Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordy Wednesday

Dearest furriends,
just a little sign of life from our part as we don't want you to worry about us. Both Chilli and me are fine, but mom has been very busy and also occupied with a variety of things and truth is not all of them are positive. One very nice thing was a short trip to Istanbul though! It was interesting what she had to tell about the cats she met there so we decided to show some of them. Most Turkish cats have to fend for themselves and they work very hard to earn their living.
This odd-eyed beauty definitely had it made. She runs one of the many souvenir shops in a touristy part of the city. This tabby on the other hand had to scavenge the dust bins for some scraps of food. But it looked at least reasonably healthy.This guy broke mom's heart. He looked like he didn't cope very well with life on the streets. Mom cracked open a tin of tuna for him which he slowly and very graciously finished until the very last bite. We wonder if his furs are as white as the first cat's under all that dust and dirt.This beautiful floofy ladycat seemed to work with a group of local fishermen. Needless to say that she reminded mom of a certain floofy someone back at home. Look at her expression!And this little talker reminded her of her sweet little Chillimus. Yes, mom loves us very much and learning about those Istanbul cats we realise how very lucky we are. We just wished every cat had a safe place and yummy food.
Many nosekisses and purrs,
Siena & Chilli

48 comments:

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Chilli and Siena! We are glad to hear you are both doing fine - we wish your mom wasn't having to deal with any bad stuff though! We hope that the busy calms down and the bad stuff gets better for her!

All those kitties in Turkey were so cute but the fact that they don't have homes just breaks our hearts. We love that your mom helped out the kitty with some tuna - he looks like he has had a very rough life and we know he appreciated that and the feeling that someone cared about him. We wish they could all find good homes (and all the other homeless kitties out there in the world too!) Thank you for sharing them with us!

Chrissy said...

Good to see ya!... your mom is sweet. aww that poor kitty!.

Kas said...

Oh I remember the cats of Greece and Turkey, asleep in hat boxes, waiting for tibits at restaurants.

Glad you are well and enjoying the feline life of the area.

Kea said...

It's wonderful to see a post from you both! This is the second time our human has woken up with "Cat with a Garden" on her mind and wondered how you all were doing, only to see a post later in the day. :-)

We're sorry your mom is occupied with not-so-positive things, and are sending her (and you both too!) much Light, for whatever it is that she needs at this time.

The Turkish cats were heart-breaking, to be honest. We know that in most of the world kitties aren't as lucky as those of us around the CB. We wish every cat and dog would have a loving and happy forever home, but of course life doesn't work like that. More's the pity.

So we're sending purrs and Light to all of those kitties too, for their Highest Good, and wishing everyone universal blessings and peace.

Mariodacat said...

Awww - what a shame that they have to fend for themselves. So purdy too. That poor white one (well supposedly white) looked so pathetic. We're so happy you are back. Miss your gardenn adventures.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

We have you missed you girls! And we agree that our wish too would be for every cat to know love, shelter and plentiful food.

Your Friends
The Chans and Tommy

Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad to hear from you again. Those poor kitties. We are sad that they don't have homes. We hope your mum deals with the bad stuff and the busy calms down a bit for her.

JC said...

Good to hear from you !!!
The Turkey cats are so pretty but it is so sad that someone doesn't love them.
I hope your Mom is ok.
Life gets crazy sometimes.
I know all about that ...

Jacqueline said...

Hi, Siena and Chilli, we have missed you guys, but glad to hear you are both ok...We hope the bad stuff in your Mom's life gets better soon...The photos of all the kitties are beautiful but it's heartbreaking to know they don't have loving homes and good food in their daily lives...We are all very lucky indeed to have homes filled with love for us...kisses sweet, beautiful friends...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Brian said...

Nice to see you again! I agree, your Mom is very special to give that special one some tuna. I purr to all of them!

The Creek Cats said...

Glad to hear you girls are doing well! We've missed you!

Bless those precious kitties hearts! It's so sad to see kitties having to work for their foods. We wish all kitties had it as easy as we do.

Sparkles said...

Hi Siena and Chili, The cats of Turkey sure lead an interesting life! Would you like to work on a boat with all the fish? Yummmmm Purrs, Tankene Ice Mist

Au and Target said...

Hi Chilli and Siena! it's been a while since we've heard from you. There are tens of thousands of lost kitties in Malaysia too, maybe even hundreds of thousands. We wish they all had good homes.

Marlene said...

Hello! We've missed you greatly but glad to hear just a little about you.

Mom started crying when reading about the Turkish kitties. Thank you to your Mom for giving that one kitty delicious tuna.

We're sorry your Mom is going through bad stuff. Take care of yourselves. We will send you positive thoughts and purrs!

9 and Chani

Ayla and Iza, said...

Well, it is mebbe not good that yer Mom is out fraternizin with other kitties. One of them might return with her sometime!

But we gotta admit she has good taste in kitties and they were all very nice. We hope they have homes...

meemsnyc said...

This reminds us a lot of Mexico. There are a lot of stray or worker cats in touristy areas. They work hard for their food too!

The Island Cats said...

So good to hear from you!! It's kinda sad that those kitties don't have any real homes...we don't like it when kitties hafta live on the streets. It was nice of your mom to give that one kitty some tuna.

Simba said...

So nice to hear from you both, but we hope things get better for your Mom. The turkish kitties make us sad, but I guess they survivie better there because the climate is warm. I am sending some loving vibes to you, your Mom and the kitties n Turkey.

Angel and Kirby said...

It is good to hear from you! We miss you. WE purr that nothing is too bad for Mom to have to deal with.

BeadedTail said...

We're glad to hear from you and that you are doing well! We hope everything gets better and less busy for your mom too!

Those kitties in Turkey are so cute and we're glad your mom made sure the one kitty had food to eat. We wish all kitties had furever homes - no matter what country they live in.

MoMo said...

Good to hear from you, SIF! Hope things are getting better for your mom.

Istanbul is such an exciting place. SS was there some years ago and loved it. Those kitties are all cuties and we are sad that some of them don't have homes. That fluffy ladycat does look like us :). The first kitty certainly has it good - her own kitty chair!

meowmeowmans said...

Glad to hear you are doing alright. :)

Your mom sure is a nice lady to care so much about those kitties.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

It is nice to see woo again -

Sorry things have been less that purrrrrfekht -

Thanks fur sharing those khats from your mom's trip -

I khan see why she was khwite taken with the floofy one -

And sadly we khan see why she worried about the others -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Laila and Minchie said...

Hi! We have missed you two! But we are happy to hear you are doing well and hope your mom slows down a bit now. So sad to see those homeless kitties. A whole can of tuna must have been like heaven! That was so sweet of her!

Mishkat said...

We are very glad to see you and glad you are both OK, but we hope things get better for your mom very soon. We are sending her lots of purrs!

And thanks so much for helping that poor white kitty! It's hard to look at some of those photos. Our mom gets upset when she sees stray cats that are uncared for - it makes it hard for her to travel to certain places.

Purrs and hugs from Franklin, Dobby, Tasha (and Katie)

Fin said...

We've missed you all so much! I hope things with Mom get better. If it helps anything, we love you all like crazy!!

Katnip Lounge said...

How wonderful to hear from you two!

Mommy was wondering about you just the other day.

We are sorry your Mom is dealing with stressful stuff. That is never fun...make sure you purr on her and provide comic relief when needed.

The Turkish Cats made our Mommy sad, she says "Thank You" to your Mom for feeding the poor dirty grey boy. We are so lucky to be where we are!

Post again soon, if you can. we missed you.

miu said...

So glad to see you and good to know you are both doing well.
Oh your mum is such a sweet person to care those cats that need to work hard to get their food. Also I agree with you that every cats to have shelter, plenty food and love.
I hope things are getting better for your mum.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

We've been wondering where you guys been!! Welcome back!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear friends,
Thanks so much for this post and for the news.
All pictures from these kitties are adorable, I agree with your mommy and her words, I wish the best for all kitties, and I'm always concerned about those ones who live alone at streets.
Love you girls!
purrs
Luna ( I'm always dreaming about you dear friends!) - WE LOVE LUNA

Cat said...

Yes, that is a very important wish...there are so many, many kitties out there that have very difficult lives...I think we should send lots of purrs to them that they find love, food and comfort. I'm purring right now. We are so lucky that our Moms and Dads love us. I know it and I thank them everyday. Thanks for sharing your pictures...they are very nice. We hope things are ok with you...we missed you!! Purrs, Lautrec and Tiny

Feral Female said...

Such purrfect pictures!

Daisy said...

I'm glad to hear you are both doing well. I was a little bit worried! Those cats from Istanbul are so beautiful. I wish they didn't have such hard lives. I'm glad the sad grey/white kitty at least got to have a full belly.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

WE are glad you two are ok!
This is an interesting post and we hope your mom is ok and not dealing with too much bad stuff. Mom would love to go visit Turkey, but how sad for some of the kitties. Not every kitty has such a great home as you and we do. Thanks for sharing these pics.
--JB

AFSS said...

Glad to hear everyone is OK. Thanks for showing us some of the cats your Mom saw in Turkey. It certainly makes us appreciate our home.

Noll's Nip said...

Kea said what I feel so eloquently. Blessing to your mom and I hope a little light shines down on all cats everywhere.

the casbah kitten said...

Hi! WE MISS YOU!!

It was so good to hear from you. We're sending purrs to your mom to help the not-so-nice stuffs and we hope the nice stuffs are extra nice. We know you're busy so we'll be here when you come back.
Those poor kitties in Turkey look so sweet. We love your mom for giving them a hand out.

Cory said...

We are sending purrs so that only good things happen for your mom! Purrrrr.....

We are sad about those kitties fending for themselves, but it is wonderful to know your mom gave them a meal.

Maya said...

Good to hear from you! we´ve missed you!
great photos od turkish cats :) im actually going for a short trip to istanbul as well!
all the best

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Sounds like your mom had a nice trip though a little sad seeing all those homeless kitties.

WE hope things calm down for your mom soon and she gets some time to relax with you two lovelies.

Miss you,
Banshee

-d ma said...

the only thing i know about istanbul is that it is not constantinople anymore.... my heart goes out to those kitties...

AnnF said...

I've been in Istanbul three times now, and after the first visit, I actually brought some big bags of kibble with me, until I found a place in the city where I could buy it.

While it is sad that the cats don't have homes of their own, many people in Istanbul do look out for them. The cats are generally very friendly and used to human contact.

I went to one beautiful mosque and somebody there had put out bowls of water. Several people showed up during my visit to feed and pet the cats. One was a young man who was carrying a plastic bag from a restaurant, half-full with what I thought at first was chicken skin. I thought how nice of him to bring the skin and scrap for the cats.

Nope.

The skin was only on top.

He fed the cats what had to be about four pounds of fresh chicken.

In another spot, near the Archaeology Museum, there's a group of about 40 cats. On my first visit, I sat down to socialize with them, and one big furry guy climbed onto my lap. Another cat sidled up to share my lap, and the one in my lap reached out a lazy paw to push him away. I named that one Big Bully and of course gave the other cat some extra attention.

Five years later, I visit again, and go to the Museum again.

Big Bully is there in the courtyard, ruling over all, except this time, he permits a kitten to get on my lap. Said kitten is the perfect image of Big Bully, so of course I named him Baby Bully!

So overall, the cats are a lot healthier, happier, and friendly than typical street cats. There are definitely the sick and sad ones, and I saw some of those, too, but overall, even in the non-touristy areas, people are kind and put food out for them.

Muslim cultures often treat cats with kindness. One of the stories about Muhammed is that his cat fell asleep on his sleeve, and rather than wake the cat, he cut off the sleeve.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We loved seeing the cats ~ and mom said it always breaks her heart too when she travels and sees cats living wild. We too wish that every cat was a loved cat with a forever home.

A few Good Cats said...

We wish many good things for your human mom for her kindness to that street cat in Turkey.

Becky's Barnyard said...

I know you can see how lucky you are to have such a wonderful mom. It is sad everyone doesn't. Hope everyone is doing well.

Sweet Praline said...

I had just checked to make sure I was still following you because I hadn't heard from you lately. Glad to hear that both of you are doing fine, but sad to hear that your mom is having a bad time.

Special thoughts and purrs for you.

Purrfect Haven said...

we admit we have been missing you and wondering if you were all ok. Hope your mom is ok. The kitties in Istanbul moved us... felt sorry to not have lots of love every day... to fend often alone.... scary. Poor kitties. Love Darcy and Bingley xx

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Good to see you posting again, and hope life smooths out for your family soon. Those outdoor kitties do have a tough life...our mewmie is taking care of some right now and she worries for them too...

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