The pin bandit

Mommy’s been sup­per busy sewing clothes for a friend to wear at a wed­ding but I con­vinced her to do this quickie post with both sewing and cat content.

The pin mystery

straight pins on table

the evi­dence

Mommy’s been notic­ing for a while that there were pins scat­tered on the table. She was puz­zled by this because she’s always very care­ful to stick pins back in the pin­cush­ion. Scattered pins (ouch!) are a no-​​no around here.

cat with a straight pin in his mouth

the cul­prit with a pin in his mouth

Well, we solved the mys­tery the other day when Jami was caught red-​​handed (or should that be red-​​lipped?) pulling the pins out of the pin-​​cushion and drop­ping them on the table. Luckily his inter­est ends there; he doesn’t want to play with them or, worse, eat them, after they’ve been pulled out of the cush­ion. (Still, mommy’s going to be putting the cush­ion in less acces­si­ble places when she’s away from her work area.)

In other news

Surfeit was eat­ing poorly and wasn’t him­self, so mommy took him to the vet yes­ter­day. He was dehy­drated and his thy­roid val­ues were high. He stayed overnight and got started on med­ica­tion for hyper­thy­roidism. We hope to bring him back home today.

My first award!

Anipals, I’m so excited! I just got my first award. This one was started by Kevin Bacon at Honey I Shrunk the Pig and passed on to me by Andrea and the Celestial Kitties.

Honey I Shrunk The Pig Many Babies Award

It’s the Honey I Shrunk the Pig Many Babies Blog Award for those of us who live in multi-​​animal house­holds. Well, with seven cats and 4 dogs, we cer­tainly qual­ify and I am ever so grate­ful to Andrea and the Celestial Kitties for think­ing of me!

I’m shar­ing the joy with:

Gee, do you think I got car­ried away with the awards? But they all deserve it. Well, it’s my blog and I get to do what I want here!

I help mommy with her sewing

Mommy’s sewing a cou­ple of pairs of pants for a friend and I am help­ing, of course.

Bassie on sewing pattern

Here I am serv­ing as a pat­tern weight to make sure the cut­ting is accurate.


Bassie and Little Bit on cutting table

The big grey kitty is my baby sis­ter Little Bit. She used to be tiny when she came to live with our humans and the name stuck, even though she is now the biggest cat. Oh, and she’s actu­ally a dilute tor­tie. It shows bet­ter in pho­tos than in person.


Little Bit giving Bassie a wash

Little Bit gives the best head washes.


Little Bit giving Bassie a wash

Mmmmmm, a lit­tle more to the right.… Right there! Perfect!


A surfeit of cats

Well, mommy has gone and done it again. Yes, you guessed it. We have yet another kitty.

Mommy vis­its friends from her old neigh­bor­hood to give steroid injec­tions to their kitty who has Eosinophilic Granuloma Syndrome. Well, actu­ally her friend Amanda has been doing it because mommy still can’t move very fast after her surgery and you’ve got to be quick with this cat! Anyway, when Amanda went on Thursday, they told her about a cat that used to live a few houses down. He is totally declawed senior kitty and now his humans have moved and left him behind. Mommy’s friends tried to take him in but their indoor cat fought with him, so now he was camp­ing on their doorstep, the only safe place he knew. Well, you know that mommy’s heart broke for the poor thing. How can humans be so heartless?

Surfeit - an orange cat


Mommy thought about it for a few hours and decided that she just had to give this cat a home, so yes­ter­day on her way back from the vet with the pugs, she went by and picked him up. She put him in the room with Zabi the tri­pod kitty, at whom he pro­ceeded to hiss and growl. The poor guy is scared and con­fused, with new humans, new cats and a new place. He purrs when mommy pets him but he’s still hiss­ing at Zabi and any cat that he smells on the other side of the door. He looks so dejected, don’t you think?

Mommy named him Surfeit because, she says, she now has so many of us. ( I didn’t go to col­lege like mommy did, so I had to look it up. “Surfeit” means “an exces­sive amount.”)

So that’s the story of my new fursib. We are hop­ing that it won’t be too long before he feels more at home here and I can show you a photo with a hap­pier expres­sion. He’s really a hand­some guy with neat green eyes.

Daisy and Lily need homes

two dogs in the grass, Daisy and Lily

Daisy (left) and Lily

I know, I know. It’s a brand new blog and I’m beg­ging already. But these two dogs are really sweet and deserve a home. Daisy and Lily are lab mixes found by mommy’s friend, Amanda, who already has a house­ful of dogs and can’t take in any more. They seem to be a mother (Daisy) and ado­les­cent daugh­ter (Lily). Daisy appears to have had another lit­ter recently; her teats were still engorged with milk when she was found. We think she was used for breed­ing and some­how got sep­a­rated from her puppies.

headshot of dog, Daisy


They are both really, really sweet, get along with other dogs and with cats and are not food aggres­sive. Amanda put Frontline Plus on them but they still need to be tested for heart­worm and get spayed and vac­ci­nated. Can you help us find Daisy and Lily the  homes they deserve? Please post the link to this arti­cle on Twitter, Facebook and any­where else you can think of. If you know any­one who might be able to adopt one or both dogs, please let me know. You can leave me a com­ment on this blog or send me an email via the “Contact” page.

headshot of dog, Lily


In other news, Jami’s vet visit went well. He has no ear mites, just some yeast in his ears, so he’ll be get­ting Mometamax for ten days. Everything else is just per­fect. The vet and all the techs agreed that he was a great cat! I’ll be post­ing new pho­tos of him tomorrow.

Welcome to my brand new blog!

photo of Jami

Here he is!

It all came about because we adopted a new kitty. We found out about him from Brian Frum (@brian106sc on twit­ter) on his blog. Jami is an orange and white boy who was res­cued by Lori who couldn’t keep him but did a great job of tak­ing care of him while she fos­tered him. Thank you, Lori! Mommy was so happy to get Jami’s med­ical records and to find out he had been neutered, vac­ci­nated and microchipped. Continue read­ing