Caturday

Welcome Home, You

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“Welcome home you,

I know you by name

How do you do?

I shine because of you today

So come and sit down,

tell me how you are

I know, son,

it’s good to just see your face.”

-lyrics from Welcome Home, by Brian Littrell.

I have the best welcome home kitty in the world. Shadow is always so good at being right there by my car door whenever I come home. Last month I came home and the kids had fallen asleep in the car, as they usually do. It was just me and Shadow and the sunshine was beautiful.

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He is so good at being welcoming. I think its probably 80% he wants fed and 20% happy to see me…but I’ll take what I can get!

The poor guy has been out in the cold lately. Really wish I could let him in but he has fleas and such so I (ok yes it was mostly my husband, with a bit of prodding) just made him a little box, and then insulated it as best I could with newspaper.

His little “house” needs a bit of straw to make it nice but at least he has a spot to block the wind. I’m not sure if he’s using it or not but maybe he will get the hint eventually. Cats are funny about new things.

Shadow (or Begheera as my husband calls him) has a very thick coat of fur so I know he’s warmer than I think he is. Still, I feel bad for animals that are out in the cold like that 😦

There are a lot of cats around here though. They all stay outside so they’ve all made it through the cold winters somehow. I expect they have their little nooks where they like to stay and sleep sheltered from the weather πŸ™‚

Do you have any furry friends to welcome you home? How do you keep them warm in the winter (if they stay outside)?

~Rachel

Caturday

Eater of tape and other things…

**11/26/17-This post has been edited. I was super busy cooking a Thanksgiving dinner (yesterday) and that contributed to the quality of the post. So here is the edited version πŸ™‚

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I like boxes,

I like tape.

Lick, raspy lick.

Crinkle, crackle crink

In the middle ofΒ 

The night.

~*~

Stella has this lovely habit of eating random things at night. Not completely random, I suppose. Said thing must be box-like, or tape-like, or string-like for her to be interested.

 

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I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m shocked you would even think such a thing of me.
  • Licking boxes=fun!
  • Chewing tape=super fun!
  • Eating a long peice of string and freaking me out=the best!

I do not know. Why she does it. It’s not like we have tons of boxes lying around. But if she finds one and fancies she needs fed or fresh water…she will definitely let me know. This is one of her quirks. I still love her for it.

But I wish she wouldn’t do it at night. Ah well. Who needs sleep anyway? (Says the tired Mom, who dearly loves her sleep.)

I still love you Stella, in spite of your quirks 😊❀🐱

Happy Caturday!

~Rachel

Caturday

A Small Furry Usurper Attempts to Overthrow King Shadow Kitty

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Caturday has returned! Last week I didn’t do a post for a number of reasons. Mostly because 1) I was tired of it and 2) the stories were getting super boring…which is why I was tired of it.

So I’ve decided to do a Caturday post I hope at least once a month. Provided I can come up with interesting stories. Because let’s face it, it’s not the cats faults that they are sometimes (ok a lot of the time) boring. They are cats. Cats like routine.

However…

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Found this guy/girl (lets just settle for the male gender for clarity) in the backyard trying to sneak some cat food. Mostly just annoyed Shadow. Because lets face it pal, my cat can take you 😜 He had a brief spat with Shadow and then lurked around.

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Watching. Waiting.

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I was able to get gradually closer, hoping I would be able to pet him. But no luck. He was more interested in Shadow’s food. Sorry kitty it’s food for one, sadly I can’t feed the whole neighborhood.

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Yes I see you!

After this picture was taken, he decided to run into the cornfield and I didn’t see him again.

But right after that another cat approached from the opposite direction. I saw him from inside and chased him off. Seriously! Scram! Haha. I do love cats but there are a lot of cats around these here parts (haha) and I’m totally not feeding them all or the husband would put his foot down. And we’d have to eat rice and beans. And the kids would not have that. Because I cannot get them to like either.

What kind of frugal mom am I anyway? The kind who keeps away stray cats, bar one so her kids and husband aren’t forced to eat unsavory food I suppose.

What about you? Any issues with small furry usurpers? How do you keep them away?

~Rachel

 

Caturday, Reflections

Hold On To Love

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Stella is not a cuddler by nature. One of these days I’ll get a cute pic of her showing her loving side. But it is not this day.

Today Caturday is taking a more serious turn as I reflect about the atrocities committed against humanity in Las Vegas. I heard about it from the day it happened of course but it wasn’t until recently till I saw this picture and story that the reality of it all really sunk in.

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This is my country. This happened here. These are real people that lost their lives. I can’t point a finger. I can’t blame. I won’t give attention to the whims of a madman who deserves no mention. Yes, I had anger. But there was something else..

As I read that article, saw the picture of the army soldier tenderly sheltering that woman…I thought of Him.

Of how this must break God’s heart. Of the gentle love that He has for those who suffer. Who have been through fear and pain. He holds those people with tenderness. That is what I see when I looked at that picture.

And I thought of this verse.

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He holds us in His hands. He carries us in His heart. He has great love for humanity. Not only for His church, His bride but for us all. Every person who has ever walked this earth.

And I can’t get over the picture. Because not only do I see God’s tender love, I see His Son Jesus. So willing and ready to give up his life to save mine and yours. He took my place on that cross. He loves with an everlasting love.

This post has went much deeper than I originally planned but these words have been heavy on my heart. I know that talk of God and deep spiritual things is not what everyone desires. It’s ok. I understand. But my Lord is so much a part of my life that the light has got to have somewhere to shine. I thank-you for reading πŸ™‚

So what can I do? You do? We do? We love. We go on. Hold those close whom you love. Even those whom to love is difficult. Trust me, I know. Be kind. Kinder than necessary.

Each one of us has a gift and a purpose on this earth. And I believe our highest calling as human beings is to love.

Love each other. Even when it’s hard. Even when that person drives you crazy. In some cases discernment and common sense is needed. We are not doormats. But love all the same.

And if all else fails, cuddle your kitty. Or puppy or (insert all other animals). Because pets just seem to understand.

Hold on to love.

~Rachel

Caturday

Window Watching and Saving Money on Cat Food

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After she eats in the morning, Stella loves to engage in a little healthy window watching. Loves to scan the backyard for things that scurry and things that fly. I love her fascination for the simple things in life.

After I fed Stella I got to thinking about how I’m trying to save money on cat food lately. Ever since we adopted Stella I’ve been convinced that I should buy the “good brand” of cat food. I hadn’t figured out a way to save money on cat food while still focusing on keeping my cat’s diet relatively healthy.

And then I read an e-book, The Homemade Housewife by Kate Singh, that revealed an interesting game plan. Take the lesser quality cat food and mix it with the better quality one.Β 

So I’ve been trying it out for the past 3 months and it’s been working swell.

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Here is what I did. I bought 16lbs of Purina Kit & Kaboodle ($9.97) and then a 6lb bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish Chicken with Lentils and Salmon ($9.44 with a $2 off coupon).

I then mix them in a gallon ziplock. 3/4 is the Kit & Kaboodle, 1/4 is the Rachael Ray cat food. That way it’s not totally the cheaper brand but also not all the more expensive one.

Our outside cat Shadow gets just the Kit & Kaboodle. He’s not picky πŸ˜ƒ

Using this system, I think that 22lbs of cat food should last 2 1/2 months. If it was just Stella it would stretch about 5 months. It comes out to around $7-$8/month.

Stella actually seems to like the K & K better than the more expensive brand so maybe I’ll just buy that from now on.

Idk. I still have the words of the lady at the pet store ringing in my head from the day we adopted Stella. “Don’t feed her anything but these brands over here! That other stuff is like kitty fast food!” We shall see. We shall see.

~Rachel

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In other news…

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Can I just be real? Good. Well a lot of the time I’m like, “I don’t know what to write about for Caturday. Stella isn’t all that interesting. She’s kindof a boring cat.”

Sorry Stella. I love you and it’s not your fault housecat life is a tad dull.

It’s just been a regular week for our beloved kitty.

But in other news…

Our outside cat (Yes our. I have claimed the cat πŸ™‚ ) is actually not a “she” as I originally thought. Shadow is in fact a neutered male. No idea on his age or where he came from but he definitely has had some contact with humans at some point.

Inside cat=boring but sweet. Outside cat=mysterious origins, needy but grateful and loving. Both have been rescued. Both need our love, our care and our kindness.

Such a small thing to do, caring for a pet, an animal that needs you. But it’s a small way to make the world a better, kinder place. One small step πŸ™‚

Happy Caturday!

~Rachel

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Cat Treat Shampoo

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Stella is a good sport. So sometimes I feel like she needs some treats as a reward for putting up with so much. She spends most of the day in hiding really. Waiting for the time when the kids are napping or away so she can nap in peace wherever she wants.

Anyways. She got some treats this morning. Chomped them down and then proceeded to lick herself all over which I find so funny. Cats eat something delicious then just coat themselves with the flavor so they can savor it all day. It makes me laugh.

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Did you say….cat treats?
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Why yes, they were delicious.
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Better lick myself all over so I can remember the deliciousness forever!
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You should give me more. I need more.

Sorry Stella I think you’ve had enough for now. More later πŸ™‚

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If you’re curious about what kind of treats they were this is the one. Salmon always goes down well. I think they were like $1.

Happy Caturday!

~Rachel

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Furry Visitor Update

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The kitty has a name. She has been named Shadow. She is doing well and seems to look a bit happier since we’ve been loving on her and giving her food.

I found which neighbor she belongs to.* I think they feed her, they feed all the cats but there is a situation in which the neighbor has age-related memory issues. So in spite of good intentions maybe the cat(s) are not fed as regurally as they should be.

It makes me a bit upset, especially since I know there is at least one other adult that definitely does not have memory issues living there (I believe). It’s a bit of a strange situation. And they have quite a few animals that I worry over, especially during the winter-time. Urg. Been waiting a long time to say that!

Shadow sat on my lap last night out by the garden. She was quite insistent on sitting there so I let her. She is very sweet and appreciative of the care we’ve given her.

Next time I think I’ll write a bit about Stella. Don’t be jealous Stella. I love you.

~Rachel

*Update to the update: I’ve learned that I do in fact not know who the kitty belongs to. I haven’t seen her around before until these past few weeks. So it was premature of me to assume that Shadow was suffering from a lack of care. Talked with the neighbor I thought she belonged to. She owns a smaller cat with a Β similar markings but not Shadow. So her origin is still a mystery. Sorry neighbor for wrongly assuming things! First impressions and all that. People are often much nicer than I imagine them to be. One day maybe that lesson will stick πŸ™‚

Caturday

A Furry Visitor

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Yesterday we all rolled out of the house in our usual morning routine. But this morning we were not greeted with the quiet hush that blankets all of our early mornings. This morning as we stepped out the door we heard the pitful sound of a kitty stuck in a trap. A kitty who very much wanted out.

She was not harmed at all. We set the traps to deter raccoons and possoms and anything else that sees fit to rifle through the garden or our trash cans.

I didn’t have time to let her out just then. When I got home, I opened the cage and expected her to run for her life. But she didn’t. And she looked so piteous that I fed her some cat food.

And now apparently she is set to stick around forever.

My husband is slightly appalled at me for feeding it. But he knows I can’t help it. I felt sorry for the poor thing.

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Not entirely sure who she belongs to but there are a lot of feral cats in our neighborhood. Their owners don’t seem to care about them very much…to my great dismay. Why have a pet if you won’t love it and care for it?

So I’m just enjoying having her around. She’s not allowed in of course. Stella wouldn’t have it. She hissed like crazy when I opened the door a crack.

Growing up we had a big black tomcat that was “our” cat. We called him Midnight and this cat kinda reminds me of him. Very friendly but a bit nervous. I’ll have to find out which neighbor is her owner and what her name is. I’ll keep you updated!

~Rachel

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Hall Thunderer

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Apologies for the late post today, dear readers! It has been one crazy week. My son had his first week of preschool and I’ve been canning and freezing a. Ton. Of. Stuff.

Last night I got to thinking about Stella in preparation for today’s post. I’m always calling her Sweet Stella…Brave Stella. And she is a good kitty. But I wanted to share a few of her quirky habits. Some of the things she does drive me crazy. But they just mean that a) she’s a cat and b) she is unique.

The first name for Stella that came to mind was “Hall Thunderer”. She loves running full speed through the hall in the dead of night.

And then that name reminded me of a scene from The Hobbit, which I am currently reading. I’m a huge Tolkien fan 😊

“…I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths lead. And through the air. I am him who walks unseen.”

“So I can well believe,” said Smaug, “but that is hardly your usual name.”

“I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number…I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider,” went on Bilbo beginning to be pleased with his riddling.”

-from The Hobbit, Chapter 12, by J.R.R. Tolkien

I was inspired to continue finding interesting names for Stella, based on her habits. Here is what I came up with:

O Stella

I call you

Fly Eater,

Grape Stealer,

Mouse Snatcher,

She-Who-Continually-Scratches-The-Door,

Sock Chaser,

Hand Biter,

Stink Maker,

Window Watcher,

Sleeping Tiger,

Night Yowler,

The One Who Is Always Hungry,

Stealth Shadow,

Fish Stalker,

And of course Hall Thunderer.

My sweet, unique and sometimes annoying Stella.

~Rachel

Caturday

“Save me, Mom”.

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I love sitting with you Mom.

 

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But I think I hear the kids coming…

 

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Save me, Mom!

 

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Noooo why? Mom you did not save me!

 

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Totally ignoring you now.

 

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Maybe if I just lay my ears back a little bit everyone will get the picture.

 

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Nope I’m too nervous here. I think I’ll go seek out another hidey spot. Thanks anyways Mom.

This process happens more times in a day than I can count. Brave Stella.

~Rachel

Caturday

Stella the Mouser

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Look at that fierce beast. I love the mix of emotion going on here. There’s annoyance and a bit of anger but you can tell she still loves me πŸ™‚

Stella proved to be an adept hunter this spring. She caught and killed 2 mice in just a few days.

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Mouse #2. He was laid to rest in the garden.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit we had mice. Stella, on the other hand couldn’t have been happier with the situation. She watched the furnace vent in the kitchen for hours until the moment arrived…to pounce!

I missed her catching the first one but found her beside it in J’s room one morning. The second one I saw her catch and watched her play with it. It was very entertaining to watch. Wish I would have recorded it.

We haven’t had any trouble with mice since. Perhaps word has gotten around about our furry and feirce huntress. Thanks Stella!

~Rachel

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Caturday & Stella’s Story

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Happy Caturday! I realize I haven’t properly introduced the 5th member of our family. This is our cat Stella. Really she’s my cat but we all love her. Even my husband who says he dislikes cats.

We adopted Stella 3/11/2015 from a local pet store. She was transferred there from the animal shelter. Stella was labeled as a domestic short hair mixed breed and 3 years old. That makes her 5 years old today.

My husband says he doesn’t like cats. But he loves me. And I love cats. Thus Stella. She adds joy to my life. She is a sweet companion and so understanding and patient with the kids.

I knew she was the cat for us when she stuck her little paw out of her cage and batted playfully at my son. J giggled and I fell in love with this sweet little ball of fur. Our Stella.

~Rachel