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:) :)
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.
Thank you for remembering me on my Gotcha Day. Four years ago Mom found me at the back of her garage on a chilly December day, and I’ve been warm and loved ever since then. It was a lucky day.
We’ve taken a break from Catster. Mom has needed to be away from here, for a few reasons. We’ll probably be back, but it won’t be the same with Gumpy being gone. Mom is still coming to terms with losing him and making sense of everything. It’s been very difficult and devastating for her. Mom may want to write more of what she’s feeling and experiencing, and maybe she’ll be able to later. I’m sorry to our kind and caring friends for missing any important times. Mom, Gumpy and I send love to our friends who have cared about us and loved us. Thanks for understanding about us being absent right now.
I also wanted to let you know that there is a new little guy (or monster?) in the house. Mom actually adopted this little guy about a month ago from our wonderful Humane Society. We’ll fill you in more about it later, but we didn’t write about him because the little guy had some health issues starting the first weekend with us and we weren’t sure it was going to work out. He’s better now, but he also has issues with being overly aggressive with me. Like stalking me, jumping on me, chasing me....non-stop, like I’m a toy. It’s been upsetting for me. He’s little (about four months now), but he scares me. Maybe this guy will calm down and cool it with his kitten antics sometime soon so I can feel comfortable in my home again.
Mom is still figuring out his name. He was called Andante at the Humane Society. He had four siblings that all had musical names (Sonata, Opus, Allegro and one other Mom can’t recall). Mom likes the name Andante, but also likes Luca, or Bodhi, or Bodhi Bear (she made that one up) or maybe something else. She wants to take a little time to figure out his name. We’ll let you know more about the little guy. Hopefully if everything works out (and he cools down) he’ll have a Catster page and he can meet some of you pawsome Catster cats.