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.


Grizzle and Catnip

These are photos of Grizzle (8 years old) enjoying catnip that a friend gave me. She is the last one alive from offspring of our original feral colony, acquired 2007. (we have 3 other new feral visitors who were recently released by a local hoarder.)

Since she has such a hard life, we totally rejoice in doing little things for her to make her life more enjoyable.


Stripe Seems Worried Now that Panther is Gone

Stripe had been living in the same spaces with Panther since 2009 (along with Scrufty, not pictured). Now that Panther is gone, it seems as if Stripe is nervous/worried - she runs from me and sometimes hides. I tell her Panther went to Heaven, and that she does not have to go there now. but she does not seem totally reassured. They say sometimes animals can understand the intention behind your words. I'm just going to keep reassuring her we won't send her away.


Sending Panther to Rainbow Bridge

This is an old photo of Panther. The expression does not convey the absolute gentle sweetness she embodies.

She was doing well with her diabetes. I have been giving her insulin since 5/1/15.

Then, earlier this week, she started throwing up yellow-green liquid. At first I thought it was urine. But it got greener every day. Then she became lethargic. And Wednesday she stopped eating. We took her to the vet. He said there could be multiple things wrong. One kidney is enlarged and the other is atrophied. We agreed to antibiotics and pain killer to give her another chance. But she has not been eating nor drinking. Also, since yesterday, her back legs are not working very well.

We rescued her as a homeless cat in 2008. According to the vet she was probably at least 6 years old then. So, since she is probably advanced in cat years, and we can't bear to see her failing and suffering like this. So my husband and I decided to send her to the Rainbow Bridge today.

As most of you know from your own experiences, this is weighing heavily on our hearts. I will miss her so very much as she was such a joy to have around.

Please pray for her and ask your kitties to send her some purrs.


Tabby's Smack Down

SMACK DOWN - this is what we call this cool activity between my husband and our cat Tabby - literally, she smacks the ball down almost like handball.

It is entertaining - less than a minute long - enjoy!!!



Panther and I Need Prayers

I just found out from the vet on Thursday that our dear rescued Panther has diabetes. She had been losing weight for 2 months. I'm so glad I took her to get checked out. A blood test revealed her disease.

I felt allot of anxiety since I have never given shots to any cat before. I'm doing just fine with that so far. And I'm grateful that Panther lets me give her the shots. She is truly a dear.

Say a prayer for her to adjust well to the insulin.

Debby in Arizona