Lowe’s Kitty Litter

Thursday, March 12, 2015 0 No tags Permalink

Lowe's Kitty Litter

Lowe’s Kitty Litter vintage ad from the September 1957 Home and Garden magazine.

Edward ‘Ed’ Lowe (July 10, 1920 – October 4, 1995) was the inventor of kitty litter. From Wikipedia:

“Before Lowe’s invention, people kept their cats outside, using ashes, dirt or sand as cat litter when it was necessary to keep them inside. One day in January 1947, Mrs. Draper, Edward Lowe’s neighbor in Cassopolis, Michigan, came to him asking for some sand to use as cat litter. Her sand pile was frozen so she had been using ashes but they tracked all over her house. Instead of sand, Lowe gave her some clay called Fuller’s Earth, a set of clay minerals capable of absorbing their weight in water. She found it worked far better than sand or ashes.

The product eventually became Tidy Cat, which is currently owned by Purina.

Like vintage ads?



Feline Friday

Friday, March 6, 2015 0 No tags Permalink


What a long week! Good thing it’s Friday. And, bonus, the weather is supposed to start warming up, at least out of the 20s. Here’s Rusty (above), trying to keep warm.


Kitten Thor wonders why he hasn’t found a home yet. He’s such a funny, active little thing!

Feline Friday

Friday, February 20, 2015 0 No tags Permalink


It’s super-cold outside, friends. Better put on another sweater. Here’s Maxy, wearing his.

Just finished my latest crochet project, a cat sweater, using free pattern Phoebe’s Favorite Cat Sweater found here. It’s a little small, even for some of the smaller cats. I’d make a few adjustments to the pattern next time I make it, but it really is cute and again it’s free. It also leaves the front arms open, which some cats prefer.


They are still predicting the second week of March will be a little warmer, with temperatures finally above the freezing point, but I’m not holding my breath.


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Cats in Hats

Monday, February 2, 2015 0 No tags Permalink


Okay, it’s really cats in one hat. Single crochet, pompom ball on top, ear holes.
Maxy wears the hat.


Rusty wears the hat.


Tiago wears the hat.


Whiskers wears the hat.


Zariah wears the hat.

Bet they will be even more excited when I finish the cat sweater!


We got something like 18 inches of snow yesterday. Getting to work was a challenge and required swapping my car for the truck downtown. It was very sunny, but very cold (high of 13).


They’ve pushed the first day at 40 back to February 25 with most days being near ten degrees colder than the historical average. Of course, that could change. But even so, we are at Groundhog Day and the halfway point between the winter and spring solstice.

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Feline Friday

Friday, January 23, 2015 0 No tags Permalink

Simon has clearly had enough with this week. On to the weekend!


CeCe hasn’t been feeling well, and enjoyed some one-on-one time in my office this week.


Tiago is clearly thinking of spring…55 days to go!

Have an awesome weekend.

Turbo Kitty

Monday, January 5, 2015 0 No tags Permalink


It’s the first Monday of the new year! And it’s very cold (today’s high is 10 degrees. Today’s low is 9 degrees). In fact, the rest of the week doesn’t look so hot, either:



It’s enough to make you want to crawl into bed and stay until May.


Today’s kitty is Turbo. He was born in September 2013. He was found as a stray and is very sweet. He loves to groom the other cats in the room.

Kinkajou, Giraffe, Red Panda and Sloth

Monday, December 22, 2014 0 No tags Permalink


You know how Mondays can be difficult sometimes? You know what helps? Petting a kinkajou.


Their fur grows in the opposite direction of a cat’s! You know what else helps? Hand-feeding giraffes.



You know what is even lazier than I am on a Monday afternoon? A sloth.



But not by much.



In other news, I did just send out the last of the holiday greeting cards. I have one and a half more scarves to go on the #12scarvesofxmas project. I have not wrapped anything. The packages I sent out of state will be late. But I’m doing the best I can, and that’s all that can be done.

Black Feline Friday

Friday, November 28, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

It’s black Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with some black cat photos!



This is Desi. He and his brother Fred have been at the shelter since September. He was born in April.



This is Gunther. He was found at three weeks old in a storm drain, half-drowned and all alone, and brought to the shelter. He was born in March. He and Desi look quite similar, except Gunther’s left-side whiskers are white.

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. This weekend is ready for another warm-up, with 50 degrees and rain again on Sunday. I’m working on scarf nine of the #12scarvesofxmas. Between that and working on my holiday greeting cards, the next four weeks should be very busy.

Feline Friday

Friday, November 21, 2014 0 No tags Permalink


Here we have brothers Preston and Stiles participating in a round of synchronized sitting in the cat solarium. They’ve both lived with us since they were tiny kittens.


And here is one of those fancy blur-action shots, courtesy of Fred.

We’ve made it through another week. And, although we are certainly lucky to not be living in Buffalo this week, we did get maybe four inches of snow from Tuesday through yesterday. And it’s cold, too…16 degrees on the way to work this morning. But today did start out sunny:


Seeing blue sky absolutely lifts the spirits. Right now Monday is supposed to be 52 and rainy, so maybe the snow will all go away. Our temperatures have been much  colder than average:

Working on scarf eight of the #12scarvesofxmas. Unfortunately, I believe I’ve saved the most difficult scarves for the end of the project. Thanksgiving weekend is normally when I start the holiday greeting cards, too. I’m going to have to stay focused to make sure I get everything done with minimal stress.

Feline Friday

Friday, November 7, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

This is Fred the cat. He was born in April 2014. He’s fond of being held like a baby, belly rubs, and playing with the other shelter cats.


Boo here is proving that cats can fit in small spaces (it’s no wonder they find their way into your heart…). Boo was born in August 2013.


This weekend should be appropriate for evenings in front of the fire and getting some crocheting done. I’m working on scarf #6 of the #12scarvesofxmas.