by Janet Blue on July 8, 2014

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.


Sand Spring Chesapeakes July 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Popping over from the pet parade to say hi and your beautiful. Have a great day.
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Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady July 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

Congrats! You are our featured pet of the week over at the Pet Parade!!!
Have a great weekend!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie July 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

We TOTALLY know that song!! And oh we soooooo wish WE had a catio *looks meaningfully at mommy*. Calista Jo we’re ENVIOUS!
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Timmy Tomcat July 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Hey CJ you keep to your wits with that pesky hooman bean around
Hey Baily we will run right over and visit
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Marty the Manx July 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Beautiful as always Calista! Wish I could get my nip plants to grow. They seem to poop out and die on me. I don’t think it is just Marty eating them…..
Marty’s Mom
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Cathy Keisha July 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Cal Jo has the right idea. That nip plant is a hunnert times better than my dead one. I have a placemat with that tablecloth pattern and TW has some dinnerware. Popular pattern.
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Athena July 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

You look lovely, Calista!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Spitty the Kitty July 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm

When we voted you was ahead, Mauricio!!

Calista Jo looks like she enjoys being photographed just about as much as I do! What is *with* these Humans???
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CanadiabCats July 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm

CJ, you look beautiful and so cozy. Mau, you are looking so good in your patriotic outfit.
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Kitty Cat Chronicles July 8, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Calista Jo, it sounds like you’re living the life out there on the catio. Looking super cute too! We are heading over to give Mau a thumbs up in his contest – he looked pawesome in his patriotic wear!! Wow, coming up on two years – very cool! We are looking forward to the celebration! Sampson sends many kisses to Astrid, and we all send our love!
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BeadedTail July 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Calista Jo, you’re such a pretty ladycat!

Congrats Mau! We hope Bailey has a wonderful birthday!
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Winter July 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Go Mau! You are representing us kitties! C.J. looks great. Perfect set up. Warm sunning with a nip plant on hand and the availability of an air conditioning set up when things get too warm.
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Flynn July 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

You are looking very relaxed CJ.
I voted for you Mau and you are 1 ahead.
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Austin Towers July 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Calista Jo, if you have nip then I’m your mancat!! 🙂

I voted for Mau 🙂 Will check to see if I can vote again xx
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Angel AbbyGrace July 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Calista Jo you look so elegant lying there happy as can be!
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Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats July 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

That’s one smart cat. A fan, some nip at hand…er… paw. Now if someone would bring some tuna…

–Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats
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Caren Gittleman July 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I just voted which has you tied with a woofie……..good luck!
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Sherri-Ellen T-D July 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Yow Calista Jo yer lookin so fine dere…ya haz yer own ‘Nip plant?? Boy me bettur show Mum diz 😉
Me will get Mum to go to da linkiez so we can give ya a pawz up votey fing….
Phankz fer da bemindeur ’bout Brofur Bailey’z birfday! Mum Peezapped a kewl card fer him n sent it to Miss Louise n Bailey…whew…wuud nott want to miss hiz speshell day!
Lub lub lub ya all Nylablue n Mum too xxxxxxxxxxx
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The Island Cats July 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Calista Jo, we’d like to join you on that table.
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da tabbies o trout towne July 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

calista…noe knead ta dreem fish when ya can enjoy a plate full
♥ stop on bye TT; two dayz spesh ull iz perch N potatoez !!

Marg July 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Calista, you sure are a pretty Tortie cat. Great looking furs. Such a smart kitty to get in Mom’s room for the air conditioning. We like to sit on the vents too. Have a great day.
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Whisppy July 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Ah, Calista Jo. We camp under the fan in Mommy’s “office” which makes Mommy worried about rolling over us with her chair. 🙂 We think she should take note of YOUR arrangements and do the necessary!
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Penelope July 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Calista! yous is almost the same pose as Jo-Jo! And Mau, mes went and voted! Cats Rule! Dogs Drool!
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LP July 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

We voted for Mauricio! He looks very snazzy in those striped pants 🙂 CJ you are adorable and clever! The Ichneumon, in this case, is a mongoose! Kisses and headbutts to Lily Olivia from Leo.

the critters in the cottage xo
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Oui Oui July 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

How pretty your are, Calista! We’d love to come join you, you are so lucky to have a Catio!
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Ellen Pilch July 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

Calista you are a beauty.

Cats of Wildcat Woods July 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

Looks like a good spot to get some R&R on a summer day!
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Brian Frum July 8, 2014 at 9:15 am

You sure have a great comfy going on Calista Jo!!!
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Catherine July 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

Sounds like kitty knows exactly how to relax in hot weather! We don’t have a catio here, but we sure wish we did!
Happy Tuesday kitties!
xo Catherine
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Katie isabella July 8, 2014 at 6:46 am

OH Calista Jo. You are just a beauty among beauties. My mommy as you know, is a Tortie fan as well as a Tuxie fan/ xo

Bev Green July 8, 2014 at 6:39 am

Calista Jo looks very comfy indeed…..funny Cleo here has taken to walking through the Coriander..has the same effect as the nip…very odd! relax all and stay cool 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx
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Cat Scout Charles July 8, 2014 at 6:30 am

Calista Jo looks like she is very comfy. If we had a catio I would be doing the same thing. Nommy looking catnip.
We voted and hollered for Mau.
CS Charles

Sometimes, Cats Herd You July 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

Calista Jo, you look like you have the right plan for a hot summer day! Is there room there for us to stretch out, too?
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Lone Star Cats July 8, 2014 at 2:26 am

I dream of fishies too.
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The Swiss Cats July 8, 2014 at 2:25 am

You look very relaxed, Calista Jo, and Zorro loves to imagine the cool breeze in your belly fur. Purrs

Deztinee High July 8, 2014 at 1:03 am

Wees voted and twied tu leave a holler but not suwe it worked. Calista Jo looks luvly. 🙂

Luv ya’

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Sparkle July 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

I wish WE had a catio to hang out in!

Emma and Buster July 8, 2014 at 12:15 am

Hey CJ what splendid belleh you have and glad the hot days make you show it for all the world to see. Hoped you all had a wonderful 4th of July.
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prancer pie July 8, 2014 at 12:14 am

Mommy loves that summertime song! You look so relaxed, Calista Jo. We love that you have catnip right at your disposal.

Now Mauricio has 21, cause we hopped over and gave a thumbs up!

Happy Tuesday!
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