May 2005

May 2005

Greetings My Subjects

It's your amazingly wonderful princess Lesley Anne here. They tell me it’s my turn to write the newsletter (and your privilege to read it if you ask me) this month and inform you all of the "goings ons". I was wandering around the store the other day and realized Mother’s Day is this month, Sunday the 8th as a matter of fact. I was looking at all the gifts we have around here and realized, wow, we have a lot!

My store has a lot of beautiful jewellery, scarves, music boxes, clocks, watches, throws, figurines, sun-catchers, journals, chimes, photo frames, stationery, socks and even some great t-shirts and night-shirts like my favourites and for $24, the price is right.

Despurrate Housewives Yoga Pawsitions The Cat Nap
Despurrate Housewives of Whiskeria Lane Yoga Pawsitions The Cat Nap

The Cochrane Humane Society

Many of you are already aware that there is an active Humane Society in Cochrane – just fifteen minutes west of Calgary.  Wanted - New Cat ShelterThe animals (and staff!) are currently housed in a small, derelict house with an even smaller more derelict trailer alongside it.  You can visit their website to see photos of their current facility.  THE CAT HOUSE has decided (at my insistence) to help raise funds to build a new shelter for the Cochrane Humane Society – which is halfway to their fundraising goal of 1.7 million dollars. We have set a goal of raising $25,000 to contribute to their building fund.

Our inspiration came in the form of the other shop cat, Buddy Guy, who had been living with a feral colony of cats in Cochrane for several years before Henry and Joanne trapped him and gave him a new lease on life as a resident shop cat and my personal assistant.  We took a photograph of Buddy in one of his many “outfits” and gave it a western theme as Cochrane was the home of one of the original cattle ranches in the province of Alberta.

We hope you like the resulting “WANTED” poster which we have printed on to nice sand coloured T-shirts as a fundraiser.  All proceeds of the sale of the shirt go to the Cochrane Humane Society Building Fund.  We hope you love the shirt …the more we sell, the quicker the new shelter will be built.  Wouldn’t this make a great shirt to wear during Stampede – or any time here in Alberta during our Centennial year.

We are also collecting coins as well as Canadian Tire Money for the Cochrane Humane Society at our store. Every little bit helps.

Summer travel plans?
If you are planning to travel with your cats this summer my Mom and Dad would be happy to discuss with you their experiences travelling with four cats.  They can offer you tips on making the whole experience less stressful on your cats and therefore much less stressful on you.  One product we have found very helpful and that we have been selling for years at THE CAT HOUSE is “Rescue Remedy” – an herbal product which contains homoeopathically prepared flower extracts.  Rescue Remedy is formulated “to comfort and reassure” and in our experience it works remarkably well – not only when travelling but also to help settle hostilities/dominance battles between cats within a household.

The great outdoors
Since we mentioned the KITTYWALK pet containment system in our last newsletter we have sold many of them: personally I love it. It allows me to lounge around outside and keep other animals away from me. Visit  to see all the variations of this portable, affordable and effective enclosure for cats (or dogs).  We keep several versions of the KITTYWALK in stock in the store at all times and can special order the others usually within 7-10 days. We can also ship these anywhere you need just give us a call to find out more.

Second Kittenhood
We all want to be young again, except of course me, because I haven’t aged a day in the last few years (don’t believe my Mom if she tells you I’m 14 years old ). For those of you with kittens and cats that need a little rejuvenation, you have to come and see my favourite new toy, the PURRfect Feather Dancer. It’s become one of our fastest selling toys and we’re hearing great things about how other cats are loving it : it’s kept me going! I’m not the only one who loves it either, it recently received an Editors Choice Award by Cat Fancy magazine, though in all honesty, my opinion should be enough.

Feather Dancers 1Feather Dancers 2


Please remember to call us if you or anyone you know will be cutting down any honeysuckle bushes or trees.  We just can’t get too much of that wood that cats love!
Feline Frolics
Oh! Don’t forget to send us your cat stories. I want to hear from my fellow felines and humans out there. E-mail your four footed anecdotes to and we’ll publish the funniest and cutest stories (and pictures too, but only with stories) in our next newsletter.
Meow Foundation Update
If in your spring cleaning you find that you have any towels, bedding, cat furniture, toys or care items that you no longer need please drop them off at THE CAT HOUSE as we have a donation closet to accept items for the MEOW Foundation.  Check out their website to see their latest count on cats adopted out in the last few years – you will be amazed.

Are you ready for the Royal Visit?

They say the Queen is coming to town on May 25th 2005.  I hope she has a good time, but if you don’t have tickets, stop by the store and see me, I have tiara too you know and you don’t have to pay for parking to come see me!

Gifts for all!
As a special Meowthers day gift to all "THE INK" subscribers, come in to the store and ask for your special "Royal Meowthers Day Magnet" of me as below!
Lesly Anne with Tiara
Yours Wonderfully,
Lesley Anne


PS. Didn't you know all female owners of cats are "Meowthers"?  Neither did we, until we made it up today.


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