Little Big Links: Shapeshifters and Magicians

20 Jul

Before I get to all the link goodness, I need to tell you a story.

One day last week, I woke up and let Jupiter in after his long night of carousing through the neighborhood and murdering things. He wasn’t wearing his green collar. He was wearing a blue collar, the collar he had previously lost somewhere outside last March. Almost immediately after we made the decision for Jupiter to be an indoor-outdoor kitty he had last the fancy Etsy collar we gave him.

After Jupiter lost the blue collar, he became proficient in murdering small helpless animals, and decapitated lizards and fatally wounded birds started showing up on our doorstep in an alarming number. Anthony and I realized that for the sake of nature we needed to put a ring on it–or more specifically, we needed to give Jupiter a new collar that had a bell.

That day Jupiter wandered in the house as if nothing was wrong, as if he wasn’t wearing a collar that had just disappeared off the face of the Earth several months ago, new collar nowhere to be found. When Anthony woke up I told him I had a story for him, and I alerted him to the fact that our cat was most likely haunted That’s when I found out Anthony had a story for me.

The night before Anthony had been playing in the yard with Isobel while I took a shower and used the bathroom in peace. While they were playing, Jupiter appeared on the fence. He was mysteriously without collar. There was something in his mouth.

The blue collar.

Thoroughly confused, Anthony took the blue collar from Jupiter’s mouth and fastened it around his collarless neck.


The story only gets weirder. Two days ago I found the green collar. Jupiter had carefully placed it on our doormat. I mean, I’m guessing Jupiter put it there, since that’s where he leaves all the headless lizards for us.


How the holy hell he came to be wearing this collar again after months and months of its disappearance baffled me. I mean, sure, this is the cat that eats paint chips, ran through the house with a turkey gizzard in his mouth at Thanksgiving, and takes a pacifier every now and then, but still. This is weird, even for him.

But how about some links, shall we?

First of all, the awesome collar Jupiter initially lost was Zorro’s, but we transferred it to Jupiter since it seemed to fit his personality better. Also you couldn’t see the awesome star with all Zorro’s fluff. You can find that collar here made by Etsy seller Miss Moustache. Her collars are all adorable and of impeccable quality and soon she’ll be offering engraving on their tags, too.

We ordered Poppy’s collar here from Etsy seller minihundpets. It is also of fantastic quality and the seller is super nice. I adore the strawberry print on Poppy’s collar! Unfortunately, Poppy hates the bell. I mean, she tolerates it better now that she’s worn it awhile, but my god that cat wanted to murder me when I first put it on her.

Last but never least is Zorro. He needed a new collar, too, since that whippersnapper Jupiter took off with his old one. I ordered this gorgeous sparkly turquoise collar from Etsy seller SecretCatLounge. Even though they are based in Australia the collar came very quickly, and packaged adorably, too.

The sparkles are very subtle, but they are there. Again, wonderful quality. I picked out this lime green bell for a dollar more and couldn’t be happier with how it looks on Zorro.

My Mom did his colors--he's a Spring!

Some other fun cat links:

Cats. Where they do not belong. (via @shinyinfo)

Crafting with Cat Hair. I used to joke about making a sweater out of Zorro fur. I was just a joke I swear.

A List of Non-toxic Houseplants. Also good to know if you have kids.

The Best Drift Cats. After porn, the internet was made for cat videos.

The Best Scratching Post Ever. I’m hoping I can convince Anthony we need this.

Legwarmers for Your Cat. You’ve already knitted a sweater out of cat fur. You may as well go all the way.

get it off get it off get it off

18 Responses to “Little Big Links: Shapeshifters and Magicians”

  1. Windsor Grace at 5:39 am #

    Wow. That’s insane. I have goosebumps.

  2. Cookbook at 6:07 am #

    Jupiter is spooky! But your cats have beautiful collars. Mine don’t wear collars — they’re indoor-only, so I’ve never really seen a need. These pictures are making me rethink that. They wouldn’t hate me *too* much, would they? 😉

    • LittleBig at 11:22 am #

      Zorro and Poppy are still indoor-only, but these collars were so beautiful I couldn’t resist. 😉

  3. E at 6:10 am #

    The first thing we do when we buy new collars is remove the bells. I can’t even imagine how annoying it would be to have our spazzy cats jingling around the house. Everyone is much happier this way.

    • LittleBig at 11:34 am #

      They are totally used to the bells now, and they barely make a noise when they move through the house. It is a must for Jupiter, and as it is it’s only barely slowed his murder-spree. Contemplating getting him a cowbell. Or a bullhorn.

  4. K at 9:38 am #

    I have just spent much of my lunch hour laughing over “Cats. Where they do not belong.” Especially Goat Cat.

  5. dingey at 9:51 am #

    Well, I do recall that the Weekly World News once had a headline that informed me that 90% of all household pets are aliens from another planet. That explains it. Either that or Jupiter’s like a raven or a coyote in native american lore: a critter that can pass back and forth through the thin, mysterious membrane that separates the physical world, the spiritual world, alternate planes of being, etc.

    • LittleBig at 11:37 am #

      Probably Anthony & my most favorite National Enquirer headline was about a Secret Government Program to turn cats into spies by training them in advanced weapons tactics and… reading. The cover depicted cats parachuting out of airplanes and reading flashcards that said, “A IS FOR ATTACK!”

  6. Bonnie at 3:51 pm #

    My poor cat is getting so bald, she may need leg warmers if she makes it to the winter and wants to go outside. Just her belly and legs, not sure why…

  7. dcjohnson505 at 4:00 pm #

    well we know that cats can see spirits and such. and a medicine man told me that they are very powerful creatures. so yes your kitties could be magical shape shifters. btw thanks for the links. im gonna order the cat hair book.

    • LittleBig at 11:38 am #

      I’m pretty sure that when Jupey shapeshifts he looks exactly the same except he has thumbs.

  8. dingey at 6:12 pm #

    Yep! At the risk of sounding like a complete crackpot, I will share a story. My parent’s house is haunted. Well, at least it was while they were renovating it. Looooong story short: my parents are both the most down to earth, non-flaky, practical humans you will ever meet. Not the sort to fancy up some phony phantoms for the sake of a story and yet they are the people who have seen the spirit of Mrs. Hill in their house, at different times. I never saw her, but the cats of my childhood sure as shit did. They were littermates, and they could be tangling and wrestling like psychos on the living room floor and would both suddenly stop, bolt upright, stare through the doorway into the little area that separated the kitchen from the living room, and would act like they were watching…..something…..walk slowly from the dining room, through that little area, into the kitchen, and onto the back porch. They would simultaneously crane their necks to watch the invisible passage all the way. Very peculiar.

  9. pistolval at 3:04 pm #

    I really believe that cats are way more intelligent than humans and I also believe that sometimes, they really like to fuck with us.

    I realize this makes me insane.

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