Monday, March 31, 2008

Midnight Monday

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Happy-Go-Lucky is one of several House Panther members at Petronious the Arbiter. Hockey Puck and Petey himself are members as well, as I think is one of the females. I can't find much on the girls on the site.

In any case, Lucky or HGL as he is sometimes called, is tailless - which I guess would make him a House Bobcat.

While Petey has been blogging since November of 2005, it's been mainly on and off, more off than on. He was fairly active on House Panthers, but has been quiet of late, and he acts as the voice for Lucky who he claims his is "personal assistant who handles all his dirty work, like grooming and pouncing."

Lucky was the baby of the family until Hockey Puck showed up. He claims he likes napping with his mom, chasing his sisfurs and playing with the red dot. He's learned to open the cabinet doors in the kitchen, and eat the woofie food - the felines also share their home with a number of woofies.

He's 15 lbs, and much like me, he loves belly rubs!

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Monday's Events at Cat Blogosphere
Midnight Monday:
Come on House Panthers, show us your petty black furs!
It’s Meezer Monday for all Meezers with Simply Siamese
Mancat Monday for all ferocious Mancats and mancats-in-training
Movie Monday for our Feline Fellini Furriends

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Fostering: Do you have what it takes?

Fostering is a tough job and it isn’t for everyone. A cat you foster may be with you for the rest of its life (like Mosaic Annie), so it can be a big commitment. You may be responsible for veterinary bills and other expenses. Fostering orphaned kittens may require feeding the litter every two hours every two hours - a hug demand of time. Feral cats and kittens require a place where they can be contained until they acclimate to humans. Because feral cats often bite, their foster parents may need rabies vaccinations and not be too thin skinned about a little nip here and there. Abused cats take months to trust humans, and injured cats require frequent medications.

And letting go is hard as well, because you get attached. Some foster parents cry each time one of their kittens finds an adopter. But if you adopt every kitten, eventually you wouldn’t have the space to foster. Sometimes it takes a while for the fostered felines to settle in. There can be a lot of hissing, whapping and defensive posturing each time a new foster comes into a household.

Consider how your foster must feel to have lost his or her home and be in a strange place. They need time to settle in and they are not trying to muscle in out your territories, despite what you might thing. Always keep in touch with the rescue group your are working with about any problems. If the foster cat hurts the current residents or gets hurt, the group may opt to try a different foster home.

If you are interested in fostering, call your local shelter and ask about fostering programs. If your shelter doesn't use foster homes, ask your veterinarian if he or she knows of any rescue groups, or look on or Once you find a group near you, make sure it's a group with which you want to work.

Becoming a feline foster parent is a big commitment but it is a rewarding way to help make a difference in the pet overpopulation crisis.

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Win a FURminator!

If you haven't been FURminated yet, you don't know what your missing. It gets all the extra loose hair out of your coat, gets all the itchy places scratched good AND makes your coat incredibly soft and silky. is giving away a FURminator. Two FURminator packages will go to cats and two to dogs. Visit their contest page to find out how to sign up!

Good luck and happy deShedding! Contest ends April 11th, so don't delay!

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Want to join House Panthers? Our membership is open to members of the black, grey (Russian Blue) and dark brown (Bombay) clans. Ask Not the Mama to e-mail you an invitation!

Find a new friend at, the temporary home of 245,845 adoptable pets from 11,827 adoption groups. Over 9,000 house panthers are available around the country!

Coming up this week: Tuesday is Black Tabby Tuesday for all you black tabbies out there, Wednesday is Blue Wednesday for our Russian Blue members,Thursday is Grrday, and Friday is Formerly Feral or Foster Friday.

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