Monday, July 27, 2009

About Each Kitten for Adoption--new ones


Adopt a ktiten from Christine's Cat Care for only $65. Not only are these kittens adorable and playful, they are de-flead, dewormed, tested (for feline leukemia and common diseases), and immunized. Paperwork available for proof of care.
Adopting is the best way and most cost effective. The above will cost you on average $150. As of September 3, Cinderello is ready for new home--scroll down to bottom! [For the introduction of how I started this mission, please CLICK HERE]. Recently I rescued two more kittens. CLICK HERE.

Note: Temporary names are given to the kittens to identify them. New owners are free to change the names.

About BEBE [Update ADOPTED Aug 16]
Bebe, like all kittens, enjoys playing with her brother and sisters. However she is extremely shy with strangers and is very afraid of other household cats and dogs until she gets to know them. She's quiet and doesn't get into much trouble like most kittens. She's more ladylike. Bebe is your typical "scaredy cat" and will hide when strangers enter the room. But she knows who her family is and will let you approach her. Her facial expression mirrors her timid, curious little soul.

Bebe posing on nightstand. She has nose that's half black, half white.




Bebe poses on the bed



ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON [Update Adopted Aug 26]
With high water black pants, white gloves, MJ has independent cat spirit-- in other words, he doesn't require constant attention or affection from adults but gladly accepts it. He loves to play with other kittens. Michael Jackson has voracious appetite and will finish all the food in his plate if you feed him portions rather than leave a bowl out all day. He's also quite affectionate. Upon feeling tired from playtime, he will jump on your lap and want to snuggle, be caressed, scratched, and purr to sleep. Another suitable name is Tuxedo or Tux.

A pensive Michaels Jackson "Let me get this burp out before I drink water from big cats bowl"

ABOUT GEISHA [Update: adopted]
This special little girl is always hustling for food. For her little size, she loves to eat!
The sister of both Bebe and MJ, she is smaller than them but will want to eat more. She's a little wild monkey that will literally climb your body (hence all the scratches on my legs) and perch on your arm or shoulder and scan the counter for food. She will try to charm you with her looks for more food. Geisha does this because I feed her food rather than leave a plate of food. So if you choose to leave food out, she may outgrow the monkey business.

Her face is flat unlike most cats and has endearing or even exotic look.




Geisha nested in my lavender nightrobe




Geisha resting on faux silk bed after playtime



Geisha emerges from her lavender nest for a rare still shot



ABOUT CINDERELLO [Update: special needs kitten]

He's just too beautiful for a boy's name, so I call him Cinderello, Cinder for short. This little guy is has the most endearing expressions. His story is a sad one. Recently he tested positive for feline HIV (only passable to other cats). Therefore he won't live long, maybe 5 -10 years (most cats live to 17 years of age). This kitten must be raised by himself with no other cats, therefore he's now separated from his step brother and sisters who are healthy. He does love to play with my dog. I can't bear to put him to sleep so I'm praying someone, will adopt this sweet little boy. He shows no signs of his disease and is very playful and eats his kitten food. He loves to snuggle with me in bed at night.

Cinder could be the next supermodel for cat food--very photogenic.


Cinder sleeping with brother and sister



Cinder at 5 weeks

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Urgent Plea to Help Innocent Creatures



Dear Friends, Family and most importantly my Neighbors,

As you know I have been caring for the stray cats in my neighborhood as I discover them in my daily walks. With so many it is now my mission to spay and neuter all of them to help reduce the cat population. This is no easy task and takes a lot of patience, time, energy and money. {Read each cat story further below and see their pictures}

I feed the female cats daily and have gained their trust. Some I only met recently when I discovered a nest of kittens. One mother, Aurora, was so skinny I had no idea she was pregnant. Her kittens were starving when I gathered them, hence they have voracious appetites. They lived near main entrance of my complex with cars speeding in and out. It was a matter of days before the kittens would venture out and be run over by a car. That day I escalated my plan.

These cats will scavenge for food anywhere and continue to mate. My feeding them will at least ensure they eat more healthy and give birth to healthy kittens until I get them all spayed and neutered.

Many of the cats are dehydrated from lack of water. Even when I leave them water they won't drink it as they are not accustomed to this form of bodily nourishment. So I've been feeding them MOIST cat food which has some water. But they do love cat milk. Feeding 8 cats two times a day with moist food and cat milk gets very expensive. Now I'm caring for the kittens, ensuring they are dewormed and de-flead. A visit alone to a vet is $35.00 and then the cost of treatments on top of that.

It is time for me to reach out and ask for your help to accomplish my mission! The Humane Society is at capacity and will not accept these cats. The "shelter" is the Animal Services by Dade County. They receive 10, 20, 30+ cats and kittens a day! If they are not adopted within five days, they are put to sleep. I have visited the shelter twice to adopt a cat. Hence I've postponed my plans and will adopt one of my grandkittens.

Please consider any of the following ways to help!


  1. Financial donation of any amount is greatly appreciated (Please Note: I am NOT a non-profit charity; I am just a one-person operation trying to protect these innocent creatures and help reduce cat population that has surged in the past year). Any amount is acceptable: $5, $10, $20... You can pay by PayPal to fit2bhealthy@yahoo.com or check to me, Christine Michaels.


  2. Adopt a kitten. Many people say they are not cat persons. I used to say that until I learned when you have a cat since the time it is a kitten and you nurture that cat, you will discover they do have personalities and fall in love. When I least expected, I fell in love with my two boys. They mirror your image. If you are affectionate, they will return that affection. Both cats run up to me when I walk through the door. The names I have given the foster kittens are temporary to identify them. You can give them another name upon adoption. See pictures below! Also, to appreciate these "flexible" creatures, check out this website of "sleeping cat positions".


  3. Donate cat food. The cost of food gets expensive when feeding so many cats and now kittens. Please consider donating moist (canned) cat and kitten food, KMR milk from pet store, or Whiskas cat milk (Publix).

  4. Donate cat toys. I just purchased the Climbing Hill set of the Kitty Condo collection. There are six sets and you can build them together. Any other cat/kitten toy is greatly appreciated to entertain the kittens so I can get other work done, like preparing their food. Often the kittens are literally climbing my body while I am trying to clean their litter, prepare their food, wash their dishes. It's hard to work when four kittens are literally hanging all over you. I'm the human playground.

Feel free to email me at fit2bhealthy@yahoo.com or call me at 305-218-9952. Email is best as I can rarely take calls at work and now the evenings my hands are full of kittens. Of course my neighbors can spot me--I'm the one with the eco-friendly Publix bag walking the maltese white dog. The bag is full of the cat food and milk. No, my dog does not bark at kittens. She grew up with cats and loves to lick them.

The Cat Stories

You may wonder if I'm a crazy cat lady. Not really. I only have one cat and just try to be a good samaritan when I see innocent people or creatures in trouble.

Here is the story of each cat that I've stumbled upon in my daily walks with my dog Mon Cherie.


Aurora



Aurora, is the mother of three kittens (Michael Jackson, Geisha and Bebe--CLICK HERE to see their pictures)

When I first met her she was so skinny and had no idea she was pregnant until I found her three kittens playing near the front driveway entrance about to get runover by cars. Apparently she gave birth inside the main entrance sign.

Update : Aurora was spayed on Sunday, July 26, 2009 and also received rabies shot for one year; Proof of spaying/rabies available with paperwork from Miami Dade Animal Services. Your donations are greatly appreciated!




Flora

Flora lives in a City of Miami parking lot and is accustomed to people feeding her. She is friendly and loves to be scratched and petted. I absolutely love this cat and would love to adopt her but she is an outdoor cat and I live in a condo. She would make a great pet for someone with a house as she loves the outdoors--climbing trees and chasing birds.

Flora is medium height, slender and elegant and spayed. She is a beautiful cat and would make a great companion.

Midora

Midora is the sister to Aurora and Flora. She recently gave birth to her THIRD LITTER (according to parking lot security guard) of six kittens. Midora needs to get spayed. It's difficult to trap her as she roams from nest of kittens in one parking lot to her sister's home (Flora) at a second parking lot. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Pandora (not shown), has a sad story. She was the sister of Aurora, Flora, and Midora. While she looked more like Aurora with black circles around her eyes, she was the most beautiful of all the sisters. Pandora was a special cat. Unlike her sisters, Pandora was more "domesticated" and slept on smooth, clean surfaces. I would find her sleeping on the cushioned chairs of the construction site on the wooden deck. Her sisters on the other hand, sleep on gravel and dirt. She was clean but also very shy and scared. It took me several attempts before she would approach the bowl of food that I would leave for her several feet away. It was my goal to adopt her, no matter how long it took to gain her trust.

Then one morning she did not surface for breakfast or dinner. The next morning, I walked beyond my normal route and off in the distance I saw a black and white figure that blended with the white sand and gravel and the shadows of the palm trees. Were my eyes creating illusions like the clouds in the sky that form figures? No it was Pandora, laying there dead in her sleeping position off to the side of the sidewalk. What happened? Have no idea. It does not appear she was hit by a car. Maybe a cat fight or disease that took her precious soul. Tears flowed from face on this burning Monday morning.

Immediately I called City of Miami and Animal Services to remove her. After giving precise directions and leaving my cell phone number in case they had difficulty in finding her, City of Miami failed to locate Pandora. Her now bloated body was covered in maggots. With so many dogs in my building I knew the risk was high that a dog would sniff her diseased body and the owner would not recognize the dead cat from a leash distance. Remember her body blended in with the surroundings. HERE LIES THE DANGER: DISEASE COULD SPREAD TO DOGS. After three phone calls, three days later, her lifeless body was finally removed.



Cosette

Cosette has a special place in my heart and therefore I named her after the orphan girl from Les Miserables. She's the first cat I met the first week I moved to my new condo. So I began feeding her (portion control) to gain her trust in the hopes of finding her a new home. She lives under the construction trailer and also gave birth to one kitten. (Cinder--see her picture below). Perhaps there were more kittens but I believe with the all the rains that cause flooding under the trailer, the other kittens died.


Cosette waiting for me to finish filling her bowl


Cosette eating her twice daily meal



Cinderello, kitten of Cosette




Lion King

This is one of four males cats that I have encountered. The males roam to each of the females "homes". After the females give birth to kittens, they go into heat. This is why spaying/neutering is so important to control pet population.

Update: Lion King was neutered on Sunday, July 26, 2009 and given rabies shot. Your donations are greatly appreciated!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Music Video by Pussycat Dolls

Can these cats purr or what? One of my favorite girl bands, that are not tweens or teenagers. In my next life I want to be a pussycat doll.


Below is the music video for one of my favorite songs: Buttons


Zucchero Restaurant--Best Kept Secret



So I finally had dinner at the new Italian place in my neighborhood called Zucchero. I enjoyed everything about it and gave it the first "best kept secret" designation. For the complete review, visit My Fabulous Florida website.


I have to return to try the appetizer with honey-carmelized walnuts and figs!

Since you're wondering "NO!" I'm not dating the guy in the picture.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Don't Stop the Music

I'm adding another element to my personal blog. In addition to my personal adventures, book reviews, and passion for pets, I will be adding a collection of my favorite music and music videos.

So if you're a busy professional like me and don't have time to sit down and watch MTV because you're either a) dining out with gal pals; b) spending quality time with the boyfriend; or c)watching Desperate Housewives or Dancing with the Stars and can't watch two programs at once, you can listen and watch music videos when you feel like it.

Below is the music video Don't Stop the Music by Rihanna.