Friday, August 31, 2012


So Leo had this birthday a few days ago.. earlier this week.. If you missed it, go back to Monday's post. If you were there and still don't remember, you had too much nip brandy, Valerian root beer or silvervine tea... And dude/dudette... those that do remember, might be laughing at what you sang on the karaoke stage! MOL!
Anyway.... The reason I mention it is because he actually got some presents! We waited until we went to bed so he would feel free to play without looking over his shoulder for Star and a sneak attack.
He got a feathery ball that's supposed to stand up straight when it's on a hard floor.. not so much on a bed.. and a compressed catnip ball. I'll show you his reaction to the ball another day. Today, the feather ball.
Leo, as you know, is fevver boy! In fact, he grabbed the feathers in his giant paw and flipped it up into the air and off the bed twice before I was able to remove it from it's package!
Fevvers!!! Muh favorite!!
Then he tossed it around on the bed after it was out of the package. Note the intense look on his face!
Mine! I'll get it I'll get it!!!!!

*chomp bite tug pull* Hey! The fevvers won't pull out!

After he'd played with it for a while, I noticed a little plastic bit on it, so I took it away to remove it. And discovered that it said, "remove before play" Uh... duh, would have if I'd seen it. Guess I should have read the package! Because this thing SINGS! Every time it gets batted, it makes some bird song!
Say what? Where's that birdie noise coming from? Must kill!!

It is seriously adorable, and I will get some video of it to share soon!

One drawback to the singing toy... It's still in the bed. Every time one of us rolls over, it sings! Ever wake up to birdsong right in your own bed??? That'll make ya jump straight up, lemme tell ya! And even when you get used to it, it still wakes you up! Yeesh.. the things we put up with for our kitties...

Speaking of presents!!

You can still get your very own, extra special Winnie's Wish Cat Toy Set!
All you have to do is make a minimum donation of $15 dollars (in the USA) to Winnie's Wish using the button on my sidebar, send me an email at anniclan AT aol DOT com with your address and they will be on their way to you lickity split! Trust me, you're kitties will love them AND you'll be helping the kitties of Winnie's Wish who really really need the help.
And don't forget, they need homes, so if you need a kitty... or know someone who does... please please look them over! Distance is no object! Please go to the Daily Dose page and look at them on the side bar (or scroll down and see their pet finder page after my posts!)

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Yesterday I showed you how uh... helpful Leo was with the feather boa thing that I use for kicky tails, right? I keep those locked up now...

When I got to stuffing catnip in the pillow toys, I figured my biggest problem would be with Star. She likes nip. A lot. Leo usually runs from it with extreme prejudice! So imagine my surprise when the tub of nip was opened and a giant grey fuzzball jumped up on the Royal Footstool and DIDN'T take one sniff and take off like he'd smelled a diaper pail!

Leo stuffed his face in the tub and I didn't think he was going to come back out! For the first time he decided that he might, maybe, kinda like him some nip, yeah!

Wha... What is this great smell?? What is that stuff?

*SNIIIFFFFFFFF!! bite bite nibble nibble*

Ohhhh yeah.....

I said I didn't like this stuff?? Was I crazy??

What do you mean keep my face out of it? I just learned to love it!
Whoooo baby do I love it!!

See that smile? That ain't normal..... lol!

(Don't worry, that whole top layer went into a couple of toys for him and Star! No Leo drool in FUNdraiser pillows!)

Speaking of the FUN FUN FUNdraiser! You have plenty of time to get your very own set of cat toys, complete with this exciting wonderful nip! Take it from Leo, kitties will LOVE it!

Check the details HERE!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Helper Boy?

Oh my goodness! I forgot something terribly important in yesterday's post!

The FUN FUN FUNdraiser will run through September! So there's still time to get your FIVE kitty toys for a $15 donation to Winnie's Wish!

We just started talking about the possibility of doing a Christmas themed or shaped one in time for Christmas! Would anyone be interested??

Anyway, if you want to participate in the FUN FUN FUNdraiser now, please check out THIS POST!

On to today's post!

As we prepared for the FUN FUN FUNdraiser the kitties helped! When we came home with the feather tails for the kickies, Leo HAD to inspect!

Oh hey! What's this???

Fevvers? a string of fevvers???

Leo: Oh I am taking this!! Bwahahaha!
Mom: Sorry fella, those are for toy making, for Winnie's Wish.

What you mean 'not for me'?? Who else could it be for?? Is fevvers.. is for Leo!
But.. If it's for Winnie's Wish, I guess I'll leave it alone.. is for a good cause.

So I put them back in their bag, tied it up and put it away.
Then I got up the next morning to this!
Mom: Tried to hide it in your mancat cave did you?
Leo: uh.... Star did it?
Mom: She was upstairs last night silly boy.
Leo: Gremlins! Sorry mom... I tried to resist, but they kept calling my name!
Mom: Well, no damage, so it's ok. Be a good boy and you might get your own toy!

Monday, August 27, 2012

FUN FUN FUNdraiser!!

Thank you everyone who came to Leo's Birthday Party yesterday. And for putting up with all those hints all week last week! Let's get to the main event, the thing we've been waiting for!

It’s here! Oh you’re going to love it! We’re having a..

FUN FUN FUNdraiser!


Winnie’s Wish!!

You all know that Winnie’s Wish is the rescue that saved Leo from a short life as a feral. We love Chrystal for giving us our baby, but even if we hadn’t adopted from there, we’d still be in awe at the work she and her family do. The cats and dogs they save, tame, rehabilitate, care for, and sometimes bring back from the brink of death, well, it’s amazing!

Chrystal does her best to keep this rescue afloat with a shoestring budget. The generosity of the blogosphere helped her dream of a larger cathouse come true. Now she can save even more kitties! But more kitties means more expense. Bricks, book sales, donations and gifts are wonderful! But I know they are still in need.

That’s when the idea for a FUNdraiser came to me! Something for your kitties, and some much needed cash for Winnie’s Wish!

What makes it fun fun fun??


Catnip toys!

Oh boy oh boy! You’re going to LOVE them! Trust me! Extensive research (by Leo and Star) shows that these are the BEST toys!

For a minimum donation of $15 in the USA, (slightly higher to cover postage outside of USA), you get five, count them FIVE great toys!

Sample set, colors and patterns will vary

You get:

One kicky with a feathery or boa tail!Almost like two toys together, the big body to kick and the tail to attack!

One Winnie’s Wish catnip pillow!It’s embroidered with the words "Winnie’s Wish" and is perfectly sized for kitty fun and napping!

One heart shaped catnip pillow!Heart shaped because Winnie’s Wish is about love and to bring in the heart from the Winnie’s Wish banner!

One Stringy!I know you’ve seen Leo’s favorite toy, now you can have one of your very own!

One Feather!Or is that Fedder or Fevver! However you say it, it’s a nice big colorful feather for you to chase and attack!


Every bit of the money except the cost of postage and a few minor materials (most I already had) will go to Chrystal for Winnie’s Wish. For the rescued cat house kitties and for any future rescue doggies. At this point it looks like over 10 or 11 dollars from each set will go directly to the rescue.

Whether you know and love Chrystal as I do, you have to admit, this is a heck of a bargain! Five great toys for just a minimum donation of $15!

Here’s how it works: Click the donate/paypal button on my sidebar, then email me at anniclan AT aol DOT com with your mailing address. I’ll get your toys out to you ASAP and send the donation on to Chrystal! If you don’t have paypal or prefer not to use it, email me and I’ll give you the address to send cash check or money order, once it clears, I’ll send your toys!

Easy peazy right? So what are you waiting for? Lets help Chrystal and delight our kitties!

If you want to display a badge for the Winnie's Wish FUNdraiser, you can take the one above, or use this sidebar sized one:
Thank you so much!


As it’s his birthday and his big birthday bash, Leo will be writing today’s post.


*Leo steps up to the mic* ahem *cough, throat clear* Hey! Hi everybody! Welcome to my party!! Yeah!! Whoo!!!!!

Alright! I got somethin’ ta say before we get this party started!! Yeah!!

*paw pumps, uses those extra toes to do the rock on symbol* Today ay ay, I consider myself self self, the luckiest mancat cat cat, on the face of the earth earth earth.

*hysterical laughing followed by a kitty snort* Ok, ok, that was silly, but I mean it! And the next thing that ball player guy said after that really hits where I live. He said, "I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for."

I think you all know that I was born outside, in the cold cruel world, my momma was feral, my daddy, if I knew who he was, was probably feral. And I was on my way to being feral myself, to a short life of fights, fleas, ticks, cars, dangerous animals, and all the other hazards out there that are too numerous and horrible to name.

But my family was saved, scooped up, and literally snatched from hell by an angel named Miz Chrystal and her angel family! They fixed my momma, (I didn’t know she was broken..), and let her go back because she was way way way too flipped out to ever like the peoples. They kept paying attention to me and my sissies, even though we hated them for it, until.. well, until we loved them for it!

Man were they nice to us! We had foods! Every single day! We had cozy places to sleep! And they introduced us to the most amazing thing in the world.. TOYS!!!! Let’s hear it for toys!! WHOOOO *more paw pumping, strutting back and forth on the stage until recalling his purpose and steps back to the mic*

Ok, so that was AWESOME!! But an even more awesomer thing happened next! I didn’t think it was so awesome at the time.. but I got taken for a LONG car ride with Miz Chrystal and her angel daughters and they handed me over to this weird lady and giant guy and they took me on an even LONGER car ride! Man was that scary! But the lady, she held me on and off about half of that ride, and over the next few days she showed me that I could not only trust them, but I could love them too. Now they’s known to me and Star, my new uh.. *paw over mic, leaning toward where Star is* can I call you my sisfur? *getting an exasperated eye roll, quick nod and a hurry up paw motion, turns back to the mic* Uh, now they’s known to me and Star, my new sisfur, as mommy and daddy! Um.. I mean, mom an dad.. I’m a mancat now, mancats don’t say mommy and daddy.. right?

Right. Where was I.. Mancat! Yes! Today I am a mancat! Mommy... mom showed me the chart. Last year I was but a teenager, but this year on my second birthday! I’m all growed up! See!

That’s why I’m having a mancat party! *whispers loudly into the mic* I’ve already been in the nip... HA!

So listen, let me outline the entertainment! Live! On stage as soon as I shut up! The only all main coon cat band ‘The Main Event’!! I know they say they are all main coons, but dude, everyone can see that the drummer is a Spinx who goes by the stage name ‘Skins’! Come on dudes! Bwhahaha!

Hey, if you think you recognize some of the band members, well, you can’t be sure with all that stage make up on, now can you?

Anyway, they’ll be scratchin’ out all the kitty anthems all night long. And in between sets, karaoke!!

*looking to the side* what’s that? *watches as lots of kittens file onto the stage behind him* Oh! Cool! It’s the Kitten Chorale!

Kitten: We’s here ta lead ya all in singin’ happy birthday to the big guy! *somewhat in harmony, the kittens start singing* happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy BIRTHday dear Leo the Chinese Lion... Happy birthday to you! Yay!!

*Leo steps back up to the mic, wiping a tear, or something from his eye* Aw, thanks you guys! You’re terrific! You kittens stay away from the bar, k?

Speaking of the bar! All you adult kitties can help yourself to niptinis, nip brandy, silvervine tea and valerian root beer! There’s also milk and tuna juice available!

Without further ado, let’s hear it for The Main Event! *cheers*

*The Main Event sings Cat Scratch Fever, Stray Cat Strut, Walking My Cat Named Dog, and Everybody Wants to Be a Cat before taking their first break. Leo steps back up, panting a little from dancing like a berzerker kangaroo*

Dudes! And ladycats.. I totally forgot to tell ya all about the buffet! We got chicken! Oh yeah, gotta have chicken or Star would see to it that I don’t have a third birthday! And ham! Fishes for those of you who can eat it, not me of course.. *sigh* And a huge cheese platter since we just discovered how great it is and that so many other kitties like it too!

Kittens: *in unison* Don’t forget cake! And Nip ice cream! *some of the kitten chorale kittens wheel in a cart with the cakes on them*

Aw cool! Lots of cakes! And that ice cream smells yummy!

Hey, I’m kicking off the Karaoke with a song dedicated to my sisfur’s kinda sorta main squeeze! *giggles and loudly sings Love The One You’re With!*

*Laughing, he waves rock paws again* Ok! Who’s next??

*Star takes the stage, with a glare at Leo* This is dedicated to my brain dead.. oh ugh, I can’t say brofur... This is because of the barbarian.. *Sings* It’s his party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to! You’d cry too if he lived with you! *finishes her altered song and smirks at Leo as another kitty or two steps up to sing, is it you? What did you sing?*

*The Main Event retakes the stage and sings Cat in the Cradle,, Smelly Cat, the Cat Came Back, Tom Cat, and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat before breaking again and diving into the nip bar*

Who’s next for Karaoke?? Ok, me first again, I’m gonna sing Mean Eyed Cat! *Leo sings his song and lets a few other kitties go before the Main Event, a little worse for wear, retakes the stage*

Oh my Cod! Look who showed up to MY party to sit in on a song!!! It’s Cat Stevens!!

*Leo tries to use his extra toes to work a lighter to hold up, no luck, but purrs loudly while Cat and the Main Event sing Katmandu!*

Let’s hear it for Cat! *cheers!* Man I wish he could stay and have a niptini or two, but he’s got a plane to catch..

*The Main Event continues with Alley Cat, and just for the woofies, How Much Is That Doggie in the Window and Puppy Love before continuing with the cat anthems including Three Cool Cats, Year of the Cat, and after inviting up three lovely pointed girl kitties, they play The Siamese Cat Song while the girls sing*

Ok, everyone! We’re gonna continue with the Karaoke and the band, but I want to remind you about tomorrow! It’s gonna be FUN FUN FUN FUN FOR EVERYONE, seriously! Literally! Totally!
And here’s your last hint!

So please, stay all night, there’s beds all over the place, we even opened the loud girls room for more bedding! Uh.. sorry about the scuffle by my mancat cave... I thought I took those pictures down before the party *sends a startled look at Star who is laughing maniacally*

photo credits: Neytiri, Katie Isabella, and Middy

Anyway.. Have fun, enjoy yourself, but don’t forget to check in tomorrow!!!!


Sunday, August 26, 2012


Rainbow gave us the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thank you so much! Rainbow is a pretty white kitty with a new blog. If you don't know them yet, please go visit! (Honest to goodness, I have looked and looked and I have no idea if Rainbow is a girl kitty or a boy kitty.. Though the name makes me think girl?)

The rules for accepting this award are

(1) Thank and link back to the sender;

(2) List seven things about you that readers may not know;

(3) Nominate 15 bloggers for the award.

Seven things readers might not know... wow, I think you all might know everything about the kitties by now.. I'm going to try to think of some things, but I think some of them will be me, the human.

1. I'm an avid seamstress. I used to be a freelance wedding consultant, doing everything from making brides maids dresses, wedding cakes, silk flower bouquets and boutonnieres, and some other accessories. I will still do any of that, but mostly only for close friends.

2. Star is allergic to changing seasons and breaks out in a rash ever spring and fall.

3. Leo's wonky claw on one of his extra toes is so hard to trim that it takes all my strength and two hands, and it has little or no quick or blood supply.

4. I dislike shoes. Always have. I grew up in the country, in the woods, and I would run through the backyard barefoot which was treacherous not only for all the trees dropping sticks, acorns, random pricker bushes, but also because my mother let the chickens have the run of the yard and I had to avoid their... deposits..

5. Greg is 6 foot tall and burly, but babies and kitties trust him implicitly. Nothing puts babies to sleep faster than being held in his huge hands and being rocked softly. Let me tell you how important that was when I was watching my twin nieces! I would be so frazzled by the end of the day because they wouldn't go to sleep and they had the horrible habit of crying so hard they'd stop breathing! Ever see a purple baby? It was an every day occurrence.. But I'd call Greg, he'd come after work, take them, sometimes one at a time, sometimes both at once, and within five minutes, I kid you not, they were sleeping like... babies!

6. I had so many kitties growing up, 17 at once was the highest number at one time. Once a kitten bit my hand hard in the morning, foamed up and died in my arms that night. My mother had to have the humane society pick up the body to see if it was distemper or rabies (lived in the woods remember, lots of wild critters). When the man came he offered to take some of the other kitties since we had way too many. I had to pick and choose which could go and which had to stay and watch as he stuffed them in a sack. I'm still haunted by that memory..
No rabies, I was fine.

7. Greg is 8 years older than I am. He didn't really have pets growing up. He did have a grandfather living with the family for a while and he had a dog, but either Greg didn't like it, or it didn't like him. They had a bunny when he was older. Oh, and he hand raised a baby squirrel that fell from a nest. He says they have the softest bellies in the world but the rest of the fur is a little course. It would make so much noise when he was trying to do homework that he'd have to take it out of it's cage, put on an army jacket and let it sit in his pocket. He would also wrestle with it using his hand as another 'squirrel' and it never bit him and never used it's claws. Except to climb the army jacket.

Whew! I thought of seven things!

Now, there is no way I can come up with 15 bloggers who haven't gotten this yet.. So I'm just going to list a few.

Katie Isabella

The Blog of Otis

The Furries of Whisppy


Hannah and Lucy

Please visit them, especially if you've never met them!

Oh my gosh oh my gosh! Tomorrow is Leo's birthday blow out!!!! Oh is it going to be wild!!

And then! Tuesday! The BIG news that's going to be FUN FUN FUN for everyone!!!!! Oh I can't wait! I'm so excited! And after reading a few comments, especially yesterday... I was giggling so hard! Because I know and obviously they don't! Oh my gosh is it gonna be fun!!!!
Hint? Ok, I'll give ya a hint!
Just two more days!! Whoo hoo!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Silly Saturday

And they call it kitty love....
He fell asleep hugging his stringy.. is that the cutest thing? So silly.
Hint for the day after Leo's birthday!
Oh boy is Tuesday gonna be so fun fun fun!!
So's his birthday on Monday! But Tuesday! Wow!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Get Along Weekend (please!)

Oh how I wish my babies got along better. Some days they fight. Some days I can imagine peaceful co-existence. In my wildest dreams I can imagine them curling up together in a huge ball of grey fur.
There are some days when they conspire to flumox me and actually sit in relative proximity without grumbling, hissing or fighting. Quiet days, they're wonderful, and they make me nervous at the same time because I wonder when the other paw is going to drop.
I'm going to try to stay in the wonderful part and share some amazing pictures today! My babies sharing a view without issues!
Leo: There's a squirrel!
Star: I know that squirrel. He thrives on attention, ignore him.
Leo: But he's tormenting me!
Star: Duh..

Leo: Is she picking on me?
Star: Hey squirrel! Look at the barbarian, he wants to pay attention to you! (and if you get close enough, I'm gonna get ya..)

Leo: Argh! He's doing his squirrel dance at me now! He's mocking me!
Star: heh heh heh.....

Ok, this wasn't quite as peaceful looking, but they stayed THIS CLOSE for a long time!
Star: I can't believe I have to be this close to you just to sit on my most excellent butt warmer..

Leo: No one said you HAVE to sit there...

Star: I ignore you. How do you like the Back of Disrespect?
Leo: Oh is that what you call it?

Star: Smart alec..
Leo: You know... my arms are long enough.. I can touch you from here.
Star: Try it and pull back a bloody stump.
Leo: I'm gonna tell mommy and you won't get to come to my party!
Star: ..... Shaddup, go back to sleep and I'll let you live til the party.
Leo: heh heh heh zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Speaking of his party Monday, it's gonna be a blow out! But the day after, that's going to be Fun Fun Fun for everyone!

Hint hint? Oooo ok, but this might be way too easy!
Try to keep the kitties from licking your screen...

We hope you all have a peaceful, wonderful weekend!