Caturday

Stella (and Shadow) Incognito

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It’s Caturday Saturday! Hope you all are enjoying a nice relaxing day. I know I am am trying to.

We’ve had some changes and busyness in my household due to the new school year and subsequent colds that happen when you have about a million kids 5 and under all mixed in to a little classroom germ factory.

So it’s been a bit less relaxing and a bit more snot taming. But you know. Whatever.

So due to the above mentioned reasons I thought I’d just do a Caturday post this week.

It’s been a few months since I shared anything about Stella or Shadow. So here we go….

 

What has Stella been up to?

Well, she has been supervising my sewing projects, as long as the kids aren’t about.

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Sometimes she visits with Shadow, taunting the fact that she lives the life of luxury. But Shadow knows that outside kitty freedom is awesome. Life may not be as easy but at least he’s living a life of risk and intrigue!

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Shadow

Shadow has been doing very well. He survived the winter and is as fat and happy as ever. Very loving and friendly, that one.

Here he is with his “prize” last winter. So far he and Stella are 2-2 with the mouse catching. He has probably caught way more though. Sorry Stella.

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The kitties have been hanging about the shadows of this blog but I like to talk about them every now and again. Who doesn’t love seeing cute kitties right?

Next week on the blog I hope to do some new posts…dessert and books! Can never have too much of either.

Well…one might give you diabetes. But you know. Viva la vida.

Haha jk.

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Welcome Home, You

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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 🙂

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

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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. 

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 😃

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 🙂 ) 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 🙂

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  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 🙂

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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