Photo Comments Age: 5 Years Sex: Male Weight: 11 lbs.
Leave a treat for Mr. Rascal Polydactyl
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August 25th 2011
March 31st 2011
Loves walking between my legs and rubbing his head against them in the morning. Also enjoys being groomed by both AJ and Tully.
Doesn't enjoy being picked up.
Purple feather on a wand
Favorite Nap Spot:
Likes to lie on the kitty condo in my bedroom and on a small cat ledge in the basement.
Just about anything, include big brother Tully's food.
Wrestling and climbing the indoor cat tree. He retrieves!
On August 5th, 2011, Papa's Pet Project, the group I volunteer with, held a kitten adoption day at our local PetSMart store. I had recently adopted AJ from them and took my carrier with me to the event (something that I had never done before) because I had my eye on a Siamese/Himalayan mix kitten with gorgeous blue eyes. Unfortunately, he had already found a furrever home. Although I was disappointed, I was pleased to learn that his sister had been adopted by the same family. As luck would have it, a man walked into the store to return a kitten that someone had been fostering with the option to adopt. The woman had decided that she could not go through with the adoption since she kept tripping over the kitten which resulted in her landing in the ER on more than one occasion and having no fewer than a total of 3 black eyes! Inside the carrier was a tiny black kitten. He was placed in a cage and a sign containing information about him was hung on the door in the hopes of helping him find a furrever home. His name was Rascal. I took one look at his birthdate and knew he was meant to go home with me. He was born on March 31, 2011, the very day that my beloved 17 1/2 year old cat Ronnoco had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge! Like Ronnoco and AJ, Rascal is all black with a few white strands of fur on his chest. There was something unique about him, however. I discovered he had thumbs on both front paws! Rascal went home with me that evening. Of course, everything hinged on how well he would get along with Tully and AJ. My plan was to keep him in a separate room for a few days with child gates in the doorway so the cats could get used to one another gradually. All went well the first night. The next day, there was no keeping Rascal isolated. He kept climbing over the two gates that I had stacked one above the other. Since I didn't want to keep him in a room with a closed door, I decided to see what would happen. He and AJ took turns chasing each other around the house at 90 MPH. They wrestled constantly with Tully looking on from afar. On occasions, ears flattened and tails wagged. There were even some ouch-type meows when the play/fighting got too rough. This went on for several days and I kept wavering as to whether or not to adopt Rascal. Were they playing or fighting? Then a wonderful moment occurred. It seemed very quiet, almost too quiet. I went to check on the cats and found all 3 of them curled up on my bed and AJ was grooming Rascal! At that moment, I knew things were going to work out. AJ and Rascal still wrestle and chase one another around, but not quite as often. Tully, at age 4, has turned into a wonderful big brother. He grooms both kittens and supervises them as they play. Rascal was neutered on August 25, 2011, and his adoption was finalized that evening. Since I like unusual names for my kitties, I decided to rename him Mr. Rascal Polydactyl. I believe that my beloved Ronnoco sent Rascal to me. Both Rascal's birthdate and the fact that I had my carrier with me that day were all the signs that I needed to know that his adoption was meant to be.
I have discovered how Rascal managed to trip the lady who had planned to adopt him. In the morning, he has a habit of walking between my legs and rubbing his head against them. To avoid tripping over him myself, I sometimes pick him up. This is something that he doesn't seem to enjoy very much. I hope to change this by having him associate being held with receiving treats.
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I've Been On Catster Since:
|August 30th 2011
||More than 4 years!
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