Friday, August 26, 2016

Meet - Kiki!

Kiki is a short haired Tortie.  Tortie, if you haven’t heard the term before now, is short for tortoise.  "Torties" have colors that resemble those of some turtles’ shells.   Her birthday is approximately 10/04.  She is front declawed.


She’s doing fine at StreetCats with other cats around, but reports are that she does not do well with children.  We don’t know how she would react to dogs. She does, however, react well to people!


She loves to be combed and brushed.  She is affectionate, too.  One of her most distinctive traits is that she likes to be vocal.  We get lots of “talk” from her.  It’s as if we can carry on conversations with her, except for the fact that we have no idea what she is saying, of course. 



Having a home, at StreetCats, awaiting adoption is not her first time around.  She was adopted from StreetCats in 9/13.  Unfortunately she has been returned to us.  Her owner was an elderly woman that could no longer take care of her.  StreetCats cats are all indoor cats, and Kiki, was accustomed to living in an apartment.  



As I said, she was returned.  Our philosophy is that once a cat becomes a StreetCat he or she will always be a StreetCats cat.  As in this case, the owner could no longer keep her and returning her to us was the best thing for her.  We will continue to love her and take care of her until she finds the right owner.  Often it seems that the cats choose the people rather than the people choosing the cat.


She is healthy!  She has been to the vet and thoroughly checked out.  She has had all of the tests and vaccinations needed and has been given a clean bill of health!  She has been spayed, and microchipped, too!  When the new owner comes along we will update it with the new owner’s contact information.  The chip is invaluable in helping lost pets be returned to their owners!  Also, her first year’s registration fee is paid by StreetCats!


If you are interested in meeting Kiki, feel free to come by StreetCats at 6520 E. 60th St, in Tulsa, 10:30 - 5:00 Tuesday though Saturday, or call our message line, 918-298-0104, with any questions that you may have.  We would love to show you around and introduce you to Kiki and I’m sure that she would love to meet you, too!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Really???

I have no idea how this happened or what I'm doing.  I knew that King Adam got adopted because he quit coming to visit me.  But now all of a sudden I'm supposed to write a blog?  What's a blog??  And what am I supposed to write about?  Well, as I often do, I turned to my best friend, Linda.  Here is a picture of her and me.   Oh, and of my own personal brush!  I love to be brushed!
So Linda told me to just start by telling you a little bit about myself.  This is so embarrassing!  You don't want to hear about me!  Oh well, here I go.  My name is Smokey.  A vague memory tells me that's not the only name I've had.  I'm about 11 years old.  That's pretty old, but there are cats a whole lot older, so let's say I'm middle aged.  I don't remember being a kitten, I don't remember if I ever had baby cats of my own.  I don't remember how many homes I've had, but I'm a StreetCats cat now, and that's forever!  I know I don't have claws on my front paws, but I sure don't know why.  People say I'm pretty.  Do you think so?
People say a lot about my color.  They call it blue.  Sometimes people look at me and say, "Oh, a Russian Blue!"  Then another person will say that I'm a Chartreux or a Korat.  Well, at least that last one rhymes with what I am.  A cat!
Now here is one thing I certainly do not understand.  They talk a lot about my beautiful fur and then they shave it off!  What's with that?!  Maybe they're jealous because they don't have blue fur.  Which do you like better, fur or no fur?
Now I'm going to tell you two more things and then I'm going to go.  First, I like to stay up high.  I have my own home at StreetCats . .  on top of the cages.  I have a house there, potty boxes, my food, everything a cat could need.  Sometimes the other cats visit me, but it is my home!  Maybe I'll show you later.  Second, I am not available for adoption.  They say I have "health problems". Honestly I don't know what that's about.  I feel great!!
Whew!  I'm so glad that's over!  I hope Linda thinks I did okay!  It actually wasn't too bad.  And I have an idea about something else to tell you!  So maybe I'll talk to you soon!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Feline Friday - Mama!

Mama is a beautiful calico kitty!  She got her name when she showed up at her rescuer’s door expecting a litter of kittens.  Unfortunately her rescuer was not able to keep her, but we were able to bring her into StreetCats after she raised her kittens.




She is estimated to be almost 6 years old and as you can see by the way she is working over the scratching post of the cat tree that she has not been declawed.  



Mama is friendly, but still rather independent.  She likes attention, and petting for the most part, and she's happy to be a lap cat, but only when it’s her idea.  



She appears to know her name and will at times come to it.  Her favorite part of the day is in the morning when we serve a little canned cat food to all of the kitties.  She is always first in line when the bowls are being handed out.  Her second favorite time is in the afternoon when treats are served.  No encouragement needed there to get her to come out of her little house. 



She is laid back and gets along with the other cats.  

Mama is healthy!  She has been spayed, has had all the right tests and has been given her shots. She is also micro-chipped and when she is adopted the new owner’s contact information will be added to it. StreetCats will also pay for her first year’s registration fee with Home Again. 




If you are interested in meeting Mama, feel free to come by StreetCats at 6520 E. 60th St, in Tulsa, 10:30 - 5:00 Tuesday though Saturday, or call our message line, 918-298-0104 with any questions that you may have.  We would love to show you around and introduce you to Mama and I’m sure that she would love to meet you, too!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Feline Friday - Jetson!

Meet Jetson!  Jetson is jet black, except for a little bit of white fur on his chest.  He is approximately 4 1/2 years old and front paw declawed. 
 



He is a big ol’ sweetheart!  He is laid back, friendly and affectionate!  He loves to sit on a lap and soak up the love. 

He has been known to sit up and beg and he is very inquisitive.  Most every day he tries to climb into the cupboards over the sink and counter.  And most every day he succeeds!




Jetson is a fine cat!  He loves people and loves to follow them.  He especially likes coming and going through opening doors.   He gets along with other cats and never acts aggressively.  He also gets along with dogs.  




His previous owner had him since he was 4 weeks old and was sad to have to give him up.  The owner had lost his/her job and moved in with someone who was allergic to cats. 




Jetson is healthy!  He has had all of the tests and vaccinations that he needs.  He has been neutered, too.  At StreetCats we also micro-chip our cats.  When adopted the new owner’s contact information will be added to the chip.  In case he is lost, and then found, he can be taken to any vet or animal rescue association and be scanned for the chip.  You will then be contacted and your kitty will be returned!  The first year’s registration will be paid by StreetCats, too!



If you are interested in meeting Jetson, please, come by StreetCats at 6520 E. 60th St, in Tulsa, 10:30 - 5:00 Tuesday though Saturday, or call our message line, 918-298-0104 with any questions that you may have.  We would love to show you around StreetCats and introduce you to Jetson and I know he would love to meet you, too!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Feline (and Human) Fun

King Adam here.  I am going to write this blog, but before I do I need to vent.  This blog was my idea . . . MINE!  I wanted to show you every single cat toy we have for sale in our shop.  That's exactly what I was going to do, one toy, bed or brush at a time.  Well, because I was so excited about MY idea, I guess the humans figured out what I was doing.  No, I KNOW they figured it out because the next thing I knew they had grabbed a camera and away they went.  They are such buttinskies!!

And before I knew it they were playing dress up!  I'm not kidding!  They put on Laurel Burch shirts and scarves and even opened a Laurel Burch umbrella?
That's Linda Duckworth and she plays with the things in the shop more than anyone else, but she wasn't the only one who was in on this takeover of MY idea!  She has a Laurel Burch purse on her shoulder, too, but since you can't really see it, they took a picture of just all the purses.  Yawn!  Boring!!
And do you see what's on top of all the purses?  A Laurel Burch hat!  No doubt these humans are out of control!  I could not wrest control from them!  They're maniacs!  They went around the shop taking pictures of all the human toys!
STOP!!!!

Well, finally I yelled (in meow form) loud enough that they agreed to show some cat toys.  But when you look at these pictures notice that the humans couldn't even really stay out of them!!  I bet that reflection is not an accident!  And human enthusiasm diminished, I think, when they were looking at cat toys!  Hmmm!

Okay, I have an idea.  I know everyone reading this blog loves their kitties and would like to see every single cat toy here, AS I HAD PLANNED!  So . . . just come to our shop and see for yourself!  You can find us at 6520 E. 60th St., right behind Charlie's Chicken.     Or here's another idea!  Come to Affair of the Heart at the Fairgrounds on July 15, 16 or 17!  Gosh, come all three days!  We'll be there and you can see all the toys then!  They'll no doubt bring the human toys, too.  That's just the way they are!  Feel free to ignore those!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Feline Friday - Antonio and Angelo!

Meet Antonio and Angelo!  

They are both tabbies and they look very much alike. They are in fact brothers.  Their birthday is coming up in July and soon they will become 1 year olds! 

 

Telling them apart is quite a trick, but I did find some ways!  

They really do look a lot a like, but with close study I found that there are subtle differences.  For instance Antonio is a little darker with a little bit more black in his coat.  He also has, on each side of his nose, 1 dot.  That’s right only 1 dot.  



Angelo, on the other hand is a little lighter with more brown in his coat.  He also has nose dots, only he has 3 dots on each side of his nose.  Also he has the most defined "M" on his forehead!



These two kitties could not be any sweeter than they are now.  They are people friendly, and dog and cat friendly.  We don’t, however, know how they are with children.  These kitties do love their play time, but in general they are laid back, calm, and affectionate.  We, at StreetCats, all love them!  They are pure delight in fur coats!

Antonio and Angelo were raised together and are very bonded to one another.  Because of this we want them to be adopted together.  Here Antonio is grooming Angelo after a session of wrestling. 


Both kitties are healthy!  They’ve been examined by a vet, tested, vaccinated and neutered.  They have also been micro-chipped!  When they go to their forever home we will put the new owners’ name and contact information on it.  The microchips are the best way to get your precious family pets home to safety once they've been lost.  If found they can be taken to any vet or animal rescue organization to be scanned for the chip. When identified the owners will be contacted.  StreetCats will also pay for their first year of registration with the Home Again program.

Antonio and Angelo
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tremendous tabbies!

Well, there is no doubt about it!  Tabby cats are the very best cats ever!  Now, first of all, "tabby" is not a breed.  Some people think it is, but actually it is a pattern, a genetic pattern of stripes, swirls or dots in grey, brown, buff or orange.  Some people call us tiger cats, I guess because tigers have stripes, too.  And some people can't just call us all tabbies, they have to divide us up even further into classic tabby, mackerel tabby, spotted tabby or ticked tabby.  Really??  Mackerel?  Come on!  That's a fish!!

Now here is something really cool about tabbies.  We all have an M on our heads!  Isn't that neat?!  Some people say ALL of us have an M.  Others say almost all of us do.  Well, I can only tell you that I have never seen a tabby without an M so I'll go with the ALL version.

Now we have a tabby at StreetCats right now who agreed to model for me.  Her name is Marlo and she is a very sweet tabby.  Now this is not unusual.  We tabbies are known for the following qualities:  intelligence, cleverness, being amusing and warmly affectionate.  Ha!  Of course those are our qualities!!!  And I, as a tabby myself, am a shining example of all these qualities plus that of leadership!  Anyway, here is a picture of Marlo showing us the M on her head.
I have been asked many times about that M are our heads.  I could give you the scientific, genetic version of why we have it.  I totally understand it, of course, but you wouldn't, so I'll just skip that and get down to the legends.  Here is one.  The prophet Mohammed loved tabby cats and he had one that saved his life by killing a snake.  So he placed an M on the cat's head so that everyone would remember how much he loved cats and so that, in being reminded by the M, people would always respect us.  And the M has been there ever since.

 Another story involves a tabby cat who brought warmth and comfort to a shivering baby Jesus by cuddling up with him and purring.  Mary was so grateful that she put her initial on the cat's head.  And, again, it's been there ever since.  Those are nice stories, but the explanation that I heard that I like best is that it stands for Master of the Universe!  Yep, now that makes sense!!

 Now here's another picture of Marlo that shows you what kind of tabby she is. To me a tabby is a tabby, but people like to call this a ticked tabby, a brown ticked tabby to be specific. See how her stripes are sort of faded and covered by the little white ticking on her fur?   I think it makes her look a little dreamy! And that reminds me of another trait that people think we tabbies have. We're magical!! Yep, we are!  I know that on Halloween it's the black cats that our caretakers worry about.   But in the 16th century we were the favored cats of witches!   Of course we were!  Anyway, here's the picture of Marlo, the brown ticked tabby.  Do you like her necklace?  I think most ticked tabbies have a necklace like that.
Marlo is not the only tabby we have at StreetCats right now. So come visit us and see for yourself! And just to be sure you have a total understanding of just how tremendous tabbies are, here is a picture of the best tabby of them all . . . tabby and white, but still tabby. It's me, King Adam of StreetCats!!  Now I'm going to have to study my patterns to see just what kind of tabby I am.  It better not be mackerel!