Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Rocky: Welcome to Carnival of the Cats #292 and it's good to be back with all my friends to host the greatest cat show on Earth!
As you'll read in my Carnival submission, our human artist has been very ill and is facing surgery, so we've been spending most of our time taking care of her and getting her as healthy as possible before they start taking things out of her. I hope you'll send your very best purrs & purrayers to my mom for an easy and successful surgery!
And now, on with the show ....
On Furbaby Friday, Prince Henry illustrates how NOT to fold laundry and does a fine demonstration of the purpose of human laps at Texas Oasis.
Beautiful Catscha is thinking about the speed of light ... and, of course, birds ... at Elms in the Yard.
Bookaholic Kitty Munchkin beautifully demonstrates the importance of books at This, That & the Other Thing ...
What Am I? is the meaty subject presented at Blog d'Ellison. Is Hakuna chopped liver or a meatloaf?
Another decision must be made - is it Nosey or Edison? Well, duh! There's a World of Difference between the kitties at anniemiz.
Luna brings to the table the fine art of ... well, bringing oneself gorgeously to the table at CatSynth.
EEK! Arthur and Rosie are getting into the spirit of the season as they debate the presence of The Ghost at My Cats and Funny Stories.
Because her gray matter is on vacation, Maddie's Astute Commentary is very concise at StrangeRanger.
Gemini had a very Thankful Thursday, thanks to some primo nip from Mom Robyn along with some other goodies for her staff at The Cat Post Intelligencer.
Switch2Life brings us a series of animals having fun ... as they're meant to do! But wait - where are the kitties in the first series? There's a wild spotty kitty in the second series. And, aha! Just look at those kitties in the third series!
I've also been busy helping her out around the house. Here I am hooking up the digital cable box for her. Some tasks just require too much technological expertise to delegate them to my staff!
Monday, September 7, 2009
When my mom's daughter Tiffany had serious spinal surgery in Italy, you know what it cost, including surgery, hospitalization, tons of expensive tests like CAT scans, doctor fees, etc.? Nothing! Here in the U.S. it would have cost a squillion dollars. And it was state-of-the-art care with no waiting, so don't believe all the lies you hear about European health care. They aren't true.
My human artist Jenni is also a musician, and I want to share with you a video of her performing her song "Cry Out." Jenni wrote the music and lyrics and created the video. It's going to be played at another health care rally next weekend.
Enjoy "Cry Out"and Jenni would love your feedback! We hope it inspires you to cry out for health care for all Americans. As Senator Kennedy said, it's a right, not a privilege.
Cry Out lyrics:
The world is wounded, its nations bleeding
And their ghosts remind us of all the blood we've shed
Their memory haunts us, like lurking shadows
Tell me, where'd the peace go and tell me do you care?
Do you care enough to ...
Cry out! Cry out!
Cry, cry, cry, cry
Cry out! Cry out!
May heaven help us and wake us from sleeping
Then cause every heart to share a common dream
Once common purpose and one single vision
Oh, in the name of God, let freedom reign.
If you really care, then ...
Cry out! Cry out!
Cry, cry, cry, cry
Cry out! Cry out!
Lay down your guns, give love a chance
Raise up your voice before the last grain falls through the hourglass!
Cry out! Cry out!
Cry, cry, cry, cry
Cry out! Cry out!
How can we deny all the truth that seeks us
When we're nailed to a cross that every soul must bare?
How many signs do we have to witness?
How many graves left to dig before we dare to ...
Cry out! Cry out!
Cry, cry, cry, cry
Cry out! Cry out!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Lots of videos in this week's Carnival ... and the first two up are which are more annoying, cats or dogs? (What? Cats annoying??) at Greg Laden's Blog.
In The Bee, the Battle of the Bay Window and the Sill, Cosette gives an update on the multiple dramas unfolding at Hemi’sPhere.
Hop on board the Wienermobile! The Hams of the Werld Tour 2009 is in full swing at Life From a Cat’s Perspective. If these touring kitties eat another ham, they could start looking like pigs!
Now here's a soundtrack that may surprise you. Rush Limbaugh recorded a public service announcement for the Humane Society, talking about how he treasures his cat, Punkin ... brought to you by Vegetarian Star.
It’s that time of year again (itch, scratch) and you'll find some advice on avoiding counterfeit flea treatment products over at Flea Control Secrets .
And here's a list of quick & easy tips for removing pet hair from our homes, from Home Life Weekly. (Now why would we want to do that?)
One last video: I hope you'll all join Artsy Catsy in supporting human vet care reform and help make the world a better place. This original music video by one of my human artists will inspire you!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I want to give all my friends a quick update but, first, let me thank you all so much for all your purrs and purrayers and good wishes. You brought many much-needed smiles to her face!
She left us for several days to see her doctor at Indiana University Hospital for a series of tests because he's worried that her c-diff infection hasn't cleared up. Then the doctor said he thinks she's going to need surgery to remove part of her colon. I don't know what that is, but I don't want him removing part of my mom! And, even worse, she's on such a strict diet that we hardly ever get any interesting table scraps!!
We're still waiting for the test results, so if you'd like to keep those purrs & purrayers coming, we sure could use them! And we could also use some bites of ham or hot dogs or roast beef or ice cream or pork chops or .... I mean, rice and toast and bananas just doesn't cut it with kitties!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
And here's more from the same concert:
"Hey Jude" in an Italian accent, with Tiffany and a children's choir singing backup ...
Here you can watch all the performances from the concert, including my namesake song, Rocky Raccoon!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Hemi and Cosette at Hemi'sPhere are also having trials and tribulations, where their new human baby, Ari, is cramping their style.
Beauty abounds in the Cat Blogosphere. For instance, just witness the magnificence of Boris at The Poor Mouth.
And our ever-wise Meowza imparts a week of important lessons at both iMeowza and Mind of Mog ... On Mancat Monday, Meowza exhibits that a kitty must drink when thirsty. On Wordless Wednesday, he shows it is important to scritch when it itches. And finally, on Easy Like Sunday Evening, Meowza illustrates the importance of being silly!
and we'll see you at the Aug. 23 Carnival at Mind of Mog!
Friday, August 14, 2009
She got sick in April and just kept getting worse and worse with terrible pain and spending all her time in the human litter box and couldn't eat or do anything and none of her human vets could figure out what was wrong. All that time, we couldn't even sit on her lap because it hurt her too much.
Finally the doofus human vets found out she has a serious infection called Clostridium Difficile, or "C-diff". They said it can be fatal and they put her in the hospital right away, in isolation because it can be contagious. While she was there, my other human artists had to disinfect everything at Artsy Catsy with a special kind of bleach and - horrors! - now my staff and I have to be washed every day for two weeks because we can carry the C-diff spores :-( I like water, but this is definitely too much! Fortunately, we're now down to just being washed with cat wipes rather than a full dunking.
Then I had to hiss and scratch mom's health insurance because they didn't want to pay for the only drug that will treat her, and it costs over $1200 for a two-week supply!
But thankfully now the worst of it is over and I can get back to blogging and visiting with all of you - and I'm even going to host Carnival of the Cats this weekend, so don't forget to submit your posts to me!
I've missed you all so much, and it's so good to be back!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Uh oh ... somebody spiked the cat food at The Poor Mouth!
Neighbor presents a stunning black on green image at Blog d’Elisson.
All of us at Artsy Catsy join them in wishing you the Happiest Easter ever!
Don't miss next Sunday's Carnival of the Cats, to be hosted at
Care arrives for pets lost, injured in Italy quake
L'AQUILA, Italy (AP) — Help started to arrive Thursday for the more than 2,000 cats and dogs believed to have been left homeless by the earthquake in Italy. The national animal protection agency, ENPA, said seven tons of feed had been delivered to L'Aquila for both domestic and farm animals.
Many pets and farm animals are believed to have died in houses and barns that collapsed during the quake Monday. Those that survived are showing signs of trauma, rescue officials said.
When the earthquake hit, the first thing Maria Grazia Broberzi grabbed was her cat, Pallina. The cat now sits in a cage in the tent she shares with her owner in a camp on the outskirts of the devastated city of L'Aquila. She has refused to eat or drink since the quake. Every time Broberzi approaches, Pallina hisses and growls.
"She never did this before," Broberzi said. "Sometimes we argued over who got the couch, but she was always affectionate."
At least 2,000 cats and dogs are believed lost in L'Aquila alone, said Silvia Damiani, an animal rights official from Bracciano, north of Rome.
Fausto Cavalieri, a veterinary student with the Red Cross, was working at tent city outside L'Aquila, which houses 1,700 people, unloading dog and cat food from trucks. The supplies also included materials to build kennels and computer chip readers to identify animals in the effort to reunite them with their owners.
"There are people who lost their animals, and animals who lost their owners," Cavalieri said.
Iolanda and Sandrino Tarquini, a couple in their 70's living now in the camp, were mourning their dog, a 10-year-old black pincher named Pisolo who died Thursday morning.
The couple could not get Pisolo his medication because the vet's office was destroyed by the quake. And they believe the rain and chill in the tent city contributed to his death.
"He had a coat but he wasn't wearing it," said Sandrino, as his wife cried.
Agricultural officials are beginning to assess the loss of farm animals. Cavalieri said many sheep and other farm animals were abandoned and will probably starve if they cannot be reached. He said he had already seen 200 hundred sheep crushed in a collapsed stall.
The Italian farm association Coldiretti said it was too soon to give an assessment of how many animals had been lost.
Late Wednesday evening in L'Aquila, a Yorkshire terrier walked in circles, ignoring a policeman's offer of a sandwich.
"I see a lot of these poor dogs," said the officer, Carlo Chipa. "You can tell they are domestic pets because they are healthy and well-fed, but they look lost and frightened."
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Oscar: Hey, wait a minute! I don't have a tail! Does that mean I'm mute??
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tokyo's Cat Cafes: Patrons Pay To Sip Tea And Stroke Resident Cats
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tiffany called us right away and thank goodness she's fine. The epicenter of the quake was in L'Aquila, 70 miles northeast of Rome. We haven't been able to reach Opus & Roscoe, but they live in northern Italy, much farther away from the epicenter, so we're hopeful they weren't affected. I've been through earthquakes here in Indiana, and they're so scary! So we're dedicating our day today to purring and purraying for all the beans and kitties in Italy who were affected by this terrible disaster. More quakes are expected in Italy and we're very worried.
You can read more about the earthquake at the links below:
Death toll in Italy quake on the rise
Video: Italy Searches for Quake Survivors
Thursday, April 2, 2009
1) We cats keep all our toys organized and out of sight in piles under furniture.
2) We cats keep our litter organized in a 50-foot radius outside our litter pan.
3) We cats organize our stray furs into neat clumps in the corners and only deposit individual hairs onto anything they will stick to.
4) We cats are color-organized, depositing only white furs onto dark clothing and black furs onto dark clothing.
5) We cats keep our kibble neatly distributed within a 10-foot radius outside our food bowls.
6) We cats try to help our humans stay organized by serving as paperweights for all their important papers.
7) We cats are even organized with our hairballs, yakking them up only on important documents and expensive rugs.
8) We cats are very organized with our screeching fights, conducting them only when the humans are very relaxed or sound asleep.
9) We cats are quite organized about time schedules, always waking our humans at least two hours before the time at which their alarm clocks are set.
10) We cats even organize our health, and only need to go to the vet when the humans don't have any money and, when they do, we make sure the bulk of it is spent on cat food and toys.
11) We cats cyber-organize our humans by walking on their keyboards and standing in front of their monitors.
12) We cats even organize our humans' sleeping habits by lying on top of them at night so they can't move.
13) We cats organize our humans' love lives by making them realize that no one in their lives is more important than we are!
Monday, March 30, 2009
So don't kid yourself. Our CEO is just another do-nothing corporate fatcat lying around waiting for a big bonus or golden parachute. I, yes, I do all the work around here!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
2) Thou shalt not sit in front of the television or computer monitor, as thou art not transparent.
3) Thou shalt not projectile vomit from the top of the refrigerator.
4) Thou shalt not walk in on a dinner party and commence licking thy butt.
5) Thou shalt not lie down with thy butt in thy human's face.
6) Fast as thou art, thou canst not run through closed doors.
7) Thou shalt not jump onto the toilet seat just as thy human is sitting down.
8) Thou shalt not unroll all the toilet paper off the roll.
9) Thou shalt not jump onto thy sleeping human's bladder at 4 a.m.
10) Thou shalt realize that thy house is not a prison from which to escape at any opportunity.
11) Thou shalt not trip thy human even if said human walkest too slow.
12) Thou shalt show remorse when being scolded.
Friday, March 27, 2009
When you come upon your cat, deep in meditation, staring thoughtfully at something you can’t see, just remember that your cat is, in fact, running the universe. ~Bonni Elizabeth
If you stared deep into a cat’s eyes, you would be able to see into the world of spirits. ~British Proverb
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. ~Jules Verne
I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling … “Cat, I would lend you this book to study, but it appears you have already read it.” She looks up at gives me her full gaze. “Don’t be ridiculous,” she purrs, “I wrote it.” ~Dilys Laing
Of all animals, the cat alone attains the contemplative life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha. ~Andrew Lang
So, that clarified ... Ommmm....
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Also, I want to thank you all for your concern for my mom after I almost bit her hand off yesterday. Her wrist is much better this morning, no redness or swelling, thank goodness, and it is healing nicely. And I think relations have been restored between she and I ... although I was banished from her bed last night - she said she didn't want to be awakened by the Rocky bite alarm this morning!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I have a biting problem. My human artist says this is because I was only one day old when I was rescued, and since I was bottle-fed and had no siblings, I didn't learn from a mamacat not to bite hard, and didn't learn proper social behavior from siblings.
My staff says I have to join Bite-aholics Anonymous and enroll in anger management and stress reduction classes to calm down my CatType A personality. In the meantime, my human artist is telling me her daughter Tiffany had a cat bite just like this when she was young and she ended up in the hospital for two weeks and almost lost her hand. Oh my, I don't want that to happen! I really, really, really am sorry.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Rocky: As Artsy Catsy's CEO (Cat Executive Officer), I am outraged! We’re in a global economic crisis, and I want my share of the stimulus money! I deserve it. I’m not a toxic asset (despite my human artist’s comments when she cleans the litter pan) and I don’t do credit default swaps (well, maybe I give my cat staff a good swap in the face now and then).
I have a housing crisis – my house is overrun with cat staff and crazy human artists. I have a totally unbalanced balance sheet.
Wall Street fat cats and the top cats at AIG, Merrill Lynch etc. have pocketed billions in bonuses; where is MY bonus? Where is MY bailout money? Where is MY stimulus check? Just look at me – it’s glaringly apparent that I need to be stimulated …
Oh, wait. I forgot. Just like AIG, I have to totally bankrupt Artsy Catsy before I get a squillion dollar bonus. Okay, down the tubes, staff, so we can buy a couple of jets, take luxurious cat spa vacations and throw ritzy affairs for the neighborhood strays!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I'm meeting lots of new friends for us all there. Even one named Mr. Scrubby, who has a blog: http://mrscrubby.blogspot.com/ Go see if you don't think he kinda looks like me!
And here's another new Twitter friend who looks like me: http://www.mrowrspace.blogspot.com/
Okay, back to work ... Tweet tweet!!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Now I'm going to visit all of you in big old hopes that your lives have been going more smoothly than ours! Then I'm going back to bed to purr and purray for a totally uneventful, even boring, life at Artsy Catsy the rest of the year - no more illnesses, accidents, tax problems or anything else upsetting!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I got wrapped in a towel and put in a Jeep where my mom squished the daylights out of me while I fought and trembled and moaned all the way to the stabby place, where I got probed and poked and something stuck up my behind which was then stabbed with a needle and I was sent home with pink yucky stuff that my human artist has to sit on me to get down my unwilling throat twice a day. I hope you're all happy now!
Dr. Shew said I have a fever and an upper respiratory infection, which is airborne and highly contagious, so I'm still quarantined.
The only good news is every time the pink yucky is squirted down my throat, I get Temptations ... So how about some purrs & prayers that this yucky stuff will start tasting like tuna juice? Blechh!!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
Yes, all eyes are watching for Spring, but it's a rare stare that could compete with the powerful eyes of Hakuna at Blog d'Elisson!
Oh, but if your eyes are itchy, better learn how to Use Organic Methods to Help Heal your Pet's Allergies at Organic Family Circle.
Please send your purrs & purrayers to Mind of Mog, who this Friday had to help their their sweet Klarissa to the Rainbow Bridge ...And Freya’s family could use your support in remembrance of their sadly missed Scampie, who went to the Bridge a year ago this week ...
Don’t miss the video, Jerusalem’s Coolest Kitties at Elms in the Yard, a tribute to all the cats who make their home on the grounds of St. Stephen's Priory (The Ecole Biblique) in Jerusalem.Look at these innocent bystanders doing absolutely nothing wrong at Elms in the Yard.
Don’t miss the fresh air, sunshine, wet paws and a perfectly “happy ending" :-) at Perfectly Parker!Beautiful Sanjee stakes her claim to some peace and quiet at House of the (Mostly) Black Cats.
Tristan gets down to a serious therapy session with a Really BAD Dog at Tabbylicious.Maggie is dealing with a dilemma at Mélange … Where did all the birdies go?
But check out at Mr. Jones at AllanThinks – there’s not a single dilemma in his world!
Speaking of dilemmas, the economic downturn is on all our minds ... but at Catymology, Aloysius explains why cats can right the falling economy.Get ready to give out some welcomes to new friends ... There’s a new “cousin” – sort of – at Momma Grace and Company.
And there's a new woofie brother, Maverick, at Life from a Cat’s Perspective.
Easy Like Sunday Afternoon brings out some handsome mancatness at iMeowza.And at iInfidel, there's some spring cleaning going on.
The cat’s out of the bag! It’s Victor’s 4th purrthday today! (And someone else in his house has a birthday Wednesday) ...
Speaking of growing older, Loup-Garou at House of Chaos has some geezer mojo goin’ on.
Awww! Desi and Pushy display their overwhelming cuteness in days gone by at KeesKennis.Maddie and Ivy share their cures for cold and dreary days at StrangeRanger. Never fear, warmth is on its say and Spring will soon be sprung!
And here at Artsy Catsy, we offer up a bit of Kitty Bipartanship with a heart-warming video, The Animal Odd Couple.
Don't miss next Sunday's Carnival of the Cats,
to be hosted at Mind of Mog!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
But these aren't just sometimes ... these are extraordinary times. The entire world is struggling and it's more important than ever not to sweat the small stuff, to take care of each other, to work together, to put aside ideological differences and everybody just get along.
So I asked my staff to be inspired by the magnificent video below, and it has worked wonders -- just look at Fracas and I enjoying a bipartisan nap effort, dreaming of better days ...
Monday, February 23, 2009
She's also taking three different blood pressure medicines, but her blood pressure is still too high. Twice every day I help her with her blood pressure monitor, again batting and biting at the tubes and cords to make sure they're in the right place. As you can see, all this pawing and batting and biting is wearing me out! ...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
She's having a really hard time. First, her blood pressure went sky high, then she got hit with an acute attack of diverticulitis, then Tuesday night her heart went crazy and she had to be rushed to the emergency room with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.
She's taking lots of medicine and feeling a bit better, but we're all still purring on her 24/7, so we may not get back to regular blogging or visiting our friends until she sees a cardiologist next week. In the meantime, we could sure use a massive Purr-In over here!
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