Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Show Jumping Praline!

One more post for today: once again, Praline continues to inspire!
When I saw this post over at Praline's place, I just had to fire up the ol' Photoshopping software!

Here's Miss Praline engaging in a little feline/equine show jumping.
I have no doubt that she won her class!

Kitty Play Hour!

(A Zuzu belleh!)

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Weeeeeeeeeee here now -- see?

This be Anna here. dsfakdsueuawie. Can't type so good cuz i gots FLUFFY toes but no what?
You wanna no what?

No what i do?
i go doodie all over the basement!
All over big bag they put the Christmas tree in!
Yes i do!
Mommy, SHE found it, my doody on bag, 2 days ago! i like that basement! Go in there all the time! One time, I was in there and had to go DOODY! So i did! And i liked it so much i did it again and again and again and nobody knew til yesterday!

i not SO bad tho. No tree in bag when i did it! They throw out the bag tho and don't let me in the basement no more so now i puts my doodie back in my litter box. Boring!

Still, no what?
Wanna no what else?
Dont matter i doody cuz i cute!


Zuzu here now -- SHE GROSS!
I dont go no doody down there never!
Mommy, SHE say, Zuzu, you don't go doody down there, do you?
I say, no -- I veryveryveryverygoodgirlnodoodyzuzu!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Recent Pics

Some recent shots of the girls:

Anna: very typical "See mah belly?" position



Zuzu's plumey tail

Zuzu: is a MAGNIFICENT tail!
Kim: Yes, Zuzu, it's very nice.
Zuzu: very very nicemagnificentzuzutail!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Carter and Annabelle

For such a big dog, Carter is usually pretty gentle with Annabelle.

Zuzu: AH don LIKE him!

Yes, Zuzu, I know -- you hide from him. But you know, if you just let him sniff you every once in a while, he wouldn't be so obsessed with you!

Zuzu: AH WON'T!

Okay, Zuzu.
ANYway, Annabelle not only puts up with Carter, but purposely sometimes goes out of her way to get his attention. Below a video of the two of them. You'll see not only does she appear to enjoy his grooming, but watch how she actually SMACKS him when he starts sniffing his toy and ignoring her:

Not Dead

Weeeeeeeeeeeee are not dead!
Weeeeeeeeeeeee are still here!
Mom is busy an' we HATES that!
Sheeeeeeeeeeee says she will blogz again, soon!
Weeeeeeeeeeee want u to notz forgetz about us!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Finally ... PRALINE!

So remember a looooong time ago I said I wanted to draw Praline, here?

This morning, I did some sketches of our famous Praline, mostly playing around with color -- she's such a fun kitty to draw!
I call this one below "Little Praline in a Big Room." (Unfortunately my scanner wouldn't transfer the sketch very well, so I had to resort to photos and a bit of cropping.)

Anyway, you get the idea:

Click to enlarge

Which was inspired by this post and this picture:

That Praline .... so cute!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Is me!
Is Zuzu here now!
Do you know what came to mah house?
Well, do you?
You not even BELIEVE it, maybe!

Ah SHOWS you!
What this stuffs doin' in MAH house?
An how comes it has its OWN house?

Maybe you don know?
Ah shows you 'GAIN -- from others sidez!


Kim, she say "Zuzu, these are gerbils. We are babysitting them for a few weeks while their family goes on vacation."

Ah say, "Well these be toyzes for Zuzu, maybe?"
An ah HAPPY cuz ah do likes toyzes!

But she say, "No no no, Zuzu!"
Then she keep the door where these things be closed the whole time!

Nononozuzu and door closed the whole time!

Ah tells you what!
Ah jus glad theys gone now!

That make me crabby, that nononoZuzudoorclosedbusiness!
That make me real real madz!


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Grooming Time!

Anna and Zu LOVE to be groomed.
Whenever I want either of them, all I have to do is tap on the floor with one of the metal combs I use and they both come running. (I usually groom them in the bathroom, as the water, cotton balls and all the other stuff I need is in there.)

Here's some pictures from last weekend's session.
Zuzu came first and within 30 seconds, Anna ran in and tried to take over.
Notice how close she is sitting to Zuzu, trying to get me to groom her:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Three New Videos!

First, Zuzu's Tiny Meow -- again!

Second, quickie video of Anna with pencil -- so delicate!

Finally, Zuzu's "attack" on her sister. This was odd -- usually it's Anna who occasionally gets aggressive with Zu!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Finally: A New Post!

I know, I know -- it's been FOREVER since I updated Annazu!

I have no real excuse, except the truth, which actually, is SORT of a good excuse. Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, I have a tendency to get 100% caught up in whatever little endeavor I'm pursuing at any given moment. Every other little endeavor suffers until I finish with, or somewhat tire of, the current project. Sadly, Anna and Zu's blog suffered badly this winter and spring as I made silly little movies for friends, sold off over half of my model horse collection, got very caught up in finding old friends on Facebook and most recently, starting running again.

Additionally, I am a morning person. If I am to accomplish anything, it must be done in the AM. As I now must be in the office by 8AM, this leaves little time before work to focus on my little projects and/or exercise. HOPEFULLY, as summer rolls around, I'll have more time to update this bloggy!

ZUZU: Harumph! You is big jerk! YOU DO THIS BLOG!

Sorry, Zuzu!

Anyhow, here's a few pics taken recently:

(I took this picture and I still can't figure out where the heck her front legs are!)

Reason Why You MIGHT Not Want A Himalayan If You Don't Like Fur Around
Your House and On Your Clothes:

From one approximately 10 minute grooming session yesterday. Comprised of about 10% Zuzu fur, 90% Anna fur! Zu's coat is softer and fluffier while Anna's is silkier, longer and denser. Whenever I groom her, I say "Anna, you have WAY too much fur for one little cat!"

Sophie, my friend's kitty!
HOW CUTE IS THIS?! Here is Sophie, relaxing in the direct sunlight, which is why the pic is kinda faded-looking. Is this the cutest little pose ever?!

Hopefully, back with more posts soon! Hope all our friendzes, human and kitty, are doing well!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Anna: See what I can do?!

"You no what I can do?"

"Watch mah big paws -- real real GOOD!"

Also, complete unrelated, do you know what I would LOVE???
A black and whitey tuxedo Flatface!

OR A PRALINE Flatface:

OR ANY Flatface!


Kim: Oh yes, Zuzu! You have a very pretty flatface!

Zuzu: Yes. (Nods.) Ah have a very very very very very pretty flatface!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Zuzu: This nice when ah stretch!
See, too, mah claws?
I FIERCE when ah puts my claws out!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I've been nearly completely out of the kitty blogosphere for the past few months. I've not hardly even been commenting at Goma, Praline or Bhu's blogs and I usually follow these fluffies daily!
It's only today I finally feel like posting here again -- because, thank God, I think Zuzu is finally healing.

To make a longish story kind of short, sometime in December, Zuzu began developing scabby, itchy spots on her tail base and along her back. Anna had some too, but to a much lesser degree. As I have been battling fleas since August, I assumed this was flea allergy dermatitis and to date, that's what the vet still thinks it is. I kept flea combing the girls, but the truth is, I've been a bad mommy here for two reasons:

1. At least out here in CT, I am convinced Frontline has stopped working effectively. There is some talk that perhaps our east cost fleas have developed a resistance to it -- whatever the reason, it has never worked well for me. So after about three months treatment of Frontline, I decided to switch to Revolution for the cats, K9 Advantix for the dog. Bad Mommy should have switched products sooner! Finally, I think we've won the war on fleas!

2. I am kind of a freak when it comes to flea medication. I hate it. I worry about it WAY more than I should: that maybe it's more harmful to both humans and animals that the manufacturers let on, etc. For this reason, Bad Mommy went well over 6 weeks between applications, hoping the flea combing by itself would do the trick.

(You might be thinking, "What's the big deal about a little flea allergy dermatitis? Why would a little something like that make her so upset she didn't even want to blog? Get a grip!"

You'll see ... keeping reading.)

In early January, I inspected Zuzu's skin again and was horrified: the scabby patches had increased drastically in size and number. Additionally, instead of being "scabby," these patches had turned into lesions: angry-looking red, weepy patches of skin all along her back.

Thus began our (expensive!) multiple trips to the vet.

First, I FINALLY applied the Revolution to both cats, Advantix to dog. All three animals got Capstar, a pill which is supposed to kill all fleas on them in hour. THEN I vacuumed the whole house from top to bottom AND did load after load of laundry: cat and dog bedding, throw rugs, even my comforter where Zuzu likes to sleep. I was then to give both cats 14-days of oral antibiotics, twice a day.

Giving meds to cats is a nightmare! For the first week, I had to wrap Anna in a towel and quickly squirt the meds into her mouth -- which I HATED doing! Eventually I found I was able to mix it into canned food which made me SO happy! No more feeling like I was traumatizing her! Zuzu, however, will not eat canned food at all -- and after about 4 doses of meds via the ol' wrapped-in-a-towel trick, she got wise and squirmed so horribly -- and looked so UPSET -- I gave up.

So back to the vet for Zuzu as I could not get her meds into her -- and her lesions were getting worse.

I need to switch the subject here to give some background:

I've mentioned Little Girl, my first Himalayan, here a number of times. LG also developed flea allergy dermatitis. As treatment, she received injections of steroids, about six of them, in a period of less then two years. Shortly after her last steroid, she developed diabetes.
Steroids are known for their propensity to cause diabetes in cats:


For starters.
Keep Googling "diabetes" "cats" and "steroids" and the links keep coming. With steroids, it's a gamble: some kitties have multiple injections of steroids and do just fine. Others, like Little Girl, develop diabetes.

Thing is, during LG's period of injections, NO ONE TOLD ME there were alternatives to steroids! Like a dumb, trusting fool, I let my former veterinary hospital keep poisoning my kitty.
She died, as you know, and her death was long and traumatic.

ANYWAY, so now, here I am, two years or so later, another Himmie and more $#&$ flea allergy dermatitis -- and the possibly of those horrible, $#&% steroids again. All the memories and details of LG's illness and death came flooding back. I couldn't believe I might be facing this nightmare again.

Thank goodness our current vet gets it. He confirmed that, yes, steroids can trigger diabetes in kitties, and supported my decision to NOT treat Zu with them -- except as a very last resort. As I couldn't get the meds into her, the vet gave her an injection of antibiotic which was supposed to last for two weeks. Then sent us home to wait and see.

A week and half later, perhaps a hint of improvement but Zuzu still had lesions all along her back and some on her neck. Back to vet. This time he sent me home with Cortisoothe shampoo and also did blood work in case Zuzu would need the steroids after all. The test would determine if she showed a preexisting condition that would put her at a greater risk for developing diabetes -- if so, steroids would definitely be avoided. (Note: these tests were NOT done on Little Girl, nor was I ever told such a test existed. More evidence of negligence from our former vet hospital. My hatred for that hospital is intense and rages as fresh as if Little Girl died yesterday. Best to leave it as that. Zuzu's bloodwork came back fine, by the way.)

So my husband and I gave her a bath. Overall, she was pretty good about it.

And now, about a week and half later, SHE IS BETTER!!!
Not completely -- I may have to give her another tubby with Cortisoothe but her skin is much, much, much better AND WE DIDN'T HAVE TO USE THOSE CRAPPY STEROIDS!

Zuzu: Ah HATE tubby!

Kim: But you're better, Zuzu!

Zuzu: Hate HATE tubby! An why u wrap me in that towel and force ICKY in mah mouths?

Kim: Groan. I'm sorry, Zuzu. Please try to forget about that -- I was trying to help you!

Zuzu: Harumph! Sorryzuzu NOTHING! Was bad!

Anna: I ALL BETTER! An' want more wet foodies, please!

Kim: I'm glad you're better, Anna -- but you really don't need more canned food. You're kinda fat, you know.


Anyhow, so far, so good!
Next flea treatment is due next week and you bet your boots I'm giving it to both cats and the dog right on schedule!

Now that I can stop worrying so much, hopefully we'll be back to blogging as we missed everyone!

Nearly forgot!
As some of you may know, I have, um, a few tattoos. After spending my 30's kind of regretting them as, I've finally learned to say, "I LIKE my tattoos! Who cares what anyone thinks?!"

Here's my latest, just got this one about three weeks ago -- look, Sachie!
A Japanese Maneki Neko or "lucky kitty!" as I call him. I have a whole bunch of these in my house -- don't know if they bring me luck or prosperity, but I've always loved them!

(That's my elbow at the bottom of the pic -- kind of hard to tell where it is from this picture.) I wanted the horseshoe in there for its "luck" symbolism -- but also as a tribute to my love of horses. Thanks to my buddy H for suggesting this!

Finally, some pics of wet Himmies (we gave Anna a bath too, just to be sure, as the vet said it could only help soothe her itchies too!)