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Posts Tagged ‘Spot the cat’

Box And Paper Magic

Posted by terrepruitt on October 9, 2017

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A while back we got something in a big sturdy box. My husband cut the doors and holes in it and we gave to the cats. They love it. I have made my husband suffer through keeping the box. I move it out into the garage (and this is where the suffering comes in because it gets in our way) every once in a while, taking it away from the cats. I keep it out there for a month or so, then I bring it back in. I think this one, I had it out there for a long time this last time I took it out because my husband threatened to throw it away quite a few times. When I brought it back in the house it was totally worth all of our “suffering”. Our cats, especially Nessa when crazy over it. They rubbed all over it and jumped in it. Nessa was ALWAYS in it. They love their box.

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Christmas is coming so the house gets crowded with the tree so the box will be going out again soon. It will be out for a few months then come back in.

But the packing paper will probably stay for a while. We use that to entertain the cats too. It comes and goes. So many things come packed in packing paper we always have some around. The cats love that too. Teagan will NOT tolerate a flier being under the paper. Or anything for that matter. She can be sound asleep and if you put a toy under the paper she will jump up and pounce on it. She is hilarious when it comes to something under the paper.

Nessa likes to play with toys and the paper, too. It is really as if the toy is brand new.

Two easy ways to bring life back into a neglected toy – use it with a box or packing paper. Also easy and simple ways to give something to the cats to play with. The box alone and the paper alone provide entertainment. Add a toy to it and there ya go.

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Sweet Memory

Posted by terrepruitt on October 6, 2017

Awww. Here is my first little girl. This is Spot the Cat. I came across this while looking for a picture to post for today’s Friday Photo. I decide on this one. This was from June 2011. She was a sweet cat.  She was an angel.

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Looking Down From The Throne

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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Treat Or Complete

Posted by terrepruitt on October 31, 2016

When we had Spot, I spent a lot of time researching food.  I have a friend who did the same thing.  We were interested in what we were feeding our cats.  We both believed that wet food was really good because of the moisture content.  Cats don’t typically drink a lot of water so it is helpful when they can get moisture from their food.  So a while back I looked into a lot of different foods trying to find a wet food that I could feed Spot.  Spot did not like fish.  So I never looked into any food with fish it.  I would sometimes buy a can of cat food that was fish, but she wouldn’t eat it.  I stuck to the other meats available for cats.  Our two new cats (we’ve had them almost a year and a half, but I still think of it as being new) LOVE fish.  Well, I have been feeding them tuna and they love that.  It seems they don’t like sardines.   Teagan stuck her nose in the dish and then walked away.  She’s the “healthy” eater.  Nessa ate a little, but, my conclusion is . . . they don’t like sardines.

Now, this post is not about what food is “good” and what food is “bad” because to me that is really just opinion.  We all have different situations so what brand or type of food is better or worse all depends.  But I do hope there are a couple of things we all agree on.  One is that cats are “obligate carnivores”.  Meaning they biologically have to eat meat.  Their bodies require meat.  And another is, they need complete nutrition.  Now if they are out in the “wild”, whether that be the backyard or the jungle and they are eating WHOLE animals, then they are more than likely getting what they need.  But when we feed them, we need to make sure we are providing what they need.

Because food changes often, researching and looking into food is almost a constant thing for me and because these girls like fish, I am looking into and researching cat food again.  I spend a huge amount of time researching cat food.  Pet food is just like people food in that nutrition is very convoluted.  Anyway, what I am finding lately is there is a lot – I mean a TON – of supplemental food out there.  Not just what I think of as treats, but food that, for a second made me happy, but then I realized it is not good enough.

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I am really flabbergasted by all of the supplemental and complimentary products out there.  I don’t remember seeing any of these when I was looking years ago for food for Spot.  But now, almost every product I pick up says it is supplemental and complimentary.  And I have always been looking at foods with limited ingredients, so that is where it is tricky.  It sounds great to look at a label and see “tuna and water”.  Sounds like that is what we SHOULD be feeding our cats, but it is not . . . they need other things too.

So I’m just putting a reminder out there to read the labels of the food being purchased.  I am not saying read the ingredients and try to determine if the product contains what your cat needs.  I am just sayin’ make sure the food being fed provides a COMPLETE diet.  Often times, the list of ingredients looks really “nasty” and full of chemicals, but depending on the food you buy, most of it is necessary.  Because most of the food sold in stores is not a complete animal, there needs to be vitamins and minerals and things added to the food.  It has to be added for the cats’ health.

If the label states it is only for supplemental or complimentary feeding, then additional food, food that is COMPLETE needs to be supplied.  The food is labeled one way or the other so one doesn’t even have to read all the ingredients and try to figure it out.  Just look for information stating it is a complete food.

Cats are trickier than dogs, I think.  Cats have that whole obligate carnivore thing going on.  Plus sometimes the cats themselves might appear picky in what they eat.  There is so much out there, I am sure you can find something that makes you both happy. They will also be healthy when they get a diet that is COMPLETE and has all that they need to be that way!

What does your cat like to eat?  What is her favorite treat?

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Happy Cat Guardians

Posted by terrepruitt on May 25, 2016

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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.

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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)?

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Smokey playing with two toys!

 

an Jose Cat Cafe, Cat adoption venue, Smokey and Esmeralda, Spot the cat, sister kitties

Every cat needs a matching boa!

 

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Yin and Yang.

 

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Beautiful Smokey!

 

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Esmeralda and Smokey – sometimes Smokey just disappears into this blanket. Black on black.

 

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Cat Cafe In San Jose

Posted by terrepruitt on June 27, 2015

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I don’t know about the OTHER cat cafes, but The Dancing Cat is a temporary home to cats that are up for adoption.  Every cat you see can be adopted.  It is my thinking that visiting a cat in a nice relaxed atmosphere gives you a better chance to see the cat you are actually getting.  I know some kitties might not act different from their true selves in a shelter or store, but I imagine most do.  They might be scared or even just a little more cautious or reserved.  Whereas in a little shop where they have run of the place you possibly get to see their actual personality.

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This past Thursday was the year anniversary of our cat’s death.  I am sure I am not alone in feeling that it is difficult to get a new pet – a new child.  Spot was such a good kitty.  Yesterday I went to visit the Dancing Cat and got so much good cat ju-ju.  Cats are amazing animals.  For over an hour I played with six cats.  Not all six for the entire time, but I was able to interact with each one at least once.  Cats are so fun to watch.  Cats are so amazing with their concentration and their acrobatics.  There were more than six at the facility, but four were off sleeping for most of the time.  Two of the “sleepers” were actually awake, but in the quiet area of the cafe.  When I went to peek in on them they were more than willing to present a belly for rubs.

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Ann, one of the women who opened the shop, excitedly told me that the adoptions that have happened so far were perfect pairings.  The cats and the people/families matched up well.  This is a very important thing when adopting out or adopting a pet.  It needs to work.  Personalities need to be mesh-able.  So, that is why I think a Cat Cafe is awesome.  Cats and people get to meet and get to know each other a bit before committing

I really enjoyed my visit and that is the reason I am posting this.  I asked if I could write a post to share what is going on and that is what I am doing.  I hope, if cats are something that interest you, that you will go visit and socialize with the wonderful cats and wonderful people who are there!

What do you think of Cat Cafes?  Would you visit a cafe if there was one near you?

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Revisiting Old Post – Actually Having To Repost

Posted by terrepruitt on January 24, 2015

I am looking through my drafts in WordPress to see if there is anything I started to write that I can finish up and use as a post.  I went to a Nia class this morning and spent the day visiting with a friend, so I am trying to post at the last minute (again).  I am very confused it is showing I have 26 drafts.  That seems like an awful lot because I don’t type my posts in the WordPress editor.  I typed them in Notepad.  Sometimes I type them in the WordPress editor, but not often.  I am confused because I also take copies of my posts after I post them and I am seeing copies of the post in my folder and I am seeing comments on them.  But they are showing as drafts.  WordPress has been changing so much with the admin portion of the site I am surprised crazy stuff doesn’t happen all the time.  As things grow often times the simplicity of things get taken away and now what was one click to the admin page I have to click at least four things to get to where I am going.  “Improvements” is a word they should use loosely.  So I discovered the weirdest things while looking in my drafts.  So far, I have discovered two posts that had been posted in August 2013 that are now showing in draft and are no longer on the calendar.  One had 14 comments on it, so I know that it was posted at one time.

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The first post that I discovered was no longer on the blog was posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.  It was a silly post about a silly subject.  It was one of the things I hesitated posted about because it was so silly.  But I remember now that at the time I was really appreciating my husband helping out with the cat’s liter box and I thought it was funny that he was making it funny.  But then as time went on it turned out to be a really good thing.  The post that was gone and is now back is S For Spa, Serene, Spot.

For A Taller You was the second post that was showing in drafts and NOT on my blog, but now it is back, with comments and all.  Strange.

I just found another one, I Smell Something.  Unfortunately I thought I had seen it on the blog still so I deleted the one that was showing up in the drafts, but it turns out that was the one that had been posted.  Good thing I keep copies of all my posts.  I just copied and pasted it into a new post, but with the original post date.  But any likes were lost.  I hesitated reposting this one because that diffuser died shortly after.  They kindly offered to send me a replacement.  And they did.  It lasted for about 5 minutes.  I gave up on that.

Well, at this time, it is late and I want to go visit with my hubby so I will go through all the “drafts” at a later time . . . because I have nothing else to do . . . I’ll probably share again if any others have become drafts.  So weird.

Any of you on WordPress having weird stuff happen?  If you have a different blog platform do you like it?

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The Good Things Of 2014, Onto 2015

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2015

This year we were lucky to have a visitor for our Goodie Jar reading.  My niece was visiting and she helped us relive the moments that made us smile.  I am a smart enough aunt to know that I have an amazing niece so she was mentioned often in my notes of “Good Things”.  Here are some of the highlights from the jar:

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~Nightingales

~May 29, (2014) was the first “coffee” visit with they Camden Community Center Nia Class

~Wicked

~Colleen came to say goodbye to Spot (06.24.14)

As you can see from the pictures there were a lot more.  I’ve had some people ask me what to put in the Good Things Jar.  It really is up to you.  I am seeing a lot of different versions of “jars” this year so I really think it all depends on you.  What do you want your jar to do?  The point of my jar is to keep me focused on the GOOD THINGS IN LIFE.  There are so many things that can be considered “not good”.  It is very easy to get distracted and end up with a negative attitude and to forget all of the blessings that are around us.  So, for me, it is a way to keep the blessings in my life at the forefront.  That does not mean I can’t be sad or get mad or pout . . . .or whatever . . . it just is a reminder to not stay sad, mad, or pouty.  Because that — to me is an insult to the good stuff.

There is another benefit to my Goodie Jar.  In addition to making a note and helping me stay focused it really is fun for me to read the good things at the end of the year and to remember.  While my family might not enjoy it as much as I do . . . they tolerate it.  I even tell stories regarding some of the GOOD THINGS, if they will let me.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose,  Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYoI have mentioned before in posts that I like to use different types of paper.  I like to fold them in different shapes and ways.  It makes the jar look festive.  I noticed last night that the ones my niece grabbed to read were the spiral ones, the ones folded in shapes, or the really festive looking.  Yeah, it is fun.

Also pictured here is this post are the pieces of paper we are going to use to fill up the jar in 2015.  Yeah, it started off as a one-time thing, but this will be our third year of doing it.  I am really loving this tradition.  I love the practice throughout the year.  I love the decorative jar that sits out all year round reminding me that there has been good things.  I love the “ceremony” (to me it is) of reading the good things.

I wish I could remember the origin of this aside from Facebook.  I mean, I know WHO I got it from, but I don’t remember where/who SHE got it from.  But the Good Things jar was not my idea.  Using a beautiful pitcher is my idea and filling it with different types of paper is my idea.  Re-using wrapping paper . . . my idea.  But the original idea . . . . don’t know.  But THANK YOU!

So, what good things have happened to you in 2014?  Do you have a Goodie Jar?  Are you going to have one for 2015?

 

 

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My Assignment As A Cat Is Now Done

Posted by terrepruitt on July 10, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaThanks, God.  I had a good time.  Those last few days were rough and my mama feels really bad, but they are over now.  Hopefully she can forgive herself.  I know that was one of the lessons I was there to help her learn.  Forgiveness.  I think I did ok, not that she got it, but I was good at it, right, God?  I didn’t hold a grudge like I hear a lot of cats do.  When my parents came home after being gone I would try to do the “catly” thing and give them an attitude.  I would be at the door waiting, then when I got picked up I would strain to get away, but I just couldn’t keep it up for more than a minute.  I was always so excited they came back.  And when I got scolded for doing something I just couldn’t help myself from doing, I would often be the one to go get my mama after a short while.  I did ok, right?  I do have to say, I love my wings, but I kinda miss that short tail you gave me.  I never quite understood my mom’s fascination with my paws though.  She used to hold them and stare at them. She would squeal, “Pink toes!  Pink toes!  Pink toes!”  And sometimes hold my feet saying, “Your paws are so TINY!!!”  I guess I was smaller than a lot of cats.  But I was a fierce protector of my house, my yard, and my people!  So really I wasn’t all that small.

I really had no idea what I was in for when you asked for volunteers.  I understand that being an angel is forever and forever is a long time, so I figured an assignment would be interesting.  I had heard that it could be risky because once one volunteers it is up to you, God, to place us and sometimes the placement might be really difficult.  I know that not all angels get good homes and loving families.  So I really, really appreciate you sending me to my family.  I know I was sent to teach them and like I said, I think I did a good job.  I hope you agree.  I know they loved me with all of their hearts.  I know my mama thought I was the best kitty in the universe because she told me every single day.  And I heard her thank you for me all the time.  I heard her say I was a gift from you.  I know I was special because they treated me that way.

But, God, I am afraid I didn’t teach her all she needs to learn.  I think I left too early.  I know they were hoping I would be around for longer.  I know she still needs me.  She always gave me hugs, but lately she would give me hugs when she was sad and missed her mama.  Who is she gonna hug now, God?  Are you sure she will be ok?

I might be back to my angel form now, God, but I still have some of that cat stubbornness inside.  I want to see my mama.  I want to make sure her and my poppie are ok.  Can I see them, God, please?

Well, it is really hard to see them cry.  Can’t I let them know I am ok?

Oh, I do see that even though I am not there, my mom is still learning.  Through my death she is learning to be a little bit more compassionate.  My poppie didn’t need to learn the same stuff my mom did.

God, one more thing — for now — will they recognize me when they get here even though I don’t have my tiny paws or short tail.  Will they know it’s me?  I sure would love more belly rubs from my poppie.  I loved all the kisses my mom gave me.  Even though she gave me hundreds and hundreds every day . . . . it really doesn’t seem like enough now.  If I walk around her in a circle she might get the clue that it is me.  Then she can give my head more kisses.  Is that how it works, God?

My not being there seems to make her more sad about the deaths that have happened in her family this year.  (Sigh.)  Ok, God, thanks.  I am done looking now.  I will just trust you and your plan.  I do miss ’em though.  Thanks, again.  I love them as much as they loved me.

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Love These Words By Iain Thomas

Posted by terrepruitt on May 31, 2014

Ahhh, so sometimes I DO keep track of who posts what.  Sometimes when it is a picture or a meme I take a picture of it on my iPad or my iPhone.  That way I can go back and give credit to who posted and supply any other details.  I didn’t think I would be posting that Nia video that I used in my last post, so I didn’t think to document who originally posted it to Facebook.  Tonight I was looking through my pictures trying to find some inspiration for a post.  I found a picture with a quote that touched my heart when I read it . . . .that is why I took a picture of it.  My friend Michelle Casey had liked it or commented on it or something that caused it to show on my newsfeed under her name.  When I read it again just now I wanted to post it so I looked more closely to see who it was from.  I Googled the name in the watermark.  All that came up was a Facebook page.  I went to the “About” page of that Facebook page, it disclosed that nothing posted on that Facebook page was from the owner of the page.  She just found things on the internet and posted them on her page.  She said IF she knew who they were from she gave credit.  But every picture on her Facebook page had HER information.  And since it took me about 60 seconds to find the actual person who said the quote she posted on her page, I think that perhaps she doesn’t actually TRY to find the original author of the things she posts . . . but whatever . . . that is part what the internet has created.  Even me, I am going to use someone else’s words as a post on my blog because they spoke to me when I first saw them.  They are wonderful and I knew that I would want to come back to them and probably need to know who said them so I saved the picture to my device.  They spoke to me now when I re-read them.  They are the words of Iain Thomas.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaMy initial “Google” showed they were words from Kurt Vonnegut which caused my head to spin.  That seemed a little out of character even with my limited knowledge of Kurt Vonnegut . . . so I dug a little deeper.  I mean, one more “Google” and I found something that said “Be soft is NOT Kurt Vonnegut but Iain Thomas”.  A search of Mr. Thomas showed it was him.

So thank you Iain Thomas for saying something that resonates with so many.  Thank you for being so kind about how we just post your words about.  I first read your words when my mom was sick or dying and so they meant a lot.  And now that I am dealing with her death they are even more important.

I will strive to stay soft, especially when there is such a strong push for women to be hard.  I will work to not let the world make me so.  I will strive to not let pain be a catalyst for hate.  And I will continue to struggle against bitterness stealing my sweetness.  And I will stand tall and recognize the beauty of the world even when others try to dictate how I should feel, how I should act, and what I should see.  Thank you, Mr. Thomas.  I will strive to your quote.

Does this quote speak to you?  What do you think about it?

 

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