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last weekend, mommy and daddy captured panda bear and me and gave us our pedicures.  we got temptations treats, so although i squirmed a lot and complained about it, the temptations almost made it all worthwhile.

however, mommy and daddy had a surprise in store for us: they put fancy nails over our now short claws on our front feets.  panda bear got to go first, and he was not very happy about getting his claws all covered up.  i kind of hung out nearby in case he wanted my moral support.

clearly, this was a mistake, i should have hidden!  the next thing i knew, i got picked up and daddy held onto me real tight while mommy put on the pretty red and green nail covers.  as i have mentioned before, i do not like to be held.  so the whole experience was not fun, even though i thought my claws looked pretty when mommy and daddy were finished.  mommy kept saying “it’s like trying to hold jello that hasn’t jelled yet”.  i dunno what she meant by that.  all i wanted was to get free of daddy’s firm grasp.

here is a photo of panda bear’s nail covers when they were first put on last weekend.  don’t the nail covers stand out nicely against panda bear’s white furs?

Closeup on Panda

and here is a photo of mine, taken recently after i managed to remove some of the nail covers just fell off all by themselves:


so far, panda bear and i have managed to remove have had a combined total of 9 nail covers just fall off all by themselves. and to think that daddy and mommy were wondering how to get them off? however, i do think that they are festive and pretty, just not fun to get them put on.


Mom says that I have a very loud purr motor.

I replied, “My purr motor is very special because it goes up to eleven.  See, most cats have purr motors that go up to ten, but mine goes up to eleven.”

Mom asked me, “Does that mean it’s louder?  Is it any louder?”

“Well,” I replied, “it’s one louder.  It’s not ten.”

“See, most cats would be purring at ten.  You’re on ten, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten, purring on someone’s lap, and where can you go from there?  Where?”

“I dunno.” Mom said.

“Nowhere!  Exactly!  See, if I need to get my purr motor to make that extra push over the cliff, I can put my purr motor up to eleven.”

Mom asked me, “Why don’t you just make ten on your purr motor louder, and make ten be the top number on the purr motor, and make that a little louder?”

She clearly doesn’t get it. 

“My purr motor goes to eleven.”

(with apologies to Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, and Harry Shearer)


We had a blizzard here in Cleveland on Sunday!  It was so much fun to watch the snow falling and blowing around.  Then, we went out to play in the snow with Mom and Dad!  The five of us had a great snowball fight!  Meerkat got to dump snow on Mommy!  They hit me good, but I was able to bounce back and nail Daddy real good.

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Hi efurryone! Padre here, and I am doing my very first meme! We got tagged by Tybalt the Prince of Cats and Tigger the F.B.I. Cat for the 7 Weird or Interesting Things about You Meme.

here are the meme rules:
* link to the cat who tagged you and post the rules on your blog
* share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself
* tag 7 random cats at the end of your post & include links to their blogs
* let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

1. I was adopted eight weeks ago into my permanent furrever home. I used to live with someone else, but they left me on the doorstep of a veterinarian’s office earlier this year. I wound up in kitty prison for awhile, although I did not do anything wrong. Then I got rescued from prison in the nick of time by a very nice lady who enrolled me in PetSmart college. I graduated from college and came to live here.

2. I love my Daddy and Mommy very much. I am so grateful to have such a nice furrever home here.  I especially LOVE when Mommy gives me baby food.  Yum, yum, yum, it is my very favorite treat!

3.  I don’t have claws on my front paws, but I do have claws on my back paws. 

4.  I like to chatter at birds. 

5.  I like to yodel.  I especially like to yodel at 2:00 am.  Apparently Clyde (one of the kitties who lived here before who is now at The Rainbow Bridge) also really really liked to yodel.  Since Clyde and I both are grey tabbies, Mom thinks that it is a “grey tabby thing” to yodel.  (Mom was wondering if there are other grey tabbies out there who also like to yodel?  She also wants to know if you yodel if you are not a grey tabby.)

6.  I was injured a long time ago … before I came to this wonderful furrever home.  The bones on my front right pinky toe have healed a little bit out of alignment.

7.  I do some of my best sleeping on Daddy’s lap!  I do not like to nap on Mommy’s lap.

Padre and Daddy sleeping

Now, I need to tag some other kitties so that they can do this meme too.  I tag:

Kelly, Lizzie, Caitie, & Nicky from It’s all Good, Chance, and Rocky et al at Artsy Catsy.



What’s the big deal with weekends anyway?

I overheard Mom and Dad discussing banishing us from their sleeping room on weekends. Something about needing to “sleep in”.

I take my responsibility as being the furry alarm clock very seriously. This morning (as well as the past few weekends) I have been concerned that Mom and Dad would be late feeding us, as well as late going to wherever it is that they go. So, I turned up the ol’ purr motor and began purring intently to wake them up.

This morning it was about 5:15 am, a perfectly good time to start the day, so I climbed up on Mom’s pillows behind her head and turned on the purr motor… to eleven… just to make sure she would hear me. Mom and Dad both woke up, and then Dad pretended like he was getting up, so I followed him to the human litter box room. Next thing you know, Dad raced back into the sleeping room and forgot me out in the hall. Hmmph. Now they are talking about banishing us from their sleeping room on weekends. Sigh. Don’t they know I have their best interests in mind?


a lot has been going on here lately!

for starters, we were abandoned on saturday night! mommy and daddy packed up some bags and wrapped some objects in shiny pretty bags and then they left and didn’t come home! for a whole day!!

apparently they went to visit mommy’s family far far away. mommy’s family lives in pittsburgh, pennsylvanicat, which is where mommy grew up. they saw gramma, grampa, uncle jim, aunt patty, and aunt patty’s boyfriend, chris.

mommy gave aunt patty the gizzy quilts for aunt patty’s kitties, rainbow and muse.  this was the first one:

Gizzy Quilt #7 

and this was the second one:

Gizzy Quilt #14

aren’t they beeuutiful?

gramma studied the quilts and said “who are these for? for the cats? they are too pretty to give to a cat!!” (harrumph.) so mommy told gramma that padre, panda bear, and i each have our own gizzy quilts, and gramma just shook her head.  here’s gramma with one of the quilts:

Grandma and Gizzy

while mommy and daddy were gone, miss deb came over to visit us and feed us and play with us!! hooray!! miss deb is very very nice. she let us get comfortable with her and let us sniff her. miss deb is the human mommy for miss tammy faye. we haven’t met tammy faye yet, but she must be nice since miss deb is so nice! tammy faye is a devon rex kitty with black and orange and white furs.

mommy and daddy have visited tammy faye and told us how nice she is. this is a picture of tammy faye:

Tammy Faye front

here’s my daddy sitting with miss tammy faye

Tammy Faye Back

isn’t she pretty? mommy said that her furs are very very soft.

miss deb saw to it that we had fresh food and water and she visited with us while mommy and daddy were away. thank you very much miss deb!!! we love you!!



Check this out:

Mom and Dad left us alone Saturday night, and at first I thought it was because I had woken them up so early. Apparently they went to visit Mom’s family in Pennsylvanicat for Saturday and came back home on Sunday.

Well, Monday was Christmas Eve, and I was seriously doubting if we would get to have a Christmas tree. I had seen such beautiful looking Christmas trees on other cats’ blogs, but it looked like it wasn’t going to happen for us here.

But then! Daddy went to the basement and dragged up these huge plastic tubs and began putting pieces together. Naturally, Padre and I offered to help:

Padre and Panda chew the tree

Meerkat chose to catch up on her napping, so she didn’t get to see it until Daddy and Mommy finished putting it together:

Meerkat chewing the tree

It is so cool!! Look how high I can climb in it!!

Panda Bear goes climbing

Daddy got a closeup picture of me, too!

Panda in the branches!

Mommy and Daddy said something about being “glad they didn’t put ornaments on the tree this year”.  I think it was a slight against me because I think they mean the dangling things that I like to play with.  Daddy’s mommy gave us some ringy-dingy dangling things for the tree.  Daddy put them way up high in the tree so the tree goes “ringy-dingy, ringy-dingy” when Meerkat and I go climbing.  We like to try to bat the ringy-dingy objects.

We LOVE this new cat toy!  Best of all, it take up lots of space in the room and it’s all ours!