Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mojo's Been Helping Me Sew While waiting for the Kittens to Come

Everyday, I keep thinking this may be the day that Mojo has her kittens, but no kittens, so far.

So, we've been keeping busy sewing fuzzy fur type yarn on curtains that I made. I think I'll call them "Cat Scratch Curtains".

We also cut her favorite blanket in half and sewed up the raw edges. I don't think she liked me cutting it in half at first, as she was attacking the scissors. I do believe she enjoys having two blankets now, and it will come in handy on wash day, as Whaleshaman suggested in a comment to one of my posts. Thanks Whaleshaman.

Maybe tomorrow we'll have kittens. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Picasso portrait fetches $95.2m

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Picasso portrait fetches $95.2m
The above links to a news story of the recent auction of Picasso's Dora Maar Painting with Black Cat, which is the second highest price paid for a painting.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Where Will Mojo Have Her Kittens?

As the time is getting closer to the blessed event, I find myself consumed with wondering where Mojo will have her kittens!

After observing her walking into the closet and meowing, I got to thinking that maybe I should have taken Chris' advice to the "T", and put the box in there.

Well, when we went to Wal Mart yesterday, I found a great "Kitty Cube", which is a soft cube with an opening in the front, so I bought it to put in the closet, in case she was determined to have them in the closet. I lined the cushioned bottom with a towel.

Where do you think Mojo will have her kittens?

I've added a poll on my sidebar, to see where the vast millions of people who visit this blog, (hee hee), thinks she'll have them. Please take a moment to place your vote on the poll. You may get a pop up ad when viewing the results, as it is a free service, but I believe it's harmless.

If you've ever had a cat who had kittens, please comment, and let me know where she had them, as I want to visit all the possibilities.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Some Great Information Regarding Cat Pregnancy & Delivery

My last post, I announced that my black cat, “Mojo” is having kittens, and I asked if anyone had any info or advice as I haven’t had kittens since I was a kid.

Well, a fellow blogger, Jenn of http://igot2shoes.blogspot.com/ , commented on that post, and provided me with two links on the topic of cat pregnancy and delivery. I found these links to be so helpful, that I felt they deserved a spot on my sidebar under links.

If your cat is in the same situation as my mine, and you’re a bit nervous and concerned about what’s going on, and how you’re going to prepare for and handle the “big” day, be sure and read the links. Thanks Jenn, I feel much more prepared!

Another blogger, Chris, suggested I, in advance, prepare a box lined with towels in a cozy spot, such as a closet. Chris was right on with that suggestion, as even the “experts” on the links said to do that. Thanks Chris for the great advice!

I have prepared a box, but instead of towels, I’ve put in her new pink throw blanket, as she really does love it, and can’t help but purr when she gets on it! I’m hoping it will lure her to the box, and I am even putting cat treats in it before I head off to work, so she’ll surely notice it.

Instead of putting it in the closet, I’ve cleaned out the under the bathroom sink cupboard, and put it in there, as I hope to be able to on occasion, confine them to that room, as that is where the kitty litter box is.

I don’t know if she will go there when the time comes, and I think it’s coming soon, as cats are such independent creatures. I’m kind of afraid she might just have them in the bathtub, as she loves lounging in there, and has even taken her favorite toy in with her. Of course, not when there is water in it! I guess time will tell.

Maureen of http://stalecoffee.blogspot.com/ , also commented on the post saying she is looking forward to seeing the photos of the kittens, and congratulated “Mojo” and me. Thanks Maureen! I will be posting lots of pictures, and hope you enjoy them. If anyone else wants to follow this kitten birthing saga, be sure and bookmark this blog.

So where do you think she’ll have the kittens? I’m betting on the bathtub, only because I’m really making an effort now to keep my dresser drawers closed, (see previous post, 4/30/06)!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

My "Purrfectly" Black Cat is Having Kittens!

Yes, it'’s official! I took Mojo to the Vet yesterday, and she said Mojo is pregnant!

For those of you who have not been following this blog, I'’ll briefly tell you how this happened:

Mojo was a stray black cat who crossed our paths in from of our house one night shortly after we moved in here. When my husband went back out to retrieve some more groceries from the truck, she jumped out from the bushes and playfully attacked his legs, and ran back into the bushes. Shortly afterwards she started meowing outside, and with some coaxing, she came in, and we fed her, and of course she'’s been here ever since.

We, at first let her out everyday so she could go home, if she had one, until a male cat started hanging around, and my husband noticed one day he had her down by the neck.

From then on we kept her in for her safety. We were sure by then she didn'’t belong to anyone, as she spent so much time here, even when given the opportunity to go home, plus she didn'’t have a collar.
I was afraid she might be pregnant, as right before we started keeping her in, she was gone longer than usual, and was acting strangly when she came in. Sticking her butt up in the air, and rolling around on the ground.

That was about a month ago, and now my fears have been confirmed.

I don'’t really want kittens, (do I?), but I certainly can'’t bring myself to have them aborted, either. So we are having kittens. Afterwards, we will get Mojo spayed.

Let me say here, that I do believe in spaying and neutering, (well, unless you are a breeder), and if I had went out and bought a cat, (which was the farthest thing from my mind), I would have had her or him spayed or neutered.

I remember when I was a little girl, I had a cat that had kittens, but that was so long ago, and all that I can remember is she had them in a strange place, (maybe the closet), and then I remember her hiding them in the closed up hide a way bed under the cushions. It was so cute seeing all these little kitten faces popping out when we took the cushions off, looking for them. That cat had her kittens on Mother'’s Day!

Since, it'’s been years since I'’ve been around kittens, and birthing, I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me.

Should I help Mojo clean them up when they are born. Any ideas on how to help care for them?

I bought Mojo a comfortable throw that can be washed. The picture posted here, is her on it. She just loves it, as it is fluffy like poodle hair on one side while the other side is satin. As soon as I brought it home, she jumped on it , started purring and digging her claws into it! I think she really digs it!

Don'’t tell my husband, but I am beginning to look forward to having these kittens, and I think he may be too, as he picked up a new cat toy today while we were shopping, as he remarked that we are going to need a lot more toys now that kittens are coming!

I would love to hear any stories of your experiences with kittens, and advice is always welcomed!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hello! I've just now noticed I had some comments!

I thought they would be emailed to me first.

You know, I'm new to this blogging thing.

I'm going to read them all and respond, and look at your blogs, too.

How fun is this!

Thanks for finding me.

Black cats are awesome!

And, their owners, too.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

How To Train A Cat On A Leash

Ha! This actually worked! Time after time I tried pulling her like an old prospector pulls at his mule! It certainly didn't work, and I think I would have had more luck with the mule!

Here I have her favorite toy , (which resembles a bird on an elastic string on a plastic stick), and I'm dangling it out in front of her, and she actually moved forward! In fact I had her going all over the yard! YIPPEE!

She seemed to get much more comfortable on the leash as time progressed. I'm thinking if I continue with this concept, eventually I may get her to follow me without the toy. I'm not sure though, but, I'll let you know if it happens.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Put Your Cat on Cards, T-Shirts and More

I've been a Cafepress Store Owner for more than 2 years now and have a number of free stores. Since starting this blog I've opened a new one for my "Purrfectly Black Cat" images. I've even created T-Shirts with images of my very own black cat, "Mojo", based on the picture of her on my first post.

I thought I would share this with you all, because it's kind of cool creating your own products, PLUS, you can also make some money at this!

It doesn't cost anything to open a basic store, and you can design and order many different products, such as T-Shirts, Hats, Greeting Cards, Mugs, Sweatshirts, Stickers, Buttons, and the list goes on.

You don't even have to buy anything from your own store if you don't want to. People searching their website, may find your designs, and want to order them, and then you make a commission off of that. They are a "Print on Demand" company, so if someone orders one T-Shirt, that's all they print, so there are no up front costs, and they ship it out, then you get the commission, which you set as high or low as you want to. Of course if you order from your store, you get it for the base price.

I've been happy with everything that I have ordered from them, as they use quality products, and they have always paid me on my commissions. They also have an affiliate, and referral program, which you can also make some additional money with.

If you want to check it out there is a link on my side bar in green that says "Sell T-Shirts with Your Own Design for Free", right above the Pet Meds ad.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

I hope you have fun creating your own products!