happy birthday marigold

Happy Birthday Marigold (14)!

This post wishes a Happy Birthday Marigold (14)! Seems like birthdays have been coming fast and furious around here. As I stated recently, Marigold is the oldest cat here. She was four when I got her at a special Adoptathon at our local kill shelter in Tacoma. Their kill ratio has been much reduced since I obtained Marigold. They had 300 excess animals–too many to house, so they had to go that weekend! Got my cat carrier and went down there at opening time. There was a big big crowd. As soon as I saw Marigold I claimed her. I had not been inside two minutes! The aisles were packed with people. I knew if I walked away, and came back, she would be gone! So here she is! The birthday is really the Gotcha Day for her, but I just arbitrarily call her’s a birthday so every one here has one. She was picked up as a stray in Tacoma, Washington. She was obviously a house cat as she was very friendly. She gets along well with all my other cats, and has to my recollection never done anything forbidden! She is the last survivor of my old crew. She is now 14 and my other three cats are all much younger.  I had a difficult time finding her first photo but I got it here below:

Marigold early photo

First Marigold photo 2007

Marigold the cat

Marigold 2010

Marigold cat scratcher

Marigold Feb. 2011

Zeke and Marigold

Zeke and Marigold 2012

cat hat

Sleeping Elf

cat catbed



I am glad Marigold (Aug 2013) could climb down out of the tree!


Marigold outside

Marigold in catio

Catio portrait

Marigold on laundry basket

2015 Portrait on laundry basket

Marigold outside

Marigold boomerang

Marigold and catnip boomerang

Marigold catnip boomerang

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Scooby’s first walkabout on his leash this Spring

This post shows Scooby on his first walkabout on his leash this Spring!  It was a pretty nice day, and he needed some new mental and physical stimulation to keep him in shape.  He weighs 14 pounds which is ok for his size.  Zeke is featured in this post as well.  He never goes outside.  He would rather hide under the bed, but the catio is the exception as he is safe.  He spots a new visiting cat which keeps his mind occupied!

Scooby on lead

Scooby trekking through the long grass. The sun is bright

Scooby on lead

He knows where he wants to go

cat flowers

Look up and smell the flowers!

Scooby on rock

I think I may move on from here

Scooby on rock

Wonder what is over the fence?

Scooby at catio

I know this place. Who is in there?

Scooby Zeke catio

Hi Zeke!

Zeke and Scooby catio birdfeeder

Sorry Zeke, I have to go! Any birds in the bird feeder?

Opie Scooby

Scooby says, time for a rest! Opie says, why can’t I go out?

cat on fence

Zeke spots a new visiting cat. Never seen this one before. It jumps down behind the fence.

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Springtime in the catio with Scooby

This post is titled Springtime in the catio with Scooby, because it shows Scooby outside in the catio on a sunny Spring day!  What more could Scooby want?  I will tell you, he sees me outside and is excited because he wants me to bring him outside with me so he can walk about on his lead.  Sadly I am working outside and Scooby must simply watch from inside the catio.  I have no time for him now.  He struts back and forth on the upper shelf, and then begins marking the wire.  I have never seen anyone do that before.  I guess he is staking out the top shelf; but, I have bad news.  Opie spends hours sitting and sleeping on that shelf, and she will not be happy sharing it with Scooby’s spit!  The catio was built using some scrap materials, which is why it is a bit of a mish-mash.

Scoob in catio


Scooby in catio

What kind of a face is this?


Scooby in catio


Scooby marking wire catio