American Shorthair
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Age: 11 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 15 lbs.

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   Leave a treat for Rusty

Russ, Handsome, Big Boy

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-part feral-cat rescue

April 1st 2005

Orange Tabby

Feather on a string, rolling on blankets that have been in the cedar chest, and stalking Emily

Loud noises, fast movements, and being picked up

Favorite Toy:
Feather on a string, Crinkle balls, strings, jingle balls, paper bags, and the laser pointer light

Favorite Nap Spot:
In the pet taxi that doesn't have a door on it, under my bed, or in the closet in the laundry basket

Favorite Food:
Kitten Chow - what else?!?! Oh, and bananas!

Rusty can creep up on Emily so quietly that he really startles her sometimes!


Arrival Story:
Rusty was born to a feral cat living in the shed behind my house. He is Emily's brother. He also had a brother that looked just like him (who was adopted by a wonderful family). There were only 3 kittens in their litter when I found them at about 6-8 weeks old. Their mother was a large size yellow cream colored tabby and their father was a beautiful HUGE silver/black striped tabby (I'm guessing he was close to 20lbs). He is 1 of 9 (2 litters) that I rescued from the shed and raised to be adopted out. The other litter of 6, I found the day they were born!

Rusty was absolutely the most timid of all the kittens I rescued. I spent alot of time working with him individually to make him sociable and suitable for adoption. In the mean time, I got really attached to him and caught myself trying to deter would-be homes from wanting to adopt him by saying that he was going to need some extra work and that he was not quite as sociable as the other kittens. Needless to say, he found his forever home right here! What else could I do?!?! I had actually already planned on keeping his sister, Emily, so now I have them both! Rusty has made alot of progress and now he eagerly comes to me and wants to be petted. He loves to rub up against me when I am petting him and he has a very loud purrrrr. He also likes to roll over on his back, with his furry belly up, so I will give him tummy rubs!! Rusty has really been growing lately and at 7 months old, he is already bigger than Grayson and almost twice as big as Emily. I think he's going to be a really large cat (like his daddy). He has a pretty large head, and big paws, so I don't think he's done growing yet. And his fur is so soft and thick and he has a really long thick tail with dark rusty-colored stripes on the tip of it. His eyes are a lovely amber color and they match his fur. He really is a gorgeous cat!! And he's turned into a real sweetie. He's still leary of strangers and of the dogs, but he has really opened up to me. I'm so glad I decided to keep him!!

Lives Remaining:
8 of 9

Forums Motto:
Go easy now, I'm a little shy!

The Groups I'm In:
Brilliant Orange Cats Unite, Love 'em? Fix 'em.

I've Been On Catster Since:
July 31st 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
See me in Catster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
Ollie (In
Loving Memory)
KobiGrayson - at
Rainbow Bridge
Tyler - CD RE
Sis - CD RESabre
Mama Kitty

Meet my Feline Friends
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Growing Up Kitty by Rusty

Hey....where'd my 'stuff' go??

March 1st 2006 10:00 pm
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Well, the strangest thing happened to me this week. I was forced to go for a ride in the car to a place where they put me in a cage - I think it's called the Vet. Not a very pleasant experience for a shy guy like me, for sure!

And then I fell asleep and slept really good for awhile. But when I woke up, I felt kinda funny. And after I had a look around and tried to clean that weird smell off, I noticed that some of my "stuff" was GONE! Hey, where'd my stuff go??? Could somebody please explain to me how and why my stuff just disappeared like that while I was sleeping?? I think I'm almost afraid to fall asleep again now! Guess I'll have to start sleeping with one eye open!

Oh, and ladies, please don't think that I'm any less of a stud kitty now just because I'm missing a couple of body parts. I'm still a handsome fella and a real sweetheart too.

Sorry if I sound a little grumpy right now, just not really feeling like myself today and still a little upset about the whole ordeal. I should be back to my same ol sweet self in a day or 2.




November 20th 2005 4:20 pm
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MEOW!! Can you believe it?! I have a picture in the Finals of the Coolest Dog and Cat Show Contest!! How cool is that!! And I owe it all to those of you that voted for me!! Thanks a bunch for all your votes!! I am a very lucky kitty!!

Purrrrrrs and Thanks Again,


My First Trip to the Vet

November 17th 2005 9:57 am
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Yesterday, I got to take my first ride in the car to the vet's office! I was terrified!! I howled all the way there! It did make me feel better than Emily was with me. And Mommy stuck her fingers in the door of our crate so we could touch her.

Once we got to the vet, Mommy took me out of the crate and held me tight, while she watched them take Emily's stitches out. I felt alot better when Mommy was holding me. I wasn't so scared then. But I buried my head in her arm so I didn't have to look at all the strange things around me and the strange people that were holding Emily.

Then Mommy handed me to one of the strangers and I just went limp all over. They kinda laughed at me when I did that. I think they must have expected me to go crazy on them, but I went limp instead. Then they put me in this tray thing that went up and down. And they told Mommy that I weighed 11 lbs. !! They also told her what a beautiful kitty I am and how soft my fur is, especially on my belly!!! They told Mommy that I am gonna grow up to be a very large kitty, and that I'm not even close to being done growing at 7 1/2 months old. They thought it was interesting that Emily is so much smaller than me (since we are littermates), but then she is a girl kitty, so maybe that has something to do with her size.

I heard Mommy talking to them about getting me neutered after the first of the year. They asked her if I was starting to spray or showing any signs of aggression, because if I was doing that, then I would have to get my surgery sooner. But Mommy told them we weren't having those problems yet, so unless I start doing that stuff, I won't have to go back to the vet until January.

The ride home from the vet was much better for me. I buried under the blankies in the crate and went to sleep. I was really happy to get back home though and go back to my room. The trip really tired me out, so I had to take a really long nap and try to forget about it all.

Maybe I won't be so scared when I go back to the vet in January now that I've made that trip once. We'll just have to wait and see......

Until then......


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