Oct 282016

Wally and Ernie are talking

So have you met her yet, Ernie?

Met who?

Our house guest.

We have a house guest?

Guess that means you haven’t met her. Yeah, Ernie…we have a house guest…her name is Sadie and she’s one of the cats from the shelter the mom volunteers with.

Sadie is looking for a home

What’s she doing here, Wally?

Well, from what I’ve heard the mom say, the floors at the intake facility for the shelter have to be repaired which is gonna take a few days. That meant all the cats there needed to be moved out. The only place to house them temporarily is the adoption center. In order to make room for them, many of the cats at the adoption center needed temporary foster homes…so that’s why Sadie is staying with us.

Sadie...Sadie...pretty lady

Have you met her, Wally?

Nope…and I don’t think any of us will get the chance. She’s staying in the room down below. Even though the mom says Sadie is really sweet…super friendly…and very pretty…she doesn’t want to upset us, so we’ll probably not meet her.

Could Sadie be any sweeter?

The mom’s not getting any ideas about making Sadie a permanent resident, is she, Wally? I don’t think I like that idea.

Nah, don’t worry about that, Ernie. This is just a little vacation for Sadie away from the shelter.

Well, Wally, I’ve always said living on the island was like being at Club Med.

We hope Sadie finds a home soon

Island Cat Mom here. Yes, we have a house guest…beautiful Sadie…one of the cats from our shelter looking for a home. She’ll be staying with us until next Tuesday. The shelter says she’s about 4 years old (but she’s a tiny thing…I have my doubts about that age) and she’s such a sweetheart…she loves people. I apologize for the not-so-great photos…the lighting in the basement isn’t the best, and I didn’t want to use the flash with her. But her coloring and markings are just stunning. She has a little bit of a watery eye and she’s taking medication for it.

Despite their “talk,” I don’t think Wally, Ernie or Zoey are aware of Sadie being here, though they’re quite curious as to why I’m spending so much time in the basement lately.

If anyone wants more information about Sadie or would like to give her a forever home, please let us know.


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Oct 262016


Wally is in the haunted house

Halloween is a few days away…and the Haunted House has made an appearance again. Of course, I must check it out to see if there’re any ghosts, demons or monsters living in it.

Wally is checking out the haunted house

I’m looking in every nook and cranny. So far so good…I’m not finding anything scary.

The Haunted House is demon-free

Whew! Nothing spooky in here. All the ghosts and goblins must have moved out. It’s just a plain ol’ house now.

A demon has moved into the Haunted House

Uh oh! I spoke too soon. Looks like a demon has just moved in! Somebuddy call the Exorcist!


These eyeballs are purrfect for whapping

Hey! Look! We’re up to our eyeballs in eyeballs! It’s the prize package we won from 15 and Meowing…including an eyeball catnip mat and some fun eyeball toys. Thanks, Miss Ellen and the rest of the gang for our scary Halloween prize!


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Oct 242016

Hey everybuddy! Wally here…along with Ernie…and we’re celebrating ‘Tocktober!

It's 'Tocktober

What’s ‘Tocktober? It’s a fun tradition started years ago by our furiend, Derby, where we show our butttocks to celebrate the month of October…and his birthday…which was October 20. Derby went to the Rainbow Bridge a couple of years ago, but that doesn’t stop all us kitties from celebrating ‘Tocktober in his memory. Besides…we all know how much everybuddy likes to see kitty ‘tocks, right?

We know we’re a little late with celebrating Derby’s birthday…but though we missed the date…we don’t wanna miss out on showing our handsome ‘tocks.

These are Wally's handsome tocks

Here’re my ‘tocks in all their orangey and stripey goodness.

These are Ernie's 'tocks

And Ernie’s shiny house-panther ‘tocks. Yeah, after I checked out the teepee, Ernie had to check it out, too. I tell ya…wherever I go…he goes.

Sorry…no Zoey ‘tocks this year. She said something about a true ladycat never shows her ‘tocks in public. Heck, with the way she acts sometimes, I sure wouldn’t call her a ladycat!

Happy ‘Tocktober, everybuddy!


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Oct 232016

This isn't a Halloween scary two-headed monster

Hey guys. No, this isn’t some weird Halloween two-headed monster cat thing that me and Wally are doing. I was trying to take my selfie for today and Wally butted right in.

Y’know…Wally does a lot of complaining about me invading his space. But don’t let all that whining fool you. All his talk about wanting to be alone is just that…talk…but you guys knew that, didn’tcha? He’ll lay on top of me first chance he gets.

Well, looks like he’s not gonna move anytime soon, so it’s a double selfie for us today.


Me and Wally are pawticipating in
The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfies Blog Hop.
To join the Hop or to see other selfies
click HERE!


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Oct 192016


My orange furs go with the fall colors

Hey! Look at me! It’s mid-October and I’m sitting in the window getting in some window whiffies. That’s not typical. But we’ve been having some great weather the past few days…warm and sunny…though it did get kinda cloudy yesterday. All the leaves are changing colors now, too.  My orange furs go really well with those trees out there…don’tcha think?

I think they call this “Indian Summer” which according to Google is…and I quote…“a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn.”  Call it want you want…but I call it wonderful!

Fall air smells different than spring or summer air

*sniff sniff sniff*

Have you ever noticed that fall air smells totally different than spring or summer air? Kinda aged…a little old…but in a good way.  Well, after today, I hear this great weather will be gone so I’m gonna get in all the whiffs I can to hold me over for awhile. It’s a long way off ‘til spring!


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Oct 172016

Ernie with Stella & Chewy's Duck Duck Goose

Hey guys. Ernie here. Are you a cat parent that would like to feed your cat raw but don’t want all the muss and fuss that comes with it? Well, lemme tell you about one of my favorite raw foods…Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw dinner morsels.

As part of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach program, we received a bag of the Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw Duck Duck Goose dinner morsels to try. Now, I have to confess, I already eat the Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried Chick Chick Chicken flavor and I absolutely love it. But this was my first time trying the Duck Duck Goose flavor.

reasons to feed freeze-dried raw food

Stella & Chewy’s® has created a commercial raw pet food that would be as good as what you can make at home. They only use premium meats and fish and all fruits and vegetables are certified organic. They add minerals, vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants to each dinner to make it complete and balanced.

Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw food does not contain any grains, fillers, artificial ingredients or colorings. The freeze-drying process removes the moisture without cooking…and maintains the benefits of food in its raw state. It provides vital proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and natural enzymes that us cats need to be healthy. And freeze-drying locks in the flavor.

Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw Duck Duck Goose dinner morsels are:

* 100% complete and balanced
* 98% poultry, organ and bones
* Suitable for all stages of life
* All natural with added vitamins, minerals and probiotics
* Made with cage-free poultry with no antibiotics or hormones
* Grain-free and gluten free formula reduces allergic reactions
* Made in the USA

Stella & Chewy freeze-dried raw moistened with water

Lemme tell you how the mom serves me the Stella & Chewy’s®. Though you can feed the Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw dry, the best way…and how I recommend…is to soak it in warm water first to soften it up. That’s what the mom does. Then she mixes it into my grain-free wet food…about 50-50 proportions. Sometimes when I don’t finish all my food, she crumbles up a few of the Stella & Chewy’s® morsels on top of my food to get me to eat the rest.

Ernie eating Stella & Chewy freeze-dried raw

So what do I think of the Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw Duck Duck Goose?  I love it almost as much as I love the Chick Chick Chicken Dinner. I give it my paw of approval! And from me, that’s one BIG paw! Wally was so-so with it, but that’s okay…it just means more for me. Zoey hasn’t tried it because with her megacolon, raw is not the best choice of foods for her.

Chewy Logo

You can get Duck Duck Goose and all the other varieties of Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw foods, including the ones for dogs, at Chewy.com. Pet parents, if you aren’t shopping for your pet’s needs at Chewy.com, you really should be. We get all our food from Chewy.com. Their prices and selections are great…all orders over $49 ship for free…and shipping is quick…most orders are received within 2-3 days. Their customer service is top notch, too.  And Chewy always uses the BEST boxes for shipping!

We love Chewy boxes!

Disclaimer:  As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received the Stella & Chewy’s® freeze-dried raw Duck Duck Goose dinner morsels as compensation in exchange for our fair and honest review. Chewy.com is not responsible for the contents of this post. The Island Cats will only share products and information that we believe are of interest to our readers.


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Oct 162016

Ernie-headshotHi guys. I know you usually expect to see a selfie of me today…but today is an important day that we want to acknowledge. It’s National Feral Cat Day…a day to think about the cats that live outside…you know…the ones that don’t have comfy homes.

National Feral Cat Day was started back in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies as a way to share information and educate people about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and to recognize the millions of people who care for feral cats. Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of feral cats. Their mission is to end the killing of feral cats and lead the movement for their humane care.

National Feral Cat Day 2016 logo

The theme for this year’s Feral Cat Day is “All Cats All Communities.”

Feral Cat Facts

I thought I’d share some facts about feral cats. Did you know…

  • Feral cats are also called community or outdoor cats. They’re the same as pet cats but are more wild. These cats are often the offspring of unaltered strays. They usually will not like humans unless they’re socialized as kittens and therefore, are considered unadoptable.
  • Feral cats live in the country, in cities, in suburbs…around businesses, apartment complexes, restaurant parking lots…basically they go wherever they can find food.
  • Feral cats are carnivores but often end up eating garbage.
  • There are an estimated 60-120 million feral cats in the U.S. alone.
  • After the age of 6 months, cats can produced 3 litters of kittens a year. These litters usually have 2-4 kittens in them on average. Sadly, many feral kittens do not survive.
  • Virtually all of the feral cats brought into our nation’s animal control centers and shelters are killed.
  • TNR or Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane and effective way of caring for community cats and stabilizing their population.
  • The sign of a feral cat that’s been TNR’ed is a tipped ear.

How Can You Help Feral Cats?

So you want to help feral cats but you don’t know how or where to start. Well, one way is to get involved with your local groups or organizations that are already helping community cats. Contact your local animal shelter to find out if they have a feral cat program. Many do and could use help. If your local shelter doesn’t have a program, Alley Cat Allies has the Feral Friends Network and can put you in touch with someone in your area.

Once you’ve found an organization, you can:

  • Become a community cat caretaker by feeding and caring for community cats
  • Help with TNR efforts
  • Volunteer to help socialize feral kittens
  • Build shelters for feral cats
  • Help educate your neighbors and the community about feral cats
  • Donate to organizations that help feral cats

If there isn’t an organization in your area, why not start one of your own? Alley Cat Allies provides many tools and resources to help start your own community cat program.

Our Former Feral Cats

In honor of National Feral Cat Day…and the fact that it’s also Selfie Sunday…instead of a selfie of me, we’re featuring selfies taken by our former ferals.

Zoey Feral Cat Day selfie

Most of you know that our Zoey is a former feral…or at least a former part-feral kitty. After trapping her, the mom and dad-guy knew that if she was taken to a shelter, because of her lack of socialization, her chances of ever being adopted were pretty slim. At the time there weren’t any fosters willing to take Zoey, so the mom and dad-guy decided to bring her home to live. That was over 8 years ago. Zoey still has a bit of feral in her…but she loves life on the inside.

Chip Feral Cat Day selfie

Slim Feral Cat Day selfie

We’ve also told you about Chip and Slim, the outside cats that live at the dad-guy’s garden center. They showed up one day a few years ago and the dad-guy decided to let them stay. He and the mom trapped them, got them neutered and then returned them back outside. They have access to a garage area with lots of bales of straws and heated blankets. They’ve become friendlier towards humans, though they’re still a little skittish. They may not have all the comforts of home, but they are loved and well taken care of…even if they are outside cats.

National Feral Cat Day logo circle

If you’d like more information about feral cats and the work that Alley Cat Allies is doing for them… and ways for you to help…visit NationalFeralCatDay.org or the Alley Cat Allies website.


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