Monday, October 9, 2017

Until We Meet Again

  
Hi, everyone!  Here I am . . . Smokey!  Before I tell you what I have on my mind today I want to share a story with you.  It is such a beautiful story!  Many of you already know it, but it is such a nice story that it's fun to read it over and over again!  Here it is.
  
Now guess what!  When you are reading this that beautiful place described in the story is where I'll be!  Now, wait, wait!  I can see your smile turning into a frown with a sad expression all over your face.  Stop that!  You know, because I've told you, that my health has not been good.  And several days ago I decided it was time to leave my people for a while.  I will miss them, but I'll feel so much better and I know we'll be together again some day!

So . . . how did I tell these people who love me so much that it was time for me to go?  Well, I quit eating and drinking.  That's the way many of us living beings do it.  My people didn't want me to be uncomfortable so they took me to the hospital.  They are going to miss me so much that they tried a lot of different foods to see if I would change my mind.  And I must admit I was tempted by some of the yummy things they offered me!  But my old body has just broken down to the point that I couldn't handle that.  And talk about uncomfortable!

But my final days in the hospital were not so bad.  The people there at Feline Specialties are very kind.  And I had the best visit from my mom, Linda D!  She brought my brush (gosh I love that brush!) and she brushed me and talked to me for such a long time!  Thanks, Mom!  And when it was my time for my final sleep, Mom was there with me.  And now I am gone, waiting in the wonderful place in the story I shared with you.

Now here is what I want my people to do!  I want you to continue your loving care for kitties and for any other animal that crosses your path.  And we will continue to reward you with loving you and letting you stroke our soft fur!  And when I see you again I will be so proud of what you've done with your days!  Your kindness matters!  Now remember, I'll be waiting for you!  And Linda D., don't forget my brush!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Just Chillin'!

Hi everyone!  I decided it's time to check in and give you an update about the things happening at StreetCats.  First, I, Smokey the cat, was at the spa/hospital for a few days.  You know I haven't been well and I went for a checkup and to get a bath and massage.  My fur is so soft now that the human helpers are bugging me a bunch because they want to pet me.  And actually I don't have a lot of time for that or for writing blogs.  Napping and dining are my priorities!

So, what's happening here?  Actually the group of us is just chilling around here, waiting to be adopted.  There haven't been a lot of adoptions in the last few weeks and I know why.  It's because it's warm outside.  Just wait until it turns cold and all the humans want to be next to that fur that I mentioned above!  Then there'll be people streaming in here!  In the meantime, we're just hanging out waiting.  Make no mistake, we all want forever homes!!  But in the meantime, we are comfortable and dearly loved!

For instance, here's Beamer.  He likes to pretend he's nursing and these people let him do it, right?!  That's just how much they love hm!!
And while he isn't nursing and is just chilling he has a window to look out.  It's fun to watch the cats and people coming and going.
When the people do get ready to come and adopt us, we have all kinds of kitties to choose from.  We have lap cats like Sparkle.
We have shy kitties, playful kitties, kitties who like to talk and kitties who like to hide.  We have kitties of all colors!  And we have laid back kitties, like Boris, who went home several weeks ago.
So fall weather is here, folks, and we're here waiting for you . . . with our soft, warm, silky fur.  Hurry in, beat the rush!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Feline Friday - Marlo

Marlo is a a ticked brown tabby.  Her estimated birthday is July 13, 2012.  Although she might get along with a cat friendly dog, we think that she would  prefer being the only cat in a family,


She likes her privacy and often can be found sleeping in closets or cabinets.  She especially likes cabinets full of nice soft towels and fluffy cat beds, like the ones we have at StreetCats.



Marlo is a very sweet natured cat!  She's a lap cat, but also loves playing with her toys, and getting tummy rubs, as well.

These days she is enjoying what I call her cat cave.  She plays in it, on it...



  ...and behind it! 



  She still has her claws and is familiar with using them on scratching posts.


She has been seen by a vet and has a clean bill of health!  She tested negative for 
Fe/Leuk/Aids, is current on her rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, and has been spayed.  She is also micro-chipped! She is registered, at no charge to the new owner, with Home Again program for pets.  Micro-chipping is one of the best ways to have a pet returned should he or she get lost and found by someone other than yourself.  When she is adopted, the new owner's contact information will be added.

StreetCats is located at 6520 E. 60th St. here in Tulsa, OK.  Come by and visit Marlo and our other cats any time Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 until 5:00, or call our Message line, at 918-298-0104, with any questions that you may have, about her or anything else about StreetCats, and someone will call you back.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nightmare!!

Last night I had a terrible dream!  This is sometimes called a nightmare or maybe even a night terror!!  I suspect that this dream was really a flashback from an earlier time, a time which my memory, in order to protect myself, has suppressed.  Here is what I dreamed.  There was a very young child being readied for bed and her mother told her to hold her arms over her head. And then with a sweet smile on her face, the mother said "skin the cat" as she pulled the child's shirt quickly over the child's head.

What??!!  If this is truly a memory of mine, and I believe it has to be, no wonder I'm not well!!  What kind of mother would say such a thing??!!  While I cannot answer that, I will leave you with a few more appropriate things to say about cats.  They were all said by very important people, as you will see, and are much more in touch with the rightful place of cats in the lives of humans.

My relationships with cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.  William S. Burroughs

Cats choose us; we don't own them.  Kristin Cast

Time spent with a cat is never wasted.  Colette and Sigmund Freud

What greater gift than the love of a cat?  Charles Dickens

How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.  Robert A. Heinlein

A cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.  Ernest Hemingway

I have studied many philosophers and many cats.  The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.  Hippolytus Taine

If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.  Mark Twain

There.  That's better.  Cats rule!!  Smokey

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Feline Friday - Meet Izzy!

Izzy is June’s Kitty of the Month!  Simply put, she is precious!  She is an adorable brown patch tabby with white born approximately May 13, 2013.  If you look closely you’ll see the stripes, which are markings of the tabby, within the yellow and gray patches of fur.  Her markings are beautiful, especially the checkerboard like pattern on the top of her head.





She is described as playful and affectionate.  She loves to cuddle.  At StreetCats she also seems shy.  By her choice she likes to live up and away by staying in an open cage when relaxing.  I call it her suite.  It has 2 rooms with a pass through window.  That way we can keep her food and bed away from the litter box.   She watches the world go ‘round from up there and loves it when someone stops to pet her!






She comes out for strolls on top of the empty cages sometimes.  She is a little camera shy and has asked me to please stay back a little ways when I have my camera with me.





Izzy was rescued by a man who could not keep her.  He had dogs and bringing a cat into the family just wouldn’t work.  Before coming into the shop she was first taken to one of the veterinarians who works with us to care for the kitties.


She was thoroughly checked out and has had all of the tests needed to ensure that she is healthy.  Speaking of tests, she passed them all with flying colors.  She is now up to date on her rabies vaccine, and has also been spayed.   Through the HomeAgain program she had a microchip placed under her skin.  This chip can be “read”, with a special tool, by veterinarians and animal rescue organizations.  This is invaluable when your pet is lost and found by someone other than yourself.  When she is adopted the new owner’s contact information will be added to it.




Oh, one more thing!  She is a little different from other cats.  She has short front legs.  It’s not a problem, simply a difference.





StreetCats is located at 6520 E. 60th St. here in Tulsa, OK.  Come by and visit Izzy, and our other cats, any time Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm.  If you have questions about Izzy, or anything else about StreetCats, you can call our Message line, at 918-298-0104,  and someone will call you back. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

We're a mystery!

I've been thinking a lot recently about how wonderful we kitties are, about how people adopt us from StreetCats and about how much they love us.  And guess what else I've been doing.  I've been reading poetry.  And I'm becoming a fan!  Do you know how many poems are written about cats??!!  So many!  Because people love us!!

So here is a poem.  It is by Jane Hirshfield.  She's famous!

A Small-Sized Mystery

Leave a door open long enough,
a cat will enter.
Leave food out, it will stay.
Soon, on cold nights,
you'll be saying "Excuse me"
if you want to get out of your chair.
But one thing you'll never hear from a cat
is "Excuse me."
Nor Einstein's famous theorem.
Nor "The quality of mercy is not strained."
In the dictionary of Cat, mercy is missing.
In this world where much is missing,
a cat fills only a cat-sized hole.
Yet your whole body turns toward it
again and again because it is there.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Meet Sensi!

Sensi is a beautiful Tortie with a little tortietude mixed in.   Torties seem to have their own particular attitude towards life and other beings.  Her birthday is approximately August of 2014.  She has not been declawed. 

Sensi loves laps and attention!  When someone sits in one chair in particular at StreetCats that's her cue to jump up for a cuddle session.  She's also playful, friendly, and curious. I took some boxes to the shop and she was drawn to them immediately! As you can see she seems quite comfortable.  Sensi is a good cat and gets along best with other cats, but not so much with dogs or children. 

She was rescued by someone who couldn't keep her. In her home the owner said that she was cuddly, sweet, and  playful.  Although she was very attached to Sensi, she had to give her up when it was discovered that her son was allergic to cats.

Sensi is very healthy!  She has been spade and has had all of the tests, including those for feline leukemia and feline AIDS/FLV, and vaccinations that she needs to ensure that she is well.  She has had a micro-chip placed under her skin and when she is adopted the new owner’s contact information will be added. 





StreetCats is located at 6520 E. 60th St., here in Tulsa, OK.  Come by and visit Sensi and our other cats any time Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 until 5:00, or call our Message line, at 918-298-0104, with any questions that you may have about her or anything else about StreetCats and someone will call you back.