Photo Comments Age: 9 Years Sex: Female Weight: 8 lbs.
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HRH Queen Bambi
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|-mixed breed||-pound cat||-cat rescue|
December 24th 2007
Bambi likes Spyder the most
Bambi doesn't like for the other cats to disturb Spyder in any way whatsoever.
Mousies that sit in the drawer so she can pull them out one at a time and throw them on the floor.
Favorite Nap Spot:
in the kitchen window or on top of the kitty condo
She is fond of crunchy treats, and not particular about regular food.
She can scare the heck out of Ninja who is nearly twice her size and three times her age.
Bambi had a rough life right from the beginning. Originally adopted by a young woman in college, it was hard for the two of them to keep a secure and happy home. Bambi often got shifted from one relative to another. At one point Bambi got pregnant and had kittens. By the time she arrived at the shelter she was quite stressed out and it was decided she needed to be fostered in a stable environment in the freedom of space that would be provided in the home of foster care. As a frequent visitor to the shelter, I happened to see her picture on the bulletin board and thought her to be beautiful. I asked about her, and was given an introduction. I was warned that she was not always friendly and if I were to adopt her I would do so knowing that she was independent. Since she had been around other cats, I thought that was at least a good thing. So when we met in the greeting room of the shelter, I just sat on a chair and watched her sniff about. Then as she came over to sniff me, I put my hand down to her and she was okay with that so I gently lifted her to my lap and petted her. Shortly she decided, enough of that, and got down. So, I played with her with a long string toy. It didn't take long for me to decide that I would be happy to provide her with her forever home. She could have her space if she wanted it, and have other cats to be aquainted with, and it looked like I could get to hold her and give her attention on her terms. So, that evening the woman who has fostered her brought her to my house. She had been present for the introduction and at this time, she told me she had great hopes for Bambi and I. She was very surprised that I had leaned down to pick her up and she sat on my lap and let me pet her. She felt that was a good sign, as Bambi had let the shelter workers know that she didn't like for them to handle her. Bambi came to me with her own little bed which she still uses to this day.
Bambi had another name at adoption. The name was of a current popular movie star. Though Bambi could easily be a top star, the name didn't appeal to me. She did respond to the name, so I kept trying to think of a name that rhymed or had the same vowels in it. Couldn't really come up with much of anything as I puzzled over it, I still called her by her original name.
True to her history, Bambi could be difficult. I learned quickly that there were ways you could pick her up and she was okay with it, but there were a number of ways you could not. For example; I could pick her up if I came toward her from the front side. But if I came up behind her she got very stressed out and would squirm frantically. The first day a claw ended up in my hand, but nothing like that has happened since then. So, I do not come up on her unexpectedly, nor do I demand a lot of her time and attention. The name Bambi came to me the many times I would reach for her and she was not ready. She would leap through my hands before I could even touch her. She leapt exactly like the Bambi cartoon character. And so, it stuck. The first syllable of Bambi fit with her original name. After several days of repeating the new name while petting her, on her own terms, she got to the point of coming or at least looking up and paying attention if I said, "Bambi". What I mean by, "her own terms" is that she prefers to be up on some high object and not on the floor to be petted and share affection. The bed, the table, the cat condo. As long as she is at least up to half my body height, I think she feels we are more equal to one another.
After she was settled in and I finally introduced her to Jeffery and Ninja, she decided she liked Ninja well enough to play on the bed with me swinging the toy back and forth between them. They do not play together with one another, though. She saves that kind of play for Spyder. She bonded better with Spyder when he came along because he is a kitten. You would never believe that Bambi had kittens. Soon to be two years old, she appears to be no older than 9 months. She is so small and petite. Her mothering instincts switched in the day that I brought Spyder home. Since I kept him in the bathroom in his own travel carrier, where he preferred to cuddle up and sleep most of the time, Bambi would sit outside the door waiting to hear a sound from him. As soon as he awoke and started to wander about a little bit she would turn herself upside down and try to pry that door open with her claws to no avail. All the time she would make that lovely sing song meow purr, chirrup sound that Mom Cats make when they are communicating with there kittens.
Spyder seemed pretty clueless to her overtures. Perhaps he was brought up without a Mom Cat? Needless to say, once Spyder was out and about into the world of the rest of the house, Bambi was there to be by his side. As he has grown older she has taught him how to play fight and now he wears her out, so she spends a lot of time getting beauty sleep.
The one thing that Bambi will not tolerate is when Ninja gets too close to her "baby" Spyder. Now Ninja has got to weigh a good 12 pounds or more. And like I said Bambi is quite Dainty, maybe 8 or 9 pounds at the most. If she thinks that Ninja has crossed over any bounds of cat behavior she let's Ninja know it in no uncertain terms. It is funny to see her little self charge after that lumbering panther. Her eyes all big, she is like lightning. He has leaned to give her wide berth. The odd thing is that no matter how much he growls at the kitten to go away, Spyder is not the slightest bit intimidated and will walk past him so close that Ninja could easily knock him over with his breath! It's clear that Spyder wants to be friends. Ninja is so nervous and wants the little guy to go hang out somewhere else. It will be interesting to see the dynamics change and to see if Bambi will allow the boys to become friends.
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