♪ Fat cat in a little box ♫

Yesterday I finished a box of ramen noodles, so I set the box on the floor but forgot about it.  Last night I looked over, and Walter managed to squeeze his chubby self into it.  It was a pretty funny sight.

Then, this morning Thomas decided to give it a try.  It was a big of a tighter squeeze for him b/c he is quite a bit bigger than his brother is.

These boys are such a hoot.  I love seeing the things they come up with each day.

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Sleepy kitties

Our kittens are getting so big!!  They have more than doubled in size since they first came here.  We have been giving them the scraps and guts from when we gut the chickens, plus cat food, and they are all nice and fat and healthy.

They like to sleep on top of the mini coop that is on our front porch.  Today they were napping, and Henry was so cute so I snapped a couple of pictures.

Henry sleeps on his back a lot

My two favorite boys, Wilbur (l) and Henry (r)

Wilbur, my favorite of all the kittens

Oral hygiene is very important

…and Thomas agrees.  We use those little handheld floss/pick combos to floss our teeth.  Thomas LOVES them.  They are the only thing he ever plays with.  He digs them out of the trash can in our bathroom and drags them all around the house.  It’s pretty gross, but he cracks me up.  He thinks his oral hygiene is as important as ours.  He has to keep those pearly whites in good shape, dontcha know??

He also likes to put things into the water bowl, and I found one of the flossers in it.  LOL Maybe he was saving it for later??  In the past I have also found q-tips in the bowl.  haha

Thomas is such a smart and funny boy.

{this moment}

{this moment} – A Saturday ritual.  A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Our nightly walks

Recently, my husband and I started taking a walk late each night.  We get some exercise, but mostly we like to take the dogs with us and get them some exercise also.  Weather and predator permitting (we don’t like to go if we can hear coyotes out there) we walk from our house, down the road to the highway, and back.  In total, it is about 3/4 of a mile there and back.

Tonight we got down to the highway and my husband checked the mailbox in case anything was in it.  We have a PO Box, so we don’t usually get anything, but tonight we had a phone book and a newspaper type ad.  We went to turn around to walk back home and I see something small running toward us.  It was Hazel, our new little stray cat!  She followed us all the way there!  I gave her a quick pet, and then we started to go back home.  She walked with us.  Her poor short legs didn’t allow her to keep up with us very well, but she did her best.  We slowed down for her every once in a while.

I thought it was so cute that she would follow us all the way there and back.  She is a very smart and loving cat.  I think she is amazing.  Thank you for joining our family Hazel!  ♥

Baby it’s hot outside

It has been running in the upper 90’s to low 100’s here the past few days, as it is in most of the rest of the country.  It is easy enough for us to stay inside in the cool a/c, but it is wreaking havoc on the poor animals that are outside.

Luckily, we have quite a few trees that produce good shade, and our house is set just right so the front yard gets shade all afternoon.  The animals take advantage of that and stay in front of the house most of the day or in the woods that is completely shaded.  The grass in front of the house has stayed nice, green and moist so it is easy on their feet compared to the dry crunchy grass and weeds everywhere else.

I also put ice in their water buckets a couple of times a day to keep their water cool, and I water down the ground and grass to help keep it cool.  The chickens like that, and they burrow down in the wet soil and it helps keep their body temperatures down.

The thing they seem to like the most, though, is the box fan I put on the front porch.  The cats and the chickens will sit in front of it to help keep cool when it is really hot in the middle of the day.  It’s really funny to see the cats and the chickens sitting next to each other, with the breeze blowing their fur and feathers all around.  haha

I have a pet carrier sitting on the porch for the kittens, and they like to lay between it and the house.  I started putting frozen bottles of water inside the carrier so that they can lean against the cold carrier.  They seem to really like that.  I can’t get their mama to lay against anything cool, though.  She prefers laying in the middle of the porch, no matter what.  Yesterday we let her into my husband’s air-conditioned shop (the kittens weren’t here, she had them off hidden somewhere) and she LOVED laying on the cool concrete.

As for the dogs, they have been staying inside almost all day long.  They only really go outside long enough to go pee and then they come back inside.  They are okay with that.  haha

What do you do to keep your outside pets and animals cool?  Do you have any tips for me?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

14 Days of Beauty – Day Thirteen

This is my favorite of all the kittens.  I’ve been calling him Wilbur b/c he has a broken tail and it is curly like a pigs.  He is the spunkiest of all of them and is very friendly.  He didn’t have any reservations about us, he came right up and asked to be picked up on the first day they were here.

Hi Wilbur!

Oh boy…….

I knew our new friend Hazel had kittens out there somewhere, I just didn’t know where she was hiding them.  I figured she would bring them around once she felt comfortable enough.  Last night she showed up with two babies.  A little black and white boy, and a calico girl.  I thought, okay sure.  We can handle that.  We went to Sams today and got some food for them.  Yeeeaaaahhhh………….

Tonight I put my chickens away in my husband’s shop, and as I was coming out I saw Hazel prancing down our driveway….with seven (no I didn’t stutter, I said 7) kittens following behind her.  Wait, what??

It took them a long while to get brave enough to come onto the porch.  When they finally did, I realized that she has two litters with her.  The two from yesterday were older, and the ones she brought today are TEENY TINY little balls of fluff.  In all, she has two girls and five boys.  The older ones are pretty skittish, but the little ones are really friendly.  They love to be held and petted and crawl all over me when I sit on the ground.

So…I guess we have inherited seven kittens along with our new cat.  Does anyone want a kitten?  They are really cute!!  I’ll be trying to find homes for them once they get old enough, and hopefully be getting Hazel spayed.

Here are some pictures…  (Please ignore the water hose, I was lazy and left it out when I cleaned the chicken poop off the porch a couple of days ago.)

Hazel in front, kits behind her, far back left is one of the older kits

Hazel in front, older kits behind her, little kits to the right

Babies around the water bowl

The older calico, she is gorgeous but skittish

The girl (right) and one of the boys sleeping in the cat bed on the porch

One of the baby boys

The little girl. Size comparison with a standard water hose. Aren't they tiny??