Monday, November 30, 2009

We Survived

Rudy loved having visitors to play with!  After a few days, Miki started making use of the extra laps available. Both daughters are smitten by him. since they grew up with and have sweet memories of a sealpoint Siamese.  It was fun hearing them trade 'cat memories'. 

Both Sophie and Santino were out in the kitchen the last evening and the last morning our company was here, at least for the time that Nate was sitting down and not in motion.:-)  

I know you are going to think I am imagining this, but Santino is visibly happy to have his mommy back!  He missed all the cuddling we do during the day. All of us survived!:-)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lots of Laughter

I laughed out loud when I saw this cartoon.  Isn't it great????  Or, was it simply the timing, because I am so happy to have my daughter and grandson here from CA!   Rudy is in heaven!  What a social butterfly he is!   It's a bit much for Miki and Santino, though both appeared for petting last night as we were all watching "The Singing Revolution".  Nate says that in the morning, all four cats are in the hallway waiting on him and he has been allowed to even pet Sophie.  My grandson never fibs.  Really.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Most Handsome Kitties

When I go to the vet with a sick cat, I always say "Oh, please save him !  He is my favorite!" Then, when I go to post a photo, I always think "Oh, look at this. He is my most handsome kitty!"  No matter which of my cats I am referring to, it's the truth!

So, just look at my Santino!  He is SO handsome!!!

Here he is in the early morning light on top of the kitchen bar counter.  A rare shot of him looking pensive. Usually he is either sleeping or on the move.

Prince Rudy, feelin' just fine.  I,m not forgetting his health issues as I'm not forgetting my own.  I practice a kind of triage here.....Whatever needs my attention right now, gets it and the rest I chip away at more gradually. 

Look at Rudy with the most amazing coloring!  He is so incredibly handsome!  I guess "striking" would be a more accurate term.  I hope he will still like Nate, my grandson who arrives late afternoon.  The last time he was here...3 years ago....he was the cat whisperer for both Rudy and Blu.  It should be fun for all of us, though Sophie may go live under my bed for the duration. These days she knows she needn't be afraid.....I can SEE her going "Oh, that was silly of me!....but continues to run and hide from me.  I just tell her she is loved and we go on.......

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Rudy is not sick.  I am not sick.  Rudy is not well. I am not well.  Both of us lead life as if we are.  It's the best way, I think.

Some days are better than others, of course, but that's life for pretty much everyone.  The most important thing is to rest when tired and play at least a little every single day. We do that here. :-)


Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Times

Miki watches Sophie and Santino play....and, yes, something in his mind has been triggered and he is playing!

Yesterday he fetched a toy and brought it to me to throw and, of course, I was happy to oblige!!!  It's been a very long time since we've played this game. Miki fetches better than any dog I have ever had, placing the object into my hand each and every time. Zippy used to fetch, also.....but, Miki is more consistent.  And, today, he and Sophie played with the same little furry mouse together.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

How Do Cats Learn?

Cats, like children, learn by imitation.  They tend to copy our energy, becoming nervous when we are upset...but, mostly they copy behavior  from each other.  Some behaviors are learned only if there is some related prior experience.  For instance, Sophie loves to gaze out the windows.  She mostly watches nearby bugs as well as the little lizard which likes hangs out right outside the bedroom window. 

Sophie spent time outdoors before she joined us, and she knows at what she is looking.  Miki has not been outside for the past 5 years and showed no interest in anything beyond his safe interior, learned to look out the window from Sophie.  Does he recognize what he is seeing.?  Does he recall what he learned about bugs, and lizards in his first two years?  I think so.

Both Rudy and Santino have been curious about the windows in which Sophie and Miki spend much time, but neither is at all interested.  Yes, they react if they spy immediate movement, but lose interest almost immediately.  The movement catches their attention but not meaning. 

Rudy has always scratched the floor around any food which he does not like, very clearly labeling it "POOP:".
Neither Santino nor Sophie made such comments in the beginning, but both do now.  I am hoping that Miki won't pick up this rude habit! :-) 

Miki has, however, picked up Santino's penchant for draping himself over my shoulder.  If Santino is heavy, Miki has him beat by at least a pound. or two.  Arggggghhhh!    On the positive side is that Rudy has become more affectionate! 

No one has copied Santino in begging, also a good thing.  They are happy to let Santino do that and simply come running when they hear him! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cat Show

My daughter and I attended a big cat show in Austin last week-end.  I must admit, this is much more fun if one isn't already maxed out on the number of cats one can have. I reminded myself that I didn't have to bring them all home in order to enjoy them while there.  The shift was successful and I spent the rest of the time admiring as though they were run-way models.  Some of them really could have been!  And, in actuality, as much as I admire the beauty of many types of cats, I would only choose a Balinese. 

I was not even tempted as there were no Balinese there, only Orientals with wonderful large fly-away ears.:-)  Yes, I love that angular look!  I also love the look of Norwegians, and Main Coons and...Just not crazy over the mushed in faces in huge balls of fluff, but have known enough people who adored theirs to know they make excellent pets for some.  What am I saying?  It's ALL good!::-)  Santino would not have cared for this gig, though I'm sure he would have come home with a few neat looking ribbons.  I could always make him some!:-)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Santino and Family

This is Santino, Sr. from Sweden. Does he speak with an accent, I wonder...
Below is a current picture of my Santino.  Allowing for the differences in lighting, he sure looks a lot like his daddy! :-)

This is Gypsy, Santino's mom, with a current litter of kittens. (I picked the photo off Facebook....therefore the small size)

When my Santino first joined us, he was really taken by Miki who, unfortunately, wasn't the least bit interested.  Gypsy, a Siamese, looks a lot like Miki.  Are you confused?  Well, it's all just the way it was meant to be. :-)  

Lined up like little burritos are Gypsy's new kittens, Santino's half brothers and sisters.

(all photos, except the current photo of Santino, Jr., were taken by Virginia Torch)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pretty Girl Sophie

My daughter, Sophie, would be an excellent model for a Tuxedo Cat Calendar.  She is so photogenic!  Besides, she doesn't move when I approach with the camera as do the boys.  Of course, it could be because I don't say "pretty boy" in a baby voice to them.  (Santino is "sweet baby", but he's not into posing so much.)

She is such a good cat!  She will let me know when it's time for their wet food dinner snack, but she sits aside, always allowing Santino to eat what he wants first.  She could easily qualify for "sweet baby"...and may, yet.  She now has moved all the way up to my knees, (touching me outside the covers) when we are in bed.  I make no attempt to touch her, waiting for her to let me know when she is ready.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy 11 months Birthday!!!

Yes, Sophie really did want to know what that thing on Santino's neck was.  (Mommy sitting on the floor singing "Happy Birthday" was pretty interesting, but why isn't she playing with mice? )

I've bought my last bag of kitten food, and soon maybe everyone will lose a little weight.  This isn't going to help me at all though since I have not gotten into the kitten food myself.  

Speaking of food, I left a new bag out on the table yesterday, and this morning I found it on the floor chewed open.  I guess it smelled more interesting than the food that was still in their bowls.  Naughty beasties!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


The kitties and I had a quiet evening....the kind we we like best.  I felt a bit guilty when the doorbell rang at 8:30 and I didn't answer....but that was the ONLY group of trick or treaters which came by.  Ridiculous hour, if you ask me....but, no one did.
A friend posted her costume of a crazy cat lady.  Just why having lots of cats would earn one that designation I don't understand......It could be that WE are the sane ones!
This morning I woke up very cold.  Miki and Santino were glued to me.  Uh oh!  Winter is here, I thought.  Indoor thermostat read 76.:-)  We need to hurry up our acclimatization.  I notice that Santino and Sophie have longer hair.  They look wonderful, but I can't say that I want that for myself.