We are finding it hard to believe that Easter is almost here already, but we sure are excited about it! That means it's almost time for...
The 7th Annual KCC Easter Egg Hunt!
The KCC Easter Egg Hunt is something we all look forward to every year. One of our favorite parts? Trying to guess who will be this year's winner...
Will it be Sampson, yet again? Last year he dominated, leaving hardly any eggs for the other kitties. He actually set a record for the most eggs found by one cat, sniffing out 35 PLUS the Grand Prize Egg. Does he still have what it takes to be the champion, or will someone step up to overthrow him?
Caster did beat Sampson two years ago, but with his vision issues, will he still be a formidable opponent? Or will Kylo finally put all of that energy to good use and take the lead? There's always Sophie, who hasn't found an egg since 2015. Maybe this could be her year!
The past couple of weeks we have been in planning mode for the KCC Adventure Team Meet-Up we are hosting this Saturday. We've been going around town, trying to find the perfect spot to host it. One our top new discoveries was Jackson Spring Park! Though we decided not to host the meet-up there, it has made the list of favorite local parks.
The park is kind of hidden away in a neighborhood, so it's nice and quiet. It is quaint and peaceful, with a creek that runs through and lots of beautiful flowering trees and bushes.
We will definitely be visiting again! Maybe we will bring a picnic blanket and some snacks next time...
If you are interested in joining us on Saturday for our KCC Adventure Team Meet-Up, it will be from 11:00am - 1:00pm at Amerson River Park in Macon, GA. You can find all the details on the official event page.
Please excuse the super late birthday post for my sweet, sweet Sampson! His birthday was on March 23rd, but I have been lazy about blogging and am just now getting to his birthday post... Though I'm late posting, we didn't forget to celebrate!
The kitties enjoyed a nice catnip party in Sampy's honor on our new "nip rug!" We found this rug recently and thought it would be perfect for the cats. We move it around the house and put catnip on it for them. When it's not in use, we roll it up and put it in the closet. That way it's always fresh and "new" when it comes out!
Sampson is the biggest nip head of the family, as you can see here. Everyone else tapped out, but Sampy never stopped rolling and sniffing.
Sampy also got an awesome new present from his lovely wife, Astrid (The Cat on My Head). She gifted him with a CatAmazing Epic puzzle toy, which has been a huge hit! Thank you, Astrid. The puzzle has been keeping the kitties busy for DAYS!
And of course, we can't forget to show off the wonderful cards Sampy got from his friends. Thanks, guys!
My sweet Sampson - Happy Birthday, buddy! I can't believe you're SEVEN! To me, you'll always been my sweet, baby Sampy with the giant ears. There isn't a more gentle, tender-hearted cat in all the world. I am forever grateful for your love and trust, for the billions of suckles, and the trillions of head-butts. You are my soul-kitty. I love you, sweet boy!
Spring is officially here! We are certainly grateful, as that means ideal adventuring weather is on the way! We've had some warm days over the last month, but they've either been rainy or short-lived. Even this past week has been cold enough that we had to turn our heat back on.
While we are no fans of winter, there is ONE thing that we will miss as we say goodbye...
ALL OF THE CUDDLES! Our kitties are always pretty snuggly, but when it's cold outside, they are EXTRA snuggly. It's not unusual for me to wake up in the middle of the night with 6 cats cuddled up with me during the winter. I love it.
Here is a compilation of snuggly photos taken over this past winter. We hope they warm you up as we ring in Springtime today!
Having traveled and adventured with 4 of our 7 cats, I have learned that they each have different preferences when it comes to adventuring. They have different adventuring "styles." It makes sense. Just like with people, cats have varying personalities, likes, and dislikes. Of course they would enjoy different kinds of adventures.
Oftentimes people hear the term "adventure cat" and immediately think of cats who love to hike, backpack, or even rock climb with their people. While the term certainly includes those types of cats, I believe it also includes those who prefer more urban types of adventures, or even those who just enjoy going out in their back yard. There are several adventuring styles, and finding out what your cat's style is will lead to lots of fun!
The Nature-Loving Adventure Cat
As mentioned before, the nature-loving, outdoorsy cat is usually what first comes to mind when people think of "adventure cats." These kitties love activities such as hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, skiing, camping, etc. Exploring the great outdoors is their favorite.
Kylo Ren is definitely an outdoorsy adventurer. He loves to hit the trail and explore the woods. He's not a fan of crowds, cars, or any other commotion, so the peacefulness of nature is where he loves to be. I've tried to get him more accustomed to urban adventures, and while he will tolerate them sometimes, he does not enjoy them. He is in his element when he's out in nature, whether it be on a hiking trail or cruising down the river in the canoe.
The Urban Adventure Cat
If you and/or your cat don't enjoy getting out in nature, that's no problem! You can still enjoy traveling and adventuring together. Check your area for cat-friendly establishments such as stores, restaurants, or breweries. Pet stores are also a fun place to visit!
A couple of great examples of urban adventurers are our friends Summer of Sparklecat.com and Cupcake of CatsGoingPlaces.com. Summer loves going shopping at local pet stores. She also flies around the country with her human and attends cat shows. Staying in hotels are one of her favorite kinds of adventures! Cupcake enjoys going with her human to pet-friendly patios. They frequent their local Starbucks patio, as well as other restaurant patios in their area.
Neither one of these kitties go hiking or go on any other sort of "outdoorsy" adventures, but that doesn't matter. Their people have found other fun ways to get out and about with them, which is awesome.
The Suburban Adventure Cat
Perhaps the hustle and bustle of stores or restaurants is too much for your cat, but you don't like to hike. Don't worry - there are fun places to explore for you and your cat too! Parks are the perfect middle-ground between "nature-loving" and "urban." There are so many different kinds of parks too - city parks, secluded parks, big parks, little parks... Try them all out and see what your kitty prefers.
One of our favorite local parks has a little bit of everything. It has an open field for picnicking or playing; paved walking trails for those who like to walk but don't want to get too "woodsy;" playgrounds for those who like to climb; dirt trails for the nature-lovers; and a canoe put-in for those who like to explore on the water. It is the perfect place for the suburban adventurer.
The Up-For-Anything Adventure Cat
Though there are several adventuring styles, your cat doesn't have to fit into just one. Maybe your cat loves hiking AND hanging out at your local brewery. That's awesome! Some cats are really just up for anything.
Sophie definitely fits into this category. She enjoys hiking and canoeing with Kylo, but she also loves going any place where she can make new friends. Local restaurants, outdoor concerts, the woods, the park, the pet store, you name it - Sophie is down. The only kind of adventure she does not enjoy too much is road-tripping and staying away from home over night.
The Back Yard Adventure Cat
I like to think that any cat can learn to enjoy adventures, no matter how small. If going to the park, taking a hike, or visiting your local pet store is a too overwhelming, no worries! Maybe your cat is more of a back yard adventurer. There can be a lot of exciting sights and smells in your own back yard.
Some people make the mistake of trying to force their cat into adventures they don't enjoy. This only leads to stress and frustration for both of them, and worst-case scenario, it can damage trust. Sure, your cat will likely be nervous about any kind of adventure in the beginning. It's always important to train and ease them into things, but if after training and slow acclimation your cat is still just not into a particular type of adventure, try something else. Once you figure out which style of adventuring your cat enjoys most, he will flourish.
So... what kind of adventuring style does your cat have?
Most recently, the KCC Adventure Team visited my alma mater, Mercer University. We are running out of "new" adventure spots in our area, so we decided to give Mercer a try. It is a beautiful campus with lots of areas to explore. We knew Sophie would enjoy it, but it was going to be hit-or-miss with Kylo Ren. He isn't a fan of places with lots of people walking around.
As predicted, Sophie loved it. Unfortunately though, Kylo hated it. Too many people. Too much commotion. As a result, we didn't stay very long.
Despite Kylo being a bit on edge, we were able to have some fun. That is, until we crossed paths with some guy who was walking his dog off-leash around the campus. It was a big black lab, and even after he saw that we had cats, he didn't put his dog on its leash. Kylo Ren poofed up, and the dog looked like he was going to charge. The owner even admitted that his dog hates cats and will chase them. We of course picked Sophie and Kylo up. I can't believe how inconsiderate and rude people can be sometimes. How hard would it have been to put his dog on a leash when he saw there were cats exploring?!
Before we encountered the dog, we let Sophie explore off-leash a bit. I wouldn't recommend doing that normally, but because of Sophie's cerebellar hypoplasia, we don't have to worry about her running off. We let her off-leash sometimes as long as there are no dogs around and the environment is safe. That was the case at Mercer, until we ran into the black lab.
Aa you know, we celebrated Kylo Ren’s 3rd birthday this past Thursday. On Saturday, we were able to get out for a birthday adventure with Kylo and Sophie. We first stopped by a cute, little park in downtown Macon. Kylo isn’t really a big fan of urban adventures, but we are working to get him more acclimated to that kind of thing. While Sophie enjoyed the park, Kylo Ren just sat at the top of the slide and observed his surroundings. As soon as a family with kids arrived, he made it clear he was ready to go.
After leaving the park, we headed to a new hiking spot we recently discovered – Brown’s Mount. The hike leads up a limestone-capped mount that rises above the Ocmulgee River basin and provides an awesome view of the surrounding areas. Quiet, woodsy, hiking adventures are Kylo Ren’s favorite, so he was definitely in his element with this trip. As soon as he saw the trail, he hit it and started trekking.
He took a particular liking to all the fallen trees that we passed along the way. He wanted to stop and investigate each one by walking their length.
Sophie followed along pretty well for a while. She eventually decided she’d had enough walking though and plopped down in the middle of the trail. She got carried the rest of the way, which she thankfully doesn’t mind.
It was an enjoyable hike and was only about a mile long. Kylo and Sophie enjoyed exploring and taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells.
We finally reached the top of the mount and sat down on a bench to enjoy the view. It really was neat. We were able to see miles and miles into the distance and could pick out other Macon landmarks down below. It’s the closest thing we’ll get to a mountain-top view here in Middle Georgia!
We look forward to visiting Brown’s Mount again soon. There are other off-shoot hiking trails that we didn’t get to explore this time around, so there’s still more to see.
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Yesterday marked the third anniversary of the day Kylo Ren joined our family. We don’t know his actual birthday, so we celebrate it on February 14th. For those who don’t know the story, Kylo was a surprise Valentine’s Day gift from my husband. I had been visiting a friend for the weekend and came home that Sunday afternoon to find a rambunctious kitten running all over the house. Best Valentine’s Day ever.
Baby Kylo Ren – February 14th, 2016
Bobby had gone to the store to pick out a Valentine’s Day card for me. He was trying to find a card that had a cat on it when he thought to himself, “Hmm… I think I’ll just get her an actual cat instead!” So off he went to PetSmart, which is where our favorite local rescue holds adoption events on the weekend. He was specifically looking for Kylo Ren (whose name was Ash at the time, I think…) because a couple of weeks earlier after visiting PetSmart I had mentioned meeting a crazy black kitten who was terrorizing the other cats. The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind about actually adopting him, as we already had 5 cats. He had just made an impression on me because he was so wild and hilarious.
Bobby remembered me mentioning him and went to PetSmart to find him. Thankfully he hadn’t been adopted yet. Bobby brought him home, and when I walked in the door I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Three years later, Kylo is still a wild thing who loves to instigate trouble and terrorize his brothers and sisters. He hasn’t grown out of that playful kitten personality, and I’m thinking (and hoping) he never will. He happens to be on the small side too (weighing just under 6 pounds), so I call him my “forever baby.”
Despite his wildness, he is a super sweet boy and LOVES snuggles. He follows me around the house, and as soon as I sit down somewhere, he is in my lap.
We will be celebrating Kylo’s big day this weekend with an adventure (weather permitting) and a nip party. Can’t wait!
Can My Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cat Walk on Hardwood Floors? *Disclaimer: This post also contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of these links, we will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. When you bring a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia into your family, you should expect to have to make some changes to accommodate their needs and abilities. For cats with more mild cases of CH, you may only need a special litter box at most; for cats with more severe cases, you may need furniture ramps or child play pens to keep them safe and secure. One question/consideration that almost always comes up is whether or not hardwood floors are okay for CH cats. Can CH cats walk on hardwood floors, or do all the floors need to be carpeted? The answer to this is not cut and dried. As with everything else, it depends on the individual cat. It’s no secret that CH kitties are wobbly and uncoordinated. Many of them rely on their claws to help keep them balanced when they walk. Cats with more severe cases of CH who can’t walk at all fully rely on their claws to pull and […]
Caster’s Retirement from the KCC Adventure Team Readers and friends, we have a bit of a sad announcement to make today. My husband and I have officially decided to retire Caster from the KCC Adventure Team. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months, but I couldn’t bring myself to make it official. After talking it over with Bobby and our vet though, we’ve decided that it is best for Caster’s health if he doesn’t go outside for adventures anymore. Though Caster is doing much, much better after his health scare late last year, he still experiencing some residual vision issues. He is also still on prednisolone in both pill and eye drop form. Though the vet says we will eventually try to wean him off the prednisolone pills, Caster will likely always need the eye drops. Thankfully he can still see a bit, but his vision is greatly impaired. The vet also says there is a chance he may eventually develop glaucoma and possibly go completely blind. Because we still have no idea what the root cause behind all his issues is or was, we will be operating under the “better safe than sorry” principle. One of […]