animal shelter

What we kept secret in our interview

cats that got interviewed by a magazine

We are superstars! Mom was surprised when the Funny Farmer Felines asked us to give an interview for the magazine Mousebreath. Why was she so surprised? We’re most beautiful and clever – no wonder that major magazines are standing in line to get an interview with us!

Our human isn’t as gorgeous as we, but she sure will also become famous one day – in her own niche so to say: she’d do great on comedy and epic fail shows!

Let’s take the question How did you all come to live together? as an example. We already shared a funny misunderstanding in our interview, but there’s more to the story: the staff of our shelter had a good laugh after Mom’s first visit.

Our human is very afraid of spiders and hoped that cats, being brave predators, would exterminate all eight-legged devils. Can you believe that she actually asked the staff if they had ever seen us chasing spiders?? Now, shelters are certainly used to weird questions, but they never had someone asking for a spider executioner. Oh yes, you bet we all had a blast!

Tessa with her most evil laughter

In case you’re wondering: we are indeed interested in spiders, but we hardly ever kill them. You all know that we cats love to play with our prey. We often catch spiders, but we won’t kill them right away because we want to play with them first. However, spiders are very fast and often manage to escape alive. Bah.

It’s hard to believe, but Mom doesn’t appreciate our attempts to save her life. She says that she was better off when she knew where the spider was. Knowing that a dangerous spider is hiding somewhere in our apartment freaks her out. Humans! A really ungrateful race. Oh, and on a sidenote: there’s no toxic spiders in Finland – Mom’s hysterical for no reason.

You can read the full interview here: Tessa and Kajsa from Helsinki . We want to thank the Funny Farmer Felines for their great work!

 

Why kittens of my cats kill other cats

Have you ever visited a shelter? Have you ever seen all these unwanted cats, waiting in small cages? If yes, you’re likely to agree that the proportion of cats versus humans who want to adopt cats is out of balance.

cats in a cage

Tessa and Kajsa at the shelter. Their cage was actually big in comparison!

I admit that I would love to see kittens of Tessa and Kajsa. A small version of Tessa, playing around, destroying my headphones, or a small version of Kajsa bossing me around … so cute it hurts! And so irresponsible that it’d cost lives and a lot of pain. Why? Well, I’d probably find good homes for their kittens, but they would take places away from kittens waiting at shelters.

Again – have you ever been at a shelter and want to tell these cats “Sorry, I want to see kittens of my own cats, which means that you can’t get a great family?”. Eventually, all kittens will become adults, and their chance of finding a family becomes less with every week – new kittens will come, being way cuter than adult cats, and more likely to find families.

cat is shy at shelter

Kajsa was very shy and afraid. It took days until she dared to leave her den

Apart from a cat population outnumbering humans who love cats, unneutered cats also face serious health risks like cancer. Unneutered cats are also more likely to destroy your furniture and fight with other cats.

And last, but not least: I know it’s difficult, but please question your friends’ choices when you hear that they want their cats to become pregnant. If you want to experience the joys of living with kittens, ask a shelter if you can host a cat with her kittens until the kittens are old enough to go their own ways! A great way of helping shelters, having a lot of fun and minimizing your own costs. Giving birth and fostering kittens can be very expensive on your own!

cat is so happy that someone plays with her at the shelter

Tessa was so happy when I came to play with her at the shelter

 

This post was part of a great Twitter campaign from UK shelters. Hashtag: #neuteryourpets

 

We’re survivors – our first visitors

cat with long tongueBooooring! No wonder Tessa is yawning, I haven’t blogged for ages!

Although our last week wasn’t boring at all: two very close friends of mine stayed with us for some days. Guess how nervous I was! Especially Kajsa was very shy at the shelter, and would always hide when people had a look at their cage. I needed 3 days until she left her hiding spot, so I was sure we wouldn’t see her so much.

Well, they proved me wrong. Both were social and seemed to enjoy the extra attention. 3 pairs of hands to boss around!

I was so happy and finally invited my little neighbor over. She’s 9 years old, and she’s been asking me about them ever since I told her that I’ve adopted cats. (more…)

My first feline Mother’s Day

UPDATE: Pah! I wrote this post yesterday, but Mamma was too lazy to post it! /Kajsa

Hi, Kajsa here. Mamma is still taking a break, but I managed to get my paws on her computer. I won’t do Mamma’s weekly review (what’s the point anyways?? I want food now!), but I need to tell you about our humiliation!

suspicious cats

We were both sitting on the sofa observing some strange behavior: (more…)

T as in Today. My cats came home!

I was so excited when I went to the shelter today! Some drama at the shelter, because I was cleaning their ears. Oh my, they were really dirty! I’ll continue cleaning them at home, but we also need to come to the shelter once a week. They didn’t like the carriers at all, but you were right, the size was ok. Poor Tessa was meowing all the way home, Kajsa was silent. (more…)

S as in Shelter. Our time at the animal shelter

… isn’t over yet. I know, you were waiting for a different posting today, and so was I.

It’s sometimes really boring to be an adult: I could have taken Kajsa and Tessa home today, but I’ll wait another night. The vet is coming to the shelter tomorrow, and she’ll control their ears. They don’t really need a vet appointment, and it’s neither mandatory to wait for her approval. However, I thought it’d be wise to take the opportunity. I’ll take them home tomorrow, no matter what the doctor finds, but it had been stupid to rush now. (more…)

Weekly review – week 16 (2015), Sunday Selfie and Blog Award

My crazy week

Team Shelter had a really eventful week. I was very ill and crossed my limits. I was at the emergency room, but I could go home after a long day. I cut all my aloe vera plants, because I wanted to avoid that my cats need emergency treatment. I was worried about the power balance between my cats, but Tessa was very relaxed and showed off. Tessa was also easy-going when their cage was open, but Kajsa and I were overwhelmed.

In short: many things happened, but the real excitement is still ahead: THIS WAS MY LAST WEEK WITHOUT CATS! 3 days to go! (more…)

H as in Halfway. The long wait for my rescue cats

It’s been over 2 weeks since I adopted Tessa and Kajsa, and I’ve to wait for another 2 weeks until I finally can take them home. Their ear mites are the reason for this slow adoption process. The shelter requires that their cats are as healthy as possible when they’re coming to their new home.

The long waiting period has its benefits. (more…)

Meet my girls Tessa and Kajsa!

getting to know my catsSo who are these girls I fell in love with? The vet assumes they’re 3-6 years old. We don’t know what happened to them. They were found about 250 km (155 miles) from my hometown. The shelter says that they’re a bit shy and need a lot of patience. (more…)

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