Glamour Shots of Wintermuse – Posing, Balancing, Playing

I’m not a professional photographer, but I do have some very admirable equipment – a wide variety of lenses, filters, gels, flashes, backdrops, lighting, and all the accoutrements of someone who is otherwise paid for this task. I put them all to use to get some good, clean shots of Wintermuse to use in a …

Egyptian Mau with a hot dog

Wintermuse is now meowing on YouTube

I’ve been busy with work recently so I haven’t posted many pictures, but I have created 10 videos of our little princess. Here are a few of her mewing. Egyptian Maus, like Siamese cats, are ‘vocal’. If you have a normal cat that mews sometimes, you’re probably not sure what that means. It means that …

More Sparkler Fun

I mentioned she loves her sparkling tinsel stick. It’s very anemic by now. I hadn’t used it with her in a few days when I took it out today. We have to¬† hide it because she’ll drag it out herself, so I have to consciously remember to go dig it out. Absence makes the heart …

Getting an Egyptian Mau, Part 1

I discussed how we found out about Egyptian Maus and wrestled through our concerns about purebreds, but I didn’t touch on how our particular dream came into being. When Lou told me we could have a cat, I immediately googled Egyptian Mau NJ, and, through pure luck, found the Arietta cattery. They happened to have …

Wintermuse’s sleeping problems

That’s a cute photo, right? It’ll be drawing close to 4 weeks that she’s been in our care. She started off by sleeping in my lap, and sometimes in the stuffed animals, and sometimes in Lou’s blanket pouch. Now, she’ll only sleep on my laptop. She hasn’t slept in my lap or with Lou for …

Kitten with a hot dog

Yesterday, we invited Lou’s parents over to see the cat. They came bearing gifts, which will undoubtedly show up later on this blog, either due to the great pleasure they give the cat or the great annoyance they give her owners. (One toy quacks like a duck. That’s all I’m going to say.) So, prior …

Kittens need their sleep

Supposedly, cats sleep 18 hours a day. I don’t know if that’s quite true, but they do sleep a lot. Wintermuse catnaps and sleeps. Being a warm weather cat, she gets cold, so her favorite sleeping spots, in order: 1) With us in bed, under the blankets 2) My laptop 3) My chair, 2 seconds …

Shiny Sparkler Toys On My Desk

Today finishes our third week with Wintermuse. We’ve learned a lot about her so far – her obsession with food, her odd sleeping habits, her chirping, and her insatiable desire to play. I wanted a cat that plays. I love to play, and I love to play with cats. I work them pretty hard. It’s …

Wintermuse is a perfect little lady

We took her to the vet on Saturday. I’ve been apprehensive about finding a vet for her because Egyptian Maus are a rare breed and can be particularly sensitive to medicine dosages. My breeder had an experience where one of her clients lost a cat due to an accidental over-prescription. I’ve read that some vets …

Born to Gnaw

As I mentioned in the last post, she likes to gnaw on something after playing with a string toy so she can feel like she’s accomplished something. She’s also a kitten with growing teeth so chewing on hard things probably helps that process. Cats naturally keep their teeth in order by chewing on bones in …

She loves her scratching post

When we were preparing for Wintermuse’s arrival, we bought several things. Food (Proplan and Fancy Feast kitten food + Proplan dry kitten food). A cat carrier. It just happened to be shaped like a picnic basket. A litter box that ended up being too small, and World’s Best litter. A Da Bird feather toy on …

One of these things is not like the others

We’re going to take a break from serious and informative stuff for a little game. Your job is to find the living thing in this picture. Yes, she’s in there. She decided to cuddle with our stuffed animals on her very first night with us. If you’re wondering, the big floppy thing on the left …

Choosing a cat breed, Part 2

When a pet cat became an actual possibility, as opposed to something I lumped in with “Win a Hugo Award”, I got more serious about my choices. Bengals Bengals were beautiful and unique. There was the minor fact that they looked like snow leopards. I began to research them but there were no catteries in …

Choosing a cat breed, Part 1

Now that we could get a cat, the next question was “What kind of cat did we want?”. Lou and I love animals in general so we’re frequently at zoos and looking at cuteoverload.com and dailysquee.com. Our favorite local zoo, Space Farms in Sussex, NJ, had had both lynx kittens and bobcat kittens this past …