Mancat Monday

Hi everyone ! I thought I would do a Mancat Monday with a Brody update.

Brody A lot of times, he can be spotted peaking from the top of the steps.

He basically lives in the upstairs bathroom which is quite small. I open the door every morning and close it before bed.  Throughout the day, he will venture down and try to befriend the others only to be met with hisses. Last week, my hubby claims that Brody attacked his princess, Prancie. He squirted him with the spray bottle and he came right back after her. I honestly think he was attempting to play. Unfortunately, now the hubby doesn’t like him. Spooky had hissed at him about 2 weeks before he left us. My hubby is taking Spooky’s passing very hard and I think he feels like he would be betraying Spooky to make friends with Brody. I mentioned that and he said he just doesn’t like that cat.( No worries, Brody is here to stay so they will have to coexist).

brodyandmillie   Brody and Millie visit each other through the screen door a lot. I am afraid to let them be together though because Millie likes to attack and I don’t want him to teach bad things to Brody.

Brody is braver with me and will eat in front of me. For several weeks, he wouldn’t even look at the food if I was there. When he is downstairs though, he runs the minute I move at all. I am wondering if I should just keep being patient and  hoping things will work out or if I should crate him ( I have a large crate with plenty of room for a litter box). I would keep him in the living room and hopefully the others would get used to him and accept him. I appreciate any advice. Thank you.

I also bought a Feliway diffuser for multi-cat homes. I probably need about 5, but I got one for the living room to start. The vet assured me they are better and don’t get as hot  (I tossed my last one because I was afraid of a fire). Brody3Isn’t he a cutie?

ROARS

Hi everyone! Please pray and purr for Pipo and Minko’s  Dad. PowerOfThePaw WeBeesMeezersMrJackFreckles

Phoebe update: Murmur was still there so now we wait for the ultrasound on March 4th.

006It looks like I am now the proud owner of this little ragamuffin. As you know, I brought him in to be neutered. I don’t know if it is the same in all states, but in Massachusetts you have to sign a paper saying if any wounds of unknown origin are found that you will quarantine them for 6 months or they will euthanize. I wasn’t going to allow a seemingly healthy cat get put down. When I went to pick him up, I knew we were in trouble because out paperwork was off to the side. The vet found several injuries on his neck. I think it was from fighting with other male cats, but it doesn’t matter what I think, this is the law. I know if I care for him for 6 months there is no way I am letting him go- I have attachment issues.

Right now he is totally segregated. If after 6 months he seems like he can be introduced to the others then I will get him FELV/FIV tested and go from there. I was thinking of names and so far all I can think of is Daryl the feral. Any other ideas? I will get better photos soon- I hope.

And my last ROAR today is for Here Today Animal Shelter in Brimfield, MA. I am volunteering at their SPAYghetti dinner this Sunday. I am also crocheting some toys to be sold at the dinner too. I am glad that I can help, I never volunteer at shelters because if I make contact with any cat, I want it.

Phoebe’s Giveaway

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all the pity yesterday, I really appreciate it. We got our Chewy item to review yesterday. it is dental treats. Do you think that if I eat the whole bag that I can skip my dental? 019

I haven’t seen my Grammie in days and I love her so very much.

My purrince  wrote me a beautiful poem:

Poe-em fur mee Purrincess Phoebe

All tho thee day was crummy,
an they stuck fingss inn yur bummy…
yur still mee sweet buttercup
who warmss mee heart up!!
Mee iss with you inn spirit an mind;
just look inside an mee you’ll find.
Mee sendss all mee LUV
an purrayerss frum above.
Mee will luv you fur ever,
you are mee treasure……

***paw kissesss*** an ~~head rubsss~~ an <3 LUV <3
Yur poe-etick Purrince, Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Please pray for him because he has a special vet appointment today. I love him so very much.

Now for that giveaway, it is for Valentine’s Day. Comment today through Saturday, comment once a day for more chances. There is a catnip mat, 2 crocheted catnip toys and a crocheted eyeglass holder for your Mom ( or Dad- hope he likes pink 🙂 ).

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PS: The feral got fixed yesterday and she went back to the people who trapped her. They are going to try to keep her inside. Mom got some scratches and bruises attempting to get her back in the trap so this kitty has a long way to go to be tame. Mom saw at least 5 more cats that need to be fixed too and she is going to do it as they trap them.

 

 

Guest Post From Cat Scout Felix

Happy Friday everyone! We are pleased to have Cat Scout Felix here today to tell us about another seacat. And speaking of seacats, many of you know that Felix’s Mom runs the Museum of Maritime Pets , I am now a proud board member.

33-Felix-Hat Hello, everyone!  We are very proud that Ellen has joined the Board of the Museum of Maritime Pets.  They’re getting ready to mount a travelling exhibit entitled, “Creature Comforts,” which will travel throughout the U.S. in 2016.  More into soon on the website www.museumofmaritimepets.org   Our mom has to confess that our Cat Scout duties sometimes conflict with her museum ones!!

Today I wanted to relay another heartwarming kitty rescue and human bravery story.  This one originated in 1899 in Liverpool, England.  Unfortunately, no illustrations of the humans or kitty exist, just one of the massive 3-masted commercial sailing ship Hawksdale which we are unable to reproduce here, due to technical problems with our scanner!  Registered in Liverpool, Hawksdale sailed to Hamburg Germany to pick up its cargo of 500 pianos, bound for Melbourne, Australia.

One of the ship’s crew was a 17-year old apprentice named Aubrey Chaplin, who was allowed to bring his pet cat Freddy on board for company and as a pest-controller.  Captain William Steele and the crew liked the kitty very much, and he was allowed the run of the ship, always bunking with his master at bedtime. Freddy was a marmalade, and you know how friendly they are!

A few days after leaving Hamburg, Hawksdale encountered gale-force winds, and she went off course, running aground between Margate and Clacton-on-Sea, on England’s East Coast on the North Sea.. The crew attempted to launch one of the ship’s three lifeboats, but it capsized and three crew members drowned.  A second lifeboat broke from its fastenings and disappeared.  The sails were torn to pieces, and the masts were in danger of collapsing.

The crew feared for their lives, but their distress signals were finally picked up by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution – equivalent to our Coast Guard).  The lifeboat crew approached as near as possible to the grounded ship, and after several attempts and many long arduous hours, Hawksdale‘s crew were all lifted to safety….except Aubrey, who realized at the last moment that he had forgotten his dear cat, still belowdecks.

Despite the urgings of the RNLI’s crew, Aubrey didn’t jump to safety, but he disappeared below to retrieve Freddy, who was asleep in his bunk.  Aubrey put him into a nearby sack, so he could not escape, and the two jumped to safety into one of the two waiting lifeboats.

Aubrey sustained a serious injury while jumping, and in the meantime, Freddy in his sack was nearly submerged in the water that had washed into the lifeboat.  His master had the presence of mind to “come to” and squeeze the water from the sack, holding it tightly for the nearly four hour (15 mile) trip back to shore at Clacton.  Aubrey didn’t know at that point whether Freddy was still alive, because there was no movement in the sack!

Twenty four crew were saved from Hawksdale, and Freddy was weak, but soon resuscitated with some warm milk.  He was taken in by Aubrey’s parents, never to set sail again.

Hawksdale‘s cargo was mostly salvaged by various tug and rescue boats, but the ship was a total loss.  Captain Steele lost his commission, but was later allowed back into service. In the meantime, young Aubrey chose to continue his maritime career, and he was given special leave from his new ship to travel to Dublin, Ireland, where the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries presented him with a silver medal from the Dublin Home for Starving and Forsaken Cats, in recognition of his bravery saving Freddy:

      “Presented to Mr. Aubrey F. Chaplin by Miss Alice M. Swifte, founder of the Dublin              Home for Starving and Forsaken Cats, in remembrance of his brave conduct in             saving the life of a cat, at the risk of his own, in time of shipwreck.”

The obverse of the Medal featured an engraving of a cat and his name, “Freddy.”

Thank you Felix for that amazing story.

Please stop by and visit Billy the Time Cat 

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His Mom tried to rescue this poor feral .