Sparky Report #6

BigGirl

Time flies when you're having fun, and kittens grow when you aren't looking. Sparky Tabasco is beginning to take on the appearance of a mature cat, though today she's just 3 1/2 months old. (Yes, Jo Banks, she's finally growing into those ears!) Sparky's middle name should be Houdini. Due to ongoing remodeling, she has escaped the safe confines of her small indoor world so many times I can't even count them. I've learned that prolonged periods of suspicious quiet mean one of two things: (1) Sparky is asleep, or (2) Sparky has found yet another way to escape (and send me into a panic!). Thank goodness Sparky's housemates nark on her whenever she sneaks outside. Shona, my Boxer, gets very concerned when Sparky escapes. In her best imitation of Timmy's-in-the-well, Shona comes running, whimpering anxiously for me to follow her, then dashing back outside to keep vigil over Sparky until I come to the rescue.

As everyone knows, the minute you try to catch a cat, they tease you by staying just out of reach. Thankfully, I've always trained my animals to come without fail when called, and Sparky is no exception. She comes a-running when I call her. 

After all that unauthorized galavanting around, Sparky is usually tuckered out, so she finds a suitable place for a nap. If Christopher (my other cat and her surrogate parent) is around, she'll snuggle with him, as the below pictures attest. We won't mention the placement of Christopher's nose in the first picture!

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TrioLeft to her own devices, however, Sparky has odd ideas on what constitutes a bed. Today she curled up on my dinner plate after I'd finished supper. When she was really tiny, she fell asleep on a hamburger patty I'd prepared for dinner. She's also fallen asleep in one of those plastic grocery bags. Window sills are another favored place. And she likes to bed down with the dogs, as the above picture shows. Currently, her favorite sleeping spot is on top of my printer.  As you can see by the picture, she likes her new bed.


 
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What about you? Does your cat sleep in weird places? Does your cat sleep in your bed? Alas, I cannot allow my cats or dogs in my bedroom or I'll wake up red-eyed and snuffling.

 

100 thoughts on “Sparky Report #6”

  1. So happy that you and Sparky stopped in to have lunch with me! 😉 No one was here for a.m. tea.
    Sparky is looking so grown-up in that first picture, but definitely still a baby in the pictures with Christopher, to say nothing of with the dogs! Yikes! If they rolled together, Sparky would be a hamburger!
    Pierce was about 12 weeks old when I got him from the Humane Society. I had had Andrew for about three months at the time (he was already a year old when I got him), and Andrew was lonely so I got him a cat brother. They got along great from the very beginning – not one single hiss! But ran around like banshees!
    Pierce was too small to even jump up in the bed (it’s a fairly high four poster) so I lifted him up, turned out the lights, and prepared for bedlam. Andrew curled up on one side of me, Pierce on the other, closely I might add, and they didn’t move until the alarm went off! I was shocked. And it’s been that way ever since.
    During the day, they pretty much sleep on whatever furniture *isn’t* covered with a towel or sheet to keep off the cat hair! 😉

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  2. So happy that you and Sparky stopped in to have lunch with me! 😉 No one was here for a.m. tea.
    Sparky is looking so grown-up in that first picture, but definitely still a baby in the pictures with Christopher, to say nothing of with the dogs! Yikes! If they rolled together, Sparky would be a hamburger!
    Pierce was about 12 weeks old when I got him from the Humane Society. I had had Andrew for about three months at the time (he was already a year old when I got him), and Andrew was lonely so I got him a cat brother. They got along great from the very beginning – not one single hiss! But ran around like banshees!
    Pierce was too small to even jump up in the bed (it’s a fairly high four poster) so I lifted him up, turned out the lights, and prepared for bedlam. Andrew curled up on one side of me, Pierce on the other, closely I might add, and they didn’t move until the alarm went off! I was shocked. And it’s been that way ever since.
    During the day, they pretty much sleep on whatever furniture *isn’t* covered with a towel or sheet to keep off the cat hair! 😉

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  3. So happy that you and Sparky stopped in to have lunch with me! 😉 No one was here for a.m. tea.
    Sparky is looking so grown-up in that first picture, but definitely still a baby in the pictures with Christopher, to say nothing of with the dogs! Yikes! If they rolled together, Sparky would be a hamburger!
    Pierce was about 12 weeks old when I got him from the Humane Society. I had had Andrew for about three months at the time (he was already a year old when I got him), and Andrew was lonely so I got him a cat brother. They got along great from the very beginning – not one single hiss! But ran around like banshees!
    Pierce was too small to even jump up in the bed (it’s a fairly high four poster) so I lifted him up, turned out the lights, and prepared for bedlam. Andrew curled up on one side of me, Pierce on the other, closely I might add, and they didn’t move until the alarm went off! I was shocked. And it’s been that way ever since.
    During the day, they pretty much sleep on whatever furniture *isn’t* covered with a towel or sheet to keep off the cat hair! 😉

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  4. So happy that you and Sparky stopped in to have lunch with me! 😉 No one was here for a.m. tea.
    Sparky is looking so grown-up in that first picture, but definitely still a baby in the pictures with Christopher, to say nothing of with the dogs! Yikes! If they rolled together, Sparky would be a hamburger!
    Pierce was about 12 weeks old when I got him from the Humane Society. I had had Andrew for about three months at the time (he was already a year old when I got him), and Andrew was lonely so I got him a cat brother. They got along great from the very beginning – not one single hiss! But ran around like banshees!
    Pierce was too small to even jump up in the bed (it’s a fairly high four poster) so I lifted him up, turned out the lights, and prepared for bedlam. Andrew curled up on one side of me, Pierce on the other, closely I might add, and they didn’t move until the alarm went off! I was shocked. And it’s been that way ever since.
    During the day, they pretty much sleep on whatever furniture *isn’t* covered with a towel or sheet to keep off the cat hair! 😉

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  5. So happy that you and Sparky stopped in to have lunch with me! 😉 No one was here for a.m. tea.
    Sparky is looking so grown-up in that first picture, but definitely still a baby in the pictures with Christopher, to say nothing of with the dogs! Yikes! If they rolled together, Sparky would be a hamburger!
    Pierce was about 12 weeks old when I got him from the Humane Society. I had had Andrew for about three months at the time (he was already a year old when I got him), and Andrew was lonely so I got him a cat brother. They got along great from the very beginning – not one single hiss! But ran around like banshees!
    Pierce was too small to even jump up in the bed (it’s a fairly high four poster) so I lifted him up, turned out the lights, and prepared for bedlam. Andrew curled up on one side of me, Pierce on the other, closely I might add, and they didn’t move until the alarm went off! I was shocked. And it’s been that way ever since.
    During the day, they pretty much sleep on whatever furniture *isn’t* covered with a towel or sheet to keep off the cat hair! 😉

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  6. Oh, Donna, what a sweet story about Pierce and Andrew spending their (or rather, Pierce’s) first night in your bed, one on each side of you. And how wonderful that Andrew accepted Pierce with nary a hiss. As you know, that’s the way it was with Christopher, too. It certainly makes for a smooth transition to a two-cat household.
    And oh, how I can relate re the towel/sheet situation. I’ve draped throws and blankets over certain pieces of furniture to keep the cat hair off, and both Sparky and Christopher burrow *under* the blankets instead! Cats! You gotta love them!

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  7. Oh, Donna, what a sweet story about Pierce and Andrew spending their (or rather, Pierce’s) first night in your bed, one on each side of you. And how wonderful that Andrew accepted Pierce with nary a hiss. As you know, that’s the way it was with Christopher, too. It certainly makes for a smooth transition to a two-cat household.
    And oh, how I can relate re the towel/sheet situation. I’ve draped throws and blankets over certain pieces of furniture to keep the cat hair off, and both Sparky and Christopher burrow *under* the blankets instead! Cats! You gotta love them!

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  8. Oh, Donna, what a sweet story about Pierce and Andrew spending their (or rather, Pierce’s) first night in your bed, one on each side of you. And how wonderful that Andrew accepted Pierce with nary a hiss. As you know, that’s the way it was with Christopher, too. It certainly makes for a smooth transition to a two-cat household.
    And oh, how I can relate re the towel/sheet situation. I’ve draped throws and blankets over certain pieces of furniture to keep the cat hair off, and both Sparky and Christopher burrow *under* the blankets instead! Cats! You gotta love them!

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  9. Oh, Donna, what a sweet story about Pierce and Andrew spending their (or rather, Pierce’s) first night in your bed, one on each side of you. And how wonderful that Andrew accepted Pierce with nary a hiss. As you know, that’s the way it was with Christopher, too. It certainly makes for a smooth transition to a two-cat household.
    And oh, how I can relate re the towel/sheet situation. I’ve draped throws and blankets over certain pieces of furniture to keep the cat hair off, and both Sparky and Christopher burrow *under* the blankets instead! Cats! You gotta love them!

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  10. Oh, Donna, what a sweet story about Pierce and Andrew spending their (or rather, Pierce’s) first night in your bed, one on each side of you. And how wonderful that Andrew accepted Pierce with nary a hiss. As you know, that’s the way it was with Christopher, too. It certainly makes for a smooth transition to a two-cat household.
    And oh, how I can relate re the towel/sheet situation. I’ve draped throws and blankets over certain pieces of furniture to keep the cat hair off, and both Sparky and Christopher burrow *under* the blankets instead! Cats! You gotta love them!

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  11. I know about waking up red eyed and sniffling, but believe me, it was worth every moment of discomfort to have my pet’s warm, comforting presence in the night, and to know that he or she was exactly where they wanted to be – with me.

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  12. I know about waking up red eyed and sniffling, but believe me, it was worth every moment of discomfort to have my pet’s warm, comforting presence in the night, and to know that he or she was exactly where they wanted to be – with me.

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  13. I know about waking up red eyed and sniffling, but believe me, it was worth every moment of discomfort to have my pet’s warm, comforting presence in the night, and to know that he or she was exactly where they wanted to be – with me.

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  14. I know about waking up red eyed and sniffling, but believe me, it was worth every moment of discomfort to have my pet’s warm, comforting presence in the night, and to know that he or she was exactly where they wanted to be – with me.

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  15. I know about waking up red eyed and sniffling, but believe me, it was worth every moment of discomfort to have my pet’s warm, comforting presence in the night, and to know that he or she was exactly where they wanted to be – with me.

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  16. Janice, I’m there. I so understand the comfort one gains from a bed full of furry little beasties. But I have asthma and allergies, and the itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant coughing all night left me exhausted by morning. So I tell myself that even though I can’t allow the animals in my bedroom, I get to have them with me all day. It’s worth the sacrifice.
    And right now, Sparky has her claws hooked into my new lace curtains, so I’m off to rescue yet another houshold item from the little terror. *g*

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  17. Janice, I’m there. I so understand the comfort one gains from a bed full of furry little beasties. But I have asthma and allergies, and the itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant coughing all night left me exhausted by morning. So I tell myself that even though I can’t allow the animals in my bedroom, I get to have them with me all day. It’s worth the sacrifice.
    And right now, Sparky has her claws hooked into my new lace curtains, so I’m off to rescue yet another houshold item from the little terror. *g*

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  18. Janice, I’m there. I so understand the comfort one gains from a bed full of furry little beasties. But I have asthma and allergies, and the itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant coughing all night left me exhausted by morning. So I tell myself that even though I can’t allow the animals in my bedroom, I get to have them with me all day. It’s worth the sacrifice.
    And right now, Sparky has her claws hooked into my new lace curtains, so I’m off to rescue yet another houshold item from the little terror. *g*

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  19. Janice, I’m there. I so understand the comfort one gains from a bed full of furry little beasties. But I have asthma and allergies, and the itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant coughing all night left me exhausted by morning. So I tell myself that even though I can’t allow the animals in my bedroom, I get to have them with me all day. It’s worth the sacrifice.
    And right now, Sparky has her claws hooked into my new lace curtains, so I’m off to rescue yet another houshold item from the little terror. *g*

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  20. Janice, I’m there. I so understand the comfort one gains from a bed full of furry little beasties. But I have asthma and allergies, and the itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant coughing all night left me exhausted by morning. So I tell myself that even though I can’t allow the animals in my bedroom, I get to have them with me all day. It’s worth the sacrifice.
    And right now, Sparky has her claws hooked into my new lace curtains, so I’m off to rescue yet another houshold item from the little terror. *g*

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  21. Allegies one can manage, but asthma is tougher. You be careful.
    The other thing I learned was that my companions were more important than the curtains or the carpets and so I planned around cats when I’d buy something. Shutters instead of curtains. Fabrics with no tempting cross threads. Carpets with no loops 🙂 You can’t really have a 100% pet proof abode, but you can pick things that they won’t be interested in. My cats loved the shutters after they discovered that a paw could adjust the viewing angle to their liking 🙂
    If I guessed wrong, as sometimes I did, well, I can’t get mad at a cat for being a cat, and I can’t understand people who do, though I know some who go in for declawing and that.

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  22. Allegies one can manage, but asthma is tougher. You be careful.
    The other thing I learned was that my companions were more important than the curtains or the carpets and so I planned around cats when I’d buy something. Shutters instead of curtains. Fabrics with no tempting cross threads. Carpets with no loops 🙂 You can’t really have a 100% pet proof abode, but you can pick things that they won’t be interested in. My cats loved the shutters after they discovered that a paw could adjust the viewing angle to their liking 🙂
    If I guessed wrong, as sometimes I did, well, I can’t get mad at a cat for being a cat, and I can’t understand people who do, though I know some who go in for declawing and that.

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  23. Allegies one can manage, but asthma is tougher. You be careful.
    The other thing I learned was that my companions were more important than the curtains or the carpets and so I planned around cats when I’d buy something. Shutters instead of curtains. Fabrics with no tempting cross threads. Carpets with no loops 🙂 You can’t really have a 100% pet proof abode, but you can pick things that they won’t be interested in. My cats loved the shutters after they discovered that a paw could adjust the viewing angle to their liking 🙂
    If I guessed wrong, as sometimes I did, well, I can’t get mad at a cat for being a cat, and I can’t understand people who do, though I know some who go in for declawing and that.

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  24. Allegies one can manage, but asthma is tougher. You be careful.
    The other thing I learned was that my companions were more important than the curtains or the carpets and so I planned around cats when I’d buy something. Shutters instead of curtains. Fabrics with no tempting cross threads. Carpets with no loops 🙂 You can’t really have a 100% pet proof abode, but you can pick things that they won’t be interested in. My cats loved the shutters after they discovered that a paw could adjust the viewing angle to their liking 🙂
    If I guessed wrong, as sometimes I did, well, I can’t get mad at a cat for being a cat, and I can’t understand people who do, though I know some who go in for declawing and that.

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  25. Allegies one can manage, but asthma is tougher. You be careful.
    The other thing I learned was that my companions were more important than the curtains or the carpets and so I planned around cats when I’d buy something. Shutters instead of curtains. Fabrics with no tempting cross threads. Carpets with no loops 🙂 You can’t really have a 100% pet proof abode, but you can pick things that they won’t be interested in. My cats loved the shutters after they discovered that a paw could adjust the viewing angle to their liking 🙂
    If I guessed wrong, as sometimes I did, well, I can’t get mad at a cat for being a cat, and I can’t understand people who do, though I know some who go in for declawing and that.

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  26. Janice, agree with all you said. I can manage the allergies during the day, when I’m upright and my lungs stay relatively clear. But when I lie down, I often get congested. And if I start coughing, I’m done for. *g*
    Like you, I have planned my house around my pets. I have hardwood floors or hospital-grade, antibacterial vinyl in all rooms except the carpeted living room. But I seldom use the living room. My cats have a bed on the corner of my desk (and Sparky just loves to gallop across my keyboard and send unfinished e-mails!). And my dogs have a bed just a few feet from my desk.
    Yesterday when I came home after running errands, I was immediately besieged by 2 cats and 1 dog emerging from the bowels of the house to greet me with enthusiastic tail wags and happy meows. It was the best kind of “welcome home!”

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  27. Janice, agree with all you said. I can manage the allergies during the day, when I’m upright and my lungs stay relatively clear. But when I lie down, I often get congested. And if I start coughing, I’m done for. *g*
    Like you, I have planned my house around my pets. I have hardwood floors or hospital-grade, antibacterial vinyl in all rooms except the carpeted living room. But I seldom use the living room. My cats have a bed on the corner of my desk (and Sparky just loves to gallop across my keyboard and send unfinished e-mails!). And my dogs have a bed just a few feet from my desk.
    Yesterday when I came home after running errands, I was immediately besieged by 2 cats and 1 dog emerging from the bowels of the house to greet me with enthusiastic tail wags and happy meows. It was the best kind of “welcome home!”

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  28. Janice, agree with all you said. I can manage the allergies during the day, when I’m upright and my lungs stay relatively clear. But when I lie down, I often get congested. And if I start coughing, I’m done for. *g*
    Like you, I have planned my house around my pets. I have hardwood floors or hospital-grade, antibacterial vinyl in all rooms except the carpeted living room. But I seldom use the living room. My cats have a bed on the corner of my desk (and Sparky just loves to gallop across my keyboard and send unfinished e-mails!). And my dogs have a bed just a few feet from my desk.
    Yesterday when I came home after running errands, I was immediately besieged by 2 cats and 1 dog emerging from the bowels of the house to greet me with enthusiastic tail wags and happy meows. It was the best kind of “welcome home!”

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  29. Janice, agree with all you said. I can manage the allergies during the day, when I’m upright and my lungs stay relatively clear. But when I lie down, I often get congested. And if I start coughing, I’m done for. *g*
    Like you, I have planned my house around my pets. I have hardwood floors or hospital-grade, antibacterial vinyl in all rooms except the carpeted living room. But I seldom use the living room. My cats have a bed on the corner of my desk (and Sparky just loves to gallop across my keyboard and send unfinished e-mails!). And my dogs have a bed just a few feet from my desk.
    Yesterday when I came home after running errands, I was immediately besieged by 2 cats and 1 dog emerging from the bowels of the house to greet me with enthusiastic tail wags and happy meows. It was the best kind of “welcome home!”

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  30. Janice, agree with all you said. I can manage the allergies during the day, when I’m upright and my lungs stay relatively clear. But when I lie down, I often get congested. And if I start coughing, I’m done for. *g*
    Like you, I have planned my house around my pets. I have hardwood floors or hospital-grade, antibacterial vinyl in all rooms except the carpeted living room. But I seldom use the living room. My cats have a bed on the corner of my desk (and Sparky just loves to gallop across my keyboard and send unfinished e-mails!). And my dogs have a bed just a few feet from my desk.
    Yesterday when I came home after running errands, I was immediately besieged by 2 cats and 1 dog emerging from the bowels of the house to greet me with enthusiastic tail wags and happy meows. It was the best kind of “welcome home!”

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  31. Sherrie, she’s absolutely adorable! I have the same problem as you though. If I don’t watch, I have cats under the deck eating the grass. And of course, they skirt just that tiny inch away from my grasping hands. One will usually just come with some coaxing but the other? Nope, if there’s grass, she’s not going to give it up regardless of what I do.
    They grow so fast though, don’t they?

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  32. Sherrie, she’s absolutely adorable! I have the same problem as you though. If I don’t watch, I have cats under the deck eating the grass. And of course, they skirt just that tiny inch away from my grasping hands. One will usually just come with some coaxing but the other? Nope, if there’s grass, she’s not going to give it up regardless of what I do.
    They grow so fast though, don’t they?

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  33. Sherrie, she’s absolutely adorable! I have the same problem as you though. If I don’t watch, I have cats under the deck eating the grass. And of course, they skirt just that tiny inch away from my grasping hands. One will usually just come with some coaxing but the other? Nope, if there’s grass, she’s not going to give it up regardless of what I do.
    They grow so fast though, don’t they?

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  34. Sherrie, she’s absolutely adorable! I have the same problem as you though. If I don’t watch, I have cats under the deck eating the grass. And of course, they skirt just that tiny inch away from my grasping hands. One will usually just come with some coaxing but the other? Nope, if there’s grass, she’s not going to give it up regardless of what I do.
    They grow so fast though, don’t they?

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  35. Sherrie, she’s absolutely adorable! I have the same problem as you though. If I don’t watch, I have cats under the deck eating the grass. And of course, they skirt just that tiny inch away from my grasping hands. One will usually just come with some coaxing but the other? Nope, if there’s grass, she’s not going to give it up regardless of what I do.
    They grow so fast though, don’t they?

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  36. She really is growing into a beautiful cat (and those ears !) I know what you mean about cat proofing the house I am in the throes of puppy/grandson proofing mine.Tho I suppose I don’t have to worry about them climbing the curtains – I hope !!

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  37. She really is growing into a beautiful cat (and those ears !) I know what you mean about cat proofing the house I am in the throes of puppy/grandson proofing mine.Tho I suppose I don’t have to worry about them climbing the curtains – I hope !!

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  38. She really is growing into a beautiful cat (and those ears !) I know what you mean about cat proofing the house I am in the throes of puppy/grandson proofing mine.Tho I suppose I don’t have to worry about them climbing the curtains – I hope !!

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  39. She really is growing into a beautiful cat (and those ears !) I know what you mean about cat proofing the house I am in the throes of puppy/grandson proofing mine.Tho I suppose I don’t have to worry about them climbing the curtains – I hope !!

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  40. She really is growing into a beautiful cat (and those ears !) I know what you mean about cat proofing the house I am in the throes of puppy/grandson proofing mine.Tho I suppose I don’t have to worry about them climbing the curtains – I hope !!

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  41. Theo, isn’t it annoying when your cat won’t let you catch it?!! They know just how far they can tempt you before skittering out of reach, the little devils. The story about your cats eating grass reminds me that I should try the small packages of “wheat grass” in the produce department of most grocery stores. It’s pretty and it’s bright green, so it must be healthy, right?

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  42. Theo, isn’t it annoying when your cat won’t let you catch it?!! They know just how far they can tempt you before skittering out of reach, the little devils. The story about your cats eating grass reminds me that I should try the small packages of “wheat grass” in the produce department of most grocery stores. It’s pretty and it’s bright green, so it must be healthy, right?

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  43. Theo, isn’t it annoying when your cat won’t let you catch it?!! They know just how far they can tempt you before skittering out of reach, the little devils. The story about your cats eating grass reminds me that I should try the small packages of “wheat grass” in the produce department of most grocery stores. It’s pretty and it’s bright green, so it must be healthy, right?

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  44. Theo, isn’t it annoying when your cat won’t let you catch it?!! They know just how far they can tempt you before skittering out of reach, the little devils. The story about your cats eating grass reminds me that I should try the small packages of “wheat grass” in the produce department of most grocery stores. It’s pretty and it’s bright green, so it must be healthy, right?

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  45. Theo, isn’t it annoying when your cat won’t let you catch it?!! They know just how far they can tempt you before skittering out of reach, the little devils. The story about your cats eating grass reminds me that I should try the small packages of “wheat grass” in the produce department of most grocery stores. It’s pretty and it’s bright green, so it must be healthy, right?

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  46. Hi, Jo. Yes, Sparky is finally growing into those ears! However, I don’t know if she’ll ever grow into her humongous feet. *g*
    Good luck with puppy/grandson proofing your house! Puppies and children–and kittens–have a way of finding the one spot you neglected to secure. It’s Murphy’s Law!

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  47. Hi, Jo. Yes, Sparky is finally growing into those ears! However, I don’t know if she’ll ever grow into her humongous feet. *g*
    Good luck with puppy/grandson proofing your house! Puppies and children–and kittens–have a way of finding the one spot you neglected to secure. It’s Murphy’s Law!

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  48. Hi, Jo. Yes, Sparky is finally growing into those ears! However, I don’t know if she’ll ever grow into her humongous feet. *g*
    Good luck with puppy/grandson proofing your house! Puppies and children–and kittens–have a way of finding the one spot you neglected to secure. It’s Murphy’s Law!

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  49. Hi, Jo. Yes, Sparky is finally growing into those ears! However, I don’t know if she’ll ever grow into her humongous feet. *g*
    Good luck with puppy/grandson proofing your house! Puppies and children–and kittens–have a way of finding the one spot you neglected to secure. It’s Murphy’s Law!

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  50. Hi, Jo. Yes, Sparky is finally growing into those ears! However, I don’t know if she’ll ever grow into her humongous feet. *g*
    Good luck with puppy/grandson proofing your house! Puppies and children–and kittens–have a way of finding the one spot you neglected to secure. It’s Murphy’s Law!

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  51. I threw my cat grass out because they mawed through it and killed it. You’re almost better off growing some sweet grass outside, not putting anything on it and then when ready, bring it in, clean it and lay it on a paper towel.

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  52. I threw my cat grass out because they mawed through it and killed it. You’re almost better off growing some sweet grass outside, not putting anything on it and then when ready, bring it in, clean it and lay it on a paper towel.

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  53. I threw my cat grass out because they mawed through it and killed it. You’re almost better off growing some sweet grass outside, not putting anything on it and then when ready, bring it in, clean it and lay it on a paper towel.

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  54. I threw my cat grass out because they mawed through it and killed it. You’re almost better off growing some sweet grass outside, not putting anything on it and then when ready, bring it in, clean it and lay it on a paper towel.

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  55. I threw my cat grass out because they mawed through it and killed it. You’re almost better off growing some sweet grass outside, not putting anything on it and then when ready, bring it in, clean it and lay it on a paper towel.

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  56. Sparky is growing like a weed and is so cute. I have a toy suggestion. Take the ring off a nayo jar toss it to him and see if he will carry it around and knock it around the floor like a soccer ball. Nt younger cat plays with them for hours. She now has 6 all over the house. Just be prepared they will go missing

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  57. Sparky is growing like a weed and is so cute. I have a toy suggestion. Take the ring off a nayo jar toss it to him and see if he will carry it around and knock it around the floor like a soccer ball. Nt younger cat plays with them for hours. She now has 6 all over the house. Just be prepared they will go missing

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  58. Sparky is growing like a weed and is so cute. I have a toy suggestion. Take the ring off a nayo jar toss it to him and see if he will carry it around and knock it around the floor like a soccer ball. Nt younger cat plays with them for hours. She now has 6 all over the house. Just be prepared they will go missing

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  59. Sparky is growing like a weed and is so cute. I have a toy suggestion. Take the ring off a nayo jar toss it to him and see if he will carry it around and knock it around the floor like a soccer ball. Nt younger cat plays with them for hours. She now has 6 all over the house. Just be prepared they will go missing

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  60. Sparky is growing like a weed and is so cute. I have a toy suggestion. Take the ring off a nayo jar toss it to him and see if he will carry it around and knock it around the floor like a soccer ball. Nt younger cat plays with them for hours. She now has 6 all over the house. Just be prepared they will go missing

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  61. Theo, you’re probably right–Sparky would do as your cat did and kill the grass! Believe it or not, Sparky seems to like parsley. I was making tabouli, which calls for a lot of parsley, and as I washed it, a stalk of parsley fell to the floor. Sparky zoomed over and began to gnaw it, then spit it out, then gnaw it some more. I suspect the flavor was a bit strong for her, but she kept at it, and eventually finished off the parsley. I wonder what she’ll eat next?!!

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  62. Theo, you’re probably right–Sparky would do as your cat did and kill the grass! Believe it or not, Sparky seems to like parsley. I was making tabouli, which calls for a lot of parsley, and as I washed it, a stalk of parsley fell to the floor. Sparky zoomed over and began to gnaw it, then spit it out, then gnaw it some more. I suspect the flavor was a bit strong for her, but she kept at it, and eventually finished off the parsley. I wonder what she’ll eat next?!!

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  63. Theo, you’re probably right–Sparky would do as your cat did and kill the grass! Believe it or not, Sparky seems to like parsley. I was making tabouli, which calls for a lot of parsley, and as I washed it, a stalk of parsley fell to the floor. Sparky zoomed over and began to gnaw it, then spit it out, then gnaw it some more. I suspect the flavor was a bit strong for her, but she kept at it, and eventually finished off the parsley. I wonder what she’ll eat next?!!

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  64. Theo, you’re probably right–Sparky would do as your cat did and kill the grass! Believe it or not, Sparky seems to like parsley. I was making tabouli, which calls for a lot of parsley, and as I washed it, a stalk of parsley fell to the floor. Sparky zoomed over and began to gnaw it, then spit it out, then gnaw it some more. I suspect the flavor was a bit strong for her, but she kept at it, and eventually finished off the parsley. I wonder what she’ll eat next?!!

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  65. Theo, you’re probably right–Sparky would do as your cat did and kill the grass! Believe it or not, Sparky seems to like parsley. I was making tabouli, which calls for a lot of parsley, and as I washed it, a stalk of parsley fell to the floor. Sparky zoomed over and began to gnaw it, then spit it out, then gnaw it some more. I suspect the flavor was a bit strong for her, but she kept at it, and eventually finished off the parsley. I wonder what she’ll eat next?!!

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  66. Wendy, I love the mayo ring suggestion as a toy! I’m sure Sparky will enjoy it. She can make a toy out of anything, and it’s so cute to see her carrying her “toys” in her mouth, be they a paperclip, wadded up ball of paper, a Q-tip fished out of the wastepaper basket, the lid of a jar. One of her absolute favorite toys is one of those pre-made bows that you stick on presents. She loves them! You can bat them all over the place and they don’t shoot under the fridge or the sofa. Great fun!

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  67. Wendy, I love the mayo ring suggestion as a toy! I’m sure Sparky will enjoy it. She can make a toy out of anything, and it’s so cute to see her carrying her “toys” in her mouth, be they a paperclip, wadded up ball of paper, a Q-tip fished out of the wastepaper basket, the lid of a jar. One of her absolute favorite toys is one of those pre-made bows that you stick on presents. She loves them! You can bat them all over the place and they don’t shoot under the fridge or the sofa. Great fun!

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  68. Wendy, I love the mayo ring suggestion as a toy! I’m sure Sparky will enjoy it. She can make a toy out of anything, and it’s so cute to see her carrying her “toys” in her mouth, be they a paperclip, wadded up ball of paper, a Q-tip fished out of the wastepaper basket, the lid of a jar. One of her absolute favorite toys is one of those pre-made bows that you stick on presents. She loves them! You can bat them all over the place and they don’t shoot under the fridge or the sofa. Great fun!

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  69. Wendy, I love the mayo ring suggestion as a toy! I’m sure Sparky will enjoy it. She can make a toy out of anything, and it’s so cute to see her carrying her “toys” in her mouth, be they a paperclip, wadded up ball of paper, a Q-tip fished out of the wastepaper basket, the lid of a jar. One of her absolute favorite toys is one of those pre-made bows that you stick on presents. She loves them! You can bat them all over the place and they don’t shoot under the fridge or the sofa. Great fun!

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  70. Wendy, I love the mayo ring suggestion as a toy! I’m sure Sparky will enjoy it. She can make a toy out of anything, and it’s so cute to see her carrying her “toys” in her mouth, be they a paperclip, wadded up ball of paper, a Q-tip fished out of the wastepaper basket, the lid of a jar. One of her absolute favorite toys is one of those pre-made bows that you stick on presents. She loves them! You can bat them all over the place and they don’t shoot under the fridge or the sofa. Great fun!

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  71. Ella, “under the furniture” is a familiar term in my household. In fact, it’s cause for much hilarity. When Christopher was a kitten, he could zoom under the sofa without a problem. But as he grew, it became a tighter squeeze. One day as he was roaring about the house, he headed for the sofa, prepared to dive under it, as he always did. Unfortunately, he’d had a growth spurt, and when he went to dive under the sofa, he conked his head a good one. He no longer fit.
    Now Sparky has adopted the sofa dive, but she’s fast coming upon the time when the sofa fights back. When that happens, I’ll have to start vacuuming under the sofa again. *g* Christopher used to crawl out from under the sofa with dust bunnies all over him. Saved me having to vacuum under the furniture!

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  72. Ella, “under the furniture” is a familiar term in my household. In fact, it’s cause for much hilarity. When Christopher was a kitten, he could zoom under the sofa without a problem. But as he grew, it became a tighter squeeze. One day as he was roaring about the house, he headed for the sofa, prepared to dive under it, as he always did. Unfortunately, he’d had a growth spurt, and when he went to dive under the sofa, he conked his head a good one. He no longer fit.
    Now Sparky has adopted the sofa dive, but she’s fast coming upon the time when the sofa fights back. When that happens, I’ll have to start vacuuming under the sofa again. *g* Christopher used to crawl out from under the sofa with dust bunnies all over him. Saved me having to vacuum under the furniture!

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  73. Ella, “under the furniture” is a familiar term in my household. In fact, it’s cause for much hilarity. When Christopher was a kitten, he could zoom under the sofa without a problem. But as he grew, it became a tighter squeeze. One day as he was roaring about the house, he headed for the sofa, prepared to dive under it, as he always did. Unfortunately, he’d had a growth spurt, and when he went to dive under the sofa, he conked his head a good one. He no longer fit.
    Now Sparky has adopted the sofa dive, but she’s fast coming upon the time when the sofa fights back. When that happens, I’ll have to start vacuuming under the sofa again. *g* Christopher used to crawl out from under the sofa with dust bunnies all over him. Saved me having to vacuum under the furniture!

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  74. Ella, “under the furniture” is a familiar term in my household. In fact, it’s cause for much hilarity. When Christopher was a kitten, he could zoom under the sofa without a problem. But as he grew, it became a tighter squeeze. One day as he was roaring about the house, he headed for the sofa, prepared to dive under it, as he always did. Unfortunately, he’d had a growth spurt, and when he went to dive under the sofa, he conked his head a good one. He no longer fit.
    Now Sparky has adopted the sofa dive, but she’s fast coming upon the time when the sofa fights back. When that happens, I’ll have to start vacuuming under the sofa again. *g* Christopher used to crawl out from under the sofa with dust bunnies all over him. Saved me having to vacuum under the furniture!

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  75. Ella, “under the furniture” is a familiar term in my household. In fact, it’s cause for much hilarity. When Christopher was a kitten, he could zoom under the sofa without a problem. But as he grew, it became a tighter squeeze. One day as he was roaring about the house, he headed for the sofa, prepared to dive under it, as he always did. Unfortunately, he’d had a growth spurt, and when he went to dive under the sofa, he conked his head a good one. He no longer fit.
    Now Sparky has adopted the sofa dive, but she’s fast coming upon the time when the sofa fights back. When that happens, I’ll have to start vacuuming under the sofa again. *g* Christopher used to crawl out from under the sofa with dust bunnies all over him. Saved me having to vacuum under the furniture!

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  76. Christopher puts up with a lot, and that’s a fact. *grin* Favorite picture is the second in that cluster of three–how DO cats assume pretzel-position so easily?
    The same eccentric cat who liked garlic bread would sleep soundly on top of our cabinet grand piano, no matter how loudly I played it–probably one of the few cats in history who dozed off to a thundering version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Or maybe he just wasn’t impressed….

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  77. Christopher puts up with a lot, and that’s a fact. *grin* Favorite picture is the second in that cluster of three–how DO cats assume pretzel-position so easily?
    The same eccentric cat who liked garlic bread would sleep soundly on top of our cabinet grand piano, no matter how loudly I played it–probably one of the few cats in history who dozed off to a thundering version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Or maybe he just wasn’t impressed….

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  78. Christopher puts up with a lot, and that’s a fact. *grin* Favorite picture is the second in that cluster of three–how DO cats assume pretzel-position so easily?
    The same eccentric cat who liked garlic bread would sleep soundly on top of our cabinet grand piano, no matter how loudly I played it–probably one of the few cats in history who dozed off to a thundering version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Or maybe he just wasn’t impressed….

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  79. Christopher puts up with a lot, and that’s a fact. *grin* Favorite picture is the second in that cluster of three–how DO cats assume pretzel-position so easily?
    The same eccentric cat who liked garlic bread would sleep soundly on top of our cabinet grand piano, no matter how loudly I played it–probably one of the few cats in history who dozed off to a thundering version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Or maybe he just wasn’t impressed….

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  80. Christopher puts up with a lot, and that’s a fact. *grin* Favorite picture is the second in that cluster of three–how DO cats assume pretzel-position so easily?
    The same eccentric cat who liked garlic bread would sleep soundly on top of our cabinet grand piano, no matter how loudly I played it–probably one of the few cats in history who dozed off to a thundering version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Or maybe he just wasn’t impressed….

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  81. Lucy, Christopher is an absolute saint where Sparky is concerned, At age 13, Christopher should be a grumpy old neutered male, but he isn’t. He’s so good with Sparky, even when she’s being insolent and cheeky.
    Sparky hasn’t had an opportunity to try garlic bread, but I suspect she’d enjoy it. And like your cat who used to lounge on the piano, both my cats enjoy music. I listen to NPR and a classical station, so the cats like jazz and classical music.

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  82. Lucy, Christopher is an absolute saint where Sparky is concerned, At age 13, Christopher should be a grumpy old neutered male, but he isn’t. He’s so good with Sparky, even when she’s being insolent and cheeky.
    Sparky hasn’t had an opportunity to try garlic bread, but I suspect she’d enjoy it. And like your cat who used to lounge on the piano, both my cats enjoy music. I listen to NPR and a classical station, so the cats like jazz and classical music.

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  83. Lucy, Christopher is an absolute saint where Sparky is concerned, At age 13, Christopher should be a grumpy old neutered male, but he isn’t. He’s so good with Sparky, even when she’s being insolent and cheeky.
    Sparky hasn’t had an opportunity to try garlic bread, but I suspect she’d enjoy it. And like your cat who used to lounge on the piano, both my cats enjoy music. I listen to NPR and a classical station, so the cats like jazz and classical music.

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  84. Lucy, Christopher is an absolute saint where Sparky is concerned, At age 13, Christopher should be a grumpy old neutered male, but he isn’t. He’s so good with Sparky, even when she’s being insolent and cheeky.
    Sparky hasn’t had an opportunity to try garlic bread, but I suspect she’d enjoy it. And like your cat who used to lounge on the piano, both my cats enjoy music. I listen to NPR and a classical station, so the cats like jazz and classical music.

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  85. Lucy, Christopher is an absolute saint where Sparky is concerned, At age 13, Christopher should be a grumpy old neutered male, but he isn’t. He’s so good with Sparky, even when she’s being insolent and cheeky.
    Sparky hasn’t had an opportunity to try garlic bread, but I suspect she’d enjoy it. And like your cat who used to lounge on the piano, both my cats enjoy music. I listen to NPR and a classical station, so the cats like jazz and classical music.

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  86. Sparky looks so mature in that first photo. Glad to hear from her antics that she’s still kittenish! I have another suggestion for a toy–take a pipe cleaner and loop it into a circle twice around, then twist the ends around to hold it in place. The circle will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. Our cats love to chase these across hard floors or to catch them when thrown in the air(I swear our Burmese could be a gymnast).

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  87. Sparky looks so mature in that first photo. Glad to hear from her antics that she’s still kittenish! I have another suggestion for a toy–take a pipe cleaner and loop it into a circle twice around, then twist the ends around to hold it in place. The circle will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. Our cats love to chase these across hard floors or to catch them when thrown in the air(I swear our Burmese could be a gymnast).

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  88. Sparky looks so mature in that first photo. Glad to hear from her antics that she’s still kittenish! I have another suggestion for a toy–take a pipe cleaner and loop it into a circle twice around, then twist the ends around to hold it in place. The circle will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. Our cats love to chase these across hard floors or to catch them when thrown in the air(I swear our Burmese could be a gymnast).

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  89. Sparky looks so mature in that first photo. Glad to hear from her antics that she’s still kittenish! I have another suggestion for a toy–take a pipe cleaner and loop it into a circle twice around, then twist the ends around to hold it in place. The circle will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. Our cats love to chase these across hard floors or to catch them when thrown in the air(I swear our Burmese could be a gymnast).

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  90. Sparky looks so mature in that first photo. Glad to hear from her antics that she’s still kittenish! I have another suggestion for a toy–take a pipe cleaner and loop it into a circle twice around, then twist the ends around to hold it in place. The circle will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. Our cats love to chase these across hard floors or to catch them when thrown in the air(I swear our Burmese could be a gymnast).

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  91. Karen, Sparky does look mature, doesn’t she. But in real life, she is still quite small. She’s lost most of her baby fat (she’s now long and lean) but she still has a tiny face. And as you say, her antics are definitely kittenish!
    I have some pipe cleaners and will make a few loops per your suggestion. Sparky will love them. I’ve been making smaller loops with twist-ties and Sparky goes bonkers over them.

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  92. Karen, Sparky does look mature, doesn’t she. But in real life, she is still quite small. She’s lost most of her baby fat (she’s now long and lean) but she still has a tiny face. And as you say, her antics are definitely kittenish!
    I have some pipe cleaners and will make a few loops per your suggestion. Sparky will love them. I’ve been making smaller loops with twist-ties and Sparky goes bonkers over them.

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  93. Karen, Sparky does look mature, doesn’t she. But in real life, she is still quite small. She’s lost most of her baby fat (she’s now long and lean) but she still has a tiny face. And as you say, her antics are definitely kittenish!
    I have some pipe cleaners and will make a few loops per your suggestion. Sparky will love them. I’ve been making smaller loops with twist-ties and Sparky goes bonkers over them.

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  94. Karen, Sparky does look mature, doesn’t she. But in real life, she is still quite small. She’s lost most of her baby fat (she’s now long and lean) but she still has a tiny face. And as you say, her antics are definitely kittenish!
    I have some pipe cleaners and will make a few loops per your suggestion. Sparky will love them. I’ve been making smaller loops with twist-ties and Sparky goes bonkers over them.

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  95. Karen, Sparky does look mature, doesn’t she. But in real life, she is still quite small. She’s lost most of her baby fat (she’s now long and lean) but she still has a tiny face. And as you say, her antics are definitely kittenish!
    I have some pipe cleaners and will make a few loops per your suggestion. Sparky will love them. I’ve been making smaller loops with twist-ties and Sparky goes bonkers over them.

    Reply

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