Caturday Art Galore & Shelter Reiki Cat Video

Big purrs of thanks to everyone who donated generously to The New Rochelle Humane Society for the cats rescued recently from a horrific hoarding incident near me. They are very close to their target goal! I’ve been volunteering with the cat rehabbing and fundraising. You can read more at my post here. The amount of vet services for the sudden intake of over 80 cats is staggering and it’s heartening seeing the staff and volunteers work tirelessly on behalf these remarkable creatures. The 15 hoarded cats dumped on Monday presented as feral on Wednesday and shifted dramatically on Thursday. There was no more room at the inn as they say and two crates of cats were housed in the meeting room where I attended a meeting with Alley Cat Allies. The room was filled with rescuers and the cats stayed nonplussed and curious instead of shrinking into the back of the crate as before. A good sign or maybe they knew they were in good hands.

We have a new category called Shelter Cats (scroll down the footer ) where I’m documenting the progress of the cats I’m working with. I’ll also be starting a new feature next week spotlighting the adoptable cats with an inside look from a behaviorist perspective. With the shelter jam packed, adoption and foster homes are the focus. Check out Armstrong (as in Louis, not Lance) one the the hoarder rescues. Leslie, a volunteer doing Reiki with the cats shared this video.

Shelter cat names are meant to be temporary and I recommend anyone who adopts a shelter cat to change their name if they don’t like it.  As T.S. Eliot wrote:

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey –
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter –
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum –
Names that never belong to more than one cat.

 One of the current adorable adoptables inspired this week’s cat art. ( I don’t know his name. Zorro fits).

I’m offering an original portrait of each cat adopted this month which is ADOPT A SHELTER CAT MONTH

Can’t adopt? Link on the Petfinder link above to find out what you can do.

NRHS Tuxierescue  cat art

For more fab cat art visit this week’s cat art blog hop at AthenaCatGoddess

Meanwhile, our boys are doing pretty well.
No matter what, I make time for picnic blankie time with Merlin in the garden. He lives for summer.

Merlin cat sphinx-summer quote

Odin-cat hunting

Master hunter Odin has a new game. He announces with a loud chirp when he catches prey. It’s a kitty ventriloquist act, chirping while his mouth is softly clamped onto a chipmunk or mole. The alert allows me to tell him to drop it. Thankfully he does. The animal scurries off unharmed and Odin gets a treat from me. When people ask how I get such nicely posed photos I say think like cat who is hunting. They go very still, observe their environment, focus with every muscle and are eternally patient.

Domino cat-former feral

Domino, our poster boy for former ferals is loving his favorite summer spots: hanging out on the porch, scratching the giant tree root, hiding under the cedar hedges and rhododendron bushes. As he’s ageing he rarely explores further than the border of our next door neighbor and has little interest in hunting. Odin who is much younger still likes to engage him in a wrestling matches but not as often as in winter. I’m painfully aware of the passage of time and the brevity of lives, cat and human. It’s cat appreciation week and after seeing so many cats without a home I feel very blessed. How are you celebrating your kitty appreciation?

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25 thoughts on “Caturday Art Galore & Shelter Reiki Cat Video”

  1. I hope Armstrong gets the loving safe home that he deserves – as all cats deserve. Listening to his purrs on the video and seeing his obvious joy in being petted has to help!

  2. I heard a cat has 3 names, one his mother gives him, one known to all and a secret name known only to him/herself. 🙂

  3. What lovely cats. I loved the poem as I hadn’t read it before and laughed as my two definitely have three names each including the very special one that is between me and each one of them separately. I wonder what they call me?

  4. It’s so good to hear that the cats from the hoarding situation are getting help and care. We now have one of our non-blogosphere friends up in the area following the story and are sharing your posts with her. Paws crossed for some adoptions to ease the load on the shelter.

  5. Oh Armstrong will find a forever home there is no doubt in my mind, what a motor he had on him! He is such a loving boy. Reminds me of my Ping. Love the photos and glad Merlin is enjoying his June.

  6. We have Cat Appreciation Day every day out our house! We were watching some videos a while ago and yet again I am awed by the sheer wonder of the creature that we call Cat. Amazing,unique,intelligent,awesome, extraordinary,individual beings that God has chosen to allow us to share this planet with. I cannot phathom why anyone choses to harm, abuse,mistreat or destroy such a wonder.
    We contimue to pray and purr for all in need. We hope that these guys find their furever homes and we know that they will give tenfold back to their humans because they will be grateful.
    Thank you again to all that do this wonderful work. You are appreciated more that you will ever know!
    Luvs
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig and Peanut and Romeo >^..^<

  7. Armstrong is great, I enjoyed his purrs and his wonderful cattitude :o) I wish I could hunt together with Odin, sounds good to get a treat for every prey :o) Have a wonderful caturday

  8. I’m so glad these kitties are getting the help they need – Armstrong looks like such a sweetheart! Every week is Cat Appreciation Week, of course!

  9. Beautiful, beautiful art of Zorro? adoptable kitty! Huge purrs to him and all the others for good health and for room in foster homes and for safe and loving forever homes. Lovely pics of your boys, adorable one of Merlin. Have a great Caturday!

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