Russian Blue Cat with a Sweet Surprise

As mentioned in my post How to Tame a Skittish Cat, Valentino is our Russian Blue rescue cat who is more on the timid side. He’s come a long way from the cat who would dart out from in front of us as we approached. We adopted Valentino from a rescue group based out of…

My Cat Has a Stuffed Toy

It’s a penguin, to be precise. After the move, it took us months to finish unpacking (I think we’re still unpacking). One night, I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor, pulling one random article after another from a box labeled “Misc.”. After rifling through some old pictures, I unearth a stuffed penguin. I pressed its stomach…

How to Tame a Skittish Cat

When I began to search for a second cat, a brother for our Siamese Sebastian, I took many things into consideration. I knew that I wanted a cat that was playful and energetic–because that’s what Sebastian was at the time. I wanted them to be around the same age. And I wanted a Russian Blue….

Best Home-Made Toys For Cats

Our Russian Blue loves toys, our Siamese…not as interested. While we can buy the latest exciting toy and be sure Valentino will love it, we’d be lucky if Sebastian even glanced at it. So to keep him entertained and mentally stimulated, we have to get creative. Here’s a list with of the toys we have…

Caring for Feral Cats

My mother cares for feral cats. She didn’t intend to, but she does because it’s one of those things where–no one else will. My parents live in a neighborhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles. A few houses down, there used to live an elderly lady who had many, many  cats. When she passed, her family…

How to Train Your Cat

The complicated answer is: it depends. As any experienced cat owner will tell you, a cat will do what he wants when he wants. That said, there are ways to motivate cats to get them to, somewhat consistently, do what you ask. We have two very different cats. Sebastian is a very large, one-year old…

How to Teach your Cat to Sit

Sebastian, our one-year-old Siamese is…unmotivated. He loves to play rough-n-tumble with his brother Valentino, but shows little interest in toys. He’s also picky with food and treats. So I gave up on the idea of training him quite a while ago. It wasn’t until I dug up an old freebie bag of feline Greenies that Sebastian…

Introducing a Second Cat

The only cat I searched for when I began looking for a “brother” for Sebastian, our 1-year old kitten, was a Russian Blue. I’d had cats my entire life. They were always family cats, though. None were really my own. With the exception of Martin Sheen. A one-year old stray I brought into my parents…

3 Ways to Split the Housework as a Married Couple

As a modern couple, we struggled when we initially moved out together to really find our roles within our new household. At first, I did the majority of the housework. My husband grew up in a household where the culture reinforced traditional marital roles. His mom did the majority of the cleaning and all of the cooking….

How to Pick the Perfect First Pet as a Couple

I’ve had pets my whole life. My husband, has not. I was fortunate to have a house with a large backyard which we filled with many species of pets. Over the years, we had dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and fish–not one bird, though. So, in the manner that some people browse shopping sites (or…