lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
A post of cuteness because today I need cuteness. *avoids news and thinkpieces like the plague*

But in the meantime, I have been harassing photographing the cats with my new camera.

I made a Flickr set with just-new-camera photos. I am also going to play with video editing because I got video of butt-wiggles but it's interspersed with lots of time of them deciding when is a good time to pounce.

Also here's a teaser photo below the cut )

And on my tumblrs there is a Lily lolcat meme because butter box.

Also if you are looking for cute animal things, this animal shelter has some really good cat memes on their facebook page. (Including Adele-new-album mashups).

(feel free to link if people are looking for cute things for today or whatnots)

lizcommotion: Lily (buff tabby) asking for belly rubs on an oriental rug in a sunbeam, whiskers in happy face pose. Head upside down. (cat lily basking icon)
Hey! Partner took a bunch of photos of cats and I finally snagged them from her Smaug-like-hoard and put them on Flickr but I haven't arranged the set yet so be warned the newest ones are all at the bottom. (Well, some of them. There were LOTS and also some duplicates.)

If you want to see them, here is the Flickr set and also I'm putting one of Lily begging here. We taught it to Chance as a trick, she learned it from him, and now she will spontaneously do things like tap your hand with her paw and you look down and she's doing this:

Kitties
Lily standing on her hind paws and "begging" for food, which is a very effective strategy because it's irresistibly cute.

Her expression says, "Look into my eyes! Please madam, I want some more...I was a poor starving orphan cat...in my eyes you can see all the hunger and longing and love of the universe...now you have an urge to feed meeee..."

MOAR KITTIES )

Also, I am particularly proud of this recent tweet of mine, because it makes me giggle:



Cross-posted to [community profile] petographs
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat lily chance pile-up)
So my phone camera situation has changed and I have a shittier camera and my partner never has the good camera with her at the good camera taking moments. Clearly it is therefore her fault that we have missed some ideal cat photography moments, but nevertheless I bring some cute cat photos as offerings to the alter of the cat internet. (The slightly blurry ones are on my camera, but still duly adorables.)

Lily the Yogini
Lily on a blue and wuite quilt contorted in a weird pose because she is trying to: (1) wrestle a toy; (2) groom herself; (3) attack the quilt; (4) probably something else too. Her tongue is sticking out a tiny bit.

Here there be cat photos to eat your data plan )

I am being circled by hungry cats because their lunchtime is very soon and they say it should be now. Or maybe like every hour. Or definitely before now.

P.S. My mom seems to have all the good Amelie photos on her phone, which is with her not at the house
lizcommotion: Lily (buff tabby) asking for belly rubs on an oriental rug in a sunbeam, whiskers in happy face pose. Head upside down. (cat lily basking icon)

Help!

The scene: a pink cat bed, placed next to the window, bathed in sunlight. Chance sleeps in the cat bed. Lily sleeps nearby. Mom turns around again and Lily is sleeping on top of Chance; she now has a bed warmer and a sunbeam. Chance's arms (and part of his head) are dangling off the bed as he gives his mom a, "Help!" expression. After mom finishes taking copious photos and enjoying herself, she rescues Chance by giving both kitties treats on the floor so they can re-settle who sleeps where.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat stare)
I have limited hand usage so forgive me for not captioning these the way I usually would; I am about to go poop out in front of a TV and maybe fall asleep for a long time. But yay, Chance and Lily cuddling and also TOE BEANS especially for [personal profile] tyger!

Eternal cuteness of Chance and Lily

two moar kitty photos! )
lizcommotion: A hand drawn terrier "smiling" and looking slightly cross-eyed, shown from the neck up (dog terrier djinni)
Our (small-ish) kitty rescue has found forever-homes for 93 cats this year (and there are still a few adoptions pending). ALL three of our foster cats, have been adopted (well, except for Ms. Maddy, who we are currently fostering and leaning ever more towards keeping because she is just that adorable and Chance is moving from hissing stage to meowing to get into her room stage so IDEK. She just. She makes *everyone* smile even though obviously having a gangrenous tail amputated is srsly a justifiable reason for being cranky and hiding in your closet as much as you want.)

Also, Ms. Haley, the Border Terrier we fostered for 2.5 months earlier this year, is thriving in her forever home. She has all the tennis balls she wants, goes for 5 mile walks *every day*, and gets lots of snuggles. So that is also extremely gratifying.

P.S. If you use Amazon.com and you don't already participate in Amazon Smile which donates a teeny tiny fraction of your purchase to non-profits so Jeff Bezos can sleep at night, please consider adding our cat rescue as your Amazon Smile designated non-profit. Totally no pressure, but I thought I'd mention it, because cats. You can try clicking here but if that link is not static then you can go to the cat rescue homepage and click on the left hand sidebar where the Amazon Smile logo is.

/PSA, and sorry to pair it with adorable animal photos but I keep having a cat step on my keyboard and try to steal my tea so it's hard to get one post up let alone two (and I still have to do the cat room cleaning/feeding schedule for the week. Did you know Maddy likes opening all the browser tabs ever?)

Animal Feel Good Photos:

seriously all the animal photos ever of our animals and a bunch of fosters> <a href= )

tw: happy-sad message to Rogue who passed away last year, maybe skip this part if you are teary already or if animal passing is hard for you right now

happy-sad message to Rogue )
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
So you know how there is talk in US English about "Kitty Crazies"? That thing cats do roughly once a day where they look at you as though they have never seen you before, run around the house, etc?

Well partner's family speaks North African Arabic (also other dialects in other branches of the family). Anyway, there is another name for "kitty crazies". You say that the cat "has tagoug" (Anglicized spelling completely mine because partner is out; note that the correct grammar is not that the cat "is tagoug"). Basically it means that the cat is "possessed" (by a Djinn/demon -- what we call "genies" -- also note that not all Djinn are evil, some are aligned with God/Allah and the evil ones are not; there is a WHOLE area of study around this which not all Muslims and/or Arabs and/or Lots of Peoples I don't have room to specify agree on that I do not even begin to understand so I'm going to stop there). I kind of like this imagery because it ties back to all the ideas of cats and witchcraft and everything. It also kind of explains why cats look so uncomfortable.

Or you could go by my definition, which is that more specific than the "kitty crazies", your cat is just having a short manic episode. (Seriously, not that different from how I feel when fully manic versus hypomanic).

With our dogs, we always called these occasional bouts of RUN EVERYWHERES "racehorse dog" (though srsly they would be really poorly trained racehorses because they did not go in a ring at all). Though once my dog did get hold of the slug trap (which contained beer) and, er, emptied it into his belly before grabbing hold of the container and running round the yard. I think that was a chemically induced racehorse dog. (And don't worry, despite the alcohol/dog poison, he was fine. It was cheap crap beer with low alcohol content, which helped.)

Anyone else have other terminology for such things? Do bunnies have similar bouts of ALL THE ENERGIES? (I'm looking at you for this vital information, [personal profile] shanaqui .) What about other species?

ETA: I wonder if animals have names/thoughts for our shenanigans? Like "omg they are picking out those clothes things again"? Or whatever their idea of our recreational sex is. Or what the hell is the holiday season madness. Or VACUUMING. I mean, basically most of what we do around animals would seem to me to be nonsense to them? IDK. *curious*

lizcommotion: black cat head poking out from behind a wall (cat hiding)
Chance the kitty
Pictured: Chance, an adorable black kitty with green eyes, laying on his side on a blue and white quilt like, "Huh, why are you disturbing me?" Part of the quilt is folded over the lower half of his body

This is why I've been having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. (I mean, aside from the 6 am feeding upon which I stumble back to bed and sleep for a bit longer.) Chance comes and snuggles up next to me with Partner on the other side and I am in a sandwich of warmth and cute cat love and how could I move? Plus when I had a dog I could say things like, "Do you want a treat in the kitchen?" and then he would move and food would commence. Chance does not yet know these words, and so he gives me dirty looks when I attempt to move out from the middle of the sleeping loved ones.Kitty! One photo and an embedded video below the cut )

Oh bodies

Nov. 10th, 2014 01:16 pm
lizcommotion: black cat head poking out from behind a wall (cat hiding)
FWIW, I think I hurt my shoulder playing with cats. I woke up with that horrible, "I slept weird and pinched a nerve," feeling, which I thought was what had happened. Then I went to wave a mouse toy tantalizingly in front of a cat or two and my shoulder went, "Nooooo, there's the pain!"

This is where my frowny face goes.

So, uh, I did play with them this morning because I'd already started and unhappy cats are not pleasant to live with. Amelie went all RUN RUN EVERYWHERE HIDE JUMP BAT RUN on me, which is great. Chance also had a good time. They are good cats.

The other humans in my household better step up their playtime is what I'm saying, because otherwise there may be feline rebellion.
lizcommotion: A hand-drawn/colored lovely little creature with a knitted cap and piles of yarn behind it knitting a scarf (knitting creature)
Chance and Ameliť
Introducing Amelié, the foster cat my mom might maybe adopt (squee). She is tiiiiny (~7 lbs) and stands up to Chance and likes playing if you move the toy right. She's also been ill lately, poor thing, probably from stress. In fact she is at the dreaded vet right now. I am hoping they do not prescribe more pills because I have several scratches from trying to wiggle away from pills already. Anyway, she is a sweetie. When you are not giving her evil pills, that is. (She is a small black maybe-Bengal kitty facing the camera laying down with her paws tucked under her on top of a soft white mat thing.)


Allllll the kitty pictures; low bandwidth users beware; also beware of cuteness )

Link to a video of a scenic beach we went to earlier this fall; have been meaning to upload for awhile.

Link to a video of Chance and Amelie having happyfuntimes chilling in windows, as cats are wont to do.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat stare)
Awhile ago partner put a cat noises app on my phone. Initially it was a way for myself and various family members who were not so familiar with cats to get a sense of different types of cat noises and what they might mean.

However, it has another very useful purpose, if one doesn't overuse it. That purpose is distracting cats.

For example, when Bubba and Chance were getting a little *intense* in their play (read: Chance mostly was the intense one), sometimes I would play random cat meows from the app. Both cats would stop what they were doing and go, "Wait, there's another cat? Are you making that noise? Where is that coming from? What?" It was enough of a distraction to kind of break the cycle of predator-prey-intensity and kind of reset things.

Note: use sparingly so as not to acclimate cats to random cat noises and render ineffective.

Another useful tool is random bird noise apps or YouTube videos. Your cat may or may not respond as mine has, but there have been times when we've needed to get Chance in a cat carrier or give him meds and he has (wisely) hidden under the bed or another difficult to reach location. Rather than doing the ill-advised move-the-bed or reach-under-to-meet-unhappy-cat-pull-out-of-hiding-maneuvers, at times we have played bird noises on the phone. This has sometimes led to cat coming out to go, "Wait birds? I like birds. Where are you hiding the birds? How did they get in the tiny box?"

Again, using sparingly is key. It also helps if the noises come sometimes not when cat is about to be trapped for medicine or the carrier, but also for fun things like investigating magic bird box or getting food.

I am guessing probably more experienced cat guardians have already figured these things out, but I thought I would share for kicks, in case people find this helpful, and because my memory is sometimes swiss-cheese-like.

lizcommotion: A hand-drawn/colored lovely little creature with a knitted cap and piles of yarn behind it knitting a scarf (knitting creature)
Thought I'd share a couple of Chance pics. J., who heads the rescue where we got Chance, has pointed out that it can be hard to photograph black cats well because they tend to meld into one abyss of ebony. My mom certainly has trouble picking out which bit of a photo shows Chance's head and which is a paw. I blame the fact that she's usually looking on a tiny smartphone screen. Anyway, is it easier for you? We shall see.
three kitty photos under the cut )

Funny thing about Chance and blankets: he has been excellent motivation for us to make the bed. He seems to feel that sheets are lava and blankets are "safety", to reference that one childrens' game. So if we don't make the bed, he curls up in a tiny corner where there is actually blanket, leaving the vast expanse of sheet untouched. Being concerned cat guardians who want our Chance to have maximum napping/frolicking space, we have been trying to ensure bed-making. (But be assured I will also be working on awdddddddddddddddx<--CHANCE'S FIRST KEYBOARD WRITING ahem, um, helping him get used to sheets.)
lizcommotion: word "Hi!" surrounded by all the hi signs from the game Glitch (glitch hi)
You know how they have ball pits?

Well, what about a toy-mouse pit for kitties?

Wouldn't have to be huuuuge, could be expanded, and if Chance went AAAHHHHH THEY HAVE BANDED TOGETHER then we would just have a large stash of toy-mice for when the existing stash went missing, etc.

ALSO IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

Ahem.

relates to toy mice but references other things cats do to mice, no mice were harmed in the making of this story )

P.S. My brain weasels keep acting up and it sucks and also this leads me to talk a LOT about depressing news things like the FCC and Net Neutrality or what have you. I think know it is irritating my partner and also bothering me. Can someone link me sites that are cheerful and fun to look at but include sometimes words and not just pictures/video (because often I look at on my phone while twiddling thumbs and bandwidth). Dark humor also very much appreciated (see: The Bloggess).
lizcommotion: Severus Snape head shot, text reads "Not Amused" (Snape)
Where most of the day is spent with your cat who is having upset tummy and then meowing pathetically by the litterbox and/or running around the house because getawayfromitgetawayfromit, and finally the chaos stops at 2:30 am and you get to sleep and then are awoken at 7:30 am by a callback from the vet's office saying yes bring the cat in today, only maybe don't feed him because we might need to do bloodwork we'll get back to you on that after we check again with the vet, and by the way our earliest appointment isn't until this afternoon have fun with your hungry cat? And you kind of fall back asleep but not really because now your cat is all "I am fine I am just playing on top of my sleeping human"?

And then you take your cat to the vet after just having taken him two days before for vaccinations &tc and your poor kitty is like srsly I have an upset stomach and so you don't feed me and then take me back to this place with the thermometer up the butt?!?

Where the vet gives good care and you are pretty confident that the cat did not catch giardia somehow from the dog but you *do* have to give him antibiotics twice a day for 10 days (and it's Flagyl which is just le gross to take) and also now he has a special bland diet which means you have to pick up chicken from the store *and* if he doesn't improve soon or he gets worse you have to take the kitty back pronto to get X-rays? And also at some point you have to remember to bring them a stool sample on ice so they can test it for all the not-fun things, because it is a matter of protocol and somehow you keep forgetting to refrigerate or ice your cat's poop because usually he goes right when you've gotten in bed?

But at least the visit was not as expensive as feared, the cat was spared bloodwork, and so far seems to be doing okay and even let you toss a pill down his throat. Also he was super cuddly while you were rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and you couldn't get up to answer the phone because he was on your feet and it would have disturbed him and clearly his day was traumatic enough already. Also basically you were done with moving.

tl;dr I am way behind on entries and replying to things and stuff; that is mostly because I am mega-sleep deprived (I require eight hours of sleep to be pleasant and feel like myself, seven to be semi-functional, below that we enter the badlands.) Also fair bit of worrying about Chance today, both in terms of "I hope this is not something terribad" and "I hope he does not hate the vet's and/or the car forever and ever." Crossing fingers that tomorrow is a better day and I can catch up on dreamwidth and also do some more of the things I wanted to do like maybe change the sheets or pick up meds from the faraway compounding pharmacy (or, crap, the nearby regular pharmacy too *sigh*).
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
…I am either:
  1. A mermaid who has given up her underwater breathing and tail fins and shell bra to a sea witch in exchange for legs and talking like a human.
  2. A selkie whose skin has been stolen while I was out on land.
  3. An X-man/person whose superpower is feeling AWESOME in cold water (think 62 degrees) but whose kryptonite is anything warm.
  4. Someone with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome whose symptoms disappear in freaking cold sea water, and whose limbs also return to their proper size & color even when everyone in the sea at the same time (all two other people) eventually have their feet turn yellow. Yellow. My feet go from purplish to a color I'd call "regular." My fingers go from a shape I call "sausage" to one I'd call "bendable without screaming."

Personally, I think any of the first three would be kind of awesome (although the mermaid and selkie stories tend to end rather tragically like, always; also if I were an X-man person I would get to meet Professor Xavier and Magneto theoretically yes I know that it is not "real" just let me have my fantasy!)

I did somewhat enjoy chuckling to myself at the mere mortals who saw us in the water and thought, "Oh yes swimming sounds fun," and then mostly made it to about knee depth before running out screaming.

This is a vast improvement from yesterday, when I was basically curled up in a Ball Of Pain crying. Two swims and an epically awesome massage later and I feel vastly improved. Really wish I could steal the massage therapist back home with me (and his really cute dog); too bad they probably would not enjoy that and also the ocean is not portable either.

Today we bought Chance a cheap feather boa, because he has a Thing for feathers. At the moment he is not sure What to do with it. Partner and I are pretty sure he will probable decide in the middle of the night, and we will wake up in a room full of  feathers and no boa.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat stare)
 Dear Chance,

I know last night the moon was very bright. When you licked my face to wake me up and acted super plaintive it was very cute, and I was nearly fooled into thinking it was an overcast breakfast time. However, next time you want to wake me up for foods two hours after I have fallen asleep, you might want to investigate a thing called "clocks". Actually on second thought don't and forget that I ever mentioned that word. Also? If you are frustrated your scheme of epic cuteness did not work, being super loud racehorse kitty and making it hard to fall back to sleep will not make me cave to your pleas/demands. I am sorry last night you did not get freshly caught fish for dinner, alas, because the cruel neighbor did not have a good catch that day or whatever.

tl;dr please for to let me sleep tonight, like that nice nap we had this afternoon

liz
lizcommotion: A hand-drawn/colored lovely little creature with a knitted cap and piles of yarn behind it knitting a scarf (knitting creature)
...Chance apparently knew I needed extra kitty loving, because twice he stood on his hind legs, kneaded my chest gently, and licked me on my face.

Also in the good things realm, I think I *may* possibly have solved the mystery of the stabbing pains at night. I believe it has to do with the long-standing thermostat wars that have occurred in my household since time immemorial, that go something along the lines of, "I am cold and it is cool outside, even though no windows are open to let in the cool air, I will turn off the cooling completely" and then someone else going, "Why is it so f'ing hot in here, who turned off the cooling??? I will now turn the house into a fridge."

So last night I was SUPER hot and also, maybe randomly, having the pains. So I thought, I will go make it a degree or two cooler or at least turn the cooling *back on* if the person-who-shall-remain-nameless has turned it off (I forget if they had). And guess what? The pain stopped.

Oh, POTS/dysautonomia and your bizarre ways of saying "I am heat intolerant make it stop."

(In retrospect, maybe I could have figured this out sooner if I had thought more about how when the pain started, it would stop if I slept on the couch...in the coolest room in the house.)

Praise be to All God(esse)s of Sleep, and may this problem resolve itself with a minimum of drama regarding the thermostat setting at night.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat stare)
...let's just skip the part about getting Chance into the carrier, which we had *thought* we'd have oh, another two weeks to get him accustomed to. There may have been climbing under the bed after treats and toys both failed. (Let's also skip the part about how this morning when maybe he was high on catnip he climbed into the carrier by himself and started batting at his rolling toy.)

He did really well in the car! Even snuggled up against my leg through the cloth carrier, which is surprising given what I had just done to him.

At the vet many indignities were committed, included having his claws trimmed; getting blood drawn for a routine heartworm test; having someone shine lights in his eyes; having someone put stain in his eyes; having someone shine a UV light in his eyes while the room was dark.

He was a very good kitty. There was no hissing, scratching, biting, or attempts at such. The most he did was attempt to escape/flee this place of terror.

Results: his right eye (the squinty one) is actually healing well; the left eye (which has been wide open) has a corneal abrasion.

So, good call that we insisted on coming into the vet early. Aaaaand...now we get to put drops 2-3 times per day in BOTH eyes.

The vet showed us the best way to do it, so GUESS WHO SINGLE-HANDEDLY PUT KITTY EYE DROPS IN CHANCE'S EYES THIS MORNING.

Aw, yeah.

It totally wouldn't have worked if he didn't agree they were necessary, though.

We get to go back for a follow-up in a week, which should be...interesting. Also, Chance is getting bolder at exploring the house (though not as much when Sarge is around, even when Sarge is just in the kitchen.) Right now he has his bell collar on, and I'm pretty sure from the noises that he's in the office hidden somewhere, watching me. It's only a matter of time before he discovers that keyboards are for walking on...
lizcommotion: word "Hi!" surrounded by all the hi signs from the game Glitch (glitch hi)
Chance, day 1
Chance explores some of his perches near his window to the birdfeeders (at night, blinds closed); he also wonders what an iPhone is so he is standing at the edge of his table perch and is leaning towards the camera. He has golden/greenish eyes and a white spot or threeish on his chest/belly (only one showing). Otherwise he is all black. He is fairly small, we think maybe 9-10 lbs but have not weighed him yet.
Many things about Chance and also cn: Sarge attempts to eat mushrooms & medically-induced vomiting )
And now off to nap like my cat is doing, or perhaps just squee a bit more that KITTY.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat stare)
So I haven't made this widely known, but I have basically wanted a cat of my own for about a decadeand it's finally gonna happen! )

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