Cat Adoption (Part 4)

Thanks for sticking with the back stories on our “kids”. So far you’ve met: Casey, Spike, Cookie, Oreo, Bones, Jack, Jill, Dora, Onyx, and Minnie. You’ve made it to the last article. 🙂 Today we cover, Magic, Houdini, Luke, and Queso.

Magic

There is a restaurant down the street from where we live that has stray cats hanging around that people will feed. The people that owned the restaurant (at the time) would feed the cats because the cats would keep rodents away from the building.

I flew home late one night (in August 2016) from working out of town and Kevin asked if I wanted to go to the restaurant to get something to eat. That sounded like a great idea but when we pulled in, they were closing for the night but some workers were outside. We chatted with the bartender and said how much we appreciated they fed the stray cats. He told us that there was a new litter of kittens, but they thought that one of the little black ones wasn’t going to make it because he was too small.

That brought Kevin and me to attention and I remember saying, “Not on our watch”! Kevin and I then started to look around the area with our phone flashlights until we found that little peanut. He was less than half a pound and was just stumbling around in the shed where we found him. We immediately brought him home and gave him some food.

He’s been an absolute joy ever since!

Houdini

Houdini came to us from the same restaurant where we got Magic. Houdini was hanging around with his “Mom” (we think) for many weeks. However, we started to see Houdini by himself. That was when the plan to adopt Houdini started, in our minds.

We spent a few weeks playing with him with a string and nerf balls and feeding him treats and soft food. I remember it was New Years Eve 2017, we decided it was going to be Houdini’s adoption day.

We headed to the restaurant and put some soft food in a cat carrier and Houdini walked right into it. Then, the bad part of closing the carrier and listening to him meow was so sad as we headed right to the vet to get checked out.

He was in great shape, but Kevin got Houdini duty to stay in the room with him that evening. Kevin said he wandered around the room all night and was meowing. He said it was so sad to hear. 🙁 Once Houdini got to meet his brothers and sisters, he became more well-adjusted and he fits right in!

Luke

Luke was a fluke! LOL We were taking two of our kitties into the vet to get checked out and the vet tech knocks on the examination door and asked me to come out into the lobby.

When I got into the lobby, I see an older gentleman holding Luke. He said that his son adopted the kitten and then moved and left the kitten with his parents. The parents didn’t want him but they wanted to find him a good home. So they brought him to the vet first to see if someone there could find a home for him. Because we were in the office, they said, “Wait a minute, we think we know the right people”.

Needless to say, we arrived at the vet with two kitties and left with three!

Luke took no time at all to get familiar with everyone and became a member of the 3 Amigos (Magic, Houdini, and Luke).

Queso

Queso is our newest kitty (at the time of this article publication). He was also a stray that we fed at the local restaurant. We started seeing him about four months ago and most of the kitties that are in this colony are black or black and white. This kitty was orange and white so he stood out to us right away.

We laughed and called him Ginger (we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl at the time). He started to meet us every time that we would show up to feed the colony. Most of the others were scared, but “Ginger” would walk right up to us and start rubbing against our legs. Once he started meowing and flipping on his back to show us his belly we knew we had to take him in. He was getting to be too friendly and there might be people around that aren’t as friendly as we would be.

He’s also been a joy and has been one of the sweetest cats that we have brought in. We could snuggle with him right away and he is always giving us kisses and head bonks.

It’s getting better with his brothers and sisters, it’s a work in progress.

The End (For Now)

Whew, it took four parts, but we finally made it to the end of our kids (for now). Stay tuned for updates if, or should I say when, we add some new faces. (We have our eye on another kitty at the restaurant, we just need to gain his/her trust).

Thanks for reading this four-part series! 🙂

Cat Adoption (Part 3)

Making our way through the crew. You’ve met: Casey, Spike, Cookie, Oreo, Bones, and Jack. Now to meet Jill, Dora, Onyx, and Minnie.

Jill (aka Baby Jill)

Jill was the second cat that came to us from the vet. I remember walking into the vet and seeing her in the cage. I went right home and told Kevin we are adopting another cat, no questions asked. LOL She was so so tiny. I love the picture that we took of her sitting on top of the cat carrier.

Something else cute she started when she was little was “squeaking” when you would touch her butt. She still does it to this day.

I also love this picture of Jack and Jill. Jack is actually the taller one. Jill now towers over him.

When we go to the vet they will ask (before they see the name) if Jill is a male because I guess for a female she is a large cat. She’s not fat, but just big-boned (honestly…..) When she was tiny we would call her Baby Jill, just like we called Jack, Baby Jack. Then she grew…..

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Cat Adoption (Part 2)

Thanks for sticking around for part 2 of my cat adoption stories. We started with Casey, Spike, Cookie, and Oreo. Today you’ll hear the stories behind Bones and Jack. (Their stories got a little long so we’ll cover Jill, Dora, Onyx, Minnie, Magic, Houdini, Luke, and Queso another day.)

Bones

My husband and I had just moved into a condo in Connecticut in 2004. I was traveling for work (like I still do) and Kevin told me he saw a cat by our back patio. I said, “Don’t feed the cat because we already have 2 cats….3 cats would make us crazy cat people”! (Here we are with 9 cats. My new mantra is that “crazy cat people” are people that have 1 more cat than we do. LOL Through the years, that number has been rising).

Kevin didn’t see the cat again after we talked but he called me another time and said the cat is back, but he is limping. Of course, I’m not a monster so I told him to scoop him up. Kevin was able to do that and took him to the vet. We found out that all the bones in his paw were broken straight through. The vet that we saw wanted to put pins in his bones and have them grow together, to the tune of $3000.00. Needless to say, we asked for another option and I’m glad that we did because we found the best vet that we could have ever had! 🙂

“Our vet,” told us that putting pins in would be a waste of time. He suggested that he line up the bones and put on a cast and just let it heal (to the tune of $300). That is what we did and Bones fully recovered. We decided to name him Bones since his paw had broken Bones.

However, we did get some bad news when we took him in. We found out he was FIV +. I’m going to write an article about it in the future, but think of it as HIV in humans. It cannot be spread between cats and humans. We had never heard of it so we didn’t know if it was something that Bones could live with. What we found out is that as long as Bones was an inside cat (which he was going to be), he would live a “normal” life. We were very on top of any colds or sneezes since his immune system wasn’t as strong.

He was a big cat. He looked like a Panther. (Like the ones that you see in front of the Carolina Panthers stadium.) He was not fat but just big and tall. He loved to get petted and LOVED cheese. Bones should have been from Wisconsin like me! 🙂 My favorite thing about Bones was that whenever he would see us, his tail would go straight up and shake. That’s a sign that your cat LOVES you.

He passed away right after we moved to Charlotte in 2016. We believe that he had a massive heart attack. He passed away while we were on the way to the emergency vet. That was one of the worst experiences of my life.

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Cat Adoption (Part 1)

I know I’ve introduced all of our cats already, but I think it’s always fun to hear about how your kitties became your kitties. I’m going to share all of my adoption experiences of my cats (past and present) starting from oldest to youngest.

Casey

Casey showed up on the porch of the house I was living in when I lived in Wisconsin. It was chilly outside so it was an easy decision to bring her into the house. She was not black and white (like all our kitties right now). She looked like a lion and had long bushy hair. When I moved to Connecticut, she ended up living with my Mother because I didn’t want to stress her moving her across the country. She passed away in 2004. I need to search my archives for a picture of her. She was a super sweet kitty.

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