Kimberley Koz

All is Calm for Cats… But What About Me?
A Raccoon #Thanksgiving
Holistic Medicine for your Furry Loved Ones
Beware Holiday Decor Pet Poisons
Opie’s Story
Happiness is a Roll of Paper Toweling – Starring Adorapurr
The Revenge of Bode
Herman’s Halloween Costume
I Knew It Was Going to Happen, but I Did It Anyway
Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat present #FatCatArt

A Raccoon #Thanksgiving

At my house we indulge our inner child by providing a Thanksgiving meal for our wild life. I had hoped for a Normal Rockwell type photo shoot with our raccoons Huck and the sisters Becky, Darla and Franny with late-comer Junior, even Handsome our possum gathered around the “table” nomming on Old Yeller, peanuts, chopped bagels and whatever else we had on hand…but methinks the board kinda freaked them out, so my Rockwell plans went south. However, a few did take pity on me as I stood on the porch with my long lens and a hopeful look in my eyes. So, without further delay…here are my photos from the Koz Wildlife Thanksgiving:


A feast fit for raccoons, possums and fox…all of which visit our yard every night.


Junior (on the right) was born late so he’s undersized compared to the other 2015 babies. However, he’s making up for it by packing on the pounds in preparation for the coming winter. Here he is with his mom, Franny.


With food scarce during winter, we make sure our wildlife has enough to eat so they can hibernate with full tummies


Generations of Franny’s family have been coming to my yard since 2007. As raccoons keep snakes away, we think its adequate compensation to provide them with a thank you meal.


Junior and his pal, Handsome the possum, enjoy porch provisions, especially when its raining hard. I hope you enjoyed my wildlife Thanksgiving photo shoot.


Holistic Medicine for your Furry Loved Ones

Four Paws LifelineHave you ever considered using holistic medicine for your furry loved ones? Specifically gemstones.

Now I know that most people have some skepticism about this, but science has shown that some gemstones have piezoelectric charges and vibrate at certain frequencies. Also, studies show that the electromagnetic fields are living things. In holistic medicine we call that Auras.

People that study and become Reiki masters learn to manipulate this field and re-adjust the chakra points. And YES animals have chakra points, too. These chakra points can be used to stimulate the body’s energy into healing or help ailments in our pets. I could go into great detail and elaborate on each of the 8 points, but anyone can Google them and get a detailed description. The point I want to discuss is the use of gemstones to stimulate these 8 chakra points in our furry children.

Many gemstones have the ability to activate the healing potential in the chakra points. Some of the most commonly used ones are:

  • Amethyst for digestive, heart and teeth issues.
  • Carnelian for a vast number of symptoms from degenerative body issues to abuse.
  • Lapis helps cancer pain.
  • Labradorite for stress and anxiety.
  • Red Jasper has numerous healing abilities.
  • Smoky Quartz for nervous system, muscle pain and heart.

2ef76c07-4dc7-4158-b561-4c4a9555ee91These are just a few available out there. With some practice you could use them on your companion. Or just go to Four Paws Lifeline’s website ( and click on the store tab. There you will find numerous collar charms for all ailments and custom ones can be made specifically for your companion’s issues. Be sure to include a note explaining the problem and for a small mark up on the regular price – one will be made specifically for your furry buddy’s problems.

Below Herman shows off his custom-made charms designed to address his problems with high blood pressure, heart and fire pee (his term for chronic urinary tract infections.)

My collar charms were made by Four Paws Lifeline.

My collar charms were made by Four Paws Lifeline to address my heart, blood pressure and fire pee.

Beware Holiday Decor Pet Poisons

Four Paws LifelineOnce more we move into the depths of the holiday frenzy. With all the relatives, cooking, baking, decorating etc., we sometimes forget about our 4 legged children.

Now most of you know that poinsettia is poison to cats and dogs, but do you realize there are 19 other plants commonly used in holiday decoration/arrangements that are also poisononous?0db68f8a-424f-41dc-83c0-e8de93d3eb00

The most common are as follows:

  • Baby’s breath: vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Carnations: intestinal and digestive problems.
  • Chrysanthemum: vomiting, diarrhea and hyper-salivation.
  • Daffodils: vomiting, convulsions and cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Ivy: vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Lilies: kidney failure in cats.
  • Other plants are apple seeds, Bird-of-Paradise, Christmas rose, Holly, Mistletoe and Amaryllis.

Please be aware of what you use this holiday season. Use artificial Holly and Ivy in wreaths. Ask your florist about what plants are toxic to pets and be sure to throw away all seed & pits so dogs and cats can’t find them.

A few precautions can make all the difference in whether you spend your holidays with family or with the emergency vet. But if you do end up at the emergency vet and are short funds, Four Paws Lifeline ( may be able to help with paying the bill.

I Knew It Was Going to Happen, but I Did It Anyway

Some call me brave, while others call me an idiot behind my back when I mention I usually take more than one cat at a time to the vet. Typically two, sometimes three. That way I don’t get charged for two separate office visits. Every dime helps when it comes to providing medical care for eleventy-billion cats like I do.

On Saturday I noticed Jesse’s nose looked puffy, just like this time last year when it ballooned overnight to the size of Karl Malden’s (or Adrien Brody’s if you’re under thirty and never saw The Streets of San Francisco, or remember the television commercials for American Express Travelers Checks in the 1970s and 1980s when he told us, “Don’t leave home without them.”)

By Monday Jesse’s nose had doubled in size with both cracking and bleeding. Clearly there is something nasty in our local air that is hurting my cat, so I have my calendar marked for next year to get him a Depomedrol injection before allergens wreak havoc on his poor snooter.

Jesse aka Karl Malden

Jesse does his impersonation of Karl Malden

After I made Jesse an appointment, I checked my cat records to see who else I could take in for ‘something’ and realized Frank was overdue for his annual vaccinations.

Frank! Oh ffffudge.

It couldn’t be sweet, shy little Dori or cool as a kitty cucumber Peaches. No. It had to be Frank. Read More

Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat present #FatCatArt


Fat Cat Art: Famous Masterpieces Improved by a Ginger Cat with Attitude by Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat.

At first glance, I knew this was my kind of book. Svetlana Petrova combined my love of cats and my appreciation for whimsy in a unique and memorable way.

Her new book, Fat Cat Art, is being called “a marriage of runaway internet sensation and classical art.” It features her twenty-two pound ginger cat, Zarathustra, superimposed into some of the world’s greatest works of art.

Screen-Shot-2014-06-01-at-3.40.03-PMSvetlana Petrova is an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, who has been drawing and writing poetry from childhood. She learned much from her mother, who was not a professional, but had the soul of an artist. And cats were always a part of Petrova’s life. Always.

In 2008, her mother’s passing left Svetlana with severe depression. But it was her mother’s cat, Zarathustra, who saved her. And with a friend’s encouragement, Svetlana began creating art featuring Zarathustra as a part of world-renown paintings.

I’ve had a difficult time picking out a few favorites to share with you, as I love just about every photo in the book. Zarathustra’s chunky body and expressive face gives life to the works of art in ways I’m certain the artists never ever imagined. For instance…

The Kitchen Maid and the Cat

The Kitchen Maid and the Cat

Whistler's Mother and the Cat

Whistler’s Mother and the Cat



Cats are true Angels.

Cats are true Angels.

This book would make a fabulous gift to the cat lovers in your life. Want more? I know you do. So please visit Petrova’s amazing website to enjoy her massive body of work, and her shop to purchase your very own Fat Cat Art.

208 glossy pages
ISBN 978-0-399-17478-0
$16.95 USA
VISIT THE FAT CAT ART SHOP for prints and more!





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