A Year With Celica Blue

Just one year ago in a land far away, two Russian Blue kittens were born. Little did their mom (human and feline) know that one of them would travel 5,000 miles to live in her new home.

Celica Blue

November 2014

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Book Review: ‘Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much’

We cat people are sponges for information. Chances are you have a pile of books by your bedside, websites bookmarked on your computer, and scour the Internet for information the second your cat sneezes. Or call 911 when your cat has a hairball.

It’s all serious stuff. Enough to give the most caring cat lover information overload. Read more of this post

Wordless Wednesday

Celica Blue – 10 months old

Celica Blue – 10 months old

Wordless Wednesday

Katzenburg's Tekla of Dvinskaja

Katzenburg’s Tekla of Dvinskaja

Gato-Gatito.es and Chatminou.fr stole my content

I’m posting this as an experiment more than anything.

A Spanish website – http://www.gato-gatito.es/ – and a French website – http://www.chatminou.fr/– have stolen a huge amount of material from ExclusivelyCats. They’ve also pilfered posts from Ingrid King’s site, The Conscious Cat. There is no attribution, no links to the original sites. Read more of this post

Product Review: The Vertical Cat’s Sisal Scratcher

Vertical Cat

Mollie relaxes on The Vertical Cat’s 36-inch scratcher.

Note: From time to time I receive swell products to review and report my observations (and those of the felines) objectively. I received no compensation for evaluating The Vertical Cat’s scratcher.

The Vertical Cat is one of the first companies to create a gold standard for catification success. With its wall-hung units and cubbies, a multitude of configurations can be created for the ultimate cat super-highway. Read more of this post

Wordless Wednesday

 LV* Fantasy RUSsia Celica Blue

LV* Fantasy RUSsia Celica Blue


From Russia With Love: Part 2

Celica Blue at about 6 weeks.

Celica Blue at about 6 weeks.

We arrived at the airport in plenty of time. The board noted that the plane was on schedule and going through the normal de-planing process. We cruised the food court and got something to eat – I ate a half a wrap, ham with Swiss cheese.

The arrivals were in one general area, so it wouldn’t be hard to miss them as they came through. We chatted with a cute young guy who was waiting for his Russian fiancé; they hadn’t seen each other in a year and a half. Turns out he was a native of Cuba and worked for a printer in Virginia.

I wonder if anyone noticed that I was ready to jump out of my skin and that my eyes were spinning around in my head. Read more of this post

From Russia With Love: Part 1

I’ve had a love affair with Russian Blue cats since 1987, when I got my very first kitten.

Seven Russian Blues later and fueled by an amazing international Russian Blue Facebook community, I again felt the kitten siren call. I tried to ignore it, reasoning that there are so many cats in my own backyard that need homes. However, once you’ve been owned by a Russian Blue cat, there’s no going back.

Tekla, now 11, was bred by Ingeborg Urcia.

Tekla, now 11, was bred by Ingeborg Urcia.

Tekla, now my sole Russian Blue, was 11 years old. She was from the breeder who wrote the book on Russian Blues, Ingeborg Urcia. My Facebook friends on the other side of the world were posting photos of their kittens and cats, and I started making inquiries. I put aside a chunk of my freelance income without any particular plan of action, but in the back of my mind I was preparing myself. Read more of this post

Sports Car Leads to Cat Colony Shift

A local community cat colony is settling into its new digs.

A local community cat colony is settling into its new digs.

A version of this article appeared in the Branford Eagle, the online newspaper for Branford, Connecticut.

A single disgruntled tenant has led to the relocation of a colony of feral cats in the Lake Saltonstall area of Branford.
As we’ve reported before, the colony of feral cats adjacent to a commercial complex has been lovingly cared for by members of the Branford Compassion Club (BCC) for more than four years. But the large semi-circle of hay-filled huts was missing during a recent drive-by, and only a single orange cat could be seen. Read more of this post


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