Likes: Eating and begging for food, looking out the window at birds and squirrels and bossing everyone around.
Pet-Peeves: Going to the vet, taking medication, loud noises, the vacuum cleaner, ignoring her when she wants attention.
Favorite Toy: She likes playing with her cork ball, catnip carrot, catnip candy cane and boogie mat.
Favorite Nap Spot: In her cat bed, the teepee bed, the *cave* in the cat tree and on my bed.
Favorite Food: Wellness, Weruva, Tiki Cat, Pro Plan and FF. She's very fussy about her food. She loves people food treats such as spaghetti, blueberries, cheese & turkey.
Skills: She has turned me into her slave.
Arrival Story: Mittens had two other homes before coming to live with me. A friend of mine adopted Mittens and her sister Kaci when they were a little over 1 year old and they lived with her for 8 years. In January 2006, my friend knew she was dying from cancer and was seeking new homes for them. Two days after learning of their plight, I decided to adopt them. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made!
Bio: Mittens is very timid and shy. She hid in my bedroom closet for the first week, only coming out to eat and use the litter box when no one was home during the day or at night when everyone was sleeping.
At the end of the first week, she surprised me by leaving the safety of my bedroom closet and walking up to me and rubbing my legs. She let me pet her too! At that point, she set up headquarters under my bed for the next several months although she started coming out of the bedroom more and more often until one day, about 3 months after living with me, she appeared downstairs. Mittens is one of the most gentle, non-aggressive, peaceable cats I've ever known. She is a very sweet and affectionate kitty but very shy with people. However, when Mittens gets to know you, after observing and studying you, and feels comfortable enough to trust you, you will find out what a gentle, sweet and affectionate kitty she is!
Miss Mittens was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma on December 23, 2008. She went on chemo and did very well -- her cancer did not get worse or spread. In May 2010 she was diagnosed with kidney disease and a grade 3 heart murmur. Her kidney disease progressed rapidly. Subq fluids didn't help. In July, she became severely anemic and rapidly lost weight. By the end of August, she stopped eating and deteriorated so much that I made the painful decision to let her go. My sweet, precious girl joined the angels on September 1, 2010. She is deeply and sadly missed.
DAILY DIARY PICK: February 6, 2008; March 26, 2008; April 28, 2008; October 25, 2008; December 4, 2008; January 14, 2009; June 9, 2009; September 20, 2009; November 29, 2009; January 29, 2010; August 29, 2010; December 11, 2010; May 16, 2011; September 12, 2012 and September 13, 2012.
Proudly wearing pink in the fight against cancer
CAT OF THE WEEK: August 30, 2010 - September 13, 2010
CAT OF THE DAY: June 25, 2008
DIARY OF THE DAY: September 25, 2009
Toonces & Mittens Forever!
My sweet BFF:
Friends I watch over as
My niece Maci (she's named after me and my sister Kaci):
This is Kaci Sunshine's first Thanksgiving Day at the Bridge. I've been here 3 years but it's my 4th Thanksgiving at the Bridge. Kaci and I love mommy and grandma and miss them and wish we were all still together. One day we will be but not yet, so we must all be patient until that happy day arrives.
Kaci and I loved Thanksgiving Day and the smell of roasting turkey. Turkey! yum yum yum! Kaci always loved and welcomed company when they came to our home. I was much too shy around humans other than my family, but Kaci loved humans and the excitement they brought with them. Humans always fussed over her and petted her and told her how pretty she was. Who doesn't love that? Kaci always told me they'd fuss over me too if I'd let them but I never quite got up the courage to greet humans I didn't know well.
Thank you mommy for welcoming Kaci and me into your home and heart and for loving us and taking care of us and giving us a wonderful home. Kaci and I will always love you mommy and be grateful to you.
When Kaci arrived here, she was beyond happy to be reunited with me and we're very thankful we're together again. She was also very excited and happy to finally meet her angel siblings Abby, Callie, Jennifer and Pete. We are celebrating Thanksgiving Day together as a happy family. We've already started celebrating! What a fun day both of us are having with our family, my sweetheart Toonces and her sweetheart Spirit and his brother (and our former guardian angel) TT and the hundreds and hundreds of dear friends who were here when we arrived. Here at the Bridge, our Thanksgiving Day meal is always a sumptuous Feast. Everyone is invited to the Thanksgiving Day Feast. Millions upon millions of angel kitties are enjoying the Thanksgiving Feast. Doggies and rabbits and birds and animals of every kind are also here and so are humans. There's more food of every kind and variety than you could ever imagine in a million years and the food never runs out. You can eat all you want and not get sick!
When the day is done, we fly over the earth and visit our families and friends. We also visit the sick, dying, abandoned, abused, lonely and homeless ones and those whose names are known only by God. We shower them with purrs, love and golden healing dust. If you're awake, you might hear the soft rustling of our wings. If you're asleep, you'll see us in your dreams. If you listen intently, whether awake or asleep, you'll hear us singing songs of love into your hearts.
Wishing a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving Day to our American friends and their families!
Love & hugs,
Miss Mittens, Kaci Sunshine, Abby, Jennifer, Pete & Callie
You were so precious, so gentle and so sweet natured . . . you were and are and always will be my sweetest little kitty girl. How I wish you were still here sweetheart so I could sing you the happy birthday song and give you lots of kissies and hugs!
Have fun celebrating your special day with your angel friends on Cloud 99! Enjoy your day: eat lots of tuna, salmon and cake and chase those mousies and butterflies and chipmunks as you run through the rainbow-hued fields and meadows.
When the celebrating is done, look for the bluebird and follow him as he flies over the Rainbow. Come, fly over our house and sprinkle us with sparkly gold healing dust. I'll know you're here when your angel wings brush my face as I sleep. Remember me as I remember you: with love always and forever!
Today is another happy and exciting day for me! I'm a DDP again!
Oh my, there's no denying how much I love my diary being picked by HQ. But then don't we all love being DDP? MOL! Thank you HQ for picking my diary again today!
The Angel Express was successful in getting my message through 'cause as soon as she could this morning, mommy turned on her computer and checked her email. She was surprised when she read the email saying I'm a DDP again today (and very happy about it too!) and we came immediately on Catster.
Thank you for your congratulatory comments, pawmails and rosettes for my DDP yesterday!