Castle Train after your sleeping rooms are assigned. Watch the scenery go by & listen to the rhythm of the rails. Keep a bag packed, because we won’t be sleeping here overnight yet.

We arrive to Long Beach CA in about 3 hours where we will be checking into the Queen Marry, our hotel destination for 3 days.

Once a world-class ocean liner, the Queen Mary Hotel offers guests unique accommodations & a wide array of attractions that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality & offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. On Oct. 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on Dec. 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction & Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants & an icon in Southern California. With an impressive history & tradition of excellence, the Queen Mary Hotel is more than a place to rest one’s head – it’s an entire experience. There’s a wide variety of things to do on the ship, but we’ll save that for our last day.

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California's only coastal island retreat is a short trip away from Los Angeles & part of the same county, but it's surprisingly different from its mainland counterpart. Most of its land is preserved as a nature conservancy, surrounding the small town of Avalon where about 3,000 people live. Avalon is a small, walkable town centered on the small boat harbor & waterfront, with enough hotels, restaurants & activities to keep visitors happy.

The most common way to get to Catalina Island from the mainland is to take a ferry, but we’ll take the glass bottom boat. These large, comfortable vessels bring the undersea world right to you. During our trip we’ll visit the Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve, where colorful fish & marine plants thrive among the kelp forests.

Upon arrival, we’ll walk along the waterfront from Casino Point to Lover's Point. Along the way, we'll see orange garibaldi fish swimming in the kelp beds & boats in the harbor, pass through the center of town & out again, to where the beaches are less busy & the views unobstructed.

Catalina residents drive golf carts because it's difficult to get permission to bring an automobile onto the island, but most visitors do it just for fun. We'll find rental places along the waterfront. While we've got wheels, let’s head up the hill to take in the vista from just below the Inn on Mt. Ada, run out to the Botanical Garden, then go across town toward the Zane Grey Hotel for a different point of view.

Time to head back to our hotel!
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06/10/2013 12:08.25 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 7 –San Diego
LA JOLLA & TIJUANA
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La Jolla, CA
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In Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel," an apt name for a beautiful town ringed with blue waters. It's one of California's prettiest oceanside towns, and home to several of the state's best beaches.

La Jolla is popular with shoppers, romantics & outdoor adventurers who can surf, kayak, scuba dive & bicycle here. It's also a great foodie destination with some of San Diego's best-rated restaurants & a good place to go just to relax.

Beaches: When people say San Diego has great beaches, they really mean La Jolla has great beaches. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores & Windandsea are not only the best in San Diego but perhaps the best in the state & La Jolla Shores may be California's most beautiful beach, with a wide, gently-sloping beach & panoramic views. A morning or sunset walk here is enough to relax the most stressed-out among us, and it's even better when the tide is going out, coating the sand with a mirror-like water layer.

We’ll go for a window-shopping stroll along Prospect Avenue & the side streets that run into it. With few chain stores in sight, we might just find something we can't leave without. To enjoy La Jolla at its scenic best, we’ll check the low tide times before we go, when the tide pools are revealed.

We only have a day, so let’s get back on the Feline Motor Coaches & head for Mexico!
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It's only a short drive from San Diego, but we'll feel that we've entered another world when we leave the United States behind & enter Tijuana, Mexico. This tour is a must for bargain shoppers & lovers of Mexican cuisine. All visitors to Mexico will be required to present a passport upon re-entry into the United States.
REMEMBER – Let’s all stay together while we are here!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
Tijuana Cultural Center: The center is a multimillion-dollar showcase displaying exhibits about Mexico's people, events & culture, and is well worth a visit for the Mexican cuisine alone.

Shopping: The Tijuana terminal located on Avenida Revolucion makes it convenient to shop the many Bazaars & Boutiques. This is where we wheel & deal for shopping bargains. There are also ample opportunities to get your souvenir photograph taken with a Tijuana zebra (a donkey with black stripes) and cart. Good luck & be careful!

I hope you are all looking forward to riding the Royal Feline Castle Train next week, as we begin our journey up the CA Coast. My family & I will be returning to the Castle this weekend for some rest & relaxation. You are welcome to join us or continue your stay at the Hotel Del Coronado. Either way, we’ll see you back here on Monday!
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06/07/2013 01:18.02 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 6 –San Diego
The “Royal Feline Castle Train” -
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Our time is almost over in San Diego. I hope you have enjoyed its beauty & hospitality. Tomorrow we visit the picturesque town of La Jolla & its famous beaches. Lastly, we will cross over the border into Tijuana, Mexico, for some serious bargain shopping. This will give us one full day to enjoy our hotel stay on Coronado before we hop aboard the Royal Feline Castle Train to our next destination, L.A.! Let me tell you a little bit about the train.

Connecting San Diego through Los Angeles to San Francisco, the Castle Train offers a unique vantage on the California seascape. To get a closer look, you'd have to be on a surfboard! We can admire the Pacific views as we curl along the California coast. Our first stop will be in Long Beach where we will check into our hotel for 3 days on the Queen Mary.

The Feline Castle Train is 1st class, with exquisite fine dining & deluxe accommodations. The train's signature blue-and-gold rail carriages feature elegant lounge & dining cars, a dome observation car, and comfortable sleeping cabins. The interior is furnished in mahogany & brass, with rich upholstery. Our vintage train cars are an authentic slice of Americana, gliding over bridges & through tunnels in comfort & style.

Reminiscent of a scene from a glamorous 1940s Hollywood movie, the Feline Castle Train Dining Cars set the stage for exceptional fine dining experiences. Softly lit & intimate, the romantic atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxed. Your table, graced with fine china & fresh flowers, presents a personal view of the breathtaking vistas unfolding outside the window — a natural backdrop to complement every meal.

Best of all, our cuisine, prepared daily aboard the train, is truly superb. Essentially, the dining cars are regional restaurants on steel wheels. Hand-selected vegetables, herbs, seafood, meats & other ingredients are the freshest & finest available. The chef selects wines to complement the nuances of the evening's fare. The creative pastries served at Afternoon Tea & for dessert are freshly baked in the train's galley oven.

The Dome Car: Soak up the sun's rays or the starry velvet night in the dome car. The glass-enclosed dome car offers 360-degree viewing of the surrounding countryside & is equipped with a bar & library.

The 1940s-era Lounge Car is lavish with fresh floral arrangements, comfortable seating, and a full, professionally tended bar. Cocktails & light hors d'oeuvres are served here. Gather around the baby grand, where our kitty pianist plays your favorites.

Premier sleeping quarters are available to us on board the train & all cabins feature picture windows. So now you know what lies ahead for us next week.
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06/06/2013 07:11.26 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 4 –San Diego
“I Was Strolling Through Balboa Park One Day ...”
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Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West," Balboa Park is the largest urban park with cultural institutions in the United States. Encompassing 1,200 acres, Balboa Park exceeds even New York’s Central Park in size. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens & the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful & timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction. The museums cover topics including anthropology, art, aviation, natural science & technology.

Most of the buildings throughout the park are built in a richly ornamented Spanish-Renaissance style. The buildings here are beautiful enough to be considered attractions in themselves, but the real draw is the culture, history, science & arts held within their walls. We will be spending two days here & will try to explore as much of the park as time allows.

We’ll start by visiting a few museums. Our first stop will be at the Museum of Man, exploring the history of man through artifacts, folk art, and archaeological finds. Next, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, a science museum, but with a very cool state-of-the-art planetarium. Later, a brief tour of the Air & Space Museum, where we can journey through the history of flight, celebrating aviation & space flight history & technology. And finally a visit of the Model Railroad Museum, housing the largest indoor model railroad displays in the world! All aboard!

Before lunch, we will spend time wandering the Botanical Gardens so we can have a picnic outside on the grass in front of the Reflecting Pool. If you look closely into the Reflecting Pool (or Lily Pond), you can see the tranquil waters move slightly from the movement of the Koi that fill the pond. Absolutely NO FISHING allowed! MOL! The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park.

Let’s all stop by to see the antique carousel after lunch before we all part to explore the park on our own. The 1910 Park Carousel is a menagerie of animals & is one of the few in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride.

We’ll stop at the Park’s Visitor Center & pick up some event schedules & maps. We won’t be visiting the San Diego Zoo until tomorrow, so let’s try to see as much of the park as we can today. We’ll all meet back for dinner at the Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality Center around 6 p.m. Keep your cell phones handy (just in case) and enjoy yourselves!
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06/04/2013 02:25.43 PM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers – June 3 –San Diego
Let’s Explore The Beauty Of The Hotel Del Coronado -
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During our visit to San Diego, we will continue our stay at the fabulous Hotel del Coronado. Our rooms for the week have oceanfront views & are mere steps from the Pacific Ocean. Let’s revisit the hotel & let me tell you a little bit about this National Historic Landmark that turns 125 yrs old this year.

With its iconic red turrets piercing an azure California skyline, Hotel del Coronado radiates with a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal.

Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite on the charming island of Coronado has long been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. The hotel is ideal for those who yearn for a memorable vacation getaway. The resort’s enchanting island setting & classic architecture form the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape.

The Hotel Del has served over half of the U.S. Presidents who have held the office since 1891. It has also served dignitaries from around the world, including King Edward VIII of England who relinquished his crown so he could marry Coronado resident Wallis Simpson.

Hollywood has been making movies at The Del since 1901. In 1958, The Del was the backdrop for the comedy classic "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon. The resort has also seen a steady stream of celebrity visitors - from Charlie Chaplin & Humphrey Bogart to Brad Pitt & Madonna.

What Victorian resort would be complete without a resident ghost? Kate Morgan checked into the resort on November 24, 1892, & never checked out. Reports of ghostly happenings, all thought to be connected to the death of this beautiful young woman, have been circulating at The Del ever since.

The Crown Room, where we had the Coronation, is the same room where Charles Lindbergh & the San Diegans who built his Spirit of St. Louis celebrated the historic achievement of being the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. To the left of the lobby is the Ballroom with Ocean Views (for those of us who want to go ballroom dancing!). We can head downstairs to see a gallery of pictures & stories outlining the history of the Hotel del Coronado.

Finally, we can walk outdoors to the Windsor Lawn to enjoy views of the ocean & take some time strolling around the outside of this grand hotel. You can also take a walk along the nearly mile-long Coronado Beach, which you can access behind the Hotel Del.

We’ll be touring San Diego on our Feline Motor Coach tour buses, so let’s all meet in the hotel lobby at 9 a.m. sharp. Your new room keys are at the front desk. Enjoy dear furiends!
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06/03/2013 11:30.40 AM Report This Comment
Wander With Whiskers - June 2
California Coast Itinerary -
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We’ll be traveling via the Royal Feline Castle Train so we can all admire the Pacific views as we curl along the CA coast. This legendary Castle Train features domed observation cars, allowing us to see the sights while the train is moving, and comfortable, luxurious sleeping cars, along with numerous amenities. The Dining Car offers fresh cuisine served on real china & table linens, rivaling any fine restaurant.

Here is a brief breakdown of our CA Coast Itinerary:
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Week 1
San Diego. California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline & a gentle Mediterranean climate. We will be staying on the charming island town of Coronado, visiting the resplendent & beautiful Balboa Park & the world famous San Diego Zoo. Time allowing, we will explore the picturesque village & beaches of La Jolla (The Jewel) with its beautiful coves & caves. For the adventurous kitties, we might spend an afternoon shopping across the border into Tijuana, Mexico!

Week 2
Long Beach-Los Angeles-San Luis Obispo. Begins with a leisurely morning cruise to Catalina Island, to stroll the quaint streets of the Mediterranean-flavored port town of Avalon. Of course, there's always plenty of reason to stop in Los Angeles. The home of the stars is also home to Hollywood, Malibu, and the people-watching wonder that is the Venice Boardwalk. Just remember to grab your sunglasses & watch for your favorite stars. After passing through the popular resort town of Santa Barbara, the train finishes its route in the charming old city of San Luis Obispo.

Week 3
Hearst Castle-Big Sur Coast Highway-Carmel-Monterey. Our first tour will be to the infamous Hearst castle in San Simeon. We’ll travel alongside the spectacular Highway 1 through Big Sur, designated American National Scenic Byway & California Scenic Highway, an honor reserved for highways that are so distinctive they are destinations unto themselves. Next, Carmel-By-The-Sea, famous for its European charm, white sand beaches & hundreds of shops, art galleries & restaurants. Lastly, a visit to Monterey, home to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Week 4
Santa Cruz-San Francisco-San Jose. Santa Cruz is best known for its beautiful redwood forest & is home to the “Beach Boardwalk”, a popular seaside amusement park. Sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, San Francisco is famous for its natural harbor, lush parks, cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island & much more. Our tour ends in San Jose, the ‘Capital of Silicon Valley’. We will visit the revitalized downtown & stay at the fabulous Fairmont San Jose Hotel.
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I posted a map of our trip on my page.

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06/02/2013 01:13.15 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 31
CREATURE COMFORTS –(excerpt from Sarah Ban Breathnach)
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If you have pets, don’t just feed, walk, and ignore them. You invited them into your life, so open your heart. Pets need to be stroked, cuddled, caressed, indulged, pampered, and played with; dote on them & they’ll return the kind of devotion most of us can only dream about receiving from human beings. Talk to them & you’ll discover a trusted confidante who’ll never betray your secrets. Laugh at their silly antics–a sure stressbuster–and learn how to live by observing them. Cats are spontaneous, content to live in the present moment. They’re small, shedding, scratching, inscrutable Zen masters sent to teach us the paradox of undoing in a hectic world where things always have to be done. As the ball of fur presently curled up on my desk clearly demonstrates, the more naps you take, the more awakenings you experience.

Today, be grateful for the gift of sharing your earthly span with creatures who comfort. Animals are our spiritual companions, living proof of a simply abundant source of Love. None of us need feel alone. And if there is a gift, then surely, there must be a Giver.
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FINAL CATPAIGN DAY!
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Catpaigning for COTM has been an unbelievable month. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blogs about cats. My desire was to educate & inform you, as well as make you laugh, sometimes cry, and just proud to be felines.

My Mom & I both thank you for the heartwarming stories & words of encouragement that made my catpaign such a valuable experience. I owe a big thanks to the CMR crew (#46883) for coming by everyday to inspire me & for giving me the honor of being your May candidate. I’d like to say a special thank you to Boo Kitty (#154855) and her Mom Jane for the amazing royal pictography.

~ The Coronation will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 1st at 9 A.M. (PST)/ Noon (EST) on the CMR Page #46883. ~

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To give you a sneak preview of what my reign as King has in store for all of us, I plan a sort of continuation of Queen Spunky’s fabulous tour of California, only we’ll be traveling via the legendary Royal Castle Feline Train up the California Coast. I will be posting an itinerary of the day-to-day events on Sunday. We will begin the tour early Monday morning & as luck would have it, my planned tour starts in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado, right where Queen Spunky left us!
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05/31/2013 11:54.24 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 30
…HAPPILY EVER AFTER
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I’m Saigon, one of the cats here at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and this is my story.

My whole world turned upside down years ago in a storm I’ll never forget. Everybody else around here calls that storm Hurricane Katrina. For me I only remembered how frightened I was with all that water everywhere. Nothing looked the same anymore, and I didn’t know where to go for help. Thank goodness somebody found me and pulled me out of that mess!

I ended up coming to Best Friends, where I admit I wasn’t ready to trust people in the beginning. You’d think it wouldn’t be so hard, seeing how it was a group of kind people who rescued me from the big storm in the first place. I don’t know why but I was still nervous. I found a place to hide way up high in my new room at Best Friends, and I’m afraid I stayed there an awful long time.

But here’s the thing about the incredible people who work at Best Friends. They never give up on you! They knew I was too scared to come down and say hello, so they took care of me from a distance. I’ll always remember that.

I sat up there watching my cat friends play with people all the time. One day I got to thinking …these people always took good care of me, and want only to make me feel better. They can’t be so bad, can they? I finally decided to give it a go. And you know what? I couldn’t believe what I had been missing.

These days, when the caregivers bring in the food, I don’t even want to eat until I’ve had a chance to say hello. They’re so nice to me.

I guess I can share one more silly detail. For the longest time, I used to watch the other cats in the room play with toys all day long. I used to shake my head at them. It’s kind of odd, maybe, but I was too nervous to enjoy toys. Well, I finally got the concept!

You see, the amazing people in my life have helped me feel so much safer, so much happier, that I finally felt up to trying out some toys of my own not long ago. And guess what? I haven’t stopped playing with them since.

So that’s my story. It started out a bit sad, but thanks to the good people who support Best Friends, I’m living “happily ever after.”
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Best Friends Animal Society runs the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. Visit them at bestfriends.org.
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05/30/2013 11:09.55 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 29
CAT DREAMS – by Grace Tolson
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Have you ever wondered what the cat thinks as he sits with his paws folded under, eyes half closed, purring? Perhaps. Or with his tail flashing. I wonder does he dream of mice, of catching the worlds most ferocious mouse. Creeping softly on velvet paws, hush not a sound, closer ever closer, down on his belly, hiding in the long grass.

Now motionless he waits, patiently he crouches, not stirring, tail still, only the movement of his eyes shows that he lives. A sudden jump and he has won, he has caught the monster, holding it tight in his teeth. But the battle is not over yet, the monster will not give in, it wriggles and twists as it tries to free itself from the jaws of the cat, but the cat holds fast. But now he lets the mouse jump free then pounces and grabs it again, he tosses the mouse into the air and catches it as it falls to earth. He lets it go, paws slam it to the ground then he tosses it up again, this game he plays till the mouse falls limp. Limp and dead.

Is this the dream? Or is the dream of a bird gliding low, then snap and he holds it in his jaws. The bird struggles in its panic but iron jaws hold on. Cat the mighty hunter, would be a fitting dream.

Maybe the dream is of world’s far away, world’s lost in time, world’s only the cat knows. World’s where no human exists, world’s where the cat rules and all other animals bow down before him. Does he walk proudly through the jungle, eyes ever watchful, tail erect, head held high. Sometimes climbing trees often times chasing butterflies. Stopping to sit in a patch of sunlight, the sun warms his fur and he delicately washes his paws. Still the eyes are watchful, as a fly flirts with death and flits close as a paw flashes out to bat the fly. He misses, no matter twas only a game.

Now he stretches out, letting the sun warm more fur. His glossy fur, his coat of black shines beautiful in the sun. Night comes & cat awakes. Now he will wander his world, hunting small night creatures. Hush! There is a sound in the night, tiny feet scurry past, cat pounces & the creature is caught.

Is this what the cat is dreaming? Or is he dreaming of what might have been, of love perhaps, of a lady cat, of that which now can never be? Does he remember the feelings from before, does he feel them still? I ask him but he won’t tell. He closes his eyes, puts his head on his paws & sleeps away his day. For what else can a cat do, but be.
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We cats like to preserve that element of mystery.

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05/29/2013 12:32.56 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 28
SHADOW KITTY – (A Thank You Note) - Anonymous
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Dear Whoever Left Me "Shadow”,

I work in public accounting and lead a pretty miserable life. We work horrible hours and I have almost no time to do anything else in life. One day after leaving work at one in the morning, upon heading to the parking lot, I noticed a box in front of my car. Scared of what was inside, I imagined it to be either a) a bomb, or b) full of baby kittens. Hesitantly, I gently tapped the box with my foot, nudging it knowing the chance of it being a bomb was pretty low. The box felt light - too light to be a box of kittens. In fact, no one meowed when it shook. So I took an even greater risk and peeked inside. I see a tiny baby kitten sitting inside with an empty water dish, soft pillow and warm blanket. Never having thought I would own a cat, I was about to leave the kitten there for someone else to find. However, it was approximately 35 degrees outside and with no food or water, the kitten would surely struggle through the night. So I placed the large box in my passenger seat and brought the kitten home with me.

The tiniest cat I have ever seen, she has the softest black fur, sweetest face and gentlest personality. On the box, in a child's handwriting an index card was scotch-taped to the side saying "Cat's home" and written on the box was "Shadow".

Whatever the circumstances were, since you packed the box with the water dish, pillow and blanket, I can only imagine how much you wanted her to have a good home. This note is a simple thank you, and letting you know she has a wonderful home now and she has brought so much joy into my miserable life. Things are starting to look up, and I will be making life changes soon and hope to find new employment. As far as I know, an angel left Shadow for me that night.
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MEMBER OF THE FAMILY – by Hope Harrington Kolb
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What would I do without you, my precious, furry friend?...
Part mischief, but all blessings, and faithful to the end!
You look at me with eyes of love; you never hold a grudge....
You think I'm far too wonderful to criticize or judge.

It seems your greatest joy in life is being close to me...
I think God knew how comforting your warm, soft fur would be.
I know you think you're human, but I'm glad it isn't true...
The world would be a nicer place if folks were more like you!

A few short years are all we have; One day we'll have to part...
But you, my pet, will always have a place within my heart.
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Cats are indeed a blessing.

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05/28/2013 12:32.44 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 27
Rescued Afghanistan Cat – (Yahoo News)
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Cats & dogs far from home often comfort our troops more than any civilian will ever know. Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott risked his life while serving in Afghanistan, but it's the risk he took for a cat named Koshka that's getting him attention these days.

Knott met Koshka on base in the Maiwand District of Afghanistan, where the feline worked as the unofficial mouse catcher. But despite his service, Koshka wasn't always taken care of.

"He was showing some signs that people weren't taking very good care of him," Knott told CBS affiliate WBTV. "I found paint in his fur a couple of times. And then people took clippers and shaved his back."

Concerned for the cat, Knott made room for Koshka in his office, even though soldiers aren't allowed to have pets.

Then, on Dec. 8, 2011, a suicide bomber targeted a military convoy near Knott's base and killed two of the soldier's friends. Knott said he was struck by depression and was crying in his office when Koshka came to comfort him.

"With tears in my eyes he locked eyes with me, reached out with his paw and pressed it to my lips, then climbed down into my lap curled up and shared the moment with me," he told the Clackamas Review.

That was when Knott decided that Koshka couldn't stay in Afghanistan.

"He pulled me out of one of my darkest times, so I had to pull him out of one of his darkest places," he said.

The soldier was unable to get his feline friend on a military convoy, so he forged a plan with a brave local interpreter who agreed to take the cat to Kabul.

Both Koshka and the interpreter were at risk - if the man was discovered to be helping an American, the repercussions could be deadly.

"The risk to him was immense," Knott said. "This is a cat with a purple collar and an American-brand cat carrier, going halfway across Afghanistan, going across God knows how many Taliban checkpoints."

But the interpreter got Koshka to the Kabul airport undetected, and Knott's family paid $3,000 to fly the cat to their home in Oregon.

Since Koshka's rescue, Knott has left Afghanistan and is now stationed in Washington state. When his military service ends, he plans to reunite with the cat that helped him through one of his darkest times.

"He was my saving grace," Knott said. "He kept me alive during that tour."
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05/27/2013 01:27.19 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 26
Four Famous Cats of War– (petmed.com)
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Cats are often overlooked in the history of military animals, and for the most part, all of our famous wartime cats became so during the 1st & 2nd World Wars, when cats were still very much a part of the naval service - both here in the States & abroad. These were the days when it was essential to have a good ratter/mouser on board to protect the food stores. Like their human counterparts, some cats performed above & beyond their daily service. In other cases, the cats were not official members of the service, but they showed courage under fire, or assisted in the survival of troops on the ground. Here are four cats that stand out for their exceptional wartime actions.

#4 Crimean Tom
Crimean Tom was an accidental hero. In 1854, when British & French troops occupied the Russian port town of Sevastopol, Tom led the famished troops to caches of food beneath the rubble, which had been hidden all along the waterfront by the Russian defenders. Though not an official military cat, Tom was adopted as a mascot by the grateful soldiers & was taken along to England when the troops were called back.

#3 Tiddles
Tiddles, a born & raised ship cat, served with the HMS Victorious Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the early 1940s as the official Captain’s Cat. It can be assumed that he performed his duties ably, since he traveled over 30,000 miles during his naval service. He may also be one of the reasons for why the black cat is considered lucky in Great Britain.

#2 Able Seacat Simon
Able Seacat Simon (his official title), of the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst, began his career in 1948 as the Amethyst’s formal ratter. Simon performed his duties so well that he was twice awarded in 1949. The first after a particularly grueling incident with Chinese forces, Simon was awarded an Amethyst campaign ribbon for his valiant service. The next was the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry. Simon is the only cat to have received the Dickin Medal, and when he died, he was buried with full naval honors.

#1 Pfc. Hammer
Even today, a good mouser is still cherished. Pfc. Hammer proved his mettle when he decided to move in with the troops of a U.S. Army unit in Iraq in 2004, killing & chasing away mice that would have devoured or contaminated the soldiers' food stores. The men were so grateful for Hammer’s hard work & affection toward them that they made him an honorary member of their unit, and applied for & received help from Alley Cat Allies & Military Mascots to bring Hammer home to America after their deployment. He now lives in Colorado with his old comrade, Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield.
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05/26/2013 12:24.41 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 23
5 Tips for a Slimmer, Healthier Cat – (petmd.com)
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Being a fat cat might seem cute, but it’s really not good for your feline’s health. If your kitty is a little chubby or beginning to look that way, we have some simple tips to guarantee a slender, healthier version in no time. And best of all, if you keep following these tips, you won't have to spend the big bucks it takes to feed a fat cat!

1. Diets Are Not All Equal
The cat is a strict carnivore. That means a diet mainly consisting of "fillers" (e.g., corn and rice), is just empty calories for kitty. Do a little light reading during your shopping expedition, and start paying attention to the cat food labels. Meat should always be one of the first ingredients. Better quality food means less filler and that means a more svelte cat.

2. Wet vs. Dry Debate
Some people swear by dry food, while others won’t touch it. Ultimately the choice is up to you, but you’ll find more and more experts are leaning towards the wet food end of the argument. Less filler, more water content, and a happier, thinner cat can all be yours.

3. Portion Control
Try not to "free feed" the cat. If the food is left out all day for the kitty to help herself to, then she’ll snack whenever she feels like it -- even when she’s not hungry. Engage the hunter instinct. Leave the food for 15 minutes. If there’s still food in the bowl, put it away in the fridge for dinnertime.

4. Exercise
Play with your cat! Get her to run around and chase string, toy mice, laser lights (cats love them!), balls, and other fun toys. We don’t recommend taking kitty for walks unless she’s the type who enjoys it, though. But just 20 minutes of play a day can make up for it. Not only will this keep kitty from being bored and depressed, but it keeps her mind sharp.

5. No Table Scraps
People food is for people, not cats! Those little morsels are similar to us scarfing down a pizza. So, curtail table scraps from your cat's diet, and those treats designed for cats down to a minimum. But if Princess absolutely cannot go without her treats, try to find healthy options in the natural or holistic section of your pet store.

So there you have it. 5 simple tips to keep your cat in tip-top shape.
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05/23/2013 12:12.38 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 22
MIDNIGHT & STAY AWHILE – by A. Knight
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“Molly’s cat died,” said Denise’s tearful voice on the phone. “Midnight was hit by a car.” Molly, Denise & I had been friends for 10 years & we all loved Midnight.

Denise explained Midnight had somehow gotten out of Molly’s house & a car had hit him. A neighbor had found Midnight, put him in a box & taken him to Molly. Molly & Midnight had been together for 18 years. My own cat had recently died from old age & I was crushed.

“Let’s go to her house & have a little funeral service,” I suggested. “I’ll pick up flowers & make a little cross with Midnight’s name on it.”

We decided to meet at Molly’s house. I stopped by the flower shop to pick up a bouquet of daises. There was a pet store on the way & I thought they might have an appropriate sympathy card. In the shop was a small gray & black kitten in a cage. It was too soon to get Molly a kitten. You can’t just replace one cat with another as if it were a broken dish. Not yet. The kitten tried to climb over his cage to reach me & did a back flip, making me laugh.

“He’s cute, isn’t he? I don’t know why no one has bought him yet,” the storeowner said. “I guess he is going to stay awhile.”

“Stay Awhile.” I smiled. He had just been named. “I’ll buy him & the cat carrier too.”

If Molly didn’t want a kitten, I would keep him. As I drove to Molly’s, the kitten meowed loudly.

“Be quiet, Stay Awhile, you’re going to mend a broken heart today,” I said, hoping Molly would accept the kitten. Denise & Molly were waiting for me.

“Molly, I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I saw this kitten & couldn’t help myself. I know he can’t replace Midnight, but if you don’t want him, I’ll keep him. His name is Stay Awhile,” I said.

“Stay Awhile? What a silly, delightful name!” She kissed the kitten’s nose. “Of course I’ll keep him. I couldn’t bear one night not having a cat in the house.”

“We should probably-you know-bury Midnight now,” Denise said.

We solemnly dug a grave in the garden & gently placed the box in, covered it up & placed the flowers & little wooden cross into the earth.

Suddenly, a cat leaped over the fence & landed at our feet.

“MIDNIGHT!” we all screamed. Molly grabbed the black cat & lifted him up. “It’s Midnight!” She burst into tears of joy.

“Molly, didn’t you look into the box the neighbor gave you?”
Molly replied, “No, I couldn’t stand to see Midnight dead!” We all laughed hysterically. Some poor stray cat just had a 1st class funeral!

I was thrilled I could keep the kitten! A day that started with tears ended in laughter, thanks to a cat who came to his own funeral & a kitten named Stay Awhile. I bought Stay Awhile to help heal Molly’s broken heart, but instead he healed mine!
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05/22/2013 11:20.33 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 21
Top Reasons To Keep Cats Indoors – Part 2 (from cats.about.com)
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Next to declawing, the indoor-outdoor question is probably one of the hottest topics for debate, with both sides polarized to their own views. For those holdouts for letting cats roam free, consider more top reasons to keep cats indoors.

• Indoor Cats Do Not Get Hit by Cars. According to one source, more cats are killed by cars annually than are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters.

• Indoor Cats Are not a Danger to Wildlife. Let's face it; cats are predators, & left to their own devices outdoors, will eventually chase & kill birds, rabbits, & other small wildlife. Most of us would rather not see our cats cast in a killer role, & keeping them indoors will help protect wildlife to some degree.

• Indoor Cats Don't Get Lost. As outdoor cats widen their outdoor territories, they may become lost long enough to be "rescued" by other cat lovers, legitimate rescue groups, or picked up by animal control as strays. Statistics show that of "owned" cats turned in to shelters, only three percent are eventually relocated with their owners. Collars can break, & even microchips do not guarantee a cat will not be adopted & kept as an indoor cat by someone else. Why take the chance?

• Indoor Cats Are Not Stolen. “Bunchers” are people who sell cats to laboratories for animal experimentation or research. Their prime source of cats is on the street. Even a cat sitting on his front lawn is fair game for a buncher. Other people pick up cats for use as "bait" for training fighting dogs. Both categories of cat-knappers are the lowest of the low, but they are out there.

• Rarely mentioned, but equally serious, is the possibility of skin cancer from over-exposure to the sun. White & other light-colored cats can develop squamous cell carcinoma, a serious, painful disease.

I don't believe in wholesale statements beginning with, "If you love your cat, you'll do this & that for them." We humans feel different degrees of love for our cats & express our love in different ways. My stance on the indoor-outdoor issue is not "proof" one way or another of loving my cat more than the next guy, nor did my previous belief that cats deserve to be outdoors label me as a "bad" cat owner.

However, I do believe in personal responsibility for our decisions, & ultimately, our decisions may cost us the loss of a very good friend & family member. It's a matter of weighing the benefits against the risks, & being willing to suffer the consequences of our decisions.
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05/21/2013 12:55.19 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 20
Top Reasons To Keep Cats Indoors – Part 1 (from cats.about.com)
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Many cat lovers are now savvy that indoor cats are safer cats, while others still think that cats deserve freedom to run in the great outdoors. When humans domesticated cats, we took on the responsibility for their health & welfare. Part of that responsibility is to keep cats safe & in good health. For those holdouts for letting cats roam free, consider these top reasons to keep cats indoors.

• To Monitor Your Cat’s Urinary Tract/Bowel Health. With an outdoor cat, pet owners are unable to monitor painful attempts to urinate or poop. The first, a red flag warning for UTI or urinary tract blockage; the second, a red flag for constipation, bowel blockage or mega-colon.

• Indoor Cats Are Safe From Predators & Dog Packs. Outdoor cats are below predators in the food chain, & they are sitting ducks for owls, raptors, coyotes, & native big cats. Dogs running in packs will consider a cat fair game; even one large dog can easily overpower & kill a cat. Remember that some dogs are also bred to attack; they are not really to blame when their instinct takes over. Even with a full set of fangs & claws, the cat rarely has a chance when caught outside.

• Indoor Cats Don't Create Neighbor Problems. Even "well-bred" cats will venture into neighbors' yards when allowed to roam free. People who don't like cats will not tolerate cats using their gardens as litter boxes, & will sometimes resort to extreme measures to keep the cats out.

• Indoor Cats Rarely Get Abscesses From Fighting. Cats are very territorial & will defend their territory to the death, if challenged by another cat. At the very least, these territorial battles often result in abscessed wounds, which can be deadly if not treated in time. There's also the chance, of course, of cats contracting FIV from deep bite wounds.

• Indoor Cats Are Safe From Human Abuse. Freely-roaming cats are easy targets for gangs of youths with time on their hands, for cat-haters, who seek cats out for target practice, & for neighbors who would think nothing of killing a cat for trespassing on their property. Although animal protection laws are beefing up, prosecution will never bring a loved cat back to life.

• Indoor Cats Can Get Plenty of Exercise. Cats do get exercise, but they can get it safely with interactive toys, climbing towers, scratching posts, & other indoor toys; all much safer than running from dogs or fighting with other cats. Remember also that there are safe compromises for the outdoor experience.
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05/20/2013 12:24.32 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 19
6 TAX DEDUCTIONS YOUR CATS CAN CLAIM FOR NEXT YEAR - (from catster.com)
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Cats love to take advantage of anything that might work in their favor. What if they could file taxes and claim deductions? You better believe they'd be all over that. What exactly would they claim? We've got some ideas.

1. Therapy deduction -
Cats should be able to claim monies paid for any therapy occurring as a result of having to wear silly outfits. The deductions would substantially increase for those felines whose shame is shared via social media outlets. In case of an audit, they must save all receipts and screenshots of photos shared online.

2. Energy-savings deduction -
Masters at conserving energy, cats would get to reap the benefits of helping save the planet. They'd log their sleep hours and, using a specialized formula, claim accordingly. There would also be a unique tax credit for cats who log a certain number of hours while lying in a sun puddle. It would be called the Solar Cat Tax Credit.

3. Charitable donations deduction -
Kitties are excellent gift givers. They drop toys into our empty shoes, leave expired creatures at the back door, and greet our bare morning feet with cold piles of vomity hairballs. It's about time they received credit for those charitable donations!

4. Casualty deduction -
Unfortunately, cats must deal with a multitude of casualties each year, primarily lost toys. Balls are batted under the refrigerator, cloth mice are drowned in the water bowl, and feathered birdies are ripped to shreds. Mourning the loss of vanished toys is tough, but the load can feel a lot lighter when they can write those losses off and experience true closure.

5. Entertainment deduction -
It takes a lot of energy to entertain humans. Cats subject themselves to a fair amount of embarrassment in order to please the human with the can opener. As a way to help them feel their hours of performing for humans are not in vain, an entertainment deduction would be available to kitties.

6. Paid interest deduction -
Sometimes cats just want to sleep, birdwatch, or curl up and stare at a bug on the screen door. However, humans may have other ideas: "Kitty, kitty! Come sit on my lap!" The human is the bringer of the food, and so cats sometimes placate her whims. They really should receive credit for showing interest when really they'd rather flick their tail and go back to sleep. And most times, they do just that -- some deductions just aren't worth it.
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05/19/2013 11:43.21 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 17
Peas in a Pod - by Sue Young
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I’ll never be sure if it was wisdom or folly that struck that day, but I would think a little of both. We had been happily living with one cat for a couple of years, a fairly large black-&-white English Shorthair named Smedley. It was time for his annual exam & shots, so off we went to our local veterinarian’s office, puss in hand, or actually wrapped like up like an Egyptian mummy to save us from his dreaded claws.

“Ah!” Doc Pete said, with a twinkle in his eyes. “I’m glad you dropped in. I have a kitten out back that needs a home & I thought of you!”

Before I could stop him, his assistant brought out the tiniest marmalade tabby, weighing just over a pound, with a cast on his left front leg. He put him in my arms, looked up at me & said, “So what do you think?”

They say a sucker is born every minute & that was my minute. We took one look at the poor little thing & then at each other & we were done for. We found out that someone had broken his leg & tried to drown him in the nearest canal. A Good Samaritan had rescued him & brought him to the vet’s office.

“How will they get along?” I asked. “How do we go about introducing them to each other?”
“Oh, that’s no problem,” he said. “You just put him in a carrier, take him home, leave the carrier open & let Smedley think he is rescuing the kitten.”

Well, it sounded good. As per instruction, once we got home, we left the kitten in the carrier in the middle of the room. Then we sat back to watch. Smedley circled the box & growled deeper than I had ever heard him before. The kitten mewed plaintively while sticking a paw out of the holes in the side of the carrier. After about an hour, we decided to open the top of the carrier a little wider. Smedley walked up to the top, looked inside & was rewarded by a lightning strike from a small orange paw.

That was the last we saw of him that evening. I was convinced that the next morning would find us back at the vet’s office returning the little tyke. However, the next morning, we were in for a surprise. As I got up to put on the coffee, I saw the two of them curled up together on the sofa as if they were one cat with two smiling faces. From then on, Smedley watched over the little one as if he had given birth to him, and they went everywhere together.

Doc Pete was right!
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05/17/2013 10:18.31 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 16
The Taste Sense Of Cats - (from PetSpeak)
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Cats are blessed with a keen sense of smell. So while humans can smell broiled lobster, a cat can smell something like “broiled Maine lobster shipped in brine.” Despite their incredible sensitivity to smell, cats aren’t too concerned about taste. Of all their senses, taste is probably the least important to cats. Humans seek culinary perfection, but cats are mainly interested in whether the stuff they’re about to eat is nutritious or dangerous.

Cats tend to be more picky than dogs. One reason for this is that they’re carnivores, and spoiled meat is best left behind for scavengers. Another reason is that they’re, well, cats, and cats are generally more particular about life than dogs. Because they care more about what they put into their mouths, it’s tougher to slip them day-old food or extras like medicine.

Cats do seem to have one blind spot when it comes to taste: They have a very limited ability to identify sweets. While most animals prefer food with sucrose in it, cats don’t seem to notice it. In fact, researchers found that cats could not tell the difference between sugar water and plain water, even when the sugar level was so high that it was potentially dangerous.

Although flavor isn’t the most important thing to cats, food certainly is. It gives them a sense of comfort and well-being even as it satisfies their appetites. And it can be a powerful tool for communication as well. If you give a pet food he really likes, you’ll get his attention in a hurry.

Cats are creatures of habit, which means they’re most comfortable when they’re in familiar surroundings, with familiar people and familiar tastes. Just because people want to try different foods all the time doesn’t mean cats do too.

It’s fine to change foods periodically. Cats may get bored with the same food after a few months and will crave a new flavor. Let them have it. But make the change slowly by mixing some of the new food in with the old food for a few days. This will prevent diarrhea or other digestive problems that may occur when pets suddenly start eating something new.

THE ABILITY TO TASTE: The reason dogs and cats snack out of the trash can with the same gusto that they have for cleaning out their food bowls is that the food we throw out often has appealing flavor & aromas. There’s a significant difference in the number of tastebuds between pets & people. Here’s the comparison:

PEOPLE: 10,000 tastebuds | DOGS: 1,500-2,000 tastebuds | CATS: 473 tastebuds
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Hey, who said cats don’t have taste?!

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05/16/2013 01:12.53 PM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 15
CAT FUNNIES :) - Volume 1
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A Cat Heaven -
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One day a cat dies of natural causes and goes to Heaven. There he meets the Lord himself. The Lord says to the cat, "You lived a good life and if there is any way I can make your stay in Heaven more comfortable, please let Me know."

The cat thinks for a moment and says, "Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor." The Lord stops the cat and says, "Say no more," and a wonderful fluffy pillow appears.

A few days later six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident and go to Heaven. Again the Lord is there to greet them with the same offer. The mice answer, "All of our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs, and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we're tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so we don't have to run anymore?" The Lord says, "Say no more," and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.

About a week later the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him in a deep sleep on the pillow. The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, "How are things since you arrived?"

The cat stretches and yawns and replies, "It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those Meals on Wheels you've been sending by are theeeeeeee best!!!"

The Cat Scan –
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A man runs into the vet's office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.

The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog's body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, poking and sniffing the dog's body and finally looks at the vet and meows.

The vet looks at the man and says, "I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too."

The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes. The vet answers, "$350."

"$350 to tell me my dog is dead?!" exclaims the man.

"Well," the vet replies, "I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $300 was for the cat scan."
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05/15/2013 11:42.15 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 14
Ugly the Cat – author unknown
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Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and shall we say, love.

The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. He had only one eye, he was missing an ear and his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, healing at an irregular angle. His tail was gone, leaving a small stub & he was covered with scabs. Humans reacted when they saw him with, “That’s one UGLY cat!”

All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness. If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.

One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbor’s huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my home I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly's sad life was almost at an end.

As I picked him up to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping. I must be hurting him terribly I thought. Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear- Ugly, in so much pain & suffering was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head. Then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.

At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Ugly just looked up at me, completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.

Ugly died, nestled in my arms. I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray, could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly.

Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful; but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.
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05/14/2013 11:16.36 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 13
CATS IN THE MEWS –
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ITALIAN CAT BRINGS GIFTS TO HIS LATE MASTER'S TOMB –
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ROME - The story of a cat who visits his master's tomb and brings him little presents on an almost daily basis a year after the man's death has moved the inhabitants of a village in central Italy.

"He brings little twigs, leaves, toothpicks, plastic cups. A bit of everything really," Renzo Iozzelli's widow Ada told AFP from Montagnana, a mountain village near Florence.

"Sometimes he comes with me and sometimes he goes on his own. The whole town knows about him now!"

Toldo the cat -- a grey-and-white three-year-old tomcat -- followed Iozzelli's funeral procession last year and has continued going to the cemetery ever since, a habit usually ascribed to dogs.

"He loved my husband. It was something else! Now it's just me, my daughter and my son-in-law and he's very affectionate with us too," she said.

Ada said the journey to and from the cemetery each day had tired Toldo out in the cold winter weather.

"He's not going out so much these days. He's caught a bit of bronchitis so he's sleeping next to me."
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BRASILIA - A cat trained by prisoners to deliver cell phones and tools to dig tunnels was caught at a jail in northeastern Brazil after sneaking in with forbidden items strapped to its body.

"An agent saw the cat and went to look at it closely because something about it seemed wrong," Marcelo Avelino, the head of the prison guards' union, told the O Globo newspaper.

The agent found a bag tied to the animal's body filled with saw blades and drill parts for concrete drilling and digging tunnels, along with a cell phone complete with battery and charger, Avelino added.

The cat had often been seen coming in and out of the Alagoas jail.

Prison officer Luiz de Oliveira Souza told the G1 news website that prisoners had raised the cat and that relatives would often take it home after a prison visit.

"We were very surprised by this new tactic of prisoners, who trained the animal so that it returned to the prison and even managed to carry materials,” the agent added.
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05/13/2013 10:15.01 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 12 ♥
Feline Wisdom: A Mother’s Day Letter From My Cats - by Angie Bailey
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Dear Meow-my,

Today is Mother’s Day, and because we love and care about you, we have a few points we’d like you to consider:

1. You’re perfect just the way you are. Sometimes we see you worry about silly things and we think you should worry less and nap more. It works for us. And we’ll even nap with you – what a deal!

2. We love it when you let us sleep in your chair. Even when you need to sit there, you never move us – you just balance your butt on the very edge of the chair so you don’t disturb us. You are kind…and well-trained.

3. We know you want to develop a consistent yoga routine and we think that’s a great idea. Stretching feels fantastic and we just want you to know we’re here to help you. You know how we are – the minute you sit on the floor, we climb all over you. Sometimes this annoys you, but we are only trying to help you master the poses. You’re welcome.

4. We also think you should read more books. We notice you look more relaxed when you read, and we like that. Additionally, you reading a book means we’re charged with rubbing our faces all over it and lying on top of it, forcing you to eventually stop reading and pay lots and lots of attention to us. So please read, relax, but focus most of your energy on us.

5. We have a relaxation tip for you: Have you tried napping on a pile of warm laundry? It’s just the best! Try a load of towels – you’ll never go back.

6. Don’t feel guilty about eating a treat now and again. In fact, get really excited about it! You see us, right? Do you notice how we race around the kitchen and cheer when you show us the treat jar? You need to do some racing and cheering over cupcakes. We’ll grab the camera.

7. We love it when you play with us! We think sometimes you should close that computer-thingy and play more often – and not just with us! Take a walk, go swimming or meet friends for tea. And sometimes, we want to be your only laptop.

Hopefully you will find our suggestions helpful. We kitties are smart and know how to live happy and balanced lives and we want that for you, too! Thank you for everything you do for us. We don’t even mind a camera in our faces now and again – we know that makes you happy. Not to create more work for you, but we would like to suggest that you do a few more loads of laundry each week. What? You read #5, right?

Happy Mother’s Day! Love, your Furbabies
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05/12/2013 09:19.36 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 11
CATS’ WHISKERS –
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If you were to put your cat in a darkened maze, she’d confidently stroll all the way through without knocking into the sides or bumping into the wall. Cover her eyes, and she’d still be able to locate a mouse in the field. Even if you covered her ears and nose as well as her eyes and then tried to sneak up on her, she’d probably be aware of you before you got close.

Are cats psychic? Lots of people think so. But scientists have found that cats’ rather astonishing powers of perception are due less to mental wizardry than to the wonders of the whiskers. (No, not me silly!)

Cats use their whiskers constantly. The whiskers act almost like sonar, telling cats how close they are to objects around them. Cats also use their whiskers to communicate. Depending on the position, whiskers tell other cats when to stay away and when to approach.

When you look at cats head-on, you’ll get a pretty good view of their intricate whisker systems. You’ll see a vast collection of long hairs sprouting from their eyes, at the base of their ears, along their cheeks, and under their chins. Some whiskers are specialized, and each set does a different job.

In a very real sense, whiskers are like several extra sets of eyes. They allow cats to see the world in greater detail. In fact, cats who lose their sight may develop whiskers that are longer and thicker than usual.

Because the whiskers have a hot line to the brain, they provide unique insights into your pet’s moods and actions. You can tell when she is contented, irritated, or ready to play. Cats will often broadcast what their next behavior will be with movement of their whiskers.

Whiskers straight out to the sides: This means nothing is stimulating their curiosity or distracting them. They’re happy and content.

Whiskers flattened: When the whiskers shoot straight back from the nose and lie flattened against the cheeks, your cat is afraid of something.

Whiskers fanning and swiveling: Cats who are curious use their whiskers almost like antennae.

Whiskers spread out and angled forward: When a cat points her whiskers straight out in front of her face, watch out. She is putting her sensors ahead of her to feel what she is going to bite.

Because the whiskers are so sensitive, petting or stroking them is the equivalent of shouting in your cat’s ear. It’s a good idea to let children know not to pull on a cat’s whiskers.
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05/11/2013 11:53.09 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 10
Baby Socks – by Bonita Chambers
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The gray tuxedo kitten decided he would live with us after his feral mother was hit by a car and died. His tiny feet looked like little white socks so we named him Baby Socks. We fed him and talked to him until he finally trusted us enough to pet him and pick him up. We took him to the vet for shots and neutering. Even still, he was not an inside cat. He wanted to patrol his own domain outside. However, when I would sit outside, he would jump into my lap, his white feet kneading my legs.

We were also owned by a 10 lb Yorkie named Sugar. Baby Socks got used to her using ‘his’ backyard. They formed a truce where she didn’t chase him and he didn’t hiss at her. Baby Socks grew to weigh 20 lbs., twice the size of the dog.

At the same time, Sugar grew older. By age 16, she had cataracts in both eyes. Due to age and numerous health problems, Sugar went blind. Despite her blindness she knew how to navigate the rooms in the house, and we left the furniture in place so she wouldn’t get confused or hurt.

We did worry about her going out in the yard. A slope ran down to a creek where snakes or raccoons could harm her. We took her on trips to the bathroom and made sure she was able to follow our voice back to the door.

Eventually Sugar lost her hearing. We had to watch her every move when she was outside and pick her up to bring her back inside.

It wasn’t long before we noticed Baby Socks was following Sugar whenever she was in the yard. If she got too close to the slope, he got in front of her and nudged her in the right direction, safely to the door. He became her self-appointed “seeing-eye cat”! Sugar died when she was 17. Baby Socks seemed to know she was gone, but he watched whenever we opened the back door, just in case.

He still patrols the yard. I tell him what a good cat he is and maybe we might get another dog someday. He doesn’t seem impressed. If that day comes, I’m sure Baby Socks will once more work out a truce, and a friendship, with whatever new canine enters his domain.
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05/10/2013 10:28.46 AM Report This Comment
A Word With Whiskers – May 09
How Cats Love – Part 2 (from cats.about.com)
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Here are more ways that cats express their undying affection for us:

8. Cats Love with Kneading. Kneading behaviors—front paw treading on soft surfaces—hearken back to kittenhood. Kitten paws knead against the mother cat’s breasts to induce milk to be released. Adult cats continue the behavior when they’re feeling most relaxed and content and loved, and that’s often when being petted on the owner’s lap. Kneading is an obvious expression of adoration.

9. Cats Love with Playing. Kittens play out of pure enjoyment, and many never outgrow playtime. Some cats may actually control the interaction of petting by moving just out of reach—so YOU must go to THEM. Their most favorite playmate typically is a trusted, beloved companion.

10. Cats Love with Sleeping. As sleep champs, felines typically sleep up to 16 hours a day. Because they are most vulnerable during sleep, the place your cat chooses to snooze must be a secure and trusted location. There is no greater loving compliment than a cat choosing your lap for a favorite sleep spot.

11. Cats Love with their Eyes. A kitty’s eyes are proportionately very large—if human’s eyes were the same proportion, our eyes would be eight inches across! As such, cat eyes are important assets for survival, yet extremely vulnerable. Cats that place their faces and wide-open eyes near a human express great trust and love. A slow “eye blink” from across the room is considered a cat kiss.

12. Cats Love with their Butts. This is another “back handed compliment” that cats offer to only their most trusted, beloved people. Because kitties identify each other by scent, butt-sniffing is the equivalent to a very personal hand shake. When your cat jumps on your lap and presents her tail in your face, the invitation is obvious—not that you need to sniff!

13. Cats Love with their Tails. In a similar fashion, the “elevator butt” pose invites you to give special attention. Simply scratch her above the tail. Cats also signal their love when they approach you with the tail held straight up, and the end slightly tipped over. Kittens use this to greet their mother—and adult cats continue to treat their favorite humans like a beloved mom, with tails flagged high in respect.

14. Cats Love with Meowing. Cats rarely meow at other cats. Kitty uses these vocalizations specifically to interact with her people. Do you make a point to talk with those you dislike? Neither do cats! Even when kitty pesters you with lots of meows, she’s interacting with you out of love.
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