Thursday, July 24, 2014

Manhattan is the Calendar Girl

I love, I love, I love my calendar girl....(Neil Sedaka)

This is me. Z-Girl captioned it "Bartender, do you have any cocktails with tuna juice?"

Today I appear as the July 24th cat of the Cats of the Cat Blogosphere Calendar. It's an honor...

Something is afoot in the Warehouse apartment. Well, okay, I know we keep telling you things are happening but it feels so slow. Z-Girl says I need to be more patient.

But today, she's starting to move art off the closet wall by her bed. I heard "patch/repair/paint" but I was taking a bath, so I didn't get the full sentence. I guess we'll see what that means soon enough...

Valentina: Manhattan, I was paying attention. It means that everything has to come out of the closet so the painter guys can fix the big leak stains inside and outside the closet. 

Manhattan: So wait--does that mean all of her shoes will be out of the closet? And ohhhhh--drop cloths, right? They cover everything with plastic drop cloths that make noise when we walk on and under them...PARTY!!!!

    Me during the last big painting extravaganza...

I do have another bit of information to share: Z-Girl had a cat pole with shelves installed. And NO ONE likes it. Z-Girl suspects that it's because it's not yet drilled into the ceiling, giving us the stability we like. She has a second suspicion that it is the shelves themselves. I am going to make her figure it out...I mean, we can't make this easy for her...

More on the Catification Progress: While we await for our friend Mr. Dino to come by and hang the Ikea shelves over Z-Girl's desk, and two cat shelves JUST FOR LULU, the large wall catification is underway. Materials purchased and shipped to the shelf maker man. He will then customize and by mid-August, they should arrive! We also hope to have a new coffee table delivered around the same time. We will take photos of each small step...given how we all hang out with Z-Girl when she works from home, it's likely that the shelving all around will be welcomed! She says she hopes we end up liking the cat pole, too...let's see...

And yes, she tried treats, the laser, and even a soft blanket. No mice. I mean dice. No dice.

Happy Thursday, people!

Manhattan, over and out.

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's a July Trifecta: Happy Birthday Manhattan, Bessie and Lulu!

Happy Birthday to the Three Formerly Feral Kitties of Squeedunk!

 This is Lulu, back in the summer of 2011. Her first vet visit and first solo photo. 

This is Bessie, fall of 2011. We estimate she was 15 months at this time.

And this is Manhattan, recovering on Z-Girl's bed after her Great Capture and 10 day hospital stay in March of 2010. We estimate she was 8 months old.

Given that these girls were all born on the streets of Jersey City, the best we can do is estimate their dates of birth. 

Manhattan was about 3 months old when I started feeding her, and before I entered the scene, Natalie had been feeding her and her siblings. This little girl is the one from the litter who was left behind--one sibling died and the other two were rescued prior to my introduction to the kitten who stole my heart the first time I saw her.

Bessie was a very dutiful mama kitty begging to be fed when Natalie and our friend Eugenia first found her. They quickly saw that she was caring for two tiny kittens. In a 24 hour rescue mission, we were able to sweep Bessie in one Great Capture, and the next night were finally able to get Lulu and her brother. The kittens were about 4 weeks old and the vet estimated that Bessie likely was only a year (if that) herself.

And now, here we are. Manhattan is 5 (born July 2009, rescued February 2010), Bessie is 4 (born approximately July 2010 and rescued July 2011), and Lulu is 3 (born July 2011 and rescued the same month). It may not be accurate, but it's unimportant. Instead, we focus on living healthy, happy lives together and taking stock in every single day. 

Happy Birthday to my three beautiful girls. I'm so lucky to share these days with you as my companions!