Sunday, February 24, 2013

Best Behavior

Could the new look of Squeedunk be impacting the mood in the warehouse apartment?

Fact: Coco slept at the feet of our weekend guest, Miss S, this weekend. She normally will sleep with me when there is company in the apartment (guard cat). AND she only hissed and swatted ONE TIME all weekend.

Fact: Bessie and Lulu came out, played, AND were not shy about accessing other areas of the apartment (which is relatively new behavior for them at all). Lulu has also started sleeping on my feet, and did so both nights. 

Fact: Manhattan also just chilled out nearby while we sat talking and getting caught up. Typically, she burrows in a closet.

Fact: Valentina was still Valentina. No change there.

Let's hope we are Marching towards a more harmonious living environment. 

Friday, February 22, 2013


So here we go...the new branding, and we're all over the place.
We started to tweet.
We will pin.
We already Facebook.
We will Youtube.

Look to the right for the fancy new icons, all programmed and official. Now: content!

Thanks to Glogirly Design, we are integrated and getting more socially agile. And the new look reflects the unique personalities of the Feline Five and the Top Cat (Me).

Coming soon, a new blog location.

Lots will be added over the next few weeks...In the meantime, a promotion of Zeb and Curly, who are two beautiful cats in search of their furever homes:
Male, neutered, in great health, FIV/FeLeuk negative
Approx 2 years
Friendly and loving

Male, Neutered, FIV/FeLeuk Negative
1 Year
Friendly, loving and social

Let us know if you can help them land in safe and happy homes.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit:

I can distinctly remember one of my friends telling me as I was looking for places to live in NYC and NJ, "Laura, don't move to Hoboken. You'll end up living alone with four cats and no friends..."

Through time, Brian and I have lost touch. He doesn't know that I'm now in Jersey City's Powerhouse Arts District with 5 cats, and a friendship base that grows and deepens with every passing year.

Clearly, his definition of being lonely included having multiple cats. I couldn't disagree more.

The friendships forged through my love of felines is special, and through this blog expanding in ways I couldn't have imagined if I had chosen to sit quietly watching My Cat From Hell. I am also friends with people who are allergic to cats, consider themselves a "dog person not a cat person," and those who are neutral on the topic.

Thanks to Tamar from I Have Cat, I was one of 5 not-so-crazy cat ladies featured in an a blog post in January.  If you didn't see it, click here to read. We are changing the definition and the image of women who love cats, and join legions of men and women who put their energy to good use rescuing and saving lives.

When I think Crazy, I rather prefer hearing Seal sing to me...

Miracles will happen as we dream...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Catch Cats as Nat Can...

The spell text tone on the iPhone means there is cat news. Because I've personalized Nat's text tone to the one labeled "spell". Her ring tone is Stray Cat Strut, by the Stray Cats of course. Sometimes I wait with great anticipation to hear her texts come in, and others I bristle because I fear the worst.

In November and December, Nat went on a trapping mission. We had six kittens in a lot next to my building, who were about to be displaced by cranes and other construction equipment. Three of the kittens were young--3 months old, and the others were closer to a year old. Their mama and  three siblings (two baby kittens, one older kitten) were killed during Superstorm Sandy. This galvanized our determination to protect the survivors. Additionally, another harsh winter appeared to be descending upon us and we wanted them off the street. Needless to say, the spell text tone sounded on my phone often during her rescues.

The good news is that all three of the babies were saved around the Thanksgiving time frame, as I've blogged about here and are in loving homes. One of them lives with Nat; she most closely resembles Madea, her mama, and so Nat had to keep her. I'm oh, so grateful.

The three older kittens (the teenagers, we call them) are brothers and were trapped not long after, and they were the team who presented us with our first ever cats scale 20 foot walls and hang out on a pipe challenge. Once that mission was complete, Nat took them to a great boarding facility where they are eating healthy food, are clean, warm and getting socialized. Every weekend I hear the Spell text tone with pictures.

Just a few weeks ago, she made her final (well, for now) rescue of our sweet tuxedo, Zeb. Zeb lived in a different lot, one that has large, rusted pipes stacked up and surrounded by a fence. His rescue was a challenge (I'll write about that soon). Let's just say there were lots of incoming texts with the personalize spell tone.

We now have 4 neutered male cats in boarding. And this is where the task is more daunting than the captures.

Larry, Mo, and Curly are approximately 1 year of age, healthy (FIV/FeLeuk Negative), and have been in boarding for almost two months now. Larry and Mo prefer to be together, and so our goal is to keep it that way.

For now our focus is on placing Curly and Zeb.

A little bit about Curly: he loves to be pet,  and talks to the other cats in boarding--very social. We know he'll be fine in a variety of settings--another cat, possibly children. If you want a snuggle bug, Curly is your guy.

A little bit about Zeb:  He was TNR as his ear is tipped. Of course we wish he could tell us how he came to be on the street--but we will never know. Tests negative for FIV/FeLeuk. He is making the transition from outdoor street cat to indoor family cat well...he likes attention, love, and to  play...If not getting attention, he wants to escape his cage. We believe, and so does our vet, that he will be a terrific pet.

Anyone who knows a person seeking a furrever friend, or two...please message me here. We will screen every potential owner. Curly and Zeb are free to a good home. Once Larry and Mo are more comfortable, we will launch a search for their home.

This leads me to introduce that February is National Spay and Neuter month. Please, please: spay or neuter your cat. To read more, go to Deb Barnes' blog, Zee and Zoey's Chronicle Connection. And, if you are looking for a cat, I beg you: go to a rescue group, go to a save a life.

Nat and I have more kitties on the streets. One more in particular we'd like to save but can't bring him into the mix until Curly and Zeb are successfully in homes, and Larry and Mo are ready for placement.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Find my iPhone

Technology can be wonderful and simultaneously frustrating.

On Monday, in an absolute stroke of brilliance, I departed the Metro North train leaving my iPhone behind. I realized it as soon as I got into the shuttle bound for my client site. What to do? Log in to my co-worker Philip's iPhone and watch it ride the rails all day long.

I even was able to see when the train was off the system for the night, tucked comfortably in the  yards in North White Plains. Oh, sure I registered it with Grand Central's lost and found. Needle, haystack. You know.

Wednesday my replacement iPhone arrived. Funny how I had no time for anything but work that and technology restoration.

But now, when Nat texts the chimes will play. And when D calls, Troublemaker by Wheezer will make me chuckle. And when my sister calls, I'll hear Sting's voice to Fortress Around Your as I like it is back on track.

Find my iPhone would be more impressive in it's next generation can actually have the device ask to be turned in to lost and found. I'm just saying...who would have thought our telephones--the things with long cords and rotary dials that hung on kitchen walls and sat on night stands--would one day carry digital photos and fit in someone's pocket...and cost hundreds of dollars.