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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Revolving Door!!

Hello, all!  Yes, it's me, Smokey, and I'm here to answer your question as to where I've been and why I haven't written a blog in a while, because I know you've been wondering about me.  Well, I'm right here at StreetCats, trying to get some sleep.  I usually write blogs at night because I'm nocturnal, you know.  But the thing is, I've been having to sleep at night because things are so wild and crazy around here that I can't rest during the day.  Every time I fall asleep the door opens!  Cats coming in, cats going out, HOW IS SMOKEY SUPPOSED TO GET ANY REST???!!!

Okay, that helped a little.  Whew!  Now, with the help of the wonderful StreetCats blog photographer, Vickie Sanborn, I'm going to explain this situation to you.  IT'S BUSY HERE!  And busy means noise and humans coming and going constantly and they all want to pet me (of course!!).  So when is anyone ever going to have time for blog writing?!  And it's not just the humans who are noisy, it's the cats!!  And here is how it goes.

First, kitties get here in a special coach called a cat carrier.  I ride in one of these sometimes, too.  Now this picture is of Peanut and don't get excited about him because he went out the revolving door just right after he came in it.
Now some kitties who are scared stay in cages by themselves when they first come to StreetCats, but Peanut wasn't scared so he got to come out and go wherever he wanted to.
And cats are curious creatures, you know, so Chris wanted to come meet Peanut to size him up, to see if Peanut would want to challenge his position as boss of StreetCats.  And come on, humans, I'm thinking you creatures have a good understanding of that issue!  (And Chris, already out the revolving door, too.)
Now this next picture shows the noise factor!
Get it now??  It can get noisy here!!  And here's the deal!!!  Twenty-seven cats have been placed in forever homes from StreetCats so far this year!!  And there are two applications pending!  That StreetCats door is constantly opening and closing . . . so fast! . . . with arrivals and happy departures.

Okay, now that I've explained and even shown you why you haven't heard from me in a while I'll tell you why you may not hear from me again for a while.  I'm going to tap my artistic ability and make a sign to hang up here to welcome new kitties when they come to StreetCats.  And it's going to say "JACKPOT!"  Because when kitties come to StreetCats they have hit the kitty jackpot for sure!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Meet Rea!


Rea got her name from a character in the most recent Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens".  Luke Skywalker's daughter, Rea, was the Jedi heroine  I just had to throw that in so that you would know the origin of her name.  The cat that she came in with, from the same family, is named Boba Fete, who was also a Star Wars character in the movie.  Our Rea does not take after her namesake very much; beautiful, yes, forceful, no.



Rea is a gentle sweetheart of a kitty!  She is just a little over a year old and is front declawed.  She is a Torbie!  Torbies are a combination of Torties and Tabbies.  She is just a little over a year old and is front declawed.



She came to StreeCats because a person in her household became allergic to cats.  As I said above, she came in from the home with another cat.  He is a smoky gray short haired kitty with a lot of white on him.  He is also a very nice cat. 


Rea is very healthy!  She 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 to it.  She has also been spade.




StreetCats' building is located at 6520 E. 60th St., here in Tulsa, OK.  Come by and visit Rea,  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.  






















Friday, March 10, 2017

Meet Johnny!

In honor of his estimated First Birthday, coming up this Sunday, March 12, 2017, we are featuring Johnny!  As you can see he is a very handsome red tabby!


He is also very cute!  Just look at that adorable face!

He is curious and playful and always ready for a game of any sort. 
When he is not playing he’s a pretty laid back kitty.  


He’s outgoing, very sweet and he loves to be petted.  When he feels that he hasn’t gotten enough love he reaches out with his paw encouraging the petter to pick up where she left off.

He was adopted earlier this year with his brother.  Although he gets along with the other cats here at StreetCats it didn’t work out in his new home with the 2 cats.  He was returned to us the end of February.  In his next  home he may be happier as the only cat in the house.  He has not lived with dogs, yet, so we can’t predict whether or not he would be okay with dogs.

Johnny is very healthy!  He has had all of the tests that he needs to ensure that he is well, including feline leukemia and feline AIDS/FLV.  He passed with flying colors!  He has also been vaccinated and neutered.  He has had a micro-chip placed under his skin with all of his information.  When he is adopted the new owner’s contact information will be added.


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