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.

Jack (aka Baby Jack)

Jack was the first of 4 kitties that we got from our vet. They had a cage with cats for adoption by the front desk. This was around Halloween and there was Jack, but his name was Spook. I thought he was so cute and I told my husband there was a cute cat at the vet. He suggested we go get him. As you remember, I said, we already have (now) 3 cats. People with 4 cats are crazy cat people (remember it’s always 1 more cat than we have at the time that makes you a crazy cat person).

Kevin suggested we go to the vet but take the carrier, just in case. Needless to say, we came home with Jack. We didn’t love the name Spook so we wanted to change it. We decided on Jack after Jack the Pumpkin King from the movie the Nightmare Before Christmas. But, because he was so small, we called him Baby Jack as well. We got him in 2007 and even though he has grown, we still call him Baby Jack. We also used to call him “crab man” as well. The reason why we did that was we would put him in a harness with a leash because he would get under furniture it was hard to get him out because he was so tiny. However, when we would put a harness on him he would walk sideways like a crab. It was the cutest thing. I wish I would have been able to get video of it.

Jack has had a couple of incidents. When he was a baby, I saw him on the dining room table where we had a plant. He was sitting on top of the plant and “watering it in his special way”. I couldn’t yell at him because at least he was using the plant instead of going to the bathroom on the table. No, the plant didn’t last after that visit. LOL

Another scary thing that happened with Baby Jack was he swallowed a string from a balloon. I was out of town and Kevin told me that he was throwing up and was going to take him to the vet the next morning. Kevin noticed that when he was throwing up it looked like a string. Kevin happened to grab it and Jack ran away and the string came out like a clown pulling a handkerchief out of his sleeve. We were so lucky that the string wasn’t wrapped around any organs.

Another thing that I LOVE about Jack is that he is the best purrer. He purrs so loud. He always has and I hope he always will. Jack is sitting right next to me purring while I’m writing this article.

He was our heaviest cat. I have a video of him falling over on my home page. Since Luke joined the family, Jack has become more active and has actually lost some weight.

As of now, Jack is our oldest (living cat). The “elder statesman” if you will.

Thanks For Reading

About the back story of Bones and Jack. Stay tuned for more backstories of our other kitties.

Please share below how your kitties appeared in your life.

 

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.

SpikeNancy And Spike Sleeping

Spike came into my life when I lived in Wisconsin as well. He was in a family with a toddler and the family didn’t think they would have enough time for him so they were looking for another home. I remember going to meet him and the toddler was carrying him around the house holding him under his top legs. Spike was so chill and just let it happen. I never had Spike’s DNA tested but from looking on websites, I’m wondering if he was a Russian Blue. He was such a beautiful cat.

He lived in Wisconsin and Connecticut. He was great in the car ride from Wisconsin to Connecticut. As I mentioned earlier, he was a super chill kitty.

Near the end of his life he ended up living with my husband and I. He stopped eating and we made the decision with our amazing vet to put in a feeding tube. We used the feeding tube for a couple of weeks and then had it removed and he flourished for another year and a half. He was acting like a kitten for that last year. This is my favorite picture of him. He LOVED to snuggle in the bed with me and put his paw on my hand. He passed away in 2014. I miss this guy every day.

Cookie

Cookie is a fun story. She came into my life right about the time that I met my husband in 2002. Kevin headed to a golf Cookiecourse in Orlando one morning and saw a cute black and white kitty walking around the clubhouse. He spent a few minutes playing with her and thought she was a cutie. He asked about her story and the workers told him if she was around when he finished his round of golf he could take her. The owners of the golf course already had her spayed because they didn’t want kittens.

The craziest thing is when Kevin was finished with his round of golf he looked around the clubhouse and didn’t see her. A little dejected, he started walking toward his car and there she was! She was sitting next to his car and started walking toward him and then put her paws on his knees. (I can just imagine how cute that was!) Of course, he scooped her up and called the golf course on the way home and told them that he took her so they didn’t worry about her.

Cookie was a well-traveled cat. She lived in Orlando, Florida, Newburgh, NY, Bristol, CT and Charlotte, NC. She flew on a plane twice and was a champ both times.

She passed away last year. We think she was around 16 years old.

Oreo

Oh, our Oreo. We used to call him the “informer”. Kevin found Oreo when he was living in Newburgh, NY for a couple of months when he started a new job. Oreo was “hanging” around the house that Kevin was living in when he moved to the NorthEast. He thought Cookie would like having a brother. Cookie totally disagreed. She really wanted to be an only cat. Oreo, however, flourished in our household. He was such a good kitty. We called him the “informer” because he would always run toward the door when the doorbell rang. If someone came into the house, he would follow them around. We jokingly called him the “informer” because he always thought he needed to take notes when anyone was in the house to let us know what was going on. He was the closest we had to a dog. LOL

We also called him our “bionic” cat. He had many health issues and we were fortunate that he was with us as long as he was. He had seizures and had to take phenobarbital daily. A few years later, it seems like he was wheezing and it felt like his heart was beating really fast. We took him to the vet and they couldn’t even count how many beats his heart was pumping because it was going so fast. (It was well over 300 beats per minute. As a reference, a cat’s normal heartbeat is between 140 and 220 bpm.) Because of that, he started taking atenolol to keep his heart rate down.

Right around the same time, he was having an issue with “gas” in his intestinal track. Because of that, he needed to take prednisolone. Needless to say, he was on a cocktail of drugs for many years.

We had smooth sailing until 2016. I was out of town for work and Kevin called me to say that he thought Oreo was dying. He couldn’t use his back legs. He took Oreo to the vet and they thought they saw a mass in his chest. They didn’t know if it was a tumor or liquid. He was put on some water pills and had an ultrasound a couple of days later and the mass was gone. But, we were told that he was in heart failure and it could be 2 months or 2 years but the clock was ticking. 🙁

We had just rescued Magic (who was .6 pounds when we found him). Magic and Oreo became fast friends. After Kevin brought Oreo back home, Magic wouldn’t leave his side. It was the cutest thing. I feel because of Magic’s love, Oreo bounced back and was pretty much back to normal a few weeks after that episode. Magic was literally laying on top of his brother. It was so precious. I have so many pictures of those two. I will add them to the cuteness corner of the website.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get 2 additional years with Oreo. We said goodbye to him in 2017. I miss that guy every day. However, he did pass a lot of his traits on to Magic (who will meet us at the door when we get home). We also have Minnie and Houdini that look like Oreo as well so it helps to feel like Oreo is still here.

Thanks For Reading 

The back stories of Casey, Spike, Cookie, and Oreo. Stay tuned for Bones, Dora, Onyx, Minnie, Magic, Houdini, and Luke.

This might be a 3 part post. I’ve had a few kitties in my life.

Please share how your cats (or dogs) made their way to you!

Humans Are Uncomfortable So Cats Are Not

I have been striving to write articles about serious topics that I’m hoping are very helpful to cat parents. I’m going to still do that, but I feel I need to add some more fun posts in between the serious posts.

If you have a cat you know EXACTLY what I am talking about with humans being uncomfortable. There are a lot of memes with charts of a bed where the human fits on the corner and the kitty takes over the rest of the bed.

Cats Like Warmth

I always thought that cats would sleep with you for the warmth factor. Their body temperature is 102 degrees so they, very much like humans, try to use other heat sources to stay warm. Think of how many times you see kitties following the sunlight throughout the room during the day.

Why Do We Not Move?

I know why I personally don’t move, it’s because my cats are totally spoiled and they have me wrapped around their paw. 🙂

I cannot tell you how many nights I needed to get up to go the bathroom or get a drink of water and because I have 3 or 4 kitties tucked in with me, I will lay there until one of them moves.Magic, Onyx and Jack

As you can see by this picture, I couldn’t even get into bed because Magic, Onyx, and Jack have taken over the bed. 🙂

My Thoughts On Why We Don’t Move

I know that cats aren’t “human” children, but I feel like it’s very much like a parent will not move once a child falls asleep on them. You don’t want to disturb your angel while they are asleep. You want to enjoy watching them breathe and just take in the peaceful bonding time with them. Plus, it’s also very relaxing and comforting to have another “being” tucked in and next to you (at least it is for me).

Is It Worth It?

This is a picture that my husband took. He needs to always sit on the couch or in a chair with his legs spread out with his knees sticking out so Magic (Or in this case, Jill, Magic, and Houdini) can sit down and snuggle. Kevin jokes that someday he might have hip issues because of the way that he needs to sit in order to keep the kitties comfortable.

 

Will We Continue To Be Uncomfortable?

I’m not sure about you, but I know I will continue. The reason why is I know there will be a time that I would pay any amount of money to get those snuggle times back. I’m going to take advantage of any extra snuggle time I can get with my kitties.

Final Thoughts

What about you? As I’m typing this Onyx just jumped into my lap for afternoon snuggles. Time to wrap up the article and savor this sweet time!