Tree House Black Cat Ball (and Zombies)

You guys!

So sorry we weren’t here yesterday. Mrs. P. got sick and MomFOD had to spend a lot of time making sure she was ok. We’re still awaiting some test results, so we’ll let you know how she’s doing.

So, as usual, I got left at home while the FODs went gallivanting around, this time to the Tree House Black Cat Ball. It was at the Adler Planetarium and seemed like quite a fun event. Too bad I wasn’t invited. I did, however, use my spy device on their phone to grab some snap shots of what was going on. Let’s take a look at the evidence:

The scene.

The scene.

This is where it went down. I believe that’s the city of Chicago, though since they’ve never bothered to take me out to see the miracle that is our skyline, I can’t say for sure.

black cat ballThis is the Planetarium. You can see the festive planets strung merrily from the ceiling. I have placed black blobs over any possibly recognizable faces to maintain their anonymity in case they also have cats they left at home who might seek revenge.

photo 5(1)This here is Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. You may have seen him on the Animal Planet show Emergency Vets. This is the only place I’ve seen him since I wasn’t allowed to attend, but I digress. The FODs said he was incredibly nice. He did some stand up comedy and spent some time talking to them, it seems, as evidenced by the next photo.

photo 2(2)There they all are together. My research tells me that Dr. Fitzgerald has ventured off to many far away places, including Antarctica, in order to research penguins and other species. It wouldn’t surprise me if the FODs took off with him next time and left me at home. I heard People Magazine named him one of the most eligible bachelors of the year a few years ago. Maybe I’ll run off with him and show them! I’ve heard he likes cats.

Anyway, here’s what I learned: Tree House is building a whole new facility! They are having a fundraising campaign to get it off on the right foot. It sounds pretty amazing. I’ll write more about it in another post, but if you’re dying to find out, you can get more info here.

That’s all for now.



PS. I almost forgot the zombies! Have you seen the new video? You see, it was Rocky’s last and is kind of special to us. If you’d give it a watch and a share, I’d really appreciate it. Thank you so much.

Bachelor of the Week: Gomez!

Today, dear readers, I bring you a man of mystery, a man of darkness, and man of playful FIV positivity!

Gomez, man of lots of things you'll have to discover on your own.

Gomez, man of lots of things you’ll have to discover on your own because he’s too mysterious to tell me.

World, meet Gomez. This two year old package of awesome is an active fellow. He loves to run, jump, and play. What I’m saying is that he’d rather act out the Addams Family with you than watch it on TV, know what I mean?

Gomez loves people, romantic runs around your dining room table, and being stared at adoringly. He’s a bit of a rough player, so he’s not really into a home with young children, but older kids are just fine. He gets along ok with other kitties, but he can be a bit of a rough player, so sensitive souls aren’t recommended. He would also do well as an only cat. The possibilities are just endless with Gomez!

If you didn’t catch my drift earlier, Gomez is FIV positive, but he’s not too concerned about it and, as we people are learning more and more, you don’t need to be either. With regular veterinary check ups and a healthy diet, Gomez will lead a long, happy life, just like other kitties.

If you’d like to meet Gomez, check out his page at Cat Guardians in Lombard, IL today!

Like a shadow, but with a string.

Like a shadow, but with a string.

This is Gomez's tummy. Just in case you needed further enticement.

This is Gomez’s tummy. Just in case you needed further enticement. You know you want to touch it.




Tree House Is Putting Cats to Work!

You guys!

I don’t know how I feel about this, so I wanted to share it with you. Tree House is making cats work. No lie. They have a special program that actually gives cats jobs! Let’s learn more.

Some random feral cat peering into our fountain. Watch out, cat! They’ll give you a job!

What is it?

It’s called “Cats at Work” (they don’t even try to hide their intentions!) and it’s a program that’s taking place around Chicago, the suburbs, and even farther.

Who is it for?

It is for outdoor feral cats only. I guess that’s not so bad since they’re not pulling cozy cats off couches, but still.

What do the feral cats do?

Tree House finds feral cats that are in danger in some way – living in colonies that are overcrowded or full of diseases, don’t have enough food, are in an area that can present dangers to the cats – and they relocate those cats to areas where people actually want them. Why would they want them? To control the rodent population, of course! Actually, this is starting to sound like the cats are badasses.

How does it work?

If a person (residential, factory, industrial, or gardening) is having a rodent problem, they call Tree House and say “I would like X number of cats.” Tree House then traps cats that are in bad situations, gives them health screenings, vaccines, and medications, if needed, and then moves them to the new location. A home base area is set up for the cats where they live in giant acclimation crates for three weeks in order to identify this new area as home. After three weeks, they’re released from the crates and are on patrol! The person who requested the cats is in charge of a regular feeding schedule, veterinary care through Tree House (if needed), and scooping a litter box. And voila! Rat problem solved.

Did you know that cats who are regularly fed are actually better hunters than cats who hunt to survive? It’s true!

Did you also know that just the scent of cats can keep rodents away from an area? Also true!

If you’re interested in knowing more, the CATastrophes Web Series just did a guest episode for Animalist News about the whole thing! They also did their own, semi-informative video about the program. You can check them both out below.

If you’re interested in this program, contact Tree House! They don’t just service Chicago with these feral cats. They’ve gone all the way up to Wisconsin and are willing to go beyond that, if requested.

Actually, I’ve convinced myself. This isn’t so bad as long as no one takes MY couch away. I’m watching you, Tree House.




Speaking of Feral cats…

did you know tomorrow is National Feral Cat day? This is a great time to tell all you LA area peeps that our favorite West Coast rescue Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats is having its annual Feral Cat Photography Show. This year’s show will hang at Angel City Brewery Gallery Space from October 16th to the 19th with an opening reception on the 16th from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. There’s even going to be a walk-in cattery where you can meet some of the residents and possibly even go home with your newest family member!

If you don’t live near LA but know someone who does, please share and encourage them to attend! It’s for a great cause helping an awesome rescue and feral cats.

Oh my.

Oh my. That cat is literally 50 shades of gray.

Kitty Bungalow is giving us two of their limited edition National Feral Cat Day posters to giveaway! If you’d like ta chance to win one, leave a comment below letting me know you want to be entered. Two winners will be drawn randomly from all entries and announced next Tuesday.  Entries accepted from now until 11:49 pm on Sunday, October 19th.

For more information:

Tuesday Haikusday: Gourds

Today, I poeticize my frustration about gourds.


I curse you, gourds. Bleh.

Lumpy, bumpy, gross.

Why do you buy these stupids?

I swat them to death.


Colorful and bright

They taunt me with their wax shell

and offend my tongue.


“Gourds for sale,” it said.

Each one was .69 cents.

Waste of treat money.

I don’t know. Am I wrong? How do YOU feel about gourds?


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PS.  Are you familiar with Tree House’s Black Cat Ball? Well it’s this week! It’s on Friday, October 17th at the Adler Planetarium for the first time! Tickets are $150 each and include drinks and hours ‘deurves (You know what? I’m not even going to try to spell that.) and a special celebrity appearance from Kevin Fitzgerald of Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets.” For more info, click here!