Stressed cats

September 18, 2008 in Uncategorized

 Hi All,

Little Vegas didn’t seem himself today, he didn’t want to eat at all this morning which for him is very unusual. I asked Big Daddy to watch over Vegas for me and of course he obliged like he always does. Thanks Big Dad!

My poor cats are so stressed at the moment thanks to grey cat. He has not gone away and even though (and I am going to upset a friend here) I have sprayed him with the hose for 3 nights in a row. Last night I gave him a serious spraying and you could have blown me down with a feather when at 9PM I was sitting in the lounge chatting to a neighbour when he marching in the door!!

I was up like a flash but he had already sprayed indoors. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!

A very kind blogger has sent me a spray mixture that I am going to use to spray the perimiter of the garden with in the hopes that it will keep him away.

If that fails, I am going to contact the SPCA and see if they will neuter him for me. He can then spend a day or 2 recovering in my garage and then be let outdoors.

It’s freezing here in Cape Town and I have loads of work to do. I also have stressed out cats to “mother” and love. I see Jake’s eye also doesn’t look good.

I have never had sickly cats and I am pretty sure it’s the stress they are under. Poor little buggers have been locked indoors at night for over a week now. I just can’t take the chance that grey cat may come in a window or door.

So to my friend out there who thinks I am mean by spraying grey cat, spare a thought for what my 11 cats are going through as opposed to one cat who is getting a bit wet.

Until later…………… have a fab day and Capetonians keep warm :)

A very special thanks to the Universe and Mother Nature for bringing hail and rain to help wash away the cat spray smell :)

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

Lance Armstrong
Cancer Survivor and Athlete


September 15, 2008 in Uncategorized


I am having  a serious problem with this damn grey cat! He has been here 3 days in a row now when I have woken up. WTF????

Does he actually think I am going to let him stay? He has literally sprayed every inch of the back garden, not to mention the front garden and door!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Clearly he thinks this looks like a good place to be but seriously it’s stressing me out like you can’t believe. I have been chasing him away but he is not getting the err hint.

Jake and Bacardi are having an absolute frothy and both NEUTERED cats have also started spraying in retaliation. *sigh*

The feral kittens think this is fabulous, a new play mate, Mom have we got room for one more?

Hell NO!!!!

He is even trying to come indoors now and I am having to lock my cats indoors at night so that he can’t come in the window *double sigh*

I am going to have to seriously harden my heart and start spraying him with the hosepipe before he gets the idea that he is going to stay.

Caught red handed in mid spray!!

The weather according to cats…….

September 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

 What makes you think it’s cold and miserable in Cape Town today?

Lying right at the sliding door just in case the sun comes out :)

The humans bed with the fluffy fur blanket is much more comfy.

Columbus didn’t even stir when the flash went off!

This one is espcially for Russel. Bacardi just laughed it all off.

Littely has found a nice spot of peace and quiet under Son A’s futon.

And the only one brave enough to venture outdoors:

Little Pumpkin who found a very sheltered spot that took the human ages to find!!!

A gift………

September 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hi All,

Yesterday I decided to take a much needed break from my pc and enjoy a day in the garden (with the cats of course).

Spring has somehow sprung away from Cape Town today and so it’s a pretty miserable day BUT……..

I am feeling very positive and just have this feeling of calm. I have no idea why; I just do. Perhaps it’s to do with the fact that I have a job interview tomorrow.
I must say a special thank you to Mall Rat who sent me a lovely gift last week.

This is what she sent:

It’s a lovely book on Cats (go figure!) and a beautiful CD with African Music including the sounds of animals in the background. Great for meditation and I listened to it yesterday and I have to say it put me in such an awesome “zone” that I still seem to be in today :)

So THANK YOU Mall Rat – You are a honey :)

Well I hope you all have a fabulous lazy Sunday and all you Capetonians keep warm and snuggly on this very cold day. I’m off to go and snuggle under the comforter with my furry kids.

12 of 12

September 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hi All,

12 of 12 First introduced to blogs by Hidden Truth.

It’s a stunning project started by Chad Darnell on his blog. On the 12th of each month, he started taking 12 pictures through out the day. Then he would post it on his blog, saying what time the picture was taken, and what happened, or what the significance is.

Here are the ‘rules’ to 12 of 12, as from Chad’s blog

If you are new to 12 of 12 – here are the basics:

2) After you post your pictures onto a webpage of your choice (Livejournal, typepad, MySpace, Flickr, etc…) please post the TIME, LOCATION, and A SMALL COMMENT in the pic.
3) You own the rights to all of your pictures. The idea “12 of 12″ is mine. While credit is not necessary, please don’t credit someone else with the idea.
4) The original concept was at least one body part in the picture. That idea was slowly faded away. The important part is that it is 12 pics.
5) The monthly Bonus pic is a 13th picture and is optional.
6) When referring to the project, please refer to it as “12 OF 12″ – not “12 ON 12.”
7) Once completed, please e-mail or post the PERMALINK of the post AND the city and state or city and country of WHERE THE PICTURES WERE TAKEN. (If you are on vacation, it’s where the pics were taken.)

Of course mine has to be a cat 12 of 12 because all I did was work today, very boring………

The morning started off indoors with some playtime. Pumpkin is still rubbing the sleep from his eyes.

Vegas liked the red feathery thing that the human swishes from side to side.

Columbus (Can you believe how big he has got?) called for Big Daddy to come and play.

Big Daddy obliged as always :)

Then it was time to go outside as the sun was shining and Spring is finally here. Mmm nothing like smelling the roses, err I mean daisies.

Vegas thought he would streeeeetch.

And Tao soaked up the sunlight (look at the little shaved tummy)

Jake found a nice shady spot.

Leo hid away from the playful kids.

Old lady Magoo made sure she supervised the playing kittens.

Beautiful Renegade just chilled.

And after a long and very busy day of play, Vegas decided it was time for bed.

Good night :)

Your Friday story

September 12, 2008 in Uncategorized


Here is your Friday story,

Seeing Is Not Believing

I’m on a cruise in Mexico with 1800 people who came to hear Bob Proctor. As I leave the main theatre where Bob is presenting, I notice a man standing in the back with a white cane. He asks me if there is a restroom nearby. I say: “Let’s go find one.”

I take his right arm and introduce myself. He says: “My name is Denis Harting.”

When we return to the theatre we bump into Bob Proctor as he is being ushered to another speaking venue on the ship.

I say: “Bob, I’d like to introduce Denis Harting.”

Bob is clearly in a hurry but he stops, chats with Denis for a moment and says: “Mike, Denis wants to sing for everyone. Please take care of it for me.”

This confuses me; I’m not involved with the arrangements for the program.

As Bob leaves, the final speaker for the morning, Paul Martinelli, approaches us. I say: “Hi Paul, this is Denis and he is going to sing. Do you want him to go on before or after you?”

“Mike, let’s close the session with Denis.”

“Alright Paul, I’ll bring him to the stage as you are wrapping up.”

I turn to Denis and say: “Do you need to prepare?”

“I need to sing,” Denis laughs. “I haven’t sung all day!”

Denis and I leave so he can warm up.

The ship is rolling in a heavy sea as we return and I must keep one hand free to steady myself. Denis asks me to guide him onto the stage and explain its dimensions. I ask if he will be ok. He says he’ll be fine as I leave him alone on stage.

The audience grows quiet as it gazes at Denis. He is thin, five feet tall, balding with very pale white skin. Blind since birth, his eyes are closed his head is bobbing and his right hand jiggles and shakes. Denis asks everyone to clap their hands to keep rhythm and he begins singing, his voice slowly filling the packed theatre.

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone…I can see all obstacles in my way…gone are the dark clouds that had me blind…it’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day.”

People are stunned. Denis’ voice is huge, warm and powerful like the Mexico sun: a bluesy, soulful mixture of Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey.

Everyone is now standing, smiling, clapping and crying as Denis’ glorious voice unfolds and the hall rings with the voices of 1000 people singing with him, “I can see clearly now…”

I am in awe of this “blind” man standing alone on a pitching stage sharing his message of love and joy. Denis taught me to never allow the physical circumstances or appearance of any situation influence what I believe can be done. Denis can’t see but he has amazing vision.

Mike Scogna

(Photograph courtesy of my brother R)

Of mini MOBS and Happy Packs…….

September 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hi All,

Finally I am finished early for a change, I am waiting for my next link for tomorrow morning. I have arranged that I get work from the UK at the end of the day to be typed the next morning instead of waiting for them to come online especially with them being behind us in time, sometimes I only get work at 12 and I need to work a full if not 12, at least 8 hours a day.

Anyway work aside, yesterday I got a visit from Kirsten. Of course little Frog came with, what a little cutie and Columbus seemed to be fascinated, he peeked at her from behind the speaker very high up on the shelf. He has never seen such a small human in all his young life!

Kirsten and I have been mailing and playing scrabble and I felt as if I had known her forever. We chatted and chatted and all too soon she had to leave. I look forward to seeing her again. Of course the cats got a little pressie from her and Frog :)

As you can see they are hanging in various locations on scratching posts and other cat houses and the cats love the bell sound. Me, personally, not really at 5 AM!

Son A popped in and brought me a little surprise lunch. Then he promptly told me to please wake him up for his next appointment, He went out partying last night until 4 AM with the boss. He lay and watched TV, snored snoozed on the couch while I worked. The life some spoilt brats youngsters have, he really has landed with his arse in the butter!

In cat news, Tao is doing unbelievably well and try as I might I couldn’t keep her from going outside during the 5 minutes of sun we had today. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her stalking a butterfly in the garden. Littely took 3 days to recover! I wonder if it’s the care that the vet gives as opposed to an animal welfare organisation? The vet even put a waterproof thingy in the pet voyager in case she had a little “accident”. When I fetched poor Littely she was soaking wet and stank, poor thing.

I am definitely forgiven now by Littles and last night she even joined in some cat play; they say you should play with your pets for at least half an hour every day. My only time I had was very late last night, but then again that is a cat’s favourite part of the day.

Quick Update…

September 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hi All,

So sorry I have been scarce today but it was a busy day. At 7.30 I had to get tart I mean Tao to the vet to get her spayed.

Then Kirsten arrived for a quick visit. What a wonderful lady but I will blog about that tomorrow when I have more time.

And the rest of the day was taken with deadline work which I am still busy with so please forgive me for not visiting your blog this evening but there just isn’t time.

Tao is ok, she is in a bit of discomfort but doing a lot better than Littely did.

Oh and she still LOVES the human…….. Yippee!!!!

Littely finally relented and forgave me last night, she let me touch her AND she slept on my bed.

Until tomorrow then, it’s back to work for me.

I hope you all have a fantastic evening.

Here we go again!!

September 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

Good evening all,

So………. we all know that Littely got spayed last week, and hasn’t quite forgiven me yet might I add.

As if that wasn’t enough, the new little kitten Tao started groaning and moaning and pulling herself along the carpet this morning! 

I didn’t think much of it, after all she is only 4 months old, she can’t possibly be on heat right??



As the day progressed I noticed said tart cat’s behaviour getting more and more bizarre. It got to the stage where she was actually coming up to me and sticking her you-know-what in my general direction. I patiently explained to her that I am not really a cat but a human.

She was unconvinced and this disgusting slutty bizarre behaviour went on and then the calling started. The poor boy cats in the household didn’t quite know what to do and as for her baby brother, he was looking at me in absolute horror as if to say: “Make her stop this NOW!”

Oh hell no! I was on the phone in a flash to the AACL. WTF??? They refused to help me, they said that they don’t spay before 6 months. I asked the guy what I was supposed to do? Lock her up for the next 2 months? I don’t think so. He was terribly unsympathetic and told me that she would probably having a litter of kittens in the next 30 or so days! I DON”T BLOODY THINK SO!

She is a baby herself, how can she be having kittens?

Anyway, long story short, I phoned my local vet down the road and he agreed to do it for me at what he calls a welfare rate. I contacted the sponsors of these kittens and they have agreed to contribute to the cost, it is after all the condition that I rescued them under.

So tomorrow morning at dawn’s crack, I am off to the vet, she has to be there at 7.30.

Thanks goodness I don’t have to try and “capture” her first, I can just pick her up and put her into the pet voyager. *PHEW*

What next??? Where is the justice?

September 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

Saved from a life of hell


    Karyn Maughan
    September 08 2008 at 07:22AM

A three-year-old Joburg child would be in the care of her convicted criminal ex-American soldier father – if the local Family Advocate had its way.

But, thanks to a critical ruling from the Johannesburg High Court, M will remain in South Africa with her mother, while the Family Advocate coughs up for the hefty legal costs of urgently attempting to force M’s return to her allegedly mentally unstable, dishonourably discharged and unemployed father B.

In court documents, M’s 27-year-old receptionist mother, S, claimed that sending the little girl back to America would wrench her from her family, friends she has made in the two years she has lived in South Africa, and her comfortable Benoni townhouse home.

All of this in exchange for a “life of poverty and misery in the United States”.

The mother revealed that she and her husband met in the US six years ago, when she was a 21-year-old au pair working in Chicago and he was a 24-year-old student.

About nine months after she resigned from her job and returned to South Africa, B followed her to Joburg.

The couple married a month later, and the following year, after S became pregnant, they returned to the US.

But the marriage soon started going awry, with S claiming that B regularly verbally abused her in public and initially demanded that she terminate her pregnancy – an allegation backed by sworn statements from, among others, the couple’s pastor.

S said she shared a squalid and tiny apartment with B and his diagnosed bipolar mother before and after her child’s birth and was dependent on welfare coupons to buy formula for her baby.

The couple slept on couch cushions and could not buy fresh food, surviving on frozen food from a discount store.

On Sunday, S told The Star that Family Advocate Renay Kathawaroo had made no attempt to find out how she and her daughter had been living in America.

He also had not tried to ascertain her husband’s suitability to look after M before deciding to charge her with child abduction.

Nor did he ask whether her husband had agreed to her and her daughter relocating to South Africa.

“He was quite aggressive and clearly believed that I was the guilty party.

“I was so shocked when the Family Advocate contacted me (after her interview with Kathawaroo) and said they said they wanted to take M away.

“I nearly had a nervous breakdown. They could charge me with whatever … they just must not take my child away from me.”

Her prayers were answered when Judge Fritz van Oosten dismissed the Family Advocate’s application, pursued as part of its alleged function as South Africa’s “central authority”, for a ruling ordering M’s return.

The judge also slammed Kathawaroo for:

  • Showing “an absence of objectivity” for B’s child abduction claims against his wife and attempting to discredit S in “wholly inappropriate” claims in his affidavits.
  • Giving little or no attention to how M would be transported back to the US, should the Family Advocate succeed in its application.
  • Failing to provide the court with any firm undertakings about M or her mother’s wellbeing, including where they would stay and how they would be maintained, should a return order be made.
  • Failing to confirm whether M’s mother would be put on trial for child abduction and, if so, “when, where, in which court” and for how long.

    Judge Van Oosten concluded his 13-page ruling, which lawyers for the Family Advocate have indicated they wish to appeal against, by saying:

    “It is hoped that the shortcomings I have referred to in this judgment will receive the Family Advocate’s prompt and proper attention.”

      • This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on September 08, 2008
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