Ivy Joy

Domestic Shorthair/Breed Unknown
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Age: 6 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Miss Ivy, Sunshine, Miss Priss

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-part feral-cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
August 27th 2011

August 27th 2010

Tabby and White

Looking out the windows, playing, making "biscuits", zooming through the house, and talking!

Not being able to see out the windows....she loves to look outside!

Favorite Toy:
Her feather toys and crinkle balls!

Favorite Nap Spot:
In CK's round green bed on top of the file cabinet in the sunshine!

Favorite Food:
Evolve dry cat food and tuna Fancy Feast

She is very smart and learns the Do's and Dont's so quikly....her ability to learn by observation amazes us!


Arrival Story:
We first learned about Ivy Joy shortly after our kitty of 20 plus years, CK, joined Jazzi Sunshine Angel at the Rainbow Bridge. Our hearts have been broken over this loss. We also know our sweet Sissy Girl is not going to be with us much longer…..and we just weren’t sure we could open up our hearts again….But Ivy Joy changed our minds. We are actively involved in animal rescue and Ivy Joy’s story came through one of our animal rescue networks. We agreed to help find Ivy Joy a home…. Ivy Joy was featured by one of the best animal advocate writers in our area as “For the Love of Ivy…the kitty no one wanted and no one knew why?” After hearing her story, we knew we could give her the kind of home she needed to have a joyful life. As a small kitten, Ivy Joy lived alone in lakeside brambles and weeds near a lake or bayou or whatever they have that attracts stray kittens. She often hide in patches of ivy and often got tangled up in them….she never slept and was on constant “look out” so she would not end up prey to bigger animals….it was a scary world out there for Ivy Joy….she knew no peace as baby kitten. Some great rescuers got her and took her to the vet. She was not able to be fostered there as she had severe cage anxiety and did not do well. The wonderful foster family took her home and started working on her placement in a forever home….6 months later, Ivy Joy still had no forever family. Many tried, but did not understand her special needs. When Ivy Joy came to her foster family, they discovered she was different…she needed a special place with much less stimulation. Ivy Joy has sensory stimulation disorder which causes her to become easily stressed with her environment and in turn, she has developed behavioral and health issues. She did not do well with a house full of foster kitties and therefore, for her sake, she was kept separately in another room…..Her foster family loved her so much, but did not have the time to give Ivy Joy what she needed to adjust and learn to become a trusting and relaxed kitty. It was obvious to them, she needed her own humans to love…they searched for the right family, but they never came. Ivy Joy became very stressed and started grinding her teeth, as well as developing other stress related health and behavioral problems. Ivy Joy has a funny and unique way of communicating….she growls and chatters….she did not learn how to be a cat and meow. This special communication technique caused by fear and stress made it difficult for Ivy Joy to be adopted. Most were scared of her and thought of her as very aggressive….she is not. She does have some fear based reactionary issues which will take time to heal….but with unconditional love, she will do nothing but thrive. We were contacted and asked if we could provide this special needs kitty a home as she was not doing well in her current environment….we decided we could. On August 27th, Ivy started the 300 mile trip to our house….and she has captured our hearts ever since. She is making good progress and learning she is safe and loved. She came to us of “Ivy” and we named her Ivy Joy, after my mother…who is my heart and soul…not to mention Ivy brings us much joy….amidst our sorrow. Her name is purrfect! Thank you Ivy Joy for coming into our lives and hearts and rescuing us, too. We needed you as much as you needed us. Our hearts are connected by paws.

Ivy Joy's foster mom drove her from Houston on August 27th to live with us....and we became her forever family! She has rescued our hearts...and we know our angels had a huge hand in bringing us together.

Lives Remaining:
9 of 9

Forums Motto:
Our hearts are connected by paws!

"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way." ~ John Muir

I've Been On Catster Since:
September 5th 2011 More than 5 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Sissy, Our
Golden Angel
Luna Rose
Honey Bun

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Ivy Joy's Cat Tales....

Happy 4th Got'cha Day!!!! We love you

August 27th 2015 3:10 am
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Happy 4th Got’cha Day Ivy Joy!!

Can you believe it has already been 4 years since you rescued us??

Wow….how time flies. I remember reading about you on Larry Powell’s website and wondering if you were ever going to find that special home you needed in order to thrive…well, you did…a forever home with us. Not only have you thrived and grown into a beautiful princess cat, but we have grown from learning about your special needs and from your love. Aren't we blessed??!!!

It has been 4 years full of discovery and patience to help you become the beautiful soul you are…You had such a rough start in life and all we want is for you to find health, peace and happiness. We believe you have found peace and happiness and I promise we will work on the health issues until they are either resolved or totally manageable. Wish you didn't have another bladder infection.....Go Away, already!!!

Thank you for bringing so much joy into our home again, especially with the loss of our other angels. Our home was so empty and our hearts so sad….you have given us an abundance of love (in your own special way).

I admire you and am continually amazed at your growth and development….from a scared little feral kitten with a sensory disorder to a well spirited cat…amazing what love can do. You are so very special.

Thank you for rescuing us on August 27, 2011….we are forever grateful you have come into our lives and hearts.

Our hearts are connected by paws.

Love you sweet Princess Ivy Joy,

Mommy, Daddy, Sissy Angel, Ck Angel, Jazzi Angel. and Luna Rose


Peace, love and light from my heart to yours....

December 22nd 2013 5:06 am
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Merry Christmas and Happy-Healthy New Year!!!

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."

~author unknown

We love you all and thank you from the very depths of our hearts for the gifts of frienship...Our hearts are forever connected by paws.

Peace, Love and Light,

Ivy Joy and family


Celebrating you, Mommy, 1-28-2013

January 27th 2013 5:25 am
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I honor and celebrate you today, even more so than I already do! You have taught me so much....I am grateful we rescued each other. I am posting Sissy's tribute to you as it says it all....

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Wanted to share Sissy's Tribute to me...she wrote in her diary!

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Dearest Mommy,

I want you to know you are my hero. I know 1-28-2013 is a bittersweet day for you....even more so, without us here with you.I know how much you miss us..we miss you, too. I am ever so grateful you have Ivy Joy and Luna Rose to share your heart with...I always told you to keep loving others as it is what you do...I am always watching over you....All of us are...CheyAnne, Sugar, Jazzi, CK, Blackie, Skeeter, Beamer, all your angles and angel friends. You are surrounded by angels every minute of ever day....you always said, "my angels were fur" and you are right, mommy, we do!

I know you never thought you would be getting more injections on the 28th....23 years after your accident.....just keep on keepin on, mommy!

Mommy, you always told me it iwas important to reflect one's journey and remember what makes you who you are today. I am doing that for you....You are an amazing lady and I admire you more than you know. I can't help but have mixed feelings either. We are all so happy you are with us, and yet so sad because of your continual pain and daily struggles. It's hard for me to imagine it has been 23 years since the careless drunk driver hit you and changed your life forever. The person you were, "died", and when you came back to us, we were so thankful.

This is like another birthday, mommy!!! I love birthdays!!! We are partying at the Bridge today!!! We have to celebrate our journeys and challenges....right, that's you taught me and I am reminding you to honor your journey and be proud of what you have accomplished.

I know as you face your continual health decline, you get scared. I know one day your body will fail you and you will not be able to walk again. Your future is so uncertain....but I believe you are never alone as you have helped so many with failing bodies, including me....there will be others to care for you and appreciate your mind and spirit.

We admire you tenacity and strength. I know I was not a part of your life then....and neither was my daddy, but if things would have been different, our paths may never have crossed. I am so thankful to have you for my mommy and so proud of all you do and who you are despite what you go through daily.

We know this day makes you sad, and yet grateful to be alive. It is a day of total reflection. That's okay. It is a bittersweet day and you are entitled to have these feelings..................if we could make you better we would, but want you to know, we think you are perfect just as you are....and despite what happens, we will always be by your side watching over you from above.

An extra special thank you to my angel sister Jazzi and my sisters in spirit at the bridge, CheyAnne and Sugar, who laid in your hospital bed and stayed by your side and helped you walk again. They watched you endure pain and stuggles unimagineable to many.... I am glad I could be a part of what and who you are now..............you will always be my hero...today, I say thank you for being alive and WALKING into my life and heart forever!!! Thank you for taking care of me as my body failed and helping me find peace at the Bridge…thank you for letting me be and loving me for who I am!!!

May you find your own strength and courage to face life's obstacles and appreciate and celebrate the rewards.

Celebrating and honoring you, mommy.

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

- Maya Angelou"

Our hearts are forever connected by paws...I love you,

Sissy--Your Golden Angel

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