She’s Baacckk!!!! 10-14-23

I know you’re all wondering if Gracie showed up and as of 6 pm she’s back!! She seems unharmed but very hungry – now what do you suppose that was all about? I’m afraid it’s FluffyBun who has taken a huge dislike to Gracie so I locked her in the room above the garage while I looked for Gracie. And I’m not letting Gracie outside for a few days and never unless I know where FluffyBun is. I really have time for this, don’t I?

As soon as she was back I took the cat condo out to the shop. These pictures say it all.

Don’t you think she’s saying “So when did you get this fun toy, Mom? Look at all the fun I would have missed if I hadn’t come home!”

Now there’s another children’s book!!

I had such an exciting fun day on Thursday when Oh, Susannah! visited the Garner 3rd grade. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

P.S. Three is in a spot of trouble again with 2 abscesses on his left flank.

I’ll tackle that tomorrow.

36 thoughts on “She’s Baacckk!!!! 10-14-23

  1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Awww, look who is a very happy girl to be back😺😺. It looks like she loves her “digs” and the climbing gym. How did poor Three get those big cuts? Ouch! Cool here today—54* so I cut a bunch of Honor Flight kits. I went to JoAnn’s to get Ohio State fabric to finish the backing and they had only one bolt of very ugly OSU fabric. Now I know some if you might think ALL OSU fabric is ugly (😹😹), but I do need it. Guess that is all that us new here.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I don’t think OSU fabric would be ugly!!! Haha! I think FluffyBun probably inflicted those wounds on Three and I am taking him to the vet tomorrow – they are too far gone for me to treat him. And I’m not sure what I’m going to do about FB – euthanasia????

  2. Jan Hebert

    Love reading the comments! Deb I can imagine those claw sheaths sticking out of his head, lol! I’m happy Gracie is back and I hope she will be content as a shop kitty. My Blue has never been outside. He’s just over a year old. I feel bad but we have lots of predators in the area and live not far from a busy road. I feel it’s better safe than sorry. Chilly here lately but no killing frost yet! Trees not as colorful as some years but the late turning ones are better. The maples are just dropping green leaves. Jan in MA

  3. Deb

    We have had “many” (not giving the number!) kitties at one time in the past, and seems there are always was a trouble maker. That abscess looks like a familiar bite infection. We had one on the hip, one on head by the ear , and once on the throat.( All different kitties,) With long haired cats it was easy to miss until they are bad. A funny memory of a young trouble maker sitting with 3 claw sheaths stuck in the top of his head makes me chuckle. The old man cat never had an abscess!
    Now we only have the last of our fur-family, 13 years old, and I think she’s a bit lonely . She never was an only kitty. Although loving being a pampered uppity princess! I bought her a fancy short climber/bed last year. Looks like 3 flowers, so cute. Slept on it one time. $150 wasted. :/ Got her a fluffy soft bed for Christmas. WILL NOT even touch it! Acts like it’s on fire. But giver her a cardboard box, or a project basket I’m using ,and she’s IN!

  4. Vicki Ibarra

    I helped one daughter-in-law put together a cat tower in 2018. Fast forward to now and the cats are still using that tower. The tower has moved room to room, but most commonly is in the living room. It has worked out great. May your cats love it long term, as well. I am glad Gracie is home. Missing a member of the family, because our pets are just that, is hard. Happy Sunday.

  5. Joy in NW Iowa

    I’m so happy Gracie came back and she’s so cute loving the new tower! She really loves Greta!
    We have a lot of grandchildren and children that are allergic to cats! It is miserable.
    Have a good Sunday!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – I hope your grandchildren will outgrown their cat allergies – pet,cats are wonderful family members.

  6. Kathy in western NY

    Our Buddy cat is one who would bully the other cat when we still had her. Now he thinks he’s a dog and plays with them okay but I wouldn’t get another cat till Buddy’s gone. Fluffy Bun might be good for someone at the care center as the home my in-laws were in had a resident cat on the first floor who wandered around and had his own little office for his liter box and food. They believed in the Eden Philosophy that caring for pets gave you meaning and thinking of others more than focusing on your declining health. A resident on the second floor had his cat with him and he would be laying on his bed when you’d see his door open and he would be gone. Sometimes he’d be sitting outside his door and the cat would be sitting right next to him on the floor and it was so loving.
    Good memories. The glass in bird home was huge and I am sure cared for by an outside agency but it greeted you in the lobby and gave hours of peaceful times as residents sat next to it while someone would play the nearby piano.
    Glad all your babies were under mamas wings last night!

  7. Brenda in Georgia

    So happy to hear that Gracie is home safe and sound. I love seeing those two kitties on the tree house, and they seem to love each other! I have been wondering about Fluffybun, but your description of how much she loves you makes me realize that she definitely needs to be an only cat. If I were younger and in good health I would take her. My Lady D loved people that way too. She was always an only cat, so I don’t know how she would have been around cats, but she was fine with my two dogs, but I had to watch one of the dogs! Good luck with helping Three!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – I just held FluffyBun in my arms – she hangs on to my shoulder and just purrs and purrs. She needs a person of her own but how do I find that person. She can’t go to the care center because they already have a cat.

  8. patti

    so glad that gracie is back. i figured she would love the cat condo. i have two for my cat. the last one i got thru ‘wayfair’. no shipping costs. seems like most of it was put together. it didn’t take long to put the rest together. it doesn’t have quite as many gadgets but it keeps slinky happy. it has a hammock, a house, several ledges and toys attached. he likes being up high. it’s about 72″ high. i wonder if fluffy buns just wants to be the only cat there.. she seems to be threatened by the other kitties. didn’t she used to be the only cat with her prior owner? i hope things work out for all involved. hugs to all, patti in FL

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – yes, FB definitely wants to be and should be an only cat – she’s threatened by the other cats and attacks because she’s terrified, I think. I feel sorry for her – she deserves a loving home and with all my other cats, I can’t give it to her.

  9. Kris in WI

    Our tuxedo cat, Einstein (don’t let the name fool you), was through the door like a shot one summer. We rattled his dry food in the scoop (he always came running when he heard it), but no luck. Put out food and water and some days it looked as though something had nibbled, but no luck. Finally, Tyger (our orange tabby, of course), stood at the door and meowed and meowed. It took a few minutes for us to catch on, but when we opened the door, in waltzed Einstein just as happy as could be! It was a little tricky to eat, drink, meow, and butt his head against everyone all at the same time, but he proved it could be done. Fortunately, he was no worse for wear and though he passed over the rainbow bridge many years age, we still sometimes look down and around before opening a door!

    So glad for you that Gracie has returned from her adventures! Maybe she would be happy just to be the shop kitty? Now to get Three back to health and find a new home for Miss Fluffybuns where she can rule the roost. No! I mean, where she can rule the house!

    1. Kris in WI

      Oops! I forgot to say that Einstein was gone for two weeks during his “time out.” Kris

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kris – loves your Einstein story!! I will take a deep breath and try to figure out what to do – if Gracie would just relax and allow me to move her to the house, it would help but that’s when she disappeared the last time, remember? It’s going to be such a nice day but I can’t trust Gracie not to wander away again. For now she has to be a shop kitty

  10. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Oh my, I am so glad Gracie is home; it is such a worry when they disappear. Now, you have Three to deal with; it never ends.
    We went to some friends’ annual wiener roast. We thought rain would push us into the garage, but it cleared off so we could enjoy sitting around the beautiful fire.
    Thanks, Mary

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanie – no, it never ends and it exhausts me, gives me a head ache and stomachache, makes me nervous and anxious. But none of that gives me the solution.

  11. Susan K in Texas

    So relieved that Gracie is back. And what fun they will have on the cat condo. We have a cat tower. Magnus loves sitting on the top and he barely fits. One day we came home and the top section had fallen. He was pretty traumatized but we were able to fix it.
    Poor Three – I hope the abscesses heal up quickly.

    By the way, for those readers allergic to cats. There is a special food to feed your cat that helps with cat allergies. In reading how the food works, it is fascinating. They use eggs that have been bred to develop a special genes. It’s a whole process in how it works so the cat doesn’t develop what allergic people react to.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – I have never heard this about the cat food – what an excellent solution! How did anybody ever figure that out???? Thank God you could fix Magnus’ cat tower!! Ha!

  12. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    I’m so relieved that Gracie came home and is loving the cat tree too! I hope Fluffybutt will behave! 😻 poor Three 😔

  13. Carmen M.

    So very happy to hear Gracie is back. I have a cat condo for my 2 kitties and they love it too! Poor Three, I hope he feels better soon!

  14. Chris

    So happy she’s home, well fed and enjoying the cat condo. You can sleep well tonight–and so will she!

  15. Montana Kathy

    So happy Gracie’s come back! Cats! – you love ’em but they can drive you nuts! I only have 2 and they are so spoiled and very demanding, but I would be lost without them! Pet Gracie for me!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Montana Kathy – she’s laying right here beside me to I’ll deliver the pet! I’m a very worried pet parent, I’m afraid. I want everyone in their right place – ha!

  16. Lois Ann Johnson

    WELCOME HOME, GRACIE!! I can only imagine how relieved you are to have your Girl back home where it is safe. I looks lke the ‘cat condo’ has gone over well. What a great idea. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Mary and Rick.

  17. Diane in Maryland

    So glad Gracie is back! She’s so pretty and looks like she and Greta know you got the cat condo just for them! FluffyBun must be one jealous cat! I wish someone who lived close to you would come and give her a home. I think she must need to be an only cat in a household. Do you think FluffyBun may have done this to Three? I remember you wrote that Gracie had two sore areas on her backside after she disappeared the last time. Gracie, Greta and Three are such sweet kitties.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – we’ll, FB might have done it to Three – the bites are in the very same spot! I thought JB and he got into a tussle. FB would make a very loving single cat household pet – she’s so loving to me and wants to be petted and held. What to do?????

  18. Pat Smith

    What on earth could be causing this on 3’s flank? I love the pictures of the cat apartment! Our house in Vermont has 2 of them for our daughter’s cats, and they are always on them. She keeps one in her room over the garage, and we have the other in the dining room. Elegant, huh? We hardly notice them these days they’ve been there so long, but the cats still use them every day. Yes, we’ve had quite a few experiences putting IKEA purchases together. Our closest one in VT is north of Montreal where I had to take a whole dresser back to find out what the problem was with it. As it turns out, it was defective, and my husband had to put a second one together.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – about 7-10 days ago JB and Three had a fight but we didn’t notice anything until 2 days ago. Cat bites are very deep and don’t tear flesh but they puncture flesh. If the bite is in a hard to reach spot the cat cannot clean the wound and pus builds up creating an abscess. The abscess then closes up somewhat trapping all that blood and pus inside the wound until it explodes which is what has just happened with Three. Becky is going to help me tomorrow trim the hair and clean the wound. Ugh. I think it’s wonderful that you’ve just learned to live with the cat apartments – I really need to buy another one for the house now. But I’ll buy it assembled if I can!! So many people have had IKEA experiences!!!! Not many of them good.

  19. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, so glad Gracie returned home! Looks like she loves the new Condo!
    Hope you were watching the University of Washington and Oregon football game this afternoon. Three of our immediate family are UW grads and we are very happy in Seattle tonight! It was an epic game
    that we won’t forget.

    Have a good Saturday night!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – I didn’t see that game because Iowa State played first and Iowa followed immediately at 3. Too many really good games!!!

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