Friday, April 21, 2017

It’s the Year of the Cat! Celebrate with Wellness® Complete Health Cat Food #HappyMeetsHealthy

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in with some exciting news. It’s the Year of the Cat, and it’s time to celebrate! A great way to honor your favorite feline is to give them some wholesome, natural nutrition with Wellness® Complete Health™.

As part of our festivities, Lola and I took a little trip to PetSmart with Mother to pick out some Wellness cat food.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our First Nose Kiss!

Hello, and Happy Thursday! Today's throwback photos were taken about six weeks after I moved in.  I was lounging on the bed one day... 

...when all of a sudden I heard something coming. 

It was Lexy! We were actually nice to each other for a second and had a little nose kiss! 

Now, a little nose kiss may not seem like a big deal, but back then it was! It took a while for Lexy and I go get along, but we finally did. Sorta. 

I hope you liked our throwback today! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's Lexy's Seventh Gotcha Day!

Hello, everyone! This is Lexy and I’m here to tell you that today is a very special day.  It’s my Gotcha Day, or my Adoptiversary, as some like to call it. I like to call it “the day my life changed forever”. I've shared my story in the past, but since we have so many new friends I decided to tell it again. 

It’s actually a two-part day, the first day being April 10. Seven years ago on April 10, 2010 Mother and I found each other. It was serendipitous, if I do say so myself. By happenstance Mother found herself in Petco in Nanuet, NY the same day I happened to be “on display” at an adoption event with Hudson Valley Humane Society

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I quickly accepted my reign as Queen at the White House. 

OK, “on display” seems a little negative to say, but that’s how I felt. Family after family, person after person, just passed me up. After a while, even the most confident girl starts to feel there’s something wrong with her. This went on for almost a year, and then it happened; a human stopped by my cage and couldn’t take her eyes off of me. It was Mother. She "oohed and aahed" over me, and didn’t even look at the other cats. For the first time in a very long time, a human had eyes for only me. I liked her – I could feel her positive energy, and I felt something else, too - love. I didn’t get my hopes up too high though because I didn’t want to get let down again. Especially when she left without me. 

A week later on April 17, 2010, the volunteers (who were all so wonderful to me) told me I was going home. They kept petting me (I didn’t do hugs back then, either) and telling me how happy they were for me. I wondered if they had me confused with some other cat because surely I hadn’t been adopted. A little while later I smelled a familiar human scent – it was a human who had petted me before in my cage, but I didn’t know who. I looked up to take a peek and there she was; it was Mother, and she looked so happy! She was accompanied by an entourage of humans who I later found out were my new relatives. They all came to see me! The next thing I knew I was in a carrier (well, a cardboard box type of thing) with my bed from my crate and off I went in the car to Queens, NY. (You know what? I never slept in that bed again - I never went near it. That part of my life was over and I was happy when Mother finally threw it away.)
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I claimed the bathroom sink soon after I moved in.

About 90 minutes later I was home. It felt so strange to say that word – home. The last 
“home” I had ended up with the humans moving and me being thrown outside, left behind, to fend for myself.  I had a feeling Mother wouldn’t be like that, though. The house was already set up for the arrival of a queen, complete with fancy dishes, scratching post, beds and catnip toys. Not to mention treats. I took a look around (after a quick trip to the litter box) and then jumped in the kitchen window. It was so long since I was able to do this. I missed the birds! 

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Birds! Oh, birds, how I've missed you so!

I turned around and looked at Mother to say “thank you”, and at that moment I gave her my heart.  We’ve been in love ever since. 

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Thank you for letting me adopt you. You'll be my Mother now. 

I know how lucky I am to be rescued and adopted because not all cats can say the same thing. I have a wonderful home and family (including a pesky little feline sister), and I am truly the Queen of my castle here at the White House. I am loved, and I am safe, and will be forever. 

So, to say “thank you” to the folks at Hudson Valley Humane Society

I’m having a comment-thon! For every comment we receive on this post and on our Facebook page between today and May 1 we will donate .50 cents to HSVS. That’s how grateful we are for everything they do for the community in Rockland County (where Mother grew up - did you know we're from the same hometown?), and for taking me off the streets. My wish is for all cats to be as lucky as I am and to have a wonderful home. 

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My lovely bed/cave that was waiting for me when I got home. 

Thank you for celebrating my seventh anniversary with me. I am one happy cat and I am grateful for your friendship. I bet HVHS didn't know I would famous alumni that day I was adopted! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My not so Secret Hiding Place!

Hello, and Happy Thursday! Not long ago Mommy wrote a post that included some older photos of us. Our friends, Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat told us how much they loved one of the photos. Well, guess what? I was sitting on Mommy's lap last night while we were looking through some old files on the computer, and we found a little surprise! We thought Momma Kat and Bear would love to see them. 

Let me set the scene. When I first moved here, I didn't like when Lexy chased me, so I used to hide in the wall unit. This is usually how it went...

Lexy will never find me here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We won a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers Association!

Lola: Hello and Happy Wednesday! We have exciting news for you today!  *chases tail in a circle*

Lexy: Lola, calm down! You'll  make yourself dizzy!

Lola: *plops down* I'm just so excited! You tell everyone, Lexy, while I catch my breath.

Lexy: Ahem... We are happy to announce that Lola The Rescued Cat has won two Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writer's Association for two of our blog posts.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cats Helping Children with Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance, and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. The aim of this month is to educate the public about autism, which is a complex, lifelong, condition and developmental disability characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. I’ve been working with adults and children on the Autism Spectrum since 1988, and in one of the many newsletters I get at work I saw a brief mention about cats improving social skills in children with Autism. This piqued my interest so I decided to read more about it.  

Animal Assisted Therapy or AAT (also known as Pet Therapy) is a type of therapy that involves an animal with specific characteristics becoming a fundamental part of a person's treatment. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning of the patient, as well as provide educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. 

In general, AAT has many benefits which include improved interactions with others.  There is a growing body of research which suggests that this dynamic may be helpful for children with autism and could account for increased social interaction when the children are living in a home with pets. There are also many articles written about it, however, most of the information relates to dogs and horses.  I didn’t find any empirical research related to cats being used in AAT with children or adults with Autism. I did, however, find some anecdotal stories about cats helping children on the spectrum. 

Iris Grace Halmshaw is a young Autistic girl who is a talented painter. The behind the scenes assistant is her therapy cat, Thula. Thula has decreased Iris Grace’s anxiety over daily life activities and has also encouraged her to be more social. Thula offers Iris Grace her companionship, friendship and supports Iris Grace’s mother in encouraging her to interact. 

Photo Credit: Bored Panda

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Something is Amiss!

Lola: Hello, and Happy Tuesday! Yesterday morning I was taking a stroll around the living room and I noticed that something wasn't right. 

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