This Week's Episode: The Real Housecats of Champaign County

The three girls have a “spa day” at the shelter.  Princess Bala receives a body shave which was necessary due to a little problem with matting fur.  When she emerges from her haircut with this new extreme look, she is grumbling about the incompetent humans that did this to her.  Babe’s eyes got as big as golf balls at first, but she quickly recovered and started offering support. She assured Princess B that her new look was very “cutting edge” and made her look like a lion.  Plus, when her coat grows back in, it will be fabulous.  Sabbie managed to raise a brow at the new look, raised it even further during Babe’s pep talk, but ultimately made no comment. 

Meanwhile, news spread through the shelter that Jango had lost .3 pound after just one full week of weight-loss camp.  Staff members were very proud of the accomplishment.  Princess Bala was not impressed, scoffing at such a low figure.  Babe explained that .3 pound is actually “right on track” for a feline weight-loss program because rapid weight loss can cause a life-threatening liver condition (Hepatic Lipidosis).  Princess Bala retorted with an extremely snarly, “and?”

Abbey, a shelter cat who is not one of the “Real Housecats” but appears with Jango in "Feline Rehab with Dr. Knap,"* overheard Princess Bala’s hurtful remarks about Jango.  Abbey vented to Babe:  “A ‘princess’ should have more class . . . She’s not so perfect either . . . Cats in glass houses shouldn’t throw litter clumps . . . etc., etc.”  Babe tried to calm Abbey down, explaining that Princess B was probably just lashing out because of her bad haircut, but Abbey wasn’t buying any of it. 

Babe talked to Sabbie about Abbey’s hurt feelings, asking if Sabbie thought it a good idea for Babe to confront Princess B about her inappropriate remarks.  Sabbie thought Babe’s time would be better spent taking a good nap.  “We are who we are and Princess B is never going to apologize for who she is.” 

Later . . . Jango was lounging around at the front desk after the staff had taken him for his walk.  The camera showed him in a state of total relaxation, but then he raised his head – looked around and saw that the staff had increased in activity.  He glanced at the clock on the wall, rose, and made a bee-line for his cage.  It was obvious that he had gleaned it was feeding time.  As he passed by Princess Bala’s cage, she snickered and said “better hurry, Jango, maybe you’ll lose another fraction of an ounce on your way to the bowl.”  Jango replied, “Blow it out your fur, Princess . . . I didn’t hear about the casting call for Lion King.”

Next week on “The Real Housecats” . . .

Princess Bala gets a record deal  - Sing it with me: “money can’t buy you sass”

Babe sees a counselor for her issues around being a “pleaser” – “I just want to make everyone happy – why can’t I?”

Jango and Abbey make a plan to put Princess Bala in her place.

Sabbie breaks a wry smile, yawns, and curls up in a sun spot. 

*"Feline Rehab with Dr. Knap" refers to a weight-loss program for Jango & Abbey.  They are on special diets, attend physical therapy with Kim Knap at the UI Small Animal Clinic, and receive daily exercise at the shelter.

Commercial Break:  Don't forget - "Home for the Holidays" adoption specials continue at the Champaign County Humane Society!  This week:  Adopt one kitten and take a second one home for no additional adoption fee.  Plus, we've extended last week's promotion for another week - Adopt any cat over 7 years old for the donation of your choice.  Specials apply to approved adopters only.  Shelter Phone: 217-344-7297

Above:  Mikaela - an adorable kitten; she shows no signs of being a drama queen.

Below:  Brendan - another adorable youngster, eligible for this week's Home for the Holidays promotion.


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