It's hard to pick one favorite picture of Skeezix. He was so photogenic and loved the spotlight. While we were looking for pictures, we were also re-reading some of his early blog posts, and it just reminded us why we fell in love with him all those years ago. It was fun reading about his early crush on Daisy, and how Tripper came to be a part of their family; his first trip outside in his harness, and when his food lady got him a stroller to be able to go on even longer walks. How much he loved his Mr. Tastyface, and the best big brother he could have - Mao. We enjoyed the stroll down memory lane, but we will miss Skeezix terribly.
We know we haven't blogged in forever, but when someone so important to the blogosphere runs off to the bridge, we knew we just had to dedicate a post to him. Skeezix was a prolific blogger, fashion icon, and great friend to everyone he knew. He left behind a huge hole in all of our hearts that can never be completely filled. Our faces have been leaking all afternoon. Skeezix, have fun at the bridge. Say "hi" to Tiki, Tavi, Miss Jade, and Camie for us. We'll never forget you!
Sorry we haven't been posting much. Mom has been coming home with a hurty bac.
In other news, it's my gotcha day. 3 years ago I wandered into a trap and found my way to my mom.
For my gotcha day, mom got us some silvervine. Let me tell you, that is powerful stuff. She got us lots, so we can get googly whenever we want. I have been getting along better with Cody. I am not beating him up, and I have been trying to play with him a bit.
This is Cody. As many of you know, I don't like people touching me...well I should say I didn't like people touching me, because after almost 12 years of running away whenever anyone got close to me, I finally started to let my mom sort of touch me while I was getting treats. I would let her give me pets just for a couple of minutes while I ate my treats. But, guesses what? I finally decided that the big hand wasn't going to do anything mean to me, and I am now letting Mom pet me for long periods of time without her getting out the treats. I hate to say it, but I think I really sort of like it. I purr and rub all over her and the table while she pets me. If I am feeling up to it, she will pet me for quite a while (like 15-20 minutes). Mom says her only complaint is that I won't come out from under the table, so she has to stretch her arm at an odd angle in order to reach me, but she does it for as long as I want. I've even been meowing at her to get her to give me pets. I will sometimes come to the other side of her chair and meow at her, and I've touched her hand a couple of times, so Mom is hoping I'll get comfortable enough to sit near her one day. She has said that I've given her more than she thought possible when I decided I liked pets, so she's not going to push her luck. Who knows thought...i never knew I was going to like pets as much as I do. I just might decide I like sitting near her too.
In other news, I think Gracie might like me a little bit. She's come up to me a couple of times and touched noses with me. I still don't trust her, but she seems to be listening when Mom tells her to be nice whenever she comes close to me. We hope everyone has a wonderful new year.
Well, not much has been happening around here. Mom has been subbing a lot more, so she is gone quite a bit during the day. She says it's a good thing because then she can buy us our foods and litter, and treats and toys, but we miss her. It's been on the cool side for us Southern Californians (high 40's to low 50's), so I've consented to let Mom cover me with a blanket. I used to be scared of being covered by the blanket, but I don't mind it so much any more. Last night, I even snuggled next to mom under the blanket with my head on her arm. She made a pretty good pillow until she decided to move.
In other news, Cody has finally let Mom pet him without having to eat treats. He will only do it while under cover of the table, and it takes Mom about 15 minutes to win his trust, but once she does, she can pet him for a long time. He even rubs his head against Mom's hand to get more pets, and he purrs the whole time. Mom says it's really awkward for her because she has to sit in her chair, and stretch her arm down the side of it, and then up under the table to be able to pet him, but it's worth it to her.
We have also had an evil red dot invade our house. I keep trying and trying to catch it, but it moves so fast, I end up sliding on the tile floor while I'm trying to catch it. Mom hopes to get video one day, but it tends to only show up when it's dark outside, and most of the house is dark, so a video would probably be very dark also. I'll have to see if I can find the evil red dot in the daytime. Even Cody tries to catch it a little bit.
Cody and I have also been getting along better. He will come out into the rest of the house now, instead of hiding in his clubhouse (behind the couch). He yells at me when I come near him, but I haven't been swatting him as much. When Mom sees me getting close to him, she tells me to behave, and I mostly do. Mom thinks part of my swatting him, is half me wanting to play with him, and half me being a brat. I can't make up my mind whether I like him or not, so I keep getting close to him and then the swat just happens.
In case Mom won't let us blog again before Christmas, we hope everyone has a fun but safe holiday. Our Christmas wish, as always, is for all kitties to find a home and become formerly feral, kind of like Cody is becoming.
After being missing for two weeks, our buddy Kimo is now safely back home. We know how thrilled we are that he is back home...we can only imagine how happy his mom, dad, brother, and girlbean are. You can visit him here http://www.Catbanter.blogspot.com
This may not be the best picture, but this is where I love to sleep while Mom is on the computer. Sometimes she has to really stretch her neck to see over me - mol. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.
PS - we were so sorry to hear that Emma ran off to the bridge. We are purring for you Herman and Miss Karen Jo.
These images are really terrible, but since I hide and don't like to come out from under the protection of the table, Mom wanted to show you, she can actually pet me, and I will eat out of her hands. In the last picture, it looks like Mom is digging her claws into me, but she's not, she's just giving really good skritches (and while it looks like I get a lot of treats, I'm supposed to tell you it's mostly dry food that Mom mixes with Temptations, Party Mix, Whisker Lickin's and sometimes Greenies)
I am still not really comfortable having her reach over me to give me skritches (that's why they don't look so good), but I won't come up to her level like I used to before, so she puts down lots of treats, and tries to reach along the side of me before going over my back or head.
I am becoming more comfortable being out, and I told off Gracie the other day for bothering me. I love it because Mom always yells at Gracie for bothering me - hehe. I will wander out into the kitchen to yell for food, and then sometimes go on into the dining and living room. My primary home is still in the den behind the sofa.
Hi - it's me Cody - I came out of hiding because Mom said she would let me post instead of the evil Gracie. This is where I like to eat. Mom was feeding me under the table I'm mostly hiding under, but she is trying to make me feel more comfortable coming out into the rest of the house. I kind of like my little clubhouse under and behind the couch (except when Gracie tries to break in). Mom put my litterbox on the other side of the cat tree, so I don't have to bother with the evil menace that calls herself Gracie.
This picture is of the Evil Intruder Kitty (EIK) that has decided the lounge outside is a good place to nap. Mom has seen EIK up there a couple of times. Mom isn't feeding it or taking care of it in anyway because we think it might have a home. It looks very well fed. Mom thinks it likes the lounge because it is really warm there because of the big bathtub there - it reflects the sun.
Actually - we don't know if EIK is evil or not. Gracie doesn't seem bothered by her/him - and s/he has been back there quite a few times that Mom has seen.
Mom says I have to show this picture too since Gracie is also kindof F.F. Gracie is finally leaving me alone - right before this, she had been playing with the wand toy you see in the picture. I was trying to play with it, but she broke into my clubhouse, so I had to hide. Mom stopped playing with me so Gracie would leave me alone.
This is how I have been spending a lot of my time. Mom has been busy unpacking and cleaning out Papa's house. It took almost 6 weekends for them to go through everything and throw a lot of stuff away. But, it's better now. There are still things to put away, but there are only a couple of boxes left for me to play in, so I think they are mostly done.
I've also been spending a lot of time up here. Mom will sometimes play with me on here, and I can look out the big glass window here and see the birds and other animals that visit. Sometimes Mom goes out through the giant window and gets in a huge bathtub and moves around a lot. I cry and cry and cry for her when she's outside in that bathtub. She won't get out of it though for a long time. She says she's swimming, but I just think she's nuts.
Cody is hiding as usual. He has decided that in back and under the couch is where he wants to live now, so Mom is babying him. She puts our food under the table where he feels safe, and she went out and bought him a new litterbox that I get yelled at for going near. She put it at the end of the table next to MY cat tree, and spoiled the spot I might want to sit in to look outside. She's also put a blanket and bed behind the couch and yells at me if I go back there. It's not my fault he won't come out from under the couch if I'm back there - I don't tease him too much. Mom says that he has let her pet him a couple of times, but he still doesn't feel safe enough for the daily petting that he was getting right before our move. He does come and demand food (which he wasn't doing at first) and treats, and will take the treats from Mom's hand. Mom is just giving him time she says. He played a bit with the wand toy tonight, but Mom says I ruined his fun. I don't see why she blames me - it's my toy after all, and I was playing with it first. I shouldn't be yelled at because he butted in on my fun.
Mom has also been using the hot as hell box a lot. She even let me try some of her cookie. It was delicious. It was tangy, and cinnamony, and yummy. It had a weird name though - snickerdoodle. She says she is going to be baking a lot more now, because she has a kitchen she can move around in again, and it's a lot cooler here at Papa's.
Mom says she promises to help us blog a lot more than once a month. We will see if she sticks to her promise.