A few weeks ago a discussion was held behind closed doors.
Pet bloggers got together and planned.
This, in itself, might be cause for some worry, except...
They came up with a Very Good Idea.
This holiday season, we would all give back to our local shelters, and share that experience with you. And perhaps, in the process, make a few cats very happy, and give our local shelters some much-needed exposure at this busy time of year.
Summer over at Sparklecat.com led the charge, and came up with a Santa Kitty Toy Hop where all could participate. She designed a great logo and is hosting the blog hop on her site at this link here.
Since we observe a different holiday this time of year, we might have changed things up just a bit. (We apologize profusely for what Faraday did to your logo, Summer...)
Maxwell, Faraday & Allie supervised the toy selection as well as treats and food.
Then I loaded up the car and headed over to Great Plains SPCA to spread a little holiday cheer.
Here's the Loot, Part 1:
And here's Part 2:
Oliver was out roaming, and he helped style the shots so they looked their best (good job, dude!).
He was an absolute sweetheart and clearly loved on by the staff and volunteers.
It's beyond me why a cat this gorgeous, friendly and loving is still waiting for a forever family!
And then I took a few of the toys around so the kitties could sample and give us a paws up/down:
First up was Zee. This personable girl gave us two paws WAY up on the green sparkle ball!
Next, we visited this gorgeous orange tabby girl (yes, girl!) Jazzi. Did you know most orange kitties are boys? She's a rare one, and oh so sweet!
She felt the red sparkle ball best suited her coloring.
As for Katie? She selected a grey mousie to guard, while watching the snow-covered yard through her window.
These are just a few of the eligible felines awaiting their forever homes at the Merriam Campus of Great Plains SPCA.
And, although we couldn't make it out there this trip, the twenty five FIV+ kitties awaiting their new families at Great Plains' Independence campus need a special shout out.
Please consider adopting one of these very deserving cats. They don't deserve the bad rap FIV+ has been given over the years. A recent five-year study by Maddie's Fund found not one single cat rooming with an FIV+ cat contracted the disease.
And guys, this disease is not that big a deal! As long as a cat receives regular annual preventive care - the kind of care any responsible pet owner should be providing their cats anyway - there is no reason an FIV+ cat can't live an equally long, healthy and happy life.
This is especially important where we live, in Kansas. Did you know Kansas is the last holdout, the only state in the union that forbids the adoption of FIV+ cats into homes? This is why all of Great Plains' FIV+ cats are at their Independence campus, on the Missouri side.
Please help us spread the word that people need not fear letting one of these special cats into their hearts and homes!
Wishing all of the cats at Great Plains SPCA a home for the holidays.
And wishing you all a most wonderful Season of Lights.
Maxwell: Momma was cooking Sunday afternoon, and taking photos of it for her new blog.
So I supervised. Here I am, helping to style the onion shot, to make sure it looked its best.
As you can see, I had to give the onion quite a pep talk. He shaped up quite well, though.
Momma swears the recipe's real yummy, and she's going to post it this Saturday. (It's a soup. Don't you think it's a bit weird that humans sometimes drink their food???)
We also thought now would be a good opportunity to remind everyone that onions aren't good for us felines. Or dogs either.
They're in a species of plants called allium. Did you know there are 95 different types of allium plant? And all of them are toxic to pets. That includes leeks, chives, garlic, and shallots, too. If you'd like to read more about how much onion it takes to be toxic to your pet, click here to read our Monday Medical report on it.
When you're doing your holiday cooking, remember: we pets can supervise, but no taste testing!
Unless you're cooking up a nice batch of bonito flakes.
Or dried chicken jerky.
Or maybe some liver or beef or....
Uh, gotta go. I think I left a bite or two in my bowl.