Nicknames: Stipemeister, Stipleton J., Stipe Monster, El Stipito, Stiplekin, Mr. Furrypants
Birthday: June 1st 2004
Coloration: Gray Tabby
Likes: Food and especially food that moves, chewing on things such as shoes and Therabands, chasing after his "big sister," eating bugs
Pet-Peeves: Loud noises such as vacuum cleaners, fireworks, and thunderstorms, strangers
Favorite Toy: Plastic rings from milk cartons
Favorite Nap Spot: The rocking chair in the living room
Favorite Food: He will eat almost anything
Skills: He is very "talkative". Also he has a special way of cleaning his fur. Instead of licking it as normal cats do, he likes to bite out big tufts and leave them laying around the floor :)
Arrival Story: We got him from the shelter my sister-in-law's ex-husband's mother works at. He was abandoned as a tiny kitten of 3 weeks. My sister-in-law got Stipey's littermate who looks just like Stipey but is longhaired and blind in one eye. She turned out to have a mean personality and liked to chew electrical wires. Stipey has an ornery and stubborn streak too but is also very lovable and affectionate. His fur is very silky soft and he is just a sweetheart.
Bio: I named him after Michael Stipe who is lead singer for R.E.M, my favorite rock band.
My family is very sad right now. I went to the Rainbow Bridge! It's pretty nice here and I am happy to feel healthy again. I got over the sniffles I had last winter but just a week ago I started having trouble breathing. Mama noticed my sides going in-out-out-in-out really fast. At first she thought I was just doing it to smell something, but then she noticed I was doing it ALL the time! So out came the evil cat carrier :'( I cried and meowed and my breathing got worse.
Then we saw 4 huge doggies in the vet's office. I was breathing so hard I was hyperventilating! Mama told me the doggies wouldn't get me. Then the vet checked out my belly and found that it was swollen. She had to wrap me in a white towel because I tried to bite her when she touched my belly! They took my temp and X-rays. The bad news was my body was chock full of fluid and my lungs could not expand.
So I had to spend the night at the evil vet's office. They drained some of the fluid out of my chest cavity so I could breathe. Then they took a bunch of blood to test and finally mama could take me home. At home I was not doing so good :( I layed around and breathed in-out-in-out same as before. The vet said that I had some type of virus or injury, and the fluid was also infected with some bad bacteria. There was not a lot they could do.
I slept at home for a couple days and then I went to Rainbow Bridge. I was glad to finally breathe free! The vet said what happened to me was pretty unusual. I didn't have FIV or FIP and it was nothing contagious that my big sis Maya could catch. They couldn't tell what caused it. I guess it was just my time to go. My work on earth was done! Mama and human brother cried a lot but, I let them know I was OK and I would see them again someday. Mama was glad I passed at home where I was nice and comfy.
Mama and human brother played a mean trick on me, again! I caught a cold from my older sister Maya. I was sniffling sneezing and carrying on. So human brother and mama thought they needed to take me to that nasty V-E-T :((
I didn't think it was that bad, just a sniffle. Grrrr.
So Mama and human brother got home from school and work early. Mama went downstairs and got the evil CAT CARRIER, unbeknownst to ME. She stood behind the door to the basement with the evil CAT CARRIER, then human brother picked me up, opened the door and next thing you know, I was INSIDE THE EVIL CAT CARRIER!!! I didn't even have a chance to RUN!
I made pathetic cries all the way to the nasty V-E-T. The vet ladies were pretty nice to me except they squished and squashed my belly all around. They looked inside my mouth and took my temp. Then they said that I had an infection caught from my big sister Maya. I jumped off the exam table and burrowed into the armpit of human brother's jacket. Then I crawled around the corner and peeked my head out the other armpit. The vet lady asked human brother if I was HIS cat. Human brother said YES and vet lady said "I can tell!"
As soon as we got home, I ran outta that EVIL CAT CARRIER as fast as I could go, and hid in the basement. Maya ran too, and hissed at the carrier for good measure. Now I have some medicine and my sniffle is getting quieter. Mama called me "Sneezy" and now "Snuffy".
I have been a very good AGAIN this year! I don't know how I do it, but I keep topping myself in extreme goodness over and over again. Let me tell ya, it's not easy! For example whenever human brother picks me up, I tolerate being smooshed for about 45 seconds or so. Then to let him know the 45 seconds is up, I chomp on his hand, or bite his cheek. This is very thoughtful of me to share this information with human brother, because I think human brother doesn't know how to read the clocks hanging on the wall.
Also, whenever my sister Maya pukes up, I ever-so-thoughtfully "dispose" of the mess "in my own way." I have no idea why mama yells at me and sends me downstairs. I think my way is much more environmentally friendly! Recycling is what I call it.
And lastly why I deserve lots of gifts from you Santa Claws is I help mama clean MYSELF too. She loves to find the little fur tufts I pull out and leave laying on the carpets and furniture. Mama is really busy and sometimes she gets MY-GRAINS so, I do what I can to help her out.
Santa Claws I know after reading this, you will bring me lots of gifts on Christmas Morning. I will be sitting under the tree. . .uh. . .keeping the rug warm. That's it. I didn't chase Maya away from there . . . in fact I think she prefers sleeping on the couch instead. . . Right.