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Fashion Cats

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Koko, the domestic short-hair,  is very fashion savvy,   She enjoys  the Lifetime television show Project Runway immensely and she reads all fashion magazines as time permits.

Koko Taking a Break from Reading Vogue Magazine

Koko Taking a Break from Reading Vogue Magazine

Of course she has nothing on Jean Claude,  the black Bombay.  He is a true  fashionista, who regularly rummages through my closets for menswear items


Cat Facts

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Five Things you didn’t know about cats.

Crumbs Lead the Path To Freedom

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It was a lovely cool day  Saturday so I decided why not just open the window to my bedroom.  I usually keep it closed as Jean Claude and Koko have pushed out the screen trying to reach the birds that congregate on the air conditioner unit that hangs from the window in the room adjacent to the bedroom.  But Saturday, I said why not open it for a time.    Mistake.   As I sat reading the newspaper in the television room JC entered with a little present:  a bird, still alive.   Apparently he or Koko had pushed out the bottom the bedroom window  screen and the bird either flew in or was  yanked in by one of the cats.    I was of course horrified and screamed,  startling  JC who released his grip on the creature who then began to fly around the room.  Frightened I shut the door leaving the bird inside and went to run an errand, forgetting JC was still in the room.   I assumed the poor bird met his fate.   To   my surprise  two hours later,   I opened the door  and  the bird began to fly around the room.    I  then opened a window, pushed JC  out of the room but was not fast enough for Koko who entered and captured the bird, again.    I was screamed and  Koko released the bird .   So I put Koko out and closed the door and put some crackers on the ledge.     An hour later I opened the door.  No bird.   Koko and Jean Claude remained downstairs in the living room.    I think the bird, with the help of the crumbs,  figured out how to get out the open window and  went on  to other things.

TWO Zoos in the News- Bad Actors, Suffering Animals

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Oh Dog! We’re a couple of days late with Hisses and Purrs this week. Seems the holiday got us a bit off track. But fear not, for Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie are here now to keep you up to date on the latest animal welfare news around the world.

OK, Hissy, you’re on!

Hisses to the Denver Zoo for allowing visitors to pay to feed and pet a black rhino. A woman was sent to the hospital after the rhino, Mshindi, bit the woman’s finger. Some reports indicate a finger was bit off.

Hisses to Robert Losasso, 68, of Somers Point, N.J., who was recently arrested for shooting birds protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Losasso is accused of shooting red-tailed hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, red-shouldered hawks and Cooper’s hawks.

Hisses to New Zealand fashion designer Annah Stretton, who recently gave an interview to the…

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Repost: Paging Mr. Serling

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Jean Claude and Koko are back living with me right now.  I decided it was time for a little retro so I’m rerunning the March 2010 column The Cat Door: “Paging Mr. Serling,” which recalls the time that Jean Claude let himself back in the house without my help.


The Cat Door: Paging Mr. Serling

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Jean Claude and Roxie joined me again outside today. I think Roxie is still debating  whether she is more of a house cat or not. She beat a hasty retreat back into the house at the sound of the neighbor’s dog. Of course not Jean Claude who remained under one of my rose bushes, calmly chewing grass.

With all the warm weather I decided to bring out some outdoor furniture,  naturally Jean Claude followed me into the garage to inspect but he quickly became bored. I had a bright idea  to swap out my two front porch chairs, worn by the harsh winter for two chairs  I kept in the garage. Rather than  carry the new chairs up the stairs and through the house I decided to carry them through the alley to the front of the house.   I shut but DID NOT LOCK  the basement door and LOCKED  the screen door which has security bars.   As I started down the alley with the chairs in hand,  I heard the trash truck fast approaching behind me.    Jean Claude, still outside, began to howl.   I glanced over my shoulder to see him beckoning at the upstairs back door.    “Let him wait,” I thought.   I continued carrying the chairs through the alley to their new resting place.    Giving the four chair layout a try I decided ‘ just two for now.’   I proceeded back down the stairs with the old chairs  through the alley to my backyard.   Where…was Jean Claude??   No more howling but my basement door was now ajar. “Oh my goodness,” I thought, “Someone has broken into my house.   I must have forgotten to lock the screen door.”

I peered inside and to my amazement there standing inside the house behind the screen door was ….Jean Claude.  Evidently not inclined to wait for me to come and let him back in the house he had pushed the bottom screen in a bit,  climbed through the security bars, pushed open the door and let himself in.  

Hopefully I won’t soon see  cat toys strategically placed on my house steps.