Tuesday, October 6, 2020

When Failing Isn't Bad

When you sign up to foster, saying goodbye is the goal.  You agree to temporarily bring an animal into your home until they are ready to go to their forever home.  Every once in awhile, foster parents will fall in love with their foster and decide to make them a permanent part of their family by adopting them.  In animal welfare, this is called foster failing.  The family gets a pet they love.  The pet gets a happy home.  Failing is a wonderful thing for everyone involved!

You may wonder why we are telling you this.  We are foster failures!  After fostering 150 cats and kittens, we fell in love and decided to adopt one of our fosters.  

We would like to introduce you to Opal Carlson!

Opal's Adoption Day Photo

Opal was previously our foster named Sadie the Goat but we think it was Sadie the G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time!  We decided to change her name to Opal because an opal is often described as a milky white gem.  We think that is exactly what Opal is!

Isn't she cute?

Opal's reaction when we told her she was going to be part of our family.

Meeting Gus for the first time.

Meeting Jaq for the first time.

First family photo

She seems to be happy here.

Welcome Opal!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Alexander Hamilton

 "Alexander Hamilton

My name is Alexander Hamilton.

And there's a million things I have not done

But just you wait, just you wait"

Georgie:  This Alexander Hamilton dude is kind of cool.  

Liza:  Yeah, we have a lot in common with Mr. Hamilton.

Hammy:  You mean our mother was a wh...

Liza:  Our mom was a single mom!  No, I mean there are million things we haven't done but just wait!

Alex:  Yeah, like Hamilton, we can overcome anything!

Georgie & Hammy:  Just you wait!

"Alexander Hamilton Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 9 Aug. 2020. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/32212242/Lin-Manuel+Miranda>.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Introducing the Hamilton Kittens

Our newest students were so excited to be here and start their extra curricular activities.  They are going to present Hamilton Kittens.  Let's meet the cast.

Alex starring as Alexander Hamilton

Georgie starring as King George III

Hammy starring as Hercules Mulligan

Liza starring as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

We can't wait to see these promising young stars grow into their parts!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pearl's Legacy

This is the Mama.  I have some sad news to share.  Pearl went to the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon.  Pearl started getting a cold a week or so ago.  Since she isn’t very social and runs from me, I knew it would be hard to medicate her.  I procrastinated taking her to the vet.  On Monday, while I was eating lunch, Pearl jumped up on my chair.  I could tell she felt awful.  I called the vet that day.  At the vet, we discovered she had lost 4 pounds since she had been there last May.  I knew she was thinner but given that she doesn’t let me hold her, I had no idea how much thinner.  We decided to do blood work and x-rays.  She was also very dehydrated, so they gave her subcutaneous fluids.  The x-rays showed a weird pattern.  They couldn’t see her liver or kidneys.  They suspected she had a mass but thought it could have been an anomaly due to her dehydration.  We waited for the blood work to come back.  It showed that her white blood cell count was very high.  The doctor recommended that I take her to Blue Pearl Emergency Vet for an ultrasound as soon as I could get her in.   

Emergency Vet visits in the time of Covid-19 is a new experience. First, I had to have my vet call and speak with a vet there to get her transferred.  Once we arrived at the hospital, I had to call to check in Pearl where they gave me a kennel number. They wouldn’t let me in the hospital with her.   I had to put Pearl in a kennel and then wait in my car.  A technician called me to get details.  After a very long wait in my car, the vet called me with the results.  He said Pearl had a large mass.  It was inoperable.  We could do a biopsy, but it was more than likely cancer.  We could also do extreme measures like radiation or chemotherapy, but it didn’t sound as if the odds were in her favor.  I decide to take Pearl home.  I then had to wait for the office staff to call me to check-out.  Then I had to wait some more for the technician to call me with discharge instructions and to tell me what kennel Pearl was going to be placed in.

I took Pearl home and spoiled her as much as could.  I made sure the heat was on in her heated bed, I gave her kitten food, and lots of treats.  I pet her as much as she would let me.  She also spent part of the morning in her favorite bed by the window with the sun beating in.

This afternoon I took her our regular vet where he humanely euthanized her.  I was worried I wouldn’t be allowed in with her, but I was by her side when she passed. 

I adopted Pearl in October 2008 from Purrfect Pets.  She was 9 weeks old.  What I didn’t realize was that she was woefully under socialized.  I didn’t know what to do and I feel like I made many mistakes raising her.  Pearl became bonded with Gus and would only run from me.  Vowing I wouldn’t let that happen again, I read everything I could about cat socialization.  It was years later that I realized I could take that information and help shelter cats.  I began volunteering at Great Plains SPCA.  Pearl was my inspiration to begin fostering.   Since then I’ve fostered over 100 cats and kittens.  My heart is breaking at losing Pearl but I know her legacy is going to live on in each and every one of my fosters.  I started fostering because of Pearl and I will continue to do so in her memory. 

Pearl was preceded in death by her human Grandpa, her adoptive sister, Daisy and her adoptive brother Freddie. 

Pearl leaves behind her human mom who loved her unconditionally and her grieving brothers Gus and Jaq.  She is also survived by her human grandma with whom she had an amazing connection. 

Memorials, while are not necessary, can be given to Purrfect Pets or Great Plains SPCA.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Kitten Turned Mob Boss

By The Purress
Merriam, KS

A local foster student is being accused of being part of the Meowfia.  Joseph J. Gandolfini, age 4 months is being accused of running an illegal cat wrestling ring.  It is alleged that Gandolfini, also known as Joey would accept bets on wrestling matches and then ask one of the wrestlers throw the match.

Confetti, one of the wrestlers had this to say when asked, "Mr. Joey taught me all these cool moves.  Then when he would give me a wink, I was to go limp and play dead.  It was such a fun game!"

Joey is also accused of running a catnip ponzi scheme.  Gus Carlson, the CEO of Purr's Training Acatemy where Joey attends school says that Joey approached him about investing in his catnip business. 

"Joey said once he had my money he would plant the catnip and it would be ready for distribution within two days.  Anyone knowing basic science know that catnip doesn't grow that quickly.  Plus, we live in Kansas.  We just had our first freeze.  Nothing will grow this time of year."

When asked for a comment on these charges and his possible leadership role in the Meowfia, Joey said "This is all fake news."  Later Joey released an official statement.  It can be read here.  Official Statement from Joey

At the time of printing this story, no official charges have been made against Joey.  His foster mom said Joey is looking for his forever home so that he can escape the pawpurrazi and start a life on the straight and narrow.

Those interested in helping Joey leave his life of crime by adopting Joey can contact Great Plains SPCA's foster manager at kthurbon@greatplainsspca.org.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Meow Meetup Adventures - Final Thoughts

The best part of our trip to Chicago was hanging out with our cat blogger friends.  The Saturday night after the conference, the Mama and her friends went to the Meow Meetup After Party.  There was a live band there and cat themed cocktails like meowgaritas. 

Afterwards, some of our friends came to the hotel to meet me.  The Mama bribed me to come out and do my tricks.  Yeah, I can easily be bribed with Squeeze-up treats!  They are so delicious.  You would do anything for those too!  I even let Miss Vicky from Eastside Cats pet me.

For those concerned, I didn't spend the whole time under the bed.

I drank out of the hotel sink.  Although, Chicago water isn't as good as Kansas City water.  I suppose it is what you get use to.

Miss Jeanne from Random Feline bought me a new wand toy and I played with that.  Thank you, Miss Jeanne!  Even though I'm 13 years old, I still like to play!

Plus, I slept on the bed every night with the Mama. 

While I had a great time, I was so happy to be home!

I hope you enjoyed my Meow Meetup Adventures!  

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Meow Meetup Adventures - Final Thoughts

Meow Meetup Adventures - The Main Event

So the whole reason why the Mama and I went to Chicago was to attend Meow Meetup.  Well, it was for the Mama to attend Meow Meetup.  I went along for the ride since I'm now on thyroid medication twice a day and I have a habit of hiding from the cat sitter but more on that another day.

Mama was really looking forward to attending Meow Meetup but it was even better than she expected!  Meow Meetup is the largest cat convention in the Midwest.  It is organized by Lauren Mieli the founder of the online magazine, Catnip Times.   Meow Meetup celebrates the love of cats.  The Mama was impressed by the wide variety of attendees of the conference - young to old, men and women, and all ethnicities.  It just goes to show the love of cats is wide reaching and not your stereotypical crazy cat lady.

So what do you do at a cat convention?


There were 50+ vendors.  Some booths from veterinarians to pet food companies were informational.  Other booths sold books, artwork, cat toys, jewelry and much, much more!


The Mama bought earrings from Volana Kote.  They have real cat whiskers in them!  They had a sign to make sure everyone knew that the whiskers had fallen out.  They hadn't been stolen by some other means.

The Mama bought a Tornado Towel.  It is suppose to help keep the pet fur off your clothes in the dryer.  We haven't tried it yet to see if it works.

She bought this bowtie from Tacocat Creations.  Hmmm....I wonder who she thinks is going to wear that?

Lastly, she bought this cool print from Leeza Works.  The Mama thinks she might hang it at her office at work.

Adoption Lounge

There were a lot of adoptable cats and kittens from Almost Home Foundation.  We saw several adoptions happen.

Pampurr Pawlor

In the Pampurr Pawlor, you could get nail decals or temporary tattoos.  The Mama got a cute siamese tattoo as well as a tattoo of our pal, Summer.

Meowter Space Bar and Lounge

There was a bar with specialty cat drinks.

Cat Cafe

There was a french themed cat cafe.  Oooh la la!

Meet the Breeds by CFA

The Cat Fancier Association brought different breeds for people to meet.  The Mama got to meet a sphynx cat and a Siberian cat.

Celebricat Meet and Greets

There were several celebrity cats that held meet and greet sessions.  The Mama didn't sign up for any of the meet and greets but she did crash one with our pal, Summer from Sparkle Cat.  Summer is a therapy cat so she is use to attention.  But boy, did she work it for the pawpurrazi!

While she didn't go to his meet and greet, the Mama met Mikita from Chicago Black Cats.  She saw him in the hallway.  She was a total fan girl and geeked out when she spoke to his parents and pet him.  It was so embarrassing!  She didn't even get a very good photo!

Kitty Yoga, Kitty Bingo and Paint Your Pet's Portrait

The Mama didn't go to any of these activities but they looked super fun!

Whisker Workshops

The best part of the whole conference were the amazing speakers.  The Mama learned so much!

She went to these sessions:
The Real Scoop on Feline Leukemia by Danielle Chase
Heroic, helpful and caring felines: How cats help humans in big and small ways by Dr. Anne Beall
Take a Chill Pill: How your emotions are making your furrbabies sick by Rachel Augusta
The Healing Power of Pets - Mind, Body, and Soul by Dr. Linda Harper
Animal Communication Explained by Linda Roberts
Fear Free: Be the Change by Steve Dale
Understanding Pet Loss Grief: From the eyes of the companion, veterinarian, and psychologist by Dr. Linda Harper and Dr. Lori Coughlin
Brain Dead Fat Cats: Enriching your cat's indoor life by Steve Dale
Cat School in Session: Clicker training demonstration by Julie Posluns

As you can see the Mama had an ameowzing time at Meow Meetup!!!  She can't wait to go back next year and she hopes all her cat friends go with her!  Maybe  I can even be a celebricat!  Oh, wait!  That would mean I'd have to be social. No, thanks!  I'll just hang out under the hotel bed.


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