Must Love Cats . . . TONIGHT !

No more count down! Tonight is the night! 8 pm, Animal Planet !

8 pm Saturday night episode 5 of Must Love Cats

. . . Swimming Cats and Cat Fur Jewels . . .

Host and musician John Fulton, travels down the Pacific Coast Highway in search of crazy cat lovers. In Oregon he meets a woman who is on a crusade to teach kitties how to swim.

In San Francisco he visits a woman who designs jewelry out of her cat’s fur.

Thats ME! and Thats GAIA!

Gaia modeling duplicate necklace made with John Fulton.

One little, Two little, Three little kitty cat orbs, hang’n in a row

Spinning cat hair orbs — pendant and earrings.

This creation started elsewhere, sustained fits and starts, was given up as a lost cause, then, after being put aside, an epiphany — that was so spontaneous and in the moment, and who knows where those thoughts come from anyway —  allowed a rebirth to occur. Yes, the creative process is a funny and magical thing!

And earrings, I had previously made, that go well with the pendant.

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Kitty LUV

YES, I love my cat, I LOVE my cats. This neck sculpture expresses love!

I could not sleep one night recently because of Gaia. He has this BAD BOY but endearing habit of wanting to play at 3 am, when I should be in REM sleep. This does not happen every night, but this particular night he was more riled up than usual, and there wasn’t even a full moon! Anyway, even after a little play, a bit of food, and excommunicating him from the bedroom, I could not go back to sleep.

What to do? Use the time to visualized cat hair jewelry! My creative juices got going, resulting in this piece as well as a few others.

A most interesting idea came to mind, at this darkest time of night: bend the neck wire in half. Bending, what I normally keep round, would allow the caged cat hair pendant to hang asymmetrically. When I got to the studio, all was going as I envisioned, until I got to the point of caging the cat hair between the two pieces of chicken wire. As I was matting and felting the cat hair, my fingers began to form the hair from a mass into a heart.

A heart of cat hair! Of course! a symbol of pure love from a cat-aholic!

Gaia LUV

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A Little Fur, A Little Steel . . . . . and then, New Earrings!

Here we have the quintessential name sake of this blog.

Thats my fur alright!

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First, we start with the cat’s FUR. Thank you Gaia!

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Titian. All steel

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Next is the steel. This is Titian, a sculpture I made by crunching miled steel with my hands and knees. It is hand sanded and has a yellow patina in a few places. Size is 25″ high x 20″ wide and 7″ deep.

Well, I didn’t use the miles steel. Instead I used galvanized steel mesh, otherwise referred to as chicken wire. Each cage is wired shut with stainless steel.

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Count Down . . . 26 Days . . . until my segment on Must Love Cats ! …………………… March 10 at 8 pm second seasons begins.

Caged orbs of fur.


“Like a Cat Scratch on Sunburn”

Tattoo artist Jeremy’s response to what needling my tattoo would feel like.

Yes, I got a tattoo. It took me a year to figure out what I wanted, and no time where I wanted it. I wanted to cover up a scar on my leg, or rather a hole; a hole carved by my father to remove a boil when I was 9. He was a jack-of-all trades, but surgeon, no way!

This is my second tattoo. I got my first thirty years ago on my birthday and I never thought I would get another one. What is funny, this one is very much like my first one.

I am a cat-a-holic! And, one of the zillions of things I love about cats is their paws.

Count Down . . . 39 Days . . . until Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats !

A bunch of those paws with lovely pink pads

This happens to be the same place I got my tattoo 30 years ago in San Francisco.

Jeremy inking cat paw number two. This one is on top of my scar.

The finished product! I can’t wait to show it off!

Unfortunately, Jeremy would not take felted cat orbs as payment!

The Grooming Session

Gaia enjoys being brushed. 

Not every cat takes to the brush. Some will swat the brush. With others, you cannot even come near with a brush, they see it and run. Or, you can brush the head, chest and back, BUT do not touch my underbelly and stay away from my HINEY!

Gaia, on the other hand, more than tolerates our grooming sessions. Maybe because he loves to groom himself. Or, could it be, he has what I refer to as “the Orange Gene,” a highly friendly and calm quality found in cats with orange hair?

Yet, every two weeks I brush out his undercoat and go on matt patrol. I love grooming Gaia. I do this on the bed, a favorite spot of his, where it is easy for him to lie on his back with legs spread, allowing me access to that soft belly hair. This is a mutual project. As I groom him, he grooms himself as well as grooms my hand, when it is near his raspy tongue.

And what wonderfully soft and silky hair! which is set aside for future jewelry projects.

Count Down . . . 51 Days . . . until Must Love Cats on  April 7th !

After the grooming session

A mound of wispy, soft hair


ADVERTISE that cat hair jewelry GIRL!

The buzz has definitely slowed on cat hair jewelry.

It has been over a year since my cat hair jewelry found its way to the internet. I have a steady stream of traffic to my Etsy site, not a lot, but more than previously.

So, what to do? … Try a little advertising! I chose Catsparella. I like the site, it is all about cats and the ad won’t put me in debt. First step—revamped my Etsy site to showcase just cat hair jewelry. Then, make the ad. That was the hard. I wanted a binky ad and I never made one before. After “googling” how to make an animated image, then fooling around in Photoshop — voila! — a few hours later, I had my ad!

And the traffic? it has picked up, still not a lot, but it is a beginning!

Count Down … 52 Days … until … Must Love Cats!

Count Down … 56 Days … until … Must Love Cats!

Here we go! My segment is scheduled for April 7, 2011.

Animal Planet’s anxiously awaited Season Two, will kick off on March 10. The episode I am  in will be the third episode, and here are the highlights:

In this episode of Must Love Cats, host John Fulton travels down the Pacific Coast Highway in search of crazy cat lovers. In Oregon he meets a woman who is on a crusade to teach kitties how to swim. In San Francisco he visits a woman who designs jewelry out of her cat’s fur. He also meets some folks who host cat-hair crafting parties…just wait until you see what they can make! In Los Angeles, John takes his own two cats to an amazing hotel for felines. He also invites inventors to his apartment to show him their new contraptions for cleaning the litter box. Newlyweds who are feuding over their two cats is the next stop.  The couple just moved in together with their cats and it’s not a pretty sight. John invites a cat whisperer over to help. And finally, John drives to San Diego to visit one of the largest–and cutest–kitten shelters in the country.

Gaia modeling duplicate necklace made with John Fulton.

The Elder and the Kitten

I had two cats for 16 years. One dies. What to do ?

Add a kitten.

I felt this was the right thing to do. But, I also knew I could not just bring just any new kitten into the mix, I had to respect the personality of my 16-year old girl, who is sensitive, sweet, and friendly.

The Elder

Thus, the animal shelter was out. I went to the net and googled cat breeds, looking at personality traits—as the sweetness factor—and found the Ragdoll. This breed led me to discover the Ragamuffin—a cat that is mellow, calm, even tempered, and does well with other pets. I was sold. Luckily I found a breeder that was only one hour away.

The Kitten

We chose a female kitten. Right away she wanted to bond with Ebi, the elder. She tried and still tries today, but alas, it just was not supposed to be.

But, there were other unexpected results. Ebi gained the status of Queen. She relishes being top cat, after being number two all her life. But most important, she is renewed. Luna was a kitten, and kittens behave, well, like, kittens!

Lets get close!

Ebi began to mimic Luna, she raced around the house, played more with her toys, climbed the cat tree—she had not done that in years! And, even played a little with Luna.

The new kitten was a success!  She respected Ebi, which was important, as well as showed Ebi how to be young again!

Baby Gaia

But, alas, poor Luna needed a playmate closer to her age. What to do?

Add a KITTEN !

Hello Gaia, little boy Ragamuffin! We are now one big happy cat family!

EBI LUNA GAIA

Living With Cats—elim·i·nate

What goes in must come out, through the mouth—as described in a previous post—or into a litter box. Cats are meticulous in keeping themselves clean. It would be fair to say that cats appreciate a CLEAN litter box, sans poo, otherwise, it might end up somewhere else in the house.

THE BM TYPES

  1. The mile high pile.
  2. The uncovered gem.
  3. The dig to Cambodia.
  4. The Tripod poop. All 4 feet clinging onto box edge. Must’n get feet dirtied!
  5. Just on the paper outside of the box, never inside.
  6. The treasure hunt. Small nuggets buried throughout the litter box.
  7. The puddle. Seen the next day after binging on tuna fish liquid.
  8. The dangling preposition. Usually only seen on long hair cats.
  9. The Protest. Placed on your pillow as a gift, awaiting you after that two week European vacation.

The best way to dispose of cat waste, kitty litter. SF Chronicle Nancy Davis Kho, Sunday, November 20, 2011:  Because of the concerns about pathogens, cat waste should never be flushed down the toilet; both the East Bay Municipal Utilities District and Recology in San Francisco recommend bagging cat waste and putting it in the garbage can.

Ideally, cats should not be allowed to do their business outdoors, or, if they must, the owner should bag the waste and throw it away. “With outdoor cats in cities, it’s even more likely that they’ll go on a hard surface and it will get washed into the storm-water system,” says Hoover.

When it comes to the litter-box material, Hoover recommends staying away from clay-based litter in favor of biodegradable choices like recycled newspapers and sawdust.

“The biodegradability is a moot point if it’s going to a landfill, where it won’t break down,” Hoover says. The same could be said about the bags used to corral the cat waste before it’s thrown away. “But there is still environmental savings on the production end if it’s made from sustainable materials, or from material that’s being recycled.”

Gaia doing you know what