Thankful Thursday: Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet #LightForPets

Today is Thursday, September 26. It is Remember Me Thursday, the day to light a candle for the pets lost in order to shine light on the pets waiting to be adopted.

#LightForPets

You can light a virtual candle online, on the event’s page, here.

We have decided to put our metallic cat to use: he is holding our candle today.

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – #LightForPets | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Kitshka was momentarily intrigued by what the metallic cat was holding.

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – #LightForPets | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – #LightForPets | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – #LightForPets | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Please be very careful with candles around kitties (or the other way around). Do not light the candle without it being out of reach of kitties (I know it sounds evident but I’d rather remind it).

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – #LightForPets | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – #LightForPets | Texas, a cat in... Austin

If it seems to you that the candle resemble a little cake, you would be right. Well, it’s not a real cake put on fire! My silly human realized too late that these fantasy candles were the only ones she had. But all in all, it is like offering a treat to a kitty, so I think it is okay.

And on this day, we, kitties and humans in this house, are thankful that we have found each other.

Purrs to all.

What Special Day Is It Today?

The special day of a special Furriend!

All of us at le château de Texas, as well as a lot of people in the Blogosphere, want to wish Pam, Sammy‘s Mom, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

May your day be full of love, happiness and human treats!

My Three Moggies‘ humans made a compilation of our wishes:

[If you cannot see the video on this blog, click here to see it on YouTube]

We all hope it brings a smile =^.^=

Kitshka wanted to add that she supervized my human during all the time she was making your card!

Kitshka-Pam-card

Please join us in wishing Pam a
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Birthday to Pam! | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle for a Pet – September 26 – #LightForPets

#LightForPets

When my human goes to a pet store to buy our food, she cannot help but check on the kitties waiting for their forever humans to come adopt them. It breaks her heart to sometimes see the same kitties grow old in these cages, going from playful kittens to resigned “teenage” cats, to sad adult cats. She would adopt them all if she could, I bet, but besides not having the financial means to do so, she also cares about our well-being. I demand a lot of attention from my human. Yes, I love Kitshka and I enjoy having her to play with, but I need my time alone with my human and she knows that I’d rather have her for myself.

In the meantime, she knows that some people who can afford to adopt a cat, and express the desire to do so, sometimes do not do so for the silliest reasons: how many times has she heard someone tell her that they would love to adopt a kitty, but they abhor the idea of having to clean the litter box every day. Huh?
Sometimes, people just wait because, well, because there are other things happening in their lives, and they think a kitty will be an impediment in their busy life.

Many of these people are good people who would benefit from a cat-human relationship and give much in return to the kitty. But those who have never been owned by a cat do not know the benefit a human and a kitty will get from each other in terms of love, happiness, fun, and so much more.
In addition, they do not gravitate in kitty universe like we cat bloggers do. They don’t go to the pet store every other week, and see the same kitties going from a feeling of “life as fun,” to a feeling of “life in a cage, why?” They do not necessarily know that if some cats do not get adopted, they are killed in some shelters. My human was shocked as a kid when she learned that. Most don’t know. They don’t know about cat overpopulation and shelter overpopulation either.

Why am I telling you all this, on a bloggie that is usually more about my cuteness and fun?

I was contacted on Twitter by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to know whether I could help share the meow about an event that will take place next Thursday, September 26. I had not heard of this event, so I thank them for pointing that out.

What is “Remember Me Thursday – Light a Candle for a Pet”? From the website for the event:

“Animal lovers and organizations across the globe unite on the fourth Thursday of September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light on the millions of orphan pets still waiting for their forever homes.”

“Millions of shelter pets lose their lives each and every year. Join the awareness campaign – be a light for pets by promoting awareness about pet adoption. By remembering those we have lost, we can shine a light on the ones we can save.”

[Click here to see the video on YouTube]

From their press release:

Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations globally in a Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Word of the awareness campaign has spread in the form of celebrity social media posts and rescue facilities from New York City to Puerto Rico to Japan have joined the cause.

#LightForPets

You can learn more by following both links above.

No, lighting a candle on one night will not give a home to all the animals who are waiting to be adopted. But it raises awareness, and if the word is shared around the word, and candles lighted, chances are that some people will see the message, ask about the candles, and maybe – hopefully – decide to and do adopt an animal.

That is why I decided to share this event with you ahead of time. This is next Thursday.

I have focused this post on kitties because, obviously, this is a cat blog. But there are many different animals waiting to be adopted, which this event will honor.

#LightForPets

We Got An Upgraded TV and TV program!

Hiya my Furriends,

We are here, in the state named after me, and we are getting settled. The humans are extremely slow to do anything though. It took them 2 – TWO! – days to reassemble the bed, and almost a week to reassemble our tree!!!

The worst part: the people installing our Internet connection won’t be here before next week! Hmpf. I had to beg my human to post this via her… iPhone. So visiting will still be like… non-existent. Sorry. We feel like falling asleep!

But I have to say we have received some advantages. We have a new scratch post/lounge.

And the bestest: we now have a large, flat screen TV to watch Bird TV… AND we now receive Deer TV too!!

(Yeah, I wasn’t too pleased that Milou was photobombing my purrfect picture on the first shot)

So we are good for now. I will post a retrospective of our trip and how we the humans handled it when we get the Internet. In the meantime, I hope you are having a great week! Until next week, the posts will be light and we might not be able to always comment or answer comments.

Oh and I changed my banner. It’s temporary. I’m not sure of the future name for my blog. This important matter deserves a nap!

Lots of purrs!

Happy Gotcha Day to me my human!

First things first: I want to wish a very Happy Purrthday to the beautiful Sparkle!

It so happens that today is also Cat World Domination Day (like everyday, but today a little more!), so remember to visit Sparkle on these two impawtant occasions!

This is also Jewel’s purrthday. Please join the pawty at Fur Everywhere! Happy Purrthday, Jewel!

This is also Derry’s purrthday, at Fuzzy Tales. Likewise, please join the pawty! Happy Purrthday, Derry!

Now, I am sure you are wondering: “why this strange title?” Well, today is the day my human saw me for the first time 7 years ago and decided to adopt me. But on this Cat World Domination Day, I want to be honest…

***suspenseful music ***

We kitties all know too well that whenever we get the chance, we really are the ones choosing our humans. So today is really our day, or the day I got my human ;-)

Like I was writing yesterday, I trained her all these years to be a good human: play time, nap time, cuddle time, not-too-much-tango time, treat time, etc… But today, for my Gotcha Day cake, she made a mistake. Can you spot what is missing in this chicken-salmon stew topped with a piece of fresh salmon and rabbit treats?

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

You got it: nip! I had to wait for her to sprinkle some before I could eat.

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

Thankfully, she put some on my favorite carrot later too and there is plenty of stew AND nip to share with all of you! Mmmmmh! Yummy!

[Click on any picture to biggify]

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; chicken stew; treats; catnip

And that’s not all! She made some cupcakes to my glory.

Well, the kitties don’t exactly look like me even though they’re obviously ginger cats (I have a PINK nose, human, remember, this little pink nose you love so much and also my beautiful whiskers are white) but that’s a first try, so she has to work on it. And of course, your humans can have one!

[Click on any picture to biggify]

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; cupcakes; cat cupcakes

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; cupcakes; cat cupcakes

Texas a Cat in New York; Gotcha Day; cupcakes; cat cupcakes

My human will post how she made them on her blog, so I’ll update this post later today, if you are interested.
UPDATE: here is what my human used.

In the meantime, let’s pawty!

The Week To Come: Celebrations, Celebrations, Celebrations!

Hiya Everyone!

Sorry we have been posting and visiting sporadically lately. I was hoping to catch up today but my human spent hours on the computer and then… she went for a walk in the forest!!!

Here is what she got when she came back:

Texas a Cat in New York, cat tree, talk to the paw

Talk to the paw.

Now for the fun part. Next week, there will be a lot of celebrations! Which means nip and treats!

Monday, June 24
This is Sparkle’s birthday! Yeah! And this is also Cat World Domination Day!

This is also the day I have chosen my human, 7 years ago! I have to admit, after 7 years, I still have to train her everyday. Well, we’ll see if she comes up with something I can be proud of tomorrow…

Wednesday, June 26
This is Kitshka’s birthday. She will be one year. Can you remember this pic of her? It was months ago!

She’s grown up now but she is as pretty as ever!

Thursday, June 27
This is my human’s birthday. Not that we should care… except that she usually gives us extra treats because it’s her birthday. In the end, 7 years of training have yielded some good results too ;-)

Have you got something special to celebrate this week? Let us know so we can celebrate with you!

Someone Is Enjoying Her Sunday

Someone Is Enjoying Her Sunday

Kitties,

I have no more information to give you regarding yesterday’s post. Something is going on but for my human, mum’s the word! I don’t know what my human is doing/planning (does she even know?!). As soon as I know more about what’s going on, I promise to tell you!

Meanwhile, we all hope your Sunday is as enjoyable as Kitshka’s!

[Click on any picture to biggify Mademoiselle Kitshka]

Texas a Cat in New York, Kitshka, nap, human's arm

Texas a Cat in New York, Kitshka, nap, human's arm

Texas a Cat in New York, Kitshka, nap, human's arm

Texas a Cat in New York, Kitshka, nap, human's arm

Texas a Cat in New York, Kitshka, nap, human's arm

Cats In New York: Apartment Hunting? Uptown or Downtown Cat?

Cats In New York: Apartment Hunting? Uptown or Downtown Cat?

My human has some pictures of cats – real or not – that she has taken in the place called Manhattan these past two years and I thought I would share some of them.

Just another proof that ***cats rule the world***

Texas a cat in New York, New York real estate, New York, New York cat, Manhattan cat

Real Estate Agency – Lower Manhattan

BlogPaws: The Good, The Bad, And The Furries

I thought that I would do a short review of my representative’s human’s experience at BlogPaws.

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaws

“Better late than never,” say the humans. This is a very wise human saying, except when food, treats and play time are concerned. We, kitties, need the attention when we need it (often this moment is now). This review is overdue but what can I do? I work with a human (you know, the species that invents sayings to excuse themselves for their mistakes).

Also, I would like to paraphrase a very wise human, Jackson Galaxy, who, at the Strand Books event a couple of weeks ago, said something to the effect that animals don’t make excuses, there’s no “yes, but”… they just go (my human is not sure – see what I mean?! – of the exact quote, hence the paraphrase).
So let’s not sugarcoat this short review (kitties have no appetite for sugar anyway), but let’s also give the applause when it is due.

Let’s start with the positive.

My human really enjoyed her time spent at the conference and I really enjoyed what she brought back to us. Most of of what she brought back (see “bad” section). Mostly treats, and also some litter that she won from the cat lounge. We really, really liked the Natural Balance Perfect Bites Rabbit Formula!


My human said she learned from each presentation she attended (and there were many options).

What she loved the best though was meeting my furriends’ humans! In no particular order: Curlz and Swirlz, Sparkle, Feline Funnies, The Island Cats, Savannah’s Paw Tracks, Twinkletoe Tails, The Conscious Cat, Catsparella, Sebastian the Sensitive Soul, I Have Cat, Riverfront Cats, Cat in the Fridge, Zee & Zoey, A Tonk’s Tail, Tails from the Foster Kittens, Random Felines, Cattywumpus, Glogirly, Cathy Keisha, Cat Chat with Caren and Cody, Animal Shelter Volunteer Life, BJ Bangs, Brian’s Home… if I have forgotten anyone, that’s my human’s fault!

Among those bloggies, there are some that we discovered thanks to my human going to BlogPaws and meeting their humans! My human also talked and exchanged with many doggie bloggers.

And we have to give extra special thanks to my furriends from Curlz and Swirlz and their human who gave my human a special treat bag for me us kitties (and the human)!

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaws

Isn’t it super nice?

My human really enjoyed talking (mostly cats, she claims) with my furriends’ humans and said it was a well needed break for her (whatever that means… she’d better not talk about a break from us!).

She also liked to be able to see some of my furriends’ blogs win an award!

This is Plush Nerissa, with her Best Blog Writing award:

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaws

And this is Glogirly accepting the Best Cause Blog award for Fire Safety Rocks (this is cool!):

[If you cannot see the video on this blog, click here to go to YouTube]

Overall, she said it was pretty well organized (she organized events before so she says she has a special eye [what?!] for this). She thinks that some of the communication could have been done a little better though and there is some room for improvement (the details are boring, so I “ctrl + X-ed” here – You’re welcome! She mentioned this in the survey).

Now for the Furries.

Here are some of the pics she took (they’re not all good, I wasn’t there to snoopervize!) of furry friends:


It is said that my human held a ferret, but I have yet to see the evidence. My human did meet with Odilia, and I am fine with this =^.^=
I am very disappointed that my human did not bring me one of the chicks that were there though.

My human felt that kitties were not set on an equal footing paw as doggies (a dog swag bag for cats?) and here too, there is room for improvement! This is a Cat’s World too too too too! Stop adding the “too,” human!

Anyway, if you have read through this, thank you! Here is the real short version of this review (What do you mean I could have started with this? Humans are never happy!!!)

Was it worth it? Yes.

Did my human have fun? Yes.

Did she learn something? Yes.

Can BlogPaws offer an even better experience? Yes, we’re sure they can (hint hint… kitties!)

But what about the bad, you may ask? (You did ask, right?)

BlogPaws’ humans are not responsible for the “bad” part. My human is, and since she brought this from BlogPaws, I mention it here.

Can someone tell me what THIS is supposed to mean?!??

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaw

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaws

Want to know what I think about this, human?

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaw

Texas a cat in New York, BlogPaw

BAD! I am NOT fat!