Friday, January 04, 2008

Burr! Cold in Florida

Hey, Fred the Cat here. Folks, we live in Florida, south Florida that is, and yesterday morning when my paws hit the brick floor of the patio it was only thirty five degrees. Plus, the wind was howling . Burr, a Florida cat doesn’t care for that sort of weather. I felt like my whiskers were freezing along with other unmentionable parts of my body.

I think I may have set a feline land speed record as I raced to my litter box, used it and raced back to get inside the house. Pop had the nerve to laugh at me. Sure easy for her, her bathroom is nice and warm.

I’ll tell you how cold it was, Pop actually put on a pair of socks. You all know she is a true southern girl and detests wearing shoes. If she’s home, she is barefoot. When she takes Murphy out she might put on flip flops but that’s it unless she is going somewhere. When I saw the socks on her feet, only one thing came to my mind, attack them. I wrapped my front paws around one of them and just smoozed my head all over it. I think I fell in love. Is cat/sock love acceptable in today’s society?

Why is it that on a cold morning Pop has socks and fluffy warm robe, Murphy has a little warm coat, and I have to run around naked? Life seems a bit unfair sometimes. But on the other hand, neither Pop nor Murphy can appreciate the joy of curling up in a warm cat bed with a new toy mouse that’s filled with Cosmic catnip, on a cold Florida morning.

Have a great weekend and cuddle with someone you love.

Fred the Cat (the cat who loves you guys)


Blogger MichaelBains said...

Cat/Sock Love, eh? I say, Go for it! lol!

Enjoy your cuddlin', Fred! Up here, that kind of weather is just Par for the Course, and Cuddling is indeed the BEST WAY to deal with it. Enjoy!

January 04, 2008 3:07 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

No one should stand in between a cat and a sock! People love to get up into other's business, but I say if you are in love or you are in whatever... If the sock calls to you Fred, you must succumb to its socky siren song, you little rascal!

Frankly, I could care less about the physical wranglings of a cat and a sock. Not to imply I don't care about you Fred, nothing could be farther from the truth!

However, what I am very concerned about is 35 degree temperatures in South Florida! What the H- E - Double Hockey sticks!!!

If it makes you feel any better, if it were 35 here I would be toasty. But no, it is about 1 degree, but I am told it "feels like minus 9 with the wind chill." Frankly, that feels cruel to me.

Thank goodness for fleece. Which I am suddenly not sure I am happy about... Is our nation being fleeced????

Yes indeed.

Have a great weekend Fred!

January 04, 2008 3:21 AM  
Blogger Wren said...

Fred, I heard parts of Florida even got snow. In which case, you're in for a real surprise.

January 04, 2008 4:05 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Stay warm Fred.

January 04, 2008 5:43 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Oh Fred, my kitties are having to contend with temps in the teens, but you're right -- nothing beats Cosmic Catnip and a warm blankie. And you and the sock? I hope you live happily ever after.

January 04, 2008 5:53 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Fred sorry about the will warm up to normal this weekend and PoP can put away the socks...unless you have adopted one of them.
My brother is a cat person and his friend is known as a "Maine Coon" and since he lives in Maine he spends a good part of the winter with temps in the single digits. He loves the outdoors and spends hours out in the cold and even sleeps out in the snow. Sometimes he is so cold he gets almost frozen and my brother has to bring him in to thaw but he goes right back out first chance.

January 04, 2008 6:22 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Freddie, great idea! I know I'll be snuggling with my sweetie tonite, and with the temps RISING to the double digits, I will still appreciate his furnace-like heat!

January 04, 2008 6:32 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

wow it was 15 degrees here this am I am sure glad that ole wind stopped. Cuddling! Humm sounds likea wonderful idea-BYE

January 04, 2008 7:11 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I'll take that 35 degrees over our minus two degrees anytime. Florida cats are sooooo spoiled!

January 04, 2008 8:16 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

It was warmer than that here. But we do get a lot of cold days in the winter, the cats don't seem to mind and two of them continue to live outside. Two come in for the evening but spend most of the days outside.

January 04, 2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger C-dell said...

I am not a fan of cold weather. I prefer spring, and summer. The cold air just cuts through me. Stop by the blog sometimes

January 04, 2008 10:11 AM  
Anonymous abi said...

Is cat/sock love acceptable in today’s society?

Sure, you're just smoozing with your head. Ask Murphy about his flings with pants legs.

January 04, 2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

fred stay warm
george finds his way under the covers of my bed when it is cold (and it was 15 degrees the other night)....

fred it is also cold in hillary's camp right now ---- so be glad you arent there

January 04, 2008 10:28 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

wow--socks in Florida--it must be cold...

Here in NY it is nice by our standards-- crisp and sunny this morning--but it is supposed to be in the 50s next week.... while I wait patiently for the good Blizzards to come... we haven't had any yet..

I hope your citrus crop is OK.

Love, Ched

January 04, 2008 11:02 AM  
Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

Lost a lot shrubs in my garden last night. I understand Plant City will be renamed "Wilt Town," and the birds are pulling worms out of the ground with mittens.

January 04, 2008 12:32 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

stay warm fred. way too cold here in pgh!

January 04, 2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

fred our friend two crows is down there and my family is around cocoa beach. it has been pretty cold down there and for all of your sake I hope it doesn't last long. I saw them icing the orange crop Yipes!

January 04, 2008 1:32 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Oh Fred...should I send you some blankets and coco...
please tell your mom that I got the messege over at C&L...thanks..

January 04, 2008 7:44 PM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

I'm from Northern California, so I know that if I complain about the weather, people from almost everywhere else on the planet will call me a sissy. It hasn't been that cold so far this winter, but we are in the middle of one NASTY set of rainstorms right now, with 60 mph wind gusts and big honking tree branches blocking freeway traffic and the like. Even with all that, I kind of wish I had a car right now when I have to run errands.

The roommate's cats are not happy about the litter box on the balcony right now, so I have some sympathy for Fred's plight right now.

Do what you can to stay warm, Freddy boy. And Pop, too.

January 05, 2008 5:39 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

I will take your cold over my cold mornings anyday of the week Fred

January 05, 2008 5:55 AM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Your cat needs some toughening up. Get him out there cutting brush on those crisp mornings. Happy New Year, P'O'ed Pat!

January 05, 2008 7:04 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Yeah, cold sux. When it gets into the 30s here, 6 or 7 of us get in bed with Maw. We end up pushing her out of bed. Heh heh.

Annie lufs socks. She sharpens her claws on them. Maw thinks it feels good.

Luf, Us

January 05, 2008 7:06 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I'm just happy that our temps are back up into a balmy 40-ish range after the cold snap we had for two days. Boy are we spoiled; I remember when New Jersey had icy cold weather for months at a time.

Sorry to hear that you are having such intemperate weather in Florida, Fred. I hope it hasn't harmed the orange groves and other growing things.

Baxter sends his condolences. His box is in his warm and cozy room (he has his own room) but he does want to mention that his Humans don't clean it quite as often as they should. Like every time he uses it. So no cat's life is perfect I guess.

January 05, 2008 11:01 AM  
Blogger Colonel Colonel said...

It's been 0-10 here for a few days but got up to a balmy 17 yesterday. Pyewackett deals with this by sleeping either on top of the vcr or on top of my old-fashioned big old computer monitor, where she gets a belly-full of hot air. She's up there right now, snoozing.

January 05, 2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger Jen Clark said...

I never considered myself a "true southern girl" because I grew up in Orange County, California. But then you described the way you feel about shoes and it's like you looked into my soul. Putting on socks is incredibly rare to me and my pet rat (who would wander around the apartment kind of like dog or cat would) always declared war on them under my desk (bit me pretty damn good a few times, I must say).

I guess I can add "southern" to the long, strange list of things that make up who and what I am.

You know you're an American when you can be a girl whose entire family is from Boston, has grown up a stones throw away from La-la land, and yet can call herself southern.

One thing you can't deny about Americans... we are cool.

January 05, 2008 4:59 PM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

oh, Fred, you sound like the positively most abused cat!!! BTW, have the PoP's buy you some of the sane socks that mom wears. I know a fetish when i hear one.

January 06, 2008 2:20 AM  
Blogger Kahshe Cottager said...

Sorry Fred, you're just a powder puff compared to what we faced the other morning. Minus 10 F. here when we were sent out to do our duty! Our little paws were frozen in that quick trip! And we didn't get any socks either!

Ceilidh and Jesse, the Cairns in Ontario

Hope it is warming up there. What a shock to wake up to that in Florida! Stay warm and cozy!


January 06, 2008 1:20 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

Hello, Fred! I'll be in southern Florida to host a special event on February 23rd. Hope it is warmer. And if you're near Ft. Lauderdale stop by!!

January 06, 2008 1:40 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I recently left Orlando, Florida and I was leaving I noticed the rain and cooler nights.

January 06, 2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Awww, Fred,
So your southern Mumsy has deprived you of the love of the socks for all of these years. I am sorry your whiskers froze, but I am glad you had at least one opportunity to wrestle with a sock in 2008.
Peace to you all,

January 06, 2008 3:59 PM  
Blogger antipop said...

the cats here(uganda) are tanning. infact they tan all year round. you should tink of moving fred. ponder the posibiity of a new family...

January 06, 2008 10:22 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

Fred, weird weather seems to be the norm, everywhere. Thank goodness you have that nifty little kitty hut to curl up in! I'd say you are being well taken care of.

And thanks, I WILL cuddle with someone I love!

January 07, 2008 4:38 PM  

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