Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BLESSED SAMHAIN!!! (from the Gang)


Greetings! Midnight, Haley, Kiki, Tabitha and Sam here, wishing everyone the best Samhain ever!!! Mommy will be doing her uusal thing ~ sitting in the middle of a room in front of what looks like a coffee table or something and lighting her candles while reciting some words we can't understand. Not really sure what she is doing, but we know that we love it so much that we enjoy cuddling up next to her.

Maybe we will surprise her this year and help her set up her stuff? Won't she just LOVE that! Tee Hee!

Anyhow, have a purrrfect Samhain! Lots of meows!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween tid bit: A Ghost Cat

Greetings all! I found this little clip from Animal Planet's show, "Tha Haunted." and thought it was quite interesting! If you skip/forward to the time of 12:52, you will see the little story I am talking about. (remember to turn off my Witchy Cats Playlist first) ;)


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why does she do that?

Cats are, and have always been, a complete mystery! Perhaps that is a huge part of their allure. Our black and white female, Kiki, is a perfect example. Since our sweet little Maine Coon Tabitha has joined our little family, she has been an unbelievable wreck. At first I thought that she was merely upset at the fact that we brought another cat into the mix, and I am sure that that has a lot to do with it. But now, I am beginning to see signs of OCD. Yes, that's right. Animals, cats in particular, can develop this human behavioral disorder.

You see, when we first brought Kiki home to live with us, she was barely 2 months old. Barely old enough to be weaned off of her mother cat although we were told that she was no longer nursing. We noticed much later that she liked to "lick" things ~ rugs, covers, pillows, blankets, faces! Coming from a cat, it seemed a bit odd to us and so I began to do some research on why cats do this and I kept getting the same basic answer: Cats are prone to licking things when they are taken from their mother cat too soon.

And now, with the addition of Tabby we have noticed that this mannerism has gotten much worse. I am now beginnng to wonder if this is because she is so stressed out that she has developed a type of disorder such as OCD? Whereas I was rather unhappy with what seemed to be her unwillingness to adapt to the new cat (and I still haven't ruled that possibilty out), I am actually finding myself beginning to feel a bit sorry for her. I want to help her, but I do not have the first clue what to do. Is she hissing, growling and snarling all of the time because she is afraid of Tabby for some strange reason? Mind you, Tabby has shown absolutely no aggression toward any of our other cats what-so-ever since she has been in the house. In fact, if anything, she took a lot of abuse from them with their hissing and so forth immediately after she was brought in. Or, is she just simply having such a hard time adapting to the changes going on within the hierarchy?

Of course, that "hierarchy" has not changed one bit. Tabby does not chase Kiki or attempt to challenge her in any way. She does not even try to stare her down ever? The truth is that Kiki is still the boss. The alpha cat. If only she would give things a chance she would quickly realize this?

In the meantime though, we will continue to try to work with her by trying to make her feel safe (if that is in fact the problem?), make sure she knows that she is still loved and cared for so that she does not feel so insecure, and, last but not least, keep our paws crossed!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My little secret ...

You all know how very much I love cats! No big secret there, eh? But what you don't know and what I haven't told you until now, is that I have a slight allergy to them. Yes my friends, if I pet one of my kitties and then inadvertently rub or touch one of my eyes, they immediately get red, watery and itchy! If I get scratched by a cat, my skin puffs up like a balloon.

No matter though, it has never been bad ~ just minor and nothing to concern myself with. And most certainly no reason to stop living with cats!!!! I could never imagine my life without them ~ ever!

Wishing ALL a very Blessed Sunday!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Introducing ... Spirit and Salem!

I just wanted to introduce all of you to my dear friend, Willow's, two newest members of the family...

This is the handsome "Salem"
 and this is the very beautiful "Spirit"
These gorgeous black kitties were rescue cats. Willow tells me that Salem just loves to lie underneath her altar ...
The altar, by the way, was handmade by her hubby Sean.

And, she says "Thank you so much for my prizes!! They arrived today and my wreath is on my altar." Salem claimed the toys and she assures me he "is enjoying it probably more than he should.... lol!" Way to go, Salem!

Brightest Blessings ALL!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Name Game

My hubby and I have no children other than our furr babies. We always refer to them as our "kids" and as such we have always given them middle names. Sound funny? Well, not to us.  Without them, our home is nothing more than four walls.

So in keeping with our tradition, we have decided to give Tabitha the middle name of "Sarina."

"Tabitha Sarina"
"Haley Lynn"
"Midnight Star"
"Kiki Lee"
In my humble opinion, and I admit that I am very bias on this particular matter, we couldn't have asked for better children and we can't imagine out lives without our blessed felines!!  ;)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Getting along ... sort of

Since Tabby's move from outdoor kitty to spoiled indoor feline, I must say that she is adjusting rather well! Midnight has accepted her (no real surprise there), Haley has gotten much, much better (she is a moody Calico anyway), and Kiki, well what can I say about Kiki? She is still trying to make her own pecking order adjustments ~ although Tabby has offered her no resistance at all to the contrary. Kiki just hasn't figured out quite yet that she is still "the boss" ... the "alpha cat" if you will?

In the meantime, Tabby is learning to enjoy the creature comforts of the house-cat life ...

Wishing everyone a purrfect weekend!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Witchy Cats Halloween Photo Contest Winners!

Happy Saturday! First of all my friends, I want to send out a HUGE “THANK YOU” to ALL of you who have participated. You have made this photo contest a lot of fun! It was so awesome to meet all of your kitty cats and learn a little bit about them.

Okay, ready? Now here are the winner’s of the four prizes:

1) Witchy Cats wreath: Sandy Sandy’s “Opie” and “Pye Pye” (Sandy Sandy’s Web Log)

"Pye Pye"
(Sandy ~ since I have both Opie and Pye Pye’s pics entered together, I will also be sending a homemade Catnip Mouse toy to you in addition to your Witchy Cats Wreath.)

2) "Scaredy Cats" Coffee Table Book: Moncha (Magpie Hollow)
"Here's a picture of our cat Saba with her little cauldron. She is a real hunter and very strong. This was taken when she was a kitten, she is much bigger now ; )"
3) Witchy Wreath #1: Willow (Becoming Six)
"Patchouli (aka Chiles, Chulie-Bear) has been with us almost from the very beginning! She and her twin brother LatÈ were the first pets for Sean. And she has been totally in love with him from that day. She often will stroke his face and looks at him with such adoration in her eyes, her feelings for him are evident!"

4) Witchy Wreath #2: Desert Siren  (Everyday Domestic Goddess)

"Well this was taken not to dress him up for a contest but rather my 5 year old daughter torturing him, lol. He was such a good sport he kept the wings on for almost 3 hours before he looked at me like "HELP ME!!" He is the sweetest cat one can ever meet. His name is Goliath and he is a rescue from our local pound and was on death row. He had been there for almost 2 years stuck in a little glass box. We went there looking for our lost cat and as I walked by he had his face smooshed up against the glass and just wanted to be loved. So we asked to see him in the bonding area and the family just fell in love. And since he was in the 5+ years old category we got him at a discount (I know sounds weird but true) so for 20 bucks we got us a new love. So they really dont know his exact age they tell us 5 years old. He was found after his original owners said he ran away and found inside of an abandon broken down car which he was stuck inside. If you look at his left eye you can see its half shut. It got cut somehow and now he has scarring in that eye which causes it to always be smaller looking and very watery. He's okay with his eyesight but we still get it looked at during his check ups. He gets along with everyone and every animal. Anyone who walks in this house gets a warm welcome from him and dogs, other cats, birds and even our turtles he will rub his head against. I cant imagine putting this lovable cat down. I'm so happy we found him."
Congrats to everyone!...BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!

Since it was so very difficult to choose from so many wonderful kitties, I have decided to give EVERYONE a gift! It makes me so happy to be able to do this as I truly feel that ALL of you are winners and all of your furr babies are deserving! The following friends will receive a handmade Catnip Mouse toy as crocheted and knitted by me and stuffed with “Cosmic Catnip” for their furr babies ...

Jacqueline (Cheapskate Blethering)

"Blue, who we often call the Fae cat, is 5 years old and looks exactly like a Russian blue, hence the name...he is, in fact, the progeny of a calico mother and 'anybody's guess' father that we adopted when he was wee. Whilst he adores me, climbs all over me and generally acts very 'kittenish' when I'm around he is very standoffish with everyone else. Amongst other things, Blue has a tendency to howl at the top of his lungs when I'm sick or in pain...even when I'm inside and he is not; he also refuses to come in the house when I am home alone...instead, he patrols around the house continually until someone else returns home, at which time he will come in and plop himself on my lap or as close to it as he can come if I'm busy with something. Then again, he also loves playing in water and tunneling in the snow...in the photograph he has wee snowflakes on his whiskers from doing just that. Altogether he is a delight and my little guardian."

Robin Larkspur (Wiccan Writes)

"Pixie" and "Pyewacket"
Hey, where'd they go???
Peekaboo kitties! Pixie checking out Pyewacket hiding inside the pumpkin bag! LOL!

(Robin ~ I am also sending you a brand new “Cat Dancer” toy for your 5-month old kittens to enjoy!)

Wendy S. (The Year of the Cats)

"Miss Bella"
Very elegant girl!


Sean A. & Willow's
"Mystic (aka Missy, Miss Priss, The Bitch) was adopted from the humane society after the passing of our beloved LatÈ. She was the fierce protector of the water bowl and would attack our feet any time we got too close. Mean and grouchy, she still wormed our way in to our hearts. She was my favorite (shhh... don't tell anyone!). She was with us for almost 12 years before we lost her to renal failure. I spent weeks walking around the house looking for her after she passed and I still miss her daily."

And finally, a special Honorable Mention submitted by Stacy of MagicLoveCrow. This is a loving tribute to her beloved "Falco" ... Thank you so very much for sharing this with us, Stacy! ;)

"I was blessed to have Falco for 18 years. He was my cat and a smart one! He was a rescued cat and the runt of the litter. The first night, mom had him in the kitchen. He could walk around, but she had a gate, that he couldn't get anywhere else. When we woke in the morning, he had caught a mouse on his first night! Mom was like, that's it, we are keeping him! LOL! I am allergic to animals, but I still love them. I had Falco trained, that he would not enter my bedroom. He would wait outside my bedroom door for me. Then, I started feeling bad, so I let him in my bedroom, but not on my bed! That changed too! LOL! He also liked playing high 5 with me! I would say Falco, hi 5 and he would lift his paw and I would lift my hand and we would touch ;o) His favorite treat was licking the salt off of potato chips. I had dropped one on the floor one day, and he licked it clean. Didn't eat the chip, though! LOL! I could go on and on ;o) I will always love my Falco ;o) I hope you enjoyed meeting him ;o)"

  ~ Big Hugs, Stacy

(Stacy ~ You will be receiving a small Autumn Wreath, my friend, reminiscent of the meaning of Mabon and the rememberance of our loved ones who have passed on to the Summerland) ...

So if each of you could please e-mail me your address in which to mail your prizes and gifts to at Ladycaer1964@yahoo.com, I would be more than happy to send them to you!

Have a fantastic weekend ALL!!

Brightest Blessings ~

Kim & Cats

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just a little Reminder!

Greetings, my friends! I just wanted to send out a little reminder to everyone that this Friday is the deadline for submitting your pics for my "Witchy Cats Halloween Photo Contest." This contest includes both this blog and followers of my Wiccan Life blog.

Many thanks to those of you who have already submitted your kitties pics! There is still plenty of room for more entries, so please feel free to e-mail me your pics and requested info at Ladycaer1964@yahoo.com


And remember, it is all about your cats so the pics do not need to be elaborate or professional-looking at all.  The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 6th!!

What's in a Name?

Ever wonder where the title of this blog originally came from? Well, it was supposed to be a play on the word "witch" actually. I knew I wanted to start a blog about cats and witches and then hubby came up with the idea of "Witch Cats Blog" ~ as in "which" cats blog is it? Get it? I know, strange right? LOL!

Anyway, I wanted to dedicate this blog to ALL cats and their loving guardians, not just my own magickal kitties!!  :-)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Getting to know you

Since Tabitha has been back from her surgery on Friday, she has gone through a kind of learning experience. While we still must keep her downstairs in her holding cage until her paws are fully healed, she spends a great deal of time upstairs with the rest of our furr babies.

For the first couple of days she hid underneath our sofa and we literally had to coax her out at bedtime with her favorite cat treats. However, each day seems to be getting better for her and today she decided to lie on top of the sofa rather than under it ~ allowing us to love on her a bit while she purred.

After this Thursday we will be able to keep her upstairs with all of us full-time and she will also be able to use the regular litter box. Something that I think she will come to enjoy immensely!!

In an effort to help encourage a bond between her and our other kitties, hubby bought some "Cat Dancer" toys ...
He actually bought the last four the pet store had left ~ our cats love these things and go through them like they are going out of style!