Dear Cat Lovers,
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is looking toward a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. We’re looking forward to tons of adoptions and lots of great visits from our friends. Our biggest news is that we just got 5 new cats and they are settling in nicely. If you came to look for a cat to adopt in the last few weeks and didn’t fall in love, you might want to give us another try…this latest group is already adjusted to the Cat Club, and ALL are definitely looking for their fur-ever homes. Don’t forget our longer term cats and kittens (Finley and Yofi are still available). Nico and Hemingway, two other members of that kitten group, were adopted. Nico’s new BFF is Taryn, and Hemingway is completing Sarah’s household. Yay! We want to remind you all that our Lundi Gras Party and Krewe of Crazy Cat Ladies (and Gents) Parade are just over a month away, so don’t forget to gather all your cat-loving friends and head on down around 3 PM on February 24. The party, with food, drink and other cat folks goes from 3 to 5 PM, then the parade rolls from 5 to 6 PM and we return to The Cat Club for the after-party, 6 PM to whenever. Costumes are greatly encouraged, whether it be as a crazy cat lady (bathroom and curlers – easy!) or a cat…..or a lion tamer, or whatever floats your boat. We’ll parade through the Bywater and Marigny for about an hour; the route sheet will be sent out with the next newsletter. We’ll have a brass band like we did last year, thanks to Molly Reeves and friends, to whom we are forever grateful, and we’ll be led by Simone the CatMobile; it’s her day to shine!
A few people have asked me about the trip to Iceland I took at the end of November, and if you’ve been to Alaska, you’ll understand what I’m going to say. (If you’re not interested in my travelogue, I’ll speak to you in next month’s newsletter!). When you take the cruise through the Inland Waterway in Alaska and see the glaciers, the guides show you where the glaciers used to extend to, and then you look at where it stops now and it’s….shocking. These huge, huge, very large icebergs have melted….a lot! Our guide in Iceland told us that when she was a girl, her family used to go skiing for her birthday in September. I was in Iceland the last week in November and there was still no snow. I was shocked again. November is pretty much wintertime in Iceland, and I had expected to see snow-covered everything. Of course, that’s the problem with expectations, but climate change is HERE. It’s pretty scary, especially living below sea-level as we do. Which is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the trip. We DID get to see the Northern Lights, which were beautiful; seeing them is a matter of luck and persistence and help from the hidden people (more about that later). We visited The Blue Lagoon, which is a huge open-air geo-thermal pool, with swim-up bars, one for drinks and one for mud to put on your face! Icelandic horses are everywhere. They’re small, but don’t call them ponies; Icelanders are serious about their small horses. English is spoken everywhere, but so is Icelandic, which has a melodious sound to it. Icelandic culture has a big appreciation for fantasy and myths, which rises from their Norse traditions of sagas. Our guide made several references to the “hidden people”, trolls who live under rocks and bridges and help people who believe in them. I asked her if she had ever seen one, and she said yes. Parts of “Game of Thrones” was filmed in Iceland, which has led to a giant increase in the number of tourists that they get each year, mostly during the summer. They said it’s actually a little overwhelming. There’s a Christmas traditional character called the Yule Cat, who is a giant, ratty looking cat with sharp claws and teeth. No one knows where the cat came from, but he is reported to EAT children who don’t get at least one item of new clothing for Christmas. Like I said, whimsical….like a Grimm’s-fairy-tale whimsical. There’s a cat café in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. They have just a few cats and are pretty strict about keeping litter mates and friends together, so they don’t have a ton of adoptions. But you CAN get a cup of coffee and hang with the cats. The owner-operator was really nice and we spent quite some time talking about how hard it was for her to get a permit, which seems universal. Given how difficult it is to get permission to have a cat café, it’s amazing that there are as many as there are. Where there’s a cat, there’s a way, I guess. Next up is Morocco, some time this year…I like to travel!
All the best,