Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Great Black Hunter

Foster meowmy knows she's going to lose the battle of the window. Particularly in a case like this...

The location (and right behind the monitor):

The problem:

The hunt:


Friday, July 30, 2010

Black Cat Friday, July 30, 2010

They call me Monk, after some dead jazz cat they think was cool. That's okay, cuz I'm cool, too. I'm just glad they didn't call me Thelonius, which was that cat's other name. I'm so cool that even tho I bit her hand the day she met me, she still took me home. That was years ago, but I still bite her hand every now and then just to remind her how cool I am.

My human's name is Robin Rose and she says we live near Sacramento, California.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IAMS Prescription Diet Recalled

Iams Cat Food Recalled

Food May Be Contaminated With Salmonella, Manufacturer Says


Tuesday's Artful Black Cats, 7/27/2010

Today's Black Cat art is Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat.

The 1934 Universal movie poster set a record at auction of $286,000 (USD) back in 2007 when it was auctioned.

For a bit more information on this poster, you can go here:

Posters on

Heritage Auction Galleries (auction house of record)

Amazon has a bit different option (and a whole lot more affordable!)

Movie Poster

And the Swedish version:


And some offerings over on Etsy.

A windowcard:


A lobby card:


And a 1965 paperback book:


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Foster Bro is cooling down...


That means foster meowmy should have more time for me, Howdy and the PC.

Apparently Elvis was really committed to his love of Haley, which meant meowmy didn't get to sleep much. But last night, she said, was much better. She said if tonight is good, too, I might get more time at the PC. Course, she also says her back is broken, and I don't think that's too good.

She also mentioned the camera...apparently I need more pictures taken.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Black Cat Friday, July 23, 2010

(My apologies for the delay in posting. I'm dealing with some problems [not serious] with our senior foster dog, and my sleep schedule last night was thrown seriously off track.)

I am sending 2 - use whichever -these are my 2 faves. In the one you can see the fabulous extra toe on my front paw and the other, well mom tells me it shows off my handsome face so well. As you can see I am mostly black though I do have a white spot on my chest and a tuft of white fur between the pads on each of my feet.

To introduce myself, my name is Milo and I live in Washington, D.C. and i am 14. My human's name is Ellen and she (thinks) she rescued me but it was actually the other way around. She took me to live in a house with lots of windows so that I can watch the birds- except I don't really like the Mockingbirds 'cause they taunt me. I love anything dairy and Pounce treats and I reward the giving of both by purring really loud which makes mom happy.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Slow news week

Foster meowmy said there won't be much in the way of updates here for a few days since she's having some problems with Foster Bro. He's pining after the dachshund (something about "in season"), and making life hell on meowmy.

She did say there will be a post for Black Cat Friday, but I might not be able to type much until after the weekend. She keeps saying I need s-u-p-e-r-v-i-s-i-o-n at the keyboard. **snif** I don't, but you can't convince HER of that.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday's Artful Black Cats

I found these and thought they were quite cool. And, of course, there's a black cat featured prominently in each one :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

I am the WRINKLE KILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fly down the hall. I leap on the bed. I flip around and I KILL THE WRINKLES!!!!!!!!!!!

(OK. So it's not THAT exciting, but foster meowmy does say I'm very athletic and I'm very dedicated.)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm not trying to take your place, Howdy...

really. I'm not. I'm just happy to be back in a home where people love me.

Foster meowmy said Howdy is feeling a bit insecure because of ME. Howdy has been sort of pouty the last few days. And yesterday she stayed in the front room all day. Last night she finally went in to the living room and laid on the sofa.

Meowmy went in and spent some time cuddling and petting her and ignoring ME. I told her I didn't like that, but she said she didn't care. She said Howdy needed some "mom time."


I guess she was right because Howdy has been out a lot today. She seems a lot more normal.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food

Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination

Shelby Gomas,
Tel: 1-716-580-3096

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 15, 2010 - Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is expanding its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Black Cat Friday, July 16, 2010

Hi, Ollie! My name is Ramey and I'm a Devon Rex. I don't remember much about my past life, but a couple of years ago, I found myself lost, alone and homeless. I took refuge in the crawl space of a home, and the lady there took me in her house and took good care of me. We still live together, and I'm pretty happy, except she won't let me go outside and play like I love to do, but she got me a friend to play with! Wasn't that nice? Her name is Dolly, but she's just a kid and gets too rambunctious sometimes. Mostly she's ok, though.

I think I'm probably about 8 or 9 years old, like you. I love to lay on my lady when she's sleeping, or on the footrest of her chair. She likes to pet me and even gives me hugs! I like to wake her up every morning to feed us by patting her face. Sometimes she smiles and pats mine, too, but sometimes she tells me no.
I'm still trying to learn when it's time to get her up and when it's too early.

Oh, my family lives in Columbus, Ohio, and my lady's name is Kenda Kaiser. She's really nice, but I have to remind her to clean my box sometimes. I'm glad she listens to me when I tell her things. She speaks 'cat'!!

ie, hope you pick me for one of your black cat Friday's, because I'd like for everyone to know that even though there are some mean people out there to watch out for, there are also some very nice people that want to help us when we're in trouble.

Ramey and
Kenda Kaiser
in Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gulf Coast SPCA Needs Your Help

Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program

The BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on April 21, 2010 has had a devastating effect on residents from the coastal parishes of Southeast Louisiana. Families are struggling to meet basic needs and as a result Animal Shelters have experienced an increase in owner’s relinquishing their pets. Knowing the physical and mental health benefits of having pets as well as the negative impact of relinquishing a family pet; this program aims to provide short term support for families in jeopardy of relinquishing their pet.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Fosterversary, Bro!

Man. Foster meowmy said Elvis has been here ONE YEAR TODAY!!! She also said that NO one expected him to be here, but here he is and she is SO happy.

I'm happy, too, cuz she's told me what a hard life Elvis had before being rescued. I didn't have ANYthing like that...I just didn't like the time I was in the shelter, but that is NOTHING compared to what Elvis went through.

So HAPPY FOSTERVERSARY, ELVIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can read all about Elvis here:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Waco Humane Society Name Change

Waco Humane Society getting new name, shelter hours

The Waco Humane Society is changing its name, a move officials hope will help better communicate its work to the public.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Not so hungry anymore...


Foster meowmy has decided to try something she calls "measured free feeding." I'm not 100% sure what that means, but from what I can tell, she scoops out some food in the morning into my bowl and Howdy's and leaves it down.

She had said she was worried about Howdy being a PIG, but a funny thing happened when the food was down all day yesterday...Howdy turned out not to care. Hmph....meowmy should have listened to me in the beginning. I KNEW Howdy would figure this out and not eat every piece all at once...but did meowmy listen? Nnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooo...

I think she's listening now. At least she said she's willing to try this for a few days. So now the food is down ALL DAY LONG. And I'm no longer a starving foster cat. I can go in and eat a few pieces whenever I want.

Kitties Rescued by US Marine Soldiers in Afghanistan

Kitties Rescued by US Marine Soldiers in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, in the midst of war, many animals are lost and separated from their family. Many are found later by troops from the US, UK and Canada. Soldiers rescue these animals and get help from rescue groups that help them send these animals out of the country and to a forever loving home that they deserve.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Black Cat Friday, July 9, 2010

Who: Jack
Human: Wendy
Location: Houston, TX

(Ollie Comment: I have to admit that basket looks MIGHTY comfy!)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ollie is safe from being traded in :)

While I wouldn't say he was a *perfect* gentleman last night when I had to sleep in the front room, he was MUCH improved from the night before.

This is good because yesterday morning I was seriously doubting the wisdom in bringing in a foster cat in general...and a really vocal one specifically. Overall, though, he was pretty quiet and only woke me up once when he got hungry. That's a huge improvement over the night before. And the foil on the cat shelf worked, so his wings were pretty much clipped. A Flying Ollie at 2 am is not a sight to behold nor a feeling I care to experience again.

Howdy, however, was seriously put out. She's realizing that Ollie intends to sleep next to me whether that means he lays on top of her or not. Last night she went immediately to my pillow and spent most of the night there. I know she was under the covers at one point, but another time I saw her laying in the rocker.

So she's not happy, but she copes. She seems to realize she's still Mom's Heart Cat, regardless of where she sleeps. And Ollie? Well, he's just still really thrilled that he's in a home and not at the shelter, so things are good for him (well, except the food situation, but he'll learn).

I'm not sure whether Ollie will have a chance to blog tomorrow or not. Depends on how things go around here. But regardless, there will DEFINITELY be a posting for the Black Cat Friday. I'm getting a lot of interest and quite a few photos, and I really hope this will bring steady interest in Ollie's blog...if only because he and I can only be so creative for so long. :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm in the dog house

...and I've been there all day.

Foster meowmy had to sleep with me and Howdy last night (and again tonight), but she didn't like me walking on her and jumping on her from the dresser. She yelled REALLY loud when I knocked her water glass over this morning.

Howdy's mad at me, too. I can't help it I want to sleep extra close to my human and that means laying on top of Howdy. And I TOLD her I was sorry I jumped on her...she was under the cover and I didn't see her. She growled at me all night, and wouldn't move.

Meowmy taped some sort of shiny, crinkly stuff on the cat shelf. She said most cats don't like foil, but I'm not sure what she means. I'll check it out later when she's not looking. I think it's supposed to keep me from vaulting over the headboard from the shelf. Hmpf.

She told me that if I'm as bad tonight as I was last night, she's going to put me in the bathroom.

I don't mean to be bad. Really. I purred and purred and purred last night, but that didn't help. Talking about it didn't seem to either. Meowmy said I need to BE QUIET...not sure if I can do that, but I think I'd better try.

Daddy said if meowmy has another night like last night they might take me back to the "Cat Trade-In Place." I don't know what that is, but it sounds really bad. Meowmy was laughing when he said that, but I think maybe I need to have better manners tonight.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Foster meowmy is SOOOOOOOOO mean!

I'm used to having a full food bowl and going to it whenever I'm hungry and munching some kibble.

I'm not able to do that here.

Howdy is a P-I-G and foster meowmy rations her feedings. Because of that, MY feeding is scheduled and I'm STARVING. I ate so fast this morning when I got fed and I threw my food back up.


So now I'm even MORE hungry.

Foster meowmy said she's going to "dole out my food" now. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm pretty sure it's not good.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Inaugural Black Cat Friday - July 2, 2010

Announcing Black Cat Friday

Every Friday, Ollie is going to pick out a picture(s) of a black cat to post in honor of his blog's new weekly event: Black Cat Friday.

For those black cats who want to participate, have your human send in a photo to:
ollie@dh dot gridspace dot net

Requirements for consideration:

You MUST be a black (or predominantly black) cat
Your name
Your human's name
General location

Also, if your human would like to write a bit about you, that will go on the post as well.

Email addresses won't be published. Photos will be reduced to fit the blog.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sound Identification

Part of the fun of having Ollie around playing the game "What's that sound?"

This afternoon while waiting to be fed, he sounded for all the world like a cricket.

I thought Howdy with her chirps and burbles made interesting sounds. She is NOTHING compared to Ollie. He's got the most incredible vocal range I've ever heard in a cat/

Oh. And for those wondering. Last night in the cat room...interesting.

Like I thought, Ollie wants to sleep in Howdy's place. That prompted some of the most serious fight sounds I've heard from her in awhile. I got her settled down next to my pillow, but she wasn't happy about it. If she didn't insist in sleeping under the cover, I'd have her in her usual place and Ollie would have to find a new location. Unfortunately, she dives under the covers and then Ollie steps on her. I might be able to work something else out if I'm in there for more than one night, but last night that was just the easiest way to deal with it.

Also, Ollie gets hungry about 4 am, and since the Foodlady is in there, he talks about it. Didn't do him any good, but he bitched nevertheless.

Those were really the only two problems I discovered last night. The first (competing with Howdy for room) is something that I can probably work around, though Howdy may make it tough because she is very aware of her place in the pecking order. The second, well, as Ollie gets switched to a more strict feeding schedule, I suspect he'll be a bit less strident about wanting a middle of the night feeding.