Well, I’m certain you know what the big news is around The Crescent City Cat Club this time of year, and that was the great Sunday we had on November 3. First we went to PetFest, in LaFreniere Park in Metairie, which is always so fun. All those animals running around (well, OK, mostly dogs, but we did see a pair of cats in a cat-stroller, who were just chillin’, riding around in style) having a good time, meeting other animals and 2-legged friends. Our booth was right next to the bunny rescue people, and I wondered how the bunnies and the cats would get along. The bunny lady said they’d probably get along fine. The shelter has bunnies, but it seems that their upkeep is a little complicated, so we’ll give that a pass for a while.
We saw a couple of huge pot-bellied pigs and there were ponies for the kids to ride and some folks brought their Macaws. The variety of dog breeds never ceases to amaze me: that the little tiny Chihuahuas, smaller than our tiny kittens, and Mastiffs or Great Danes, the size of small horses, are the same species of animal, shows that God certainly has a great imagination!
We met lots of nice people and handed out lots of rack cards that tell people what we do. It’s invigorating to tell people about The Cat Club, but also a bit of a bummer that so many people, even animal enthusiasts, don’t know about us. Don’t forget to spread the word!
We had a great raffle basket made up of all our Crazy Cat Lady merch, which was won by Amelie, who volunteers for The Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, which is where we get our cats, so that was cool.
Then we raced back to The Cat Club to get it ready for our 2nd Year Anniversary Party, celebrating over 150 cats and kittens adopted. and then on to The Hi-Ho Lounge, which so graciously allowed us to use their venue for the music part of our event. The Shake ‘Em Ups and the Fantasy Non-Fiction Band got the ball rolling, and we had a nice turn-out. Thanks again to Molly Reeves and her cohorts; she is such a great supporter of The Cat Club, and she always brings the music. Spoiler alert: she has also promised to provide the music for our third annual Lundi Gras parade next year, so mark your calendars!
The bar also gave us 20% of the bar proceeds, so they really stepped up for their neighbors! (The Cat Club is ½ block from The Hi-Ho. They ARE our neighborhood bar.) Food was provided by Fry and Pie, which just seems to get better with time. I had the Mexican-inspired version of their smothered fries, with guacamole, sour cream, beans and tomatoes…Yum! It was so filling that it held me over until we got to the dessert table at The Cat Club. (As I’m writing this, I’m thinking I should go up there for dinner…).
We had a nice silent auction when we got back to The Cat Club, and the bar was OPEN! We had some great donations from The Occasional Wife, Pelican Thrift, Peter and Paul Hotel, The Bark Market, as well as The Cat Club itself, and some terrific bargains were had. We made about $800 between the two events, which will go toward some plumbing repairs we’ve had to do within the last few weeks. If it’s not something, it’s another!
Speaking of that, we have ANOTHER crowd of 9 kittens in our Kitten Room now. The last batch was pretty much gone to their furrever homes, although we do still have Poe and Langston available. We are also letting Billy go; we think he should be allowed to go to HIS furrever home, so if you were told before that he wasn’t available…..he is now! He’s such a sweetheart and so good with EVERYBODY that we had a hard time letting him go when he was younger, but we think that now is the time.
Malik was brought back to us. Unfortunately, his adoptive mama was super-allergic to him. She didn’t give him up until she ended up in the hospital because she couldn’t breathe! THAT’s love. Poor mama! Poor Malik! So he’s back and up for adoption again.
We adopted out 9 cats and kittens in October, and another bunch that had been waiting to be big enough for their surgeries, went home. We rehomed Clementine, one of our adult cats, who went home with Alyssa. And Mischa and Maizie, two of the last batch of kittens, went to their furrever homes with Emily. Rose adopted Yofi, who is finally recovering from the eye infection she came to us with; it’s been a long haul and Rose has waited patiently; thank you, Rose. Charlotte, another kitten, went to live with Danielle and Liz. Ted, ANOTHER kitten, was adopted with Selena. Pascal (kitten!) went to live with Elizabeth, who works at the Robert’s Grocery right across the street from The Cat Club, and Ted went to live with Selena, who works at the Starbucks on the corner, so it seems like the immediate neighbors are getting the message: ADOPT! Poppy, the final kitten adopted in October, went home with Kaitlyn. Thanks to all our adopters! Join them this month by coming by and seeing if anyone captures your heart.
Our latest batch of 9 kittens includes 7 tuxedos, some of them long-haired (1 of which has already been adopted), a black long-hair and a tiny little grey kitty. They are all healthy and sweet and waiting for you. Come see!
If you’ve been by The Club lately, you will have noticed our new toy here at The Cat Club. The folks at Natural Climbers Pet Products in Lafayette stopped by last month to use The Cat Club and our cats as a photo-op for a commercial they were making. Then they GAVE us one of their big mama versions of the free-standing scratching posts that they make. The cats love it! It’s so big and sturdy they can come running at it and fly and stick to it, like Velcro! It has 2 towers and levels inside and 3 openings so multiple cats can play in it and on it. And we can’t wait to see how the commercial looks. They got some great video.
On a personal note, I will be travelling to New York and then on to Iceland at the end of November. Then my mom is coming to visit for the month of December, and we will be taking a cruise to the Caribbean, so I have some more fun stuff coming up. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone, and thanks for your continued support. I’ll talk to you again next month.