Meet the Royal Ruskies


Today’s interview is with the Royal Ruskies, Jake and Elwood.

It is so nice to meet you Miss Christina. Thank you so much for asking us to be in your Peace Love and Whiskers! We brought you two of our homemade specialties Catnip cornbread and a jug of cold catnip iced tea. We hope you enjoy them.

Oh thank you, *sips tea* I’m really curious to know where your names came from.. since you are both Russian blues, I’m surprised you have English names.. was that your mommy who picked it? 26374_100275180010688_100000846186814_4765_3376595_n

ELWOOD: Jake do you mind if I tell this story?
JAKE: Go right ahead. (giggles)
ELWOOD: Well Daddy named us. When Mommy and Daddy first adopted us from our Auntie Karen and Auntie Margaret we were only 9 weeks old. I was very long and thin and very serious about my discoveries and Jake was short and very round and loved to act silly for a laugh. Daddy said to Mommy, I just figured out the perfect name for these two boys! Playing off the word Blue from our breed and the fact that our builds and personalities were like the Blues Brothers Daddy said Jake and Elwood! From that day forward we were Jake and Elwood. Mommy came up with our facebook page names. Royal Ruskies. It is a fun way to show our heritage.

How did you come to live in Florida?

JAKE: Well I guess you would have to ask our biological Mother this question (giggle) We just opened our little eyes and here we were in sunny Florida starring up and palm trees and feeling fun sand in our tootsies. We were born outside to a feral Mom and we are not sure or our biological Dads story. He is a full Russian Blue. He may have been put out or let go by a bad type of breeder we do not know. He is very afraid of humans and Auntie Margaret still feeds him and looks after him. Our biological Mom brought us one by one to Auntie Margarets door and dropped us off because she needed the help. Our Auntie Margaret now keeps our Mom inside and Auntie Karen kept our sister so we all are inside now except Dad. We don’t think he comes around much anymore but we are not sure. We know if he does he will have an inside home too! So here we are two tropical Southern boys!

After reading a bit about the history of Russian Blues, I am really amazed you have such a rich heritage, may I share the information from your about page?

Oh yes we would be honored for you to share our heritage from our page! We are so proud of the brave Blues before us that served in history!

Great thanks gentle cats. Here is the information from their about page:

Elwood really carries all the traits of the breed while Jake looks part Russian Blue and part white fuzzy bunny. LOL The Russian Blue cat first originated in Northern Russia. Then was transported to Great Britain during the 1860’s. They were shipped out of the port of Arkhangelsk and were originally known as the Archangel Blue cat. The have a double coat of fur because they came from a region so close to the Artic Circle. It is said that they were the favorite cats to the Czars. There are even stories of them riding into battle on the shoulders of the Cossack Militia. They most probably arrived in England with the Russian sailors from Archangel. It is said that Queen Victoria fell in love with the breed and had 2 as her pets and from there forward the breed became the most sought after breed among the Nobles. They have small litters usually only three kittens at a time which made them even more rare. My boys may only be part Russian Blue but the air of Royalty must be strong in their genes because I know the rule our house with a heavy paw!

Who got the idea of doing the Blues News?

ELWOOD: Well Jake and I came up with the idea together. I write the articles and edit and Mommy is my assistant editor and Jake does all the photo’s and layouts and runs the Cyber presses. Each week we seem to get more ideas and columns just from bouncing ideas off each other. We like to bring fun and giggles to the paper as well as awareness on serious and special topics regarding the health and safety of all types of fur children. It is also a way we can make our friends aware of what fundraiser we are having for a rescue group or shelter. For 2013 we are going to be focusing a lot on raising money for pet oxygen masks for Fire companies across the Untied States. We also like to give credit in our paper to those individuals or organizations that are doing pawsome things that inspire us all to help more.

Where did the name come from?


JAKE: The name Blues News came from the word play on us being Russian Blues and being the Blues brothers and it was our newspaper so it became the Blues News.

What was your first article?

We had two articles in our very first paper and we love both so much so you choose for us. We gave the first Inspiration Friend Award to Fatboy for all his wonderful work helping others and we gave our first Angels on Earth Award to Scouts Therapy Group and they are just amazing as well. We are so honored you want to share this thank you!

To view their first article click here

What will readers be seeing from Blue News in 2013?


ELWOOD: Well that is a very good question. Since I am the article writer I can tell you some things but we must leave some things for fun surprises for our readers. For Spring we are going to have a new gardening column. It will be safe Gardening for you and your fur children and some really fun Summertime party and craft ideas that you can do with your fur children to stay cool and enjoy the Summer. Of course we will also still have all our tried and true columns that our readers enjoy, such as Elwood’s Did You Know Column.

Tell us something that you would like your fans to know about you.

Well This is a topic that we are very passionate about. So many people will not give feral cats a chance. Many view us as wild cats and just think we could never get close to humans so they just leave them outside. But the truth is we can be wonderful loving cuddly fur children. Yes our biological Mom was older and used to living outside. But now she is happy to be inside and loves to give snuggles and cuddles. Our friends see us in PJ’s and play clothes and Tuxedos and riding in strollers and they do not realize we were outside ferals and look at us now!


Feral kids should never be viewed as being better off outside and alone to fend for ourselves. We are not better off, we just need extra love to get us to that snuggle point. We just need to know we can trust you and that you will always be there for us. Once we know that we are your best friend and child for life! Please give those born outside a chance at a wonderful safe life and please always remember ADOPT DON”T SHOP. There are just to many of us already born that need homes.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

JAKE: Well, we are two little small town Southern boys just learning some life lessons and learning how to be proper little Gentlemen and never did we ever dream we would have so many friends and people who care about us. We feel so humbled by it all. Our wish every day and every week is to bring smiles and giggles to all our friends! Laughter is the best gift shared between friends.

Well thank you both very much for dropping by sharing your story, previews of what's coming up on Blues News and talking a bit about feral kitties. For those out there would want to check out Blues News and keep up their adventures you can find them on their facebook page.

Meet Prince Pan Pan


Meet Prince Pan Pan

How old are you?

I just turned two years old on November 14th (I was about 5 months old when I was adopted, so my Mommy just counted backwards).

How did you meet your parents?

I was born in a feral colony in Kissimmee, Florida, managed by an organization called Spay the Strays. The area is known for drugs and dogfighting, and after learning one of my littermates had been killed by a dog, their founder, Ms. Anita ,decided to trap the rest of us and get us to safety. We were all very light in color when we were born (until our points developed,) and that made us easy prey, so we were very lucky! After being rescued, I went to live with my foster Mom, Ms. Josette, and met my Mommy at an adoption event at Petco (Spay the Strays does adoptions there every weekend). That is how I found my forever home.

Where did you come up for the idea for the gallery?

My Mommy is an artist, and loves art featuring cats, so she got me started. After one of my furriends, Wyatt the Greybie, went to the Bridge, I posted a piece by Tampa artist, Gina Stark, called “Starry Night Kitty” on my page as a tribute to him. I had a lot of inquiries about it, and shared Gina’s information and Etsy site. After that, I posted more pieces I liked, and got great feedback, so I decided it would be fun to collect them all into a virtual gallery. Ms. Gina is a friend of the Gallery, now, too, and I have many of her paintings there.

Are you accepting more submission of art and poetry? If so how can people get in contact with you?

Yes. I really enjoy showcasing talent, whether art, poetry, music, etc. I can be contacted at alaraider2@aol.com or through a personal message on my page.

Did you think your gallery would be this popular?

Well, I really didn’t know what to expect! There wasn’t really anything like it in the Community, and I wanted it to be as much like a real gallery experience as possible. I promoted the Grand Opening for a few weeks, and also held the Masterpiece Photo Contest in conjunction with it. I did get a little nervous when some of my international fans said they were going to get up in the middle of the night (their time) to be there. Nothing like opening night jitters! I also held my first auction that night, and it was very successful. Since then, I think the different events we’ve held, like poetry and book readings, Octoberfest, and the Nutcracker Ballet, have brought people into the Gallery. I’m not a “LIKE MY PAGE! LIKE MY PAGE!” kind of guy, I’d rather people just discovered it on their own, or through word of mouth. I’m happy when I hear that guests find it to be a place of peace and beauty, because that’s what I intend it to be. The great thing about art is that there truly is something for every taste.

What are the gallery hours?

The Gallery is always open, except for a few hours on Friday afternoons when we get the new exhibits ready. People from all over the world visit the Gallery, so this works out well. I’m there on Friday nights, and I pop in from time to time when I see there are guests.

May I share the link of the gallery?

Yes, of course!

I was lucky enough to see the Nutcracker last month, what a performance, do you think you will be doing another ballet?

That’s definitely a possibility, and we’ll do the Nutcracker again next season. I’d love for it to be an annual event! The great thing about living in Orlando is that there is a lot of creative energy here, so I’m always coming up with new ideas.

Do you live with any other furry siblings?

Yes! Moxie, a Jack Russell Terrier; two white cats, Pinky and Puck, and our newest addition: Prince Pippin, a 12 week old Siamese/Snowshoe mix. Prince Pippin was also adopted from Spay the Strays, and was found at a Kissimmee car lot, under the hood of a car that had been repossessed. They called my Mommy because they thought he would fit in so well in our family!

Do you support shelters/rescue organizations?

Most of the fundraising I do is for Spay the Strays, (their facebook page) the organization that rescued me (and Prince Pippin), although I also raise money for other kitties in need. Helping others is really the thing I love most (well, other than being a pirate!).

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would just like to thank all my fans around the world for their friendship, and for supporting the Gallery and my fundraisers! This coming year, we will be doing some more really exciting exhibits, including one I’ve been working on for a while that will showcase the history of cats in art, and I also want to add a section for sculptures! I will be featuring more exclusive items in the Gallery Gift Shop, including my Mommy’s creations, with all proceeds going to charity! Oh, and Happy New Year!

I’ll be hosting Bobbie Jo the Philosopher Kitty’s 11th Birthday Party on Feb. 1. The theme is “Birthday at Tiffany’s”, and the art will feature tabby cats (she is a tabby), some of Bobbie Jo’s favorite pieces (including some by her late sister, Pee Wee the Deaf Kitty), and a cocktail party. On February 8th, we will have our Valentine’s event, “For the Love…”, which will feature art with a romantic theme, a reception, and a silent auction benefiting Spay the Strays. The auction will have many items designed and made by my Mommy!

Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Prince Pan Pan for taking time from monitoring the gallery to have a sit down with me. I really appreciate it. Take a moment to look at the gallery, leave comments and say hi to him and the family on his page.  Oh and as a special treat (and because I couldn’t resist.. here is the Nutcracker for those that missed it or want to see it again)

Meet Ninja B


How old are you Ninja?

I am about 5 years old. My adopted birthday is October 31st, 2007

How did you get your name?

I’m very sly and sneaky, and I grew into my name more and more as I grew up.

How did you come into your parents life?

Well, when my mamma lived in a small town in Illinois she stayed with an EMT. One cold early-Winter night around 3am the EMT cam home to take out the trash, and I jumped on his ambulance to stay warm (I was just a little baby kitten then). The EMT found me (thankfully!), and brought me inside where I met my Mamma I know today.

May I ask how you are recovering from your car accident?

I’m doing really well! Really, my biggest issue is my blind eye (the right one that popped out). My eyelid grew together some to compensate where I guess it ripped. The purrents have to put eye drops in my eye everyday. I’m still a sloppy eater because I don’t have full feeling of my face.

How do you plan on celebrating the year anniversary?

Fur the anniversary of the hardest fight of my life I got to eat special nomz–really runny scrambled egges! I took an extra long nap, and everypawdy gave me lots of love and congratulations.

I saw that you have TMJ, I know people can get it, but I had no idea kitties can too, how did they find out you had it?

It was my TMJ* that snapped probably because my top and bottom jaw were fractured. I found some reading on TMJ-disorder-in cats (http://www.ehow.com/way_5380929_treatments-feline-tmj.html and http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_ct_temporomandibular_joint_disorders#.UPgQHuPoQ-c) that was informative.

General TMJ Information:
(taken from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders )
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.

Feline TMJ Information: 
(Taken from : http://www.ehow.com/way_5380929_treatments-feline-tmj.html#.UPgQHuPoQ-c)
The temporomandibular joint allows the jaw to open and close. Feline TMJ is a rare condition that occurs when a cat has difficulty opening or closing that joint. It is usually caused when the animal fractures its jaw but can be the result of inflammation or unusual jaw or tooth development. Feline TMJ is painful and potentially life threatening to a cat so it is imperative the cat be taken to a veterinarian's office immediately.

Feline TMJ is ideally diagnosed by a computed tomography (CT) scan because it is the most accurate type. It is wise to get a diagnosis as soon as you sense a problem because TMJ symptoms generally get worse with time. The TMJ will heal faster if treated as soon as possible. Several treatments are considered and depend on the cause of the TMJ. If the joints in the cat's jaw are not hinged together, the veterinarian will put the joints in place (sometimes using a pencil) and place a castlike muzzle on the cat for several weeks to allow the joints to heal in place. If the TMJ is caused by a tooth with abnormal growth, the tooth will be extracted. More commonly, the TMJ is caused by a fracture and, in this case, surgery is usually necessary.
Symptoms of TMJ:(taken from http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_ct_temporomandibular_joint_disorders#.UQGWPifomJA)
  • Difficulty opening/closing the mouth
  • Mandible bone may be out of place and visible form the side of the face (deviation of the mandible bone)
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Vocalizing, mewing while trying to eat
  • Loss of appetite

Do you require daily medical care?

The only thing “extra” that I require is eye drops every day… sometimes a few times a day if my bad eye gets dry. Sometimes I get ickies in my bad eye that have to be cleaned out. Other than that… I’m kind of a messy eater, so my sisfur doggie Laika helps clean around my bowl when I spill food.

Do you get to spend time with the other cats in the house or are you separated?

Immediately after my surgeries I had to be seperated so I wouldn’t hide under the bed, but I’ve pretty much always been with the other kitties and our GSD puppy.

Are you strictly indoors since your accident?

Absolutely! Every once in a while I can go outside if I have a leash and harness on… but that is rare.

Is there anything else you would like to share about you or your family?

I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for pure love and compassion of not only my family who fought to keep me alive from the beginning, but for all the people who started following my recovery with their positive thoughts and energies and helping my purrents pay for the medical procedures I’ve needed done.
I live with my Mamma (Elle), Dads (Yuri), GSD 2 year old doggie that just walked into our house in Ohio (Laika), 1 1/2 year old petite black kitty rescued in Illinois when she was less than a week old (Omni), and the 9 month old kittens called “the Travelin’ Trio” (before sweet black baby Tolstoy passed to the Bridge in September) one orange and one black surviving their brofur (Ginger and Mishka) that were rescued from a death row sentence all the way in North Carolina. Everyone in the family (except Laika) went on a road trip mid-2012 to go get the Trio.


This article is dedicated to the sweet, loving Tolstoy who left his family way too soon, fly free little one and know you are missed and will always be loved.

Author’s Note: You can keep up with Ninja B and his progress on his facebook page (check out his videos! I can’t embed them but they are cute) , donate to his chip in. Or check out his doggy sibling Laika the GSD Cat-Guard on her facebook page or what Ginger and Mishka are up to on their facebook page or donate to his chipin.    Many purrs and pets to his furfamily and his momma for sharing his story. 

Meet the Herd of Cat~tle


Meet the Herd of Cat~tle

Who is a part of the Herd?

We are Sadie Mae, Doodle, Spot, Odin & Petey.

Where the name ‘Herd of Cat~tle’ come from?

The name A Herd of Cat~tle came about when I, Sadie Mae, had my first litter of kittens. As Mew can see, I hab da cow spots and dere were 2 tuxedos, 2 all black and 2 torties (most also had cow colors) When they started exploring the house Meowmy hung a sign on da front door dat said ” Purrlease be watch the door and watch your step there is a tiny Herd of Cat~tle running around inside”. The sign was also used for the other 2 litters..

Where did your names come from?

Meowmy and Papa grew up in Amish country, they are known for farming and habing deir cows. So, Meowmy gabe me my name, Sadie Mae, because I look like a cow and it is a popular female Amish name.
Doodle was named by our oldest nonfur bro. Meowmy added da Bugger part because he was such a little bugger as a kitten.
Spot was named by Papa. He is a die~hard Star Trek fan and on Da Next Generation da android Data had a cat named Spot. She also has one black spot on one front paw and an orange spot on the other.
Petey’s name is actually Petetep James. Our oldest nonfur sister named him after a guy in da band Fall Out Boy, Petetep is “Pete” spelled forward and backward but Meowmy calls him P.I.T.A. Petey, it stands for Pain In the a….., but it’s meant in love! ❤
Odin James is a sad story. He was named after the God Odin who sacrificed himself to only come back later. Meowmy had found homes for all ob da first litter. The one home was a girl who then had her boyfriend move in. Long horrible story short, he killed the cat she had adopted. He was all black and his name was Jed. When Odin was born in what was my final litter, Meowmy knew it was her sweet Jed come back to her and knew he would stay wif her furever. She still leaks about it even though it was so long ago.

May I ask your ages?

Sadie Mae was born March 16, 2004, she is 8.

Doodle Bugger & Spot were born on May 18, 2005, they are 7
Odin James & Petey James were born May 16, 2007, they are 5

How did each of your come to be a part of the herd?

I was born under Papa’s Papa’s house and Meowmy’s nonfur kittens knew dat she lubbed cows and kittehs so when dey saw her dey got her as a birfday purresent for her big 3-0! Alot ob da cats dat libed dere weren’t healthy or happy and none eber libed bery long. I was sooooo lucky dey saved me!! As for the other 4, dey are all MY kittens. Dem same kids dat picked me out also had a habit of holding da door and I would escape. Finally I got “spayed”.

Do you herd the humans around?

I’ll take dis one Mama, Petey here,We all take turns leading them to da door or da bafroom and believe me, if dat clock hits 5am and we don’t hab our nomz…. well lets just say we ALL let dem know about it!!!

Odin, you seem to be the outspoken one.. are you the leader of the group? If not, who is?

I hab actually just obercome being shy and hab recently found my voice. I am definitely not the leader. Doodle is the Alpha Male and usually rules the group BUT if Mama Sadie isn’t happy, NOBODY is happy and she will gladly smack us back into line!!! She’s got one mean smack too!!

Does anyone require any special care like extra snuggles or medicines they have to take?

None ob us take any medicines and we all have our little quirks about needing snuggles. Doodle MUST be the center of all affections, if someone else is getting attention, he better be too!
Odin will chew the hair off of his belly if Meowmy and Papa go away for more than 2 nights even when dey hab someone stay wif us da whole time. He’s Papa’s boy!
*I* Petey, am very vocal about wanting attention and will let out a long meooooooooow when I want attention.
Spot likes to headbutt legs until people fink she’s gonna break dem, MOL.
Sadie will rub her head on your face or headbonk people on da mouth until she gets enough kissies to be satisfied.

Anything else you want to share about the group?

We each do our own “tricks”
Sadie waves Hi when you walk into a room or when mew first see her after walking into a room, and mew BETTER say Hi back!
Doodle does forward rolls and says “Mom”
Spot plays fetch with pull caps from 1/2 gallon of milk
Odin gives hugs and massages
*I* Petey ask permission before jumping onto someone’s lap
We always like to let our furriends know how we feel about dem and We Lub Mew ALL!!!!
Rules of the Herd Home:
1. no meal or drink is complete without cat hair.
2. NOBODY, tenants or visitors may use the bathroom without at least one kitteh escorting you.
3. If you think you are sleeping past 5am, you have another thing coming!
4. The door will be answered with a kitteh escort as well.
5. There WILL be belly rubs, chin scratches and kissies whenever we see fit
6. No outfit is complete without cat hair.
7. If a dresser drawer is left open, we will sleep in it.
8.we can add mew rules when ever we feel like it.
Author’s Note: Pictures were used with permission, you can visit and say hi to the Herd on their facebook page.  Many thanks to their mom for helping with the questions

Meet Jelly and da Dozer


Meet Jelly

How old are you Miss Jelly?

Sure I am not vain about me age, I am the three years young!

How did you get the name Jelly?

When I was a baby i didnt have a name it was number 67 or 68 it was long time ago so i dont remembers which one anyways da Lady named me Isabella, Bella for short dat means beautiful by da way then went to Belly and den da Jelly belly……Jelly just stuck and mez thinks it suits me dont you?

When I was a baby, I didn’t have a name, it was number 67 or 68. It was a long time ago so I don’t remember which one it was, anyway the Lady named me Isabella, Bell for short that means beautiful by the way. Then it went to Belly and then to Jelly Belly. Jelly just struck and I think it suits me, don’t you? 

I heard you had a dance studio before you did your advice column, why did it shut down and why did you decided to do an advice column?

Me dream of being a dance teacher went south when me realized my talents were in helping out people. My dance studio neber really made it off the ground…lets just say the cost to rent a space in dis state is like da ridiculous and they no would take me down payment in cat nip….. So me thought hey I love to answer questions and be helpful, I am da Ladys lil helper around da house anyways so I thought why not have a column…we had a family meeting and everyone agreed great idea so here I am advice Jelly I lubs doing it!
helping people and making dem smile is wonderful for me its a win win you know. They get answers and a few laughs along da way and I get that warm feeling of bringing some joy into peoples lives. Im not saying I am not serious when I answer sometimes dey have hard questions for da Jelly and me haz to think hard to give a good answer I try my best and peoples seem to like my sigment on my page.

My dreams of being a dance teacher went south when I realized my talents were in helping out people. My dance studio never really made it off the ground. Let’s just say the cost to rent a space in this state is ridiculous and they would not take my down payment in cat nip. So I thought “hey I love to answer questions and be helpful, I am the Lady’s lil helper around the house anyway, why not have a column?” We had a family meeting and everyone agreed it was a great idea so here I am and I love doing it!Helping people and making them smile is wonderful for me, it’s win-win you know. They get answers and a few laughs along the way and I get that warm feeling of bringing some joy into people’s lives. I’m not saying I am not serious when I answer, sometimes they have hard questions for me and I have to think hard to give a good answer and I try my best and people seem to like my segment on my page. 

Does Dozer give any input too?

Sure he does when the questions are hard or they are in his area of expertise mez let him help and I always share da credit wif him after all he is my
big bruffer. He is goofy but pretty darn smart!

What about Miss Brooklyn?

Sure she helps she is our resident behavioral issues expert because she had da issues when she came here. So she knows alot more about those things then me and Doze. I gives her da credit too when she helps wif the column.

May I ask where Dozer and Brooklyn got their names from?

Of course you can well Brooklyn is named that because she came from the streets of Brooklyn someone lost her we think…well we like too think that cause we hate to think someone toss her out in da street. Her nickname is Boo it suits her. Dozers real name is Bulldozer because all his life he has bulldozed thru it even when he was a lil whisker he would have to jump right in and see whats going on and be center of the action!

Since you and Dozer are siblings, do you have any fights are do you get along?

Yup we are for reals bruffer and sisfur never ever ever in our whole lives have we ever had a fights with each other. Not once maybe when we get older and a lil cranky in the pants but as of now no we have not. We lub eachother very much and we are like two peas in a pod!

What did you think with Miss Brooklyn came into the family?

Well at first it was like phewww she smelled funny like da hospital and she was sick. And because of that we were like wtc (what the cat) who is dis and are you staying.We were not happy and neither was she. Alot of hissing going on in the beginning. But over time we have grown to lub her she is like da annoying lil sisfur we never had MOL

Well, at first it was like “phewww” she smelled funny, like the hospitial and she was sick. And because of that we were like wtc (what the cat) who is this and are you staying? We were not happy and neither was she. There was a lot of hissing going on in the beginning. But over time we have grown to love her, she is like the annoying lil  sisfur we never had. MOL

Do you have any advice to give for people thinking about taking in a rescued cat from a hoarding situation like you and your brother were?

Well this is a tough question cause we not all the same. Some will come from dat type of situation like Dozer and not be scarred in anyway emotionally or physically and be great healthy cats to have. Some will be like me and have health issues mine are with my ears and eyes. Upper repetory issues are not uncommon in hoarding situations given the conditions we come from. And of course emotional issues vary as well..only advice me has is each situation
is different and kindness and patience must always be first and the willingness to give us our space as we adapt to our new homes. Just like any other cat we are adoptable and we make great pets.

Well this is a tough question because we are not all the same. Some will come from that type of situation like Dozer and not be scarred in anyway, emotionally or physical and be great healthy cats to have. Some will be like me and have health issues, mine were with my ears and eyes. Upper respiratory  issues are not uncommon in hoarding situations given the conditions we came from. And of course emotional issues vary as well.. only advice I have is that each situation is different. Kindness and patience must always be first and the willingness to give us our space as we adapt to our new homes. Just like any other cat we are adoptable and make great pets. 

Do you (or Miss Brooklyn) have advice about preparing a house for a three legged cat?

Yes well mez will let Boo answer dis question…..I can only speak about rear leg amputation but making it easy to get up on things is important. make them stairs up to da bed and so on so they are able to get up easily. And do not let things be around that they could get tangled up in. Some may need higher feeding stations. Self heating beds are great too for joint aches, they make the kind that do not plug in I have one and its great we all love it. As they age as with any other pet she may need joint care. We havent had to do much here for me to be honest Tripods are really not that different from other cats save they can not do some things….but they can do most things. Tripods Rock!
Oh and remember a recent amputee is learning all over again how to do things depending on their age it may take longer time to get use to being without a limb no different than a human learning again. The hard part is watching them try to do something and they cant ALLOW them the time to learn how to do it all over again like jumping on their own…it might take time for them to get the hang of it and it might be hard to watch you are going to want to help but its important they learn on their own…. believe me I still gets frustrated sometimes but I am adapting well like with anything else it takes practice to be good at something. Did I say Tripods rock? *smiles*

Any advice for dealing with traumatized cats?

Boy you know how to ask the tough questions 🙂 Well mez hate repeating myself but patience is key
Mez will use Boo as example. She came recently amputated with a major upper resp. infection. She had alot of issues losing the leg was the main one. However she also lived on da tough streets of Brooklyn people probably threw things at her or worst yet hit her wif stuff to get her to go away…she didnt like hands over her at all in the beginning and still sometimes she gets a bit nervous and she knows da Lady would never hurt her. She would flip out for no reason…like turning on a light switch. Took time to figure out what traumatizes her and caused her to go into a frenzy. It was hard for all of us to watch she would be so unstable still learning to move on three legs and panick and flop over then freak out. If you can just imagine losing a limb and getting very ill and then within
a week you are in a new place with a human and two cats you dont even know…Holy Cow thats alot to deal with. So along with patience empathy is key NOT pity. As hard as it is to watch them freak out all you can do is find the trigger and try to work with them to desensitize them. Hearing car noises dont set her off anymore. But the
Lady had to work very hard wif her and reassured her hey Boo you ok now this is your home too she did things like heres a treat or soothing words or petting helps reassuring that we are safe is key. Will Boo ever sit in a window who knows not if she can see cars she wont at least not now. But will she peak out the window yes now she will from a distance look out. Thats a milestone for her only achieved within the last week.
Do not force anything it takes time for people to get over trauma and it does for animals as well. I can not say it enough there is no instant fix..have the patience to work with the cat find the trigger and make them see they are safe…over time that stress will disepate totally hopefully if not there are herbal remedies that help as well in soothing their stress. Learn your animals body language Boo will start moving her head a bit ears as
well right before she has an issue…now if our Lady sees it start she can react in a positive manner quickly and help her see she is safe. Above all else do not be afraid to ask others to help you. Our vet is wonderful and helped us alot with all her issues.

Anything else you would like to add or share with the readers?

Yes we would like to say we try to show the so called unadoptable pets are very much so adoptable and special needs does not mean we are less than..we are just different and we hope we show that on our page. And we are grateful for this interview and for all our pals on Facebook who have not only been supportive of us and pawesome pals to have, but have been helpful to all of us when we intergrated Boo into our family. Oh and Ask Jelly, the advice kitty will be back on either the first or last Sunday of every month in 2013.

Author’s Note: Miss Jelly had her advice column featured on the blog a few weeks ago and I couldn’t let her go without doing a full-fledged interview. So many thanks to her, Dozer, Miss Brooklyn and their Lady for letting me interview them. Photos were used with permission.  You can find them on facebook here

Meet Bug


Meet Bug

How old is Bug?

bug was born in the middle of march of 2012.

How did he get the name Bug?

To tell you the truth, I honestly don’t know where it came from! Originally his name at the shelter was Michael, and that just did not fit him at all. I was trying to think of some name that just *fit* and even called him Bodie for a day (that’s a ghost town in california that I love). Then, somehow BUG just leapt into my brain and I knew he had to be bug.

Can you explain a bit about Bug’s condition?

It is called Radial Hypoplasia and that means that his radius bones in his front legs failed to grow properly from a genetic mutation. the radius is one of the 2 long bones in the cat’s front legs and in cats like bug, the bone is extremely short or non-existent. this results in bug’s front legs being bent inward and originally he walked on his elbows. remarkably, bug’s left front leg somehow straightened itself out as he grew, i guess because of his determination to use it. it was less severe that his right leg. he seems to have developed muscles to compensate somehow and he now basically moves like a 3-legged cat. bug’s vet was very surprised by this unexpected adaption he made, and so was i. it just proves that when a cat is a kitten, you never really know how they will adapt and make the best use of what they have. by the way, cats like bug are nicknamed “Twisty Cats” or Kangaroo Cats because of the way they tend to develop more powerful hind legs and sit up like a kangaroo or meerkats, if you’ve ever seen the show Meerkat Manor. bug also has a very well-developed tail now because he uses it to aid himself in balancing. it is usually curved over his back like a question mark and has grown so muscular it reminds me of the tail of a mountain lion.

What were the preparations you made to accommodate Bug into the house?

No. I was going to see what accommodations he needed for instance, perhaps a baby gate at the top of the stairs or closing the door at the bottom of the stairs. I thought he might need a rug on the living room floor all the time, but he does OK on wooden floors. when he was a little kitten (I got him at 10 weeks of age), I put a pillow on the floor below the couch so he had something soft to land on when he jumped off. Eventually he didn’t need it anymore as he grew. Also, my bed is high, but it has a blanket chest at the foot of it. i put some soft things on that and bug knew enough all on his own to use the chest as something to jump up on to get up onto the bed. he is a very smart kitten. and then one day he simply leaped from the floor right up onto the bed and never uses the blanket chest anymore. He also jumps *off* the bed right down to the rug, and i confess that it makes me cringe a little because he makes quite a bang. but i have to believe that if it truly hurt him, he’s smart enough that he wouldn’t do it. He figured out how to use the cat door that goes out onto the enclosed back porch very quickly and also learned to use the second cat door that goes out to the cattery – something we built out of 2×4’s and heavy deer fencing so that the cats can sit out in the fresh air and sunshine when they want to. as for the stairs – bug climbed them the 2nd day he was here. I couldn’t believe my eyes – this little guy climbing on his elbows. I figured OK, he can get up the stairs… but can he get down? the answer was yes. it’s a little more difficult for him, but he does it. Nowadays he gallops up the stairs. You should see how fast he is when I shake the Greenies bag!

What would you like to say to people who are worried about adopting a special needs cat?

I would say let the cat show you what it can do. Let the cat explore and try things out. Your immediate reaction when it climbs on something might be ‘oh no!’ and you might want to go take them down, but I let bug do whatever he wanted to do under my watchful eye. if he got distressed, he would let me know by meowing and only then would I help him. One day I went out onto the back porch and he was climbing a 5 foot tall cat tree my father had built – it was just a tall, carpet covered pole with a hole to a platform at the very top. I thought OK, he got UP….how is he going to get DOWN? but when he got tired of playing up top, he just came down hind-end first. basically, depending on how fearless the cat is (bug is pretty fearless), they will experiment and teach themselves to handle things. I knew cats could be capable of AMAZING things because I’d worked for many years with special needs cats. One was named Baby and she had criss-crossed hind legs she could not use. She would pull herself along with her front legs everywhere. then one day she clearly got tired of that and just lifted her butt off the floor and walked across the room on her 2 front legs!

How is bug doing today?

bug is terrific. He is as rambunctious as you’d expect a kitten of 9 months to be.  He is lightning fast and makes me laugh every single day with his antics. He has no health problems whatsoever. He seems to get around better at a run than a walk. His right front leg kind of hangs there as if he needs a sling, but although it looks useless, he uses it a lot when he plays. When he was a baby he boxed with his elbows. 🙂 He has gained a pound a month, just as kittens should, but I want to keep him on the slimmer side as an adult so he won’t put too much excess pressure on his joints because that could give him arthritis.

Does Bug do any therapy or take medications? Or will he have surgery?

No, no therapy or medications. He makes up his own therapy and is apparently successful! Originally I got him some crocheted leggings from Leggings For Life, but he did not like to keep them on. They were to help him get around and to keep him from developing sores, but he hasn’t ever gotten any sores, so I gave up trying to keep them on him. As for surgery, I never had any intention of having any performed on him. I already knew from years of working with paralyzed cats, CH cats, etc, that they adapt and that humans can learn a lot from the way they accept the way they are and learn to develop and use their determination and skills. They have inspired me for years. if surgery failed or if he got an infection, he could have lost a leg and then he would only have ONE bad leg in front to get around with. No way was I taking that chance.

How did you get involved with special needs cats?

Many years ago I had a yellow cat named mattie who used to just about be velcroed to me. One morning he came downstairs and into the kitchen and he was leaning against the wall to walk, his legs sliding all over the place. I thought he’d had a stroke. he spent a few days in an emergency hospital as they tried to figure out the problem and it turned out that he had toxoplasmosis, which had caused a lesion in his brain, which in turn affected his ability to use his limbs on one side or feel if his paws were touching the floor.Aafter a HUGE vet bill, it turned out that some $5 antibiotics treated the problem. He never walked totally “right” again and we moved furniture around in the living room to make it ‘handicat accessible’. after that,Ii began going to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and working in the special needs building Kitty Motel during my vacations, which is where I met the amazing cat Baby.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Animals can teach us a lot if we stop to observe and learn and even teach us things we never knew about ourselves, or what we too can achieve.


In loving memory of sweet Mattie who left us too soon.


Author’s Note:
Thank you and Bug and his mom for answering the questions.. you can find Bug on his facebook page.. 
PS – I, the author do have a cat named Bug (aka Buggy) but this is not my cat. Just in case you were wondering. =^..^= 

Meet Rita the Naked Pit Bull


Meet Rita

How old are you Miss Rita?

I am 4 1/2 yrs old & thats mommy’s best guess. She picked my birthday as April 29th because she’s a April baby too!!

Where did your name come from?

My moms friend has a rescue, Odessa Rescue & Rehabilitation, and she heard about me after I was picked up wandering the streets and wound up at BARCS in MD. I had sarcoptic mange and a skin infection. Moms friend came and sprung me out and got me all better.

More on sarcoptic mange:

taken from http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_sarcoptic_mange?page=2#.UOUcE-Q0WSo

Hair Loss Caused by Mites (Canine Scabies), or Mange in Dogs

Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious skin disease found in dogs, caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. These mites will burrow through the skin causing intense itching and irritation. The scratching that results from mange is what causes the majority of the animal’s hair to fall out. This is a treatable medical condition, but is highly contagious for other animals and humans. Pet owners are advised to keep the dog quarantined while it is being treated for mange.


Intense scratching
Skin rash
Crust formation in the affected area
Hair loss (alopecia)


The most common cause of mange in dogs is exposure to another infected animal, as the mites quickly move from animal to animal. Kennels, animal shelters, dog parks, groomers and veterinary clinics have a high exposure rate of mange due to the close proximity with animals that are infected. The exposure generally occurs about two to six weeks before the first symptoms of mange are displayed.


After ruling out food allergies, chiggers, and bacterial infections of the skin (folliculitis), your veterinarian will conduct a physicial inspection of your dog to identify the type of microorganism that may have embedded into its skin; in this case, mites.


Dogs that have a non-seasonal form of sarcoptic mange will likely be treated with a scabicide — a drug that kills the itch mite. In some cases, the animal will be dipped in a scabicidal shampoo to kill all of the mites living in its skin. Ongoing treatment is necessary to kill all of the mites as the eggs will take time to hatch, and most treatments do not kill the eggs, only the living mites.

Living and Management

Complete response to the therapy may take between four to six weeks. Also, because of how contagious this type of mange is to humans and other animals, it is recommended you limit contact with the dog. In extreme cases, quarantining the animal may be required.

Humans who do come into contact with a dog infected with mange may develop a purplish rash on their arms, chest or abdomen. The issue will typically clear up once the dog with mahas been properly treated.


There are currently no known preventative measures for sarcoptic mange.

Do you require any extra care because you are naked?

I do, to keep my skin protected much like you protecting your skin. I have a wardrobe bigger than mommy’s. My cloths help keep me warm, protect me from the sun and from getting scratches when playing with my fur-siblings. Mom gives me massages with coconut oil a couple times a week and puts lotion on me when needed to keep my skin from getting dry and itchy.

Does anyone know why you are naked?

No, but there is a lot of speculation. Here’s a part of my bio that my mom wrote about my nakedness. “As for her beautiful nakedness (which I love) we have tried all sorts of things, she was spayed – hoping it might be hormonal, no hair. Tried many supplements over the yrs along with grain free kibble, no hair. Had her thyroid checked along with a CBC and urine, all normal. The skin on her back is almost marbled in its scaring and we wonder if someone may have poured something on her trying to kill the mange but instead burned her and damaged her skin, maybe its because she went untreated for the mange for so long AND/OR she was born this way.
*UPDATE* (11/3/12′) She recently had an appointment with a Dermatologist who thinks it may be due to her being exposed to the sun & having poor nutrition when she was on her own and that the hair follicles are dormant (remember she was picked up as a stray in MD and no clue how long she’d been on her own). Per the Dermatologist we tried Melatonin 3 times a day along with another medication which has an “off use” of hair growth for just over a week BUT I had some mixed emotions & was really torn on continuing the meds or not. After many talks with her dad, we decided to take her off the meds as she’s medically healthy, happy & not to mention very well loved. After all being neekid is part of what makes Rita, RITA! ”

What is your favorite thing to do?

Hang out with mom, sleeping, sun bathing and going for rides in the car with my mom.

Do you have any brofurs or sisfurs you live with?

I sure do!!! My sister & 1 of my brothers came from the same rescue as I did, how kewl is that!!! My other brothers Mommy & Daddy adopted from a kill shelter.

Do you support any rescues/shelters?

YES! A shelter & a rescue saved my life! BARCS in Maryland is the shelter I ended up at and then my moms friend who has a rescue pulled me from there & got me all better. Her rescue is Odessa Rescue and Rehabilitation located in Richmond, VA.

What would you like to say about rescuing/foster/adopting pit bulls?

Rescuing, fostering and adopting pit bulls is awesome, any dog for that matter! If you are unable to adopt fostering is an amazing thing to do to help save lives while not making a life time commitment. There are so many, many puppies and dogs dying in shelters waiting for their forever home that never comes =( . Fostering a dog is such an amazingly rewarding experience, you get the opportunity to SAVE A LIFE! How awesome is that! Mommy fostered a lot of puppies and dogs when she did rescue and she can’t say enough great things about it.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Please spay & neutered your pets. Shelters are over flowing with perfectly healthy animals that are killed every single day because there are just not enough homes. The only way to help with this massive problem is by spaying and neutering your beloved four-legged baby/babies. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Author’s Note: Many many thanks and pibble kisses to Miss Rita and her mom for answering my questions. Photos were used with permission. Visit miss rita on facebook.. or at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rita-the-Naked-Pit-Bull/359167900823272

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