Harry’s Kitty Korner #18: Taking Care of Business

Hi and Meow! It’s Harry with another Kitty Korner column. The topic for this one is “Taking Care of Business” because Hermione, Stripey, and I are always willing to lend a paw to Debbie when she works at home. Since she’s a writer, that’s all the time.

For those who missed Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film that also showed how cats “help” their humans when they work at home and include some great photos of me, my sister, and older brother doing office duty, here is the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-SR

Here are some more photos of me helping Debbie with her files and computer.

Here are some of Hermione lending Debbie a “paw” inside and on top of her drawers and desk.

Last but not least, Stripey’s contribution to office work.

How do your cats take care of business? Comment on this blog and let us know.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #18: Spring is Here and So are the Bugs

Purrs, it’s Hermione. I hope you are all staying safe from that bad bug out there. I know it’s one that my brother, Stripey, and I can’t catch or at least I hope not. We’d much rather catch bugs of the insect and not the virus variety. In fact, we recently caught a fly in our house. Here are some photos of our hunt that ends with a video of us after we’ve got it.

I was the one who started the hunt. I saw something flying outside the window.

I pawed my way slowly across the windowsill to check it out.

Then I hid myself behind the curtain.

Unfortunately, I discovered the bug was outside the window, so I gave up the hunt. However, my brother Harry, because he’s a copy cat, climbed up on the window after I left and also hid behind the curtain.

Then an odd thing happened. There actually was a bug in the house. It was on our other window. We both saw it at the same time and raced there. To give Harry credit, I will say that we both caught the fly, but everyone knows female cats are the better hunters.

After I helped him catch the fly, Harry had the nerve to play with it like it was all his. I was so mad that I punched him with my paw and was finally able to get a taste of my prey.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Do your kitties catch bugs in your house? It’s great exercise and hones our hunting skills. Spring is the purrfect time for bug catching.

Until next time, it’s Hermione signing off. Be safe, and watch out for those bugs.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #17: My Hooman’s Trip to California

Meow, there. Sorry I haven’t posted a column in a while, but after my harrowing experience in the coat rack, I needed to recover. My brother, Harry, posted about that, so I won’t repeat the awful event. You can read about it here: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-Pa

There has, however, been an update. Debbie had a flash of inspiration and covered the coat rack grills with shelf liners to make them safe for me. My topic for this column is about my hoomans’ trip to California. I knew something was up when I saw the suitcases that have been out before when they’ve gone traveling. I tried again to stowaway in one, but they wouldn’t let me.

My brother and I missed Debbie and Holly very much when they were gone, although us cats don’t always show it. Harry, however, became so desperate that he cuddled up to Mr. De Louise who was watching us. Stripey, our older “brother” didn’t like that. I stayed in the bedroom waiting for Debbie. We were both happy when she returned and investigated the suitcases in case she brought some souvenirs back to us which she did.

Debbie posted some photos on Facebook about her trip, and she may write something about it on her blog when she has time, but here are some photos that she let me post. The first is of the big flying thing that took her away from us.

While she was in a place called San Jose, she visited Mini Cat Town, a kitten rescue. I was relieved she didn’t bring one home.

Debbie and Holly also went to a place called San Francisco where Debbie donated a copy of her book, Sea Scope, to the San Francisco Library and they took a ride on a water thing that passed over what they call the Golden Gate Bridge. I wonder why it’s called that because it looks red in her photos.

One other thing they did was go to a place named Santa Cruz which had rides and games on what she called a beach boardwalk. There were quite a few seagulls flying around, so maybe we would’ve enjoyed going there with her.

Now that my hoomans are back home, things are normal again. I have a feeling they will go away again because I heard mention of a Cat Writers’ Association Conference that Debbie is planning to attend this summer. My only consolation is that they bring lots of fun cat stuff back when they go there.

Until next time, this is Hermione, meowing off.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #16: My Sis’ Scary Accident

Meow, there, it’s Harry, aka Handsome Harry, to share a harrowing experience my sister had recently. She is still too upset to talk about it. I wasn’t in the room when it happened, and Debbie questioned why it was Stripey and not I who came running when Hermione’s ear-splitting screams echoed from the coat rack. It wasn’t because I didn’t care that her paw was stuck in the grills of that place she often sits, but I was afraid that something awful was happening and stayed put in case there was danger. You may say that was cowardly of me, but cats are known for being a bit self centered. Luckily, Debbie took care of the situation with only a few scratches to show for it, and Stripey checked to make sure Hermione was safe.

Here are some pics of Hermione before the accident enjoying her favorite spot.

After the accident, Debbie covered the grills with blankets, and both Hermione and I investigated.

I hope that Hermione has learned her lesson, and I don’t think she will go back up there right away, but we cats tend to forget bad experiences because we are so curious. Paws crossed that we all stay safe and don’t get ourselves into danger again.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #14: Breaking News, but it was only an Accident

Meow there, it’s Hermione. For my Kitty Korner Column, I have good news and bad news. Let’s get the bad news over first. I admit I jumped to the top of Debbie’s bookshelf and knocked down one of her collectibles, but it was only an accident. I can’t help it if I’m naturally curious, and I’ve been up there before without disturbing anything including her Betta Fish who lives on the shelf below. She keeps me out of the room when she’s not home, but the door was open while she was preparing breakfast, and I couldn’t help but leap up there. Now she’s being very strict about my not being alone in the room. She prefers my brother Harry and me to sit on top of her closet which she’s cleared off except for a basket that we sit in sometimes.

Now for the good news. Harry and I appear in the “2020 Cats of the World” weekly planner on two pages. There’s also an article that Debbie wrote about cozy cat mysteries and lots of other cat photos and information about cat blogs like Sneaky’s and other cat authors and bloggers like Debbie who are members of the great Cat Writer’s Association.

There’s even more good news and something for you readers to look forward to. Harry and I make our debuts in Debbie’s upcoming short holiday story, “Murder Unwrapped” that will be released on December 2, along with a new Cobble Cove story featuring Sneaky that’s called “Sneaky’s Holiday Mystery.” You can’t miss this one because Sneaky has a large part in it as well as my fellow calico, Kittykai, from the previous book in the series, Love on the Rocks.  You don’t have to have read any of the books in the series to enjoy the story, but I highly recommend you do because they are pawsome.