Sunday, September 20, 2009

My little sisfur

Furst, I want to thank efurryone, here on my blog and also on Catster and Facebook, for all the kind words of suppurrt in the loss of my brother Lalo. I still miss him, but after more than two weeks, we are coming to terms with the fact that Lalo has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. That mean ol' mountain lion was back around here again last night. Thank goodness all of us kitties were safely indoors, but we could hear all the neighbors' dogs barking and the donkeys next door braying like crazy. And along with all those animal sounds, there was a really creepy growling sound outside that made our fur stand on end. We don't like to wish harm on any animal, but we sure wish that someone would put a stop to that giant cat preying on pets and livestock around here. Either that, or we wish it would leave our area and never come back. It's caused us so much grief.

OK, enough about the depressing stuff. I want to talk to you about my little sisfur Rayna. It seems like only yesterday that she could fit in Mommy's hand. Now she's almost six months old, and she is growing up to be quite a beautiful young lady. I don't mean to be a dirty old cat, but I couldn't help but check her out the other day as she was walking away from the feeder. I hope she doesn't figure out how purrty she is; I wouldn't want her to get all full of herself.

Oh, one more thing about Lalo...I don't think I ever told my blog buddies about how Lalo let Rayna nurse when she was a baby! Yes, I'm serious! Lalo was a neutered male, but he was such a good big brofur to Rayna that he let her pretend he was her mommy! So I'm including a picture of Rayna at three months of age, nursing on Lalo. I would never let a baby kitty nurse on me! But Lalo was a wonderful brofur to all of us. I hope he wouldn't be embarrassed that I'm showing you this picture. I just want efurryone to remember Lalo as a really great guy. And I also want you to know that my sisfur Rayna is kind of goofy.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I miss my brother

Lalo was my very best friend! We could often be found napping together in the window of the computer room, or playing a game of tag in the house.
My pawrents try very hard to keep us kitties indoors at all times. In April of last year, Lalo ran outside and went missing for three days. The next-door-neighbor found him hiding in her doghouse, with a big hole in his side and his leg fractured in two places. It cost $1,100 to put him back together again, and Mommy and Daddy really hoped that Lalo had learned his lesson and wouldn't try to sneak outside anymore. Their hopes were in vain. After he healed up from that bad injury, Lalo continued in his old ways of trying to dart out the door every chance he got. Mommy or Daddy could usually block him, and when he did manage to get past them, Mommy would give chase. Sometimes it took a long time to catch Lalo, and Mommy would have to climb over rocks and through scratchy branches to get to him, but she was determined that he wasn't going to ever get hurt outside again.
Lalo's (and our) luck ran out last Friday, September 4th, when Daddy must have accidentally let Lalo out. Daddy says he never even saw him go out, so no one went looking for him right away. And by the time my pawrents realized that Lalo was missing, he was nowhere to be found.
Mommy went walking to the back of our property, and along the trail, she found some humongous animal droppings right in the middle of the trail about 150 feet from our house. She knew they couldn't have been left there by a dog because they are too big. So she Googled "identifying animal scat" and found a web site with photos of the droppings from different kinds of wild animals. The ones near our house match the photos of mountain lion poop. Also, the article said that it is typical for mountain lions to mark their territory by leaving droppings in the middle of their trail. It was only about a month ago that someone told Daddy about a mountain lion trying to take down a horse, right around the block from us! (The horse wasn't killed, but it was badly injured.) Right about that time, Mommy saw a young mountain lion sauntering down the road about a mile from here. Mommy doesn't think it's the same one that was on our property, as that one was too small to have left such huge droppings, but it might've been the cub of the one that was near our house.
Mommy has alerted the neighbors that Lalo is missing, and she has plastered the neighborhood with "lost cat" flyers offering a reward. She also reported Lalo missing to HomeAgain, the company in charge of Lalo's microchip, and they sent out reports to the vets and pet rescues in this area. My family is purraying for a miracle that maybe Lalo just got spooked by that bad ol' mountain lion and ran off, and he will return to us when he feels it is safe. But we know that the odds are against that. I love my brother Lalo very much, and I miss him.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ConCATS to the winners!

The winners in Monty Q's "Doing the Q" contest have been announced. I was honored to have tied for furst place in one of the CATegories, but the winner of the tie-breaker was a very deserving Yoko. Thanks to efurryone who voted for me, and conCATulations to all of the winners!
You can see all of them here:

Friday, September 4, 2009

I'm tied for furst place....Please vote!

Oh my cat! I can't believe that my photo is tied for furst place in the Monty Q category of the "Doing the Q" contest! If you are a blogging kitty, you are eligible to vote in the tiebreaker. Just go to this email address:
and say that you are voting for Curly's Monty Q picture. Thank you so much for your suppurrt!!