Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The lap of luxury

We're BAAAAACK! And better ... err ... crazier than ever! What did Momma do for the past week when only the sound of crickets was heard on our blog? Plus, Ellie becomes obsessed with the lap of luxury and Bear and The Boy end up in the doghouse.

BC: Bear Cat Kat 
MK: Momma Kat 
EM: Ellie Mae Kat 
The Boy: Momma's fiance 

BC: You changed the password for my blog!
MK: No, I didn't! 
BC: Phht. Yeah, you did.
MK: You don't even know the password!
BC: You changed it!
MK: NO! It's been 7y30 ...
BC: YES?
MK: Nice try.
BC: RATS! 
MK: What do you want to use the computer for?
BC: This is entirely hypothetical ... but if a cat wanted to sell his sister online, he would do that where?
MK: He'd sell his sister from groundedforlife DOT com.
BC: REALLY?! I've never heard of that ...
{Pause}
BC: Wait a ... VERY funny.
{Pause}
BC: Hmmm ... is there a sellyourkitty DOT com?
EM: I think I saw a sellyourpussy DOT com.
MK: WHAT?!? Where?!?
EM: Err ... if I tell you, will you promise I won't get in trouble?
MK: Okay.
EM: Daddy ...
BC: OH! He should be grounded too!

MK: Bear, you're on your own.
BC: But I want to know the blog password!
EM: I know the password!
MK: ELLIE!
EM: Uh oh. I can't tell you because then Momma would be mad.
BC: SHE knows your password and I don't?! I'm calling my lawyer!
EM: {whispering} Err  ... she fired you yesterday.
BC: Phht. She didn't fire ME ... I fired HER.
{Ellie rolls her eyes}
BC: Smellie, can you come to my office?
EM: {looking around} ME?!
BC: YES!
EM: I'm not sure we both fit in the litter box.
BC: I know! I said "come TO my office," NOT "come IN my office." Don't you funk the litter box up enough?
EM: That's not very ...
BC: Hold on a minute ... I have to get ...
EM: You have a notebook stored behind the litter box?
BC: And my pen ...
EM: Holy cow nuts, how many pens do you have in there? I think I know where all Momma's missing pens went.
BC: Hey. I don't knock your creative process. 
EM: What else do you have back there? Any tuna?
BC: Oh, wait. You don't have any creativity.
EM: HEY, NOW!
BC: I have a favor to ask my favorite sister.

EM: I thought I was your only sister?!
BC: Same difference.
EM: Err ... not really. But okay.
BC: Momma's password ...
EM: I'm not going to tell you what her password is!
BC: No! No! That's fine! I don't think you should tell me the password. Maybe just give me a hint?
EM: Like what?
BC: Like the last twelve characters.
EM: Umm ...
BC: I wouldn't be able to use the password because I'd still need the first four characters.
EM: I don't know ...
BC: Come on!
EM: Fine. U ...
BC: Uh huh. Uh huh.
EM: ... R ...
BC: R ... okay.
EM: ... at sign ...
BC: Yeah.
EM: ... number sign ...
BC: Uh huh. Uh huh.
EM: ... the number one ...
BC: OH! This is complex! Numbers, letters AND special characters.

EM: ... D ...
BC: Okay.
EM: ... U ...
BC: Got it.
EM: ... M ...
BC: {writing furiosly} Uh huh. Uh huh.
EM: ... B ...
BC: Yep.
EM: ... at sign ...
BC: Okay.
EM: ... dollar sign ...
BC: Oh. That's my favorite!
EM: ... dollar sign.
BC: Wait! Let me repeat that back to you ... U - R - at sign - number sign - one - D - U - M - B - at sign - dollar sign - dollar sign. Is that right?
EM: Yep!
BC: I can't wait to try this! {looking over the written characters} UR@#1DUMB@$$.
{Ellie giggles}
BC: {reading over the characters again} Wait a ... 
{Pause}
BC: Ha. Ha. We'll see who laughs last.

{Pause as Bear hears Momma laughing too}
BC: Haha. More fodder for the litter box.
EM: As if you ever use the fodder to cover your business.
BC: I'm the alpha cat! I boldly claim what is mine.
EM: Phht. One whiff and we all know what's yours.
BC: I consider that success. As long as Momma gets the message.
EM: Message? Why would you need to tell Momma that you're the alpha cat?
BC: That isn't the message.
EM: Wait ... what?
BC: I leave coded messages in my poop for Momma.
EM: Are you sure that's not a medical problem? I can call the vet. Heck. I'll drive you myself!
BC: {completely ignoring his sister} About half the time, The Boy scoops my poop before Momma gets to it, so I have to reformulate and poop again.
EM: I can see why Momma doesn't want you writing our blog.
BC: Phht. Poop messages are the only secure method of communication with you and The Boy around.
EM: Like what kind of ...
{Pause}
EM: Never mind. I don't want to know.
BC: I wouldn't tell you anyway!
{Pause as Bear thinks}
BC: Momma! Speaking of our blog, did you post on my blog again without my permission?
MK: What?
BC: You didn't ask me to approve any posts for last week. What lies are you spreading about your sweet innocent cuddly kitty cat on my blog?
EM: LIES!? Who's lying about me?! I'll teach them a lesson! And I mean business!

BC: Not YOU, you fourth-wit! 
EM: Why aren't I the first wit? Who's the first wit, the second wit, and the third wit?
BC: WHAT?
EM: You said I'm the fourth-wit!
BC: ONE FOURTH wit.
EM: Wait. I'm first wit or fourth wit?
BC: One fourth! A fraction!
EM: You know I don't like to talk politics.
BC: WHA?! OH, NEVER MIND! When I referred to a sweet innocent cuddly kitty cat, I was talking about me!
EM: Is it opposite day?
BC: NO!
EM: YOU?!? Sweet?! Hahahaha. Innocent? Hahahahahahaha {snort}. Cuddly? Ha ...
BC: I get your point.
MK: You know that thing where parents say, "I hope you have a child like you when you grow up and then you'll understand what it's like?" That's what Ellie's doing right now - without meaning to.
EM: DADDY?! Bear's my Daddy?
BC: I swear ...
MK: Ellie gives you a taste of your own medicine!
EM: Wait ... what? I thought you gave him his triple fishy flavored medicine?
BC: That's it! You are too stupid to live, you spine-less dimwitted ... err ... twit!
MK: Bear, I didn't write any posts on our blog.
BC: WHAT?! WHAT WERE YOU DOING?
MK: People stuff.
BC: What PEOPLE STUFF?

MK: You tell me I'm not allowed to ask what cat stuff entails ...
BC: Well, YEAH! "Cat stuff" isn't within a human's purview, but "people stuff" is within a cat's purview.
MK: That sounds a little unfair.
BC: Phht! I'm a CAT! Who said anything about FAIR!?
EM: He's right, Momma! Cat stuff is only for cats.
BC: So what have you been doing for the past week? From where I sit, you've spent the last week sleeping and playing games on the computer - and NOT working on our blog.
MK: Err ...
BC: Sheesh. The life of a human. SO HARD! 
MK: WHAT?!? I feed you two, scoop your litter, buy your supplies, take you to the vet ... HOW'S THAT THE LAP OF LUXURY?
EM: The LAP of LUXURY? Sounds like my kind of place.
BC: FOCUS!
EM: I AM!
BC: Focus on what Momma's doing - forget the lap of luxury!
EM: Well, it can't hurt ...
BC: Momma, you're FIRED! I give you ONE job!
EM: I think setting Momma on fire is a little extreme.
MK: ONE job?
EM: Err ... Momma's right ... you give her like ten jobs.
BC: Because I know that she'll only do one of them right.
MK: Bear, I was sick and just didn't feel good.
BC: You were well enough to play endless games of ...
MK: BEAR! I wasn't feeling funny.
EM: But you said you were sick! Don't you feel funny when you're sick?
MK: No! I was feeling bad and not like myself. But I also wasn't feeling funny enough to write a post.
BC: That's because you AREN'T funny! That's why you have me!

The Boy: {walking into the room} No. That's why she has me.
BC: Did anyone ask you?
The Boy: No.
BC: You've reached Bear Cat. I don't care if you leave me a message because I won't listen to it.
EM: BEAR!
BC: Wha ... RATS!
{Pause}
BC: BEEP!
MK: So sellyourpussy DOT com?
The Boy: You've reached The Boy, I have to go to work so I can't get your message. BEEP!
EM: But you're right here, Daddy!
MK: Hahahaha.
The Boy: I was looking at sellyourpussyCAT DOT com. I want a ginger kitty.
BC: If you don't watch it, a part of your body will be ginger when Momma gets through with you.
The Boy: Going to work!
BC: That's right! Run away with your tail between your legs!
EM: He must've learned that from you, Bear.
{Silence}
BC: Oh, SHUT UP!
EM: Umm ... this lap of luxury? Where would a cat find that?
BC: Up Momma's ...
MK: BEAR! You're grounded!
BC: But I didn't do anything!
MK: Uh huh.
BC: RATS! What else is new?
EM: Now, this lap of luxury, are there any jerky cats like Bear there?

NOTE: Adopt, not shop! We would not "shop" for cats on the internet if the cats are treated only as inventory. We firmly believe in rescue and going to a local shelter to find your new best friend - though alternatively, there are some great websites dedicated to rescue cats needing homes. The websites mentioned in this post are fabrications of my imagination. We do not endorse or suggest these are reputable pages and highly discourage you from attempting to find out. 

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Momma and The Boy watch TV

Momma and The Boy have a new favorite television commercial, confusing both cats. Sex tapes? An emu? A BILF? What kind of stuff goes on around here and who's the boss of all this nonsense? As you probably can guess: 1) the boss of nonsense is not Momma or The Boy, 2) we don't get paid enough for this kind of crap, and 3) some things you just can't unsee!

BC: Bear Cat Kat 
MK: Momma Kat 
EM: Ellie Mae Kat 
The Boy: Momma's fiance 

MK: OH! LARRY!
BC: NOT AGAIN! Can't you two keep it to yourselves? There are some things a cat just can't unsee. This is a first though. Trying to do it while you are in different rooms?
EM: What are they doing?
BC: The horizontal ...
MK: BEAR!
EM: I DON'T GET IT! What's Daddy doing?
The Boy: What?!? I'm in the bathroom!
MK: Hurry up! Hurry up! Come! Come!
BC: I hope it's as good for him as it is for you because this is a record time for ...
The Boy: {running into the room} What's wrong? What's ... oop!
{THUNK!}
BC: Next time pull up your pants.
MK: THE EMU! THE EMU! LARRY, THE EMU!
{The Boy looks confused}
MK: ON TV!!!!
The Boy: You scared the crap out of me!
BC: Considering where you were, that might be appropriate. But don't feel bad. Momma scares the crap out of me all the time. Like how she looks right when she gets up?
The Boy: When her hair is all a mess and standing up straight?
BC: Hahahahahaha.
MK: Are you two done?
BC: No.
The Boy: Yes.
MK: Can we get back to the emu?
{Momma and The Boy laugh as they watch television}

BC: What's so funny? 
{Momma and The Boy continue to laugh}
BC: Are you watching Smellie's sex tape?

MK: No ...
{Pause}
MK: Wait. What?
BC: You all were laughing ... I thought you were watching Smellie's sex tape!
{Absolute silence}
EM: {GASP!} Who told you about that?
MK: Umm ... WHAT!?!?!
BC: A little birdie told me.
EM: Which one? The one that the bees follow around?
BC: Err ... how should I know?
EM: You know, that band! The Birds and The Bees.
The Boy: That's not ...
EM: It was in my youth. Young love.
MK: NONONONONONONONO NONONO!!!
BC: Apparently, that's NOT what Smellie said.
EM: I don't get it! What's the big deal?
BC: Nothing. Every self-respecting living thing has at least one sex tape.
MK: WHAT?!?! I don't have a sex tape!
BC: You prove my point. And the world is better for it.
{Pause}
BC: I just can't imagine another cat got that close to Smellie.
EM: Another cat?
The Boy: My little girl!
BC: Well, TECHNICALLY, your BIG girl. She's the size of a ...
MK: BEAR!
BC: Smellie, at least tell me, were you on the bottom? Because I feel bad ...
MK: THAT'S IT! IT! IT! NO MORE TALKING ABOUT ELLIE'S SEX TAPE.
EM: WHAT?!?! I have a sex tape?!? Why didn't someone tell me? I'm a good girl!

BC: That's what you said!
EM: No, I didn't! It's not a SEX, S-E-X, tape! I thought Bear said my SAX, S-A-X, tape.
{Pause}
EM: Err ... what IS a sex tape?
BC: Well ...
MK: BEAR!
BC: I didn't do anything!
MK: Well, that's awkward. Bear, where's YOUR sex tape?
BC: {mumble mumble mumble}.
MK: What?
BC: I'll show you mine if you show me yours. OH! That's right. You don't have one!
MK: NO! NONONONONONONONONO and more NONONONONONONO.
BC: The irony. Saying no to a sex tape. You should try saying no to making like bunnies with ...
MK: You don't have a sex tape and you know it!
BC: Phht. Your loss.
MK: Are we really having this conversation?
The Boy: There are some things you can't unsee.
EM: The band, THE BIRDS AND THE BEES! I played with them for a season on sax!

BC: You played with them?
EM: Yes!
BC: All of them at once?
EM: YES! That's how a band works!
BC: Were they any good?
EM: We knew how to rock the house.
BC: Hahahahahahahahahaha. They rocked more than that!
EM: Well, OBVIOUSLY. They rocked an arena once ... all kinds of stages ...
BC: Hahahahahahahahaha.
MK: That's it, Bear!
BC: But this is fun!
MK: You know you two aren't talking about the same thing. You're trying to make her the butt of your joke.
BC: She IS the butt... of ALL jokes. My sister the ...
MK: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
BC: {freezing as he sees the TV screen} HUH?
{Pause}
BC: Why's that tasty whole chicken wearing a wig and earrings? She doesn't fool me! 

The Boy: No one can get one over on you, Bear.
BC: I bet she's got high heels! Watch out! You think a chicken's beak is bad? Try ticking off a chicken in heels.
MK: Did he just say what I think he did?
BC: I'm going to teach this one a lesson. I'm going to wipe that smile off her face!
MK: It's an emu! And she's not smiling!
BC: I don't care what kind of music she likes!
The Boy: What?
BC: Whether she listens to hardcore punk rock or not is irrelevant.
MK: That's EMO! This is an EMU.
BC: The E is mooing? I don't care what she says! A tasty whole chicken is a tasty whole chicken!
MK: EMU! 
BC: Don't be ridiculous. I know a tasty whole chicken when I see one! All the mooing in the world isn't going to help her.
MK: EMU! It's a kind of bird!
BC: A tasty one?
The Boy: You have to give him that one.
BC: Phht. No one GIVES me anything! I take what I want! And I'm going to break that box to get my bird!
The Boy: I'll give you the bird, alright!
BC: That's all I'm asking.
The Boy: Look at how the guy nods to the bird! He's the bird!
MK: What?
The Boy: The male emu is THE BIRD. You know! Like, "he's the man!" Only he's THE BIRD! He's THE BIRD!
MK: Ugh.
The Boy: And the lady bird? She's a BILF!
MK: LARRY!
EM: What's a BILF?

BC: You mean a BILE.
MK: Wait ... WHAT?
BC: She's a bird I'd like to eat!!
EM: That wig would give you indigestion. Besides, it's not nice to eat ...
MK: We are NOT going ...
The Boy: This is for the birds!
MK: I agree!
{Pause}
MK: WAIT! 
{Pause as Momma reconsiders} 
MK: UGH! NO MORE BIRDS!
BC: But The Boy said ...
MK: I supersede everything The Boy says.
BC: Are you going to take that ...
EM: {whispering} DADDY!
BC: I know! I know! Sheesh! HWK! HWK! Daddy. You women think you know everything!
MK: You want to tell him or should I?
EM: We DO know everything.
BC: I WANT MY BIRD!

The Boy: Yeah. He wants his bird!
MK: Don't encourage him.
EM: If Bear gets a bird, I want a bird too! And I want that lady bird in the commercial! She looks like a lot of fun and we could braid each others' hair!
The Boy: Don't encourage HER.
EM: Daddy?
The Boy: Uh ... err ...
BC: The bird! I want that bird! Give me the bird!
MK: Larry ...
The Boy; I CAN'T WIN!
EM: There's your bird, Bear.
BC: Where?
EM: The turkey standing next to you!
BC: Wha ...
{Pause}
BC: {seeing The Boy} AHH!
The Boy: Really funny.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE NO AFFILIATION OR CONNECTION TO LIBERTY MUTUAL; WE JUST GET A KICK OUT OF THE LIMU EMU COMMERCIALS. WE ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THIS POST AND IT IS A WORK OF FICTION [MOSTLY].


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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rescue Meez: My Journey Through Siamese Rescue by Siri Zwemke

Disclosure: We received a paperback copy of Rescue Meez by Siri Zwemke for free in exchange for an honest review. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat only shares information we believe would be of interest to our readers. The content is ours - neither Siamese Cat Rescue nor Siri Zwemke are responsible for the contents of this post.


Book summary of Rescue Meez: My Journey Through Siamese Rescue by Siri Zwemke.

From the back of the book: "A true story of the many mistakes made, both humorous and sad, as we began and grew a cat rescue organization. Over 20 years we covered 15 states and saved over 12,000 cats. Focusing on Siamese (known as Meezers) but touching the hearts of all animal lovers, laugh and cry with us as we catch flying ferals, diaper our soulmates, and swim with cats."

In Siri Zwemke's own words: "A personal memoir detailing who I am and how I inadvertently landed in the field of Animal Rescue via my love for Siamese cats. Having no ‘official’ rescue or non-profit experience, join me as I put together ‘Team Meezer’, a group of volunteers who came together to help rescue over 12,000 cats. Covering the Eastern third of the U.S., we learned as we grew, making lots of mistakes in the process. Join us as we share those mistakes, some funny, some sad. See how we grew from a “Crazy Cat Lady” with way too many cats into a successful non-profit animal rescue. We shed blood, tears, and yes, even clothes as we deal with sad, loving, and angry cats. We rescue cats from drawers, rifles, bathtubs and hoarders. We find soulmates, both furry and human. We laugh at ourselves as we take a look at some of our misadventures over the years. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn something!"





Why you should read Rescue Meez by Siri Zwemke.

I had a long list of doubts (see below) about this book. Have you ever massively underestimated a book? Most of the time, I expect too much from books - and I end up disappointed. Luckily, I was absolutely and completely wrong about the reservations (see below as the doubts are less about the book and more about my expectations, so I put them last) I had when I agreed to review Rescue Meez. I've never been more wrong about a book. I started reading - dreading when the book became boring. I read, and kept reading, and read some more. Before I knew it, I was within five pages of the end and not only was I NOT bored, I was sad to see the book end. WHAT?!?! No more stories about Siamese cats?!?

When you look at Rescue Meez, you think it's about Siamese cats and rescuing them - very much a niche. But in reading it, you find it's about finding one's purpose in life, persevering and overcoming obstacles, cat welfare, and the resilience of both humans and cats. There is something for everyone and the true story is told with humor, reverence, appreciation, humility, and grace. My absolute favorite part of the book was the stories about individual cats. But as indicated above, this book is about so much more than cats. You don't really need a reason to read this book ... it's THAT good - but if you have doubts similar to mine and think that you couldn't possibly relate to the story, I dare you to claim that you can't relate to any of these themes weaved throughout the story: 

Your path through life isn't a straight line and you aren't afraid to laugh at yourself. 

So many people stumble in trying to find his or her right path through and purpose for one's life. There's a certain restlessness of knowing you haven't found your place in life yet. Sometimes, you know exactly what you want to do - other times, you find that your chosen path isn't what it's cracked up to be. Everyone around you seems to have it all figured out. Some of us switch careers. We all want to feel we have a purpose - a path - a reason for living. Following Siri's journey through passions was like a page from my own book of restlessness. Siri found her way through Asian Studies, working as a legal secretary, founding a catering company, tutoring handicapped adults, waitressing, and working with the deaf and hard of hearing. Siri openly admits that she focused on fields where she could give what she never got. I can relate. I felt I slipped through the cracks of parental neglect - so I wanted to be a psychologist to stop other teenagers from falling through the cracks and struggling as I did. I'm embarrassed how many college majors I had (psychology was just the first) - and how completely opposite they were from each other. I just never found what felt right - until I started accounting. 

And like with me and blogging, and Siri and Siamese Cat Rescue, sometimes you just fall into a new vocation without particularly meaning to.  Not only did Siri fall into rescue in the search for a new soulmate cat, but she also fell into Siamese rescue when her mother was distraught over her cat Dinny not coming home for a few days

There's one thing I can't avoid: most of us say that if we ever have a million dollars - or if we ever win the lottery - we will save as many cats as we can. But this book details how Siri saved cats without any promise of making a living or having the money; she is the definition of courage and she didn't wait for life to shine on her to put her money where her mouth is. So many of us meander through life - with the luckiest of us finding meaning in loving animals and the transformative power of that kind of love. 


As I read along, I understood and knew the life lessons Siri shares - both of us having learned them the hard way. What I loved more than anything is her light-hearted approach. Sometimes when a person expresses regret, it tends to weigh down those who hear it - but I laughed with Siri as she related many of the mistakes and struggles she describes. Most significantly, I really liked Siri's quote, "You can end up with a lot of good, even if you started out with a lot of bad." My childhood and early adulthood were devastating. Yet out of that ruin, I've found so much good; my brother and I are extremely close given our childhood, I'm strong and I've survived far longer than most, and my tears translated into learning how to laugh. I say this a lot: just because you know how to laugh doesn't mean you don't know how to cry - and my tears built a sense of humor to get me through the toughest times. For me, the root of my humor was tears and situations that were often absurd and completely out of my control. This book will be of interest to you ESPECIALLY if you find ways to laugh at yourself and not take yourself too seriously. One of the best parts of the book is how she isn't scared to laugh at herself - which our readers know is my way of dealing with ... err ... unfortunate circumstances due to questionable decisions and situations completely out of my control. 

You've looked to others to rescue you. 

Siri describes how, as a child, she felt she was left to her own devices. As in my statement about slipping through the cracks of parental neglect, I can relate. My parents were there ... but not there. And after years of feeling emotionally alone, I did everything to make sure my younger brother could never understand that desolation and loneliness. Siri outright admits to looking to others to save her from her reality. This hits close to home. I grew up with a mother who wanted to be rescued and in the midst of my eating disorder, I fell into the same trap. The truth is that others can lead, help, encourage - but in the end, you have to let them and do the work to rescue yourself. I've been very open about how Bear rescued me. However, I had to be ready. I had to be open. And I had to do the hard thing when I had a choice to step toward recovery or away from it. This myth of others saving us is just an excuse to not try - to not do whatever hardship we face. And I came to this conclusion based on the years of my own experiences waiting to be rescued without putting in the sweat and determination to see it through. Siri not only learned how to rescue herself - but even more admirably - she rescued 12,000 cats in the process. 

You recognize the wisdom of experience, and you use that wisdom not to alter the past, but to be sure you don't make the same mistake twice. 

The book explains in depth how Siri and her organization learned and became stronger with each miscue. One of the reasons I began advocating for cats is because I've learned by experience what NOT to do with them. Since one can't go back and get a do-over - the situation can at least not be in vain by sharing one's mistakes and educating others. Before Kitty had her dental issues, I didn't know I had to worry about that - and the delay in treatment almost cost her her life. Similarly, my parents chose to have Kitty partially declawed and I saw the ugliness of the decision and swore I would never put a cat through that again. By reading about Siri's mistakes, they aren't fixed, but her honesty prevents others from making the same mistakes.

You've grieved over a soulmate cat, and wondered how you'll go on without the cat. 

Siri is honest that the search for another soulmate cat, after she lost her cat Beeky (who she got in her teenage years), led her toward the collection of Siamese - and what eventually became a Siamese rescue organization. Soulmate cats have a way of being larger than life - and imprinting themselves on humans far more than the cats' habits and favorite spots. I can't imagine my life without Bear Cat - and I don't want to. But I also know he won't always be here and most cats will not compare to him no matter how badly I want them to.



You love cats or cat stories. 

So many of the included stories address love, the unexpected, and the desire to do the best for the involved cats. Many of the cat stories teach readers a lot about cat behavior and why cats do what they do. You'll also read about the resilience of the feline spirit when we humans take the time to listen to what they're saying. I learned how owner-surrendered-cats become stressed and the effects on them while waiting in a shelter. Some the most memorable stories?

  • Squirrel. Before the Siamese Cat Rescue Center was built, Siri kept the Siamese cats in her care separated and isolated throughout her house (master bedroom, daughter's room, etc). Her husband Kevin insisted that she not place any cats in his downstairs office. After being notified that a cat, Squirrel, was surrendered by her owner and on the list for euthanasia, Siri came to her rescue. But where could she put her? All the other rooms were taken. Knowing her husband wouldn't be home until Friday, she decided his office would be the perfect place for Squirrel. To her credit, Siri did do her best to make sure there weren't any accidents in Kevin's office that couldn't be explained. But after coming home one day, she couldn't find Squirrel anywhere! She searched the room extensively, even taking the room apart, looking for a cat that was likely terrified. Where was Squirrel? After pulling Kevin's desk away from the wall, Siri found a three-inch slit in the back of the desk leading to a locked drawer where Kevin kept his important papers. Sure enough! There was Squirrel, hunkered down for her life in a locked drawer only four inches high!  When Kevin came home a couple days later, he found the drawer crow-barred open and the important papers ruined from the poor scared cat. Squirrel was okay though - but I imagine that wasn't of much comfort to Kevin.
  • Tiki. Siri got a call about a Siamese that appeared abandoned and badly hurt. He was clearly in much distress and pain - after being neglected for too long - and the Rescue's vet wasn't sure what they could do. When Siri tried everything and poor Tiki just wasn't showing much interest in fighting for his life, she lovingly gave him a bath. His eyes started to show signs of life with her careful ministrations; Tiki relaxed in the water and even started to purr. By the time he was dried, he was the face of handsomeness and contentedness. The guy, with a new lease on life, went over to his food and ate with much gusto. Caring for Tiki's need for love was just what he needed. This story means so much to me because I know cats are capable of far more emotionally than most of us give them credit for - and this story is the perfect example of that. Rescue isn't just about the physical needs of cats - but emotional needs as well.
  • Jasmine. Jasmine came to Siri as a product of a severe hoarding situation. She listed to the side and often fell over - but the vet couldn't find any explanation physically. As Jasmine got worse over time, Siri finally made the decision to let her be at peace. But Jasmine had other ideas. For whatever reason, on the day she was to be released from her earthly woes, she showed signs of life and happiness - and showed Siri her happiest and proudest cat. This story is another triumph of taking care of a cat's emotional needs - and Jasmine happily was adopted by Siri for the next eleven years.
  • PowPow. Knowing that prospective adopters with loud and energetic children were often overwhelming for cats, Siri was concerned when one such family came to visit the center. The ten-year-old son was autistic and favored loud noises and much activity. While the other cats at the Center ran for cover, one cat, PowPow, came over and befriended the child. She'd been surrendered for not getting along with others - but she was not intimidated by the sound or activity - she seemed to thrive on it. As the child's activity waned, she rubbed up against him and inserted herself on his lap. No one could explain the match - but the child and PowPow were truly a match made in heaven. I love this story because sometimes, no matter how much you know or how advanced your process - things have a way of working out on their own.

 

You are a new owner or considering adopting a cat and you're not sure where to start. 

To understand the commitment of adopting a cat and what kind of preparation is required, I suggest you read and thoroughly consider the factors mentioned in the "To rehome or not, that is the question," chapter. Because cats being surrendered is usually due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances that might be preventable - this book and the stories in it prepare the cat lover with what's required for you and your cat to be happy.

You want to know more about rescue organizations - maybe even start one. 

In reading this book, I found a supreme appreciation and respect for those people who do the hard work of rescue. One of the parts I liked most in the book is not only describing the human aspects of rescue - but also what cats go through in being surrendered, adjusting to a shelter and waiting to be adopted. In the book, Siri says that for every ten cats they adopted out, one would end up back in the organization. And she quickly learned that what goes in should come out (if you try to save every cat - no matter their adoptability - you'll end up with a ton of cats that you can't adopt out - and no room for new cats). Siri also talks extensively about rehoming and the effect on a cat when an owner surrenders them. Siri includes a paragraph on what a waste of energy it is to judge people on how people treat, abandon, or rehome their cats - and why that energy should be focused on helping the cat affected. The quote I will forever keep in mind? "We've yet to have a cat that wasn't happier in a home where they were loved and adored than in the previous home where they were barely tolerated, or even worse, disliked." She shares quite a bit about building Siamese Rescue's vast network of interviewers, adopters, transporters, honed matchmaking skills, structure and support, and the improvements they made in the process with each adoption. Despite that vast network, sometimes the cats had minds of their own and matched themselves to humans with no room for debate or argument. Jasmine and PowPow are two such cats. One of the issues Siri struggles with is whether rescue is only about the cats - or humans too. In the end, rescue is about both and she shares how she managed to handle both aspects. Siamese Cat Rescue Center is a 501c3 organization per the IRS and Siri briefly touches upon that process as well. 

You love semi-colons. 

Siri loves semi-colons. I love semi-colons. I didn't notice an abundance of semi-colons - but the "about the author" page mentioned how much she loves them and how one of the editors tried to save readers from the "pernicious punctuation." WHAT?!? Pernicious?! Semi-colons? As I learned in college - better semi-colons than a bunch of really short choppy sentences (Spot is a dog. Spot runs. Spot has a spot. The kids love Spot. OR A dog named Spot has a spot and loves to run; the kids love him too.) Okay. So maybe that's not a whole lot better. But semi-colon on without fear, Siri!

Just because. 

The book is entertaining and engaging. I had little interest in the topic - but I loved the book and was sad to see it end. I have no idea how Siri did it - took a topic that might be boring and supremely heartbreaking - and made the book so relatable, entertaining, and a joy to read. I can't remember the last book I could say that about: especially NOT my accounting textbooks!

The only complaint I can come up (and this is truly picky) with is that the book would make more sense if there was a section with all the Siamese terms explained (seal point, chocolate point, wedgie, etc). These terms were all new to me and I had problems visualizing the cats because I didn't have this basic knowledge. Siri explained some of the terms (wedgie for example) - but not others. I try to picture the cats as I read so I struggled a little bit. Siri did share Siamese traits - comparative to other Siamese - and comparative to cats in general. I would've guessed appearance doesn't have an effect on personality - but Siri very specifically shares traits similar to the various kinds of Siamese cats. For me, this is all fascinating!




My [unfounded] reservations about Rescue Meez.

For me, underestimating Rescue Meez is a huge part of this story, so I'm going to share my process in doubting the book. If you find yourself thinking much like I did in terms of doubts about the book, I'm rather confident that you will be as surprised as I was. After eagerly agreeing to do a review for a book I wanted to read, I was asked if I would do a review of a Siamese Cat Rescue book. Umm ... okay. I was clear that I know very little about Siamese cats - and even less about rescue. I figured no one else wanted to review it - so I agreed, hoping to every kitty god that I could get through it.

What do I know about Siamese? I know Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp! While as a kid, I hated that Lady got in trouble and was kicked outside; as an adult, Si and Am fascinate me. At one point, I had the Siamese Cat song stuck in my head for months. My Mom used to sing it when I was younger and she had a special way of emphasizing the "Ba-dum-pa-pa." While not exactly the most politically correct Disney characters (rumors have floated around about the seemingly similar facial characteristics of the cats and Chinese people), they are my favorite.

What else do I know? Hmm ... I cat sat for a Siamese cat once. He was so friendly and talkative, it was like living with another person! That experience led me to believe that perhaps Bear Cat has some Siamese blood in him. His face is more angular, he's long and lean, he struts instead of waddles, he's always been super friendly to me, and he used to talk quite a bit (now with Ellie and The Boy here, he doesn't talk as much). I made the mistake of mentioning this at a couple vet visits - I could HEAR the eyes rolling. Okay. Bear's NOT Siamese (though, really, how cool would that be?).

Rescue Meez finally came in the mail - the day I dreaded was upon me! So what did I do? I put it on my bedside table and quickly forgot about it. The author, Siri Zwenke, asked in a group I'm a member of for marketing ideas. I read a chapter and let her know my ideas. Then, even though I'd LOVED the first chapter and really gotten into the book, I put the book back down on my side table and forgot about it - for months. I wasn't particularly interested in the topic and figured the book wouldn't be of interest to me. I am not proud of myself. I'm just trying to communicate how low [and unfair] my expectations were for this book. Do not make the same mistake I did and cast this book aside thinking Rescue Meez will not interest you. 





Interested in Rescue Meez, Siri Zwemke or Siamese Cat Rescue?

Find Siamese Cat Rescue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiameseCatRescue.
Find Siri on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiriZwemkeAuthor.
Follow Siri on Instagram: @Siri_Zwemke_Author.
Siamese Rescue website: https://www.siameserescue.org.
Siamese Cat Rescue Center webcams: https://www.siameserescue.org/webcam.html.

Rescue Meez is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.


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