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02/12/2018 – MultiCat Monday

We’re not a real close snuggle kind of cat family, meaning everyone snuggles with Mom and Dad, but the cats snuggling amongst themselves? Well… it depends.

Olivia and Miss Newton sort of snuggle - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia and Miss Newton sort of snuggle – © Colehauscats.com

Olivia and Miss Newton don’t snuggle as much as they used to. If we check our handy-dandy Who Gets Along With Whom chart (WGAWW)*, we see that Olivia LOVES Miss Newton but Miss Newton could stand a whole lot less attention from our ten-pound dark mass of black cat.

Pia and Olivia kind of snuggle - © Colehauscats.com

Pia and Olivia kind of snuggle – © Colehauscats.com

Pia and Olivia sort of snuggle. It’s actually more like Olivia was sleeping there first, Dad took the other chair, and so, Pia decided to take the rest of the space, and Oh Look! A smaller cat is there. Okay, whatever.

Pia and Olivia snuggle - © Colehauscats.com

Pia and Olivia snuggle – © Colehauscats.com

“… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…”
Gotta love those gingery bunny paws. Pia gets along pretty well with everyone and frankly, she couldn’t care less if anyone didn’t get along with her. She’s a diva that way.

Tessa and Miss Newton "snuggle" - © Colehauscats.com

Tessa and Miss Newton “snuggle” – © Colehauscats.com

After putting up with Olivia, Miss Newton wanted in the big bedroom where Tessa was telling herself over and over how good she looked against the pale blue coverlet. Going back to our WGAWW chart, Tessa gets along with Miss Newton and Miss Newton gets along with Tessa just fine… until Miss Newton gets her wild hair late every afternoon and chases Tessa into corners to which Tessa growls and cries and knocks things over trying to get away.

(We realize we just spilt more of the beans on Danger Cat Tessa and her ever-softening ways by sharing that seven-pound Miss Newton chases twelve-pound Tessa into corners and makes her cry. Let’s keep this our secret!)

Miss Newton, Sunny, and Tessa don't snuggle - © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton, Sunny, and Tessa don’t snuggle – © Colehauscats.com

And this is the most snuggling you’ll probably ever see with these three independent Colehaus Cats.

The chart shows Sunny gets along with everyone, and by getting along with everyone let us remind you Sunny is the house Patrol Sergeant and everyone pretty much follows her rules. There will not be fights, there will be no shenanigans, there will be limited running amok (preferably between the hours of 1 a.m. to 3:38 a.m. and by permit only). Any activity more serious and Sunny intimidates everyone into submission by striding through the middle of the ruckus, sitting down, and glaring at all guilty parties who generally slink away in opposite directions.

Quint and Olivia snuggle - © Colehauscats.com

Quint and Olivia snuggle – © Colehauscats.com

One cat we can always count on to be a snuggler is Quint. When he’s not in his blanket fort, he’s usually snuggled up with someone, and his favorite co-snuggler is Olivia. These two get along famously and have since they were adopted together**.

*Who Gets Along With Whom chart subject to change at any time.

**While Quint and Olivia were technically adopted at the same time, they came from different foster homes and didn’t like each at all at first. During their mandatory two-week isolation and adjustment period, there were many full-blown fights between the two. Finally, Mom swore she would tie the two nine-week old kittens together*** until they either liked each other or turned 37 years old. The very next day, Quint and Olivia decided they were meant to be loving brother and sister.

***Mom says a lot of things, even crazypants things, sometimes. She would never actually tie kittens together to force them to get along. She thinks just the thought of that happening would work, and in this case, it did. Whew!

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Quint taking it easy - © Colehauscats.com

Quint taking it easy – © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s been feeling under the weather for the past couple of days and we’re still not sure what might be going on. We thought maybe he had a bowel blockage but that doesn’t seem to be it. Urine output is good, eating and drinking water is good. Some barfs here and there alongside stinky gas from the other end have him feeling miserable. We’re watching him nonstop and will provide an update as soon as we get one.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2017 – No post
2016Helper Quint
2015 – No post
2014Thinking
2013Ruby Tuesdays
2012 – No post

01/01/2018 – A Look Back at our 2017

Happy 2018 - © Colehauscats.com

Happy 2018 – © Colehauscats.com

Happy New Year! Happy 2018! We hope you’re looking forward to 2018 as we are and that you celebrated, or are still celebrating, ringing in the new year. Before we jump ahead, we want to apologize for the length of this post and thank you for visiting. 2017 tossed a lot our way – wild happiness and sorrow, smiles and delight and of course, visits to and from you, our friends of Colehaus.

Olivia's watching you - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s watching you – © Colehauscats.com

January 2017 began with our 2016 recap (and what a year that was!), and smoothly slid into tiny winter biscuits, the search for sun amid snow and ice, a 5 year blogoversary recap (whew!), a new visiting kitty, and ended with a Russell Niblet update.

Guess the trouble - © Colehauscats.com

Guess the trouble – © Colehauscats.com

February saw the bottom of “things,” a sunny update on Sunny, cats on high (again), Monday musings, and Friday Fun. Oh, and Mom started French classes, of which we still don’t understand why.

Sunny and Tessa (in box) - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny and Tessa (in box) – © Colehauscats.com

Spring weather finally popped up in March but only after more cold nights alongside even MORE RAIN. We had grumpy cats and broken promises, Friday Fun days and a Friday Flub day. March ended with a first 2017 Around Colehaus post with first flowers, first spring cat conversations, first sighting in a long time of old raccoon Happy, and a first contact with stray cat Teese (and you all remember how awesome that ended, right?).

Ruby's marble toes - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby’s marble toes – © Colehauscats.com

April showers bring May flowers… or in our case, brought even more showers. April 2017 was one of the rainiest months our area had seen in years. So what’s a houseful of cats to do? We had Friday Fun days, Quint painted a bit, and Sunny had another update. We saw toesies and destruction and a weird bird, flowers and old raccoon Happy and we learned more about stray cat Teese. It was a very full month!

Patrol Sergeant Sunny - © Colehauscats.com

Patrol Sergeant Sunny – © Colehauscats.com

May started with orange and ended with black and white. In between we discovered old girls still play, Viola learned camera skills, and Olivia handed out a life lesson, Ruby made herself understood, and a Patrol Sergeant passed the baton to another. Please have your papers in order.

Time for napping - © Colehauscats.com

Time for napping – © Colehauscats.com

June. What can one say about June other than it started off icky and got worse. Household things seemed to break left and right. The weather was less than cooperative. Our fountain quit working. So, we took the month off from blogging. Was it the right thing to do? Well, it seemed good at the time.

Chunky - 2017 © Colehauscats.com

Chunky – 2017 © Colehauscats.com

A bit later than originally planned, July found us deep in the cat days of summer (hush you, who call it dog days). We had flowers for the briefest of brief period of time before the sun scorched them all, more new visiting strays showed up including the next generation of baby raccoons and that other stray, the Cat That is Not Ours, made themselves way, way comfortably at home. We pondered what we did over our summer “vacation,” found a way to lump together a bunch of miscellaneous photos, got our fountain running again, and said goodbye to one visiting stray… whom, we later learned, was adopted by a wealthy woman who fell in love with big Chunky upon first sight.

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Our August was the hottest, driest, and smokiest on record, something that just isn’t normal for the Pacific Northwest. We closed up the house and ran air conditioning and humidifiers nonstop and still, cats had coughs, one had a nosebleed, another stopped eating, and we were all fairly miserable. Through it all, baby raccoons and outdoor cat Teese kept us entertained, as did Pia’s fur clipping escapade. August ended with a kidney disease diagnosis for Miss Newton and good news of Teese being accepted into our local no-kill shelter.

Sweet Teese - © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Teese – © Colehauscats.com

September was still grumpy and hot but we found joy in things like cherries and flashbacks, and then, Teese was officially adopted! No more smoky outdoor air for Teese. The raccoons were practically living in our fountain by this time. And then, autumn finally arrived and before we knew what was happening, sweet mama Zuzu crashed from renal failure and left us to run scampery-fast and free at the forever summerlands beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Still reeling from the loss of Zuzu, October brought a much needed and appreciated mountain of kind words, thoughts and prayers, cards, email, hugs, love, and understanding. We also found solace in one of the outdoor strays, whom we started calling Pretty Boy Mac for his big, round apple-shaped Macintosh head, and who started to show trust. Inside, there were bossy cats and lucky cats, brave cats and multi-cats. There were reacting cats, napping cats, a bad cat, and costumed cats. We’re pretty sure that last group had nothing to do with that bad cat.

And in between all that, Dad had an accident with his car and our hot water heater and our kitchen wall, and well, Mom didn’t want to say anything about it at the time, and really, who could blame her?

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car - © Colehauscats.com

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car – © Colehauscats.com

Between a car and a house, the house always wins - © Colehauscats.com

Between a car and a house, the house always wins – © Colehauscats.com

November started off so well. Behind the scenes, our house damage was almost fixed from Dad’s accident and we had hot water once again when he had a second accident with his newly “repaired” car. This time, in the blink of an eye, he accidently drove through the garage door and smashed into the corner of our house. The cats and Mom both agree that was the loudest noise they had ever heard, even louder than Tessa and Viola during one of their fights. This time, Dad’s car was a goner and because new house repairs required Mom to be on her toes 24/7 with contractors and phone calls, insurance adjusters and car research, this blog was on lightweight/sparse duty for the rest of the month…

Lap Nappin' Pretty Boy Mac - © Colehauscats.com

Lap Nappin’ Pretty Boy Mac – © Colehauscats.com

… until the fifteenth of December when most of the repairs from Dad’s second accident were finished and Mom could think straight once more. All along however, Mom had been working outside with Pretty Boy Mac to up his social skills. When our night temperatures dropped down into the teens and looked to stay there for a while, Mom brought Mac inside and as luck would have it, a dear friend who loves big-cheeked boys came to visit, fell for him, and adopted him a few days later.

We’re reminded of Christmas miracles we’ve witnessed in the past and we feel this continued in 2017 for Mac and Teese, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Colehaus, our friends and visitors like you. You helped make possible the adoption and vetting care for both Teese and Mac, and the feeding and warm housing of our area ferals and strays, the cold, outdoor-only neighbor cats, and the occasional happy old raccoon.

Because you helped us get through a tough year, we owe you so much gratitude and love. We’re looking forward to what 2018 will bring and wish for you all a fabulous New Year filled with joy, happiness, and excitement. And most of all, peace and love. Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us. Comments and suggestions for this blog are always welcome!
– The folks of Colehaus Cats

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – A 2015 Recap and Happy 2016!
2015 – No post
2014 – Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

12/27/2017 – Holiday Aftermath

The aftermath of Christmas isn’t too bad around our house this year. For the sixth year running, our twelve-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree remained safely slumbering in its box in a closet along with dozens of appropriately-sized and intact ornaments. The mantle, chandeliers, and buffet decorated stylishly for 2017 with a light hand requires minimal attention to transition from holiday time to deep winter. For a radical change, Mom’s pulling up the darkly traditional living room rug and replacing it with something lighter and smaller for 2018.

See? We told you Mom was itching to start early, early, EARLY spring cleaning! She’s gets crazy sometimes.

So, while she’s scrubbing seventeen years of compressed rug protector marks off the laminate flooring, the ginger girls are still discussing to whom, exactly, the beautiful jigsaw fabric blanket belongs.

Ginger girls decide blanket rights - © Colehauscats.com

Ginger girls decide blanket rights – © Colehauscats.com

Pia Bean lets everyone within two blocks know she’s the more deserving, being as she’s fluffy and cute and Mom loves her even if she’s a bit of a diva.

Pia says that blanket should be hers and hers alone - © Colehauscats.com

Pia says that blanket should be hers and hers alone – © Colehauscats.com

Older, wiser, and smarter sister Sunny knows she doesn’t have to say a thing. After all, possession is nine tenths of the law.

Sunny knows that blanket is hers - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny knows that blanket is hers – © Colehauscats.com

If we had to pick sides on whose blanket it really belongs to…. well, we’d pick not to pick because cat parents can get away with choices like that.

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And in case we’d thought all the gifts were already handed out, Sunny came down with a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Christmas Day evening. Always trying to be prepared, Mom had a dose and a half of Veraflox left (Sunny doesn’t respond at all to Clavamox) to help Sunny feel more comfortable until her vet visit yesterday morning… in which Mom had to learn fast how to drive a new car slowly on ice. “Whew boy! That’ll wake a person up!” she said. “Was that invigorating to say the least!”

We’ll know later today what course of treatment Sunny will need going forward and it’s probably a good time to sign up to learn how to give her sub-q fluids, though she’ll need some kind of medication for anyone to be able to do that without losing fingers. We’ll figure it out.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Colehaus Cats Christmas
2012 – No post