Rainy Days, Kitten Style

Rainy winter days are perfect for indoor activities, like taking pictures. Actually, I was just feeling lazy and wanted to get some shots of these little bums who kept following me around the house.

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Hi mom. Can I please play with your mouse?

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My little nugget waits patiently for me to get off of the computer.

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I know I am beautiful.

The Art of Making Biscuits

Scout showing off one of his unique kitten talents…we call it making biscuits.

I’m not sure why cats need to knead, but my cats have the additional habit of drooling while they knead. Scout lets loose a drop of drool towards the end of this video.

Kitten Zen…

 

She’s Breaking out the Camera Again…

It’s been a bumpy couple of days. Yesterday, I took Kona to the vet because he was throwing up and his eyes were swollen.

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Turns out he was having an allergic reaction, so the doc gave him a shot of Benadryl and we were on our way. Kona came home and crashed in his bed, sleepy from the meds.

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Oh, no. Mom’s got that black box stuck to her face again. 

This morning, Kona’s back to normal, and I’m inspired to start taking pictures again.

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Camera time. *Sigh*

Pumpkin and Scout are pretty excited about my rediscovered passion for photography 🙂

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight is a stray that has been making more frequent appearances lately. We’ve been feeding her scraps of fish and chicken to help her through the cold weather.

Are those scraps for me?

Are those scraps for me?

Currently, she’s raising a litter of kittens. She’s a good momma, and takes care of her babies. Though Midnight is friendly, she won’t let anyone come too close. The good news is our neighbor said she’s going to get her spayed and take her in. 🙂

8 Photos of Happiness Challenge…

…Better late than never? Back in August, our friend, Lexi the Schnauzer, graciously nominated Kona and I to participate in the 8 Photos of Happiness Challenge created by Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet.

Apologies for the tardiness of this reply – I picked out these photos back in August and they’ve been sitting on my computer desktop waiting to be posted! So here goes…

This is my absolute favorite picture of Kona. He loves being chased, as you can see from the smile on his face.

This is my absolute favorite picture of Kona. He loves being chased, as you can see from the smile on his face.

Captain Kona sailing on daddy's boat

Captain Kona loves sailing on daddy’s boat.

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Sitting on mommy’s lap as we take off in the motor home to go camping. Though I loves camping, riding in the motor home makes me a bit nervous, so I just sit all 50 pounds onto mom’s lap for most of the trip.

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Playing “tear apart the stuffed bunny” with my pal, Dexter.

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Watching the sunset with daddy while camping at Jamala Beach.

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“Time for our walky-walky, mommy!” This is the look I give my mom every morning at 7:30. I keep track of time better than she does!

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Camping hiking at the Grand Canyon. Daddy has a habit of pointing at things in pictures.

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Finally a picture with mommy! I loves jumping and biting at the snow. It seems to bring out the Husky instincts in me.

It’s now time for me to nominate the following blogs/friends:

The adventures of the very charming Stuart the Scottish Terrier http://scottiechronicles.com

The life of a golden retriever told with beautiful photographs http://goldenbenn.net

More beautiful photos and words about adorable cats https://blessinganimalcompanions.wordpress.com

A blog about Macy the Australian Shepherd and Castle the Golden Retriever https://macyandcastle.wordpress.com

Clever pictures and tales from Shoko and Kali the Canadian cats https://canadiancats.wordpress.com

I do not wish to be responsible for anyone’s unhappiness because I inadvertently omitted them, so If you want to join the challenge, just JOIN!

Rules and explanation of this tag:

Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post.
Link the creator (Ariel’s little corner of the internet)
Post your 8 photos of happiness;
The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.
Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking!
Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers!

Kittens First Year

Scout and Pumpkin riding to their new home on June 27, 2014

Scout and Pumpkin riding to their new home on June 27, 2014

Celebrating one year of kitten joy!

One late afternoon, just over a year ago, I received a call from my mom. She was at the market, and there were two girls standing at the entrance trying to give away a litter of kittens.

“Can you come and get them and give them to the rescue organization that you know?”

Kittens? Ummm… well… I’m not sure how that’s gonna go over with the others in my household.

She explained that the girls had been there all day and their parents had arrived to drive them home. “They’re going to take the kittens to the animal shelter.”

“Ok, I’ll come and get them.”

By the time I got to the market, two out of six kittens were left. I peered into the box and smiled at the tiny creatures huddled together. The darker one, with his scrawny tail and skinny legs, was most likely the runt, and his light-orange sibling was considerably bigger.

The girls told me they discovered the box of kittens in their backyard that morning, and their parents had made it clear that they could not keep them.

I really did have every intention of turning them over to the rescue group. After all, Kona chases the neighborhood cats and has made it clear that he won’t share his home with other animals. He’ll make their lives miserable, right? Finally, my husband dislikes cats.

On the drive home, they started meowing. Such a tiny sound! They were probably hungry. I wasn’t even sure they could eat solid food yet. The girls told me they had tried unsuccessfully to get the kittens to eat the canned cat food, and I was not looking forward to bottle feeding these babies.

When I arrived home, I pulled out the box and casually walked up to my husband. “Look what I got!” I said, smiling enthusiastically, “two kittens!”

He just looked at me as I quickly explained the situation. “Don’t worry, I’m going to turn them over to the rescue folks. I know that Kona won’t accept these little guys.”

I brought the box into the spare bedroom and placed the kittens on the bed. They looked at me with wide, unfocused eyes, then began wobbling around.

Kittens First Day from Lori Elm on Vimeo.

 

I put some cat food on my finger, rubbing it gently on their mouths, and breathed a sigh of relief when they started licking their lips. In a matter of minutes they were voraciously eating the cat food from my hand. So much for bottle feeding!

The next big test was to see how Mr. Baloney Head was going to react to his new roommates. I let him into the bedroom and he stared at them, tilting his head when they meowed. They looked at him and hissed. He walked up to them and sniffed, then backed away slowly as they wobbled up to him, purring, as if saying mommy’s here!

I was pleasantly surprised by Kona’s reaction (or non-reaction) to the kittens. I think it was fortunate that they were too young to have any fear of the giant dog looming over them, so he pretty much left them alone. I guess it’s no fun when you can’t scare ’em, right?

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Are you my mommy?

Over the past year, these little rascals have given us hours of entertainment. Why watch television when you have KET (Kitty Entertainment Channel)? It truly has been hilarious and heartwarming to watch these two grow up together.

Brothers

Brothers

Most importantly, they have managed to pounced, purr and wiggle their way into the hearts of all of us.

Daddy Takes a Catnap

Daddy Takes a Catnap