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Are you ready for your close-up?

Trying to get a close-up pic of Lily napping.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

… and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse.

Or four foster kitties.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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Baby Blanket

Here’s Lily cuddling up to a baby blanket I’m crocheting.

She’s really good about not playing with the yarn. She has never tried to unravel them or anything.

This blanket is for no one in particular. Every year I say I’m going to make them and sell them, but it hasn’t happened yet. (I did make a few, three I think, but didn’t do anything with them.) This pattern -Lace Crochet Baby Afghan – is so easy to make, and it goes really fast. It uses a little more than three skeins of yarn; I prefer the Red Heart multi-colors. (The only one that hasn’t worked so far is the red, white and blue one – it came out in stripes.) It’s great for doing while I watch TV except that I never remember. 😉 When I do, it can take just a week to make one.

Guess I need to add “make and sell baby blankets” to my New Year’s Resolutions again next year. Maybe this time I’ll make it. 😉

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The Dinner Guest

Is it wrong that I’m eating a packaged macaroni and powdered cheese dinner while reading about Julie Powell cooking MtAoFC lobsters? Which, by the way, I would totally become a vegetarian if I had to kill my own food. Not happening.

This is Ula the Foster Kitty trying to eat my dinner.

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The Feline Patient

Lily had surgery yesterday. She had a cyst on her chest that had been drained last Winter; the vet said if it filled again, it would need to be removed surgically. I took her in on Tuesday to have it drained, but the vet wanted to operate ASAP. They had an opening on Wednesday, so I left her there overnite.

Lily went a little crazy when I got her home. She wanted the cone off so badly that however she was jumping around, she knocked the cat carrier off of my bed – while she was still in it! When I finally got her out, the cone was off, but still attached by the string around her neck. Her front leg was stuck through the neck opening, and I was pretty sure she was strangling herself. Panic City! I really didn’t see how I was going to keep that cone on her for the next fourteen days.

So I asked my sister for the fabric cone she had for her cat because I thought it might be less annoying for Lily. She got it off in 2 seconds. She was struggling so much, her incision started to weep, which totally freaked me out!! Then I remembered seeing her collar tangled in the plastic cone when it was hanging off of her head, and I thought maybe the collar would fit through the loops where the gauze string was. It did, and it didn’t choke her, but most importantly – it stayed on!

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She stumbled around, running into everything in sight. I couldn’t decide if she was still high or the plastic was messing up her depth perception. (Like when she tried to jump on my bed and went straight up and straight back down. It was really sad – yeah, as I busted a gut laughing.) Then I realized she was looking for things to rub it on or catch it in (like the litter box door, clever!) to pull it off. She just wouldn’t sit still. She wouldn’t let me hold her either so I put her in the bathroom til she calmed down.

It was hysterical watching her try to eat this morning. I was concerned that she hadn’t drank any water, so I mixed some wet food with her normal dry. She was so hungry, she kept jumping up to get in the bowl and to eat what was left in the can. (I only give her half at a time.) I get freaked out when she jumps because I really don’t want to see what a popped staple looks like! When I put the bowl down, somehow she maneuvered the cone right and was able to get to the bowl. When she came up for air ;-), she kept hitting the bowl when she tried to eat again. She flipped out, hitting the cone against the bowl, scratching at the cone with her paw, and jumping around, all at the same time. I was laughing too hard to help her quickly. 😉 She figured it out though, smart girl!

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Lily wore the cone for 24 hours straight, and she was doing so well with it that I started to feel bad for her. It must be so annoying! After she ate, she couldn’t wash her face; she couldn’t scritch her ears and went nuts when I figured out she wanted me to scratch her chin. I decided to take the cone off for a while, so long as I could see her if she tried picking at her wound. She didn’t. Good girl!

Lily spent the day sleeping on my bed. She didn’t even try to come out of my room! She is being really lovey and recuperating well. Yay. 🙂

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Lily L-O-V-E-S Greenies!

A few weeks ago I discovered Feline Greenies. I knew my sister bought Greenies got her dog, Earl, and that they were good for his teeth and expensive. The cat treats were reasonably priced, so I bought a bag of Oven Roasted Chicken and Ocean Fish flavors.

Lily sniffed and licked the treat, then bit it. She’s become very gentle when taking food from my hand, not like at first when she would take off a finger! It was very crunchy – clean those teeth! – and when she was done she looked up for another. And another. A serving size is eight pieces, so I gave her that many. Lily was content.

I told my sister about my great cat-treat find, and she was completely under whelmed. Turned out she already knew about them. A few days later, I saw she had mixed Greenies in with her cats’ food. “Oh, cool idea!” I thought.

So I mixed a serving in with Lily’s food. She picked them out and looked up for more. I laughed. “Eat your dinner, Lily!” She did – or most of it, anyway. Over the next few days, I mixed in treats with every other meal – Greenies or Friskies, to finish the bag. Then I noticed Lily was eating less and less of her real food. I even caught her trying to climb onto my dresser to get to the jar of Greenies treats. “Oh, Lily,” I said, “don’t be like your Mommy. You can’t eat only cookies all the time!” She just looked at me. “Greenies!” those green eyes demanded.

I’m a terrible mother. I’ve gone and ruined her appetite with treats.

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Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds

Lily (grey): Come on guys, let me in!

Thursday (orange): Uh, no, really, we’re not talking to her, I promise!!!

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Liliana KittyCat

Lily

Lily

Lily is a stray cat who’s been coming around the house for about a week now. She greeted me at the door last Monday, after Debbi and I went to see The Bourne Ultimatum. (Great movie.) She ran right up to me and headbutted my hand. She wanted to be pet so badly she was jumping off of the ground. I started laughing because I couldn’t get in the house since she was constantly at my feet and swirling around my legs. I eventually got in by going through the backyard. Lily was still there when Debbi got home, and we both wanted to keep her! We made a little pen out of the puppy pen, using clothespins to hold a tarp on top.

She was so calm while Earl was running around her in the doggy playpen, the name Lily just popped into my head. We wanted to keep her, but three cats would be too much, plus crazy hyper Earl.

We kept Lily in the cat carrier overnight since she managed to get out of the pen somehow. I think she was able to lift it up and crawl underneath, since none of the clothespins were disturbed. I took her to the vet to be scanned for a microchip. No chip.

So we let her go in the backyard, and she comes and goes as she pleases. Lily always stops by around dinner time, meowing at the front or back door for her can of kitty food. She even started bringing us presents – first a mouse, then a frog two nights ago. Debbi was grossed out, but I said, “That means she likes us!”

The feeling is mutual.

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