Category Archives: Cats

Feline Friday: Temptations

Romeo & Mr. Duke welcome you to another Feline Friday.

Romeo & Duke

They are demonstrating what happens when our cats hear the crinkling sound of the Temptations cat treats’ bag. I don’t know what’s in these things, but the cats are wild for them. I’ve been offering Temptations to Duke as encouragement to come out for his insulin shots. The other cats quickly realized what was going on, and they have learned to come running from wherever they happen to be in order to get their share of the payoff. They stand around and wait for me to give a few of these treats to each of them.

The funny thing is that they can tell when I’m just using the Temptations to round the cats up and close them in the bedroom, which we sometimes have to do. On those days, they know to ignore the bait and stay in hiding. It’s uncanny. I think I’m going through the normal routine, but they can somehow tell my motives. Cats, it seems, have psychic abilities.

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Feline Friday: Romeo & Duke still hanging out

Here we are, another Feline Friday.

After having our lives knocked about by my sister’s death, the cats are trying to keep us on a steady course by just being themselves.

Romeo and Duke continue their buddy act. They lobby for food as a team, then eat with their dishes next to each other, sometimes swapping mid-meal. They can usually be found napping next to each other, and at night they come up onto our bed together, and then vie for attention, each trying to hold the position closest to the person. And most of this is newly developed behavior since Kili’s death earlier this year.

Romeo has been paying a bit more attention to the outside world. He now is waiting just inside the door when we come in from the garage, trying to get a peek at that mysterious territory before the door shuts. And he’s alert when we go out onto the deck. He hasn’t made another break for freedom, but he does want to look out when the sliding doors open. No cause for alarm yet, and hopefully he won’t get into escape mode.

Other than that, an uneventful week on the cat front.

Oh, here’s a note that might interest some…Just a FYI – Sunday is National Feral Cat day, and Catfriends is doing a spay/neuter clinic where you can get 2 feral cats sterilized for the price of one ( five bucks ).

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Feline Friday: October 14, 2016

Due to circumstances beyond my control…

Today’s Feline Friday photos will hopefully get posted later this afternoon, and I may–stress “may”–be able to complete a post or two over the weekend.

But this has turned into a very stressful time. We’re making changes in my sister’s medical care, which require setting up the finances to support them, while supporting her during a difficult time.

I’ve already taken a sabbatical from my weekly Civil Beat column in order to deal with the family stuff.

Hopefully this will all settle down soon and I’ll get back to something like normal.

In the meantime, I’ll trying to keep in touch here and via Facebook as time permits.

Feline Friday on Saturday

Feline FridayYup. The kitties (and their photographer) didn’t make Friday’s deadline, so this is another Feline Friday on Saturday.

Today’s feature photo is a typical scene. Cat #1, in this case Ms. Annie, finds a good spot to spend some time. She claimed a window sill looking out into the front yard. She gets to watch birds, cars on the street, plants blowing a bit in the wind, people walking past. Lots of color and motion to entertain a cat.

Then, right on cue, Romeo appears. He’s not real pushy. He doesn’t try to swat her in order to claim the window. But he just sidles up to her, not making eye contact, but getting close enough to make her uncomfortable. Eventually she’ll abandon her post and let Romeo take over. This repeats many times a day. Romeo is a jealous boy, for sure.

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Feline Friday: Homecoming

First catWe bought our first kitten right after we returned to Hawaii to enter graduate school at the end of August in 1969. She was a wonderful kitten we found at a pet store in Ala Moana Center. We were living temporarily with my parents in Kahala, so our kitten moved in with us. She later moved with us into a high-rise apartment building in Kaimuki. Before she was a year old, we adopted kitten #2, a stray found wandering and crying in a construction area near our building during a heavy rain. The two bonded and were very close as long as they lived.

Later, when the owner of our apartment building died and new owners decided to turn the rental units into condominiums, we moved to a townhouse in a development just down the hill towards the ocean, across from Wilson School. We lived there for another ten years before buying our house in Kaaawa and relocating. Kitten #2 died in about 1985. First cat survived and made the move with us. A few months after that move, early in the summer of 1988, she died.

That was 28 years ago.

On Sunday, we decided it was time to welcome our first cat, and the many others that followed, to our new home.

[text]On Sunday afternoon, I brought a box from the garage containing more than a dozen small containers, each with the ashes of one of the cats that have lived with us over the years.

We took them all out onto the deck, overlooking our back yard and the welcoming shade of the mango trees. One by one, we picked up the containers. Each had a small label with the name of the cat that had been such a part of our lives. One by one, we opened them, pulled out the small plastic bag inside, and emptied the remains into a bucket half-filled with soil. One by one, we moved through the generations of cats, remembering each of them, retelling their stories to each other, shedding tears, then mixing them into the soil. The first container was actually a glass jar containing the ashes of Emma, kitten #2. The rest of the metal boxes were different sizes and shapes, each marked with a cat’s name, some accompanied by condolence cards signed by our vets and their staff.

When we were done, we stopped for a glass of wine. We let the silence speak.

And the next morning, all of our former cats became part of our newly renovated yard, the bucket of soil added to that being used to put additional plants along the side and front of our house. A bit here, a bit there.

All of our cats are now here at home.

And, yes, there’s a story behind the rusted boxes you can see in the photo above. They were stored on the bottom shelf of the book shelves in our bedroom. Being on the bottom shelf, they were in that 15″ zone of vulnerability to acts of random cat pee. Over the many years, the boxes that had been there the longest fell victim to the drive-by peeing many times, despite our efforts to remove the odors and repel future deposits.

Meanwhile, Romeo seems to have come back from his last vet visit with a cold. He’s been sneezing this week. Unless he shows other symptoms, we’ll treat this as a common cold and see if it passes before too long. The other cats have had a relatively uneventful week. Check them out below.

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