Last spring, our cat Ripley passed away after a somewhat lengthy period of illness. It was a very sad time for us. My wife was especially heartbroken, as Ripley had been the first cat we adopted after a catless period that followed the death of her previous cat.As is my way, I had put up a post about Ripley's passing. Unbeknownst to me, someone over at the Opinionated … [Read more...] about Farewell Simon, We Hardly Knew You
I've already posted photos of Beezle as a kitten here and here (and even some video here), but he's grown up since I took those. I was busy starting a new job, so I didn't have as much time to get cat pictures as I hoped, but here are a few I took during the first few months, often with my phone, because I was more likely to have that with me than my camera.You'll … [Read more...] about Beezle Growing Up
It's been a long, long time since I did any Friday catblogging, but I just found some old video I took of the Ragdoll kitten we got in the summer of 2011, and that gave me the impetus to finally put something together.[Update: This post is now linked at the Carnival of the Cats at The Opinionated Pussycat.]We like to name our cats after characters from movies and … [Read more...] about How Hotch Became Beezle
We adopted Ripley about 14 years ago from the Orphans of the Storm animal shelter about 10 miles north of Chicago. We had been thinking of getting a kitten, but we decided to get an adult cat, in part because most people pass them over in favor of kittens, but mostly because when you get an adult cat, what you see is what you get. If you adopt an adult cat, the way they are … [Read more...] about Ripley R.I.P.
So, lately my wife and I have been poking holes in one of our cats.Our brown tabby, Ripley, is getting on in years, and we've noticed he's been resting more, eating less, and generally just slowing down. We figured it was just old age, but in January he suddenly got much worse, so we took him to his vet, who figured out that he was suffering from something called immune … [Read more...] about Poking Holes In the Cat