Nicknames: Elsa The Lionness, Elsa Glamour, Miss Pretty Glamour, Miss Glamour Silliness
Gotcha Date: July 21st 2007
Birthday: February 27th 2005
Arrival Story: TWO KITTIES ARE BETTER THAN ONE: My white persian Samantha had to be put to sleep October 24, 2006 at the age of around 15 years old. She likely had a stroke the Vet said because one day, she was unable to walk and her head tilted one way. I thought about her all the time afterwards, and missed her a lot and wanted another white persian. So I kept checking the Humane Society website to see if they had a white persian. Finally on Thurs., July 12, 2007 they had one, named Patty (later I changed her name to Elsa), and I went right away to see her that day. Her previous life story was that she was dropped off at the shelter as a stray in Feb.2007 (they told me she was in poor shape). She was pregnant at the time and gave birth to 4 kittens, all of who found homes. She had 2 white and 2 brown kittens I think. Patty was now recovered and gained enough healthy weight to become available for adoption. Her adoption card showed that she was not good with other cats, but that did not bother me as I had had many cats prior to her who all got along well, generally! I asked their advice on whether she'd get along with my current cats and the lady said she didn't know how they decided on which cats don't get along with others so I decided I would not worry and likely just adopt her. (The only cat in the family she sometimes does not get along with is Tabatha). Patty's birthdate they told me is Feb. 27, 2005. Two cages down from her was my Ginger Girl (called Dandelion then) who I previously saw on an adoption website where the Humane Society advertises. She was titled as "They Named Me What?"; so I remembered her for the unusual name they gave her. I spent time with Patty, and she put her paw out to me and rubbed her head on the cage and meowed at me. She acted like Samantha too. Meanwhile, Dandelion was meowing, and she kept reaching out to me: she wanted attention (she still does especially when she's hungry!). So I gave both kitties my attention. I thought to myself about the policy of 'if you adopt two cats, the second one is half-price" so I thought about adopting Dandelion too, maybe. I went home to think about it; and cried, thinking about how Patty and Dandelion liked me so much. I was sure I'd adopt Patty. The next day, Friday, July 13/07, I went to see them both again at the Humane Society and all the kitties were sleepy - I thought they must have all just been fed. That night I thought, "Quit just visiting them, Patty is sweet and just go adopt her and it would be nice to have Dandelion but for sure, adopt Patty". On Saturday, they let me hold Patty and I filled out adoption papers for her, and to verify adoption you have to call the Society the next day to confirm. Dandelion still liked me but with me asking all kinds of questions about Patty, I did not think about the other kitty. Then, Saturday night, it struck me: "Oh No! I forgot about adopting Dandelion!". When I called the next day to verify Patty, I asked if I could adopt Dandelion too, and they said 'Of course. Come and see her today, and decide"; I was Happy!! I went to see both cats on Sunday. Since Patty was going to be mine, she was already being held in another room and they brought her to the adoption area and also let Dandelion out of her cage in the adoption area to see if they got along well. They got along fine - no fighting. Patty was quiet and inquisitive in a quiet way. Dandelion was inspecting everything in the entire room including all the other cats in their cages so the Shelter worker said it looks like she'll be an energetic kitty. (When the Shelter worker brought Dandelion out of her cage, they said "Oh she's put on some weight too") (and has put on a little more since then!). (Elsa, though she's fluffy, has maintained a good, thinner weight!) I held both kitties separately and wanted both of them. Dandelion was added to my adoption papers for Patty. When you adopt a kitty, you get to put your name on their cage, so that others will know the kitty is being considered for adoption by someone else! So, I did that: and you feel really proud putting your name on their cage! I did not get my kitties right away though, but a few days later, I brought both kitties home on Sat., July 21, 2007 as Patty had to remain and be spayed before I could have her, and Dandelion, though she was already spayed, must have needed to be checked over too. They told me to keep the new kitties separate from the rest of my kitties (Felix, Serena & Tabatha) for 10 days so I kept Patty and Dandelion in a bedroom of their own, together, to get used to each other. They were quiet in the car in separate cat carriers, and quiet in the house. Felix came to look at them in their cages and no one growled. I put the new kitties into their room and they inspected the room. Dandelion got friendly with me after awhile and purred and laid by me, but Patty stayed under the bed. Later I checked on both of them and they were both under the bed. I checked them several more times and Patty was under the bed a lot but Dandelion was then mushy and loved to be loved and given attention. Patty came out to me a few times but she had not eaten yet. Dandelion ate several times because when Patty would not eat, Dandelion wanted the food. Sunday, I noticed that Patty still wasn't eating but she came out and visited me and investigated the room. I felt she wasn't feeling well due to being spayed. On Monday, July 23 the Humane Society said to bring her back to them, to recover more from her spaying. Finally, I brought Patty home on Thurs., Aug. 2, and put her in the room with Dandelion. She still didn't eat (eventually she began eating dry food only) and she growled & swatted at the other kitty. When I was out in the yard, I did see Patty looking out the window at me, so it was good that she was curious and alert, if not eating much yet. She would always let me pet her and was friendly with me and then it was time to let Dandelion out to meet my other kitties the next night, on Fri., August 3. Patty began eating well on Aug. 5 with dry and canned food. Patty had to spend most of her first 10 days in the bedroom alone without Dandelion, but she was eating now and I visited with her daily in the bedroom, as I did with Dandelion. And Patty was running around now and acting silly all the time. I changed Patty's name to Elsa because I love the movie "Born Free" about Elsa, The Lionness. (And towards Tabatha, Elsa often acts exactly like a Lionness!). So her new name suited her!
Bio: Elsa began coming to lie beside me every night at bedtime approximately in January 2010. Before then, she'd lie at the end of the bed with Ginger. She's also now coming to sit on my knee or beside me on a chair more often than before, and it's really nice to know that she loves to be closer to me! She was always friendly & silly and loved being petted and brushed, but this is a new, closer friendliness! When she gets in her silly crazy zooming time, she'll run - then jump on the bed and practically go around in circles on the bed as if she's sliding or ice skating, then stop and look, then zoom around again - and again! Almost right away, Elsa and Ginger became as close as can be, sitting & sleeping together; Elsa goes to Ginger for a grooming; they're practically inseparable. At feeding time, Elsa sits patiently in the little 'kitty box' in the kitchen while Ginger is leaned up against me, leaving little scratch marks on my thigh or knee!
My Birthday is here today and now I’m eight years old. I’m going to list my thanks to all of you, below! I have not written a diary much lately so I’ll try and think what’s been going on lately.
What have I done in the past year? At this age I try and show my brother Tyson who’s boss. When he chases me down the stairs, I jump onto the desk and slap at him through the railing. He stays on the stairs staring at me.
Sometimes he’ll get onto the desk too but by then he’s run out of steam and goes past me and leaves me alone. But there are scratch marks on the wall. Maybe I’ve really left my mark! Or did Tyson do the scratching?
I better not tattle-TAIL!
Other times we don’t seem to bother each other at all.
Last May, I became Dream Girl #31; one of many beautiful Dream Girls! I wonder how long I will reign? Is it just a year?
Thanks to my Catster friends for these pretty gifts with sweet messages:
Beating Gold Heart from Chico, Sampson, Lil’ Muppet, Nakita and Krikit.
Beating Gold Heart from Rufus, Sydney, Lucy Angel, Pandora Angel.
A rose from Pipo & Minko along with a ‘Birthday photo’ of me!
A snowman and ‘photo of a cake with my name’ on it! From Sleeper, Samhain, Fearless, The Ferals, Socks and Maya (Angel).
Two roses from Tony, Anna, Greystone, Sammy, Stormy, Cleo and Ashe.
A red heart from Milo, Smokey Joe Angel, Timmy Angel, Zig, Sam, Mallee, and Rhett.
A pink ribbon from Big Harry Orange Angel, Patches, Angel Lumi, Silvio Angel, Zeus, Tabatha, Jameson, and a boy named Lucy.
A pink ribbon from Smiley Cassanova.
A pink ribbon from Beepers.
A pink ribbon from Gunnarr T, Miss Muppet Forever Loved, Peekaboo.
A red heart from Peanut, Popeye, Midnight and Samantha You Will Be missed.
Lynzee with a kitty ‘Birthday Card’.
Hartley, Darian, Jenny, Tiny Fey and Psy.
Skylar, Mrs. Murphy, Roni, Rusty, Skittles, Ivan, Daisy, Percy, Porter and Maedia.
Sonny Bono Angel, Presley, Paris.
Kiki, Jack, Kosuteh.
Lynzee, Tundra, Rory & Manytoes along with a ‘Birthday photo’ of me!
Jezebel and Charlie.
We Bees Siamese.
Thanks to all of you, and to any stopping by, for your Furriendship! You’ve all made this a beautiful and special Birthday!
When Dad gets home, I hope he does not find out I’ve been typing this on the computer ^:plunk: = =& woops, by leaving behind a lost whisker, or nail; piece of fur or a long hair or two!
We have good news from Art Blakey's Mom, Heather - Marilia is now adopted!
This follows up my last diary where Julie had to give up 6 kitties due to a neglecting landlord and now all 6 are adopted - Marilia was the last one adopted!
Julie's 10 kitties are still Catster kitties but 6 of them are now in new homes: Chief Joseph is one of those adopted out and today's his Birthday too! It's nice that his sister Marilia got a new home on his birthday!
It's too bad Marilia's little friend, Xavier, at the Woods Humane Society did not get adopted too. One of Marilia's pictures on the Woods Humane website had shown her cuddling with her new friend Xavier who had been at the Woods Humane Society before she got there. We hope one day Xavier will be adopted too!
Now Julie and her 4 remaining kitties in her home can rejoice that the 6 kitties she had to give up are all adopted!
Many of you wrote to me last March/April allowing us to write your names in a "Happy Spring" card and "Welcome to Your New Home Card" which we sent to Julie, when she had to give up 6 of her kitties. My diaries last March/April tells what had happened to her.
After Julie received the "Happy Spring Card" you can see how happy she is where she posted in the Catster Forum on April 4/12:
You Guys Are Amazing!! (Tiny, Squint, Autumn & Fuzz) -
What I love about Catster is that there are true, blue people here that really, truly and authentically care about others in distress about their cats.
I want to thank all those who have offered support, gave donations to the shelter in the name of my cats... that's a big one - they are still awaiting adoption - and my gratefulness and thankfulness, joy and comfort from Catster people is none that I ever remember experiencing in my life.
From Me: The update on Julie's kitties today is that of the 6 she had to give away, 5 are now adopted (including Graciela adopted out to a family that wanted a special needs cat)!! So now, only loveable Marilia is waiting to be adopted (if ANYONE is interested...).
She's at http://www.woodshumane.org
and they now have her biography posted and while reading it you can see she would be a Loving Kitty.
About 2 weeks ago, my Dad got a THANK YOU card in the MAIL from Julie and she wrote LOVINGLY about ALL of you!! Here is what she wrote in the card:
Thank you and everyone SO much for emotionally carrying me through a hard time!
You guys are all amazing, compassionate, caring people which I was of the mind didn't exist anymore, so thank you also for restoring my faith that there really are wonderful people out there.
You are awesome and I feel blessed to know you, Heather, and everybody that's written.
Reading the cards has filled me with such joy and I become touched to tears. THANK YOU!!!!
Much love and warmth to all of you and your families.
Heather is a friend of Julie's and she is Mom to Art Blakey on Catster. She had written in Art's diary about Julie too. Heather especially helped us all to make Julie's unfortunate changes in her life go a little smoother.
Again, “Thanks” my Catster friends for letting me put your names in the cards for Julie. You are all caring Catster Families and I'm clapping my paws together and giving you all a standing ovation for your caring words & thoughts for Julie!
This will greatly help her continue on with just the 4 kitties she has now (Tiny Dancer, Squint, Autumn and Fuzz who are all Catster kitties). You've helped her to not feel so alone in what she's had to endure!