My Sister, Penny

This is my sister, Penny. She likes to help mom by being ever present, keeping an eye on everything mom does. She even created her own space on the bookshelf by moving everything that was on it to the floor. She’s good like that; one big swipe and it’s all out of her way. She’s great on the computer, too, always loving to help with the mouse, pointing and clicking. Even though she can be an annoying little sister sometimes (what sister isn’t annoying?), I do love her.

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New Years Eve

CatI know it’s not Christmas quite yet, but since New Year’s Eve isn’t far behind, I thought now might be the time to talk. I myself am a bit of a party cat and would love to entertain at a wondrous New Year’s Eve Party. But let’s face it, even a party cat like me can get overwhelmed with all that champagne and want to just hide away somewhere. Or, better yet, sneak out the front door and take a ride home with someone else for the night. And I’m a bit of an outgoing kind of guy. Just think of all those little kitties who are shy, skittish, and unsure of strangers. Take my little sister, Penny, for example. The most a “stranger” has gotten in is a 15 second pat on her rump as she’s running away … and to her, a stranger is anyone other than me and my mom. I know she’s not the only kitty out there like this. So here are some tips for keeping us kitties safe and happy for New Years.

  • Remember that it’s much easier for us to escape when doors are opening and closing a lot, especially if alcohol is involved in your evening’s celebrations.
  • If you have a room that your kitties enjoy hanging out in, other than the main entertaining area of your home, keeping kitties in that room with a litter box, food and water (please don’t put our food and water near our litter box) can be a great way of keeping us safe, cozy and comfy.
  • Remember that kazoos, champagne corks exploding out of bottles, party poppers, balloons, streamers, fireworks, and any other strange and loud noises can easily frighten us; we don’t really understand what all that stuff is for and it can be really scary.
  • Please don’t feed us party food or alcohol – some of it can be toxic and dangerous to us.
  • Make sure we’re wearing a collar with your contact information just in case we should somehow slip out and get really scared. And if your kitties aren’t microchipped, consider getting it done, because it can be a great way to reconnect you to your kitty should your kitty end up at a veterinarian’s office or shelter.
  • Please have a good time; all I ask is that you keep your pets safe and stay safe yourself!


Christmas Cards

Oliver's Card

Oliver’s Card

We got this card today from my good friend Oliver (aka Ollie). The picture of the card does NOT do this handsome cat justice. Oliver’s my idol because he has lots of cool hats, while I’m left without any. In fact, the only piece of clothing I have is a leather jacket that I don’t get to wear very often. In any case, how do I explain the coolness that is Oliver in his hat to my sister, Penny, who can’t see it? I don’t know, but I must have done an ok job, because she’s been dancing around the house humming La Cucaracha all morning long.

Camping, camping, camping!

It finally happened; we finally got to go camping. The weather warmed up enough for us to head out. Max said he was super busy, though, and couldn’t come along. Penny almost came in his place, but decided not to at the last minute. We were disappointed that Max couldn’t go, because he was the one who was supposed to bring the tuna we were going to grill. The rest of the food part didn’t really work out well, either. Salem had eaten all the Greenies by the time we got out to our camp site and we made Penny drink the case of milk I was going to bring because she’s funny when she’s drunk. By the time we took down our tent and came home from our camp site, Max came running down the stairs at home, saying he was ready to go! But Max, we already went camping. So now we have to go again and bring Max along with us. I’ll have to post a video of that camping trip, but in the meantime, here’s a video of this one!

Introducing my sister!

babypensI have a younger sister kitty named Penny (not siblings by blood). She was brought to Oakland Animal Services as a kitten (Oakland Animal Services does a lot of great work!!!). Penny had really bad infections in her eyes and probably couldn’t see anything more than shadows. She had to have her eyes removed when she was just a baby because they were so diseased and would never work again. The fabulous people at Berkeley Humane Society had rescued her, providing Oakland Animal Services with a bit of much needed space to save more animals. Berkeley Humane did the eye surgery for her before she came home to live with me. The picture of her on the left is actually her as a kitten at the Oakland Shelter before Berkeley Humane Took her on. Berkeley Humane even posted a blog all about her (which you can see here).

Penny has no idea that she’s any different than any other cat. I knew she was a bit different, though, when I’d raise my paw at her as a warning to knock off her kitten antics and she just plain ignored me. I had to learn to hiss, which I’d never done before (well, except maybe that time when I was forced to take a bath – it took an army to hold me down and a really savvy vet tech to wash me). And, when me and Penny were playing, I had to learn to stomp around the house so that she could here me and chase me; none of this stealth kitty stuff was working.

I also have a cousin whose name is Salem. He’s in the video, playing with Penny (Salem’s the black and white one – duh). Those two are kind of annoying when they play; they’re so loud and they can play for hours. And boy do I mean hours (mom had to kick Salem out of the bedroom one night because he and Penny were still playing hard after 3 hours – mom foolishly thought they’d knock it off on their own, but they didn’t).

In any case, I love my little sister and can sometimes be found giving her a bath … that is when she’s not giving herself a bath. Yes, that’s right – she loves getting in the bath, even when there’s water in it! Yuck!!!

Well, that’s all for today. Enjoy the video; it’s short and sweet.