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We Have Arrived

The Cat House on Wheels pulled into the driveway of our Florida home on Friday. Although the cats had not been here since March, it took no time at all for them to find their favorite resting places. They are so smart!

Jim and I want to thank you for the outpouring of sympathy and prayers received in the passing of our dear brother-in-law, John. We were able to spend a lot of time with sister Pattie and family which was a blessing.

We have made the decision to stop taking additions to the waiting list once it reaches 25. I need to find a way to take some of the stress from our lives and I feel this number is something that is manageable.  Currently, we have 22 people on our list, which leaves three spots open.

I have been in contact with all people on the list via email during the last week. There have been several instances in the past when a person thought they were on the list because they had submitted an adoption questionnaire. When we receive a questionnaire, I always speak with the person via phone. If at the end of that conversation, we both agree a kitten is right for them at this time, they submit a $100 waiting list deposit. If that deposit is not received, their name is not added to the waiting list. Please let me know right away if you think you are on the list but have not received an email from me within the last week.

When I started writing this post yesterday, I titled it “We Have Arrived” because we had just arrived in Florida. Before I had an opportunity to finish the post, the Lady Vol/Norte Dame game started so I thought I will just finish it tomorrow. I had an entire paragraph about how I had spent the day preparing the birthing area for Ana who was due on the 17th but explained our mamas very rarely have their babies on the expected date.

We went to bed around 11:00 p.m. and Ana would not let us go to sleep; she kept pacing between us and making biscuits on my chest. Around 11:30 contractions started and by 12:10 a.m., JANUARY17, her first baby was born. It took until 4:00 a.m. before we could call it a night and slide into slumber thanking God for our six new kittens!

So…another reason to say “We Have Arrived”

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When eyes are open, in about two weeks, I will post individual photos. At that time we will let you know if they are boys or girls.

Prayers Needed

After many delays, the Cat House on Wheels finally left the driveway on Thursday morning headed for Florida, or so we thought.

When we left, Jim said I am driving until the temperature goes above freezing. I didn’t think he meant literally. But he did! Finally at midnight last night we pulled into a campground in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Before heading out this morning Jim checked his voicemail. There were messages from his sister and his niece. Our brother in law, John, passed away at 1:30 this morning.

So now we have changed directions and are headed to Jacksonville, North Carolina to be with sister, Pattie, and family.

The problem is Winter Storm Helena which is moving that way also.  We are trying to beat the storm but I think everyone else is also. Traffic is absolutely horrendous.

I am reaching out to you asking for prayers, for Pattie and family, for safe travels for us and for safety for everyone in the path of winter storm Helena.

 

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Thank you Julie for this precious photo of your daughter with O’Malley.

Three Brands of Cat Food Recalled

When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

The J.M. Smucker Company Announces a Limited Voluntary Recall on Certain Lots of Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

For Immediate Release

January 3, 2017
Contact

Consumers

Consumer Relations
consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com
1-800-828-9980
Media

Maribeth Burns
Vice President, Corporate Communications
330-682-3000
Announcement

Orrville, OH – The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The affected product was distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017.

The affected production includes the following:

Brand Product Description UPC Code Consumer Unit Lot Numbers Units per Case Selling Unit Size UPC Code on Case
9Lives Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna 7910052238 6354803 12 13 oz 7910052228
9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 7910000402 6356803 24 5.5 oz 7910000402
9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 7910000367 6355803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910003670
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910000327 6358803 24 5.5 oz 7910000327
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910000286 6358803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910002860
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910052239 6355803 12 13 oz 7910052229
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910052239 6364803 12 13 oz 7910052229
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood 7910000364 (793641) 6356803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910003640
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna 7910000324 6356803 24 5.5 oz 7910000324
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner 7910000410 6356803 24 5.5 oz 7910000410
9Lives Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken 7910000312 (793121) 6355803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910000312
9Lives Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish 7910000420 6358803 24 5.5 oz 7910000420
9Lives Seafood Poultry Variety Pack 7910053377 6307803 24 5.5 oz 7910053377
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna 7910000366 6357803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910003660
EverPet Mixed Grill Dinner 7910053114 6356803 12 13 oz 7910053114
Special Kitty Beef and Liver Dinner 8113112120 6355803 12 13 oz 8113112120
Special Kitty Classic Tuna Dinner 8113112157 6358803 12 13 oz 8113112157
Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap 8113109609 6355803 1 12 pk
13 oz each 8113109609
Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap 8113112119 6356803 12 13 oz 8113112119
Special Kitty Super Supper 8113179041 6355803 12 13 oz 7910079041
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call us at 1-800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST or contact us at consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

More Happy Families!

Maggie’s and Sophie’s kittens have now all gone to their forever homes.  Meet the happy families:

Noel and daughter Alura with Blizzard. Son John was having a bout with pneumonia so he had to stay home with his mother and sister Elya. Happily, John is now feeling much better. Blizzard is the second Siberian in the family. He is joining Cinder who they adopted earlier this year from us.

Noel and daughter Alura with Blizzard. Son John was having a bout with pneumonia so he had to stay home with his mother and sister Elya. Happily, John is now feeling much better. Blizzard is the second Siberian in the family. He is joining Cinder who they adopted earlier this year from us.

 

Deanne picked up Boris on 12/28. She had a group of friends over for New Year's Eve and Boris made sure to love up on all of them!

Deanne picked up Boris on 12/28. She had a group of friends over for New Year’s Eve and Boris made sure to love up on all of them!

 

Mama Sophie was also checking out Erin but Jim help up a toy so she decided that grasping for that had to take priority for a minute. She did approve Erin as the mother of Maui!

Mama Sophie was also checking out Erin but Jim held up a Cat Dancer toy so she decided that grasping for that had to take priority for a minute. She did approve Erin as the mother of Maui! Erin wrote: “Thank you for giving me such a well balanced kitten!”

 

Isaac and Khania and children, Grant and Evelyn greeted their new family member Wrigley. Khaniia reported Wrigley was a little shy at first when he first got home but he slowly warmed up and has been having a blast!

Isaac and Khania and children, Grant and Evelyn greeted their new family member Wrigley. Khania reported Wrigley was a little shy when he first got home but he slowly warmed up and has been having a blast!

 

The beautiful family of Julie and Justin and daughters Mae and Grace were the first to select from these two litters. They selected O'Malley because he was a lover at 5 weeks old. And he still is - this is what Julie had to say "He is so sweet and gentle. We all just love him. He is going to be such a treasured addition to our family.

The beautiful family of Julie and Justin and daughters Mae and Grace were the first to select from these two litters. They selected O’Malley because he was a lover at 5 weeks old. And he still is – this is what Julie had to say “He is so sweet and gentle. We all just love him. He is going to be such a treasured addition to our family.”

 

Derek and Katie are a newly married couple who decided to add a precious bundle to their family - they selected Arya. Derek reported they had two friends over and she was playing all over and came up to sleep on everybody's lap.

Derek and Katie are a newly married couple who decided to add a precious bundle to their family – they selected Arya. Derek reported they had two friends over and she was playing all over and came up to sleep on everybody’s lap.

 

Megan and Josh had to go to Florida for a New Year's eve wedding but they flew home on New Year's Day and came to pick up Wrigley straight from the airport! (Yes this is another Wrigley!) Megan reports: "We opened his carrier as soon as we got home and he sat there for a minute because he was a little unsure of his new surrounds. We opened up the Cat Dancer and that was all it took - he was out of the carrier and playing within minutes. He even took a few bites of food inbetween playing. He jumped up on the bed all by himself and slept with us all night. He has a very heart appetite and loves to play. He follows us around and rarely likes to be alone."

Megan and Josh had to go to Florida for a New Year’s eve wedding but they flew home on New Year’s Day and came to pick up Wrigley straight from the airport! (Yes this is another Wrigley!) Megan reports: “We opened his carrier as soon as we got home and he sat there for a minute because he was a little unsure of his new surroundings. We opened up the Cat Dancer and that was all it took – he was out of the carrier and playing within minutes. He even took a few bites of food in between playing. He jumped up on the bed all by himself and slept with us all night. He has a very hearty appetite and loves to play. He follows us around and rarely likes to be alone.”

 

Sandi and Tony added this new love to their life - Sugar. And Sugar is the perfect name for her - she is so sweet. She woke me up yesterday morning with kisses. I just got off the phone with Sandi and she said Sugar gave her kisses this morning!

Sandi and Tony added this new love to their life – Sugar. And Sugar is the perfect name for her – she is so sweet. She woke me up yesterday morning with kisses. I just got off the phone with Sandi and she said Sugar gave her kisses this morning!

 

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Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

We spent a lovely Christmas at the home of our daughter, SueEllen, and son-in-law, Mike. Our son, Mark, also traveled here from Omaha. Sadly, there were several empty spaces at the table since our son, Gene, and his family moved to North Carolina this year and were not able to travel back to Illinois for Christmas. But thank goodness for technology! Gene used FaceTime to call us and I was able to spend some time with the whole family both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. How this works, I can’t begin to fathom; I will just enjoy the benefits of someone’s genius! Luckily, we were able to spend some time with daughter, Kelly, and her family in Maryland earlier this month while we were there for Tyler’s Eagle Scout ceremony. And we are anxiously awaiting seeing son, David, when we arrive in Florida next week.

Part of the excitement of the day was the drawing of names for Semper Fi Christmas presents. And the winners are: 1) Megan E   2) Maureen J   3) Amy S   4) Jamie P   5) Sandi R   6) Erin C

Thank you all for participating. It was a so nice to hear from you!

 

Received a few more photos of our Semper Fi Siberians during the last few days.

Lulu, age 6 months

Lulu, age 6 months

 

Abby, will be 3 in January)

Abby, will be 3 in January

 

Sasha, age 20 months

Sasha, age 20 months

And Nikki sent some fun photos of Niko (age 16 months) and Samara (age 11 months)

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We have been busy this week saying good-bye to our 12 kittens.  As soon as the last one leaves, we load all the mamas, Mr. Silver and the two dogs into our motor home and off to Florida we go!  Stay tuned for the adventures of the Cat House on Wheels!

How many of you remember a song that was popular in 1988 — Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin?  He was absolutely correct: “In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy!” Happy New Year from Jim and I!

I am confident 2017 will be a fabulous year for each of you, so Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

 

 

OOPS! Just One More

I said my previous post would be the last before Christmas. But today in the mail I received the gift that was on back-order and it so precious I had to share.  Last year I had ordered cat earrings and after receiving them I was disappointed because they were so small. I tried again this year with a different style and I think these are  cute. So you have one more day to make a comment below and win one of our gifts – deadline December 24, 12:00 midnight.

Fancy Cat Earrings

See the other gifts on previous posts. There will be a total of six gifts awarded (three more than last year).

 

Also can’t resist posting recent photos from our pet parents.

This is Rizzo No. 1

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Here are  Pashka and Katya helping Deb wrap gifts!

 

Hannibal wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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Fiona and Felix

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Sly wants a catnip squirrel for Christmas

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I love this photo but I had no indication of who it is from.  Let me know!

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Niko

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Saffron

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Sabina and Garsha

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Jackie’s Kittens Go To Their Forever Homes

Christmas arrived early for three of our pet parents.  Enrique went to his forever home on December 10.

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Weekly photo of Enrique

 

Ava and James ready to take home Enrique

Ava and James ready to take home Enrique

 

I am sharing notes from our new pet parents because others may have the same questions:

“Hi Nancy, Enrique is doing so well! He came out of his carrier as soon as I set it down and was off exploring. He slept on the bed with us last night and has been coming to us for pets and cuddles.

Just a quick question for you: he keeps playing in his litter box- is that ok/normal? He’ll play in it, dig around, or just get in there and sit down. Right now he is asleep in there. We’ve tried distracting him with toys whenever he gets in and its clear he’s not there to use it, but he just won’t quit. I wanted to make sure that’s ok and that he won’t always think the litter box is his bed/play area. He has multiple hiding spots and we put a cardboard box with some blankets right next to the litter box in case that’s what he wanted. Still, it seems the box is his first choice.

Thanks Nancy! Sorry to bother you after only one day. 🙂 Besides that, he seems calm and happy!”

My response: “I should have warned you about this.  Yes, it is completely normal.  He and his siblings would go in the box together and wrestle around – made for some messy floors! I just had to make sure I kept the box as clean as possible.  This will lessen in time although every once in a while I see our adults doing the same thing.  I think possibly they are going there to get away from the others.  This is my opinion as far as kittens go – a litter box does not have the same connotation to them that we apply to a toilet.  This is a place of comfort to them.”

 

We welcome any and all questions from our new pet parents.  It is never a bother for us – that is what we are here for!

 

Next to go home was Rizzo. He left to go to his forever home on December 11.

Weekly photo of Rizzo

Weekly photo of Rizzo

Rizzo loving his new mom and dad, Kelsey and Chad

Rizzo loving his new mom and dad, Kelsey and Chad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A note from Kelsey:

“Hello Nancy! I wanted to update you, as we absolutely adore Rizzo. He is definitely still getting used to his new home and parents, but has warmed up to us quite a bit! Last night, he did not eat anything which I know you said could happen. This morning and at lunch he did have a few bites from his dish, but I would say a large portion of the food still remains on the dish. I haven’t seen him drink or notice him use the litter box yet. He truly seems happy, and isn’t hiding from us – he sleeps next to us quite often. If eating small amounts is okay, I am happy if you are happy! I just wanted to share this information with you, and make sure everything sounded fine. We are also going to the vet at 10am on Wednesday – It sounds like a very nice place, with a separate cat entrance to avoid additional stress being placed on the pets when they go to the vet.

Thank you for your help! Kelsey”

My response:

” As long as he is eating a little something I am not concerned. Try putting out 1/4 of a can instead of 1/3. If he hasn’t gone to the bathroom by tomorrow night please bring this to the attention of the vet on Wednesday. Scoop through the litter box to make sure there isn’t stool or pee buried.”

And later that day, Kelsey sent this: “After a pretty long afternoon nap he woke up and finished his lunch dish then went straight to the box! I was thrilled, especially because I was getting ready to head into work for the night and I was going to worry! Thanks for your response! Kelsey”

 

Yes, parents worry with their new babies and we want to do all we can to relieve those worries.  And these are the kind of parents we look for – parents that care enough to worry!

 

Last to go home the night of December 16 was our girl Sally. She is joining a wonderful family, Mark, Michelle, Sabina and Sienna:

Weekly photo of Sally

Weekly photo of Sally

I just realized this! Sabina, Sienna and Sally - all S's!

I just realized this! Sabina, Sienna and Sally – all S’s!

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The weather was terrible that night so I asked if they wanted to wait until Saturday but the girls were very anxious to get Sally in their arms. As you can see, Sally is loving it. Mark drove very carefully so all arrived home safely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A note from Michelle: “Just wanted to let you know Sally is adjusting. When we first got home she didn’t want to get out of the carrier. We ended up going to bed. She eventually came out and explored the room. By 2:30 she was curled up asleep on the foot of the bed. Around 4:30, she wanted to play and to be pet.  Around 5:30 she was asleep between the two girls.”

It sounds like Michelle was up a lot that night!

 

 

This blog post will be the last one before Christmas so this is your last chance to enter to win one of our presents. You can see the presents by looking at the posts for December 5 and 11.  Make your comment below before midnight on December 24.  Christmas Day all the names of the blog followers who posted comments this month will be put into a basket.  My grandchildren will have the pleasure of selecting the winners by drawing names from the basket.  Good luck!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the pet parents who have sent us Christmas cards and wished us Happy Holidays through emails and post comments.  We have not had the time to send out Christmas cards but it is our prayer that each of you know how much we care for you and wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

More Semper Fi Siberians Stopping In To Say “Hi”

I have had several questions about how to post a comment on my blog in order to be eligible for one of our holiday presents.  Go to the bottom of any blog post for December of 2016 and click on “Leave a Comment” and then type in your comment in the box titled “Leave A Reply.”  Comments on Facebook do not count but you can access the blog from my Facebook entry. Nerd Meow Toss PillowClowder Cat Scarf

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And you have to love these videos:

Yes Siberians like water! Hi Samara!!! Thanks Nikki!

Who says you can’t train cats! Sabina and Garsha need to take their act on the road! Thanks Jane!

Cats, Christmas Trees and Gift Time!

At this time of year I get calls asking about the combination of kittens/cats and Christmas trees.  Please read the following article: http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/f/christmastrees.htm
We want everyone to have a very happy holiday season, even your cat!  So you could build a tree like this!

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Or if you are really energetic, you could try this:

 

But my all time favorite is this tree made out of books:

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No, I don’t expect you to go to these extremes!  My best advice is to not let the cat in the same room as the tree unsupervised.

 

And now on to the gifts:

 

This is what I wrote last year:

“I love giving gifts at Christmas time and I truly wish I could give one to each and every one of my blog followers but I don’t think Jim (the economist in the family) would appreciate that idea. “So what should I do” I pondered. I came up with an idea that I hope you will enjoy. Anyone who posts a comment on my blog posts for this month, will have his or her name put in a container. On Christmas Day I will have one of my grandchildren draw out three names. There will be three gifts. The first name drawn will get first pick of the gifts, second name second pick and third name gets the remaining gift—kind of like those on the waiting list choosing their kittens! You don’t have to be one of our pet parents, you just have to be a follower of my blog. Go to the bottom of the blog posts for the next three weeks and fill in the box that says “Leave a Comment.” You can make a comment about the post, you can make a comment about your kitten or cat, or you can just say “Hi” – and you are entered. If you leave a comment for all three posts, your name gets put in three times!”

Everyone seemed to enjoy it last year so I decided to do it again this year! But this year, there are 5 gifts! And if a back-order is delivered on time, there will be 6! We have a Clowder Cat Scarf, a Nerd Meow Toss Pillow and three cat pins/necklaces (I found these at a jewelry store when I was in Florida and I liked them so much, I purchased three!)

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Make your comment and good luck in winning one of these fun prizes!

Thanksgiving Blessings

Jackie’s kittens have been selected and given names by their pet parents. I am proud to introduce you to:

 

They will be going to their forever homes the second week in December.

 

We have an exciting week-end ahead because the next people on our waiting list will no longer be waiting! They will be choosing from these beautiful kittens born to Maggie and Mr. Silver:

Or these beautiful kittens born to Sophie and Mr. Silver:

Most of All

 

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

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