The Love Languages of Cats: Sassy

The Love Languages of Cats: Sassy

The Love Languages of Cats: Sassy This month, the month of love, we have focused on sharing about how each cat has their own specific love language, or way that they express their love. Just like humans, cats have different personalities, and each one may express their love in different ways. You can’t fit cats into a mold of how you think they should be loving or affectionate. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who do this. They have...

Operation Sassification: Caster’s Big Meeting, Part 2

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Operation Sassification: Caster’s Big Meeting, Part 2 If you saw our post last Monday, you know that Caster recently had his first meeting with sister Sassy. For anyone who is just joining us or doesn’t know Sassy’s story, I’ll give you a brief recap… We rescued Sassy as a stray back in November of 2013. She tested positive for FIV and was also aggressive towards the other cats, so we we’ve had to keep her segregated. It’s now been over...

Operation Sassification: Continuing Progress

It seems like every day Sassy makes a little more progress towards peaceful living with the rest of the gang. We’ve been letting her and Sophie out together for a while now, and though they aren’t frolicking and playing together, Sassy is at least tolerating Sophie. In the past few weeks, we’ve also been letting Delilah out with Sassy. What a pleasant surprise that has been! I think that their introduction has gone even more smoothly than with Sophie. Again,...

Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week 2015

Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet

Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week 2015   Hey, Sophie – do you know what week this is? Indeed I do, Sassy! It’s Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week! I can’t believe that Mom almost missed it this year…  I know, right? We’ll have to think of a way to punish her later. Right now though, let’s tell our readers why this week is so important! Great idea! Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week was started in 2009 by Petfinder.com to celebrate pets that may have a...

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

November will mark the two year anniversary of Sassy joining our family. We love our Sassy girl and couldn’t be happier to have her, but I will admit it hasn’t been easy. Sassy wishes she were an only cat. The sight or smell of any of the others sends her into a hissing fit. She is also a biter. These behavioral tendencies combined with the fact that she is FIV+ mean that she has to be kept separate from the...

An Update with The Sassinator

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on Sassy’s integration progress. It’s been a slow journey, and though there have been times when I felt like giving up on trying to get Sassy to coexist with the rest of the gang, I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The past several months, we’ve been bringing Sophie into Sassy’s Upstairs Domain a few times a week, just for a few minutes at a time....

On the Road to Coexistence!

Take a look at these pictures. At first glance they aren’t anything worth getting excited about – they certainly aren’t great photos. But do you notice anything special about them? SASSY & SOPHIE ARE IN THE SAME ROOM TOGETHER!!! For anyone new to our blog or for anyone who doesn’t know Sassy’s story, let me give a short recap. She came to us as a stray in November of 2013 – a little over a year ago. She was (and...

Catwork is Making Great Strides in the Fight for FIV+ Cats!

As most of our readers know by now, Sassy is FIV+. In the 14 months we have had her, she has shown ZERO signs or symptoms of the disease.  She is loving, playful, affectionate, and healthy — everything that a “normal” cat is. You would never even know that she is “sick.”  In fact, over the past few weeks the kitties have been passing a cold back and forth amongst them. Caster got the worst of it – he went to...

FIV vs. FeLV: Understanding the Difference

So far in this blog series, we have focused solely on FIV. However, there is another virus that is often confused with FIV, and we thought it important to share a bit of information about that virus as well – the Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV. Though FIV and FeLV do share some common characteristics, they are actually quite different.  Sassy being playful Symptoms The symptoms of FeLV are often similar to those of advanced FIV, which is why the...

FIV+ Cats CAN Live with FIV- Cats: 7 Real-Life Stories of Peaceful, Happy, & Healthy Coexistence

FIV+ Cats CAN Live with FIV- Cats: 7 Real-Life Stories of Peaceful, Happy, & Healthy Coexistence One of the biggest, and often incorrectly answered, questions about FIV+ cats is, “Can they live together with FIV- cats without passing the virus on?” There are many people, vets included, who will tell you, “Absolutely not. FIV+ cats should be kept separate from FIV- cats.” While this answer may be true in some cases, most of the time it is perfectly okay for...