Deck The Halls

If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.

Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells đŸ˜‰

Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.

 

Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.

 

Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy

 

My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath

 

Petsmart Christmas Cat

 

Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…

 

…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!

Selective Memory

Barn? What barn?

It has been close to 15 months since Tully went from being a semi-feral barn cat to a house cat. We have put in a lot of time and energy (remember those home-made cat shelves?) into making Tully a confident house cat.

As you can see, Tully is living it up indoors! This fall, our little love bug has discovered how awesome our pellet stove is. So, if he’s not in his favorite bed or couch he is likely in front of the pellet stove keeping warm.

 

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family (2 and 4 legged). This year I have a lot to be thankful for:

Benny on the front porch

  • Our barn cat Benny returned after disappearing for a week. Lucky for us, he only needed to spend 3 nights inside. I wanted to be confident he didn’t have any health issues that needed monitoring. During his indoor stay, he made himself at home laying on my neck and face. This inspired the nickname “Neck Scarf.”
  • All of our animals are happy, healthy, and have only minor behavioral issues. For example: Benny chews on blankets, Marley whines when she wants to go for a run while I drive the ATV, and Tully makes coyote noises during the night).
  • Everyone has warm beds. The barn cats have insulated beds and heat lamp in the barn cat condo. The house cats have the pellet stove to sleep in front.
  • Tully has made a drastic transformation this past year, going from barn cat to house cat. He purrs when I pick him up, lets me smother him with love, and hangs out on the couch with my husband.
  • The best part is that I have an awesome husband to share this with! He loves animals as much as I do, sometimes spoiling them more than me đŸ˜‰

Benny and Danny wanting inside

The Best News!!!

Benny is HOME! I had to tell you ASAP because I can’t contain my joy. I heard him crying outside so I opened the door for him. I’ll give more info later, but he appears uninjured and has lost a decent amount of weight (good thing he was a plump barn cat). Benny will be staying indoors for at least a few days to make sure he’s eating, drinking and litter box is normal. Let the TLC begin!

Doesn’t Look Good

I’m sad to report that our barn cat Benny was last seen on Wednesday (Nov 11th) and we miss him so much.

Benny won’t be remembered as a dedicated hunter (kind of hard to hunt critters when you are trying to sneak into our house). When I think of Benny, I remember his desire to eat, looking after his sick buddy Tully, and giving me hugs.

I will never forget you Benny.

Sing-A-Long Kitteh

I discovered today that our barn cat Danny has been listening to the radio without my knowledge. I had to take him to the vet today because half his face was swollen, and he had a small abscess on his chin. During our 1 hour LONG car ride (round-trip), Danny sang-a-long to every song on the radio. I tested his knowledge by turning the radio off and he kept on singing!

Hopefully the antibiotic injection and 5 days strictly indoors will have Danny healed up.

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

September 1st is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day so give the ginger kitteh in your life a great big hug (then go clean up those fresh scratches). I was previously unaware that ginger cats had their own special day since our cats have declared EVERYDAY is a day to appreciate them.

Hope you enjoy these photos of our gingers!