xtina: A wistful kitten: "CAPSLOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE -- ALL THE TIME" (capslock)
I'm ISO a door sensor. This would need three things:

1. A way of toggling the active status without having to bend over.
2. An alert sound when the sensor is triggered.
3. The ability to change what the sound is.

Context: Goddamn noisy bastard cats. I want a "door" sensor placed at a certain point in the hallway, where if one of the cats breaks the sensor, there's a sound like a can of air, or there actually is a can of air.

Where do I begin looking?
xtina: A wistful kitten: "CAPSLOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE -- ALL THE TIME" (capslock)
Most mornings, Java is the one to wake me up with demands for food. He's an 18-year-old hulking landshark of a cat, and he usually meows and nibbles on my hand until I give in.

This morning, Sam, the 8-year-old plush doofus, came up instead. I sleep with my head on one edge of the pillow, and so she sat on the rest of it. She purred, boofed my head, and kept shifting position, and I kept patting her and trying to ignore her. Until she reached out one single paw, like she wasn't sure what she was supposed to be doing*, and patted me on the head.

* She was the runt of the litter. R tells me it took her a year to figure out how to scratch a scratching post right.

I only got 5 hours of sleep and so I should be grumpy as hell, but that was just the cutest thing.
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Turns out Leilani was absent, due to being a fostered cat.  Alas.  [personal profile] rosefox and I went anyhow ([personal profile] regyt couldn't go, alas, due to a prior thing), and I instead saw and fell in hearts with Jasmine.

I know what it says, I know what I say, and I win, so whatever.  I'm set with Jasmine.  Her current name is irrelevant.  To wit:

X: *to @rosefox* I'm going to test something here. *to the cat* Rose!
K(itty): *cocks an ear back*
X: Monkey!
K: *looks at me*
R: Armadillo!
K: *glances at R*
R: Brontosaurus!
K: *goes toward R*
X: Mark!
K: *glances at me*
X+R: *hilarity*

(All in the calling-a-cat tone of voice, of course.)

So yeah.  I could call her Princess Kitty Boo-Boo Fuck and she wouldn't notice, which is precisely as it should be.

She is sweet, playful, quiet (she didn't meow that I recall), generally calm about things (one can be both playful and calm), soft like soft things are soft, and she has this face, can I even explain, no I can't, because face.  And her eyes!  And the way she rolled on the catnipped blanket so hard that she bonked her head into the cabinet!  *straight face*

Rose had a good idea, of introducing (when we're at that phase) Jasmine to Java first, as Java (a) owns the house, (b) is the calmer of the two, and (c) can show Sam that it's all good and she can stand down.  I'm predicting general confusion followed by mild hostility from Java, leading into a firm statement of dominance, winding up in a possible head-lickin'.  From Sam, I'm predicting protracted ignorance of the situation, until she finally realises that that smell means there's Another Cat.  At which point she will poof, hiss, run far far away, pee on everything not unlike a garden-hose sprinkler, and possibly curse our grandchildren.

I'm nervous that I won't be a good cat owner, because I'm somehow not the best, most phlegmatic, most calm and caring and peaceful kitty-person in the world, which is of course the Platonic ideal, X get off the ledge now please thank you.  But still!  I am not the most perfect person, I have erred with cats (like when I misjudged the distance between Sam and a light fixture), and this means I should never have cats, right?

This means I should lightbox, right?

One cat was super-lovey but we didn't "click", and I felt so guilty.  I could love that cat!  I could be that person so that that cat could be loved!!  Aaaaa!  Or the adolescent boy cat, or the mama cat and her kittens, oh my god, how morally deficient am I that I have not made life choices such that I can adopt all the cats?!  (Actually, one future-me is totally all about adopting FeLV+/FIV+ cats, because not enough people can or want to.  I should make more life choices to get me there.  *cough*)

The to-do list right now is to make my room more cat-friendly, immediately.  This means swapping sheets out, sweeping, setting up a good place for food/water, moving the cat tree dealio, moving the litter box in, and putting another lamp down where there's the kitteh.  Also maybe putting something in the closet for her to sleep on, as it's a nice dark corner where she can hide.  I don't predict her hiding a lot, to be honest, but I want her to feel like this is her space.
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I followed a link to some really good fic about Susan Pevensie, by [personal profile] cofax7, plus follow-up discussion.  (The link goes to the cut-tag area on purpose.)  From there, I found Ana Mardoll, and then through there I found [livejournal.com profile] limyaael.

I am entirely in hearts with overthinking things.

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Every morning when I go to work, I pop into McD's to get coffee and hash browns.  The bus drops me off on the opposite side of the street, at the crosswalk.  Bus-side, there's also a blackberry hive (I don't know the proper term for "an infestation of blackberries"), and someone put a blue tarpaulin out, to provide cover for two stray kitties.

Here's Smoky!  I usually buy them a sausage muffin with no cheese, if I see them when I get off the bus.  Because kittehs.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far: comment count unavailable
xtina: (Default)
I followed a link to some really good fic about Susan Pevensie, by [personal profile] cofax7, plus follow-up discussion.  (The link goes to the cut-tag area on purpose.)  From there, I found Ana Mardoll, and then through there I found [livejournal.com profile] limyaael.

I am entirely in hearts with overthinking things.

--

Every morning when I go to work, I pop into McD's to get coffee and hash browns.  The bus drops me off on the opposite side of the street, at the crosswalk.  Bus-side, there's also a blackberry hive (I don't know the proper term for "an infestation of blackberries"), and someone put a blue tarpaulin out, to provide cover for two stray kitties.

Here's Smoky!  I usually buy them a sausage muffin with no cheese, if I see them when I get off the bus.  Because kittehs.
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Dear cat-lovers everywhere:

You require this cat:



She sans name clearly needs lovins.  I would do this immediately, except my live-in partner is ER-worthy allergic to cats at this time.  Which is probably a good thing, given my love of kitties.

She's in Burbank, CA, US.  Xtina-approved info can be found here.

I wish I could adopt this cat.  I'm going to go put (mild, societally-approved) pressure on Josh to get his shots, for future cats.  (A future cat.  Of course.)  But I can't, so someone really, really should.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far: comment count unavailable
xtina: (Default)
Dear cat-lovers everywhere:

You require this cat:



She sans name clearly needs lovins.  I would do this immediately, except my live-in partner is ER-worthy allergic to cats at this time.  Which is probably a good thing, given my love of kitties.

She's in Burbank, CA, US.  Xtina-approved info can be found here.

I wish I could adopt this cat.  I'm going to go put (mild, societally-approved) pressure on Josh to get his shots, for future cats.  (A future cat.  Of course.)  But I can't, so someone really, really should.
xtina: (Default)
This formula is so obvious, and yet:

* I see a street kitty.
* I get Very Concerned, but am resolved that street kitties are basically themselves.
* It's friendly, or otherwise not entirely a street kitty.
* I die a thousand deaths inside because my life is not such that I can take in every cat I meet.

I think I take all my caring about humans that I hold in, and stash it all in kitty-welfare, or something.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far: comment count unavailable
xtina: (Default)
This formula is so obvious, and yet:

* I see a street kitty.
* I get Very Concerned, but am resolved that street kitties are basically themselves.
* It's friendly, or otherwise not entirely a street kitty.
* I die a thousand deaths inside because my life is not such that I can take in every cat I meet.

I think I take all my caring about humans that I hold in, and stash it all in kitty-welfare, or something.
xtina: (Default)
This kitty needs a home.  Her owner is dying, and the owner's caretaker is both fantastic and hospital-grade allergic to cats.  The kitty, Murph, is 14 years old, and is verra fluffeh.

This is around Baltimore, Maryland, US.

Pass it on.


Pet peeve: seeing this request reposted multiple elsewheres, with no indication as to where the cat currently lives.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.
xtina: (Default)
This kitty needs a home.  Her owner is dying, and the owner's caretaker is both fantastic and hospital-grade allergic to cats.  The kitty, Murph, is 14 years old, and is verra fluffeh.

This is around Baltimore, Maryland, US.

Pass it on.


Pet peeve: seeing this request reposted multiple elsewheres, with no indication as to where the cat currently lives.
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(This kind of thing is just always awkward.  Lord.)

[livejournal.com profile] penghuin has a cat, Spooky.  She is one of the friendliest, purriest, most unstartleable kitties I've ever known.  She's a teensy cat who is full of boofins.

She's also getting old.  She's been steadily losing weight for some time now, down to 7 pounds from 12.  She's had some litter box issues, which is exceedingly rare for her.  She's currently on antibiotics for a UTI.  [livejournal.com profile] penghuin wants to get pet insurance for her, which is $209 for the first year and would cut costs of various procedures in quarter or half (depending), so that he can better afford future procedures and tests and things.  However, he currently really can't afford it.  Like, "groceries or electricity?" levels of can't afford it.  I can chip in for some, but I'm saving up for apartmenting, so I can't just buy it for him like I want to.

So, I am putting up this PayPal button, to request donations for Spooky's insurance.  Even if it's just five bucks -- every little bit helps.  All donations will be sent to [livejournal.com profile] penghuin.  Any overlap will go towards future tests-and-things for her.


Thank you.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.
xtina: (Default)
(This kind of thing is just always awkward.  Lord.)

[livejournal.com profile] penghuin has a cat, Spooky.  She is one of the friendliest, purriest, most unstartleable kitties I've ever known.  She's a teensy cat who is full of boofins.

She's also getting old.  She's been steadily losing weight for some time now, down to 7 pounds from 12.  She's had some litter box issues, which is exceedingly rare for her.  She's currently on antibiotics for a UTI.  [livejournal.com profile] penghuin wants to get pet insurance for her, which is $209 for the first year and would cut costs of various procedures in quarter or half (depending), so that he can better afford future procedures and tests and things.  However, he currently really can't afford it.  Like, "groceries or electricity?" levels of can't afford it.  I can chip in for some, but I'm saving up for apartmenting, so I can't just buy it for him like I want to.

So, I am putting up this PayPal button, to request donations for Spooky's insurance.  Even if it's just five bucks -- every little bit helps.  All donations will be sent to [livejournal.com profile] penghuin.  Any overlap will go towards future tests-and-things for her.


Thank you.
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Cast Of Kittehs:

* Pie: That's the roomie's cat.  Indoor-esque only, fixed, meow meow meow.
* Kitten Enemy Of The State: Oddly-striped cat who has taken to marking his territory.
* Little Kitten: Violet-dusky back, friendly to Pie, doesn't run when someone goes outside near him.  (I'll actually tell him I'm just going from one place to another, and I suppose he picks up on tone, as he doesn't run.)
* Kitty Momma: The momma cat I mentioned, with scabs and wooze.
* The orange tabby: I call him-or-her Marm.  Standard orange tabby cat.
* The grey fluffy suspicious one: No name.  Long-hair, grey, infinitely susfishious.
* The white-with-orange-splotches female: I call her V-Face, because I'm not that original sometimes.
* The dusky-backed one: I only saw this cat once, so I dunno.

These are all (except Pie, of course) neighbourhood cats, brought to us by the next-door neighbour's complete unwillingness to get any of the cats fixed.

Jody (male roomie) has been seeing Little Kitten and V-Face being very friendly lately.  Today, he also saw two baby kittens in the back yard.

*massive facepalm*
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Cast Of Kittehs:

* Pie: That's the roomie's cat.  Indoor-esque only, fixed, meow meow meow.
* Kitten Enemy Of The State: Oddly-striped cat who has taken to marking his territory.
* Little Kitten: Violet-dusky back, friendly to Pie, doesn't run when someone goes outside near him.  (I'll actually tell him I'm just going from one place to another, and I suppose he picks up on tone, as he doesn't run.)
* Kitty Momma: The momma cat I mentioned, with scabs and wooze.
* The orange tabby: I call him-or-her Marm.  Standard orange tabby cat.
* The grey fluffy suspicious one: No name.  Long-hair, grey, infinitely susfishious.
* The white-with-orange-splotches female: I call her V-Face, because I'm not that original sometimes.
* The dusky-backed one: I only saw this cat once, so I dunno.

These are all neighbourhood cats, brought to us by the next-door neighbour's complete unwillingness to get any of the cats fixed.

Jody (male roomie) has been seeing Little Kitten and V-Face being very friendly lately.  Today, he also saw two baby kittens in the back yard.

*massive facepalm*
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[info] - personalrosefox was helpful cat and gave me a link to reporting animal abuse online to the Oregon Humane Society.  For serious, everything should be online, just so I never have to use the phone.

Their form is deficient - there should be a way of adding/subtracting animal sections.  (The next-door neighbour also has a dog with a serious case of the mange, and has let various kitties loose due to not caring to fix "her" cats.)  I may write the webmaster and make a polite suggestion along those lines.

Anyways.  I sent a report in to the OHS.  We'll see.

Also, a note: Google Street View is wicked helpful in identifying places.  "Here's a link - they're the one with the $vehicle in the driveway."

I'm gonna go back to eating tortilla chips and feeling unreasonably guilty.
xtina: (Default)
[personal profile] rosefox was helpful cat and gave me a link to reporting animal abuse online to the Oregon Humane Society.  For serious, everything should be online, just so I never have to use the phone.

Their form is deficient - there should be a way of adding/subtracting animal sections.  (The next-door neighbour also has a dog with a serious case of the mange, and has let various kitties loose due to not caring to fix "her" cats.)  I may write the webmaster and make a polite suggestion along those lines.

Anyways.  I sent a report in to the OHS.  We'll see.

Also, a note: Google Street View is wicked helpful in identifying places.  "Here's a link - they're the one with the $vehicle in the driveway."

I'm gonna go back to eating tortilla chips and feeling unreasonably guilty.
xtina: (Default)
Momma Cat next door is sick, and woozy, and dozy, and has a bunch of tracts of scabs along her back.  I am an utter failure as a human being, else I would have been able to gather her up and put her in the damn car to take her to the vet.  As it is, I slipped up, and now she trusts me less.

And she's sitting in front of the house with the bushes against the front of it, because she is clever.  If I had leather sleeves/gloves, I'd just reach in, but nooo.

*frustrated*

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