Kitty Koffee Korner

Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
edited 28 October, 2010 in What I Love About Catster
Well, since we hijacked 3 threads, my apologies to the original posters, mol, figured we better start a new one, where we can talk about any subject. :-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h Harvey, you come up with the most interesting topics and subjects, you can start, or any kitty can start. :):):):):):):):):):) They have the Late Late Show, ours is the daytime version, All My Kittens. :)):)):)):)):)):)):)):)):)):))
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  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Bumpurr, you make me laugh, which is the secret to a long and healthy life! Yeah, we hijacked those threads, and all of us love long posts. Don't have anything to say right now (it's 5 a.m. in Tokyo, and I haven't gone to bed yet), but I'll have something to say soon. Purrs!
  • Tanja EdenTanja Eden SacramentoMember Posts: 137
    edited 7 March, 2010
    I am definitely "in":). Left for the show on Friday night (midnight), came back at 3 a.m.... have to do some chores (no chore boy here, MOL).
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Julian, MOL, you fit right in here, MOL, and best of all, your a red kitty! :-h So glad you joined our board. =D>
  • Tanja EdenTanja Eden SacramentoMember Posts: 137
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Thank you, Bumpurr (and for opening this thread, too) - I definitely looooove the company... purrr:) BTW,I hope we all (Harvey, you, me) will not be discrimitated by other kitties as elite group for our red tabby markings, MOL:)) Bumpurr, do you really weight 20 pounds? And if yes, then how did you mommy carry you to shows? I am almost 11 lbs and Santana is 10 and every time our mommy has to carry us to the show hall from the car she says so many non-lady-like words and threaten to put us on diet because we are heavy!:D
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Julian--Be glad you don't live in Japan! I almost always go to the show hall by a combination of biking to the nearest station, taking a subway, and then transferring to a train. The cat is in a plastic carrier on a luggage cart with wheels. The show items (cage covers, etc.) are in a suitcase with wheels. Harvey is rather light for a Maine Coon--at the time I was showing him, about 13 pounds. (I think he's put on weight since then, but haven't weighed him recently.) Considering that I have two artificial hips and usually walk with a cane, it strikes me as rather amazing that I was able to lug so much stuff through the public transportation system. I even went out of Tokyo for several shows. Fortunately, because of my hip problems, I have amazing strength in my arms. But since I don't really have a cat to campaign any more, I don't do all the shows--just a few for networking and buying neat cat toys, shampoos, and cat treats at the vendors' stalls. Oh, I envy those of you who can go to cat shows by car. In the Tokyo area, there's one particular show venue that has no elevator, and requires you to climb the stairs to the second floor. I basically cannot climb stairs without pulling myself up by the railing. Obviously, this becomes difficult when you have a cat and a suitcase. Unless I'm actively campaigning a cat, I've decided to avoid this particular venue.
  • Tanja EdenTanja Eden SacramentoMember Posts: 137
    edited 7 March, 2010
    WOW, Harvey, you are a hero! I can't imagine going to cat shows without a car, and usually I have to do 3-4 trips to a car to get all stuff to a show hall. I know I probably can get a cart and I even have one but somehow with a cart everything was even more complicated, so I don't use it anymore. With persians I have a whole suitcases of supplies:) - all those tons of combs, brushes, cotton balls, eye drops, volumizes, antistatics, set of different scissors etc. etc. - probably you know what I mean since you saw persian owners in show halls:). I also like to take a professional camera with outside flash to shows... never had a chance to use it since I was always either busy with cats or tired... but I'm trying:). Also, litterbox, litter (my boys are very particular about this one, so I have to carry it), then special water bowl with very little whole - I can't afford boys to get their ruff wet. And I take my grooming table, too, don't like to spend money on grooming space... My boyfriend tried to talk me into flying to some shows and was ready to pay for it - no way I can get my stuff even from cat to the airport, so I have to drive... BTW, was at the show yesterday, and Richard (Chanan) was there. Yes, he is a wonderful man and a geniuous cat photograper:). I meet him at almost every show here because he lives in California.
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Any kitty is welcome to join our koffee klub, mol, and start any conversation, don't have to be red, to join in. :-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h When that picture was taken, Bumpurr was 20 lbs, now he is down to 17 lbs, because the vet said he needed to lose a few lbs. His back comes up to my knees. He is a big boy, mol. His father is red too, and about as big as a pony, mol, never saw a breed cat that big, and his mom is on the smaller side. So he takes after his father, in color, size and temperment. He travels in a 30 lb rated dog carrier, he doesn't fit into the regular cat carriers. Used to tell people, gonna have to put him in a horse trailer soon, mol. He has the true RD trait, very very laid back, and goes limp when you pick him up. He comes out of the cage like a slinky, mol, judges take him out sideways, upside down, however they can fold him out, mol. They put him on the table, he sits down, and surveys his little kingdom, as the judges say alot, nothing phases him. When they turn him towards the pole, he looks for the scratching post. More about how I get him to rings, mol, after work, gotta start getting ready. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Breeders usually don\'t like to mix breeds, but in your case, Bumpurr, you\'ve got all the good features of Maine Coons and Ragdolls. And you are a gorgeous RED cat! I want you! (But your Mommy would shoot me Texas-style if I tried to take you away from her, MOL...) Julian--Yes, Persian owners always carry an incredible amount of supplies to cat shows. When I first got involved in the cat show world, I loved all the exotic accessories--cage curtains, chair covers, the works. Each cat is different, but in Harvey\'s case, the only time he went to the bathroom at a cat show, he used his cat bed, not the toilet I had prepared for him. In general, my Maine Coons, who all share some ancestry, do not eat or go toidy during cat shows. This shows that they are not as laid-back as they should be. Oh, Harvey was a horror when I was showing him, although he\'s become very attached to me since (he still bops the kittens, though). Nowadays, I take the minimum of luggage. In the last month of Harvey\'s campaign, I would request a single cage--simply because his main interest in cat shows was getting into his bed and sleeping. No need for food or a litter box. (I have actually had to give him water via kitten baby bottle during summer shows, however.) Chanan is a genius and a saint. I just sent him an e-mail to thank him for the photos of Elise (good cat, good photos) and Currier (iffy cat, iffy photos--the best he could do). He answered within hours. I envy him--somehow he found a job that makes him happy, but also other people very, very happy. Hey, this thread is not restricted to red cats or show cats! Come on, Catsters, join the fun!
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2010
    OK, we're going to start a new topic since we're mutts and don't know nothin' about cat shows. Since we're in the "Choosing the Right Cat" topic... How did you choose your kitties? Or maybe more accurately, how did your kitties choose YOU? I was a foster with severe health issues and mom worked so long and hard to get me better that she couldn't give me up. I helped though - I had a sleepover at a potential adopters one night when mom went out of town but I cried all night for her so she had to come pick me up the next day! Your turn!
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    All riiight! A non-red kitty has joined us! (For those of you who don\'t know, BK and I have gotten to know each other on the Raw Forum, even though I haven\'t started feeding raw yet.) I have had so many cats that it\'s hard to describe how I chose them/they chose me. If you really want to know the details...my first Japanese moggy was the result of an oops litter of a friend of a friend. My next two moggies were, again, the result of an oops litter. I only wanted the calico, but my friend bullied me into taking her black brother as well, and I will be eternally grateful for that. Japan has rescue services, but they can be very fussy, and I later came to adopt cats from my vet (Spike among them). As for the Maine Coons--if you look at their pages, you\'ll see why and how I chose them. My brother lived in Maine, where almost every moggy is a Maine Coon. (Duh.) I always wanted one, but had no idea how to get one in Japan. It turns out that MCs are an extremely popular breed here, both among the general public, and in the cat fancy world. I used the Internet to figure out how to find a breeder (pet shop cats turned out to all be defective--\"This cat has an undescended testicle, which may lead to cancer eventually\"), and then ended up using the Internet to find what I wanted--a red tabby. That\'s how I linked up with my breeder. He wasn\'t fussy about who he sold his cats to (not a good trait, but being a breeder myself, I understand his position), and I got Harvey. Har har har, I was living in an apartment that didn\'t allow pets--although I\'d always had at least two cats with me, for a total of 20 years. (My present apartment allows cats, and the landlord doesn\'t check how many you have.) Leila and Chibi were chosen for their interesting coloration. I am a very color-oriented person, and will actually choose electronic devices (space heaters and the like) on the basis of color. However, once I started to show my cats, I learned how strict breed standards could be. Harvey, despite his rather straight profile, splayed ears, and thin body, somehow managed to become a Regional (= National) winner. Boy, was that experience enlightening. Leila and Chibi, both females, have not fared as well. Leila is a beautiful cat, but doesn\'t meet the MC breed standards. Chibi has a nice muzzle and is more laid-back than Leila, but, as a female, is probably never going to make Grand Champion. Maine Coon rings in Japan emphasize weight over balance, and discriminate (yes, I know that sounds paranoid) against female cats. Since torties, calicos, and patched tabbies (torbies) are almost all female, this is a problem. I don\'t like it. Elise is my best cat. She has everything--a good nose dip, big muzzle, sturdy bone structure, beautiful fur and a fantastic tail, AND a winning personality, but has yet to get a ribbon. I\'m sure that she can give birth to excellent cats in the future. Her problem is that she is competing with other brown tabby and whites in the Maine Coon ring, which means that she loses out to male cats, and if that doesn\'t make any sense, go to the CFA site to be doubly confused. Currier was one of the seven cats in Leila\'s first litter. She chose me. The other six kittens were all friendly and beautiful, but Currier always a bit aloof. Yet she is always with me. This is a case of a cat choosing its owner (see Spike\'s page for another example). I could go on and on...but that\'s basically my cat story. BK, please become one of our group! We love all cats, whether moggy or purebred. No discrimination here--we just, well, talk over coffee. Thanks, Bumpurr! :-h
  • Tanja EdenTanja Eden SacramentoMember Posts: 137
    edited 7 March, 2010
    I had a persian cat in early 90s in Russia who was very successfull at shows and had all possible titles. When he passed it took me 9 years to recover (and I still miss him badly, we had very strong bonds:(() and start to think about getting another persian. I saw Julian's picture on a local breeder's website and fell in love. He didn't look promising as a show cat, so I got him as a pet with no papers and no intent to show. Then I decided I want to breed and show and got Santana from Germany. Santana has a very rare color - cream smoke - and those are very rare in the US. The breeder photoshopped his pictures and sold him as "potential show/breeding quality" but when I got him he had too many faults to do well at shows. Some breeders told me he wasn't "grandable" and it would be just waste of money and time to show him. Well... Julian developed into a very beautiful cat, I got his papers from his breeder and started to show him. He did very well, granded in 2 shows - could grand in one if the counts were right, got into the top 25 cats in premiership in a few shows. Santana also developed pretty nicely and got granded in a few shows and could do regional win this season if he had more time. I couldn't be happier with my boys :)
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    I always wanted a Maine Coon. I show HHP, and saw all the beautiful MC's at shows, and wanted a red one, as I have shown Palomino all my life, and love the palomino color. But did not have the $1000 plus, to buy one. I decided if I was going to show MC, I was going to have a kitten that could compete and go in and win. But breeders want you to pick from a picture, send them the deposit, and ship the kitten, and for the most part, don't let them go until they are 12 weeks old. I am not going to pick a kitten from a picture. I want to interact with the kittens, play with them, and pick one based on their personality. And I am absolutly not going to ship a kitten, I feel its just to tramatizing to them, and I would be a wreck, that they are being cared for, and don't get loose during the shipping process. So saw an ad in the local newspaper, that said kittens, half MC. I figured, this was the closest I was ever going to get, to getting one. Called the lady, talked to her awhile, kinda feel her out, per say, to see how she is about her animals. She was pretty close to me, altho, nobody is as pickey and over protective as me, mol. She let me sit in the area and play with the kittens, all cute, all friendly and well cared for, and Bumpurr picked me out, kept coming to me, even when I played with the other kittens. He said, here I am mommy, pick me, pick me. He was 6 weeks old, she said they can go at 8 weeks, I gave her a deposit and picked him up on Christmas Eve. My mother stopped over to see him, and invited him to her house on Christmas day. So to grandma's house he went. Walked around her house like he been there all his life. Played with my sister's cat, and swiped my brother's dog. Nothing phased him, he just goes with the flow. He even got presents from grandma and my sister gave him one of her cats toys, the ball on the springy like base thing. He still has that toy. All the "grandchildren" go to grandma's Christmas day. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  • Robin PinkhamRobin Pinkham BangorMember Posts: 1,601
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Wow , look at all the orangies!! I am silver (aka gray),,, sometimes one gets stuck on a color, by chance or plan. So now there are 3 of us silver cats here.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Loki--Haven't seen you recently! Still gorgeous, and still living in Maine (sorry, that last one was a bit trite). Come enjoy coffee with us any time!
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Cool!! Our little koffee klub is growing, mol, we have 2 new kitties. Spread the word, all kitties are welcome! :-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h:-h
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Bumpurr, we go to Grandma's for Christmas too! It's a long ride for us but I did it like I've been traveling forever. We even stayed in a hotel and I acted like I owned the place. I love going places and meeting people. My brother Teddy is a little shyer but he did really good on his first trip to Grandma's. And we got lots of cool toys too - that made it even more fun!
  • janice lancasterjanice lancaster temple gaMember Posts: 2,505
    edited 7 March, 2010
    I guess we can come have our morning coffee here, when there's time. Even if all you orange kitties do give meowma the 'fever'.
  • nati bastidasnati bastidas CaliMember Posts: 470 ✭✭
    edited 7 March, 2010
    michis was a stray in my neighborhood which has lots of strays, when I met her. she wasn't born here , though , she was born several blocks away , at a large and outdoor mall which also has a high incidence of strays. one of my neighbors saw her in the mall's parking lot one day and fed her and she followed him home. he couldn't keep her though because he had (and still has) a neurotic , crazy , nippy weiner dog that hates cats. so she became a neighborhood cat and he fed her , but she lived outside. I had just moved to the country and was lonely and sad , and I'd always wanted a dog. the apartment was too small though , and in the mean time I started feeding michis. she started coming upstairs to her meals , much to the despair of my mom who at the time disliked cats. she started coming indoors and hanging around , but she was always put out at night. she scratched the door all night long , though. then she got pregnant. one rainy night , she came in , as usual and had her kittens in a corner of my sister's room before my dad could put her out for the night. she stayed and raised her kittens in a cardboard box in the spare room , on whiskas kitten food until they were old enough to be taken to a shelter (I still regret not finding them actual homes). michis went as well and got spayed and then we picked her up several days later and the rest , as they say , is history. the outdoor kittes all came in their own way , usually when I fed a nursing queen and got aquainted with her kittens. that's how tigger came about and how milky did too , only in milky's case I knew his mom beforehand (tigger). the other 2 kitties (oreo&zorro) I never intended to tame. both of them were strays in the neighborhood while I was feeding one of the other kitties (either tigger or milky) that started hanging around to get the leftovers. I made no attempt to tame either of them, they both tamed themselves and I went from disliking them to loving them. both ended up being more afecionate than either of the kitties I was originally taming :):) oreo showed up when I was taming tigger and zorro while I was taming milky. All my cats , in short , have chosen me rather than the other way around.
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    BooBoo and Michis, welcome to our kitty koffee klub! So glad you joined us! :-h We can talk about any subject you want to, Harvey, Julian and I tend to get talking show stuff, mol, so its up to you other kitties, to keep us in line, mol. :)) For those that asked, Harvey, Julian and I kinda hijacked 3 seperate threads in here, mol, so I figured, I would just keep our kitty koffee klub in here. And the night time kitties have the Late Late show, ours is the daytime version, All My Kittens, so wanted to keep it separate from their division too. Altho they are welcome to join us too. %:D% So any kitty that wants to start a discussion or topic, go right ahead, or us red kitties will start talking show stuff again, mol, mol, mol. =; :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2010
    That's a great story Michis! Shows how smart kitties are!!
  • nati bastidasnati bastidas CaliMember Posts: 470 ✭✭
    edited 7 March, 2010
    don't worry bumpurr , I find show stuff fascinating! your right bk , they are smart , they chose their people well ;) yes mommy doesn't allow me to be on the computer after 10 so an eary version of the "late late show"is great for me!
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Oh well, most of us are in different time zones, and I have such a bizarre sleeping schedule that I am often posting in the very early a.m., and then going back to sleep. I know about the time difference between Tokyo and the east coast of the U.S., but have no clue about Catster time (yeah, I could figure it out if I tried). We may or may not be a daytime version of the Late, Late Show. We accept any kitty, from any time zone, at any time. Doesn't that sound nice?
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    OK, there is a subject I would like to discuss, or more to just pass along the information, to whoever might be able to help. Read this in the paper this morning, about a dog that was hit by a car, and he needed his leg amputated, but the owner was not able to afford the treatment, and was facing losing their home too, so he turned the dog into the SPCA to get treatment. The article says they have a handful of vets that do low cost care, but the after care, is more than they have funds for right now. I am not asking for donations, and I absolutly do not want get into a discussion about the SPCA or if what the owner did was right or wrong. I feel for someone that is going thru a difficult situation and is trying to get their animal the medical treatment they need. And this is my way, of trying to help. *If* the discussion turns into a negative for the owner, or the SPCA, Bumpurr will leave this division. I am only asking that you share the story, and possibly someone who sees it, may be able to help. Included a link to the story, and a link to the Central New York SPCA, which about made me cry, wanted to take all the kitties home. Maybe a "handy dandy" kitty can turn this into a "clickable" link. ((((((((((BIG HUGS TO GINGER))))))))) http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2010/03/saving_pets_saves_someones_joy.html http://www.cnyspca.org/ |:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:|
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Oh Bumpurr, that's just awful. The link didn't work but we've seen some similar stories recently. We live in NYC and every once in a while a story like this will be in the paper. Inevitably kind New Yorkers chip in and get the animal care. There really needs to be a fund for these kinds of emergency situations. I know the Mayor's Animal Alliance here has a fund for special needs animals, but there needs to be a fund to help people keep their pets and keep them healthy.
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Try this one. http://www.syracuse.com/ you have to copy and paste it in your search engine. Then down on the left, about half way down, there is a Catagory "News Topics", under that, click on "Opinion", the story is the 7th one down, its titled "Saving pets saves someone's joy". What happened to our kitty koffee klub? :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2010
    That worked Bumpurr, thanks! What a great but sad story. It just also seems to me that it would be nice to keep well-loved animals in their *current* homes, especially since the money is being spent to save them. We can only purr for this puppy and hope that she finds a great forever home. Yeah, where is everybody?
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Har, maybe if Catster had a coffee cup Zealie, we could get more newcomers...And Catster is now asking us to make suggestions! This is our window of opportunity! Go for it!!!
  • janice lancasterjanice lancaster temple gaMember Posts: 2,505
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Isn't the cup o hot chocolate one still there? It might pretend to be coffee if we ask nicely!
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Har! :))
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Catster is asking us for suggestions about what? Where did you see it? :D Since the Health section gets the most traffic, what do you guys think of posting an invitation in there, do come join our little koffee klub? :-h:-h:-h I gotta go to work, mol, so if somebody else, who sees this first, wants to extend an invitation, ah...... Harvey, who I think is alot of hours behind me, mol, or any kitty, go ahead. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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