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Zara Q&A

Hi friends. I haven’t updated the blog in a long time. My bad. I’ve been super busy hunting, napping cuddling, playing, and of course feasting on chicken. I play hard and nap hard.

~ Safari watching me sleep ~

I thought I’d share some answers to some of the questions we get asked a lot. Here goes …

Yes, Safari is my brother. We are litter mates. He’s a boy and I’m a girl. I am bigger than he is and I’m the one in charge. Lisa panicked for about a second or two thinking she’d never be able to tell us apart when she brought us home, but now she never confuses us. We get along really well and sometimes we hold hands when we cuddle.

Yes, we chase each other and play fight. It doesn’t last long and we never hurt each other. Sometimes I feel the need to remind Safari that I’m in charge and I will boot him from where he is sitting and take his spot. I also like to steal Lisa’s spot when she gets up. Basically, everyone gives into me.

We are American short hair tabby cats. Lisa calls us tigers, and that suits us. Tabby is not a breed of domestic cats, but rather a type of marking and those markings can happen no matter the color of fur. Tabby kitties have an M type of pattern on the forehead and stripes around the eyes, on the face and elsewhere on the body.

We love chicken. It’s our favorite, along with turkey. We eat both crunchy kibble and the wet food. Lisa has been trying to back off on the crunchy treats, but we play the cute card pretty hard and get our way.

We don’t sleep together every day, but we do groom each other several times a day, we give each other nose kisses and head rubs and often sit next to each other. Sometimes we nap together.

I sleep more than Safari, but when I am awake I am usually doing something. Speaking of naps, time for another one.

Three year adoptiversary

Hi friends. I’m super stoked. This week is our three year adoptiversary.

Click here to go to FaceBook fundraiser page.

We came home on 20 August 2016.

To celebrate, we are launching our first Facebook fundraiser. It will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. This is the awesome no-kill shelter that saved us.

Our goal is $1000.

Click here to go to fundraiser.

Here’s how the money will enable HSGD to help even more cats:

🐈💗 $440 for winter shelter workshop to help keep community cats warm and dry in the winter.  (The remainder of the funds for these shelters has been raised. Once the total amount is raised, they will have supplies to make 100 winter cat shelters!)

🐈💗 $210 to microchip 30 cats (every cat that enters our adoption program is microchipped)

🐈💗 $350 to spay/neuter 9 cats (every cat that enters our adoption program or is in our T-N-R program is spayed/neutered)

TOTAL = $1,000

You may think giving a small amount isn’t much, but it’s everything! When all those dollars add up, they can do so much for kitties like us.

If you have some extra coin, we hope you’ll spread some love and donate.

Click here to go to fundraiser.


Fantasy vs Reality

I like keeping it real, so I augment the food Lisa puts out for us by going on the hunt every day. Helps keep me in shape too. The mice around here are pretty lifeless though. I think they are terrified of me, because they freeze up when I’m around. The only time I see them move is when Lisa flings them around, which is weird, because she tells me all the time how much she is afraid of mice.

Anyway, I find them all over the house, so it keeps me busy. I especially like to get in a morning hunt and another during the night when Lisa goes to bed. Sometimes I leave them in places where she hangs out or in her handbag in case she needs a snack. Personally I don’t care for them. I mean I’ll lick them and give them a bite sometimes, but between you and me I am very glad that I don’t have to eat them.

Safari is another story. He goes for these pink sticks. I kid you not. I don’t think they are even real creatures, more like toys, but what are they even supposed to look like? Maybe we’ve just been living inside too long, but I don’t get it. He loves them though. Lisa says he’s goofy. She calls us a lot of names and I think that time she nailed him. He does have some good pounce moves. I trained him well.

He’s a really good brother. Lisa tells me I’m lucky to have him and to be sweet to him. I think she used to worry that I might bully him. When we first moved in here, everything was so new and I had to make sure he remembered that I’m in charge. We never lived in a house before and I’ll be honest with you, as wonderful as this place is it was a lot to take in at first. It’s also possible I have some control issues. Sometimes I make him move if I want to sit where he is (or even just to prove I can make him move). This used to lead to some bickering and boxing, but that’s all behind us now.

We like hanging out together and I’d say we are a pretty affectionate family. Lisa always greets us with pets and her lovey words, and Safari and I like to nose kiss and rub heads. We are pretty much always together, so mostly we do this when we wake up from our naps or circle the kitchen waiting for that delicious chicken. We also groom each other a lot. Lisa is constantly snapping pics, so we have to look good 24/7. We like to look out of the window together, play with toys, chase each other, and sometimes cuddle. Lisa goes bonkers when we cuddle together with her. It’s like her favorite thing. Ever. She tells us we are together forever. I like the sound of that.

Okay friends. I think that does it for today. Blogging is exhausting. I’m starting to get this concept of work. Time for a catnap, or as I call it a nap.

Everyday is Caturday

So I finally made it online. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. I’m an inside cat, therefore I literally don’t get out much. I’m Zara. I live with my brother, Safari. Our birthday is estimated to be the first of May 2015. No one seems to know our actual birthday. We made our way into a shelter when we were a couple of months old and lived there for over a year until Lisa brought us home. She takes care of us. Basically she’s our mom. Safari and I have no plans to leave here. It’s pretty sweet.

Just because we live inside doesn’t mean we have given up the hunt. You wouldn’t believe how much prey we see every day. Lucky for them, they are protected by the glass window. Safari and I would be all over them if it wasn’t for the glass. Lisa keeps putting food outside and says she is renewing our CatFlix subscription. Her shows are on a very flat box and kind of boring. Maybe if she put some different food out, she would have cool stuff to watch too.

Days here are pretty full. We have are window reality shows, toys, chase games, naps, snacks, cuddle times and house patrol. I like checking everything over every day. You never know when you might find a new smell.

Being adorable 24/7 is pretty easy, but all the other activity can be exhausting.  We like to chill in the evenings. In the winter, we get to hang by the fire. Safari and I are pretty tight. Lisa says we are bonded and I think that’s about right. We groom each other a lot and we always seem to be near each other. I’m basically in charge. 

Lisa is home a lot. She used to go off to a place called “work” but now she doesn’t. Sometimes she sits at her desk and calls that work. I think it’s important to supervise. Mostly, I just like knowing that anytime I jump up on the desk, she stops and pets me for as long as I want. It’s weird having so much power over someone. 

I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you. Lisa is setting up a facebook page for us, so you can be friends with us there too. 

Be well.