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Happy Birthday, Ruby!


Today is Ruby’s birthday and she seems to know it. She has been running around the house chasing her hard food – batting it like a hockey puck, playing with her favorite kickeroo, batting a toy mouse and teasing Skippy and Little Alice.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Ruby!

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We knew we wanted another Maine Coon to be a friend for Skippy. John had scoured the internet for all the Maine Coon breeders and knew which cats were about to be “new Mamas” and the bloodline of the new litters.

I wanted a calico kitty like my first kitten, Ruby.

Ruby the first was a sweet, gentle kitten who allowed this six-year-old to dress her up in doll clothes and to stroll her around the neighborhood in my red doll carriage. I wanted another kitten like that! Although it is difficult to find a kitten with the same temperament of another cat (especially one born more than forty years later!) but I remembered what my Ruby looked like so that is what John looked for.

One night, he called me into the home office and said that “Nicole’s” kittens had arrived.  I saw the picture of this tiny kitten and my heart leaped. “That’s her! That’s my little Ruby!” I said with confidence.

 ♥ Our first picture of Little Ruby

Wasn’t she adorable? I’m not sure John thought so at first. I seem to recall the phrase “little wet rat” was spoken with a chuckle. But I knew this was our little gal. No doubt about it. John contacted Karen, the Maine Coon breeder and made arrangements for us to visit them in Lenoir, North Carolina.

 

 

  By the time we were able to visit Ruby the first time she was this adorable, fluffy kitten.

 

 

 

 

Ruby and her kitty family lived in a nice, clean bathroom. Ruby didn’t hesitate to come to us.

Mama Nicole anxiously watched us for a few minutes and then seemed to give her approval. I had the feeling she was telling me that she was happy to let me be Ruby’s new “Mama” and we were delighted!

 

 

 

 

Ruby and her kitty family lived in a nice, clean bathroom. Ruby didn’t hesitate to come to us.

Mama Nicole anxiously watched us for a few minutes and then seemed to give her approval. I had the feeling she was telling me that she was happy to let me be Ruby’s new “Mama” and we were delighted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen kept us up to date on our sweet kitten and we noticed the term, “feisty” mentioned once or twice.

 

 

 

Good practice for meeting Skippy! Notice her sibling? Not sure if she just punched him or if he is watching her practice her “princess wave

 

 

 

It didn’t take long for Ruby to settle into her new family. We think it was love at first sight when she and Skippy finally had the freedom to play together.

Best Friends!

They have enjoyed playing together ever since.

They still have a bit of kitten left in them!

It’s not unusual to see the Purdy cats running through the house or stalking each other one minute and snuggling the next!

They play hard and sleep hard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then Little Miss Alice to be a loyal friend!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to Ruby, our little Princess!

 

Cat Fight Follow Up

The last picture you saw of sweet little Alice, she was holding her own in a disagreement with our Maine Coon, Skippy. She wanted you to know that she is fine, their friendship has been restored and she is still the queen of the counter top!

Cat fight!

If only they were fighting over who gets to wash the dishes!

We have three cats. Two Maine Coons and one American Short Hair Domestic Cat. Skippy and Ruby are much larger than little Alice and could really hurt her if they wanted to but they don’t. She has given them plenty of opportunities, though. She loves to play “tag” and the simple game of chase can become a little heated and fluffy long hair starts flying!

The Maine Coon is often referred to as the “gentle giant.” If you zoom in on this picture, you will see that Skippy (the very large tabby) is not showing his claws. To show his dominance, he holds his fluffy paw over her as if to say, “calm down now, you little rascal!”

Alice, on the other hand, is showing many signs of angry kitty body language. Her ears are laying down on her head, she is hissing and definitely has her sharp claws out and ready for action.

The scuffle didn’t last long and I didn’t see any scratch marks on either kitty. Soon after John snapped the picture, they were on their way to making peace and Skip jumped up on my kitchen counter (“grrrr!”) to groom himself as if nothing had happened. All was forgiven in Purdy Kitty Land.

Perhaps, that should be a lesson for us. We hold grudges and allow bitterness to grow over truly insignificant things, don’t we? We take on the angry stance, bare our claws and hiss at our loved ones when we should be like Skippy. Raise our hands to the Lord and ask forgiveness for the anger and bitterness inside and then forgive the instigator. Even ask their forgiveness for our bad attitude and then – leave it all with the Lord. Step up to the mountain top of forgiveness and remember that He has cleansed us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)

Whether we are speaking of people, dogs or cats; I agree with the Psalmist who said, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

Enjoying the sunshine. Ruby, Skippy and little Alice.

Kitty Korner

How does a cat utilize his or her time? It depends on the cat.
Skip and Ruby are two-year-old Maine Coons and they spare their energy. Enjoying the view from the window as they did this afternoon.

Alice loves to explore other parts of the house too. Anything new is her delight!

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Yesterday, all three kitties were my comforters after I had a little fall. They were sweet as can be. Cats may sleep a lot but they are also loving and are often our little clowns!

Hope you enjoy our slide and have a wonderful weekend!

God Bless,

Kathy

Alice has a “sinking” feeling that a bath is in her future.

“Alice, what are you doing in the sink?”

“First, you were sitting in the kitchen sink and now, look at you. Do you want a bath?”

“I’m otta’ here before Mom gets the shampoo! Bye-bye for now.”

Gentle Giants No Match for This Fast Bundle of Energy!

The Maine Coon is also known as the “Gentle Giant” and it seems this title is correct.

As you may remember, we brought tiny Alice home last week. Yesterday was her one week anniversary! Although she weighs less than five pounds, Skippy (sixteen pounds) and Miss Ruby (a whopping 18 “fluffy” pounds) seem to fear this petite adopted sister.

A "safe place" for Alice until she becomes acclimated to her new family.

Our master bedroom has been Alice’s domain most of the week. Yesterday, I brought her large cage into the living room so that she could get to know her surroundings better. We have walked around the house with her in our arms every day and I discovered with delight that she enjoyed watching The Waltons with me at lunchtime – either while sitting on my lap or in her small carrier.

Today, we decided that “today is the day” to give her freedom. Being an overprotective “Mom” I was afraid that Skip and Ruby might hurt the “baby”.  Ha! She has them on the run!

Ruby has always been shy so she watches everything from afar – often in hiding.

Alice loves playing “peek-a-boo” and “catch me if you can” and she wins every time! It looks like Skippy and Ruby will get a lot of exercise from now on. Alice is a natural physical trainer!

The funny part is seeing our huge Maine Coons running from this tiny ball of energy. They look at her the way I may look at a tiny mouse – jumping on the highest safe spot. Hopefully, they will get used to this little cutie and include her in their play and even allow her to snuggle with them. I will continue to share as our saga unfolds.

You know, we are much like Skippy and Ruby. The Lord allows us to meet new people who may be lonely or hurting. People who need Christ. Because of our selfishness or fear, we just walk past them, watch from a distance or hide.

At least Skippy is making contact – following her around from a distance, showing a little interest and running when she heads his way. (She jumped on him once. It happened so fast, he was stunned!) A reminder to me that an opportunity to share the love of Christ can turn into an attack from the enemy. Perhaps not physical but surely, spiritual.

Until next time,

Kathy