Likes: Sitting in the window watching all the activity. Playing peek-a-boo and tag with mom. Watching bugs. Playing with (and stalking) her brother. Licking/grooming: cats, humans, herself. Cuddling. Being in the heated bed.
Pet-Peeves: Being held and cuddled when she doesn't want to. Eating at scheduled times. Sneak attacks from behind from her brother. Not being able to go outside.
Favorite Toy: Anything. Various cat nip toys. Da Bird. A piece of cording that is frayed, crumpled paper, bugs, most anything. Doesn't like the some of the toys I've bought, though. The laser light is a new fav (but she can only play with it occasionally).
Favorite Nap Spot: The heated bed. Under the covers - she will wake me up digging to get under the covers next to me. Laps (when she wants to be there). Curled up in a ball next to mom.
Favorite Food: Not too picky, but this is changing a little as she gets older. Likes canned and raw. Have to watch her, she likes to jump on the counter to find treats when I'm not looking.
Skills: Rolling on her back and mrrrping as a greeting. Flying around the house like a little acrobat. Jumping high in the air. She climbed up me a few times when I first found her. Being very sweet and delightful. Being sensitive..
Arrival Story: I found this little girl in my garage in December '08. I walked into the garage and I thought I spotted a cat at the back of the garage...Yes, there was a little hissing kitty sitting on a cushion at the back of the garage. I had to go to work, but I left her some canned food and left the garage door open so she could get out and possibly return to her home... When I got home that evening, I called and heard mewing. She ran over to me and started rubbing and head butting me like CRAZY. She (I could tell she was a she) was jumping around and seemed so excited to have contact with another being. I went and got her some more food and she wolfed it so fast like a starving maniac...Then I brought her in the house and realized she's a little tortie...:) How could someone have lost this pretty little thing, especially in December when it's cold??? She was little, not a baby kitten, but a youngster, maybe 5-6 months...So over the next few days, I looked online for lost cats, I looked around the neighborhood for missing cat signs, and found nothing. So, I decided to try to keep her. I wasn't sure I could keep her as my 15 year old boy (at the time) sometimes has issues with other cats. But somehow it has worked. Sometimes they fight, but they also play and seem to enjoy being around each other. Gump lets her sleep on the bed, and they have become friends/siblings. Nadia is loving and forgiving and always seems happy. She always wants to lick and groom Gumpy (and me -- she loves to lick!). He lets her groom him and sometimes it turns into a wrestling match. But Nadia isn't freaked by cat attacks - she's a tough little tortie who likes to play and rough house and fly around the house - literally. Tortie full of zip and zing and sweetness and charm. Nadi likes to sleep under the covers for part of the night; she's very cuddley and loving (most of the time). She has this happy, upbeat energy which is really nice. I named her Nadia because the first few days and weeks she was hyper hyper -- climbing and jumping and running. Climbing and crawling up me and jumping onto my shoulder a couple of times (from a chair). She was just so athletic, nimble and acrobatic that it made me think of the gymnast Nadia Commanechi (?sp) She has calmed down a lot, though....whew....I also think she has helped Gumpy, as his diabetes has gotten better this year -- maybe all the extra exercise and also companionship helps....Nadia my lovely little tortie sweet blessing:) :)
This isn't a goodbye diary. I am very very sad about Catster shutting down, and I will write to say goodbye (or maybe Gumpy will write for us), but this is just a diary about something happening in my cat life.
There's been this weird and irritating chirping going on all day. It seems to be coming from the ceiling or high up. This noise has been scaring me and I've been hiding. I am a sensitive girl.
...Well, it turns out our smoke detectors are chirping! Non stop! You know what I'm talking/meowing about? It is one of the most irritating noises, and scary for me 'cause I didn't know what it was and the high pitched sound is disruptive.
Mom went out to get new batteries (in the fur-reezing cold), but she put them in and the chirping continued! CHIRP! CHIRP! Every minute or so. She did get batteries from the dollar store (she can be a frugal lady) and wonders if the cheapo ones don't work as well? She cannot venture out into the cold to find more batteries, so there will be chirps all night. Anyone else ever had to deal with those chirping smoke detectors?
P.S. I did want to say that if anyone wants our email address, just pawmail us. We've been gathering info from kitties who have shared contact info in their diaries. We will check out the other pet sites (seems to be quite a few), but we're still copying things here. Mom will also probably get onto FB at some point. Hope to see you cats at other sites or hope to stay in touch.
Thank you to everyone who sent us those scary Halloween treats! Those dancing skeletons (creepy!) are almost as scary as the little creatures who came and banged on the door the other night. I actually had to hide a few times just to be safe.
I also wanted to let you know that the little big guy - that is my brother Mist - has a Catster page. It's not totally complete and doesn't have any decorations yet, but Mom did put a page up for him a couple months ago around Gumpy's Rainbow Bridge Day (so she could be distracted a little).
I don't know if all our Catster pals even know about Mist. I talked about him and had photos in my diary a while ago, but it took Mom a long time to get him a page. He's met a few cats thanks mostly to Tully's Mom putting up something on Facebook about him. (We're not on FB, but apparently a lot of Catster pawrents are).
So if you want to meet and be friends with my little big bro, here is his page: Mist
By the way, his real name is Andante. It's a musical name that he had at the Humane Society and Mom liked it. Then she stated calling him Mister for some reason, and then it became Mist and it stuck. But he is still Andante and Mist is an everyday nickname, I guess.
Another interesting fact: I am a petite/small sizewise and Mist is a large moving into extra large. OMC
Today is also Mist's Gotcha Day and he wants to write about his Gotcha day(s) which were somewhat stressful for Mom and funny at times too. He should have a diary soon.
Mom and I almost forgot it was my birthday, as we were thinking of Gumpy and his birthday the last few days.
I wanted to let you know that you don’t have to send me any gifties. We haven’t been active here and Mom still feels bad about not purrsonally thanking you for your previous gifts and kindness for Gumpy when he passed, etc. Her energy has been so so low and combined with sadness she hasn’t gotten to that.
I am doing pretty well. I have that new little brother (sometimes he’s a little monster brother). Actually he’s not so little anymore, he’s bigger than me now at 10 months old. He still likes to chase me, stalk me and jump on me, but Mom and I are hoping he’ll continue to grow out of it. Something new I’ve been doing is jumping over the fence to explore the neighbors yards, and I’ve been in trouble about that. Mom says I might have to wear a harness outside...a harness?
Sometimes at night I howl and howl, which I’ve never done until the last six months or so. Mom wonders if I’m howling because I miss Gumpy and am trying to find him.