Friday, June 01, 2007

Fred the Cat here and I don’t like the looks of this

Oh no! It says here in this little magazine that today marks the beginning of hurricane season. That means that anxiety begins and the Weather Channel gets viewed more than any other channel.

I have lived through a direct hit by three of these scary storms. It’s no cat fun!

The Pops are diligent hurricane preparers. Their kitchen stove is gas so if the electric goes out they can still cook. The hot water heater is gas so they can always have hot showers. They have a battery powered fan and several battery powered lamps, etc. Plus they are stocked up with a ton of all sizes of batteries.

Here’s the good part. In addition to having lots of human food and water and ice in supply, they always have on hand a lot of extra cat food and litter. I’m pretty sure they have extra food for Murphy too.

When a hurricane comes near they put me in the bathroom with my litter box, food and water bowl and of course, my bed. If a hurricane is about to hit here they put me in my carrier until the storm passes by. I guess they feel if the roof should blow off I will be secured in the carrier and won’t freak and run away.

We all hate hurricane season and dread it each year, but on the other paw, we get a lot of beautiful days of sunshine and summer breezes in between the big blows.

Keep your paws crossed that this hurricane season is just as mild as last year’s was and that I don’t have to spend a lot of time cooped up in my carrier. Cosmic catnip comes in real handy this time of year.

Here’s a tidbit from Jay Leno
"Experts said this is going to be a very busy hurricane season. To which FEMA said, 'Not for us.'"

Have a great weekend!
Fred the Hurricane Cat or “Hurri-cat”


Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Here's hoping that FEMA truly does have nothing to do.

June 01, 2007 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

Fred, when I lived in Tennessee, the first thing I did when I heard that a snow storm was approaching was to stock up on kitty litter and cat food. The second thing I did was defrost some blackberries that I'd picked the previous summer and make blackberry cobbler (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course). That's how to ride out a snow storm!

June 01, 2007 5:26 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...


I hope you and the PoPs feel nothing but gentle breezes throughout the whole season.

June 01, 2007 5:31 AM  
Blogger The Truffle said...

Yikes! I know how much cats HATE water, so for your sake, and the PoPs' of course, I hope your summer (and fall) are hurricane-free.

June 01, 2007 6:09 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Fred, all I can say is "Heckuva job, Brownie."

June 01, 2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Ivan left a terrible mess here, and we are well inland, I don't want the destruction and stress of a hurricane again, but I would like to see some "tropical" systems start soaking our area with some rain.

We need several days worth of rain. We haven't had any since the destructive storms on March 1.

I better watch what I wish for, next thing I know, we'll be having floods like Texas.

June 01, 2007 6:53 AM  
Blogger Cheney08 said...

Free Scooter!

June 01, 2007 6:54 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Fema is still a question mark. I wonder if they have shaken their almost crimefull showing in dealing with Katrina.

Where can I get a cat that reads the paper?


June 01, 2007 7:14 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Let's hope that "if" you have to deal with a hurricane, it will be in one of the lower "cat"-a-gories.

June 01, 2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Fred, you are a lucky cat. A cat never had it so good. If only every pet had such good humans in their lives.

June 01, 2007 7:37 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

That's impressive planning, PoP. We used to have our earthquake preparedness kits when we lived in California, but we always got complacent and let them get old and out of date. I suppose the upside to hurricanes is that they occur in seasons, unlike an earthquake which strikes out of nowhere anytime.

June 01, 2007 7:46 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Three sets of paws are crossed here, Fred, and a whole bunch of people fingers!! It sounds like you're in good hands tho. We're in the same bind you are - we need a soaking rain badly, but we sure don't want it to come on the wings of a hurricane.

June 01, 2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

More wishes for just rain, but not too much of that, and wimpy hurricanes, since there'll probably be a few of them. We, too, are out in an area prone to earthquakes, and that reminds me,I need to update the emergency water supply. Not much can be done for our cat if there is a quake, as we get no warning, but I bet he'll figure out a way to skedaddle. When he and his brother were kittens, they used to jump around on our bed when we had small quakes. I don't know if they were warning us or just reacting in alarm at the slight shaking...

June 01, 2007 10:52 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

Fred is braver than I. I experienced one fairly close hurricane hit when living in Florida as a child--not an experience I ever want to repeat.

June 01, 2007 12:07 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Fred, Baby Mackie here. We don't have hurricanes where I live, but there is a fair risk of earthquakes. If we have one, I have plenty of sturdy couches and beds to run and hide under, and the Snaves have an emergency earthquake kit with stuff for making water safe to drink, flashlights, basic first aid supplies, and other things... but no cat food. I'll have to get on Snave's case about that. They don't have cat litter in their kit either, but if we do ever have a quake I'm sure I can go poop behind some debris if necessary, and I know of plenty of good places in our house where I can back up against something and pee.

I hope your hurricane season is free of hurricanes! Take care! I'm sure your owners will do a good job looking after you!

June 01, 2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I hope your summer & fall are hurricane-free, hopefully it will turn out like last year, big predictions but not a lot otherwise.....

June 01, 2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I hear ya Fred! Down here in the land of Katrina and Rita, people are on edge just thinking of it. Coming up on the second anniversary Of Katrina and the forecast just makes it worse.

June 01, 2007 5:29 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Hang in there Fred! Oregon cats have only rain to worry about.

June 01, 2007 6:17 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i will cross my fingers for you fred.

June 02, 2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Do Mr. or Mrs. PoP hang out with you in the bathroom or do you just sit in there and read? Also, what would you do if they put Murphy in the bathroom with you? Would you two fight or get along just fine? Also, do you howl when you are in there or do you sit quietly. I want to know more details.

June 02, 2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger C-dell said...

I hope all will be safe.

June 02, 2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

The 3 years me and the kids lived there in Panama City-was the worst 3 years of hurricanes they had ever had. I do not miss that at all. Hurricane free wide open spaces of Texas are quite appealing now.

June 02, 2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I always go down there during Hurricaine Season, my friend says I am nuts, but SHe lives on the West coast and they have never ben hit bad where she lives. I love to watch em throw the chairs etc in the pool.

June 02, 2007 9:23 PM  
Blogger sumo said...'ll ride this out like a trooper. know the POPs will take care of you no matter what!

June 03, 2007 2:51 AM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Fred old boy, first I was absolutely delighted seeings your furry, lazy butt up from the canvas until I realized that it's because you are too worried. I know how you cool cats become scary cats immediately when there is a stormy weather. Believe me, I am not taking any pleasure picturing out you screaming your little heart out and climbing and scratching the walls in the wide eyed and total panic. Hang in there my man and let's hope your president is right that there is nothing to worry about with the worsening climate trends. As you know, he wouldn't be president if he wasn't the wisest man in the land.

June 03, 2007 6:08 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Yikes--you and your humans take care. I hope there are no direct hits for anybody this year. You know, with FEMA's helpful track record and all that.

June 03, 2007 6:33 AM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

Get real cat. Hurricane season is wonderful.
It's all part of the Florida experience.

Barry was a nice soaker, but keep your cat food dry, there's more and stronger stuff ahead.

June 03, 2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

Fred, ya gotta deal with the hand, er, paw you're dealt. no, actually, i hope you have no worries. my three kitties also get freaked out, as we are in central tx flood area. but trust me, they'll get better care than the humans in the house. we'll run out of mac and cheese well before we have to ration the fancy feast!!!

June 03, 2007 10:28 AM  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

Hey Fred,

I have a question... what if the gas quits?

June 04, 2007 5:05 AM  
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