Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Last Hurrah

The Gilmore Girls of Cat-Dom--that cute matching mother-daughter duo known as Runway (mom) and Rue (daughter)--are going to their new home together at the end of this week. Knowing that they're leaving soon makes every minute with them bittersweet. It doesn't help, of course, that they keep trying to out-cute themselves at every turn. Here are a few sweet snapshots of the girls on the verge of their great adventure. Please join us in saying goodbye to these princesses of purrs and wishing them a happy and loving life in their new forever home!

So, I guess we know what Mama's favorite food is! 

Yawn! Rue thinks it's time for a cat nap.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Looking for a foster--or forever--home!
This sweet little lady looks an awful lot like our former foster kitten, Luna. A neighbor found her huddled outside in the snow, trying to keep warm.

We don't really have room for another foster kitty right now, so we are looking for someone who can take her in, either temporarily as we search for an adoptive family, or permanently. We think she's about 6 months old. We need to take her to the vet and have her checked out.

We will post updates soon, but in the meantime, if you can foster, please send an email to mirishouse (at) And if you can, please send us a donation to help with her vet care.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Cuteness of Calicos

Rue and Runway: dilute and traditional calico cats
All cats are beautiful, and their different coloring is part of their beauty, from the sleek elegance of the black cat to the leonine lure of orange kitties, from the cream-and-sable delicacy of the Siamese to the wild leopard spots of the Bengal. 

But calico cats are special. With their tricolor coats and unpredictable markings, they stand out in a crowd. Their Dutch name is lapjeskat (for 'patches cat,' not 'lap cat,' although they can be both!), and in Japan they are known as mi-ke (for 'triple fur') and considered lucky. Associated with prosperity, they are sometimes known as "money cats." 
Japanese maneki neko or lucky cat

When a calico kitten is born, you can say, with 99% certainty, "It's a girl!" The genetic markers for the distinctive calico coloring can only be found in the X chromosome, and only two X chromosomes (not the XY of male cats) can result in this unusual color palette. 

At Miri's House, we've had the pleasure of fostering three calico cats, and while we can't say they've lived up to their reputation as "money cats," we still consider ourselves lucky to have known them. 

The first calico was Marilyn, the only calico in beautiful red foster cat Miri's litter of four kittens. Named for her Marilyn Monroe-like beauty spot, little Marilyn took after her namesake in another way: the camera loved her, and she loved to pose. And why not? This kitten was seriously adorable.

Pin-up calico girl Marilyn
 Not only was she almost illegally cute, Marilyn the kitten had a personality to match: sweet, friendly, and playful. A friend was planning to adopt a kitten from Miri's litter, and she had wanted an orange kitten, but when her son met Marilyn, it was love at first sight. Marilyn was the first kit of the litter to be adopted.

Marilyn the MeerKitten

Marilyn's new mom named her Carlotta, in honor of a deceased family member. Carlotta had two kitty siblings to play with, Precious and Bherr, and a new family that adored her. Today, Carlotta is all grown up, more beautiful than ever, and a treasured part of the family. In fact, Carlotta is so loved that she will be part of her mom's life forever, thanks to this amazing work of tattoo artistry.

Carlotta: love that's more than skin deep!

Runway, a striking traditional calico with black, orange, and white coloring, and her daughter Rue, an unusual dilute calico with silky grey fur blending into muted orange and white shades, are still in foster care, waiting for just the right person to fall in love with this bonded pair and give them a home together. 

Our wish is that every cat can find a forever home as loving as the one Carlotta found. 

Please donate to Miri's House so we can continue to foster cats and kittens who don't yet have the homes they deserve. Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fostering Love

Could you be a foster cat parent? All you need is love! Well--love and a spare room, and the willingness to spend some time feeding, caring for, playing with, and petting some cute kitties.

Yes, playing with cute kittens. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

Orange Ollie reminds us of our Opie, who found a home recently!

Right now, CARE Southcoast is looking for foster homes for three kittens and for a mom cat who needs a safe place to give birth. Tegan, Tessa, and Ollie are all about 9 months old and shy. They could really benefit from some one-on-one attention to help them open up. CARE does not have a shelter building at this time, and they are relying entirely on a network of foster homes.

Another orange cutie, here's Tegan with his amazing fluffy tail!
 No pictures of the mama cat yet, but we do know that her person is moving into assisted living and she is in need of an emergency foster home as soon as possible. If you've never had the opportunity to see kittens grow from tiny, hamster-like balls of fluff into sleek, agile, and playful young cats, now is your chance! It really is a wonderfully rewarding experience.

Tessa is a lovely tortie girl who would really blossom with some attention.

If you are in southeastern New England and you can offer a foster or permanent home to one or more of these kitties in need, please email Karen at CARE Southcoast: kmste (at) as soon as possible. You can also email us at mirishouse (at)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Opie to the Rescue

Santa's Furry Helper: Opie.

So many presents to wrap ... so little time!

But not to worry. It's Opie to the rescue!

This festive kitty is happy to offer his services as gift wrapper. He'll choose the wrapping paper, help roll it out, and cut when necessary. He's also very well versed in ribbons.

If you find yourself in need of a gift-wrap expert, then maybe it's time to open your home to a kitty.

Opie is five months old and clearly a beloved fixture in his new home.  We hope to find an equally wonderful home for Runway and Rue and Liam and Asa. That would be the best Christmas present of all! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Stereo Purrs

Runway and Rue, two cute kitties that are even cuter together.

Nothing says "cozy winter day" like a nap with Mom.
And then there were two ... two cute!
If you're looking for the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season, then why not open your home and your heart to a young mother and her furry child? This bonded set will encourage you to snuggle on the couch with a good book on those snowy days this winter and luxuriate in their sweet purrs and playful trills.
Oh, it's called a "straw?" What do you do with it, Mom?
Oh! Chew on it! I can do that!

Runway and Rue are a mother/daughter calico and dilute calico pair that are only eight months apart in age. Runway was a super mama to her four kittens, but now that three of them are adopted and Rue is entering her "tween" years (she turned five months old today!), she's able to be more carefree and kitten-like herself. Rue and Runway play together, eat together and sleep together. It's not at all unusual to find them chasing each other through the house, rolling around in playful wrestling matches, or playing hide-and-seek behind doors. In their quieter moments, they're happy to snuggle on the couch--or a convenient lap! If your heart is ready for the sound of purring in stereo, please contact Miri’s House (mirishouse [at] and ask for an adoption application. This dynamic duo will bring much love to you for years to come.