Category Archives: Seth

04/26/2017 – Who wore it better?

Pia - ©

Pia – ©

We noticed Pia sitting on the tall bistro chair the other day, a place she rarely stays, and we were reminded of another cat who sometimes sat there, years ago, on that chair with that stripy pillow. So we ask you…

Who wore it better?

Pia and the stripy pillow - ©

Pia and the stripy pillow – ©

Angel Seth and the stripy pillow - ©

Angel Seth and the stripy pillow – ©

01/18/2017 – Happy 5th Blogoversary, Us!

Five years! Who knew we’d still be here five years after Dad offhandedly suggested Mom post photos of our cats somewhere as a way to honor those who had passed and because the Internet didn’t have enough cat photos?

Mom published the first Colehaus Cats post on January 19th 2012* using a free WordPress theme over the use of several other frustrating blogging software options. Seeing angel Maxx’s photo finally posted out to the world convinced her Dad’s comment was the best idea ever.

Colehaus Cats - Maxx 2010. © Colehaus Cats

Maxx. © Colehaus Cats

The first blog post was titled “Meet the Colehaus Cats – Maxx, the Innocent.” That was an inside joke because Maxx was known more for being Maxx, the Troublesome Nipper Who Regularly Draws Blood and Who Doesn’t Understand the Physics of Possessing a Weighty Big Butt While Always Failing at Jumping Across Big Expanses of Empty Space and Therefore, Makes a Mess.

Thankfully, Mom shortened that post title.

Then, Mom tried to create a header. She cringes when she sees her original Colehaus Cats blog headers. Here’s a few of them from that first year in 2012.

Then, Mom got the bright idea that maybe one of the actual Colehaus Cats ought to be on the header, not some cute, but random cat photo stolen from the Internet. Yes, our Mom stole a photo once from the Internet without figuring out who created it. Ex-feral, angel Cameron was her first choice, followed by one featuring angel Zooot, and then angel Seth.

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron - ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron – ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot - ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot – ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth - ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth – ©

That last one was from when Mom was in her Peach phase. She was under the impression blog colors needed to change with the season, so the peach header was followed by a pale blue one, then soft pink, and finally, light green. You might remember those days. Eventually, she got over that.

All told, Mom posted three separate Meet the Colehaus Cats entries that first day introducing Maxx, Seth, Cameron, and Zooot. Later in the month, before Mom figured out a regular blog post schedule, she told an audience of one a little about each cat’s personality.

Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

Where’s that rabbit? Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

She almost quit our blog a time or two, most notably after Zooot passed quickly followed by Cameron in April and June 2012. A first commenter, Baby Patches from Nip and Bones helped Mom feel she wasn’t posting to a big, black void. Jan from Jan’s Funny Farm was the second commenter following Mom’s discovery of the wonderful world of The Cat Blogosphere who brought so many commenters to welcome baby Pia.

The rest, well, most of you know how the rest of the years have gone. We’ve had a blast, we’ve laughed and cried, and we’ve vowed to find ways to help pets in need, inspired by the work of many of you.

Most of all, we’ll always cherish the memories how other pet-loving people found us and encouraged us to keep going via their own blogs by posting great, timely information and tips, a spectacular photo or set of photos, and hundreds of warm, from-the-heart posts. We continued to feel encouraged during a long questionable time after Mom was publicly shamed by a longtime friend at a science fiction convention in May 2014 for running a cat blog. Thank you for your supportive and positive emails.

The Stats

We still post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Some kitties have left us and more kitties have joined us. We care for and feed our development’s feral, stray, and abandoned kitties (and squirrels and raccoons, too). Since blogging, we’ve gone from four cats to six, then seven followed by eight and once for a few months, a high cat count of thirteen (with Zuzu and all Niblets). Some years we take in fosters, and we don’t mind admitting we’re suckers for adding fosters to our family. Who wouldn’t when presented with these faces?

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny - ©

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny – ©

For a while, we had a cat web cam and Mom sometimes misses it even though it wouldn’t stream live.

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo - © Colehaus Cats

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo – © Colehaus Cats

Dad took over posting for four summer months in 2015 when Mom was going out of town to writing conventions a lot. We love our cats and are very much in tune with each other and the needs and desires of each Colehaus Cat so we hoped no one noticed the difference in posting styles from Mom to Dad.

We’ve published 903 posts over the past five years and received 19,376 comments total in that time frame. The most viewed post (1,169 views) was just after the birth of The Niblets. Our About page is the most viewed page (1,252 views).

Mom’s personal stats show the shortest amount of time she spent creating a blog post was four minutes. She might have been showing off. The longest time spent creating a post was seventy-three hours, give or take an hour. Obviously, this was not continuously working time otherwise, Mom would have gone bonkers. Wouldn’t have been the first time.

Since 2012, we’ve met five Cat Blogosphere bloggers in person and have heard from close to one hundred others. We’ve held four raffles and have won four raffles. That’s evened out nicely.

Here’s some of our favorite posts and photos over the years:

Dad’s Little Girl Newton. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

Dad’s Newton

Miss Newton and Seth - 2012 ©

Miss Newton and Seth – 2012 ©

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Olivia's Snake Toy.

Getting Her Spit All Over It – 2012 – 2016 © Colehaus Cats.

Serious Pia.

Pia relaying her side of the conversation. August 2012. © Colehaus Cats.

Bug Battles – The Two Sides

What Tessa wanted to do to the V-E-T’s fingers – – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Don’t Just Get Mad; Get Tessa Mad!

Minding his own business – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx TV

Shopping at Craft Warehouse for art supplies – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby’s Tower – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

First Niblet for Erinn Zuzu – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

BREAKING NEWS! It’s baby Niblet time!

“There’s no treats in here!” – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Conversation with Dad – 2015 ©

Spitty's Place feral shelter - 2015-2016 ©

Spitty’s Place feral shelter – 2015-2016 ©

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl - 2016 ©

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl – 2016 ©

We hope we’ve been good bloggers over the years. We always welcome comments and suggestions, and we love hearing directly from you.

Thank you for finding us, for reading us, and for sometimes commenting. We’re big blog lurkers ourselves from time-to-time and we don’t mind lurkers here.

Thank you for visiting us. It might seem that we say that a lot but we mean it from our hearts every single time.

Thank you for helping us celebrate today and for celebrating all the Colehaus Cats!

*we know we’re one day short of the official Blogoversary day. We’re cutting ourselves a bit of slack here.

Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap.

From all of us to all of  you, Happy 2014!  - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

From all of us to all of you, Happy 2014! – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

All of us here at Colehaus Cats wish you a wonderful, safe and healthy 2014! Thank you for visiting us, reading our words, enjoying our photos and leaving comments. We hope what we’re doing here works for you and that you have fun on your visits. As always, we’re open to suggestions to help make this a better place!

Before the celebrating really begins, let’s get on to that 2013 recap.

Ruby Tuesday - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby Tuesday – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

What a challenging, yet glorious year 2013 was. In January, Ruby officially joined our family and was learning our schedule including the nightly brushies ritual. Ms. Stella O’Houligan suggested Ruby have her own blog post day and a year of Ruby Tuesdays began. Kittens Tessa, Pia, Quint and Olivia had become friends and were just entering their teenage years. The four were so young and small back then!

Colehaus Cats - Seth with Rosy Rings Spicy Apple Candle. © Colehaus Cats

Seth with Rosy Rings Spice Apple Candle. © Colehaus Cats

February saw lots of Wordless Wednesdays, Tessa troubles, Olivia sharing and Ruby playing just a wee bit too hard with Miss Newton. Or Miss Newton’s tail, rather. We’re glad that fur finally grew back! After an inspiring warm week, Quint started work on his spring 2013 paintings. And we lost our sweet comfort cat Seth, who had been feeling off for a few weeks, almost rebounded to health only to have his big heart give up. We think of you often, Seth, and know you are having the time of your life with all the others at the Bridge.

Not Everyone has a Basket? 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Not Everyone has a Basket? 2013 © Colehaus Cats

In March, Maxx was stilling residing outside the master bedroom, otherwise known to him as his Servant’s Quarters. Ruby was experimenting with being out of the room too, but only on rare occasions. Pia grew her floof, Olivia discovered a love of baskets, painter Quint was interviewed, painted a special project for a special and helpful friend and went out shopping and Tessa was… Tessa.

Shopping at Craft Warehouse for art supplies - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Shopping at Craft Warehouse for art supplies – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

April brought Ruby’s decision to remain a bedroom girl, Tessa got flowers, Quint shopped for his own art supplies and there was an epic second Kissing War!

The Playboys Quint and Maxx - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Playboys Quint and Maxx – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Tessa showed both her loving and troublesome sides in May, not that that is much different from every other month. Quint was inspired to paint more after falling in love with our backyard flowers. He also tried to find a playmate in Maxx who is most definitely not the playing type. And there were lots of Ruby Tuesdays and pretty Olivia shots to round out the month.

Miss Newton, Gatekeeper - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton, Gatekeeper – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

June included Mancats and one of Quint’s favorite paintings going to a wonderful auction. There were sleeping kitties and a gatekeeper and a new Kissing War with new players. Pia went missing for a while and Olivia felt the need to get some things off her chest.

Always to be called Geoffrey's House - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Always to be called Geoffrey’s House – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

In July, we showed off tongues and big feets, a flashback kitty and personalities. Geoffrey, the outside feral who had finally befriended Mom, was lost to FIB and a new feral house was built and dedicated to his memory. We had visiting baby raccoons, more Ruby Tuesdays and half the group went for their yearly V-E-T visits resulting in another grumpy Tessa day. But what’s new, right?

Pia loves Dexter - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Pia loves Dexter – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Pia professed her love of Dexter of Cherry City Kitties to the world in August, Quint came up with his own version of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and a festive summer flowers series to help the WCGHS shelter cats and everyone recapped what they did over their summer vacation (Hint: Everyday was pretty much the same). We had a Mancat visitor to Geoffrey’s house, Tessa and Olivia proved they had secret tabby stripes and the entire household became Tabby Cat Club members!


September opened a new chapter at Colehaus Cats when we agreed to foster mama-to-be Erinn Zuzu, whose kittens didn’t show up anywhere near when expected. But Erinn did get a LOT of nicknames out of it all. We had more Mancat visitors outside, tolerated air conditioning installation workers inside, switched to a dedicated Colehaus Cats Facebook Fan page, saw Maxx assemble his troops and there were cats with fruit.

Girls are brave too - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Girls are brave too – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

In October the Niblets arrived at last! There were lots and lots and lots of Niblet updates, including near-daily photos, naming day and our Saturday Dear Niblets letters began. In between all that Niblet stuff, Quint wished to thank everyone who helped him help assemble funds for Erinn Zuzu and the Niblets V-E-T expenses (Zuzu’s spay day is in January!) and he received a wonderful gift of pretty art paper from our friends at Twinkletoe Tails. Tessa convinced us she was every bit as tough as any Mancat, Ruby had her Tuesday comments and everyone weighed in on the Niblets.

The Niblets, November 5, 2013 - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Niblets, November 5, 2013 – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Wee Wednesday Words peppered November with a Thanksgiving flashback of some other Colehaus kittens, Maxx had questions, Ruby shared her Tuesdays and Pia shared a typical day in her life. The always-helpful Olivia offered decorating advice, Niblets learned to eat on their own, had their first V-E-T visit and Viola Niblet got her first time-out. And there were so many special Niblet photos!

Viola Niblet, the last Colehaus Cat - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Viola Niblet, the last Colehaus Cat – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

December brought cards from wonderful friends and treats and toys from a secret Santa (even after the day of Airing of Grievances). There were meetings and requests, some holiday painting and a Niblet surprise. And a certain painting boy who became a calendar cover cat! We had very cold weather and felt bittersweet sadness in our hearts with the knowledge of Niblets soon finding their forever homes. But they all found the best ones ever! Even Erinn Zuzu who is known now just as Zuzu, because she likes it! Welcome Zuzu and littlest Niblet Viola to the Colehaus Cats family!

There you have it, 2013 recapped. We’re looking forward to what the new year will bring. May you have a fabulous 2014 filled with wonder and excitement, and most of all, peace and love.

Thank you for reading us.
The folks of Colehaus Cats