Sunday, May 29, 2016

Settling in and recharging to solar powered cat!

Thanks for all the kind words about the loss of our Runt. Mommy still cries when she finds herself looking for him when she gets home from her away time.  The Princess and Charles are settling into the new place quite well. There is a little alcove that Mommy has set up a desk in that has two nice windows. One is just above floor level and Charles has decided that it is his place when she is working on the computer. Princess loves the cool bathroom floor and has ventured near the patio door when Mommy is out watering her one planter.

We have been in our new place for just about two weeks and all seem to be settling in fairly well. We definitely have more windows to look out of and a big patio door that allows us to sun ourselves while Mommy is at work, and it's pretty quiet. But most importantly, NO DOGS walking by our door!

Mommy wanted to share a picture of Charles, recharging in the sun this morning by the little window... Happy Weekend and take a moment this weekend to remember those who paid the ultimate price to keep us safe, wherever in the world you are.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Updates and losses

Well, it's been a long time since we posted...Time moves on and often too fast. Our mommy has been working too many hours and then spending her free time loving on all of us but it's time for updates and a little talk about losses.

Charles is still the big boy! He loves to relax on his blanket during the day and sleep on mommy at night. Dinner time is his favorite time of the day, but nap time is a very close second.

Taz, aka The Princess, continues to be her regal and standoffish self but there are little cracks in her demeanor when mommy gets up in the morning or comes home at the end of her disappearing time. Then, she comes running to say hi and that her water or food dish are empty or not up to her standards! But, mostly, she spends her time curled up on her chair, relaxing.

And Runt...Runt is part of the losses portion of this post.

Almost two months ago now, on a Monday evening after the mommy had retired to her own sleep spot, a fire broke out at our home. The smoke detector that worked on Sunday didn't work on Monday evening. Our mommy was woken up by Charles banging (really banging!) on the bedroom door. When the mommy opened the door to see what had him so riled, she was hit with heat and smoke. She quickly closed the door (she thinks that Charles slipped into the bedroom then) and called the fire department. Mommy had to be pulled from her bedroom window to safety but all she worried about was us (good mommy!).

Our house, while unlivable right now, will be fine. The terrific fire department found all three of us-Charles in the back bedroom, Taz in the basement, and Runt in the front bedroom, on the bed. Runt has had some health problems that affected his breathing and even with the heroic attempts of the fire department, he had inhaled too much smoke and they could not bring him back. Mommy keeps worrying that if she had called him and tried to wake him, that maybe he would be with us now. But, honestly, in her heart, she knows he was sleeping and just crossed the Rainbow Bridge with no pain or suffering.
Our mommy's neighbor helped mommy find a box that night to put Runt in and in the morning, he was buried in our back yard and when mommy gets a chance, she will plant catnip on his grave. Runt loved his nip and he would like the fact that the local kitties will enjoy it in his memory.

For now, we are living in a little place with only one window and we smell and hear strange people all the time. But the worst part is ... There are dogs here too! We can smell them when they go by with their people. Mommy says we might be moving soon into another temp place but we hope that we will be back in our home by August.
Mommy is crying now, so we'll let her finish this and get ready for her leaving time. We hope you will all offer a little prayer for us and for our beloved Runt.
WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU, RUNT!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas from 3 Kats and a Kwilter!

Other than the fact Charles decided I needed to be up at 3:45 rather than the 4:30 I had planned on (hey, that's sleeping in for me!), our Christmas is off to a great start! I am taking a break from the last wrapping chores to check my messages and send off this post.
All is calm, all is bright here at our house. Charles has spread out across my lap, spanning 8 inches off of the each side of  lap and the paws are flexing as I occasionally reach down to rub the tummy or tickle his chin. I've heard a friend refer to her tuxie as a land orca and right now, that's exactly what Charles resembles, and a really well fed one!

Will be heading to my brother's for Christmas with the family later and then home for some quiet before returning to work tomorrow. It won't be pretty but it never is when the PO is closed for an extra day but keep those cards and letters coming...it pays for the cat food!

So, from all of us here to all of you there, Merry Christmas and wishes for 2015 that it be your best year ever!
Snuggles and purrs,
Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Santa Paws Drive 2014



Well, after a year of being absent from the blog, we are popping back to do our annual posting about the Santa Paws Drive. This is the sixth year for the Drive and this year, they are going to attempt to save 100 kitties by sponsoring their relocation to no-kill shelters and forever homes. Our mommy was surprised to read that while there are waiting lists for kitties in the Northern part of the US, kitties are euthanized in the South. The two organizations selected this year help move kittens and cats to areas where they have a better chance for adoption and long, healthy lives filled with love and affection.

It has been our mommy's pleasure to make donations each year on our behalf. Taz (the Princess) was saved from a high-kill shelter and while she isn't the cuddle bug Mommy would like her to be, she still fills our mommy's heart with joy every day. Runt and Charles were heading for the shelter when their daddy was moving back home and needed to find a new forever home for them. That's when our mommy (his aunt) stepped up and gave us a new home, where we have the run of the house, lots to eat, and all the soft blankets we can snuggle into!

So, if you have a chance and want to help make a cat's life better, either by sponsoring a kitty rescue or maybe just by donating kitty-saving supplies (like a cat carrier, vet certificate, etc.), just head to the Santa Paws website (http://www.santapawsdrive.com/donate-2.html) and make a donation. The kitties will thank you and you will feel good too.

Thank you from all of us at 3 Kats and a Kwilter.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wow! Thanksgiving!

Where has the time gone? My apologies for not keeping up on the blog but many weeks, I'm working 50-60 hours and just have enough energy to come home and love on the three that make my life full.

A little update on life at our house. Runt is still doing well, although the growth on his lower mouth is somewhat troublesome. A vet visit is in the works for that one. Charles has cracked me up repeatedly lately. Taz (the Princess) pretty much stays to herself but each morning, she will venture into the bathroom with me to get her morning snuggles and let me know that her food dish is lacking it's proper contents. Lately, Charles has sat at the end of the hall way, watching her and then thundering down the hall, stopping about a foot short of Taz, puts his head down and just waits...He is so big that it's a sight to see his tummy wobbling as he runs but it's really amusing to see the two of them interact after all these years. And, I actually saw the two of them doing the nose sniff thing the other day, so progress on that front.

So, as the bird is in the oven and the cats are curled up after their morning feeding, I wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and to my Jewish friends of human or feline persuasion, a Happy Hanukah!
Hugs from Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy July!

Well, it's been almost a month since we posted but our mommy's job has kept her away from home way too much! The first week she was back to work after her vacation, she worked 4 12 hour days and 2 10's! She says it will help keep us all fed but we would rather have our mommy home with us more...
Mommy here: I would rather be home with you all too.

Charles: Mommy likes to sit on the couch with the laptop in her lap and then I lay on the table that the computer normally sits on. Mommy starts to put it back when she gets up and there is this big, black and white fuzzy tummy there for her to pet and love on. Then, I have to move. :-(

Runt: The sun is out and I have the bathroom window to myself. Charles has tried to get up into it but his fat butt (snicker) just doesn't fit.
Charles: hissss

Mommy: Taz (aka "the Princess") has gone to the spare bedroom where it is cool and dark and the "boys" don't bother her. She likes to come out and get her snuggles when I get up in the morning and head for the bathroom. Then, it's just us girls and all is right with the world.

So, life is good here in 3 kats and a kwilter land...Mommy is going to work on some sewing and we're going to enjoy the cooler air and sunshine.
Snuggles and purrs,
Taz, Runt and Charles (and mommy, Anna)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gotcha Day 2013...

Mommy is a little slow this week about posting our Gotcha Day note...something about her getting a year older or something!

Charles: It's been a good time-our Mommy hasn't been leaving us to go to the "job" and being gone for HOURS on end.

Mommy: I'm on vacation this week to celebrate my birthday and you and your brother's Gotcha Days.

Runt: We don't care why, we are just happy to have you to cuddle with us and such.

Mommy: It's been chilly at night the last few nights and once again, I am thankful these two came into my life...Charles, at almost 22 pounds, makes a lovely foot warmer and Runt likes to snuggle up near the top of the covers, keeping them from sliding off me!

Runt: Today is sunny and a little warmer. We have both been fed and have settled in for our post-breakfast naps-Charles is laying on the couch, next to mommy and I have the bathroom window all to myself, to watch and listen to the birdies sing. It's a good day!

So, for all of you who have stuck with us, thanks and please keep watching this space-we plan on gently using our claws to remind mommy to post more often.

Now to finish this post, Mommy found this picture on the Care2.com card site and thought it was wonderfully appropriate for all of us cats...