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An Update On My Progress


I have been wanting to share Savannah’s continuing progress with her readers for some time. But, I keep thinking I need to have photo verification of her progress and as much of it happens at night or when I have my hands full, that’s pretty hard to do!! You will understand what I mean when I describe how my precious feline gal pal Ms. Savvy Do continues to emerge, even after six years with me, as her REAL SELF.

Dad P and I more often than not call Savannah “Nana”. She knows all the renditions of her name from Savvy, Savvy Davvy, Savannah Banana to Nana. And while we know Nana’s silly funny side, most of you know her as a more serious lady cat. The photo above is truly what we call the “Savannah Look”. Serious and clearly not interested in hearing any excuses for whatever she just observed that caught her attention! That’s my girl, Nana.

And yet, after living with us for over six years, having come to us at approximately age five, Nana continues to allow herself to grow in confidence in herself and trust in us, her human guardians—and her human Mom L and Dad P.

Case in point, below you will see Nana resting peacefully on her latest favorite light weight blankie. This is something I have had for over fifty years. And Nana calls it “hers”. Talk about calling our “dibs, it’s mine!”  This is on the foot of the bed where I sleep every night, even in Summer. The amazing progress Nana has shown us over the last few weeks is that we can make the entire bed AROUND HER and she will never move! Nope! Not one whisker even flinches. Just one year ago, she would have be off the bed in a paw flick if we tried to make the bed around her like this.

And you already know how much Nana luvluvluvs her carpeted stairs, right? Well here is the awesome progress our brave Nana has made in just the last few months. We can literally walk over her, around her while she is chill’ax’in on her stairs and she never budges! Not even one whisker gets out of line! Just after we moved into our new home one year ago, Nana would flee if we stepped over, around her—especially if we had something like a load of laundry in our hands. Not now! She just stares at us, or eve better, just ignores us, and we have to move around her as best we can without tripping over her and our own feet!

As you know, Savvy has arty-right-us in her left knee in particular and also in her right, but not so bad. So she doesn’t use her “traditional” cat tree as much to play anymore. Her personal cat tree for play and relaxation is now the one and only thing carpeted in our home—her stairs.

And where do I begin to tell you about her progress in allowing me to touch her toes? In particular her hind toes, my most favorite toesies because she has such long individual toes. Yes, Nana allows me to not only touch, but to hold for brief moments now. All since coming to our own home last year.

Another major break through, for both me and Dad P, in the last few months has been the ability to truly give her not only tummy rubs, but to brush her tummy as well. Yes, that is correct, we can use her soft slicker brush to now brush her tummy furs. So sorry, but no photo allowed to date!

Savvy still comes to me in bed at night, now more than ever, to receive very intimate soft pets, face rubs and even gum rubs. Yup, that’s right, I said gum rubs. She enjoys having me rub her gums at night as well as her nose. She just pushed her nose into my finger and lets me softly massage, then she ends with a little lick…so special.

Alas, Nana has not yet ventured into my lap, but oh my she has come so close in the last few weeks as the weather gets warmer. I can only hope she will one day shock my world and make my life by climbing into my lap, if only for a few moments.

Her arthritis has been challenging, but she now uses the carpeted (of course carpeted!) steps we provide for both the bed and couch. Just look at her at the top of the steps in the bedroom…isn’t she calm and almost regal?

Given that Savvy is all too often serious, like when she is making her biscuits, it is such a joy to see her being carefree.

Savvy’s playfulness is still such an endearing activity. Her whiskers are so long and when she calls them to “Attention!” when it is time to pounce on the peacock feather, well, let’s just say it makes me grin from ear to ear.

As you know a cat always calls its whiskers to attention and forward when pursuing its “prey” and Nana goes that with great skill.

The message in this update on Nana’s continuing progress is this—never ever give up on an adult shelter rescue cat. Given patience, kindness, love and space—their REAL SELF will emerge, slowly, but it will just keep on coming. We can’t wait to see where Nana will be by end of 2018.

As you can tell, Nana rocks my world! She makes me and Dad P tickled and delighted to know that we were fortunate enough to get to adopt such a brave, resilient lady cat.



Gotta Luv UPS!


“Savvy!!! Come quick!!! You won’t believe what Ms. UPS left at our front door!! Hurry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

For Me??!!! All for ME???!!!

“Listen TKS, I don’t have a lot of time to come runnin’ every time you yeowl my name. You know Mom L orders lots of stuff and it always shows up in some kinda’ box. So why in Ceiling Cat’s sake do you think this one is for us…got that TKS…I said “us”. Don’t get your tail all tied up in a knot thinkin’ this box belongs to you. And just why do you think it is for “us”?

“Savvy, can’t you tell by the smells coming from the box that this is cat stuff, not peep stuff?”

Savvy pads over to the box for a sniff, with TKS right on her tail and almost bumping into Savvy’s butt.

TKS may be right, this smells too good to be peep stuff

“Hisssss! How many times do I have to tell you, stop bumping into my butt! Sheeeesh! *sniff, sniff* Hmmm…this may have some stuff in it that I could take a liking to. Wonder if Mom L will open it up for us to get a better sniff?”

I sure hope Mom L opens this bad boy box up soon

Savvy trots off to find Mom L who is more than happy to open one flap for the girls to get a better sniff.

TKS is first to get a whiff. “Holy mouses!!!! Savvy this stuff smells like something to just die for!!

I could eat the whole box!!

“Savvy, where did you go? Don’t you wanna get a better whiff of the goodies in this box?” TKS looks around to see where Savvy has gone off to.

Wonder where Savvy disappeared to?

“Uh, hmmm…I bet I can get in and out of this box before Savvy gets back. Should I try?”

Do I dare get into the box before Savvy gets back?

Mom L enters the living room just in time to keep TKS from going too far. “Here, let me get the swag bag out for you two to check out what’s in it this year. Come on Savannah, what do you think?”

Not bad, not bad at all.

“Maybe I need to check out a couple of things in here Mom L, ya know, just to make sure they are “TKS Safe”.

All this needs my seal of approval before TKS messes with it

“No problem Savannah. Let me unpack some things you might like. You haven’t had one of the rainbox Yeowzah nip toys, so why not give this one a try?”

Wow! this nip is a great vintage year!

“Now this is what I call a heavenly rainbow indeed! Yes siree I surely do. Let me see how this sweet nip tastes.”

Chomp! Crunch!

“Oh my! What a great year for the nip this is. Why it must be from Zealandia times! They didn’t get all that nip harvested after all!! Mouses, my pal Nissy would have luvluvluv’d this nip rainbow for sure.”

Slurp, smack

” I need to spend some more time with my our rainbow nip toy. I bet’cha we are gonna be best buddies.”

I like you so much I could just give you a smoochie

“The shape is so innovative. Why I can use this as a pillow!”

I could fall asleep right now

“I’m sorry my sweet nip rainbow, but I am gonna have to let TKS have a go with you. Don’t worry, I won’t let her have her way with you for too long.” Savvy staggers off to find TKS to let her know she can have a moment with nip rainbow.

Finally!! Savvy left and it’s my turn.

“Great, Savvy is leaving. Wonder why she is sort’a swaying from side to side? And her art-right-us doesn’t seem to be bothering her right now? What’s up with that? Oh well, my turn with the nip rainbow.”

Come to me you sweet thing and let’s have some alone time

“Mouses!! I can’t believe it but Savvy didn’t even get the nip rainbow wet! Not even damp!!”

SWEET!! A new, dry, only slightly used nip rainbow all for me!!

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to get TKS going. Hope you enjoyed watching me and TKS enjoy our BlogPaws swag bag. Mom L was signed up to go but then couldn’t at the last minute. So we asked Miss Sue from The Island Cats if she would kindly pick up our swag and ship it to us and she did! Thank you Miss Sue!!!


Waiting is tough—but worth it!


What do you do when you wait? And I mean like wwwaaaiiitttt for stuff like, well, you know—FOOD?

You know that I do love me some carpeted stairs, right? They are my very own personal cat tree. Even TKS doesn’t play on my “stair cat tree” like I do. She knows this is my domain.

In our forever home, my stairs are placed perfectly for me to keep an eye on all that goes on in the SOFR or “Source Of Food Room” which the humans call cat-chin I think. You now the room I mean I’m sure. Well, I hang out there every evening waiting—waiting—and waiting some more. Usually I have to sort’a entertain myself while I wait.

dumtee—dootalee—fiddle dee do—

I don’t wanna look impatient or such so I try to take advantage of whatever entertainment is on the TV. I can see it great from my stair cat tree. But usually Mom L has it parked on some stoopy thing like crime drama. You’d think by now she would know I’d much prefer the “Fish and Streams” channel that my pals over at Trout Town Tabbies founded.

Finally!!! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! FISH!!

Eventually, I have to let Dad P know that I am about done with this “waiting” for my dinner. Thankfully Dad P is a lot quicker on the uptake than Mom L is.

Dad P?! I have had it with Mom L’s TV—I am booored and hungry!

And like magic, Dad P has connected with me and my want and need and the next thing you know—I am dining on the stair cat tree landing. This is what I call SERVICE!!!

Yummm! Worth the wait!!

So let me know in comments if you WAIT is WORTH it!!! Come on my pals, share your experiences with makin’ the wait worth it!


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