Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Report Card from our Pet Sitter

While our mom was gone, a great service, The Pet Staff, took great care of us. This is the second time mom has used them and they are so great. They leave little notes every day and are very good with the kitties. Here are a few quotes from their daily "report cards", as I like to call them.

  • "They are so curious about everything and so adorable and affectionate. I look forward to my visits with them"
  • "Marley played hide and go seek with me on the window sill behind the couch and blinds"
  • "The boys greeted me at the door today..."
  • "Both babies gobbled down their treats"
  • "They batted their toys around and I could spend the whole afternoon with them - they're so much fun!"
  • "I'd toss a toy in the air and Reggie would leap in the air to catch it like a puppy!"
  • "It is an icy day so I will help keep them stay warm"
  • "Of course Reggie is eating up most of the treats and food I put out"
  • "Reggie had his mousie on the bed this a.m."
  • "Thank you for the joy of caring for your charming, sweet boys"
It is so nice to go on vacation knowing your kitties are well looked after! Such a relief, really...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Off to the Snow?

Our mom is off to romp around in some stuff called snow until Monday, so we will see you all when she gets back!

Stay warm! We will try our best to sleep as much as possible, as good kitties should.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snuggle Saturday...

This morning I had a "bunk bed" of kitties on me while I was still waking up. First Reggie came in and got right under my arm pit, then Marley got right on top of my stomach under the blankets. I was layered with warm bodied Sphynx'!

Then just earlier tonight, they were snuggling (like always) with each other. I love my boys!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ups and Downs from the Weekend....

  • Telecommuted from home (good)
  • Doctor appointment in the afternoon (fine)
  • Coming back to my car after being in the doctor's office for only one hour and finding my passenger window smashed and my GPS stolen (BAD)
  • Getting my window fixed and the nice lady giving me the AAA "Gold" discount (good)
  • Making my chicken mole dish for dinner (yummy)
  • Going to the movies and seeing Twilight (fun)
  • Coming home from the movie and seeing that Reggie's chin/neck area was very puffy (BAD)
  • Not being able to sleep in because I needed to take Reggie to the vet (BAD)
  • Getting to the vet right when they opened and being the first walk-in (good)
  • Getting antibiotics for Reggie and the whole visit only costing me $21 - he's on the wellness plan so visits are free (GOOD!)
  • After one dose of Reggie's antibiotics his neck appeared less swollen (good)
  • Having Reggie keep me warm under the covers all night (good)
So, all in all it wasn't a totally horrible weekend, but I could have gone without my car getting broken into. And just a side note on that. It happened in broad daylight, on the corner of a busy street (Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood!), with a Burger King drive through right across from where I was parked and tons of pedestrians walking around everywhere. Go figure. Hmph!

The vet said it was not Reggie's lymph node that was swollen (good!), but that it could either be from the saliva gland and the mucus not draining like it should, or from bacteria, which we are hoping it is. I think it is bacteria related because like I said, after only a few doses of the antibiotics it looked like the swelling had decreased. The vet asked if I had another cat at home (not my usual vet on Sunday, so he didn't know I had another sphynx at home) and I said yes. He asked if they wrestle/play fight and I said yes. His theory was that it could have resulted when Marley "bites" Reggie in that region on his neck while they are wrestling....and come to think of it, I had just brushed Marley's teeth earlier last week for the first time in several months, thus releasing lots and lots of bacteria, I'm sure!

Have a great week everyone!

Oh, and we are finally getting some "winter" weather here in So. California. Poured and poured all last night and is still raining.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Staying Warm

Here are a couple ways we stay warm. We stand on furniture directly over the floor heater or we lay on our snuggle safe after our mom has heated it up in the microwave. Yes, it's actually getting a little bit cold here in Southern California (finally!) Have a great weekend everyone. I'm sure we'll be snoozing a lot, as usual...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Reggie's Mouse is being held HOSTAGE!

Meet Gus, my co-worker's dog. His mom bought a mouse for Reggie, but Gus is holding it hostage!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Christmas Tree


UPDATE: The vet appointment was great on Sunday. I put Marley & Reggie in the same carrier for the 25 minute drive to the vet's office. They do so much better and are much calmer being in the same carrier. Marley received two vaccinations and Reggie was tagging along for a wellness checkup. Marley still weighs 8.7lbs, but Reggie, at only 8 months weighs a whopping 8.1lbs!

The vet suggested I only put enough dry food in their bowls so that they will run out during the day at some point. Since they are strictly indoor only cats they do have a bit extra weight, and even though they are Sphynx' and eat much more, Reggie is still a bit pudgy! So, I am trying the new feeding routine. They are just like humans - when we get bored, after being inside all day, we eventually head to the kitchen and eat just for eating's sake!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sights we see

Here are a few things we see when we look outside. The neighbor has two black boy cats and this is one of them. We often have stare down contests between the glass!

A few updates from our Mom:

  • Reggie continues to play fetch daily, often causing me to throw his mouse for him 20-30 times...in a row! And each time he brings it back!
  • Both Marley and Reggie will be going to the vet on Sunday (yes, our vet works on Sunday!) Marley is due for his yearly shot(s) and Reggie is just tagging along for a wellness check-up.
  • Reggie still coughs, but not as much. I will talk to the vet about this on Sunday. He also threw up a few days ago for the first time. This was scary as his tongue was hanging way out of his mouth as he coughed and then finally hacked up dry food.
  • Reggie continues to gain weight and his nickname is now "Butterball". I have a feeling the vet will say something, and not in a good way, about his weight.
  • Marley got a bath tonight and was very, very good!
  • Both kitties are very cuddly at night and Reggie loves getting under the covers with me early in the morning.
  • And lastly....if Reggie fails to cover up his you know whats, Marley comes along and covers it for him! What a good brother! I guess he doesn't appreciate the smell either!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cleaning, Christmas Decorating...and naps!

While our mom cleaned for several hours today, we took naps (duh, we're cats).

She then thought it was time to put out some Christmas decorations, although she has to skip the garland this year because of us! We are so mischievous, don't you know?

Here are some of our decorations. My mom might buy some earthquake putty so that we don't knock them down, but why would we do that?

Ok, back to our naps.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our Mom is leaving us again...

...but she'll only be gone until Monday night! She is going on a mini vacation just a few hours from here. But don't worry, our dad will take good care of us, again :) Just us three boys this weekend! Woo Hoo! Here are some recent pictures of us too (the theme? Cuteness!)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Our indoor tree!

Reggie especially loves this indoor tree. He uses it to practice his boxing skills, often batting at the leaves, and biting them when he thinks I'm not looking! Marley mostly uses it to run behind when behind chased by his younger, yet almost bigger, brother.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Who knew bags could be so entertaining?

"Have a great weekend everyone! One more full work week until Thanksgiving week!"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cold Mornings = Snuggling

Sorry we haven't been blogging much lately; Mom has been busy at work and hasn't been taking many pictures of us either lately! (How rude!) She promises to get some soon though...

We live in Southern California and while today is supposed to be in the 90's (yes, it's November), the mornings the past few weeks have been

So, instead of waking Mom up like we usually do, we come in and snuggle!

"Especially me! I get under the covers
completely with Mom and curl up in a ball right by her hips"

We hope all our kitty blogger friends are staying warm this winter. Must be nice having hair!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Have you seen this mouse?

"Have you seen me?" I am baby blue (I also had a sister that was baby pink, but she is lost in the house somewhere), and I make noise like a rattle when you shake me and play with me.

I am Reggie's faaaavorite toy and if I ever get lost under furniture or somewhere else Reggie will be so sad.

Reggie's bean has been on the lookout for replacements just in case but can't find me anywhere! She's looked at Petco and Petsmart various times and also at a few independent pet stores. The ones she finds are either too small, or they don't make noise. Please keep your eyes peeled for me and let us know!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

We are back!!!

Well, actually our mom is back. She was in Las Vegas for 4 days for her day hunting job, while our dad took good care of us. We are glad she is back though as was evident this morning when we woke her up with our meows. We had a great week and we hope you did too. Our mom was happy too because she said she won $60 on penny slots! Guess that means we'll be getting new kitty litter soon! It's time to change that dirt stuff out!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Our bean is going out of town...

She is going to some place called Las Vegas for work this week. She gave us kisses this morning and said she'll be back late Thursday night. We hope to visit you guys on Friday!

Licks and purrs,
Marley and Reggie

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bad Cat Friday!!!

There are a few places that are off limits for the kitties - the kitchen counter, the stove, and the fridge, just to name a few. But for some reason, they still push their limits, and mine! Bad kitties!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

This is the life...

Reggie: I love my toys so much! Sometimes I get very excited and play with them a really long time, until I tucker out and then decide it's time to wash myself. Such is the life of a sphynx! Then, after I am done playing I take a nap with my older brother.

I also got a bath yesterday. Not so much fun, but at least it's over with! This morning I actually got under the covers with my mom at 5:30am and slept with her until her alarm clock went off. My mom was happy that I didn't meow in her face and walk all over her like I usually do!

Here you can see my kitty pooch! All cats have them, they are just more noticeable on us cats without hair. You can also see my birthmarks on my right shoulder there - they weren't always there, but they are now!

Sorry, but I had to clean myself!

Nap time with Marley.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Reggie Asthma Update...

Reggie has only coughed once the past three days! (At least when I've been around). Usually I would hear him cough several times a day. Could the medication be working? I sure hope so! A $17 medication sure beats a $420 chest X-Ray! (Not being cheap as I would do anything for my kitties, but you know where I'm coming from....)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Our Kitty Areas

Well, Marley has been battling another eye infection (chronic for him I think), but it is finally clearing up with the Terramycin.

I know I posted about kitty asthma a few posts back, and we suspected that Reggie might have it. He would crouch down low to the ground several times a day and cough like he was trying to hack up a hairball. This would last about 10-20 seconds and then he'd stop and act like nothing was wrong. I had taken a video and showed my vet and she said it did look like an asthma attack, but she wasn't too concerned just yet...she said she hadn't seen any mucus when Reggie was under anesthesia getting neutered so she said we would monitor if it got worse or not. In the meantime, I emailed Reggie's breeder and she wrote back saying that it sounded like he has a secondary respiratory infection and suggested we try a certain medication some of her cats had been on before.

I then forwarded this information on to my vet (yes, she gave me her email address!). She said we could try the medication the breeder suggested...and...we are on day 3 and I have not heard any coughing attacks from Reggie!!! Here's to hoping the medication is working! And...amazingly enough, Reggie is sooo easy to give a pill too!

So since I haven't taken many recent pictures of them, here are some pictures of their "kitty areas"

A wall hanging my aunt gave me....and oh so true!
The litter box corner! You might be wondering why there are two and one is uncovered. Well, Reggie refused to use the covered one when we first brought him home, but now, for some reason, both are using the covered one again. My hope is to phase out the other one...but then again, with the sphynx metabolism, two litter boxes are sort of necessary.
Toys, toys, and more toys!
Kitty "townhouse" and scratching mats.