Too Long

toddersIt’s been too long since I last posted. But mom and me have been busy trying to get ready to become a pet-assisted therapy team. Well, I’ve been busy trying to get ready for that. Mom has been busy trying to study for her bachelor’s degree, which she says is real important since that’s what’s going to help her to buy me cat food, peacock feathers, and a house of my own (if I have my own house, then I can have my little sister Penny over only when I feel like inviting her over!!!).

Mom’s a broke college student, though, and she’s having a tough time affording the $95 evaluation that gets us registered through Pet Partners. Mom says all her money goes to gas and food. I don’t know about that whole gas part since my stroller seems to be on empty lately. And as for food, mom’s not buying me pate, so I’m not quite sure how she can’t afford a spare $95 to get me certified to go out and make people happy. You see, I want to visit hospitals, long-term care facilities, and nursing homes so I can play with the people there. I guess a lot of them don’t get the chance to play with cats very often; I want to help them out with that. So I made a page where people can donate to help get me registered to be a pet-assisted therapy cat team. If you feel like donating, you can go here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/certified-pet-therapy-team/x/6645712. Any contributions above what we actually need will get donated to the Berkeley Humane Society, which is where I was adopted from.

Channel Todd Late Night News Edition

State of Emergency: Empty
My food bowl is almost empty, my food bowl is almost empty!!!!!

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May I serve you?

Top Story in Business: Fine Dining
At the Longcroft Luxury Cat Motel in England, they have a fine dining restaurant for us finicky felines. They serve Salmon, Fresh Cod Steak, and Simply King Prawns, just to name a few of their menu items. They also have a Sunday Brunch that includes ham, free-range chicken and shrimp. While I must travel to Britain just to stay at this wondrous hotel, fine dining for cats isn’t left to just vacation time anymore. There’s a new trend out there to buy and feed cats (and dogs) gourmet meals. People all over the country are seeking out better foods for their pets, such as organic, all-natural, made in the US, and human-grade foods (and what do you mean you haven’t been feeding us human-grade foods this whole time). Humans will pay big bucks for these types of foods, as well, even while those same humans will resort to eating take-out, fast food, or pizza … again!

Add to that, that even us finicky cats – and yes, we are very finicky eaters, so keep on buying us that expensive food – even have our own restaurants that cater just to us (out with those human-only restaurants, in with the cat-only restaurants). One of the cat-only restaurants is called Duncan’s Fine Dining where they serve items such as Toona Tortellini, Fresh Nip Salad, and Pouncie Bread Man. finewineYou can even top it off with a fine wine such as the ’95 Chateau Domainecoon Majeur.

Furthermore, there are even celebrity chefs cooking for cats now, such as the famous Simon Rimmer. He’s a wonderful guy, working with top-notch veterinarians to cook up some fancy food that’s not only super tasty, but good for our sensitive digestive systems. As a bonus, I’ve included the video below where you can watch the wonderful Mr. Simon Rimmer cook up a tasty, gourmet dinner for  cats. So please watch, enjoy, and cook on, humans. Cook on! 

Top Story in Style: Cat-Fashionable Humans

fashionWe love this shirt. Sleek, colorful and fashionably fitted, it can look good on a number of different body types or in any type of laundry basket (our favorite place for shirts are those laundry baskets that have just been loaded up from a nice, warm dryer). This top is called the Festival Cats Top and can be found on the Animal Rescue site for the low price of $28.95. Us cats will enjoy seeing you humans in this shirt as much as you’ll enjoy wearing it.

Top Story in Health: How Cats can Benefit Humans
Check this out! Cats can help heal humans. While that comes as no surprise to us kitties, you humans may not know all of this. So, as the flu season winds down, remember to keep us kitties nearby to help keep you healthy and happy!
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Top Story in Entertainment: Comic Break
It’s snowy out there … at least in some parts of the country (ok, maybe all parts of the country except California). So let this comic warm you up.
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Top Story in Sports: Kitten Bowl vs. Puppy Bowl
We’re excited for February 2nd. It’s going to be a big game out there. We’re pulling for our favorite team to win – The Great and Mighty Kittens!!!! Yay. Who’s going to help me root them on?? Everyone??? Ok!!! Game night, big party at my house. Don’t forget to bring your own catnip, milk and tuna. If you bring extra for me and the boys, we’ll give you a front row seat during game time!


Top Story in Opinion: I used to be a Fire Hazard
BeFunky_todders.jpgI used to live in a studio apartment in Alameda, Ca. It was on the top floor of a secure, 3-story building that had been built in the 1920s. It was a fabulous apartment, mostly because I knew how to get the door open as long as it wasn’t locked. Eventually, I even figured out how to undo the lock, so mom started using the chain when she was home, always worrying that I’d still be able to get the door open enough to squeak out. So, she started placing piles of stuff in front of the door, thinking I’d never be able to get the door open. And it worked.

But when she was gone, at work, I’d still work at getting that door open. One day, mom came home to find the door ajar, thinking that somehow, someone had gotten into the building and broken into the apartment. When I came running up the stairs after her to welcome her home, she frowned at me, but was whole-heartedly relieved to know we hadn’t actually been robbed. And then told me that under no circumstance was I supposed to open the door for strangers. So when she locked herself out of the building a month later, I refused to let her in, telling her there was no way I could have known it was her. Payback’s an empty food bowl, mom!

Thank you for reading! Have a good night!

Want a Cat?

I’m on facebook and some of my friends have posted about some cats up for adoption. If you’re interested in any of these kitties, I’ve included the contact information I have for them. You’re also welcome to leave a comment here or find me directly on facebook (look for Todd Frederick Rumpus).

Lola“THIS STUNNING KITTEN WAS DUMPED YESTERDAY AT DOWNEY SHELTER (L.A., CA) BECAUSE HER FAMILY WAS MOVING. LOLA’S LITTLE GIRL SADLY SAID GOODBYE AND IN AN INSTANT LOLA’S LOVED, HAPPY, SAFE LIFE CHANGED FOR THE WORSE. Please read the plea from someone who saw Lola being surrendered and let’s make sure Lola gets out today – before she gets sick…or worse. Plea from the person who saw Lola being dumped: ‘I met her yesterday at Downey as her family was surrendering her. She is an absolutely GORGEOUS 10 month old long haired “tabby-co” as I call them… a tabby/calico/tortie mixture of swirling beauty. She was dumped because her family moved to an apartment that didn’t allow cats… SERIOUSLY. The father was a douchebag… his daughter was CRYING as she asked to say goodbye to Lola one more time. I promised her I would see to it that Lola found a new home… can you all please help me help her? They found Lola as a tiny kitten last May and she loves kids and dogs. She was the only cat but I suspect she’d be great with them as well. She’s got the sweetest meow, it’s like a little chirp… When the daughter came to say goodbye to Lola she ran to the front of the cage and chirped away…. it was easily one of the saddest things I have seen in a shelter. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, we need to save Lola. As an owner surrender she can be killed at any time. She’s healthy, stunning, friendly, and still a kitten herself… she should be a really easy adoption.’ Animal ID: A4669717. County Shelter website link: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/acc/our_animals/detail?animalID=A4669717&page=1. My name is Lola and I’m an approximately 1 year old female domestic lh. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since January 19, 2014. I am available on January 19, 2014. You can visit me at my temporary home at D367. Downey Shelter – Phone: 562-940-6898, Address: 11258 S. Garfield Ave., Downey, CA 90242.” 

Lucas“***CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS BEAUTY?*** We don’t have a lot of information about Lucas, but he sure needs a break just about NOW! He showed up in a feral cat colony at Oyster Point in So. San Francisco in September – clearly someone’s pet and very social. The feeder of the colony kept saying she’d take him when her elderly, ailing cat passed away, by the end of the year. Well that time has come and gone and Lucas urgently needs to be off the beach. He’s been to the vet and his microchip scanned, but sadly the phone number has been reassigned to someone who says they know nothing about the cat. Lucas is neutered, FIV-negative, up to date on his shots and just GORGEOUS! Don’t you think he’s irresistible? Can you help? Please contact: email.leahk@gmail.com As always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Jeannette Patocskai. jeannette@brighthaven.org”

I Like Plastic

I love to eat plastic. Mom always worries about me choking on it, so she’s quick to throw it away in a covered trash can. But sometimes I find it before she can throw it away and I’ll start munching away. It’s not very nice when she tears it out of my mouth, but she does worry. She thinks I’ll choke on it. Well, low and behold, I started choking on dry cat food today. I was so scared, I started purring (for you humans, the purr is associated with any strong emotion, not just happiness).

aidMom learned a big lesson today. She had taken a pet first aid class taught by someone with the Red Cross, when she worked at an animal shelter. That was close to 10 years ago, and when she heard from my other ma that I was choking (mom was at school when I was choking), she wished she had kept up her certification in that. She realized just how important that class was and how important it is to know what to do for your kitties when they need your help. So, if you’ve never considered becoming certified in pet first aid, you should consider it now. You never know exactly when you might save the life of someone’s pet, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.

You can sign up for classes by visiting the Red Cross website. Do a search for pet first aid classes and register for one. I think it’s such a good idea, I’m purring about it. Because cpr cat isn’t always around to jump into action.

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Vote Cat

During the next election, if there’s a cat in any office on your ballot, vote for him or her!

Bachelor Pad

There’s this room in our house that kitties don’t get to go into until we bust through the door or sneak between someone’s legs to get in. The other day, I busted in before the door got closed all the way; thank goodness my ma had her arms full with clean sheets and a comforter or I never would have been able to look around. The room is awesome; I loved it in there. So I was thinking maybe I’d figure out a way to turn it into a Bachelor Pad for me and the boys … except the boys aren’t allowed it. I might let the girls in, though.

So, I was doing some research today on how I’d like it decorated. Here are some things I found. Tell me what you think!

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This one would be great if there were an actual radiator in the room. I’ll settle for it being under the window

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I do love hammocks, and this one looks sooooo comfy!

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Max might like this one too much. Maybe I shouldn’t get this one!

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A bed under a glass table with a full view of me? Perfect!!!

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Is this one too much?

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I think I’d look good in red.

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I think this one’s a must-have! It has extra space for food and water, with drawers for clean bedding that my servants would have to change every few days. But don’t wash them because I like how my orange fur looks on bedding.

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A nice little cubby hole is always a good addition to any room!

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Any old luggage will do for a bed. That way, I’ll know for sure that my humans won’t ever be able to go anywhere and leave me behind.

Also, there’s a rumor that this toy might be coming to my house. I’ll definitely have to hide it in my Bachelor Pad because I think my little sister, Penny, will freak out and hog it for herself! How selfish is that? I mean, why can’t I hog it?

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This will be so much fun!

I’m a Dapper Dan Man

My mom loves me in this tuxedo. If I do say so myself, I think I look rather dashing in it. There’s a blue one, too, that mom thinks I’d look good in, but I don’t think the blue one would go nearly as well with my green hot-rod stroller! This picture was done by the fabulous J.S. I think she should go pro with that photo-taking ability of hers!

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The Giving Season

Tis-the-SeasonLots of people tend to give more during the holidays than at any other time of year. But both people and pets need your help year round. So this January, when giving tends to be at its lowest, think of donating items you no longer use. If you got lots of clothes during the holidays, clear out a few of your older clothes and donate those. If you got new sheets and bedspread, think of donating the older ones. If you got new pet toys and pet beds, donating those are a great idea. There are so many things we can give to others who need it at a time when a lot of people don’t think of doing so.

fruitcakeSo, where do you take the items you’d like to donate? If you have canned food, maybe that fruit cake no one wants, you can take those items directly to your local food bank. They are always in need of unexpired items. Donating cash to local food banks is always helpful, as well, as is donating items such as toiletries and can openers. And there are lots of people who couldn’t live without the help of food banks who have pets, so donating pet food and supplies can be tremendously helpful (please don’t judge … we don’t know the history of how people ended up needing help, and pets are often invaluable mates to those in need – these pets are also well cared for, and the first to eat, even if that means the human goes without food).

Homeless-ShelterHow about clothes, coats and bedding? You can take all of these to local human shelters, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. You also can find clothes donation bins in some parking lots. These bins usually aren’t associated with thrift stores (there are some exceptions). If the name of the donation bin is not a familiar one to you or if it’s not associated with a thrift shop, then they are often not associated with any type of charity.

old-catsAnd, of course, if you have used pet toys, collars, leashes, beds, pet clothing, etc., you can take these directly to your local animal shelter or rescue. A few notes on a couple of items: please don’t donate used litter boxes (or at least call the rescue first). Litter boxes carry germs. Sometimes kitties can carry germs, like with a cold, and not actually come down with it. Those germs get in the litter box and taken to the shelter. If that litter box gets used in a shelter, even after it’s cleaned, another kitty could loosen debris and germs stuck in the scratches on the bottom of the litter box. And kitties in shelters tend to be stressed out and more susceptible to illness. So voila, kitty in shelter gets a cold and now has a hard time finding a home because people are less likely to adopt a sick kitty. Also, with any items, call your local animal shelter to make sure they can actually use the items. If not, you can try donating these items to thrift stores, at local human shelters, and at a local food bank.

Also, with any donation, if it’s something you wouldn’t use, maybe its not worth donating. By that, I don’t mean that if you got a really ugly blanket for Christmas that you shouldn’t donate it; by all means do. What I mean by that is if that really ugly blanket you got for Christmas was supposed to replace the blanket that’s so worn out, falling apart, that you can’t use it anymore, then maybe it’s time to head to the trash or recycle bin with it instead of to the donation bin.

homeless-390x250Anyway, maybe you could try to donate one thing this January, whether it’s leftover Denny’s you hand to the homeless kid you often see on the street corner asking for money, or a can of beans you take to the local food bank, or a brand new cat bed you take to the local animal shelter. Remember that it’s often the little things that count, that mean the most to those in need. You don’t have to give a dog bed to every dog in the shelter, but if you give one to the dog that’s been there a while or to the senior doggy, they will be truly grateful; you will have made a direct difference in someone else’s life.

 

Ticket to Drive

It’s official!!! I can legally drive my stroller now! I’m not sure my height is correct, though. I think I’m taller than that. And what’s with the stupid picture? Why does every cat I know have a bad driver’s license picture?

Whatever! I’m ready to go cruising around the neighborhood in my green stroller with my new driver’s license. Mom won’t hand over the keys, though. She says she still thinks of me as her little boy. Bah humbug!!!