Thursday, June 30, 2022

My Precious Cody, You've Been Gone Two Years



(the above photo is before the blog was Cat Chat With Caren and Cody!)

 My precious Cody, (Codester, Codalicious, Jelly Belly), my precious boy. You left us two years ago today. A life ended much too soon.

Though it's been two years, the pain is still as raw.

Life has changed in those two years; we have a new woofie named Levi and another kitty named Roary. I know you see Roary from your urn on the cat tree and probably are wondering what all of the ruckus is around you. While he loves the cat tree, he doesn't "live" in it as you did every day. You loved nothing more than relaxing in your most favorite tree.



As you see from your perch, Levi is much wilder than your beloved brother, Dakota. To think I thought you and Dakota were wild, I didn't have a clue what the future would bring.

Cody, we had a bond, a bond that was deep in our hearts from the day I first found you at Petsmart and you crawled up my chest and never let go.

You still haven't let go of my heart and I will never, ever let you go.

If I allow myself to relive the horrible day you left, my tears and pain are as raw as the day it happened. I am choosing to think of wonderful memories of you.

I miss how every night you sat on the armrest of the couch next to me. I miss how you begged for your beloved chicken.



 I miss your quirky mouth and oh so handsome face. I miss holding you, cuddling you, I miss you so much that now the tears are coming again.



While life may have changed since you left us precious Cody, one thing is constant. My love for you is as deep (even deeper), than it ever was. I will never, ever stop loving you and I will never, ever stop missing you.

You can rest assured that you still have my heart, and you always will.

Love, Mom

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Happy Father's Day to our Pawsome Dad!!!








 ROARY: So, I hear that today is a special holiday!

LEVI: What holiday would that be? National Giant Sheltie Day?

ROARY: No "All looks and no brains", today is a day where everyone is supposed to honor their Fathers or the Father figures in their lives. It is a day to be grateful for all that Fathers/Father figures do and for their love and guidance.

LEVI: but my Father lives in Ohio. His name is Rambo. That's a really cool name isn't it?

ROARY: that's your BIRTH Father you furry fluff head, and no one cares who your birth father is! Definitely not ME!  You have your other Father that you LIVE with! Who do you think feeds you and picks up your poop and puts up with your bulldozer, manic and foolish actions? Certainly NOT Mom and I. Since I'm older than you, I will go first.



"Dear Dad, I thank you for coming  to meet me at Petsmart two days before I was adopted, if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be living with you, Mom and Levi. (Wait, the more I think about that, maybe I shouldn't be thanking you, living with Levi isn't the best you know). Also, you have to learn to give ME more attention. I'm older, better behaved and less aggravating, if I do say so myself! I am the one who LOVES to sit and cuddle with you!!  I  love you Dad, never forget that! Love, Roary"



LEVI: That was just great (NOT!!) now it's MY TURN!!

"Dear Dad, thanks for allowing me to jump like a kangaroo all over you, thank you for taking me on 5000 walks a day, (most of which I choose to just stand and let the wind blow my luxurious mane). Thank you for tolerating my incredibly deep and loud barking. Thank you for the seemingly never-ending supply of treats that you give me on a regular basis, (for pretty much doing NOTHING but sitting when I'm told to). Thank you for putting up with me when I lose my mind when I see the neighbors. Thank you for thinking that I am DEFINITELY YOUR FAVORITE! You have good taste! Sending Love, bites, barks and LOTS OF JUMPING, your FAVORITE, Levi."


ROARY: Well, I may not agree with a word of what you wrote in your greeting, but I think we can BOTH agree that we have the BEST DAD EVER!!! Thanks for all that you do, and all you put up with! Love from BOTH OF US!!

Roary and Levi





Happy Father's Day to all of

 you great Dads out here!!!!!! 










Wednesday, June 15, 2022

How to make sure your cat enjoys the apartment life: Guest Post By Carson Sperry

If you are a lifelong friend of the feline race and a proud cat parent currently living in an apartment, you know that your cat needs its space. Your cat doesn’t care if you’re in a 400-square foot studio in San Diego or a massive industrial loft in downtown Detroit. All your cat knows is that it needs space, and it needs to be able to explore, interact with and enjoy its surroundings on its own terms. 





 

So, the question becomes, what can you do to ensure the happiness of your cat in your apartment? The good and bad news is that there is no one single answer for this question. Yes, a silver bullet solution would be great. However, cats, like people, have their own personalities, their own likes and dislikes and their own opinions about what makes an apartment a home. 

 

Some of the most popular methods for making sure your cat loves your apartment as much as you do are as follows:



  • Think Vertically - Cats love to explore their surroundings but they also want to experience their domain from a higher vantage point. Providing your cat with ways to “gain the higher ground”, so to speak, in your apartment will allow it to feel more comfortable and in control at home. 
  • Provide Entertainment - Your cat wants to hunt; it wants to play, and it wants to stimulate its natural instincts. Make sure your cat has plenty of toys to play with and be sure to take the time to play with them whenever you have the chance as this is a bonding experience for you and your cat that is second to none.
  • Show Love - Just like people, cats want to feel loved. Yes, even the standoffish ones that are seemingly allergic to humans. The key is to figure out how your cat wants to be loved and meet them halfway. 


These suggestions are not the end-all-be-all of proper cat care practices. But they are a good place to start if you think your cat is not enjoying your apartment as much as you are. If you are in the market for a few more tips and tricks to make sure your cat loves your home, check out this article on Rent.com with suggestions from over 20 experts in the feline field.











Friday, June 10, 2022

Happy 2nd Birthday to our Roary!!!!

 It is so hard to believe that today is our little Roary's 2nd birthday!!!!!

Roary was super excited when a box from Chewy arrived (Chewy knows nothing about this post and I received NOTHING for mentioning their name), he had a feeling that there were prezzies in it for him! He was right!


Oh my look at what Roary found!!!! A brand new wand toy that came with FOUR attachments!! He couldn't wait to begin playing.


Roary is a funny little guy. He is the only kitty I have ever known that is NOT in love with catnip toys or any tiny cat toys (other than the bouncy springs they make for kitties).

Roary's favorite things to play with are wand toys and he LOVES scratchers. Scratchers of any type immediately capture his attention. So what was his other gift? You guessed it! A brand spanking new scratcher!!


I am thrilled that he loves it so much!!!

Roary is our little Marshmallow Professor. He is super independent and smart. Cuddly (but sadly, mostly with his Dad), but he saves his "chattiness" for me. I am the one he "talks" to, (he's probably cursing me out lol).

He is definitely a "Daddy's Boy", he loves me, but in his own way. That was (and still is) a major adjustment for me since both Angels Bobo and Cody were completely obsessed with me and always in close proximity. Roary just shows his love in his own way and I respect that.

We all love our Marshmallow Professor and we wish him the HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS!!!!




Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The May CatLadyBox #catladybox #catladyboxday

 It's always exciting when the CatLadyBox is delivered! I swear Roary smells kitties when it comes because he's always all over it!


This box most definitely didn't disappoint! My favorite item is the "My Kids Have Paws Shirt" love the color and saying, it's pawesome!

Then there was the Meow Zip Pouch (Pink), the Cuddly Cat Throw Pillow (which Roary was all over!), the Meow Block Letter Ring, and the cutest cat toys! Key to Meow Heart Catnip Toy and the Baaabara the Sheep Catnip Toy (Hope Levi doesn't try to herd it! lol)

This month CatLadyBox made donations to:

  • Storm's Angels rescue
  • Lil Roar Cat Rescue
  • Open Door Animal Sanctuary
  • Volunteers in defense of animals
  • Smitten with Kittens

Thinking of subscribing to CatLadyBox? Don't pussyfoot around and do it MEOW!! (And no, I wasn't compensated to say that!)

Visit the CatLadyBox website right meow!


oh and Roary isn't included in your subscription MOL!!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

A Fur Mama's Thank You To My Pets On Mother's Day


 It all started with this boy, my Angel Bobo,

my first "heart" cat, rescued during a Cleveland blizzard in 1990

He loved me with all he had



we spent 18 wonderful years together,

he taught me so much about cats, since he was my first

He was my first Tabby Love

and the reason why I'm still obsessed with Tabby Cats.

He lived his life as my "only" pet

He wouldn't have it any other way and I respected that


Then, Cody, Dakota, Roary and Levi


My Cody, my "velcro cat"

never left my side...until he did

He made me laugh, 

He made me cry with grief when he passed, the depths of which

I had never experienced with another pet.

So sudden, so unfair, so horrible

But the times he made me laugh were the best.

My Dakota, my first Sheltie,

the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of

having a Sheltie

His sensitive eyes, his silly ways, his loving stoic nature

He was a true gift. My pretty Sheltie boy

My Roary, my "Marshmallow Professor"

Marches to his own drum,

smart as a whip,

pretty much has little use for me (other than for food),

He prefers his Daddy.

Probably because Daddy was the first to see him

the day before we adopted him

But I'm his Mom and yes he DOES love me

Just in his own way.

My Levi, ohhh Levi!!

The most challenging of all of my pets!

My GIANT Sheltie who loves me

and loves to be with me.

He is a work in progress

I thought I'd never make it through

his puppyhood. But I did!

He's becoming a gentleman, in spite of himself

I wouldn't trade the memories 

and the current day-to-day craziness

and experiences for the world.


They are all my loves, my life, my "furkids"



For all of the times you made me laugh, I thank you.

For the times that I cried,  I learned.

I wouldn't be "me" without ever having loved any of "you."



Happy Mother's Day

To all of the purrfect Mommies, 

as well as men who have taken 
on the role of "Mommy"


and all of the other fabulous
"mothering" role models
  out there, that may not
have textbook "children" of their own!

It doesn't matter if the babies are

 2-legged minus fur,

or 4-legged with fur,

or if the babies,

swim, slither, 

fly, crawl, gallop or hop...

a Mother's love is just the same!!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Happy 15th Birthday in Heaven Precious Cody

 


I see this face and the hurt begins all over again. My precious Cody today would have been your 15th birthday, two years ago I never would have ever imagined that you wouldn't be with us today. One day you were here, and like a blink of an eye you were gone. It's all a blur. A heartbreaking blur.

I miss you EVERY SINGLE DAY. I miss you sitting next to me on the armrest of the couch. I miss looking into your sea green eyes, I miss your quirky little mouth. I miss your cuddle bug ways. I miss yelling at you for trying to chew everything you could get your paws on. I miss sharing chicken with you. I miss your calm and easy-going nature.



From the day I adopted you in 2007 we shared an incredible bond. You crawled up my chest that day and you would NOT let go. The tears come all over again when I think about the day you left us. I beat myself up mentally constantly for feeling as if I let you down. That I didn't protect you enough, when I had promised you I would. Even now, nearly two years after you passed, I STILL cannot type without tears welling in my eyes.

I love you and miss you my "Codester", my "Jelly Belly", my "Codalicious", my "Cody Boy", my "Cuddlebug". I pray with all of my heart that you knew how deeply you were loved. I hope Angel Dakota is helping you celebrate your heavenly birthday my precious boy. My life will never, ever be the same without you here. I miss you more than you could ever imagine Cody. 





Saturday, March 26, 2022

We Pray for Peace: #Blog4PeaceUkraine

 

We are proud to join the thousands of others who pray for peace in the Ukraine and throughout the World.....(thank you Mimi Lenox at BlogBlast4Peace for creating this wonderful event.)



“Eastward and westward storms are breaking,--great, ugly whirlwinds of hatred and blood and cruelty. I will not believe them inevitable.”
― W.E.B. Du Bois, The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois




Send your peace globe and a link to your post to Mimi Lenox at  blog4peace@yahoo.com or tag Mimi Lenox on Facebook.





Friday, March 18, 2022

Important News from the National Kitten Coalition!

 


Hi! It’s Jenny! My mom, Nancy Peterson, is a board member of the National Kitten Coalition. She wants you to know that the NKC is running a weekly 5-part article series on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) beginning March 22. There will be Tuesday Tips on the NKC's social media channels, and the full articles and Tuesday Tips will be on the NKC’s website at https://kittencoalition.org/blog/. The information is for fosters, pet parents, animal shelters, rescue groups, the veterinary community and everyone who cares about cats. Be sure to check it out!

Wasn’t I the cutest kitten, and aren’t I still cute?




Monday, March 14, 2022

Memories on Monday: Honoring #NationalPiDay with our very own Albert Einstein

Portions of this post appeared on the blog featuring our Angel Cody, it is too much fun NOT to share again. Enjoy!


 Today is National PI Day


FROM NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR:The 3rd month and the 14th day of the year is a consistent day to celebrate the mathematical constant π. Also known as pi, the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14.  National Pi Day is celebrated by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike!

Today happens to also be Albert Einstein's Birthday

FROM BIOGRAPHY.COM: One of science's greatest minds of all time, Albert Einstein, was born on March 14, 1879, at his family's home in Ulm, Germany. He shares his birthday with Pi Day, a celebration of this special never-ending number. Einstein's life in science started early, with him writing his first scientific paper when he was only a teenager. In 1905, Einstein published several influential works, tackling such topics as relativity and introducing his most famous equation on mass and energy  E=mc2. And, in 1921, he earned the Nobel Prize in physics.

DID YOU KNOW I LIVE WITH ALBERT EINSTEIN?




SEE WHAT I MEAN????





Wednesday, March 9, 2022

There are no words......

 


I have no words. No words that adequately convey the depth of pain that is felt when a beloved pet passes unexpectedly. Losing a pet at any time is heartbreaking and painful, but the loss of a pet suddenly, completely out-of-the-blue is one of the worst pains imaginable. Believe me, I know, and I know that sadly, many of you have experienced the sudden loss of a pet as well.

Our hearts go out to Terry (Brian's Home) and his wife, Celesta at the sudden and tragic loss of their beautiful Dolly. She was one of the prettiest kitties I have ever seen.

I know most of you have offered words of condolence and comfort to our cherished friends at Brian's Home, but for those of you who haven't, you can do so where I highlighted the name of their blog.

R.I.P. beautiful Dolly, you will be forever missed and loved.

xoxo


No sooner did I write this post about Dolly, I went into my email and learned about the passing of handsome Winston from the blog, Stillness at Cherith. I always enjoyed looking at his handsome countenance and reading about his antics. He was one exquisitely handsome mancat with the most amazing blue eyes. You can leave words of comfort for his sweet Mama, Maggie at the Stillness of Cherith blog where I have the blog name highlighted.

R.I.P. Winston you handsome mancat

We will love you and miss you furever

xoxo





Wednesday, March 2, 2022

It's Dr.Seuss's Birthday and #ReadAcrossAmericaDay (Go Grab a Book and Start Reading!!)

 Ok so this is our post from 2021, cut me some slack! I'm lucky I remembered!! 

Thank you Ann from Zoolatry
for our darling graphic!!



 Today is the day we honor Dr.Seuss, my all-time favorite children's book author!! I memorized "The Cat in The Hat" when I was four years old and never looked back! I read every one of his books that I could get my paws on.



In honor of this year's theme of "looking back" to when we started posting about Dr.Seuss Day (for most of us), many of you will remember portions of this post (because it just wouldn't be the same to NOT share Cody who ALWAYS featured Dr.Seuss on his blog), but this year, we have tweaked it a bit and you will see some new "things." Enjoy!!

Today is the day,
it's truer than true,
today is the day 
we tell Dr.Seuss
"WE LOVE YOU!"
We GRATEFULLY
THANK GLOGIRLY DESIGN
FOR DESIGNING OUR GRAPHIC!
YOU CAN HAVE ONE TOO BY CLICKING
 HERE


Cody won this hat
that was made by
Ms.Ellen over at 
15 and Meowing 
March of 2018







March 2, 1904
is a date to be remembered
evermore! 

Write it on your wall!
It is  the birthday
of probably the most
popular children's book author of all!
courtesy of cracked.com

It is only appropriate on this
most special day,
that we wish 
Dr. Seuss the
 HAPPIEST
of BIRTHDAYS!!

It is also Read Across America Day
which is ALWAYS celebrated
on Dr.Seuss's birthday


"Across the country, thousands of schools,
 libraries, and community centers
 participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books"
Visit Seussville for all sorts of activities!
Reading to your children is one of the
BEST gifts that you can give them!
Instilling the love of books
to your children  will bring them joy
for the rest of their lives!




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and at the Cat Blogosphere!