Happy birthday to youuuu,
Happy birthday to yooooou!
happy biiiirthday dear Oouuunaaaaa..!
Happy birthday toooo yooooouuuuuuuuu!!!!
(And many moooooorrre!)
 (An' I mean that last part.  You are NOT allowed to die- ever.  You or your brother.  I'd just -lose my sh*t.-)

For Skye's b-day they got tuna and tuna juice for their big fancy holiday meals.  
For Ouna's big day (only 2 weeks later), "Mom" was actually able to get to the store, so they both got tuna in the morning (Ouna ate nearly a WHOLE CAN O.O), and for din-din, they got the first canned cat food they've had in a looong, looooong time. ;)  Oh, such tortured kitties! ;D


And now, for Your Daily Moment of Cuteness:

I just turned around as Ouna jumped up n' settled herself on the bed, and found these two having a bathing session. ^_^  They haven't done this at length (as far as I've seen) since they were babies, and I'm so delighted to see them do it again! ^_^  I've been fearing that they'd suffered an insurmountable divide through the various events of the years- but it seems that isn't the case! :D  My babies seem healthy and happy, and that makes me as pleased as punch. *beams*  Oh!  But please excuse the bit of jiggling and the occasional odd camera angle.  I was turned around to film behind me, leaning on one elbow for support and holding the camera up solo w/my other one.  I hope you enjoy asmuch as I did. ^_^

Love Love Love,

Okay, I'm the proverbial newbie in this house, and it was a hope of both Raven's & mine that our 4 cats would get along.  Well.. her boy Lego gets along w/everyone pretty much (and vice versa), but apparently Raven's other cat Selket has had some bad experiences w/black cats, so she's -hated- my guys from the start.  Since day one Selkie's growled & hissed @ my two cats upon sight.  At first my guys were just curious, coming up to her and smelling her, and occassionally trying to play.  Well that did not jibe w/Selkie, and since then Ouna's been perportedly attacking Selkie, and just lately it seems Skye's been getting in on the act, too.  

I don't know if it's a dominance thing (since my guys are both 3 and Selkie's 14), or a "fine, you don't wanna play nice, than bitch it's ON!!," but I've had to start sequestering my guys in my room, and that is -not- working out.   Why?  Well, because Skye insists on crying, whining, and scratching @ the floor & the bottom of the door- ALL.  NIGHT.  LONG.   He makes a ruckus night after night, and each day he's in my room here w/me I get progressively less and less sleep thanks to his freakout sessions.  It happens every night he's in here w/me & his sister (who does not bug out, mind you), w/o fail.  

I thought it'd be something he'd get used to over time (w/hope and any luck), but that just ain't happ'nin', and I'm getting NO SLEEP.  Raven came up w/the idea of just locking them up @ nights so the kids could still get out and play some during the day, but that doesn't help when the little man keeps me up all night crying, whining and freaking out 'cause he's suddenly in a confined space.  And I've tried food, playing w/him, placating him, distracting him.. but I gotta sleep -sometime..- -no..?

And on top of that, Raven's extremely sweet-but-not-so-bright boy (somewhat like my Skye-Bear) has some seriously deep-seated food issues, and cannot handle it- when there's cat food in the house that he can't have.  It is an everyday, all-day struggle trying to keep him out of my cat's food bowls, and as I cannot possibly be in here all day everyday watching the food for my cats, my kids are often going hungry.  He pushes the kids out of the way, or creeps up on them (and me) when no one's looking and just -devours- anything left practically standing still.  I'm sick of always having to be on the ready every second there's any food in my cats' bowls, and as I keep my guys out of Lego's food (as he has the big neverending trough at the constant ready in the kitchen), they don't try to snag from it often.  Ouna will sometimes come in and try to sneak a nibble, but if I catch her, I squirt her, too- or step-divert her, or pick her up and tell her "no.." at which point she goes away sulking, and doesn't try to come back.  But Lego's got food issues, so he's another story.  He -just, keeps, coming.-

I'd love to just have an open trough policy for all of our cats. so they could go back & for w/o problem or complaint.  But w/Ouna's past & weight she CANNOT have large piles of food made available to her all the time, (that happened @ my wonderful gramma's when I was away for 6 mos. and she gained -SCADS- of weight that I'm still struggling w/her to lose), so she and Skye-boy get 2 doses of food each day, half a cup each.  No more, no less.  But w/Lego eating everything in sight that's not nailed down Skye and Ouna are -constantly- going hungry (especially Skye, who easily gets bullied away from his food bowl), and the problem is nowhere near to being solved.   I squirt Lego, he runs.  The second my back's turned, he comes slinking back again, and has downed half the food bowl before I hear him wheezing (he has kitty asthma) and realize he's scarfing down all my cat's munchies.  By then it's too late, and if I refill the bowls he just comes right back again.  There's no learning process.  No learning curve.  Now, I can shake the water bottle and sometimes that makes Lego run away, but still- he -keeps, coming, back.-

In past I've sequestered the guys before for a week or so in hopes to get them to leave Selkie alone.. and they did- for a while.  But tonight they just went right back at it -hardcore,- gang-up-gangsta-style; (again, w/o me seeing which is TREMENDOUSLY frustrating since I can't examine the signs that way), and it was a bad enough incident that they're back in my room again- 'cause Selkie had the 'audacity' [[[sarcasm]]] to come out of Raven's room for once...  (And I mean for the first time in like.. weeks... :(((()  And it almost makes it worse that I like her "kids" and she likes both of mine.  All 4 cats are tremendously sweet, kind, gentle and loving.  But this whole hooplah just -ain't- workin' out!!

What the HELL do I do???  (Or we, the household, or whatever), 

I feel terrible about all of this... 

Selkie shouldn't have to be afraid of venturing out into her own house, where she has -every right- to be, and in a home where she was here first.  Now she doesn't leave Raven's room, and is -constantly- on edge.  And I'm fraking sick & tired of feeling like the food police, punishing Lego all the time w/water bottle squirts, and having to watch the cats' bowls all the bloody day.  I -like- him, and I don't want to see me as just The Mean Lady who Guards the Food I Ought to Have.  

I'm thinking of setting up electronic cat barriers to sequester my kids in at night to prevent Skye from freaking out and keeping me awake, and in daylight during mealtimes to prevent Lego from coming in uninvited & unanounced to feast.  But that doesn't really solve the problem.  You know?  So what in the HELL can I and/or my household possibly do to remedy these two situations??  They're both 24 hour, 7-days-a-week, 365 days-a-year, 'round the clock vigils:  One to make sure that my guys and Selkie don't get into a bloody battle royale, and two to make sure that Skye and Ouna actually -get- to the food I'm feeding them.  

Selkie deserves to live in a calm and happy, peaceful home.  
And secondary to that, my kids need to get the food that they get each day.  

What the fuck could be causing all this mess.. and how in FUCK do we fix it???

Many thanks for any help or advice you may be able to offer.
♥ ♥ ♥

thewaterling: (Cat-TheOtherWhiteMeat)
( Dec. 5th, 2008 07:53 pm)
Have any of you used the "Breeze" cat box, or this thang?  I've got a LitterMaid, but all it's done is taught me how to scoop more frequently/regularly. ;)

After a few really good inspirations and some serious ups and downs thanks to stuff just bein' PRICEY, I -finally- have reservations for Thursday night!!  ^_^  (I'd tell you wehre, but it's a secret. ^_^  I'll tell folks more about it when Thursday's over. ;D:D)

Also, I received a bit of info from a mail list I'm on, and I thought it'd be a great thing to share in honour of the holiday. :):)  

This Valentine's Day, consider opening your heart and your home to an animal who needs your love, and a safe, stable, happy forever-home.   >^_^<  

Whether you adopt through the agency in the link or visit a local shelter, you can save a life, bring happiness and love to a deserving, fuzzy soul, help heal wounds on the outside as well as the inside for those who've been mistreated, feed a hungry, needy tummy, and make a world of possibility open up in a life where once there may not have been any.  Plus in doing so, you could welcome more warmth and joy into your life (as well as theirs) than could ever be expressed- even in the best Hallmark card...  ^_^

In a related side-note, February Is National Prevent a Litter Month.  
Every day, approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States alone, and 6 - 8 million animals are euthanized each year.
A heartbreaking majority of these births will inevitably result in countless homeless, sick, diseased, suffering and euthanized animals, and WE CAN HELP!!!  
The North Shore Animal League has a campaign to get the word out, and they've created an image that can really bring the impact of the problem home...

Do your part to prevent unwanted births by getting your pet spayed or neutered, encouraging others to do the same, and if you can, donate some of your time or money by giving to an organization you trust who's fighting to stop animal cruelty, and who's working to stem pet over-population- humanely and kindly.  I received my reminder from the North Shore Animal League, but there are COUNTLESS other deserving animal organizations out there who could use your help.  No matter who you choose, help shine a little light on a few fuzzy souls by donating, volunteering, or even by just going to your local shelter and lending your support by spending some time with some of their residents- be they temporary, or permanent.  

If you can't, that's okay- just love the pet you might have at home, or if you don't have one, love on the fuzzy friends near you. :))))

Every Little Bit Helps. ^_^

Love Love Love Always,

My babies are HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^

(A Slurpee goes to the 1st person who can ID which kitty this is. ;))

And I'm boycotting MetroAccess.  (I was just told during a customer complaint session that "maybe MetroAccess isn't the service for you."  Ex-fucking-scuse me, bitch????  No you DIDN"T!!  So I just cancelled a subscription I just made last week.  It was gonna be my first.  Ah well.  I'm not dealing with the motherfuckers anymore.

On the up side, MY BABIES ARE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Skye's already making me laugh, and I've gotta figger out a way to get Oonzes active, 'cause she's a BOAT!! ;D:D  I SO Missed my babies, and it's obvious  they missed me, too. ^_^  They seem to be happy @ my new places, boxes and all, and I can't wait to integrate them w/my ratties- bit by little bit. :):)

It feels so surreal.. .  Like I'm hallucinating...  First there's having my new apartment.. and then my previously almost mythical babies are home...  WOW!!!  ^_^

Well, I hope all of you are doing okay.  
*hugs to all*

Work's going well. Today methinks'll be the final say on what's happening w/the apartment bits. *crosses fingers* This Sat is Pagan Pride Day in Springfield! (Woot woot!!) So ahm thinking Sunday, would anyone like to go to Fair for zee selebratings of zee Nae's birfing day?? It's Celtic Weekend, Hey Nunny Nunnie is there, *does a little dance* and I think Wolgamut will be there too. :D:D Lemme know by here, e-mail or by phone if peoples wants to come alongs- the more the merrier! ^_^

Ooh, and I made a submission to a very silly site called I Can Has Cheezburger. It's all about funny cat pics and silly captions. (Grammar whores be warned- the captions are done in a kind of odd, silly net-speak, so it's kinda painful, but it might help some to know the misspellings are at least intentional... ;)) Plus they're funny, and oft quite cute. ^_^ Here's one of the two I did:

I dunno if they're even gonna put it up on their voting page or not, but hope you guy like! There's another one w/the same pic, where the caption reads "Yu goda hehl!! Yu goda hehl n' yu dah!!!" If folks want me to put that one up too, lemme know. :) ..Oh and yes, that is my Una-kitty. *beams* (Who I miss very much, as I've not seen her or her brodder in a month. Wish me luck for this apartment so I can at least get my babies back!! *sobs*)

Hope all's well w/everyone, and that Doug and Tenoya are having a marvelous honeymoon vacation right now. ^_^ Thank you so much you two for inviting me to your beautiful wedding. It was a TON of fun, and it was great (as well as a great honor) to see you to wed.


PS. This is one of my favorite blessing songs, and I send it to you two on you and for your new marriage:

"May you walk the shores of harmony.
May you live a life of peace,
May you fill your cup of joy,
May you both find home.

May you play among the stars,
May your wishes have wings,
May you know just who you are,
And may you live your dreams."


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