Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 22, 2016

Hi Everyone,

What a fun week I’ve had!

I’m feeling great, and I got a new toy.

Usually I don’t play with toys, but this one has me hooked.

We have the garage all set up as a kitty playroom.

Sometimes I go out there to see what the youngsters are all excited about.

There it was, dangling from the scratching post.

I was intrigued.

It’s not much to look at, but I gave it a whack just to entertain Mixie and Annie.Bow-Tie playing

(Please pardon the view you’re getting in this photo. It’s somewhat embarrassing.)

 

Bow-Tie and a new toyWhen I hit it, it spun out of control and the chase was on.

It’s just a wire with some doodads on the ends, but it flies like the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sullivan playingAnnie Sullivan heard it flying around and wanted to check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage and Bow-Tie playingCourage heard it too and she caught it in mid-air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage and Annie Sullivan playingThe girls took over for a little while.

It was cute that they could both hear it, and they played together with it.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan sneaking on the toyAnnie and I hid and stalked it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan conquered the toyAnd the victory was ours.

I love it.

It’s a Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy.

If you don’t have one, tell your humans to go out right now and get you one.

Check the Cat Depot Gift Shop first!

If they don’t have them yet, tell them it has the Bow-Tie paw of approval and to get some!

 

 

Bow-Tie is tired from playingIt uses a lot of energy, is good exercise…

…and wears a guy out.

It’s a good thing.

See you next week!

 

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 15, 2016

Bow-Tie wears a black bow tieHi Everybody,

Big week coming up in the cat world!

I’m not sporting this black tie for nothing.

I have an important announcement.

 

August 17th is National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Cat Depot is making it National Black Cat Week from August 15th to August 21st.

During that week, all adopters of black cats get a $20 gift certificate to Columbia Restaurant… and a feline friend for life.

 

Bow-Tie laughs at humansSometimes it’s a little bit harder for black cats to get adopted.

That’s because people are silly and believe silly things.

It makes me laugh that humans are so silly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black cats are wonderful.

Let me show you some of my special black friends who need homes.

 

Marcus is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotThis is Marcus.

Marcus is a handsome dude who is very gentle and quiet.

He would love a nice, quiet home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosalita is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotThis is Rosalita.

She’s a pretty little girl, isn’t she?

She would add beauty to any home and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotMeet Jade.

She’s a lovely, petite girl who would love to curl up on your lap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stardust is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotThis is Stardust.

She is a little cutie who loves to give head rubs.

Stardust is FIV positive, but perfectly healthy, and will live a long life.

If you do not know about FIV cats, please talk to the people at Cat Depot.

They will educate you on these cats and prove they are just as wonderful as any other cat.

Stardust will show you herself if you stop in to see her.

 

So these are my black cat friends, and this is my wish…

…that you adopt a black cat during National Black Cat Appreciation Week, August 15-21.

 

And to all those silly humans who think black cats are any less lucky in life, I say…

Bow-Tie makes a goofy face

…take that!

Here’s to black cats, and National Black Cat Week!

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 8, 2016

Bow-tie feeling betterDear Everyone,

I’m feeling better now.

Still on my medicine, but I’m feeling great.

So it’s back to work for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie shouts out about his latest projectI’m shouting out loud about my newest project.

This one is close to my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LoverboyMeet Loverboy…

…he is a special needs friend of mine.

He is 8 years old.

He has severe stomatitis and decreased kidney function.

Decreased kidney function is pretty common, and can be controlled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie shows he doesn't have teethThe stomatitis is something I can relate to, because it involves teeth and gums.

I had it myself.

The cure? Get those teeth out of there and get to fixing the inflammation.

Cat Depot pulled all his teeth and he is much, much better now.

Once the choppers come out, the pain goes with it.

Eating soft food is easy to do.

Hard food has to go down whole, so we need a lot of water.

I eat hard and soft and never have a problem.

Loverboy will eat just fine, and his mouth won’t ever hurt him again.

 

Loverboy is a complete lap cat.

He loves humans and loves attention.

 

I’m on a campaign to get Loverboy into a loving home right away.

He’s at Cat Depot, and he is ready to go home.

 

Bow-Tie offers his pocket moneySpecial needs cats sometimes take a little extra financial support.

Most of the work has already been done and paid for on Loverboy. But he does need medicine and regular check-ups with the doctor.

I’m prepared to chip in for his adoption.

(I have inside information that Cat Depot may be working on something special, too.)

Don’t let a little money stand in the way of love.

And don’t let a toothless kitty scare you.

We can lick you just as good without teeth! Hee hee

 

Loverboy looks for an adopterSo, put this picture in your mind…

…that’s Loverboy watching out the window.

He’s watching and waiting for that car to pull into Cat Depot to take him home.

Bow-Tie yawnsPlease give him a chance.

Special needs cats rule!

 

See you next week.

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 1, 2016

Dear Everyone,Bow-Tie and the stuffed pig

What a strange week.

I haven’t been feeling very good lately.

I’m sneezing, wheezing, my eyes are running, and I’m tired.

So, I went to the vet.

 

When I got home, I had a new friend waiting.

(That’s a pig on the left and me on the right, in case you can’t tell.) Hee hee.

 

Bow-Tie sniffs the stuffed pigEven though I was under the weather, I still showed a little love to the pig.

I couldn’t figure out why he was there though.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and the stuffed pigThis was getting weird.

Why was the pig here?

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sullivan with Bow-Tie and the stuffed pigAnnie Sullivan knew, but she didn’t want to tell me.

That’s when I knew it wasn’t good.

 

Turns out when I went to the vet she wasn’t sure what was wrong with me.

I have had this sneezing and wheezing off and on for a long time.

It’s a result of where I came from in that horrible environment.

This time the vet wanted to get to the bottom of it once and for all.

She gave me all kinds of tests.

Bow-Tie looks sternOne of the tests was for Swine Flu!!!

What???!!!

Yep.

It’s rare, but cats can get Swine Flu.

The symptoms are the same as mine, so she wanted to test for it.

We anxiously awaited the results.

Bow-Tie with the stuffed pig on the bed

The results are in… NO swine flu!

It’s a stubborn bacteria that’s been hanging on for a long time.

I just have to take medicine for a month.

 

Bow-Tie is happy to be healthyThat made me smile.

So I whispered to my new friend…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie whispers to the pig…no Swine Flu, so you can go now.

He oinked back, “When pigs fly. I like it here!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie gave the stuffed pig a crinkle ballSo I did what I do for all my friends.

I gave him a foil ball and space to sleep with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie ready for a napHah!

Take that, Swine Flu!

Love,

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 25, 2016

Hi Everyone,

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan on the counterThis was both a learning and an adventure week.

It all started when the doorbell rang.

Annie Sullivan and I were both on alert, because we didn’t know who was there.

 

A lot of people come to see me because I’m so famous (hee hee).

But I didn’t have anyone on my calendar.

I was confused.

 

Annie Sullivan whispers to Bow-TieLittle Annie Sullivan had to help me out.

She whispered, “It’s for me, it’s my Foster Mom!”

Foster Mom?

What’s a Foster Mom?

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie explainsI had to do a little research on that one.

Turns out a Foster Mom (or Dad) is a very important person.

They provide temporary safe and loving homes for cats not ready for adoption.

Not ready for adoption means they are too young, too sick, or have behavioral challenges.

Foster parents take them into their home and help them get ready for their adoptive homes.

 

Little Annie Sullivan was too young and her eyes too infected for her to be at Cat Depot.

She went to live with her Foster Mom until her eyes got better and she became a few weeks older.

Her Foster Mom loved her and took good care of her.

She wanted to come and see how Annie was doing.

Annie Sullivan and her foster momIt brought a tear to my eye when I saw Annie reunited with her Foster Mom Karyn.

Annie remembered her and started purring right away.

Foster Mom Karyn was really happy to see how well Annie is doing in her forever home.

 

I learned a lot about Foster Parents.

People can be Foster Parents for a few days, weeks, or months.

They can foster newborns, kittens, cats, special needs, injured, or the behavior challenged.

 

Annie Sullivan plays with her foster momI also learned that Foster Moms bring toys for everyone when they visit!

They like to play with their foster kitties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foster moms bring treatsMore importantly (to me anyway)…

…Foster Moms bring food and treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie breaks into the food bagI found out Foster Moms let you do things you usually don’t get to do!

It’s really easy and anyone can be a Foster Parent.

Cat Depot offers a one hour class that tells people everything they need to know.

Fostering a cat or kitten will change your life and the life of the cat.

 

 

 

 

 

Foster mom kisses Annie SullivanAnnie Sullivan will always love her Foster Mom Karyn.

Obviously the feeling is mutual.

Everyone should find out about the Foster Program.

Change your life and the life of your foster kitty!

Thank you, Foster Mom Karyn.

You gave Annie Sullivan the good start she needed for a good life.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kisses Annie SullivanI’ll take it from here…

…I’ve got her now.

Love and thanks to all Foster Parents and to everyone else.

 

See you next week.

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 18, 2016

Hi Everyone,

A caretaker’s work is never done.

I’m proof of that, because this weekend I was really caretaking.

My workload is already pretty full with the girls in the house.

But this weekend I did double-duty.

My old friend Topo spent the weekend with me.

Bow-Tie and Topo

He’s special needs, so he’s close to my heart.

We both have bad ears and aren’t too proud to show them off.

 

Bow-Tie and GiadaThis time Topo brought his sister, Giada.

I hadn’t met her before…

…but we became instant friends.

The girls can’t resist me, hee hee hee.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie says follow my leadShe was new here, so I had to tell her the rules.

Rules are simple, just follow my lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giada follows Bow-TieShe quickly fell in line…

…and followed the Bow-Tie lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giada and Annie SullivanThen something really funny happened.

She met little Annie Sullivan.

Annie Sullivan was really interested in her and followed her everywhere.

Giada kept trying to walk away, and Annie Sullivan was on her tail… literally.

Giada was afraid of her.

I laughed my kitty head off over that one!

 

 

 

IG-looTopo and Giada are Italian Greyhounds.

For short, their mom calls them “The IGs.”

When the IGs arrived, they brought their own house with them.

Does that make their house an IG-loo?

Hee hee hee

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie tries the dog foodThey had food in there too.

I tried some, but it wasn’t as good as my own.

Don’t dogs like fish?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie tucks Topo in for the nightWe had a good time this weekend.

I like everyone, and the IGs are two of my favorite canines.

As with all good things, our time had to end.

I made sure Topo was all tucked in for the night.

 

 

 

 

 

Giada gets a kitty kiss from Annie SullivanOh, you know what else happened?

Giada finally understood why Annie Sullivan was following her.

She just wanted to give her a kitty kiss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-tie gets a doggy kissIt was a good weekend and there was a lot of love over here.

Just the way I like it.

See you next week!

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 11, 2016

Bow-Tie by the poolDear Everyone,

I have one word for this week – HOT.

As in, it’s hot outside.

As in, be careful, because it’s hot outside.

On the weekends i usually like to go out into the sunshine.

It feels good to be outside.

Many cats in Florida have caged-in lanais so they can go to the back yard without getting lost.

 

 

Annie Sullivan in a beach chairMy sisters like it too.

Everything is new and exciting to little Annie Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage in a beach chairCourage loves to put her face up to the sun and feel the warmth.

How she can stand it in that long fur coat is beyond me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie likes to watch the waterMy place to enjoy the sun is by the water.

No, I do not go swimming, but I enjoy looking at the water.

Speaking of water, cats need to drink water if they are outside.

Make sure there is plenty of fresh water available if you let your cat out.

If your cat goes outside, make sure you are with them.

In this heat, make sure it’s only for a short time.

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan by the poolOutside is not a good place for cats.

Cat Depot always recommends keeping cats on a leash and harness, or in an enclosed, safe area.

Keep your eye on the cats, like I do for Annie Sullivan.

Did you know cats don’t pant to cool off like a dog?

We pant and sweat through our feet.

(A big old dripping tongue hanging out is too undignified for a cat.)

 

 

Bow-Tie squints at the sunThe bright sunshine sometimes hurts our eyes too.

The famous Mighty Lou wore sunglasses.

We don’t have sunglasses and it’s just too bright.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie seeks out the shadeIf your cat goes outside with you, make sure they are safe and cool.

Cats are smart.

We will find a cool (or at least less hot) place to rest.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie talks to Annie SullivanBut then, when it’s just too hot, like it is now…

…we have a little discussion with the young ones who don’t have any sense.

We tell them the best thing to do is go inside and cool off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kisses Annie SullivanWe wipe the tears away from the crying young ones who don’t want to stop playing.

And we go inside, out of the heat.

See you next week.

Be cool!

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 5, 2016

Bow-Tie in red white and blueHi Everyone and Happy Holiday Weekend!

I enjoy the red, white, and blue theme as I am an All American Cat.

We’re usually called Domestic Cat because we’re not a specific breed; we’re all mixed up.

The term All American just seems to fit better.

Besides, I like red, white, and blue.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie SullivanPeople tend to get together this weekend for fun in the sun.

I took little Annie Sullivan out in the sun too.

She likes the warmth, even though she can’t see the beauty of outdoors.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan enjoying the sunShe likes to play with me, so why not catch some rays while we do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kissing Annie SullivanPeople are all geared up for hot dogs and ice cream this weekend.

Me?

I’ve got my licker going too, but it’s for something much sweeter than ice cream.

Annie Sullivan needs a protector and that’s what I do best.

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie with a beach umbrellaThis weekend people think about and thank the men and women who make our country safe.

Us cats think about the humans and organizations that make us safe.

We need to be protected, loved, and to be safe.

Thanks to you all who do such a good job doing just that – keeping us safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie enjoying the holidayHappy 4th of July!

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 27, 2016

Bow-Tie and Helen KellerDear Everyone,

If you know anything about me, you know I am a lover.

I am a caretaker. I am a giver. I am a nurturer.

I love special needs kitties and love to care for them.

This is my beloved Helen keller.

When I lost her, I lost a piece of my heart.

Courage and Blueberry are pretty independent and don’t need me.

I was sad.

Sad until…

Annie Sullivan

…this little girl popped into the picture!

 

Bow-Tie and Annie SullivanThis is Annie Sullivan, named after Helen Keller’s beloved teacher.

Annie Sullivan is blind, but that doesn’t stop her.

She loves to play.

I am sharing all of my toys with her.

I even bring them to her if she can’t find them.

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kissing Annie SullivanShe is very active.

Too active maybe, but she’s young.

Sometimes I have to hold her down to give her a bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sullivan fell asleep playingThen just when I think she will never stop playing…

…she falls asleep in the middle of a game.

Finally I can get a little cat nap.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan in the sunI am helping her explore the world.

She likes to go outside in the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan in the strollerShe likes to go for rides.

I use any opportunity to give her some lovin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sullivan hugging Bow-TieShe follows me everywhere.

She takes every opportunity to give me a hug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie being hugged by Annie SulilvanAnd to say, “Thank you for helping me through life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow-Tie kissing Annie Sullivan on the headFinally I have someone new to care for.

And her name is Annie Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love has come full circleLove has come full circle. (Pun intended.)

See you next week.

Bow-Tie,
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 20, 2016

Bow-Tie with a film cameraHi Everyone,

It’s Bow-Tie on location (well, kind of.)

I’m reporting from the movie mecca of the USA… California.

Guess who lives there?

 

 

 

 

 

HunterMy very special friend Hunter.

Isn’t he handsome?

He’s the special needs kitty who was lucky enough to be adopted from Cat Depot and flown to California.

He has a neurological disorder that gives him the wobbles when he walks.

He also has a wobbly head, and that makes him so cute.

I sent my mom out to California to check on him. (I don’t like flying.)

 

Hunter with his dadHis dad brought him outside to meet his guests.

When Hunter as born he wasn’t able to walk very well at all.

He spent some time in a foster home to gain some strength.

Now he can walk, run, and jump, but he still wobbles (in a cute way.)

 

 

 

 

Hunter going up the stairsHunter lives on the second floor…

…and he has no trouble at all going all the way up by himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter waiting by the doorHe knows exactly where he lives.

He lead the way right to his door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter showing his favorite spotThe first thing Hunter did was show off his favorite spot.

He likes to sit and look out the window.

He also keeps his memories of Cat Depot close to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter posing for a photoHunter’s legs are still all wobbly, and he will be like that forever.

He’s a very special guy and has a very special home.

It’s a wonderful thing when one of the Friends Like Me cats is adopted.

It’s an even more wonderful thing to see them in their happy home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All good things come to an end, and sadly so did the visit with Hunter.

As he watched his visitors leave…

Hunter watching his visitors leave

… I know he is thankful for the wonderful life he has now.

And it’s thanks to Cat Depot and the Friends Like Me program for special needs cats.

Hunter waving bye byeBye bye from Hunter.

And bye bye from me until next week.

Bow-Tie,
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