Saturday, September 17, 2011


Many around the world are welcoming cooler temperatures and the changing of the seasons. Over here leaves are falling because they are drying up; we are still just trying to stay cool.

With the hot weather, I can't even begin to think about Fall, but I did feel the need to change something so rearranged my living room a bit. Whenever I do that, my family always says it looked better the way it was before, but they will get used to it in time.

Jingles enjoys Saturdays when it is time to change the bedding. Who doesn't love fresh, clean sheets?

Of course, it is hard to finish the chore when she decides to take a bath ...

and a nap.

Your cat may never have to hunt farther than the kitchen counter for its supper nor face a predator more fierce than the vacuum cleaner. ~Barbara L. Diamond

This is my current outside kitty. The broom is her bed.

Hubby doesn't understand why cats keep finding their way to me. He thinks it is only because I feed them but she has now taken up residency right outside our door. What you can't see is that the skin on her whole right side is exposed. I don't know how she is still alive. She won't go outside to the bathroom so I have a bit of a clean up every day in the stairwell. No doubt she is here to rest and to have some sort of shelter from the heat. If I could catch her, I would take her to the vet although I am sure he would put her to sleep. It's hard to know what to do. I put food and water for her and talk to her. Not much else I can do since she is not trusting enough to let me approach her. What would you do?

Hope you are having a beautiful day wherever you are, whatever you are doing. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy


Anonymous said...

I think you are doing everything you can for this little kitty. You have such a big, loving heart, Tammy.
Wishing you & yours a wonderful weekend,

ABACAXI and HORTELĂ‚ said...

We definitely could use some of the heat here Tammy... it's really getting chilly now, especially the nights!
Love the way Jingles takes its fresh sheets ;) and of course the outside kitty found your home... it knows exactly where the right place is!
Have a wonderful Saturday!
Bisous from the Netherlands,

Rizzi said...


sonya said...

Hi Tammy,
I have a friend that use to change the furniture around at least once a month! :)It's fun to change it around and make it look different.
Jingles is just like my Buddy. I'll change the sheets and he'll get under the top one and go to sleep! I finish making the bed and he eventually comes out when he's ready to wake up.
Your outside kitty must be very sick. I feel so sorry for him, he must have had a very hard, mistreated life. If we were all kind to them we wouldn't have this problem, would we? Like Mother Theresa use to tell the volunteers that worked with the terminally ill orphans-hold them and love them til they are gone.She said, "I want them to know what love felt like before they're gone. But they weren't the only ones that received the love, the giver did too.:)
Blessings to you,

A Vintage Chic said...

What a tender and loving heart you have, dear Tammy...I think maybe those lost little ones can sense that, and find refuge at your door...hoping things go well for your outside kitty...

Wishing you the loveliest weekend, my friend! It's cooler here, now...hope it stays that way for a while!


Becky~ said...

Poor kitty.I think your doing all the right things Tammy.She looks young but shes big.Im curious maybe she should go to the vet and see about the problem she may need antibiotics.LOL at your kitty shes cute.

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh such cute characters. thanks for sharing Tammy :)
Tammy, Just email me when you see a freebie you want and i will send it via email. If you want the autumn one send me an email
hugs June x

Diane said...

I would do the same thing as you're doing with the outside kitty Tammy. And I would stress about her and worry myself to death. I think you're the best friend this kitty has, maybe a little softer blanket to lay on? Your living room is so gorgeous. I love your colors and how everything is so rich and stylish. Jingles is a hoot. It reminds me of my kitties and how when I would sometimes walk in the bedroom and there would be a lump underneath my nicely made bed where Maxie had crawled up underneath the covers. I wish you had cooler days and nights. Blessings, Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Tammy, she has obviously had a very hard life. I think if you keep up your care of her, she will come to trust you, then maybe you can get her to the vet (maybe she will just be better by then???). They are attracted to your kind heart.

Love your living room! I could be happy visiting in there with my knitting while you were crochetting way! ;)

I feel the same about fall... it's too hot.

blessings ~ tanna

Cathy said...

I'm the same way with dogs Tammy. It seems all the strays and dogs noone else wants find their way to me. I stopped at 4 dogs though so I find homes for the others.

Love your living room! It looks so homey and welcoming.

Anonymous said...

A cat magnet and constant furniture rearranger!
We have so much in common!

I love your classy living room, Tammy!

Ciao Bella


Kathleen said...

I think you are doing exactly what is right for the little kitty just now. Poor little thing looks very scrawny so she definitely needs the food.

crafty cat corner said...

Hi Tammy
I think you are doing all you can unless you can catch the cat but as you say the vet would possibly put it down. I know only too well your situation, our 4 kittens (now 3 years old but will always be the kittens) were fathered by a pure black feral tom that still calls on us and leaves his little mark. Sometimes he is in a bit of a state with missing fur and I have tried to catch him with a humane trap but he is having none of it. He is much to canny to fall for that one. I don't know how he survives but I know he sometimes takes the fox food we put out so he probably knows all the places to find food.
It's so sad but I have to accept it.
That is one of the things about going abroad for holidays, I couldn't bear to see all the feral cats, I would want to bring them all home with me.
Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it.


kimmie said...

What a poor kitty! That is just so heartbreaking ..... I would do the same as you and take care of her as best I can. I think she has come to you for hospice care.

Elaine said...

All you can do is what your doing Tammy. Give that kitty some nourisment and a bit of loving words.. I have a gay stray that shows up now and then looking for a meal. Miss T is getting old and I treat her very gently now..

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Hi Tammy, your living room looks beautiful. My family does not understand my need for changing things around, either. They always come around and are not permanently harmed by it. Hehe. As for the poor cat, could you talk to a vet, describe the situation and perhaps they could give some advice. I sure hope all turns out well for the little guy. You are so kind to get involved. No matter the outcome you have done your best. I believe animals can sense a kind heart and knows when they are loved. We are a dog and cat loving family. Good luck to kitty and you. Let us know what happens.----Shannon

Grateful4Crochet said...

Love the cat pictures. I agree and think you're doing the right thing, but yes if you can catch her the vet is probably the way to go.
Thanks so much for your lovely comments over at y blog

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

It's wonderful to have a cooler temperature! Nothing is sweeter than a kitty like yours making itself comfy on the bed. Your new visitor looks so elegant........hope you find out who she belongs to. blessings,Kathleen

Serena said...

Firstly, your lounge room is so warm and welcoming. Nice it! I'm the type of person who will usually leave a room the exact same as far as furniture positioning goes but I do like to change the decor every year to two years.

Secondly, my heart goes out to that poor cat! I am SO grateful for people like you Tammy who reach out and try to help an animal in need of care and, most of all, love. I would agree with Rizzi's comment in suggesting a cat litter-box out there. Love can go a long way in the healing process and maybe the cat just needs to feel safe and secure for the moment. It's possible that a trip to the vet with a stranger may be too stressful anyways. Of course, as you gain the cat's trust, it may be an option. Does the injury look like a burn or do you think the cat has been in a fight? I would keep putting food and water out and, hopefully, it will be enough to give the cat the strength to ward off infection and survive whatever ordeal it has been through. Without doubt, you are a blessing in it's life right now. xo

Anonymous said...

Hot weather can be so hard on our little felines.... I just adore Jingles.
We are cold enough that we hare running our furnace i nthe mornings. That is nice after the extremely hot & humid & rain summer we had.
Take Care & Stay Cool.... Marilyn
p.s. I love the new room style!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Tammy. I think I'd try to capture that poor little kitty somehow and transport her to the vet. Poor thing. At least you are being so kind to feed her and clean up after her. She must have some kind of disease, though. I hope she's not suffering too much.

Your living room looks nice and comfy. Take care and hope you have a splendid day today. Susan from

Leah said...

Hi Tammy, I haven't been able to visit all my fave blogs very much lately so am just about to enjoy a lovely look through your recent posts. I hope you're having a fab weekend. See you again soon. Leah

Celestial Charms said...

Aww Tammy, such a kind heart you have! I adore cats, and yes, they can sense an angel like you. I hope all works out with outside kitty. Besides providing food, I'm not sure what you should do...that is such a predicament, but at least your are trying to help.

SavannahGranny said...

I feel so sorry for the little kitty. Maybe he/she will come around soon. My daughter is also a cat magnet. Just now she has four kittys but she has had as many as seven. She has never gone out and chosen a kitty, they are all come to her home. A close friend is a veternarian and he provides free care for her kittys because he sees her love for them. Plus I think he has a thing for her. We'll see.
Fall is coming here but we are also suffering due to lack of rain. There will probably be no fall color here.
Have a great week. xoxo, Ginger

Phyllis said...

Hi Tammy,

It feels nice to rearrange things sometimes.

Thanks for caring for the poor cat. They know who will take care of them; that's why they end up at the right homes.

I'd try my best to catch her so the vet could look at her. If it's a sizable wound, it will probably get infected. There are topical sprays you could try - even stuff we use on ourselves. Do what you can. Thank you!

A Cottage Muse said...

I think outside kitty feels some comfort near you and makes her happy...maybe with more time she'll let you get closer. I know you won't give up!

Small Things Simple Pleasures said...

You're probably the only contact with kindness this poor cat has ever had. Just keep doing what you're doing and see how things play out, would be my advice.

Have a lovely week. x

Yarni Gras! said...

Tammy, God puts these creatures in your path because he knows they will find a safe haven. Just keep her feed and well watered. Maybe she won't leave the stairwell because of her injuries.
A friend of mine had a cat show up at their house 4 months ago. She was shaved in spots, tortured looking with open wounds and what looked to be acid thrown on her face. Her eyes were totally white and she walked in circles. I was horrified that they didn't take her to the vet but instead, they continued to feed and watch her. Now 4 months later, she has a new lovely coat, her burns and wounds have healed and she no longer walks in circles. She still walks a bit funny and she is still blind....but not as badly as originally thought. After all this time, they still haven't taken her to the vet but the cat is now their house cat and I think its just a matter of time before they 'commit' by taking her! That being said, if you fear the vet will just put her down, give her a chance to rest in your doorway. She may turn around just as this other cat did. Knowing that she is in your doorway, I feel certain she has a fighting chance. I look forward to hearing more about her.

Cindy said...

I am a cat lover, too ( I currently have 3!) so I feel so bad for the little outdoor kitty! You are probably doing all you can do for her right now. Continue to talk to her and show her love. maybe she will eventually trust you. I wish she could get some antibiotics, though, so she doesn't get an infection from her wounds! Poor baby! Keep us updated, ok? I think the suggestion of putting a litter pan in the stairway might help, too. good luck!!

Anonymous said...

What I would not do for some cool weather and leaves turning red and yellow instead of brown... It is hot here too. I did not miss the heat at all this summer. San Antonio is cool compared to what Doha has to offer...
I love the look of the living room. One of my favorite things about you is your desire to change things around. Me, I am a creature of habit, and avoid change at all costs! HA! My furniture has not changed it's place in years, and probably won't anytime in the near future... Your room looks wonderful!!
As for the outside kitty, Omar will tell you that the animals find their way to you, because they can sense your good heart and your desire to take care of them. That is a lovely quality, and animals can sense that. Keep doing what you are doing, knowing it will be hard to gain her trust any more than you already have. Give her food and shelter. Inshallah, that will be enough to nurse her back to health!
Happy Monday to you, my friend!!


Anonymous said...

Your living room is looking really cozy so I need to come over sometime for some tea and refreshments...hint;)
I'm gonna start calling you the cat whisperer. Animals are smart and know a kind heart. Hopefully he'll heal from his wounds now that you're taking care of him.

Love and Blessings,

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Warm living room you have and Jingles is in heaven!
The poor outside kitty seems to be desperate and hiding from danger in your area. I would try to catch it and have it checked for any infection or inflamation. Poor thing... one never knows what cruelty did happen to them, wish they could talk. They do with the sad, big eyes, full of pain...
Love to you,


SusanLotus said...

I just love the photos of your cozy and beautiful home! A bit rearranging renews the energies and makes one feel good. I changed curtains last week and feel like a new person. Well almost...
I think I would do excact what you do with the cat. I can see hurt in her eyes. She gets love from you and feel you won´t hurt her...
Peace! :)

SusanLotus said...

I forgot to tell you how sweet Jingles is! :)

vicki said...

Oh Tammy - we have the same problem with kitties- they come to us for food outside and shelter I think. We just caught and saved a kitty who had the same problem - she was mauled by something and half her side was open - I don't know how she survived either. I hope and pray that you can catch her - I want her to survive - she is beautiful. I am going to worry about her - please keep us updated. I'm sending up special prayers for her~~


Becca said...

Hi T! I'm going to put you on my sidebar so I can keep up with you! Hope your little outside kitty is doing well. That's so sweetvyou take care of her. She knows she is safe there. Las Vegas is still hot during the day too. I hope it cooks off soon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for looking after this little cat. This is my first visit here. I saw your opening post and worked back so I could find out how the little one arrived.

Every little thing you do makes a difference. Always know that it does. She is one of millions but without you she would be suffering right now. Love and kindness goes such a long way with animals. I think you are doing exactly the right thing, take it slowly at her pace. It seems she is getting better and learning to trust you; she probably won't fully, but no matter. She knows you would care for her, that is why she is there. Caring for animals is more than feeding them. She knows that you know that and that is why she is there.

I had a little cat appear one winter literally out of nowhere, out of the snow. She asked so nicely for me to look after her that I could not refuse. She became our cat and when we moved we took her too as we loved her.

I love cats and animals and really, it does me good to know that you are looking out for the little creatures when people are not inclined. There are always those that need our help. Thank you and bless you for caring.

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