Category Archives: Vet Visit

09/15/2017 – Around Colehaus

Smoky Summer Skies 2017 - ©

Smoky Summer Skies 2017 – ©

(Photo taken in late afternoon. Actual sky and sun color. Small black dot to right of sun is flying bird.)

Today, we *think* fall weather might be considering coming along but gone are the days when September meant cooler temperatures and the return of our fall/winter rainy season. Last weekend was the first in a long, long while that we hadn’t had record-setting temperatures and smoke-filled skies from the gorge wildfires some fifty miles to our east. Earlier in that week, we had actual ash falling from the skies for two days. Mom sure did have fun cleaning up after all that!

*grumble grumble*

Z comes a-visitin' ©

Z comes a-visitin’ ©

Z's personal drinking fountain - ©

Z’s personal drinking fountain – ©

We didn’t shut off our fountain over the ash-fall days but did refresh the water every afternoon. Somecat sure enjoyed that and the raccoons remembered where the fresh water was and made it part of their early evening/nightly rounds.

Raccoon babies taking a break from the heat - ©

Raccoon babies taking a break from the heat – ©

Raccoon baby cooling off - ©

Raccoon baby cooling off – ©

Raccoon baby washing up - ©

Raccoon baby washing up – ©

Crepe Myrtle almost done flowering - ©

Crepe Myrtle almost done flowering – ©

Our crepe myrtle is almost done flowering already, only a month early. We used to count on this as being our fall flowering bush, but this year, as also happened last year, it went into bloom a full month earlier than ever.

Squirrels are stocking up on nut fat - ©

Squirrels are stocking up on nut fat – ©

Our hot weather hasn’t stopped the squirrels from stocking up on their nut consumption. Maybe they know something we don’t? Looks like it’s just about time for us to swap out their old feeder for a new one (we keep a new one in stock and switch it out every other year). Between the squirrels and raccoons, that feeder gets a serious workout!

2017 was a good year for Roma tomatoes - ©

2017 was a good year for Roma tomatoes – ©

Our tomatoes loved our summer heat as did the last of the strawberries. Mom’s considering giving up on strawberries for next year. “They take a LOT of water,” she says, because she grows them in sunny hanging baskets and keeps the plants around for only three years.


A Pigeon? At Colehaus? - ©

A Pigeon? At Colehaus? – ©

Imagine our surprise when this not-so-little pooping machine fluttered into our backyard one day. We don’t live anywhere near where pigeon might hang out so, we’re thinking this guy must have stopped by for a drink of cool water before heading elsewhere. Like Chicago or New York or maybe even Rome!

Since Teese went to the No-Kill shelter for adoption and then, was adopted just this week (SQUEEEEE!) there haven’t been too many visiting kitties this month. We think the weather has just been too hot and smoky and we’d like to think people are being smart by keeping them indoors (no, really, we know people can be smart… if they want to be).

So, we’ll leave you in the soft, delicate paws of Miss Newton, who goes in for yet another blood pressure check this weekend (her fifth, or maybe her sixth?), and who is undoubtedly saying to Mom in this photo, “What? Again?? This needs to stop, lady!”

Miss Newton, September 2017 - ©

Miss Newton, September 2017 – ©

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A Colehaus Cats Flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Multicat Monday
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

08/25/2017 – Pre-Weekend Update


Sweet Teese is scheduled to be accepted into our local No-Kill shelter early next week. Once they heard she was spayed and was in great health, the shelter manager put Teese on their move-in list. More news as it becomes available. THANK YOU ALL for your good thoughts and wishes toward getting sweet Teese into a safer environment. Keep those good thoughts coming that she find a perfect forever home soon!

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Previously posted earlier today:

Sweet Teese, the cat who is not ours, went for a vet visit yesterday, just for an all around checkup and to get a clean bill of health in the chance someone, anyone, decides they need a forever cat. There we learned Teese is a spayed GIRL CAT, not a boy cat. See? The name “Teese” really fits now, doesn’t it?

That jokester Teese - ©

That jokester Teese – ©

She doesn’t have a microchip (so, sadly, we can’t harass the person who abandoned her… KIDDING, not kidding) and our vet said she was in remarkably great health for living outside with the raccoons since last December. She’s between 2 and 3 years old with beautiful teeth, is FeLV/FIV negative, and is now current with all her vaccines.

We are trying very hard to give her the best chance for a permanent adoption and are feeling a bit disheartened that the No-Kill shelter we love is unable to house her due to space constraints (please see BREAKING NEWS above for a change).

Because we here are at our maximum limit and absolutely cannot bring her inside, she is back outside, staying under a neighbor’s back porch with that raccoon Patches and her babies, probably because of the warmth and to keep a certain other neighborhood cat from picking on her. Teese is a lover, not a fighter, as is evident by a large scratch now across her nose as of early this morning.

Sweet Teese looking for a forever home - ©

Sweet Teese looking for a forever home – ©

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Last Friday, we mentioned all the vet trips we were in the middle of with three of the Colehaus ginger girls, plus Ruby. We’re not quite done, but close.

Ruby is back to eating just fine, again. We never discovered the cause of her stomach aliment (Mom still thinks it was an eaten spider), and we’re happy to report she’s gained back the pound and a half she lost.

Ruby back in the pink -  ©

Ruby back in the pink – ©

Sunny’s cough ended within hours of us posting here about it which was about the same time a weather front blew through and waved all that Canadian wildfire smoke away. She didn’t have to go back to the vet after all. However, we’re expecting more wildfire smoke here Sunday through next Wednesday. We’ll close up all our open windows and will keep an eye, and ear, open for any returning cough.

Snoozing Sunny - ©

Snoozing Sunny – ©

Miss Newton went back for her blood pressure recheck… only to not get a good enough reading to count. She goes back this weekend for another recheck. She wishes you all to know she is not happy about this in the least, AND that Mom hasn’t used her photo for a puzzle in like, for-evah!

Displeased Miss Newton - ©

Displeased Miss Newton – ©

Here’s that online jigsaw puzzle of the photo above… before someone forgets. Again.

Zuzu’s scaly back and ears have cleared up beautifully after a couple weeks of Clavamox and ear drops, both of which she took like a pro and didn’t complain a single time. Honestly, how did we get so lucky to have this loving girl be a part of our family?

That love Zuzu - ©

That love Zuzu – ©

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Other than Miss Newton’s bp recheck, our weekend plans include working on feral shelter and electric outlet improvements because now, when the temperatures are warm, is the time to do that, not when it’s forty degrees (F) and blustery out there. Right, Mom?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Previously on Colehaus Cats:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Sleepy Monday
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

01/02/2017 – Our Year in Review – Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Tessa's not sure where the year went - ©

Tessa’s not sure where the year went – ©

Where’d 2016 go? It was just here a day ago… Happy 2017! From everyone here at Colehaus Cats, we thank you for visiting us, for reading our words, enjoying our photos, and leaving comments. We hope what we’re doing works for you and that your visit here puts a smile on your face. Please join us today for our 2016 Year in Review!

MadCat Miss Newton – ©

January 2016 began with the first habitation of two Feralvilla feral shelters and a feeding station just in time for a rare snow day, with evidence of all our overnight visitors. The month evolved (devolved?) into picky cats and mad cats. There were claims of ownership, morning snuggles, and a certain Patrol Sergeant showing off her kitten cam video habit.

Love Itty (now Sunny) - ©

Love Itty (now Sunny) – ©

February rolled in with an infestation of counter seals from which Mom ran from the house to go meet an adorable blog friend in town for an important show. Quint, tired from all the winter rain, created late winter art, Pia sent Valentine kisses to her boyfriend Dexter, someone didn’t like being called the baby (and still doesn’t), and someone else nicknamed Ms. GrowlyPants temporarily moved in for some fostering.

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan - ©

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan – ©

Sweet Viola kisses ushered in March to help temper all the vet checkups and nasty ear infection medication foster Miss Itty required daily. Our friend Joan sent us a beautiful frame which quickly became the focal point of our living room and houses the first piece of Quint’s art we purchased and framed for ourselves. Spring finally arrived and with it, the first visit of the year with the visitors around Colehaus. We learned a number of things about Miss Itty, including her love of catnip, and making a friend in Zuzu with a shared dislike of all loud shenanigans. Must be a ginger girl thing.

Quint adds purple - ©

Quint adds purple – ©

April started with grumpy cats as is the norm around here on April Fool’s Day. A couple of Friday Flashbacks returned smiles to our faces. We posted about a mama’s right, excuses on a Monday, and finally, Quint took his first spring walk in his garden, after which, he created his top-selling art series ever, Full Spring.

Ruby and friend Squeakers - ©

Ruby and friend Squeakers – ©

Quint relished a second stroll in his blooming garden in May and we gave a nod to Squeakers, the highest ranking toy amongst all toys at Colehaus. We got silly with foster Miss Itty and Olivia found herself the highlight of two blog posts in a single week! There were MultiCat Mondays, furniture clearly made for one particular cat, and more visitors to Colehaus.

Zuzu - ©

Zuzu – ©

June brought dental checkups and some extractions so we dedicated the rest of the month to pure fun. There were toys, Three Word Wednesdays, more toys, and trust from foster Miss Itty.

Baby Tessa – ©

July started with the bang of fireworks. We made a big, multi annex fort and spent the 4th of July playing with toys, listening to Mom read kitty books, hiding, and napping until the big booms were over. Foster Miss Itty showed everyone senior girls still know how to play, the typical teen Viola spent the month being bored, and we got a peek of what was to become our daily dinnertime entertainment. There was a Friday Flashback with Tessa, questions from Pia, and cat math according to Olivia.

From Pia with love - ©

From Pia with love – ©

Quint jumped into August by recreating his Summer Lilies with paint, we raised questions about the future for foster Miss Itty, and there were more yearly vet checkups to get through. Ginger Princess Pia sent her love to Ginger Prince D, and we took a summer stroll to see the visitors around Colehaus.

Olivia's magic bed - ©

Olivia’s magic bed – ©

Ducks and good news heralded in September with a pinch of mischief on the side. Foster Miss Itty because Sunny, our last Colehaus Cat, and with the help of kind donators and fans of Quint’s Sunflowers art, she was able to afford her final medical procedures plus elimination of two pesky infections and support for her ongoing Stage 3 kidney disease. THANK YOU! We took another walk around Colehaus, Mom confused us with her cat fiction, and fruit-lovin’ Olivia was instrumental in the great grape escape.

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets - ©

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets – ©

October saw a Monday tribute to Colehaus Cat mamas, a dear happy three-year birthday letter to the Niblets (with links to all past Dear Niblet letters) – one of which grew up to become the Colehaus Circus Cat, and Quint jumps at the chance to paint once again. We showed piles of kitties snuggling together and gave an update on Sunny.

Fits just right for The Squirt - 2016 ©

Fits just right for The Squirt – ©

We jumped into November with what else? A Wordless Wednesday. But later and with what we hoped was better content, we shared MultiCat photos, a rare lint panther, a Friday Flashback with Pia and Bunny, some hellos and goodbyes on our final around Colehaus tour, Quint’s winter painting, and finally, some Friday fun.

Quint eats the props - ©

Quint eats the props – ©

And lastly, December rushed in with a month of holiday cheer and happy surprises, a nod to previous Colehaus Cats, a couple of snugglebugs and Christmas card bloopers, a word or two about the Nice List and the Naughty List, and our favorite true Christmas story. Given a health A-OK, Sunny moved into the luxury suite with Ruby and there came more cards and gifts and toys than anyone here had ever seen.

There you have it, 2016 revisited. What a wonderful, fun year it was here at Colehaus. We’re looking forward to what this new year will bring and wish for you all a fabulous 2017 filled with joy, happiness, and excitement, and most of all, peace and love.

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us.
The folks of Colehaus Cats