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Naomi’s Identity Crisis

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: My little tortie heart is crushed and broken. There is not a photo to be found of me in our 2015 Glamour Puss Calendar — for the second year in a row, I might add. Did someone forget to tell me I’ve been placed in the Witness Protection Program? There is, of course, the remotest of possibilities (very remote I might add) that I’m wrong, so here’s the deal. Anyone who’s been to Disney World knows there’s a great game whereby visitors are challenged to find “hidden ... Read More »

Naomi’s Summer Vacation

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I feel the love. I know I was missed, that my absence was noticed. I even know that I missed my last deadline, but — for the first time in my life — I took a vacation! Imagine! Me, your most esteemed tortie and chief supervisor over here at For the Love of Cats, got into cars and boarded airplanes. I travelled as far south as Key West, an island where cats are revered, and as far north as Boston, where dogs rule. And yes, as one ... Read More »

Summer Grooming per Naomi

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear fellow felines: Well, here we are in the midst of summer, and you know what that means: flip flops and bikinis for your staff (remember, cats have staff, dogs have owners), plus lots of noise and water fights around the pool. And let’s not forget that unappetizing scent of sun tan lotion. How is a fragile feline to cope? How are we to get our daily 18 hours of sleep amidst such mischief and mayhem? I say let’s enjoy the entertainment and join the folks poolside. You know what ... Read More »

Naomi’s July 4th

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We are on the threshold of yet another Fourth of July celebration, the most frightening day of my life thanks to the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air and my own raw fear. As I write this, my nights are haunted by nightmares of “Caddyshack” level proportions. Like those poor, unsuspecting gophers, blown out of their subterranean, golf course housing, I head for shelter under a bed, abandoning my stake-out of the fridge. As if this weren’t enough to traumatize an unsuspecting feline, we have ... Read More »

Naomi’s Get Out of Town Cheat Sheet

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines:  So my furry friends, it’s that time of year again — the time when our staffs hyper ventilate and reach for their glasses of wine at the Weather Channel’s merest utterance of any or all of the following words/phrases: tropical storm, hurricane watch, category 3,4 or 5 monster storm, cone of danger, predicted path of travel, and target landfall. And thus is launched what can only be described as “hurricane mania,” that heart rate inducing frenzy that compels our staffs (remember, cats have staff, dogs have owners) ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kitten Duties

Shyla’s brood of kittens looking as cute as can be. PHOTOS BY NADINE OUILLETTE

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net   Dear Fellow Felines: I am up to my whiskers in kittens! I’m not too good with numbers, but it looks to me like there are hundreds of them. They’re swinging from the rafters, climbing the walls, running, jumping, tackling, stalking, tumbling, sliding, pouncing and either standing in or knocking over their food and water dishes. And yet, For the Love of Cats co-founder Jan Rich assures me that there are only about 20 of these rambunctious creatures in residence. “Only,” she says! Can you imagine how much work this ... Read More »

Naomi’s Flea Woes

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Kittens, kittens, everywhere kittens! We are in the midst of yet another kitten season, so my paws are full with these loving bundles of fur and fun. Several happy litters are hanging out in my kitty condos and wreaking havoc in my two romper rooms. And guess what? You too can get in on the action thanks to Naomi’s Broadcasting Network. My much anticipated “kitten cam” has gone live. That’s right. For the Love of Cats is now in the reality T.V. business. To check it out, go to ... Read More »

It’s All in the Coat

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s that time of year again — “kitten season!” And are we ever bursting at the seams with adorable little furballs. Our first two litters of the 2014 season were born right here at the shelter, giving us a total of 11 baby felines in the wink of an eye. For those who may have forgotten, the 2013 season delivered 176 kittens, all of whom found fantastic fur-ever homes thanks to all of the love showered upon them by my staff of 80 erstwhile volunteers. And, of course, thanks ... Read More »

Namoi’s Love Story

LIZZIE. PHOTOS BY STACEY DOWNEY

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net   Dear Fellow Felines: Whew! I’ve finally finished recording the Christmas cards I got in 2013. Can you believe there were close to seven dozen in all — one from each member of my staff of 80. And yes, I feel the love which is a good thing since Valentine’s Day is just around the bend. This is a very special day for us felines. It allows us to more accurately gauge how much we are truly loved, both by our staffs (remember, dogs have owners; cats have staff) and our companion ... Read More »

Naomi’s Christmas Wish Comes True

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines:  Happy “Mew” Year! This is our 16th column together, a relationship that began on Dec. 14, 2012. I had no idea we felines had so much to share about the travails of living with our respective humans. Now to the happiest news of 2013: Kitty Santa Claws granted my one and only Christmas wish, and, at long last, I gained unlimited entree into shelter co-founders Jan and Jim Rich’s home. For nearly a year, I’d been trying to get my paw in the door, but was relentlessly repelled by ... Read More »

Christmas with Naomi

Sally and Franklin were sadly returned to FLC and are looking for a new fur-ever home.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We have a lot of ground to cover this time around. For starters, lets begin with you and your staff’s (again, I remind you that only dogs have owners; we felines have staff) resolutions for 2013: Did you meet said lofty goals? I didn’t think so. You just couldn’t lose those five to 10 pounds you hoped to drop could you, your diet having fallen to the wayside some time after Valentine’s Day? I have to admit that I also failed to maintain my diet goal this ... Read More »

A Tribute to Kitt

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Over the last two weeks my staff and I have shed quite a few kitty tears for an extraordinary Maine Coon cat named Kitt. Mr. Kitt spent the last five of his 21 years here after his person’s home was foreclosed on during that treacherous economic downturn. I arrived at the shelter and established full residency five months before Kitt came along. In fact, It was my idea to make For the Love of Cats his final fur-ever home. I thought it would be kind of nice to have ... Read More »

Holiday Contest Time!

Looking for a decorative collar this Christmas? Ask for one in the “Dear Kitty Santa Claws Letter Contest.”

Dear Fellow Felines: Believe it or not we are entering that time of year our staff (remember dogs have owners, cats have staff) anxiously refer to as “the holidays.” And we felines know what that means: mouthwatering food naively left out on counters and front doors held open just long enough for us to slither out into the wild while guests come and go. Since the holidays are a time for family togetherness, good cheer and love, your humans expect you guys and gals to become lap cats at the snap of their fingers. Being the most esteemed Tortie that ... Read More »

Halloween Horrors and Helpful Tips

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: If ever there was a season for tossing your feline cookies, Halloween is it! In fact, it is the busiest time of year for the Pet Poison Hotline (1-800-213-6680). Why is this, you ask? Well, any one of us felines can decide to taste-test some halloween candy (my personal favorite is candy corn, but sugar causes pancreatitis), or swallow some of those stringy, obviously fake spider webs (choking hazard), or chew on, and accidentally swallow, some of those yummy and enticing candy wrappers (may cause a life ... Read More »

Survival Guide to Living With Humans

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I don’t know about you, but I for one am very sad to see the end of summer. I had so much fun at camp, going fishing with a few of my pals, hanging out at the pool and going to the zoo. Speaking of the zoo, I saw lions, tigers, bears, and a beautiful 13-year-old, 28-pound Ocelot. She sure is enjoying life in captivity. So now I’m wondering: is your most esteemed Tortie also living in captivity? If my life over here at For the Love of Cats ... Read More »

Diner Beware

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Yes, I have a one track mind – food. But any self-respecting feline is like minded and, deep down, a connoisseur of fine food, especially food snagged on the hoof. But I must warn you: DINER BEWARE! Many of these entertaining little critters are bad for us, as are some plants, rodents, large predators, Labor Day picnic foods, low water levels in the pool, and the trusty but dangerous barbecue grill. You know the saying; if it tastes good it has to be bad for you. One ... Read More »

Acrobats and Newly Found Cats

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I just heard the most amazing thing! There’s a tortoiseshell (you know, a cat who looks just like me) in Key West who can sail through a flaming hoop as hundreds of adults and children cheer her on. Not only that, but she and her fellow performers climb steps, shimmy up ropes, leap from circus stands, walk a ten foot balance beam that is five feet above the ground and clear hurdles. One of them can even catch flying fish (sushi tossed in his direction). I was, ... Read More »

Prepare Your Cat for the 4th of July

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It has come to my razor-sharp attention that we are coming up on yet another human ritual of celebratory partying – the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day. So what, you ask, does this have to do with us regal felines? Are we planning a kitty rebellion aimed at freeing us from our humans? No way. We have it made; we are loved; we are spoiled. We are great companions and do many things our humans think are cute, like monopolizing the pillow at 3 ... Read More »

No Cat Left Behind

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Did you know that we are your family’s most cherished asset? When – hypothetically – Hurricane Awesome bears down on our island oasis, your staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) is going to start stressing out about a hundred things they can’t control. They will ask themselves, “What if we have to evacuate? What are we going to do about the cat(s)?” It’s easy for folks to make their homes secure; just lower, install, or close the shutters, check the generator and they’re all set. Whether your family ... Read More »

Dining With Naomi

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines:  Boy, did I get some great news after last month’s epic pantry raid! As I do every day, I was scrolling through our outgoing emails to make sure my staff of 80 was performing up to snuff. One in particular caught my eye and made my tastebuds somersault with joy: “Naomi is getting just a bit on the thin side so we have upped her food.” How many gals are told they need to GAIN weight? Or had their food ration doubled overnight? My weight woes have ... Read More »