09/23/2016 – Friday Flashback

Zuzu (formerly Erinn Zuzu) in 2013 - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu (formerly Erinn Zuzu) in 2013 – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Okay, who remembers the butterball, also known as Erinn Zuzu (who became Zuzu), three years ago when we were all on baby Niblet watch?

Erinn Zuzu's 2013 baby watch - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Erinn Zuzu’s 2013 baby watch – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We didn’t think she would ever have them babies! And as it was, here she was still almost two weeks away! But she baked those Niblets to absolute perfection.

Erinn Zuzu on her 2013 baby Niblet tour - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Erinn Zuzu on her 2013 baby Niblet tour – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

09/21/2016 – Wednesday Words

Quint's toofies - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s toofies – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint shows off his toofies.

Quint's toesies - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s toesies – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint shows off his toesies.

Quint with his Sunflowers painting for Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint with his Sunflowers painting for Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint shows off one of his pretty Sunflower paintings he created to help with Sunny’s vet bills. You can find his Sunflower paintings and others here at his art shop.

09/16/2017 – Around Colehaus

Sunny and the Sun - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sunny and the Sun – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sunny, formerly our foster Miss Itty, is feeling a little bit better now that she has the right antibiotic (Veraflox) working toward wiping out her ecoli-infused UTI. After a week of that, she gets another urinalysis to see if the UTI is gone. Meanwhile, we’re studying all we can about her stage three kidney disease so our next conversation with her vet won’t be overwhelming and filled with so many scary words.

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Poofy Pia - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Poofy Pia – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Pia received her clean bill of health at her checkup two weeks ago and is now sporting a more sleek and cooler, um, backside. No, she won’t show it to you. How undignified! We will say that girl grows the thickest, poofiest pantaloons we’ve ever seen!

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A visiting neighbor's cat - 2016 @ Colehauscats.com

A visiting neighbor’s cat – 2016 @ Colehauscats.com

Last month we sort of introduced you to the saddest little garden panther. We have since learned this loving, snuggly, playful young girl’s name is Zoey and she belongs to one of our neighbors along with her slightly larger and similar looking brother, and a couple other cats who, from time to time, use our backyard as a thoroughfare.

She is spayed and loves to climb around our fountain.. She knows where the food in the feeding stations is and is comfortable using one of the feral shelters at night (her humans believe in leaving cats outside). She prefers the shelter you see in the background of her photo, which is Spitty’s Place (yes, of THE Spitty fame), and that had just recently been painted for winter, is filled with fresh, sweet-smelling straw, and is tucked perfectly into the landscape.

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In the mornings, Mom watches a little bit of news with us cats – usually Quint, Pia, Tessa, and Ruby because we four insist on always being in the know – and around quarter to seven, Mom puts food bowls outside for visiting kitties. Like this newbie to the block:

Chunky, a visiting neighborhood cat - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Chunky, a visiting neighborhood cat – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

The first time Mom laid eyes on him, she thought, “Boy, he’s chunky!” And so, Chunky’s his name. If he wasn’t so…. um, solid and robust around the middle, she would have probably called him Badger Boy for the white stripe up his nose*. But this uber-friendly boy answers just fine to Chunky, so Chunky is what it is.

Now, you might be thinking quarter to seven is pretty late to be setting out food for those starving outdoor kitties, especially since Dad has seen Chunky out waiting at the feeding stations as early as quarter after five in the morning. Dad usually gives the big boy a handful of food to tide him over until Mom gets out there. But he doesn’t set out the food bowls. Why not, you might ask?

Late morning raccoon visitor - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Late morning raccoon visitor – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Late morning Raccoon visitor - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Late morning Raccoon visitor – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

This is why Dad doesn’t put the food bowls out and lets Mom handle it when the food is more likely to be eaten by cats. Dad doesn’t want to plump up the raccoons and there are already enough neighbors around us who are anti-raccoon. Mom said she was so busy talking to Chunky, who had either been waiting for more food or returned at a more appropriate time of morning, she didn’t notice someone waiting at the fence entrance. When she did, she thought it was another kitty and only after she put out the food bowl, did the raccoon cautiously come in to eat. She said it was very polite and she told it, “Hey, you’re going to come here to eat, you going to be subjected to a photo shoot. Them’s the rules!”

*Our Mom has never seen a badger so she’s just guessing white stripes up the nose is a badger trait. She did meet a moose once, up close and almost personal-like, and though she likes mooses, she’ll assure you no one needs to be that close to one.

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Lastly, and because you know Mom can’t write up an Around Colehaus post without mentioning those feathery, winged things (skip this part, burd despisers!), one day last week, she wondered why she hadn’t seen any birds at the feeders. If she simply would have asked us, we would have told her, oh yes, there’s a bird at the feeders all righty.

Visitor at the bird feeders - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Visitor at the bird feeders – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Do you see it?

Waiting for a "lunch date" - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Waiting for a “lunch date” – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Our area is patrolled from time to time by sizeable falcons and though Mom knows this is nature as it is supposed to be, she’s not terribly fond of serving up a smorgasbord for birds of prey.

Visitor Zoey spies a big bird - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Visitor Zoey spies a big bird – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

The tipping point in her decision to chase the falcon away was seeing visitor Zoey under the bird feeder looking up at the big bird. Mom said, “Um, no,” and went out there flapping her arms like a drunken goose trying to take off from a crooked runway. And the falcon probably thought, “This place is loony,” and took off.

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Colehaus Cats won’t have a post on Monday so Dad can do a little computer maintenance. We’ll see you again on Wednesday. Have a great weekend and don’t forget Monday is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Argh!