Archive for the 'Cats' Category

“Your cats are really very naughty.”

Monday, July 31st, 2006

That’s what Juanita – family friend and occasional house-cleaner – told me when she called me at work today.

The reason for the call…? To let me know that she couldn’t remove the crib sheet for washing because Jim was in the crib, hissing and growling, and she couldn’t get him out. (Now, I’ve never seen Jim get into the crib, but maybe this is his secret daytime hobby).

Meanwhile, Minnie had hunkered down in the bathroom sink, and Juanita couldn’t get her out of there, either. ¬†Minnie, by the way, seems to have kitty laryngitis. Her meow has sounded raspy for about three days now. That effect probably did little to soothe Juanita (not a cat person) during the odd adventure with my naughty cats.

Jim in the sink – Prospect Ave ApartmentOriginally uploaded by Koog Family.

Hunting Shadow Birds

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Hunting Shadow Birds, originally uploaded by Koog Family.

Jim is an excellent hunter (for an indoor cat).

Cat Food

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Originally uploaded by WhatDaveSees.

I suppose it was inevitable.

We try to be vigilant about keeping crawling Emma away from the cat’s food bowls on the floor in the kitchen.

But today, she got a few morsels in her hand and I didn’t notice.

Then she ate one. I saw the chewed up bits of it in her mouth. It was a triangular piece of Science Diet Hairball Formula Light.

I’m sure it didn’t taste quite like (her favorite snack)¬†a Cheerio.

Sitting with Cats

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

On the drive over to my mother’s house last night to perform my cat-sitting duties, I found myself thinking about a pseudo-religious essay I¬†read recently about cats and faith.

Cats are to People, as People are to The Gods, the essay had analogized.

The essayist noted that traveling cat owners think about their cats’ well being¬†during each day of their absence, and¬†expounded on the¬†comparison to query whether cats, when their owners are away, experience themselves to be abandoned and forsaken, or whether they have¬†faith in their¬†owner’s abiding love and eventual return.

My mother’s cats were anxious, when I arrived, and happy to receive some pets and treats.¬† But after a few minutes of attention, and of examining the playful baby in my entourage,¬†they each returned to¬†their prior posts in the bedroom, where my mother had left on a queitly-playing “smooth jazz” radio station for them.¬†

I think Cookie and Yoda are faithful cats.   

Oma's beautiful Yoda as a kitten

Yoda (as a kitten),
originally uploaded by

Cat Stand-off

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Cat stand-off
Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

Emma helped me run several errands this weekend. I took some photos during our outings, and will post a couple in the next few days.

The first thing we did was to take cat Minnie to the vet. After we returned home, because Minnie had the bad fortune of smelling like the vet’s office, the cats launched into their usual post-vet routine of exchanging growls, hisses, and other feline unpleasantries for several hours. I’ve read that this happens because the cat who stayed home doesn’t “recognize” the cat with the foreign smell. This, even though these two kitties have been together every day for the past eight years. Whenever they do this, I find myself wondering about what the world would be like if humans’ primary recognition system were based upon olfaction.

(Click on the picture and move your mouse [no pun intended] over it to view my photo “notes” about how I tried, unsucessfully, to get the cats to make nice).

And the winner is….

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
Well, I’ve informed Minnie that she’s famous now. And I guess I got what I wanted. Now all these crazy people who visit the site are posting comments about her, about cheese, and about football in general. Hmmmm….¬†

But, YAY!
Everything’s working and I’m able to post pictures on here again! That means I’ll soon be able to get back to the important work of bragging about the cute little (human) girl that lives in my house!

One Cat About To Be Famous After ALL!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Breaking News! – Read this e-mail exchange, below. Can’t wait to see which little Cheesehead Cat of mine is about to be honored on I’ll keep you posted. And I WILL turn than frown upside down, Thank you very much!!

From: Mario Garza []

Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:10 PM

To: Kelly Kxxxx

Subject: Re: Cheesehead cats

Turn that frown upside down! Actually, one of your pictures is about to be posted. Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions sometimes it can take a while for images to be posted…in this case about 5 days. Thanks for the great submissions, I’ll talk to you soon. Take care., – Mario –



From: Kxxxx, Kelly

Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 4:44 PM

To: ‘’

Subject: Cheeseheads Cats

Sigh. The pictures I sent in haven’t been posted, so I presume that my cheesehead cat pictures (I e-mailed them on 3/17) didn’t meet the rigorous standards. I moved to Wisconsin and was trying to get the cats in the spirit of being Green Bay Packer (cheesehead) fans. If the reason the pictures I submitted weren’t posted was based purely on formatting, let me know and I’ll try again. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll sadly conclude that my cats being humiliated didn’t pass the scrutiny. I guess my cats won’t get to be famous.

Thanks, anyway.


Cats Not Famous Yet

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

So far, my submission of Jimmy’s and Minnie’s pictures to’s site has not yet been accepted. Perhaps this is just not the stuff of great photography. I can accept that I may have been a little biased in thinking that these were cool. (But Thank You, Nicole, for your kind words!)

Also, the promised pictures of Paul and his Daddy’s Girl are coming soon. She’s less anxious when he’s not around, but is still breaking into tears if he comes into the room and then leaves again. That girl loves her Dad!

Cheeseheads On My Cats

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Whew. I learned today that I am not the only person in the world who likes to “decorate” her cats from time to time. Some of you may recall the picture we included in Holiday cards some years back, of our felines sporting mini-Santa hats.

And then there was the supreme effort that went into
these –>
lovely images that document Jimmy and Minnie as official Green Bay Packer Fans and Cheeseheads.

I took these shortly after we moved to Wisconsin. I worked so hard, at the time, to make the little hats. And I worked even harder to get them each to sit still during the numerous attempts at capturing their images on a green background, with a tiny football prop during their respective photo sessions.

My goal at the time was to submit their pictures to a the Page-a-Day Cat calendar for consideration (they offer a contest). I never heard from the calendar folks. Hmmmph! But, finally, I have submitted these pictures to a site that will appreciate them. A site for people like me who like to put “stuff” on their cats!

The motto of is Cats + Stuff = Awesome. 
Silly as it is, I have to agree.
A peek around the site indicates that a lot of people who submit pictures to the site take the word “on” quite literally, however. They just seem to set as many loose items onto their cat as the creature will permit, and then take a picture. Forgive me if I’m being immodest, but fashioning and/or applying an actual hat seems to be taking this art to a higher level.¬†
Well, anyway, we’ll see if Jimmy and Minnie finally achieve the recognition they deserve for their humiliation by having their cheesehead pictures published on StuffOnMyCat.Com.
And even if they don’t, I suppose they’ve already gotten some good enough feedback. Someone left a comment on Minnie’s cheesehead picture on Flickr recently. They called her the “World’s most beautiful mousetrap.” Yes. If Minnie could get a mouse out of the deal, I’m sure she would enjoy that.

Top10 Things Jim, the Cat, Hates:

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

10. The neighbor’s Great Dane

9. Having to come inside after eating grass in the yard

8. Seeing Minnie, the cat, play with his catnip Trout toy

7. “The Claw” – a cruel little game Paul plays with him

6. Thunder

5. The spray bottle full of water

4. Empty blister packs

3. (newest fear) The dropper for the Baby Tylenol (he really hates this one now; not sure how that happened)

2. The smell of any citrus

And the number one thing hated by Jimmy the Cat, who will run out of the room if he even thinks he may encounter it, is…

1. The smell or sight of toothpaste, the toothpaste tube, or anything associated with these (including seeing any human swishing liquid in his or her mouth)