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Age: 5 Years Sex: Female Weight: 8 lbs.
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Caliente, Cal-Can, Miss Hiss
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February 26th 2011
August 1st 2010
Newman, bird watching, belly rubs
turbo track, feather wands
Favorite Nap Spot:
On the bath mat
Taste of the Wild
Able to get into very small places
I grew up in a feral colony living near several auto repair shops. One day, I smelled something delicious emanating from a wire box. I could not help myself, I went inside and then a trap door snapped shut. Hiss! Two women came and gathered me up. They promised to care for me, but I wanted nothing to do with them. When they released me from the trap in their spare bathroom, I scaled the mirror and light fixtures to get away from them. Join me as I journey the path towards domestication.
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August 1st 2011 4:21 pm
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It is my very first birthday, and the Walking Trees nearly forgot it! Thank goodness Catster reminded the Walking Trees.
The Walking Trees are preoccupied with Big Ears who has not been well lately. I like Big Ears. I can stare and poke at Big Ears all I want, and she does not growl at me. The others growl at me when I poke and stare at them, but Big Ears does not. She is my friend.
I am worried about Big Ears too. I spent many hours this weekend watching Big Ears while she made horrible snorty sounds. But then the Walking Trees took Big Ears away to the White Coated Walking Tree.
So I am left celebrating my birthday with Doppel Newman and the growlers. To be honest, no one knows when my real birthday is. Doppel Newman may know, but he is not telling. So Walking Trees decided to set this as my birthday based on the White Coated Walking Tree's estimate of my age.
Since Catster reminded the Walking Trees that today was my birthday, one of the Walking Trees bought me some cat grass. That is good because I tried to steal Big Ears' grass this weekend. And the other Walking Tree is going to find me a giant furry mouse. That is good.
The Walking Trees say it will be a subdued birthday celebration because Big Ears is not here. That's okay. Since I have never had a birthday before, I do not know what I am missing.
June 11th 2011 7:59 am
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From Momma Amy:
As stated in her biographical section, Cali Lucy was began life in a feral colony living near several auto repair shops.
Danielle and I were attempting to trap Doppel Newman, who we knew to be friendly, and appeared to be in need of medical assistance. Before we trapped Doppel Newman, we snagged Cali Lucy whose existence was unknown to us prior to the trapping.
When we released Cali Lucy from the trap into our spare bathroom, she scaled the mirror and the lights to get away from us. She eventually settled in the bathtub where she remained for the next three days.
While Cali Lucy would hiss when we entered the bathroom, she never would bite. For three days, we syringe fed her kitten replacement milk because she refused to eat.
The day after we trapped Cali Lucy, we successfully trapped Doppel Newman. We reunited Cali Lucy and Doppel Newman in the bathroom. Doppel Newman's presence appeared to help Cali Lucy.
Within a week, we transferred the two to the guest bedroom. While Cali Lucy would hide from us, it was apparent that she would come out when we were not home.
Unfortunately, as Doppel Newman began feeling better, he also became more amorous. Because Doppel Newman had other medical problems at the time, we could not immediately fix Doppel Newman, so we were forced to separate Doppel Newman and Cali Lucy.
It was during this separation that Cali Lucy made great strides. While she would hide under a filing cabinet. She would purr if we reached under and pet her. She would even become brave enough to come out from under the filing cabinet for brief periods for pets. But then she had to go hide again.
Once Doppel Newman's health problems were resolved, we had them both fixed and were able to reunite them in the guest bedroom. The two were thrilled. Doppel Newman trilled and Cali Lucy purred up a storm.
Reunited with Doppel Newman, Cali Lucy gained confidence. She no longer hid from us. She would also accept pets as long as we approached her carefully.
At this juncture, she is still very skittish. But she loves pets and attention on her terms. She has made significant progress since her first day in the house when she scaled the bathroom mirror to get away from us. We greatly enjoy watching her progress and hope you will too.
A note on her name: As we were not anticipating trapping Cali, we did not have a name for her. Rather unoriginally, we named her Cali because she is calico. Her middle name Lucy comes from the great Hazel Lucy who passed away shortly after Cali Lucy's arrival. We hope that Hazel Lucy is watching after her namesake as Cali Lucy travels the path toward domestication.
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