and the livin’ is easy.”


“Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.”* Oops, no fish or cotton here…just Calista Jo enjoying the Catio and perhaps dreaming of fish. Calista finds the best spot on the Catio on these hot and humid summertime days to be on the table. It is located directly beneath one of the ceiling fans and is the ideal spot to feel the cool breeze ruffling her belly furs. And if she needs a little pick-me-up, the catnip plant is in the pot right behind her. The nip looks a little worse for the wear after both Lisbeth and Mauricio crawled through the center of it and broke off several stems. No harm, though, as it was dried and added to their stash in the freezer.

C.J. looks a little dazed by the heat, but she merely was trying to avoid making eye contact with the pesky photographer. Whenever she gets too hot she comes in and camps out in the bedroom with the air conditioning. She may be the baby, but she’s no dummy!

Patriotic Pets Contest

Mauricio would like to thank everyone who has “admired” him and sent him “hollers” in the Patriotic Pets Photo Contest being sponsored by He remains the only cat in the contest, which is open for 16 more days. If you didn’t see him in his Independence Day stars and stripes attire and/or haven’t voted for him by giving him a “thumbs up,”  please click on SnapYeti to do so. When we last checked, just before bedtime Monday night, Mau was in first place with 20 “thumbs up.”

If we should win anything, it will be part of a giveaway on our upcoming second blogoversary on July 21.

Brofur Bailey’s Birthday

Honorary Bailey Blue

Honorary Bailey Blue

The kitties’ honorary brofur, Bailey Boat Cat, will be celebrating his third birthday on Wednesday, July 9. He is holding a raffle with proceeds going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Last year he raised £100. This year his goal is £300. When I check on Monday in the early evening, he was at 77 percent. The raffle is for a Critters life vest or one of five pawtographed copies of his book, Bailey Boat Cat: Adventures of a Feline Afloat, which we reviewed here: “Brofur Bailey Featured as Caturday Art.”

We will feature Bailey in our Wordless Wednesday post. And should we be lucky enough to win a copy of his book, it too will be part of our blogoversary giveaway, as we already have our own pawtographed copy.

* Lyrics from “Summertime” by George Gershwin.