Rocky


Domestic Shorthair/American Shorthair [See My CatsterPlus Photo Book]
Picture of Rocky, a male Domestic Shorthair/American Shorthair

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Age: 10 Months   Sex: Male

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Relaxing Rocky

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"Relaxing Rocky"

Sleepy Boy

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"Sleepy Boy"

Worn Out From Play

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"Worn Out From Play"

Playing in the Pony Tail Palm

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"Playing in the Pony Tail Palm"

Sound Asleep Kitten

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"Sound Asleep Kitten"

Favorite Spot

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"Favorite Spot"

Nice Spot to Watch Birds

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"Nice Spot to Watch Birds"

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Nicknames:
The Rocket, Wild Man! Rocko

Kitty Complexion:
 Activeness 
sleepyvery active
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Curiosity 
not curiousvery curious
 
 Friendliness 
timidaffectionate
 
 Vocal 
not vocalvery vocal
 

Sun Sign:
Quick Bio:
-mixed breed

Gotcha Date:
July 1st 2013

Birthday:
May 11th 2013

Coloration:
Cream Tabby

Likes:
Wrestling with Alex.

Favorite Toy:
His nylon cat tunnel.

Favorite Nap Spot:
Cat Tower

Favorite Food:
Edible

Dwells:
indoors

Arrival Story:
While walking out to the horse barn the plaintive tiny cry of a kitten came wafting out of another nearby barn. Alex ran over and pointed out where a little six or seven week old kitten was hiding out, scared to death. My wife got down on a knee and did the universal "Here kitty, kitty," in a tiny voice. The little buff colored tabby came running to her and melted in her hand. She carried him to the food pan we set out for Alex when he is outside and the poor little critter pigged out. It was evident the little kitten had a bad case of loving people and we pretty much decided he found a home in the first hour being with him. Alex didn't mind him..too much..and that's always a good sign. We decided to wait until after the Fourth of July holiday weekend to get him to see the vet. He stayed in the barn during the days and was locked into the horse trailer at night. Today, he went to the vet and got his checkup. He had his kitten shots, tested negative for all the bad kitty things, got wormed and had his ears cleaned out. The vet gave the go ahead to bring him into the house. So, today, July 8, 2013, was the first day of the rest of Little Rocky's new life as a full time indoor cat!

Lives Remaining:
7 of 9

Forums Motto:
Wild Man!

I've Been On Catster Since:
July 8th 2013

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Catster Id:
1301255

for 317 days


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Rocky the Kitty


Concerned Kitten

December 22nd 2013 4:00 pm
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Much to my chagrin, I have discovered I am not immortal. Although I strive to live a healthy lifestyle by eating a mostly plant based diet and keeping my weight in a healthy range, I had a bad pain in my gut Saturday morning and had to go to the emergency room at the local hospital. It seems I have developed gallstones. Well, I've likely had them for a while, but my eating habits kinda fell apart a the past week or so and I paid for it. I'm going to try to keep the doctors from using me to make their Porsche payments by managing my problem through proper eating habits and not have surgery if at all possible. It will depend what an ultrasound shows tomorrow, I guess.

Anyway, I was recovering at home yesterday, kinda weak from my ordeal, stretched out on the couch, when Rocky got on the couch with me. Now, Rocky is not a cat that cuddles up with his people, but yesterday he wouldn't leave me! He curled up on my chest, our hearts synchronized, and we both fell asleep for about an hour. He woke me moving to another spot to the side of me, but he didn't leave. I was really touched by his concern. He kept humming at me and giving me soft eyes. Today, I am feeling much better and he is back to his usual self - not bothering to give me the time of day.

It was nice having him all to myself for while anyway.

 

Little Thief

December 3rd 2013 10:37 am
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Rocky is a glutton. He loves him some food...constantly. I made the mistake of making sure there was always some kibble available for the boys. I didn't catch on that the only one getting the food was Rocky. I begin to notice my youngster getting a little pot belly on him. So I started paying a bit more attention to the amount of wet and dry food the boys were eating. Not only was Rocky gobbling his food, but he was knocking Alex off his bowl and taking his as well! So, I stopped leaving kibble out overnight and made sure I cut back on the amounts I was feeding Rocky boy.

I also want to upgrade the quality of kibble the boys are getting. They love Fancy Feast filet mignon and have rejected some very expensive brands such as Wellness, Blue Buffalo and a couple of other 18 dollar a bag overpriced premium foods. I really dislike paying nearly $20.00 for a bag of food that doesn't get eaten! Why don't these high priced "super premium" manufacturers offer small sample bags for a couple of bucks for us to try out? Anyway, I noticed Royal Canin had a sample box of three of their kibbles to try out for fussy felines for less than 4 bucks at PetSmart so I bought it, opened up the three bags and put out samples of each for the boys to pick from. They agreed their favorite was the so-called Savor pack. So maybe I have found some food that has meat as a first ingredient instead of Brewers Rice. It's still 18 bucks a bag, though *sigh*.

Well, getting back to the story, I left the open three bags up on the kitchen counter last night, just leaning against the back splash. When I got up this morning, I noticed there were only two bags. What the heck?

It took a long time to track down the missing food but it appears my little food demon stole the open bag off the counter, carried it down to the basement (Rocky loves to fetch and carry) and proceeded to bleed kibble out of the small open corner I had cut into the bag! What a little thief!

Yeah... and what a clever boy, also!

 

Growing Up

November 28th 2013 2:32 am
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Our little kitten is turning into a good sized cat! Long, not so lean - we have to watch Rocky, he's a glutton! - and almost the size of Alex already.

He is also not the wall to wall play machine he used to be. Instead of every waking minute, now the play comes in bursts, succeeded by nap time and grooming time. Alex, 'ol Mr. Stuffy Pants, comes in for the evening and goes directly to bed instead of playing with Rock like he used to do. I find myself lying down my Kindle and retrieving Rocky's 'Da Bird toy on a stick and playing a good game of run and catch with him to tire him out a bit.

Rocky's nature is very sweet, but he is not a lap cat. He'll give you a head butt as he walks by on the back of the couch, but prefers to lie at the far end of the sofa over being in a lap or up against a leg. During the night, he sleeps on the top tier of his cat tower versus on the bed.

He is his own cat: sweet, very gentle, but very independent. As cat owners, we learn to accept what we get and love what we got. Yeah, I'd like a little lap and cuddle time, but he's not that kind of cat. I have to get over it and take the head butts and occasional time I'm given for petting and be happy!

After all, we don't own our cats...they own us!

 
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