Monday, February 6, 2017

Cats and Boxes!

Before I start on this important topic, I want you to see my new picture.  My photographer, Vickie, took this picture of me.  I do believe I will now begin every blog I write with this picture of me.  Now you people out there who are wanting to adopt me, sorry, but I am not available.  Nope, I'm not available for adoption.  My people like to tell everyone that it's because I have "special needs."  But ha!!  It's really because they don't want to lose their kitty blogger!

So shall we  begin our explanation as to why kitties are so drawn to boxes?  And it's the truth, they are!  You may be excited about the gifts that you find inside the boxes on Christmas Day, but your cat will be thrilled that you bought her the boxes!  What could be better?!  In doing research on this question I visited the internet and here is what I learned.  Getting inside a box might be a coping skill for cats who are stressed.  In the box they will feel more secure, sheltered and warm.  Well, duh!

So okay, I decided to do an experiment.  We take a box, put it in the big cat room and wait to see what happens.  And here you go!
So . . . does the fact that Sensi climbed in the box prove that the above theories are correct?

By the way, Sensi IS available for adoption!  And if you're interested in a lap cat with lots of personality and just the right amount of sass, then this is the cat for you!  She will keep you wondering and entertained!

Now my last statement to you is this.  The information I have given you comes from the internet and was written by humans.  They think they are so smart!  But what they come up with are only theories!  They cannot fully understand the mind, instincts, motives or any darn thing else about us cats!  And we're not talking!  You just keep right on wondering why we like boxes!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Feline Friday - Romeo!

Meet Romeo! He is a 9 month old golden brown ticked tabby.  He has 3 white socks and 1 boot.  He hasn't been at StreetCats for very long and I suspect that he will be adopted quickly because he is such a sweetheart!

Romeo is very friendly and playful.  His foster mom said that he loves to play hide and seek, chase anything on a string, and then, when he is all tuckered out, he will sit on your lap to be petted and adored.  

He found his foster mom, one of StreetCats' volunteers, this past Halloween. His foster mom said that he came running across a field, crossed a busy street, and then ran right up her driveway to her.  He did this amid many costumed trick-or-treaters and a yard full of Halloween blow up decorations on the lawn!  She said that he was very brave!

The romantic little Romeo, being a little shy and new to StreetCats, has kept to himself.  After he begins to feel more at home we'll see whether or not he will get along well with the other cats.  His foster mom said that he's not sure whether or not he likes dogs.  He may do fine with children, but has been known to give a little warning bite when he is through playing or is being loved on too much.  

Romeo is a healthy kitty!  He has been examined by a veterinarian, has been given all of the tests needed for a cat and has received all of the vaccinations that he needs.  He has also been neutered and micro-chipped!  His chip will be registered with Home Again and his new owner's contact information will be added to it.  Micro-chipping is a great way to have your pet returned to you if he/she is ever lost. 

If you are interested in meeting Romeo feel free to come by StreetCats at 6520 E. 60th St., in Tulsa, 10:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Tuesday through 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 Romeo, and I'm sure that he would love to meet you, too!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

January means staying warm!

Which do you think is the coldest month of the year?  Hi, this is Smokey, and I can tell you that I think it's January.  I've been around for a long time and I remember flowers blooming sometimes in February, so I vote January.  And that is why, I think, we at StreetCats had so many adoptions in December . . . because people needed mammals with fur to help keep them warm when January got here!!

You know it's not just our fur that enables us kitties to help keep our humans warm.  We're just naturally warm critters.  Our body temperature is 102 degrees so we're very useful in helping humans stay warm . . . that is if we're lap cats.  And think about this . . . we kitties have to use a lot of our energy (metabolism) to keep that high body temperature.  So maybe, just maybe, when we sit on your lap, it's not ONLY because we love you.  Maybe, just maybe, were using you!!  Oh my, could it be?!

Yep, we kitties, being the incredibly smart creatures that we are, know how to use fuel to help us heat our bodies!  That's why you might see us not only on a human's lap, but by a fireplace, on the hood of a car, or lying in the sun (our favorite!).  When we conserve our energy in this way then we have more energy for being the super hunters that we are!

I wonder why we have such high body temperatures.  Perhaps it's because our origins are in the deserts of the Middle East and we had to adjust to high temps.  I don't know the answers to all these hard questions, but here's one little thing I do know.  Newborn kittens have heat receptors on their faces.  Since they are born blind, with closed eyes, this enables them to locate their nearby mom and their food!  Smartness from the very beginning!

CAUTION!  Kitties, we don't actually feel pain from heat until it reaches 126 degrees!  So please be careful when you're lying close to that fireplace!  You could get burned before you even know what's happening!  That human lap or following the sun rays across the rug or bed might be a safer way to conserve energy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Feline Friday - Adopted Favorites

I want to share with you all some photographs of some notable kitties who were adopted.  This entry is a little long with all of the pictures, but I hope you enjoy seeing some of our friends.







and last, but in no way least.....Adam!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Twas the Night Before Christmas - Sensi and Tiger

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.  (of course if there had been a mouse I'm sure Sensi would not be so calm)

The stockings were hung on the cat house with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The cats were nestled all snug in the beds, while visions of catnip toys danced in their heads.

Santa really was here!  I saw him just as he was leaving.  "He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle: But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight-
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night".

I thought you all might want to see how the kitties prepared for Santa Claus.  They were all on their best behavior.....except Gypsy, who stole Santa's hat right off of the top of his head!

Despite the strong claw hold, she had on the hat, Santa was able to wrestle it away from her and continue his mission to deliver toys to all the the good little kitties.  Gypsy only thought Santa was wearing a cat toy on his head and she followed her instincts to attack.  Santa understood and I'm almost certain that he left something for her, too.

Image 1 - Sensi
Image 2 - Tiger, who was adopted soon after the photographs were made.
Image 3 - Sensi
Image 4 - Gypsy

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Vickie Sanborn

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Say "Hello" to Mary!  Mary is a short hair black and white tuxedo kitty with an estimated  birthday of 12-3-2008. 

Mary was rescued as a kitten.  The woman who raised her got married and learned that the household would have a dog that might do her harm, so she brought her to StreetCats.

She is a playful, affectionate and friendly kitty.  She likes to sleep in an out of the way place where she can enjoy some peace and quiet.  That place is in the lower cabinets in the cats'
large room.  She has learned to unlatch the doors and let herself inside for nap time.

She is rather independent, but does like to play and be petted.  She doesn't like my camera, though.  If I stand way back away from her she doesn't run and lets me photograph her.  

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 micro-chipped, 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.  StreetCats will register her for her first year.  

If you are interested in meeting Mary, 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 Mary and I’m sure that she would love to meet you, too!

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Hi everyone!  This is Smokey.  Remember me?  I'm the gray girl who lives on top of the cages in my very own room.  And you guys are going to be happy for me because I have found my purpose as the kitty blogger for StreetCats!  Now you may or may not get that finding your purpose in life is a big deal, but I am just so happy right now!  And here is my picture just in case you don't remember me.
Do you want me to tell you my purpose?  Or would you rather guess?  Okay, I'll tell you.  My new purpose is to be an educator, an educator who specializes in things to know about cats.  Because I'm a cat.  And I'm getting this information from an incredible machine called a computer.  We have one of those machines at StreetCats!  Someone recently asked me how I'm getting to the computer.  Well, I'll tell you only one thing.  I do it at night.  I'm not going to tell you anything else, except the obvious, that I'm a cat and cats are amazing!

Now before I move on to the new information I have for you I need to give you an update on the last post I wrote, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.  That post was about how some people think cats are a problem.  Well, I just want to tell everyone to be vigilant and to put your thinking caps on!  I saw another article that referred to us cats as a problem!  The name of the article was The Case Against Cats and it is in the December issue of The Atlantic Monthly.  I'm not being paranoid, cats.  We need to come together to figure this out!  I'm sure glad I'm a StreetCats cat!!

Okay, now for the new things I've learned.  We have a kitty at StreetCats that is all white.  Her name is Cassie and she is very sweet . . . and available for adoption.  And she is all white.  Here is her picture.
Now, as I said, Cassie is all white.  Except sometimes when I look at her I think I see yellow.  And sometimes her tail looks . . . gray??  Well, I was so curious that I decided to do some investigating.  And here is what I learned.  There are three ways a cat can be white.  One is if they are albino.  We're not going to talk about that because it's very rare.  The second way is if the cat has the dominat white gene (W).  Those cats have blue eyes and are white all over.  But here is another way .  There is a dominate white spot gene (S).  Yeah, I know, it's confusing.  But if there is a tabby cat with white on him, he is really all tabby and the white spot gene (S) just masks the tabby part and makes it white.  And . . . one step further . . . the white spots can cover the whole cat and make a tabby cat look all white!!

So here's my question.  If Cassie's real color is being totally masked by this dominant (S) gene, I wonder what color she really is!  Confused?  Well, I'll study more!