Mr. Gray and White has been seeming to get on OK and looking very well cared for.  Which made me think he lives nearby and just circles the neighborhood looking for handouts.

BUT — on this cold night, when we are forecasted to have over night temps in the teens — Mr. G&W is still out in the street.

He comes to me when I call ‘kitty-kitty’ and he rolls around like he wants me to rub his tummy.  So I finally got my hands on him and put him in the garage with food, litter and a box set on a storage tub to get it off the floor, I lined it with newspapers and an old bath mat.

In the process, of handling the cat, he pushed on my bare arms with his back feet and did not scratch me.  So I thought he was declawed front and back.  But he has his claws.

A local vet scanned him  for a micro-chip and told me that his claws are intact.


Near Jacobs Well Rd & Woodacre Dr in North Woodcreek

DSH – Adult male, uncut

White mostly with pretty gray patches — about 11 pounds — compact body.

A fighter — scars on nose, bumps on head.

A complainer — meows all the time.

Wants to come in the house.

Contact this website for info.

Thunder & Lightning Frightens Cats!

Gloriously it rained last night in Hays County — a downpour with lightning and thunder that had the cats hiding under the bed and water washing the dry Cedar tree needles out of the rain gutters.

The deer were moving around this morning.

Along with the rain we got a break from the heat so the 5 a.m. temps here in Hays County were registering around 68 degrees, the deer were moving around and the leaves on Live Oak trees, freshened, actually seemed to be reaching skyward.   Wha-hoo!

It will be hot and humid later in the day, the grass will need to be cut at the end of the week but for now, joy, oh joy, our chances for wildfire have been greatly reduced!

The blue spiked salvia perked up after the rain

The cats flew out the door this morning to go exploring the wet world before dawn!

Hot Texas Day & Nosey Cat

Summer heat descended savagely about three weeks ago.  We’ve had no rain.  A hot wind blows everywhere across Texas and we are all under a Burn Ban with Water Restrictions in place to slow the drain on our ground water.  Surface water in creeks and rivers dried up a while back.

Once, years ago, as I prepared to move, leaving the Lone Star state for Michigan, I paid attention to what the heat did to my body and found a new awareness of a thin moisture film covering my arms, legs, face — today there’s not even enough humidity in the air to keep me sweaty.  All is terribly dry.

Earlier, I got up from a cat nap in front of the TV, what else is there to do on a day with sun beating down and temps in the 100-degree-plus range, but stay in the air-conditioned house and run mindless TV shows?  I looked for the cats who loll around in shady spots on the front porch amid the pots of blue-spike Salvia — a deer resistant sage plant.  I pretend the sage will keep deer from making themselves comfortable on the porch and having lunch at the Poinsettia buffet — I’m propagating some beautiful plants for the Christmas season.  But, today the hearty blue sage, with its drought resistant blue flowers, is drooping and the leaves seem ready to fall off.  So much for outsmarting the deer.

But the bird bath needed water — it dries up every day now.  So I took the hose across the yard and filled it.  Then for fun I caught my shelter cat,  Maddie Bell, trailing after me and I grabbed a camera.  She was raising up on her hind feet to look at the fresh pool with its surface rippling in the wind.  She did something new — tested the water with her paw.  Who knew?  That delightful little girl kitty competes daily for my attention and keeps me far more entertained than any television show.

Filling the bird bath interrupted our cat naps today!

Bonding with and Training Kittens

We have all heard about the value of pets for heart health — lowering blood pressure — for example.   And I would expect to find such information on the WebMD site.  The truly surprising discovery was the presence of articles addressing the emotional and health needs of kittens and cats also on the WebMD site.  It was comforting to me to know that I had been doing some of the things recommended in an article on How To Bond With A Cat.

Patience with kittens pays off in the long run — insane amounts of patience will create a happy kitten and a calm household!

Nosey Nell with her feathers

A soft voice, positive attitude combined with play and appropriate cat furniture are also called for.

As young kittens, Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell would chase after feathers attached to a ‘fishing pole’ toy until they just lay in the floor and panted — they loved it and so did I.  When one of them actually captured the feathers, I let go of the pole and the little toot would raise her head, give out a warning kitten growl and haul the captured toy under the bed.  If I didn’t find the feathers and put them away, I would wake up at night with a kitten on my pillow, hauling the feathers, dragging the pole and wanting to play.

Play is an important part of bonding with young kittens.  Before too much time passes, they will begin exhibiting adult hunting behavior by sitting still and waiting for the feather to come close enough to grab.  But in the beginning it’s all a mad chase and tons of fun.

I highly recommend those fishing pole toys for creating a bonding experience with your kitten!

Lost Cats

Wimberley is home to LOTS of cats:
and sometimes cats get LOST!

The purpose of this blog  is to help you find your lost cat by giving you a place to announce to the neighborhood that your cat is missing.

Do that by  posting your info on the Lost Cat page [see tab above].  The other purpose is to provide a comprehensive list of all the Rescue and/or Shelter Services in Wimberley and Hays County, Texas [links on the right].

Are you looking for a lost a cat?

  • FIRST —  check out the San Marcos Animal Services [find out if your kitty had been found and turned over to them link on the right].
  • SECOND —  post your information on the Lost Cat page and it will be sent to everyone who is subscribed to this blog.
  • THIRD —  subscribe to the blog so you will get notices about lost and found cats.

Are you new to the area?  Check the Hays County page to get oriented.

  • Our population increased by 61 percent between 2000 & 2010 so we have many new people

This is a lost cat service,
and a place to publish your cat stories,

and find news about cats.

  •  Mews U Can Use, and transient items of interest to cat owners get posted below.

WELCOME to you Feline Friend!

Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


All text and images © copyright 2011 Emily S. Carter. All rights reserved.
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