Milou Has Joined Grouik and Texas Across the Rainbow Bridge

Dear Friends,

First, thank you SO MUCH for your support.

It’s with a heavy heart that I now have to announce that Milou has crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Thursday, October 20, just 11 days after Texas.

Milou had seen his health considerably worsen the past few months: he had lost a lot – a LOT – of weight, had newly discovered thyroid problems, and was diagnosed with kidney disease. His condition took a turn for the worse on that sad Thursday evening, as he could barely breathe, and we had to take the decision to stop the pain.

Milou was my husband’s kitty of 17 years. I had know him myself as long as I have known my husband. He loved to eat – and you could see that by just looking at him! He loved to play, and he loved to cuddle with his human. He loved to hiss at Texas too, although he had stopped doing this for a while, when his health started to show weakening signs. Milou was the last of our three French cats – Grouik, Texas, and Milou – that we had taken with us when we moved to America. He is of course very much missed.

Texas and the Gang | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

Texas, Kitshka, and Milou – September 27, 2016

Milou | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

 | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

I wanted to take the time to answer each and everyone of you to thank you for your nice words and support, but getting back on the blog only reminded me that Texas wasn’t here anymore. I will get in touch soon though.

As for Kitshka, she is healthy but really seems lost. She’s staying next to us humans more than she used to, obviously asking for TLC. She was always closer to Texas, I think, than she was to us, but things are changing. She still appears to always be looking for something… probably Texas.

I am not sure what I want to do with the blog in the long term yet – or if Kitshka shows any appetency for blogging – but I’ll definitely pay tribute to Texas and Milou soon.

I wonder if Texas, Milou, and Grouik are giving French lessons to the other kitties across the Rainbow Bridge now…

Thank you all again for your support. It means a lot.

Carine, Texas’ human

The Saddest of Updates: Texas Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

The Saddest of Updates: Texas Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Dear Friends,

This is Carine, Texas’ human. I am saddened to update his blog to let you know that my beloved kitty Texas has crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday afternoon.

He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and probable congestive heart failure just two weeks ago. We knew from that time that his days were numbered, I just hoped we would have a little bit more time. He was only 10 and a half.

I am grateful that I have spent ten years of my life with him, and that he agreed to spend his life with me. Texas and I had a special bond together that will never be broken. He brought me so much joy and happiness, he was a very good friend. He was also the smartest cat I have ever met. I am also grateful that I was there with him when his time came, although I was unable to help him.

Below are a few of the last pictures I took with him. Yes, he looked very healthy, and he was besides his heart problem, which makes the whole situation even harder to accept.

I’ll try and write some more by the end of the week, hopefully, probably next weekend. Milou also has his own health problems and has lost a lot of weight lately, but he’s holding on to life. Kitshka is doing well, although she’s left without her big brofur/role model/mentor/partner in crime/bff.

Texas took with him a bit of my heart that was legitimately his to take. I miss him. I miss him so much.

Carine

Texas and the Gang | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

Texas, Kitshka, and Milou – September 27, 2016

Texas' Pawsomeness | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

“Wait human! Is that the can opener I just heard?” – October 1, 2016

Texas, the Boss | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

Texas stealing my chair when I was working from home – October 3, 2016

Happy New Year 2016 + Resolutions for My Human

Happy New Year my Furriends!

May 2016 bring you health, kibbles and wet food aplenty, and loving humans!

What do we expect 2016 will be like at my place?

Well, there will be more sleeping…

Milou sleeping | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

…more of me waiting for my human…

Texas | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

…everyone trusting Kitshka with the car key… er, not sure this is the greatest idea, human!

Kitshka keeping the car key | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

Speaking of the human, we expect to have to try once again to keep her here…

Kitshka & Milou | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

Texas keeping the luggage | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

…I know Kitshka, it’s kind of boring to have to do it every time.

Kitshka yawning | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

Which brings me to my resolutions for my human:

  1. Come back to the state named after me: that’s where I am, plus it’s warmer and it’s friendlier, and that’s also where we are!
  2. Make me and my blog your priority
  3. Give us more treats
  4. Buy me more catnip toys…

Okay, I’ll stop here because I’m a nice, reasonable kitty.

My furriends, I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and a great New Year! I’ll make my human help me with my bloggie and visiting you more next year! Now, if you’ll excuse us, we all need to nap now because my human is coming home tonight!

Kitshka, Texas, & Milou sleeping | Texas, a Parisian Cat in America

A Visit to Washington, DC’s Cat Cafe “Crumbs & Whiskers”

My human, not content with spending those days away from me, has chosen to go to the new DC cat cafe for her birthday yesterday.

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

The good part though is that she could report to me on the cat cafe.

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Overall, my human really liked the cafe. There are two floors and about 20 cats going about their business, letting clients pet them – or not. They are also all for adoption, so the cats in the cafe, hopefully for them, will change as they get adopted. You just have to book the time when you want to come online, and then come, have some coffee or tea and be a slave nice to those kitties.

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

The cafe seems to be successful as it was packed at 9 am on Saturday. She said the humans who worked there were very nice too and obviously love cats.

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

I think it’s a great idea to help cats and humans know each other better and to get some homeless kitties a home and a better chance for adoption as the humans can freely play with them.

If you think about it, these kitties have dozens of servants all the time. I wonder if one of them would be a better typist than my human…?

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe - Washington, DC | Texas, a cat in... Austin

You can find more pictures on my human’s blog too, here (yes, because she had the nerve to keep some for her blog!).

What do you think about cat cafes? Have you visited one before?

Crumbs & Whiskers
3211 O St NW
Washington, DC, 20007
http://www.crumbsandwhiskers.com/

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy Meow Year! | Texas, a cat in... Austin

The New Year is here and my human is already late. Can I have a change of human for 2014?!

Don’t look at me like that human, it’s your fault!

Anyway, we want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! For many reasons and for many people, we know that 2013 wasn’t a very good year. We lost many, many, too many furriends in 2013. So I wish for all of you that 2014 will bring happiness, purrs, health, nip, all that you expect and much much more!

In 2014, we hope to pursue all of the following activities:

Napping

Texas napping | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Hiding

Texas in the cube | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Making new Furriends

Texas and Kitshka meeting a new furriend | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Napping

Kitshka napping next to Texas | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka napping | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Playing

Kitshka playing in the cube | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Sunbathing

Texas sunbathing | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Butt warming

Kitshka in front of the fireplace | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Hiding

Milou hiding | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Napping

Milou napping on his human | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Roaring (when necessary)

Texas roaring | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Ignoring the humans

Grumpy Texas | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Getting the humans’ attention

Texas goofing around in the stairs | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Being gorgeous

Kitshka | Texas, a cat in... Austin

What are you planning to do in 2014?

Merry Christmas Y’All!

All my Dear Furriends, furry ones and humans,

Sorry for the long silence. Milou is doing better but my human caught a huge cold and she was doing nothing (except saying she was turning into a cat because she spent much time sleeping – she wished!). We know your purrs and purrayers and thoughts helped Milou a lot and we can never say how much we are thankful.

We are thinking of all of you while we are getting ready for Christmas. In our house, “all is calm, all is bright”…

Merry Christmas! | Texas, a Cat in... Austin

Merry Christmas! | Texas, a Cat in... Austin

Well, except for the kid in the house, and that would be Mademoiselle Kitshka!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

[We will be back on Thursday for, we hope, more regular blogging and visiting]

Catmas Trees in Austin, TX!

I have noticed that there were many kitty furriends living in Texas (especially Twitter furriends)! So maybe that is one of the reasons why when people decorate Christmas trees on the road here, you can find… kitty Christmas trees!

Below are two trees that my human saw on Loop 360 in Austin among dozens of decorated trees (you can learn a bit more on the tradition of Loop 360 Christmas trees on my human’s blog). I think they are pretty cool! If the humans would trust us with a Christmas tree, this is how I would like it decorated!

Hello Kitty Christmas Tree on Loop 360 in Austin, TX | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitty Christmas Tree on Loop 360 in Austin, TX | Texas, a cat in... Austin

How are your humans decorating their Christmas tree?

Wordy Wednesday: Thank You

I want to say thank you to all my furriends who stopped by to send good wishes to Milou, and posted advice and links to pages about megacolon.

My human is going to read all of this during the weekend so she’ll be well purrpared for Milou’s appointment on Monday.

I also wanted to show you that we are keeping a close(d) eye on Milou (even though he is still, after all these years, hissing at me):

Kitshka, Milou & Texas | Texas, a cat in... Austin

(Yes, my human is playing with Photoshop)

Thank you all! Purrs!

Happy Thanksgiving to All My Furriends!

Today is Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful for what we have. And what are Kitshka, Milou and I thankful for?

Our humans: we complain a lot about them because they are far from purrfect (they’re no cats!) but they give us noms, toys and a warm home (speaking of warm home, human, it is getting colder, can I have an electric heating blankie for Christmas?). They also pet us and although they can be a real bother when they take pictures of us, we know that that’s because they adore us like the deities we are. Thank you humans!

Our furriends: we are so happy and thankful to know all of you thanks to our blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, etc. I have furriends all around the world and they leave sweet and funny comments on my bloggie and are always here to send purrs when they are needed. Thank you my furriends!

– Which lead us to be thankful for the tools that enable us to communicate between furriends: WordPress, Blogger, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Thank you for the great humans that invented them, and made most of them (actually all of those I have named) free. I have no doubt that there were kitties behind these humans but thanks anyaway!

So Kitshka, Milou and I wish you all (kitties, woofies, all furry friends and their humans) a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We also wish our Jewish furriends a Happy Hanukkah! Did you know that this year the first day of Hanukkah and the day of Thanksgiving happen the same day, and that won’t happen again in 70,000 years?! It’s Thanksgivukkah!

Have a great day y’all! Eat well, nap well, and cuddle with your humans! Purrs!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 | Texas, a cat in... Austin

And the Winners of the Shelter Cat Dolls Are…

Good morining Furriends!

We still have a not-so-good weather where we are so we are glad that we can take a break from our naps to announce the winners of the two Shelter Cat Dolls!

Dream Pillow

Congratulations to

Ann Staub

&

Riverfront Cats

The winners were drawn using Random.org.
Since Ann was the first winner drawn, she will get to choose which doll she wants. You will soon both receive an email from me!

We would like to thank again Ms. Darlene Margeta and Dream Pillow for their dedication, creativity and generosity!