Thursday, August 28, 2008

Please Inform me When my "Valium" is Ready

I see that my housemate, Dante, has been relating his experiences with the process of packing up our belongings. He appears to be enjoying himself which is why I have refrained from mentioning that he is expending effort unnecessarily. It has been my experience that when humans decide to change domiciles, the best thing for the feline members of the household to do is to take a nap. Let the humans bustle about preparing their belongings for transportation; it was their decision to change dwellings after all. I have moved with Jason on previous occasions and let me assure you that he is quite adept at seeing to my needs. Since we will be traveling by "Valium" instead of by automobile, I see no need to concern myself with the moving arrangements.

I did get quite a chuckle out of Dante's photograph of himself inside of a moving container, especially since he confided to me that he entered it voluntarily. I am afraid that sometimes his enthusiasm for exploration gets the better of him. I have spent many years convincing Jason, and later Jennifer, that cats simply do not belong in boxes. I had to be quite insistent about it, even going so far as to create something of a fuss when such a procedure was attempted. I appear to have finally broken my humans of that bad habit, however, as it has been some time since they attempted to confine me within a cat carrier.

At any rate, I am confidant that once they are doing preparing for our departure, they will know where to locate me.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Oh Hai

Packing up kitties is hard work, especially when you don't have opposable thumbs. My person has it easy. She really needs to stop complaining. Anyway, I'm too tried to post much today (that's me taking it easy). Instead you should check out this site cause it has lots of cat pictures on it:

My person says I should warn you that not all of the pictures are "safe for work." Whatever that means. She was pretty insistent about it. *rolls eyes.* Humans.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm Done with My Packing

So my person's been packing up all of our stuff. She's pretty good at it, probably because she has opposable thumbs. Humans always seem really impressed with themselves cause they have opposable thumbs, but if you ask me, they go to waste half the time. If I had opposable thumbs I wouldn't be putting stuff in boxes, I'd go get some wet food and some catnip.

Anyway, I've pretty much staying out of her way but the other day I heard her tell TGWWGA that she better not be the only one packing stuff up. I figured it was only a matter of time until she starts in on us. She's a decent person and everything but she can really get on your case about helping out around the house. I decided I should get ready to go before she started giving me a hard time about it.

I don't know why she complains about packing. I was done in no time. I even picked a box that had an ear-scratching hole cause I'm thoughtful like that. Now that I'm ready to go, I don't know what the hold up is. What else could she possibly need in California? Well, I guess she needs to put my food dish in a box and probably Edmund too. She better not be using those opposable thumbs to pack up TGWWGA's stuff instead of scratching my ears.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Bit of Background

Now that the cats have all introduced themselves, I thought some background information about the move might be in order. Spanky, Dante, and Edmund are moving because Jennifer (that's me) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside. We will be rolling out in a little less than 2 weeks and we will arrive in California about a week later. There is still lots of packing to do (not to mention loading the truck) so I'm sure the cats will have more thoughts to share before the trip.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog and feel free to post in the comment section; the cats tell me they love reading them. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Hello and welcome to the blog "To Say Nothing of the Cat." Jennifer has requested that I participate in this blog in order to share my reflections of our upcoming transcontinental trek. She also threatened to pack me in one of the boxes if I failed to comply.

Allow me to take a few moments to introduce myself. My full name is Percy Sheldon Montgomery, but my friends call me Spanky; a nickname bestowed upon me by my human, Jason, when I was but a kitten. I lived with Jason and his family for many years prior to joining him and Jennifer in their new home. My relationship with Jennifer has been contentious on occasion as we are both very determined individuals. Recently, however, we have come to an understanding of sorts and are now able to peaceably cohabitate.

In addition to the humans, I also share my home with two other felines. Dante can occasionally be tiresome, but he is young and high-spirited and will likely settle down as he matures. Edmund is a fun-loving kitten who I think looks up to me as something of an older brother. He can be a tad anxious and prone to worrying about minor thing, but I hope that through my example he learns to face the world more confidently.

It is my understanding that we will be traveling by automobile on this journey. I sincerely hope this is not the case as I detest them. When I inquired of Jennifer regarding our method of transportation, she reassured me that all would be well. Apparently we are traveling by means of something called "Valium." She declined to elaborate on what a "Valium" was but assured me that I would be most comfortable on our trip.

I look forward to sharing this trip with all of you.


Hi! My name is Edmund and I am a cat. I live with my Mommy, Dante, Spanky and the Monster in a house in Ohio. Really! A monster! A very scary one! Dante doesn't like him either. Spanky will sit right next to him, though. He says that the Monster isn't scary at all and if I didn't hide under the bed every time the Monster came home I'd get my ears scratched. I usually trust what Spanky says, but not when it comes to the Monster. He can't eat me if I'm under the bed. *nod nod nod*

Mommy says I should stop talking about the Monster and introduce myself. :p

I really like the house we live in because it has my food dish and nice places to sleep. We won't be living in Ohio much longer, though, because we are going to move to someplace called California. My Mommy says not to be nervous about moving, but I am not nervous at all. I am a brave kitty! Well, I'm a brave kitty when there's no Monster. Monsters don't go to California, right?

Spanky is my big brother and he takes care of me. He lets me sleep on him sometimes and helps make sure my fur is nice and pretty. Dante and I are BFFs (that means Best Friends Forever). That's a picture of us up there. I'm the grey one. :) Dante and I play together all the time. We play chase. We play pounce. We play sleep on Mommy's homework. My Mommy is the best! She feeds me and plays with me and scratches my tummy. She won't let me have any of Dante's wet food, though. I don't know why. Maybe she doesn't see me sitting right where the plate with the food on it goes? Maybe I need to frolic more while she's doing it...

I hope you like my blog!

My Mommy also says that if I meow all the way to California, I will have something to be nervous about. O.o


Hey. My person says I should introduce myself to everyone. *shrugs* If it’s that big of deal…

My name is Dante and live in Ohio with my person, 2 other cats (Edmund and Spanky), and That Guy Who Won't Go Away (TGWWGA). Ohio’s okay, I guess. There are birds outside the window to watch and my person is here to scratch my ears. We won’t be living here much longer because we’re moving to someplace called California. My person wants me to write about the move and everything. Something about “sharing the experience with friends and family.” *rolls eyes* You know how humans can be. She gives me wet food twice a day, though, so I guess I can do this blog-thing if that's what she really wants.

Oh, right, introductions. I am 4 years old and I've lived with my person since I was a kitten. That's a picture of us up at the top. You can look at my profile pic to find out what I look like now. Edmund and I are best friends. A lot of people say he’s a scaredy-cat, but he’s always up for a game of chase and tackle so I can’t complain. Spanky and I are not cool. He always takes TGWWGA 's side and he thinks he’s smarter than me.

I’m pretty excited about this move to California. My person says there will be birds there and I’m hoping that the birds will be inside the house instead of outside like they are now. That would be pretty cool. I wonder if TGWWGA is coming with us? I hope not.

Well, I hope you all enjoy reading this blog. I think Spanky and Edmund are going to post too. It should be pretty interesting.