Such Terrible Treatment!
by Theo - Boy Meows - Comments Off - September 13th, 2009

theowindowshotLast week Mom got on a big flying thing and went to New York City. Can you believe Mom went and LEFT us for four whole days?? Sure, we had Dad and Mom’s sister to keep us company, but still. We haven’t forgiven Mama for taking off.

In happier news, Mom’s sister has moved in with us! She is going to Portland State University, so she is going to live here for a few years while she goes to school. We are so happy about this! We will call her Auntie. Auntie loves cats, so we have been getting pets and snugs, and she let Tigsy sleep on her bed! Yeah!

tigsysnuggledIt’s starting to look a little bit like fall here, with the nights getting a little cooler. Soon, it’ll be cold all the time and we’ll have lots of snuggling up with the humans to do. Tigsy enjoyed a little snuggling up in some coats while the humans were emptying out the closet in Auntie’s room before she moved in. Tigsy was kind of annoyed when they made her move out of the coats so they could hang them. Hmph! she said.

Well, we look forward to lots of snuggling this winter, with an extra lap in the house.

Happy Again
by Theo - Boy Meows - Comments (1) - August 13th, 2009

theo-81109I has decided to forgive Mom for stuffing me in a box and taking me to THAT PLACE. It started raining a lot here in Portland, so I been spending more time inside because I do not like being all wet. That means naps and pets and purrrs. Yeah. Mom snapped this picture of me snoozing on the bed in the middle of the day and I reached out my paw towards her. Yeah, I train her right with the cuteness, she got all gushy and I got some nice pets after she took the picture.

tigsyembarrassingTigsy has been really mad though. She has to have drops put in her ears twice a day for THREE WEEKS! It’s for the ear infections, and Mom and Dad want her ears to get better. Tigsy hates it though, she is very cranky kitty after they do the drops. Don’t tell her that Mom took this embarrassing picture of her, she looks kind of funny here! MOL! I do love teasing my Sisfur Tigs.

A Trip To The V.E.T.
by Theo - Boy Meows - Comments (1) - August 9th, 2009

Oh my kitty furriends, a terrible thing happened on Friday. First, Mom locked the cat door so we couldn’t go outside. Then, she brought the cat carriers upstairs from the basement. Uh oh!

Horrors! First, she wrestled Tigsy into one carrier and then she pushed me into the other one! We yowled and growled and let her know this was UNACCEPTABLE but she didn’t let us out. No, she took us outside and put us in THE CAR! Our pathetic cries did not dissuade her from wherever we were going.

The next part wasn’t too bad. Once we got to da place, she took us into a room and let us out of the carriers. We wandered around the room and sniffed lots of other animals. But then, a strange man came and Mom held me while he stuck something ummmmm someplace unmentionable!! I was so upset I bit Mom, once on each hand. I got my revenge, cuz now Mom has to take pills, something ’bout her hand being ‘fected.

Anyway, then another strange man came called the V E T and the two men held me while one of them stuck me with sharp needles and tried to look in my ears. I was hissy and growly and very very mad.

When it was Tigsy’s turn, she just went limp, the traitor. She didn’t fight or bite or scratch at all, not even when they poked her with needles and put long sticks in her ears. Mom says she has an ear ‘fection so now she and Dad are putting drops in her ears all the time. Tigsy’s kind of mad about that, but she still lets them. How will they learn they can’t treat us this way if she doesn’t fight?

tigsyaftervetAfter the V E T, Tigsy was very tired and insisted, Princess-like, that she be allowed to sleep ON A PILLOW on Dad’s lap and he let her. MOL!

Anyway, I refused to talk to Mom for the rest of the day and all day Saturday. I even hissed at her when she tried to pet me at one point. But then last night I decided I’d rather sleep on the bed so I did and I made Mom pet me too. The awful memory is fading…

The Story of Tigsy Part 2
by Tigsy - Girl Meows - Comments (2) - August 4th, 2009

0804-tigsyBefore they brought me home, Mom & Dad had a discussion about “the rule.” Dad’s rule was No Cats in The Bedroom. Mom didn’t like this rule, she liked having a kitty sleep on the bed at night. But she said okay anyway.

The first day home, I settled in pretty good. I figured these humans were pretty nice people, so I wasn’t scared or anything. I liked getting the pets and the treats and hanging out with the humans. Then they went to bed, and SHUT THE BEDROOM DOOR! They LOCKED ME OUT!

I was having none of this. Srsly, the NERVE! I proceeded to yowl and yowl and scratch at the door and tear up the carpet under the door and yowl some more. Mom said Oh Poor Kitty, she’s lonely! Dad put a pillow over his head. Mom said She’s going to damage the carpet! So Dad said I could come in JUST THIS ONE NIGHT since it was my first night in my new furrever home. I trotted in with a MEOW and jumped on the bed and settled in.

You can see where this is going. The NO CATS IN THE BEDROOM rule didn’t last a single night, and I’ve been sharing the bed (or bedroom, I have a cozy bed of my own I like) ever since. Sometimes I even sneak UNDER THE BLANKETS when it’s cold and snuggle between the humans. I have them trained right!

The Story of Tigsy
by Tigsy - Girl Meows - Comments (2) - August 3rd, 2009

tigsy-031209In 1998, in December, Mom & Dad got married. Mom moved out of her parents’ house and Dad moved out of his parents’ house, and they lived happily ever after. Except for the part where they had no kitty of their own! This made Mom very sad, because she’d always had a cat! Dad, being a very wise man, suggested they start visiting the local shelter to see if they could find the perfect kitty to bring home with them.

Dad had only one request: he wanted an orange tabby cat, a marmalade kitty. Mom figured this was fine, she wasn’t feeling very picky about the color of the cat. So she started visiting the shelter every week. Several weeks went by, and the perfect kitty wasn’t found yet.

tigsy-0305Then… one day Mom visited, and she saw… me! I was sort of orange colored, or copper at least, and I looked funny, thought Mom. (She’d never seen a Bengal before!) I had a very loud meow, and had a long chat with mom about how little I liked the cage I was in, and couldn’t she see I was a princess?

Mom could indeed see that I was a princess. She hurried home and called Dad, saying she’d found a cat… but I wasn’t a marmalade kitty, but wouldn’t he come see me anyway? Dad came, and he was smitten. They signed the necessary paperwork, and brought me home.

Thus ends my story, part one. In part two, I’ll describe the difficult time I had properly training the humans.

Hot Hot Hot!
by Theo - Boy Meows - Comments (2) - July 30th, 2009

It’s been really hot in Portland the last few days, reaching well over 100 degrees F on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We do not like it, no we don’t! We have mostly been napping, so Mom has only really been able to get pictures of us napping.

tigsy_july30 Here we have Tigerlily snoozing in the back part of the house. She slept here for most of the day, until she moved later to find a chair to sleep on.
theo_july30 I found a place to snooze in the kitchen, on the built-in bench. It’s part of a little nook and is quite cool, most of the time. Later, I found Mom & Dad’s bed, and slept all stretched out like a sausage.

It is supposed to gradually get cooler. We hope so, since we do not like the hot weather. Dad has been leaving the little air conditioner on during the day, even while he & Mom are gone, so at least the house hasn’t gotten into the triple digits. We will be glad when this heat spell is over!

Floofs & Paws & Noses
by Theo - Boy Meows - Comments Off - July 25th, 2009

Oh Hai!! Theo here. It’s been warm again here in Portland, warmer then we really like for fun in da sun outdoors. So we did a lot of sleeping today while Mom went to work and Dad read a book and did other Dadly things on his day off.

ct-tigsyfootfaceMom did manage to snap this piccie of Tigsy taking a nap on our favorite perch/tree-thingy by a window. Mom thought it was cute the way Tigsy’s nose was sticking down and her paws are all soft and paw-like. Mom loves kitty paws.
ct-theostretchyHere I am, all stretched out and ready for some snoozin’! Check out my tummy floofs! I iz all spotty on my tummy, cuz I’m a Bengal! Tigerlily likes to sleep all in a little bundle, but I like to stretch out and sleep like a sausage roll. Mom & Dad think this difference is funny cuz Tigsy is a Bengal too. When they catch me in a ball they also take my pic, just like they take a pic of Tigsy if she’s stretched out. Humans sure are funny!!

This is one of my favorite places to sleep, on our newish rug by my favorite chair. All the specks and stuff on the rug? That’s stuff we tracked in on our paws, Mom says Thanks Kitties!!! NOT!!! Now she has to vacuum.

Mom says it’s supposed to stay hot all weekend, yuck. We hope it cools off a little soon! Is it hot where you live?

The Story of Theo Part 1
by Tigsy - Girl Meows - Comments Off - July 22nd, 2009

In order to really understand the story of Theo, one must first hear about the story of Muffin, which really beings with the story of Tigerlily. But, I’m going to begin in media res with the story of Muffin, leading to Theo.

muffinaMuffin is a beautiful calico cat. Muffin came to live with Mom and Dad when she turned up on Mom’s Auntie’s porch one day and wouldn’t leave. Mom went to visit her Auntie and ended up bringing Muffin home. For a few years, this worked okay. I used to beat Muffin up but mostly we got along okay. Then Mom and Dad moved into a studio apartment, which wasn’t all THAT small but was really too small for two girl cats to get along. Muffin developed a bad peeing habit, and Mom asked her Mom if Muffin could come live at her house. Grandmommy said yes, and Muffin went to live with her. Now, Muffin is her cat and lives a very happy, spoiled life where she has a large house to run around. There are other cats, but also a lot more room and everyone mostly gets along. Muffin likes being Grandmommy’s cat.

But see, the problem for Mom is that Muffin was really HER cat. I am a Daddy’s Girl. I love to sit in his lap, purr for him, sleep on his feet or his back. I pretty much act like Mom is chopped liver most of the time.  (Of course, I do give up the snugs and purrs for Mom plenty, just to keep the snacks flowing.) But Muffin loved her mama, and Mom wouldn’t agree to take Muffin to a new furrever home unless she was replaced with another cat. Preferably a boy cat, cuz they figured (correctly) that I’d get along better with a boy.

So Dad started looking around for a Bengal breeder, cuz they decided they wanted another Bengal like me. They found a breeder that had a silver boy kitten who would be available soon, and so it was agreed that Theo would come live with us shortly after Muffin went to her new home. More to come in Part 2…

Mmmmm treats!
by Tigsy - Girl Meows - Comments Off - July 20th, 2009

Theo & I have Mama trained very well when it comes to treat handouts. Here’s how it works (you can try it too!).

In the morning, Mama gets up and has her showers. When she is done with her showers, she makes coffee. This is when it is time to commence light meowing, just little reminders that Yes We Are Ready For The Treats. I prefer to jump onto the counter next to the sink to do this – Mom lets me, as long as I stay by the sink (she can wipe it off easy that way). Meow! Meow!

When she is done making the coffee, she takers her morning pills. Now it is time to start laying it on thick – louder meows, maybe a paw pat on the arm. When she puts the glass down, full-on treat demands must commence.

Since we are Bengals, we specialize in the Yowl. The Yowl always gets results, as it is pitched in just the right way to annoy human ears. We give several good yowls, and then Mom will go to the cupboard and dispense the treats. If Mom is being particularly difficult, Theo will stretch up his full height on her leg and put some claws into her hip. This is especially effective if Mom is wearing pajamas, since the claws go right through. Stab! Yowl! Yowl!

We are picky cats, so there are only a few kinds of treats we like. We definitely enjoyed being a tester for Lainey’s Pawtique, trying out the Chicken Tuscany and Salmon Tuscany Kitty Kookies. We highly recommend these! We also like Castor & Pollux Organic Chicken Treats.

We are discriminating kittehs, we have rejected many kinds of cat treats. But these are the ones we like best, and that Mama like best because they are healthy, safe treats for us. Yay treats!

Snoozy Day
by Tigsy - Girl Meows - Comments (1) - July 17th, 2009

Hello Furriends!

It iz really hot here today! Well, at least hot  for us, we iz wimp cats here in Oregon and don’t like the heat. Theo and I spent most of the day snoozing in the house, where it’s at least a little cooler than outside. Mom snapped some pics of us snoozing.

theosnoozes717 First, Theo. Theo likes to sleep on da rug, cuz it’s nice and cool down on the floor. He’s really lazy when it’s hot. Mom thinks he so cute with his little turned upsidedown head.
tigsy_snooze717 Mom snapped this one of me, asleep in my favorite perch by the window. She thought it was cute, the way my little paw was resting on the edge. Unfortunately, my new collar isn’t showing. We’ll have to try again to get a good picture of that.

What do you say furriends? What are your favorite things to do on a hot day?