Smokey Hesitates

Here is Smokey (our FIV kitty) hesitating to go out into the cat run. He knows he is safe out there. I guess he is trying to decide where he wants to be. The other cats just rush out when I open the door. They can and do open it themselves. But, if I am in the room with them, I always know when they want out. So I provide door-lady service!

Smokey is doing very well with his two lady roommates. We have grown to love him very much.


Two Homeless Ginger Kitties

We were surprised one time recently when we saw them together. Originally, we thought there was only one ginger kitty. When they come one at a time, I have to see the eyes to be able to tell which one is present. Once my husband got these fantastic photos to help compare them, I can see a difference in the jowls (sides of face) and the fur. Cinnamon is more mottled than Nutmeg. Also, Nutmeg does not seem as skittish as Cinnamon. So maybe eventually we can trap and domesticate Nutmeg. Cinnamon has totally evaded our attempts to trap and neuter him over the last year.

They are so beautiful. I totally love orange tabby cat fur!! I just wish these sweeties were not homeless.



Where Did Tiger Learn to Geiger?

Tiger is such an amazingly affectionate cat for being formerly feral. In bed awhile ago at night she decided to flop next to me with her head against my head, face or ear, then purr herself to sleep. Unfortunately, I cannot sleep with this position due to the fact that her purr is loud and like a Geiger counter - rapid, staccato sounds - sounding off near my ear. (her purr is not the soft, deep, smooth, mellow kind)

I wish I had a photo of her doing this (she's nuzzling while I'm smiling) but I never think to bring my cell phone to bed! I let her stay laying on me for awhile before I encourage her to move to another location on the bed. When I think of how she initiated this move on her own, and also to nuzzle the side of her face against mine every so often, is so endearing that it is so difficult to decide to move her away. I am so touched by this show of affection!!

Debby in Arizona


Tiger Lilly Uses Paw in Unusual Way

Tiger Lilly was formerly feral before 3 dogs attacked her and we nursed her back to wellness. Can any of you figure why she would have taught herself this trick? The video is only 1/2 minute even though she kept up the behavior longer.


Blessings to all of you!
Debby in Arizona


Stripe's next stage in dealing with the new cat Smokey -> she all but stopped coming to me with her affectionate behaviors. She would run off to get away from Smokey who usually follows me around. Then I talked to her, telling her she is still my special girl. About two days later, she showed she was willing to let me pick her up and do our special affectionate activities - nuzzling, brushing, holding, petting.

I am so happy she is coming around!!

Debby in Arizona


Stripe is Still Somewhat Intimidated by Smokey

Stripe is still a little bit intimidated by Smokey. But he is working on helping her to trust him.

He comes up to her and they go nose-to-nose which she accepts but she is still a little bit agitated at other times.

I feel certain they will learn to love each other.

Debby in Arizona


Smokey Adapting Well

Smokey is adapting well to our other kitties. He is so gentle! And he seems to enjoy his new lady kitty friends.

He's the first male cat we have taken in as our own.

I call him my Kitten Man since he loves to play like a kitten.

We are giving him allot of love and attention which we have been told really helps his immune system. Of course we are having a great time getting to know him!!

Debby in Arizona


Dear Sweet Smokey has FIV

This is Smokey, one of the newer homeless cats we have been caring for. It turns out he is tame, not feral, which we learned thanks to my husband working tirelessly to build a relationship with this dear one. We know he could not have a caring owner now since he is always ravenously hungry.
Smokey's disposition is so incredibly sweet! He now nuzzles each of us, seeming to crave affection. He lets us pick him up without any resistance. He has never bitten or scratched either of us.
As of yesterday, we brought him inside. Today, we went to the vet to have him tested for nasty diseases, treat him for ear mites if needed and other steps required for adoption. We had hoped to get him into the Kitty City adoption program, run by United Animal Friends in the PetCo in Prescott. 
He does not have feline leukemia, but he does have feline HIV (FIV). So it is doubtful we will be able to get him adopted through the local agency. 


Smokey is One of the New Homeless

Here is Smokey, a new arrival to our homeless crew, cleaning himself on my husband's car. He is always ravenous for food, which is why we think he is homeless.

Actually, we don't know if he is a he or she - have tried allot to catch him for spay/neuter with no success so far. Maybe the hoarder who was recently taken from his home nearby had him in a cage, making him trap wise.

Hope all of you had a great weekend!

Debby in Arizona


Helping Cats n Dogs in Extreme Temperatures

Someone sent me this - thought you might find it interesting and useful

Cool Cats and Hot Dogs by Cast Iron Radiators 4u
Cool Cats and Hot Dogs by Cast Iron Radiators 4u.