Bootsy is Listless

Bootsy, one of our 7 year old feral cats, has been laying around continually in the daytime since it has been hot. He is eating.

We are hoping it is just the heat. Usually, in the early summer here in the Northern parts of AZ, it's only in the 80's. But it has been in the 90's more often this year.

Please say a prayer for Bootsy that it's just the heat and that he is not ill.

Debby in Arizona


Interesting Cat Sounds

Here is a good article on cat sounds - also, there are cute videos here with cat sounds.

Our cats chatter at birds as in one of the videos with this -

Hope all of you are doing well - happy summer!
Debby, Arizona


Suffering in Draught

This is the first year that birds have been eating our cats' dry food off and on all day, every day. We believe it must be because they are having trouble finding specimens of what they usually eat in nature. This past year has been the driest I have seen since I have been here (8 years). Everything looks totally scorched. These photos show the birds on top of my garden fence, where we have secured a plastic dish full of dry cat food. This helps keep them away from the cats who, naturally, love to kill them. The spotted one in the last photo usually sits there, waiting for Daddy robin to come feed her mouth to mouth with the dry food. Please say a prayer for the wildlife in Northern Arizona. Thank you! - Debby


One Hairy Dudette

Stripe, my long-hair tortie, has been coughing up HUGE hair LOGS more often than usual since she is shedding. I brush her vigorously for long periods of time each day.

Yesterday as I was brushing her I said to her,

"You are one hairy dudette - with all this brushing and the work you do on your coat with your tongue, I am surprised you are not bald."

She is my favorite of all the five indoor cats. She is just so loving - nuzzles me, lays on my lap, and looks into my eyes so sweetly. She is such a gift.

Debby in Arizona


Bootsy Makes Us Sad

Today, Bootsy, one of our ferals, killed a bird and left it for us near our back door, presumably as a gift. He has been doing this at least every few weeks lately. This is the first time he left the dead bird wholly intact. Usually he eats all but the beak and feet. We do understand this is what cats do, part of their nature. But it makes us sad. My husband and I both love the song birds.

And, of course, we still love Bootsy and his fellow ferals with all of our hearts.

I hope the kitties with all of you who read this are doing fabulously.

Debby in Northern Arizona


Bootsy is Sluggish

In the daytime, Bootsy, one of our ferals, used to lay around like you see in the photo. Recently he has been laying on his side with his head down. It has not been very hot yet here in Northern Arizona - in the high 70's F. yesterday. So it is not the weather doing it.

We are praying that he has not been ill, as there is nothing we can do to help him if he is.

Hoping all of you are doing fabulously - Debby in AZ


Soothing the Savage Tiger Beastie

I like being in the sun to meditate. Sometimes, I like to sit in the chair next to Tiger in the window as you see her in this photo. I put my right arm on the edge of the ledge and she pushes up next to my arm. Usually, as soon as she is pressing her body into my arm, she won't stop wiggling around - who knows why. 

Today I tried something new. I said to her over and over again very slowly as she was wiggling, "Tiger, be at peace. Be at peace. Be at peace." I could hardly believe it as she calmed down immediately. I said it slowly over and over again. As I stopped the directive, she remained perfectly still as long as I was there. So I was able to meditate in peace, in the sun, next to my beloved Tiger Lilly.

I would never have imagined she would be that suggestible, even if it was unconsciously on her part. We all know that with cats it's almost always on their terms!


Tiger Has a Treats Addiction

Tiger, I am not going to just pop a treat into your mouth no matter how long you lay there with your mouth open.

Yikes. The ultimate in lazy cattitude.

Hope all of you are well. All of our crew seems to be doing well at this time.

Debby in Arizona


Cleaning up from Winter

Scrufty says, "Oh no! What are you human beans up to now."

We are up to cleaning things up for spring. We have to vacuum the cat run since the kitties are always tracking in pieces of leaves the wind blows to us.

Hey, blogosphere people - here is an interesting article on fleas.

click here

I don't know anything about the products in the article. So I don't endorse them.

We are lucky not to get them this part of Arizona. But I remember how pesky and ubiquitous they were when I lived in Pennsylvania.

Wishing everyone an early spring!

Debby in Arizona


Claire Was Adopted!!!

Hey - Great news!  Claire was just adopted - yippee!

She is going to a home with a young couple who don't have other cats. Based on Claire's personality, this is just what she needs!

We rescued her from a local park in November 2013 with her foot stuck in her collar which was heavily mangled (her foot was OK)

Every kitty deserves a forever home.