May 17, 2013
Miniature Porcelain Cats as Cake Topper for Wedding
I recently learned that some of our beautiful porcelain miniature kitties we carry received top honors as a wedding cake topper for one of our customers. What higher praise is that!
Seven separate cakes with one that showcased the cats.
The very unique wedding cake was one in a grouping of seven cakes elegantly arranged in a metal stand. The bride and her father actually made the cakes themselves.
It was so kind for the new couple to share these photos with us. And they also relayed this story to us which is bittersweet. “The four kitties represented the cats we had between us. Sadly, in the last nine months, three of them have gone over the rainbow bridge (the orange one most recently). The tuxedo cat is still with us and doing well in her new home.”
We wish the couple many happy years ahead and many more cats to love!
Cutting the “Cat Cake”
Do you have a special life story about a cat product you’d like to share? It can be one from our website, Georgia’s Gifts, or not related to it at all. We just love the stories- cat lovers are a community!
April 27, 2013
A few nights ago I watched the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man which is one of my old-time favorites. If you have not seen it, there is a scene where the shrinking man is small enough to live in a doll house. This works out okay until his cat gets left inside the large house with everyone else out for the evening. I think you can guess what happens next. (Don’t worry, after a great “cat & mouse” battle the man gets away).
Orangey looking fierce in The Incredible Shrinking Man
I started wondering about the cat in the movie and decided to do some research. Turns out this orange tabby is an award-winning feline actor! He is the only double-winner of the Patsy Award, the animal kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscar. (PATSY stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year). Orangey won his first award for his debut in the 1951 movie Rhubard, playing a baseball team-owning cat.
Movie poster for Rhubarb featuring Orangey the Cat.
Orangey won his second Patsy ten years later playing “Cat” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His role was a homeless feline who visits Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn). Here is a great You Tube video by Alex DeCosta showing all the clips from the movie that feature Orangey the Cat. It might be hard to believe but I had not seen this movie so the ending clips with “Cat” and Holly in the rain brought on some tears.
Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Orangey.
Orangey was trained by the famous animal trainer Frank Inn, known for many famous critter actors including Arnold the Pig on Green Acres and Higgins the Dog on Petticoat Junction. As a single cat can only master a few tricks, Frank trained a crew of look-alikes to work as a group under the Orangey name. This is a common procedure for cat actors.
In his 15 year career Orangey the Cat also appeared in Gigot, Village of the Giants and had a recurring role as “Minerva the Cat” in the TV series, Our Miss Brooks. You’ll now find Orangey properly memorialized at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills with other successful actors.
Next time I see Orangey in a movie I’ll definitely pay more attention to this veteran actor! Which is your favorite role by Orangey the Cat? We’d love to hear your comments.
August 12, 2011
Eight years ago we adopted 2 kittens at a local Petsmart. We wanted two so they could keep each other company, especially when we were gone all day or overnight. Each kitten was about 8 weeks old and from different litters. We always called them “sisters”. They were like typical siblings, sometimes playing, sometimes fighting, as they grew up together.
Our yellow tabby lost her battle with kidney disease a couple of months ago. All of us miss her: me, my husband and her “sister”, named Dessa.
While I am slowly getting over the loss, I worry about Dessa. I could tell she was a little depressed at first but seems better now. The decision to make now is whether to get another cat or not. Is Dessa lonesome, or getting used to being the center of attention? Do we need to do this soon before she gets too attached to us and won’t accept another cat in the house? Since she was used to having a playmate, maybe she would welcome a new sister or brother. We dread the thought of the break-in period, and then what happens if they don’t get along?
And on our side, one cat is easier to take care of. Less litter scooping, less noise at mealtime. And have you tried to play with 2 cats at the same time?
But it’s also nice to have two – one for each of our laps! (I really have enough love in my heart to have several cats to cuddle)
I’d love to hear how other people have fared in bringing another cat into an established cat household. Any special tricks to make the transition go smoothly?
Dessa, our Russian Blue cat