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Posts about our current cats. Two sisters, Teagan (FKA Smokey) the beautiful black one and Nessa (FKA Esmeralda) the Ambitious and fierce Tortie. We originally were going to keep their names, but after a year, I found ones we liked better.
Posted by terrepruitt on January 13, 2017
So here we are rounding into the middle of January 2017 already.
We had a cat before the two we currently have. This was her “throne”. My husband and I call it that to distinguish between the tower, the little scratching post, and this scratching post. This scratching post has a spot where they can sit. Nessa and Teagan LOVE it. They have scratched the carpet off of the post. I need to re-carpet it.
Here is Nessa hanging out on the throne looking down on her subject.
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Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2016
I did say that there would be a lot of cat pictures. I take HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS. I am trying not to make my Friday Photo just a succession of cat photos. I am trying to space them out. It is difficult. This one is from over a year ago. They have actually grown a bit since then. But they still lie around together.
Teagan and Nessa in the window seat.
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Posted by terrepruitt on August 31, 2016
I have some follow up information on some of the posts I have posted:
I made another batch of Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts, actually I made two. I made one like before actually sweet and savory, and I made a sweet and spicy. I didn’t measure the cayenne pepper, I just sprinkled a lot more in the mixture. I also found a packet of crushed hot red pepper flakes in the refrigerator, ya know the kind you get when you order pizza to be delivered? I used a package of those. So I don’t know how much that is. But last I heard it was a good amount. When I first told John he said, “Is that all?” And I reminded him I am not really trying to make them HOT, just give them a little warmth. But then he ate them and said it was a perfect amount. But ya know, sometimes with things like this it seems like the spices can be all in one spot. But hopefully the batch he took to work this morning for a snack was just as good.
Our cats, formerly known as Smokey and Esmeralda, have adjusted to their new names. They are now Teagan and Nessa. My hubby and I are convinced that Teagan actually likes her name as about the same time we decided to change it she became a little bit more affectionate. I think that Nessa likes her new name too, now, but she was quick to warm up to it. Who knows if cats actually care, but it SEEMS like they do.
When I taught yoga at The Dancing Cat earlier this month, I forgot to mention that they have adopted out eight one cats! That is awesome. I am not sure if that number has gone up, but I am hoping for them to hit at least 100 when they close in November. Again, them closing in November is the last I heard, but perhaps that has changed.
Awhile back I posted about this sugar that I had purchased because it was the only kind in the store. I had posted about it because I thought that maybe since it was less processed it actually “lasted” longer in the hummingbird feeders. By “lasted” longer I meant it didn’t get grungy as fast. Well, I have to take that back as I think it didn’t get grungy because the birds were eating it so fast. We have had a very active hummingbird community this year. It is really cool. Over the many years that we have lived here we have probably had about 10 hummingbirds at a time come into the yard to feed. But there is usually one very possessive bird that thinks he rules the yard and he spends most of his time chasing all the other birds off. This year they all seem to chase each other around, but no one bird stands out as the boss. And we have had more birds than ever. It is really cool. I filled five of our six feeders on Friday, today is Wednesday and I filled three again today. I filled one yesterday. So in about five days I had to refill our feeders.
Speaking of hummingbird feeders, I still maintain that our old hummingbird feeder, the one that is really difficult to clean, is still the favorite amongst the birds. They will always empty that one first. It always has the most birds around it. I really think they can get to the nectar better because of the way it is designed. I can’t get in and clean it better because the way it is designed, but I think they like it best. The birds do eat off the other ones, but they don’t get emptied as fast as the old one. The new ones, though, as so awesome to clean. It literally takes less than five minutes each to soap ’em up, scrub ’em down, and rinse them out. I love it.
We are planning on taking down at least three of the feeders this winter. I will leave up the two large easy to clean ones and the small one that is super easy to clean. The hummingbirds LOVE that one. We take down the oriole feeder, the hard to clean feeder, and the hummingbird bar. Any birds that are still around will still have enough to eat. If as many birds that are around now, stay around, I will keep up all the feeders, but the numbers seem to dwindle in October. We will see.
Well, that is all for the updates for now. I have thought to do a post on some of these things, but then realized none of them really warrant an entire post on its own, so I am lumping it all together!
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Posted by terrepruitt on August 10, 2016
Sorry, I couldn’t resist (Mews Of Change). One of my most recent posts was an “update” about our cats. It really wasn’t an update because there was nothing new to share. It was more just a report or an excuse to post cat pictures. If you are a pet owner and anything like me, you take hundreds of pictures of your pets. I mean, they are just so cute, right? “Oh, look! She’s upside down.” “Oh, look, she is pawing at the shadow of the bird.” “Oh, look! She is covering her face!” Seriously, basically anything they do, right? So, I do love to share my kitty pictures. But this time I really do have an update. A couple of weeks ago there was a post on my Facebook feed from PureWow. It was 15 Irish Baby Names That We’re Totally Going to Steal. I saw two names that interested me. My hubby has not been fond of the name Smokey for our cat, and I have not been fond of Esmeralda. It is not the names per se; it is those names for our cats. When I saw this list I thought a couple of these names fit the girls better. So John and I had been toying with the idea of changing their names.
I wasn’t sure because I feel as if they recognize their names. They are cats, so it is not as if they come when they are called, but they KNOW their names. So I thought it might not be nice to change them. But, they just seem to fit better. And my husband is doing a really good job of calling them by their new names. I was calling them both, trying to get them used to it. I was still unsure.
But then . . . I was put on the schedule to teach yoga at The Dancing Cat and part of the announcement includes information about us living with two cats that we adopted from The Dancing Cat. And it lists the cats’ names. So, I thought, well, if we are going to change them, we might as well do it now. We might as well let The Dancing Cat and the people that worked with Smokey and Esmeralda that we are now calling them something new. Something more fitting – at least to us.
So we are now calling Smokey Teagan, which means beautiful. She is really a beautiful cat and I call her Beautiful half the time anyway. I also like the name Teagan. She could never get a big head because she is the sweetest girl. And we are calling Esmeralda Nessa, which means ambitious and/or fierce. Now that is not a bad thing at all. She is very ambitious and I feel that she can do anything she sets her mind to. She has fierce passion. I have been looking into Nessa a bit more to find information to make me certain of the fit and I found Baby Names of Ireland.com:
“Nessa was the mother of Conchobhar (Conor) Mac Nessa, king of Ulster. A powerful and beautiful woman, ambitious for her son, she tricked her second husband, Fergus, into giving up his kingdom to his stepson, Conchobhar (Conor), for a year, but Conchobhar (Conor) ruled so wisely and so well that the people chose him to be their permanent king.”
I could totally see Esmeralda as powerful and beautiful and SMART.
So, there you have it an ACTUAL update on the cats. Some news, yet also a post where I can post more cat pictures.
If you are local and you want to come take a yoga class in the presence of cats, check out my page where there is a link to register at The Dancing Cat. You will be able to hang out with the cats after the class. So your donation includes yoga AND a cat visit.
What do you think about the new names for our cats?
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Posted by terrepruitt on July 27, 2016
Ok, so it is not really an “update” because there isn’t really anything to update you all about. They are fine. And I know that my blog is not really a cat blog. But . . . I just think they are so cute and so beautiful. I also think that many animal parents feel the same way so they can relate. With that in mind, I also think that I will be forgiven for posting pictures of my beautiful girls.
They are so sweet. I might have mentioned in the past that Esmeralda seemed a little mean and would beat up on her sister when her sister got attention. Well, either it happens now when I am not looking or she doesn’t do that any longer. And Smokey has been a little (just a teeny tiny bit) more receptive to hugs and kisses. Smokey also isn’t really a fan of getting her picture taken. Plus she is really hard to get a good picture of. Those are two reasons why there are more pictures of Esmeralda.
They are very good girls. They are constantly entertained by what is going on in the yard. I think that is awesome. Since it is so hot here have all the sliders open and the girls spend the evenings running from one door to another to another. They are entertained. They get exercise. Plus it entertains us. It is funny to look up and see a flat cat slinking across the room to a window. Most of the time it is cause for a double take; “Did I just see? Yup. A flat cat.”
The place where we got them, The Dancing Cat, has adopted out 73 cats so far. That is really great. Some, like ours, come in pairs. I am confident that they will reach 100. I am hoping they will PASS 100. Even though it is being called a cat adoption lounge, it is really a cool place to just go and hang out with cats. You don’t even have to be interested in adopting a cat. I am planning on going with a friend this week. I am not in the market for another cat. I just like meeting the cats and supporting the place. I hope that, if you are at all interested in cats and you are in the area, you will visit. I believe the plan is to be open into November (2016). It is a fun place to hang out . . . if you like cats.
Do you like cats? Would you like to hang out with them for an hour? Purrhaps play get the string?
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Posted by terrepruitt on July 4, 2016
Most of you probably know that we have cats. Right? I mean, I have posted a least once a month about them. They are so sweet. Cats really are. Cats, just like so many people, get a bad rep from the few that are not nice. But most cats are very sweet. They might not respond like dogs and come when you call them, but they are very affectionate. My last post about the cats (Our Tube Has A Tail) had videos, the one (Happy Cat Guardians) before that a bunch of photos. This brings me to the point of this post, it has been a year since we brought the cats home. Last year on Friday, July 3, 2015 we decided to adopt them. We brought them home on the Fourth of July.
Some of you may know the story . . . we had a cat that died in 2014. She was phenomenal in the sense that she was a very easy cat. She didn’t get into things, she had impeccable litter box manners . . . she was so many things the opposite of the reputation of cats. So when my hubby and I started thinking about getting a kitten, I was so torn. I mean, I totally wanted a kitten. The little mews of a kitten are enough to make anyone want one. And the antics . . . so fun. But I didn’t want to end up with one of “those” cats. The ones that give cats a bad reputation. It didn’t really occur to me to get an older cat. But once it did I thought, “How do you pick one?” So I had been looking on websites and “deciding” by looks, which is one of the worst ways, to me, to decide on an animal.
Turns out my husband’s boss had a friend who opened a cat “cafe” or cat lounge where you can go visit with cats. I love that idea and decide to volunteer there. In that same time frame they happened to get a cat that LOOKED so cute that both my hubby and I wanted her. But after a few visits, I kinda set my sights on another cat. I just needed to let my husband meet both the cat we originally saw and wanted, and this other one. I was confident that the moment he met Esmeralda and she exposed her belly for gettin’ he would be convinced she was for us. The issue was that she was considered part of a bonded pair and that means they want to adopt them out together. I really didn’t want two cats. One is enough. Two is too much. Plus I hadn’t even seen this other one. She was holed up in one of the cat spaces and wouldn’t come out.
But when another cat moved into her spot and forced her out and we finally got to see her, we decided we could deal with two cats. If you are not opposed to adopting a black cat and you ever have to choose between a black on and a not black one . . . please really consider taking the black one. Because of certain beliefs, black cats are hard to adopt out. There are some superstitions around black cats so they don’t get adopted as much.
So, it has been a year. And it was rough in the beginning — no one’s fault. We had to keep them quarantined and medicate them for the first 30 days and we felt so bad. Many of you know giving your pet medication is not easy and it is really sad when you bring a new pet home and have to put them through that. We knew that it would be over one day and the cats would be fine, but it is tough when you are going through it.
But here we are . . . a year later. And pretty much every day one of us (me to my hubby or he to me) says how much we love having our girls. They are such great cats. Very loving. Very sweet. Very entertaining.
Happy Fourth of July to you all. And Happy Home Anniversary to our girls.
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Posted by terrepruitt on June 24, 2016
Many of you that have cats probably know that each cat’s litter box habits are different. Well, I am convinced our first cat, Spot, was one of the tidiest cats ever. I mean she didn’t make a mess in the litter box or out. She kept her business off of the sides of the box. In regards to getting out, it was as if she stepped out of the litter box instead of flying out of it with a trail of litter behind her. She also had very tiny paws. They weren’t very hairy. One of our cats, I have written about her huge paws before, has long hair on her feet. The fur goes past the pads and her feet are just huge. I feel that her feet are litter trappers. She goes into the litter box and when she comes out she has a tablespoon of litter trapped in each foot! Ok, perhaps not that much, but a lot! It just comes right on out with her. I do not like stepping on litter. First of all it is grainy, second of all, it is litter. EWWWW! So I was wondering how to try to cut down on the litter that was being tracked all over. I came across this Cat Litter Trapper on Amazon.
Well, it might not be very pretty like the pretty flower carpet I have the litter box sitting on, but it really does cut down on the amount of litter tracked all over. It doesn’t stop it entirely because sometimes I see the cats LAUNCH themselves out of the litter box practically missing the mat entirely. But it does help a lot. As they jump out or even launch themselves, I hear the litter pelting the mat. Then, since it has the holes, it falls down into them and is trapped. Ha. Just like the name. It really is better than having it all over.
When I first got it, for some reason, they were enjoying chewing on it. Their litter box is in the room next to the bedroom so I would go to bed and hear this weird noise. I would get up and one of them would be digging and chewing on it. Again, many of you with cats, know that sometimes it is next to impossible to get a cat to stop doing whatever it is they have their mind set on doing. So, I spritzed it very little with pure citrus. Not enough to make them want to avoid the litter box, but enough to keep them from scratching and chewing on the mat. I think that was just a case of “this is new, I must chew” because after a few days they left it alone and as far as I know, they have not dug at it or chewed on it.
Having two cats makes for a lot more litter mess than one cat, but this litter trapper really helps. If you look at it, you will see that they say it is waterproof so if there are “accidents” it will keep the floor underneath from getting wet . . . I would imagine that is with a pad in between. We don’t have use for it in that capacity yet, but I thought I would mention that for others that might want something like that.
What do you use for your cats? Do your cats track as much litter around as mine do?
Update: July 05, 2016 – I have had to update one of my posts. I have replaced a picture with a pictures of my cats big hairy paw, click here for that!
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Posted by terrepruitt on June 22, 2016
Yeah, that is about it. These tubes are from our first cat, Spot. They can be connected to make a longer tube, but currently we have them separated. Esmeralda, the Tortie, loves them. One is in the dining area and one is in the living room. They are somewhat lined up and Esmeralda runs through them. She gets going very fast. She runs the length of the house making laps. One day one of the tubes was turned, but she zigged through it and then ran to the other one. I have never even tried to record it because she is very fast and I don’t think, neither me nor my iPhone could capture it. But I did record her playing with the mouse in the tube.
The mouse can be dragged around the floor in front of her for what seems like forever, but the second you touch the tube she will pounce. The two cats seem to take turns playing. One will wait patiently for the other to be done. Sometimes the one waiting will get bored and leave, but sometimes the player leaves so the “waiter” takes over. Today, Esmeralda was playing, and I caught Smokey drinking.
Then Smokey started to play, but just for a second. Then Esmeralda played for a while. The Smokey took over. Esmeralda waited but then when Smoke stopped Esmeralda just sat in her tube looking at the mouse. Then she walked away so I did too.
These are just short (1.19 minute’s tops) recordings of them playing. Just cute to watch, well, if you are me, their mom. Nothing exciting, except Esmeralda really is fast.
Also, I found these recordings on my phone. They are from Christmas 2015. My family has a big dog. I love this dog. I love big dogs. He is huge. This dog is so nice and mellow it is amazing. He is so good around everyone. On this day he was a little sad because the house was full of people and he couldn’t come in. He was excited to have some company and play with his toy. I caught him running and playing with his toy. The noise is the noise the toy is making as he squeezes it.
I love to watch pets play. They are so funny. It is so entertaining. It is also amazing how focused they get. And how joyful. Do you like to watch them?
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Posted by terrepruitt on May 25, 2016
Because it has been a while since I posted about my darling little cats, I thought I would share some pictures of them. They are very good cats even though they do “cat” things that I would prefer they not do. Such as pull the roses out of the vases or knock over the vases. And knocking things off of tables and counters. They, of course, are not allowed on places where we eat and/or have food, so that means tables and counters are off-limits. They do a good job of not being on them — while we are able to see, but often times in the morning there will be evidence that someone has been on one of those forbidden surfaces and knocked somethings down or even off. They are cats, they are curious. They get a scolding that barely interrupts their whatever-it-is-that-they-are-doing when said offense is discovered. But overall they are great girlies! I have hundreds of pictures of them. Most of the photos are of them while they are sleeping, they are so cute when they lie all over each other. We enjoy having them.
Also, it might be that I am inspired to do a cat post because the place where we found our two lovely cats is opening again. It is the adoption venue called The Dancing Cat. I used to call it a cat cafe, but they don’t really sell cafe food as do some cat cafes. I’ve seen them call it a cat lounge and that sounds good, but then people might not know what that is. In 2015 it was planned to be a 4 week “pop-up event”, but it proved to be a hit and ended up lasting 6 months. So they are bringing it back in the same place — for now. Information on the website says they are looking for a permanent location in San Jose. They are opening again on Saturday, May 28, 2016. You can make reservations and visit a cat.
We are super happy with our cats. They are fantastic girlies! It has not even been a year since we adopted them. I had been wondering how to get a cat because I had never been to a shelter to get an animal. Our cat, Spot, landed – literally – in our yard. She was an angel. So I didn’t know how to pick a cat. A place where you can go and visit with cats while they lounge around, play, and eat is so great. I was able to meet our cats and observe them for a few days. At first Smokey never came out of the bottom of one of the furnishings, but when a new cat came and ousted her she ended up high on a cat shelf.
Smokey is still a bit shy. She is not fond of being held, she will put up with it, she doesn’t throw a cat fit, but I don’t think it is her favorite thing. She likes to receive her hugs, kisses, and scratches while she is on the ground. She is also a heavy girl. Very solid. She also has a lot, I really mean A LOT to say. She has a lot on her mind and she shares often. She is very fast and a great catcher. If the doors are open in the house that is where she will be found, sitting by the open doors. Smokey is as sweet as can be.
Esmeralda is light as a feather and she proves it with her leaps and bounds. She is a little lover kitty and loves to be picked up and snuggled. She is not as talkative as her sister, but she does tell us when she wants something. She is not a “meower” but a mumbler. She “murphs”. She is the thinker.
They both seem to love each other. They play often. They run around the house at top speeds then stop and tumble around. They bathe each other and sleep together. Such cuties! We are happy.
Do you have pets? Where did you get your pet(s)?
Smokey playing with two toys!
Every cat needs a matching boa!
Yin and Yang.
Esmeralda and Smokey – sometimes Smokey just disappears into this blanket. Black on black.
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Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2016
I think my last cat update was in October. So I thought I would share what is up with the cats. You may have read about me saying that I was fascinated by Esmeralda’s paws because they were so big. It was guesstimated that the cats were done growing pretty much when we got them so I didn’t understand how such a tiny cat could have such big paws. Well, she doesn’t. She got big. Her and her sister are not big cats but they both grew a lot since we’ve had them. We used to be able to see a cat’s in shadow or silhouette and know who it was, but now we can’t tell because they are the same size. Smokey is heavier . . . she is a solid cat, but they are the same length and height. Esmeralda grew into her paws.
They learned pretty quick that when I come home the first order of business is kisses. They are usually waiting by the door when I open it, but when I get home from teaching Nia, I usually have my arms full of stuff, and I have to run to the turn off the alarm. I drop the stuff as I go, then swoop up the nearest cat and give her a bunch of kisses!
They pretty much rule the house. We are having a few things that have just started happening that we are going to have to work on. Esmeralda has figured out that she can jump from the cat tower onto the wall-mounted speaker and walk across the top of the curtain rod and jump on the entertainment center. Sometimes it takes a bit to figure out these things are happening. I was wondering why our curtains were beginning to come off the rod, then one day I look up and I see Emmy WALKING across the curtain rod. So we are working on altering that behavior.
It is difficult to discipline two cats because you don’t know who did what. With one cat you know if something is amiss it was THE cat, but with two, it is hard to tell. There are habits and behavior patterns so you can guess, but you don’t really know unless you see them do it.
They both love the sun. So they have been enjoying the sun the past few days. They both love to play. And to our delight they actually love to play by themselves. It is super cute. I’ll have to do another post to post the videos. They also love to play together. Sometimes it is a challenge to know if they are playing or fighting, but either way they seem to work it out.
They snuggle together and bathe each other.
Esmeralda isn’t a fan of me being on the computer. I usually have about 20 minutes before she comes in and “murphs” at me.
Esmeralda doesn’t “meow” she makes these little noises that sound like “murph”. Smokey meows and in a big way. She always sounds as if someone is disemboweling her.
Because of Smokey’s meYOOOOWWWLLLING and Esmeralda’s odd and painful kneading, I think they were taken away from their mother too young. Esmeralda doesn’t knead in a milking-mamma-kind-of-way. She stands on us and then marches. Pressing really hard using ALL FOUR paws. She dances around in a circle. It is odd. And Smokey will just knead the air every-once-in-awhile . . . but she YEOOWWLL often.
She will be dead asleep and then wake up meYOOOOWWWLLLING. She will meYOOOOWWWLLLING all the way through the house until she finds us. It is that blood curdling type of meYOOOOWWWLLLING.
Cats are funny. Which is one thing that makes them great. They are a great source of laughter and entertainment.
We love our kitties and consider ourselves very blessed to have gotten such great cats. They are very good and super sweet.
What silly thing does your pet do? (I ask because they ALL do something silly!)
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