Sunday, October 31, 2010


No kitties were harmed while taking pictures.  Kitties wore their costumes for less than 60 seconds.  The only party injured was me.

Sam guarded the door again this year.  But he did stay near the door instead of running off when the kids got on the porch.  Millie snoozed through the whole thing and stayed on the couch.

Saw a great little devil, a cute elizabethian fancy dress, and the best was a taco.  That was hilarious.

These are old pictures but aren't the kitties cute?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Outdoor Fun

Millie and Sam are allowed outside exercise IF the weather is good enough for me to be out in the back yard.  And they are only allowed outside IF they are supervised by me.  You would think that they are desperate criminals escaping from a vile jail as they run out the door.  Sam hears the door being unlocked and is at the door in 2 seconds.  If Millie isn't asking to go out or happens to be by the door, I have to ask her if she would like to go outside (that is, after I find her) and most of the time she will come but sometimes she prefers to stay inside to finish her nap (not sure why since she naps just fine in the swing outside).

Millie mostly makes her way to the swing where she naps.  If she gets hot, she lays on the brick patio under the swing.  She does walk around and will also lay in the mulch.  Millie loves the crape myrtles and tries to bit them.  If she doesn't want to come back in, she growls or just ignores you.  Out comes the water hose, and usually, I just have to say 'water' and she runs back to the back door in a flash.  She learned her lesson very well.  But sometimes, she just decides to come back in and goes and waits by the door.

Sam usually comes back in fairly easily as he knows he'll get a treat when he gets inside.  Since I leave the door barely closed, he can get back (and out) on his own.  And he does.  He's all over the yard and found something this summer by the oleander so he hid near the base - he's hard to find when he's back in the garden somewhere.

They both come inside for water, food and to use the litter box.  I find that pretty funny.  Neither one likes to get their feet wet.  It's funny to watch them when the grass is wet.

That's Sam trying to eat my flowers.  His very favorite are pansies and violas.  He also watches the squirrel that sometimes runs down the fence.  When he gets tired or hot, he climbs into one of the wicker chairs to rest.  That is of course, after he's gone under every other piece of outdoor furniture on the patio  -  I can tell by all the stuff on his whiskers!

Here's Millie chasing a bug or a geiko.  She's the real hunter.  One summer when we had lots of birds around, Millie would lay on her back in the grass.  When the birds came down, she tried to grab them with paws.  I was laughing too hard to get a good picture.  She's a great stalker.  She actually got a baby bird that fell on the ground but she wasn't trying to bite it hard - I got her in the house and when I got back outside, the baby bird was gone.  

They don't bother me when I'm gardening.  But once they are back in the house, they get their treats.  And then they nap like they've never sleeped.  Nothing disturbs them either.  

Thursday, October 21, 2010


This blog is about my 2 cats:  Sam -the wonderous brave (more about that later..) lion of the house, and Millie - the girly girl that hides a lioness' prowess.   Both are from the same shelter - although I got them a few months apart.

Millie selected me first.  She had been sick with breathing issues and was confined to a cage as she had just returned from the doctor.  She was such a pretty kitty and stayed on my lap trying to get as much petting as possible.  She was about 5 and her prior owner was an elderly lady that had to go to a nursing home.  Millie is gentle and very ladylike.  She walks gracefully and talks softly although she can bite and swing those paws.  Her front claws are gone but you don't want to be in the way of her back claws when they come out.   Millie likes to check out what you are eating and will not hesitate to attempt to get some.  She's been known to stuff her face in a glass in an attempt to 'share' some iced tea.

Sam joined the family a few months later.  He was too rambunctous for a previous family and he was about a year old when he came to stay.  He had also just been to the doctor for his front paw as it was all spread out and they were afraid someone stepped on it.  It wasn't broken and I think it's just the way he stretches his paws sometimes.  He loves to play.  He wears my brother out when he comes over.  My brother pretends that he doesn't like cats.  Sam is the lion of the house and watches carefully when someone comes up the front sidewalk - as soon as they reach the front porch - he's off to hide somewhere for about a minute.  He's very curious and friendly.  He loves to sniff peoples shoes.  Sam also enjoys watching me in the kitchen and has been known to watch so close that I step on his tail.