Friday, March 30, 2007

Be careful what you wish for

We've documented Whitey's enthusiastic hunt for his tail before.

Today, he caught it. And tugged. And fell on his furry butt. Repeatedly.

Yes. Our graceful and balanced Spider Cat was successfully thrown by his own tail.

Photo Extra: Spider-Kitten

From Bluegrass Mama comes the high climbing kitten Bootsie.

Read the comments, you'll realize the climb was done without a screen.

Photo Friday: CSI Kitten Farm

Cooking Thursday evening dinner for the valets required dipping chicken breasts in flour, some of which got spilled. By the end of dinner, the spill had spread across the counter in a pattern which looks suspiciously like the paw prints of a certain Spider Cat.

Counter paw prints

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Still stable

Billy remains stable at 13 lbs 6.5 oz, Whitey at 13 lbs 9.5 oz. We've nudged Billy's food up a hair, as we consider 13 lbs 8 oz his ideal weight.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Trip to our local pet store ...

After the pet food scare, we paid close attention at the local PetCo to the food. Or would have, if they hadn't saved us the effort by posting large signs advising us they had pulled all tainted food.

We expected as much of course, but nice to have our expectations met.

Friday, March 23, 2007

What's in your cat food?

This is just scary.

The latest news on the massive cat food recall is that the food may have been contaminated with rat poison. Now obviously, rat poison isn't something you want anywhere near anything intended for human or animal consumption, and in fact this particular stuff is apparently illegal in the US. The most likely source is reportedly wheat imported from China.

Survival rates for animals affected by the food appear to be about 50%. Our thoughts are with all the animals and their humans for whom this is a very personal crisis.

Spring Time for Kittens

The birds are singing, day by day the temperature is rising, and we're opening the windows more.

I've got two happy cats in the open sun deck window at 7:26 AM.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Seen One Wednesday at a Kitten Farm

I'm taking a few days off between jobs, that gives me a chance to watch the boys in action while Katherine works.

Or inaction, as the case may be.

At one point Wednesday, Whitey was throughly crashed on Katherine's office futon, with Billy napping on a sunlit chair in the bedroom. They were both happy comfortable cats that were not generating news to post, but except to say we are doing something right.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Cat Food Recall

In frightening news, our IAMS wet food is subject to a product recall.

I checked, tonight's scheduled dinner is one of the affected products but is not one of the batch codes affected by the recall.

Fortunately, dry food is not covered by the recall. Whitey will be unhappy if we don't have any wet food not subject to the recall, but neither he nor his brother will starve.

(Updated ... originally, I thought we had a batch of the bad stuff, but the date code is not a match.)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Photo Friday: Winter Window Watch

Back in early January, a warm day let us open a bedroom window for a happy cat.

Whitey in a winter window

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Who's in whose spot?

Emily used to curl up on my chest and nap while I was working on my futon. The boys don't do that, which is good because they are much bigger. I wouldn't be able to breathe.

Instead, they tend to crawl into the cave underneath my knees. Which is nice and toasty warm, so they relax and go to sleep. So far so good. The problem arises when I get up. Then, as happened today, a warm, relaxed kitten (Billy, in this case) stretches out into the nice warm spot I made. Ten minutes later, when I'm ready to sit down again, there are 13.5 pounds of completely relaxed cat in my spot. Maybe I needed to do a little more work on the computer after all...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Able to leap tall newel posts ...

Billy is able to leap tall newel posts in a single bound ... almost.

Actually he can hop up to the stairwell newel post if he takes his time. However, ever since we put the watchtower next to the newel post, Billy tend more or less leaps up the watch tower and then over to the newel post.

As an extension of this, Billy has picked up the habit of going up stairs via a running start down the hall next to the stairs to mount the watchtower, turning around on the newel post, and leaping almost to the landing on the stairs. All this at full speed, which means our nine inch high cat beats the 64 inch high human up the stairs easily.

Or did.

With the kitten farm now on the market, our realtor suggested we move the watchtower out of the front hall to avoid clutter, which we did.

The next time Billy tried his normal route up the stairs, he aimed for the newel post directly. But he didn't get the height he needed, so he bounced off the railing, and crashed to the carpeted floor. He picked himself up, then proceeded upstairs anyway, no worse for wear.

I think he may not try the newel post from the floor for a while.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

We've moved!

As previously noted, we moved our server to dedicated hardware off site from the kitten farm.

This took longer than I expected due to a number of things including a minor illness, one middle sized trip, and the major aftermath.

(How major? Because of an employment change, the Kitten Farm will be relocating this summer from the Boston area to outside Seattle.)