Just for Fun: Cats in Trees

Even the laziest, most pampered house cat (we have a few) is still a predator in her heart, and they all have an instinctual fondness for high places where they can look down on their prey (that’s us). For example, a few days ago I was installing some shades on some tall windows in our living room, and went out to the workshop to get a tool. When I came back, there was Elvis on the top of my 8 foot step ladder (he soon discovered that climbing down is scarier than climbing up, and I had to rescue him).

But the best is to be up high, and hidden in a tree. Thanks to a new cat tree we just set up, and an ancient ficus that my wife has miraculously kept alive long enough for it to grow to almost 10 feet tall, our cats can enjoy both.

If you don’t have any tall places for your cats, we encourage you to create some. There are some great cat trees available, including some that are pretty attractive (check out Wayfair or Houzz). Also, if you are really ambitious, you can use shelving to create a kitty climbing wall.

Just to encourage you, and while you are getting your climbing area together, here are Spike and our Calico, Lucy, enjoying the view . . . and the concealment from the attractive modern cat tree we just bought them!

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Silent Auction 2017

This fall’s fundraiser is an online silent auction. Friends and businesses have donated a number of unique sale items that deserve a special treatment. These include artwork, jewelry, and fine china. Any of these items would be a terrific holiday gift for a friend or family member, or a generous treat for yourself.

The rules of our auction are simple:

To place your bid, email us with the name of the item and your bid. The page for the item will be updated with your bid within 24 hours, and you will be notified. In case of a tie, the first bid mailed will be posted, and both bidders will be notified. If you have placed a bid, and are later outbid, you will also be notified.

Because of the nature of these items, we cannot ship them, but we will deliver your purchase personally within the Albuquerque area.

The auction ends at midnight, November 23!

Here are the auction items, and their current status, click on the name to learn more and place you bid. Happy shopping!

Nambe Salad Set

Starting bid: SOLD
Current bid: SOLD
Buy now price: SOLD

One Fast Cat Cat Wheel

Starting bid: SOLD
Current bid: SOLD
Buy now price: SOLD

Vintage Diamond Ring

Starting bid: $2,900.00
Current bid:
Buy now price: $3,500.00

Cheryl Isaacs Art Glass Bowl

Starting bid: $85.00
Current bid:
Buy now price: $150.00

Tablet Computer with Case & Keyboard

Starting bid: SOLD
Current bid:SOLD
Buy now price: SOLD

Tissot Men’s Watch

Starting bid: SOLD
Current bid: SOLD
Buy now price: SOLD


Crown Ming China

Starting bid: SOLD
Current bid: SOLD
Buy now price: SOLD


Nancy Norton Oil Painting

Starting bid: SOLD
Current bid: SOLD
Buy now price: SOLD

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Fabulous Felines Free Lecture: Hospice Care for Pets

Facing the end of the life of a beloved pet can be a difficult experience. Questions like “How do I know if my pet is suffering?” and “When should I choose euthanasia?” can be difficult to face alone. Veterinary Hospice is a family-centered, medically supervised, and team-oriented service dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for the terminally ill or geriatric pet until natural death occurs or the family elects euthanasia. It can provide pet guardians with peace of mind in knowing they have helped their pet face the end of life with wisdom and compassion. Dr. Erin Deveau is a veterinarian with Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice here in the Albuquerque metro area, and will speak on this invaluable service. To gain an overview of their services and philosophy, visit the hospice page on their web site.

Dr. Deveau and Sherman

Dr. Deveau grew up in rural Upstate New York and attended Ithaca College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology in 2000.  After several years in a business management role in Princeton, New Jersey, she went back to school to follow her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Deveau attended Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts from 2006 to 2010, receiving a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.  She subsequently spent 6 years in clinical practice in various states (including 3 years at VCA West Mesa Animal Hospital in Albuquerque) as she moved with her husband’s military career.  Now that they are back in Albuquerque permanently, she is very excited to be the first veterinarian to introduce the Lap of Love philosophy and service to New Mexico.

As always, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, this talk is Free to the public.

Date & Time: Sunday, November 12, 2017; 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Place: VCA Montgomery Conference Room (enter on the west side of the building) (map . . .)
9901 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Cost: Absolutely Free! Also, if you email us at fabulousFelines@comcast.net to let us know in advance that you will be coming, you will be entered in a drawing for a special prize! (you must be present to win).

We want to thank VCA MontgomeryLexus of Santa Fe, and VCA West Mesa for making it possible for us to bring these talks to you for free. Please patronize them, and when you do, don’t forget to mention Fabulous Felines!

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Coming Soon! Fabulous Felines Online Silent Auction!

This fall’s fundraiser (and just in time for holiday shopping) is an online silent auction. Thanks to the generosity of several supporters, volunteers, and local businesses, we have gathered a number of high quality items (both new and lovingly pre-owned) including fine jewelry, elegant crafts, electronics, and artwork.

Because these are not the kind of things that could be sold at a typical fundraiser or yard sale, we will be offering them in an online silent auction. So check back on this website, or watch your email for an announcement (if you already subscribe to Fabulous Times). It will be a great opportunity to purchase some quality gifts for your loved ones . . . or yourself!

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Gus and his PU (perineal urethrostomy)


Gus is one of the cats at the foster house, and although he is shy, once you get to know him, he is a very sweet animal. A few weeks ago, one of our volunteers noticed that Gus was going from box to box, trying to urinate, but failing to produce a stream. We immediately took him to the vet, who confirmed that his urinary tract was blocked. Although they were able to give him temporary relief, it was clear that Gus needed a more radical treatment to prevent a recurrance.

Urinary tract problems are very serious, especially for male cats, who have narrow urethras that can be easily blocked by kidney stones, urine crystals, or other solids that can appear in urine. If not treated, blockages can lead to an excruciatingly painful death, a death that would have struck poor Gus had it not been for some very observant, informed volunteers.

After some discussion among our veterinary team, we agreed that Gus’ best chance to return to health was a PU, or perineal urethrostomy. This is a complete reconstruction of the urinary tract, and although it is a radical surgery, it has a very high rate of success in preventing future blockages.  Continue reading

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