Moonshadow ♥ DB #176D

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Home:Hayward, CA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 10 lbs.

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   Leave a treat for Moonshadow ♥ DB #176D

Special Gift Box:
Manytoes ~  DB #120

Shadow, Dancer

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Sun Sign:
Quick Bio:
-part feral

Gotcha Date:
May 31st 2011

June 18th 2009


He loves catnip! Rolls all around in it getting silly

being made to stay inside gets him frustrated

Favorite Toy:
sparkle balls

Favorite Nap Spot:
in his Morgan's Bed next to Berkeley, his Great Dane sister

Favorite Food:
Weruva Asian Fusion


Arrival Story:
We bought our house in May 2010, and moved in in August 2010. We'd noticed 2 cats outside in the back yard, one black and one a tuxie. They wouldn't let us come near them. We started feeding them. We didn't see them eat, but the bowls were empty by the next morning. Gradually they came to know that we humans were the Keepers Of The Food, and they came to know that I'd put bowls out every morning at 6:00 before work, and every evening at 6:00 pm. My inside cats would watch them through the screen and they'd "talk" to each other. Eventually they both let me touch them. By the time October came around, they would venture just inside the sliding door, but retreat back outside. We named them Moonshadow and Harlequin. Moonshadow because he had a quiet gracefulness about him and slipped in and out, like a shadow. The other, Harlequin, was like a Harlequin costume. One morning in October, I came down to feed the Krew. Moonshadow walked in nonchelantly, and I said, "Hi Odie" to my other black beauty. I did a double take - it was Shadow who had spent the night! My hubby surprised me by letting him stay in and I was delighted. By Halloween, I INSISTED he stay inside, being a black cat and all. I didn't want to take any chances. (Take a CHANCE, says his brother Chance!!) As of November, he was staying inside almost every night, and the Krew just LOVED him! He is very gentle and friendly, lowering his head and gently bonking his new siblings. The months passed.... by June 2012 we'd been caring for him for just about a year. I took out pictures of him taken in October 2011 and again in June 2012. My God, he'd lost a lot of weight, and I didn't even notice. We went away for graduation for 4 days in June, and it was very hard for me to leave him outside the full time we were gone; I had no choice. But he did fine and was so happy to see us! I was concerned about his weight loss, so we made an appt to take him and his twin black sister Odie to the vet for check ups. Ironically, he started limping a day later and holding is paw up. Several hundred dollars later, he returned from the vet having been wormed, vaccinated and given an antibiotic shot for an abcess in his elbow, most likely from a bite wound. Poor little guy was losing weight from the worms and not feeling well at all. At that point, he became a 100% inside kitty and permanent family member. I was wondering how he'd be in a carrier in the car, but he did just fine doing the typical yowling and howling. And he did great with his doctor. Thank you for adoptiong US, sweet Moonshadow! Whoever dumped you, left you behind and abandoned you should be shamed. We love him so much! And, his sister Harlequin is very happy to stay outside; she won't come in but comes for breakfast and dinner every day. The rest of the Krew keep Moonshadow busy; SO MANY KITTIES AND SO MANY TOYS TO PLAY WITH!! Kitty Heaven! We chose June 18 th be his birthdate, as it was a day of re-birth for him, the day we brought him inside forever. He now snuggles with his kitty friends, his Great Dane sister, sniffs noses with Harlequin and watches birds from his perch. And bites my toes. :)

Lives Remaining:
9 of 9

Forums Motto:
Only The Shadow Knows

I've Been On Catster Since:
July 16th 2012 More than 4 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
Lily ♥

(1982-2002) AD
♥ DB
Poo Sweet
Angel ADB #57A
Odie ♥
Oreo ♥
♥ DB
ng 7/00)
Oingo ♥
ADB #57B
♥ DB
Eve ♥
BerkeleyBo ~ 5/15/02 -

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Tails From The Dark Side

My birthday wish: A new dad and a new tail

June 18th 2013 8:51 am
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Today is my birthday and it almost started off on a not so good note!

Good day friends! Thank you ALL for the wonderful birthday messages, gifts and celebrations! MeoWOW! What a wonderful group of friends you are!

Mom wasn’t sure if I’d be celebrating today, for I’ve been hiding in the closet for the last two days! What happened is this: Dad accidentally rolled over my tail with his chair on Thursday. He wasn’t sure it was me because he heard a yelp, looked up and saw only my sisfur Oreo in the room. I must’ve ran like lightning and hid. I hid under the futon all evening on Thursday and didn’t come out for dinner. Mom noticed that I had trouble walking and my tail was completely limp. Dad felt TERRIBLE.

(Dad, it is okay, it was an accident and I still love you so much!)

On Friday I continued to walk funny with a limp tail. So, not knowing what was wrong, mom made an appt at *That Place* for me on Caturday. I had to be put in the Port-A-Jail and go for a car ride to the v.e.t.! I HATE the car! I howled and yowled the whole way while mom gently talked to me. I saw her laughing too. (Mom, you are NOT funny) So, I had x-rays done and it turns out my tail is just sprained; it is not broken nor is there any nerve damage, so I got to take anti-inflammatory pills. Ugh! Pills, car ride, port-a-jail, the v.e.t. – YUCK. So I hid in the closet for 2 days Sunday and Monday. Well, this morning mom told me it is my birthday and coaxed me out of the closet! YAY!!! Finally I came down and socialized, I purred, head-bumped and had a great breakfast. My tail is getting better too.

So for my birthday, I am asking for a new tail and a new dad. MOL MOL!


meoWOW! from homeless to supurrstar! Thank you HQ!

July 20th 2012 8:31 am
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OMICATS, I just don’t know where to begin! I will start with a resounding THANK YOU to HQ for honoring my diary today! And I will continue with resounding thank you’s to all who have made me feel so special - for the celebrations, the presents, the pmails and the FRIENDSHIP! I am honored to meet all of you, whether you’re new friends or long term family friends with my siblings. Mom took an unintentional hiatus from Catster for about 2 years now, with all of life’s changes in that timeframe, at times overwhelming. It is good to be back. And we will continue to be back, she’s furgotten how much fun we have here.

We seem to have a double celebration today; it is my sisfur Lily’s GOTCHA DAY today! Happy gotcha day, big sis. Thank you for reminding us, Ciao-Li and family; silly mom forgot. Bad, bad! Mom will always treasure the memory of her scooping you up in one hand as a tiny 7 week old kitten and riding you home on her bicycle, ½ block down the street to our forever home.

Come join in our celebration, it is a wonderful day today. My family and I wish everyone a very wonderful day as well.

Happy Dancer purrs!


I wish you could tell me your story

July 19th 2012 8:09 pm
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This is Shadow's mom typing now... he is taking a break as he gets frustrated typing with no opposable thumbs... :)

I wish I knew what you were thinking, as I hold you, as you gaze out the window, longing to be outside. Do you miss being outside? Do you understand your life now? Are you happy, being an inside kitty, after having lived on the streets for who knows how long?

Shadow's vet tells us he is between 3-4 years old. He is young and healthy. He was neutered, I'm sure he was loved at some point, by someone. How and why did he wind up on the streets, alone? Shadow, I wish you could tell me your story. I wish you could tell me what you experienced, how you felt, after having been cared for by somebody. Did they just stop loving you? Did they just decide, 'I don't want you anymore?' How did you feel, having a family, security, a routine... and have that all taken away?

And the biq question I have is, how did you learn to trust the very race that abandoned you; how did you come to trust and love again? Oh how I wish I could get into your mind and experience your feelings, oh how I wish you could tell me what happened.

I see you sitting at the screen door, longing to go back outside again. Granted, all of this being inside is rather new, and maybe in time the desire to be outside will gradually go away.

What was it like living on the streets? Were you cold, scared, frightened, afraid you wouldn't find your next meal? What drew you to our house? What made you want to stay in the backyard, letting us get closer and closer to you... what made you TRUST again?

Every day I thank the stars above that you came into our lives. We LOVE you so much, Moonshadow, and I beliEVE that you understand and know that... as you do your Happy Prance about the house, following me, never letting me out of your sight. I won't desert you sweet baby, I never will. I am so sorry somebody did and I hope that in time you forget that. You are very special indeed.

Don't question why you are where you are now. BeliEVE, sweet boy, BeliEVE.

My wish is to for every kitty lost, abandoned, hurt, sick, scared, injured, alone.... to be safe and loved and to have a happy ending to his/her story.

I love you Moonshadow. Thank you for adopting us.

(and Lily, Oreo, Odie, George, Tigger, Poo, Chance, Berkeley & dad)

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