Pet-Peeves: being touched too much. her little brother, Vincent
Favorite Toy: catnip, fishing rod style toys, paper bags, boxes, long, wispy branches
Favorite Nap Spot: the windowsill
Favorite Food: she gets turkey sometimes
Skills: she kills huge rats. sorry rats!
indoors and outdoors
Arrival Story: In September of 2003, I had a very sick orphaned kitten I called "Peepers" put to sleep on the advise of my vet. I didn't know if I'd done the right thing. I was so horrified and heartsick, I kept crying and crying. I didn't know how to quell this horrible sadness. I went to the animal shelter and looked at cats and kittens. I almost adopted a big, sweet, orange, adult cat, but just as they were about to box him up for me, his real owner came in and recognised him. So he got to go home with her and her kids, who called him "Punky." She was very thrilled to have found him, and planned on having him micro-chipped immediately to prevent his nearly being adopted out to a stranger again. Hopefully he was never lost again, I could tell she loved him a lot, and her children must have to.
Later, I was told by someone at work about a family whose cats had just had kittens. I figured if I kept one of them out of the pound, maybe the pain of not being able to save Peepers would calm down a bit, and I'd have a kitten to fill that terrible void Peepers left.
On October 31 of 2003, I got Ming from a home where there were 2 queens who had littered at once, so she had 8 siblings. All of the kittens were black and white. About half had short hair and half had long. I think there was only one other who was almost solid black, like Ming. There were also numerous human offspring in the household who were rather rough with the kittens, although their mother was trying to teach them not to be. The queens and kittens were being kept in a garage along with trash and dirty diapers. At least one of Ming's siblings, who looked like a runt and was crying pitifully all the time, didn't make it, but the rest were large and robust in appearance and very good at getting away from the grabbing children. Supposedly, homes were lined up for eight of the kittens, although none had specifically been selected, so I was to pick from all these similar-looking kittens. I thought about taking the runt, but thought it would be more likely to live if it nursed longer. Of all the kittens I picked up to look at, Ming was the only kitten who wanted to stay on my lap, the others were all understandably wary of being touched. I also liked that she had long fur like Peepers, and that she was solid in color like her to. So I took her home, my little Halloween kitten. She was a mere 4 weeks old, and would have done well to be with her mom longer had the conditions of that place not been so terrible. Moppet and my bunny Chub were gradually introduced to her after she had her shots, tests, and first exam.
Many is the time I look back and regret that I didn't find a way to get all those cats and kittens fixed. An acquaintance who knew their humans said she planned to get the 2 queens fixed as a gift to her. I can only hope that happened, and now I can only vow to do what I can to fix kitties and encourage others to do the same. Spay and neuter, if you are too poor, ask your local humane society about assistance programs, use the Internet to find spay and neuter assistance groups, beg and borrow from anyone you can, do whatever it takes to spay and neuter, even one litter costs lives. And if you know someone with unfixed cats, do what you can to get their cats fixed. The number of homeless cats is totally out of control, and spay and neuter is the only hope for the kitties of the world to have the quality of life they deserve.
Bio: Ming's best friend was Chub, the rabbit. They loved to chase and chew on each other. She is named after "Ming the Merciless" of Flash Gordon fame, as she was a vicious little kitten and her mom is a cheesy science fiction geek.
A note from Ming:
"I clawed my way up from the gutter, the very dredges of existence. I survived great danger, squalor, and hardship. I've faced down wretched brats and stinking dogs, and killed rats almost as big as me. I tamed the vicious, wild bunny Chub. Now, you can get off your can and play with me like I told you to!"
Hi, thanks for the birthday wishes everypurr!
Well, we haven't been here much, mommy is always on facebook. And she is fostering a kitty with 5 kittens. And our furamily has grown some, with 3 more cats than we have on Catster! Crazy, hu? Well, mommy has also been putting up peoplefood for winter. Canning and drying things. And we have a freezer full of chicken for us kitties! I wish I could say she felt ready for 9 months of cold and rain...but we will all be miserable.
I hope everyone else will stay snug and warm for fall and winter.
Mommy got a CD, book and 4 lady buttons from her brother and new sister in law, and $100 amazon credit from grandpa, and a neat pine cone bird feeder from the guy who owns the land her goats are on, and a few baby pictures of Lilly from the lady who rescued her. Don't worry, she hung the feeder outside a window that is not contained by the catio, and so we don't have access to it. She has seen a black capped chickadee and a little bush-tit on it.
She couldn't think of what to get us, we kinda had Christmas early, with the duck giblets and wings the other day. She couldn't think of anything we'd like more than that, try as she might. She may just bring in some snips from the catnip plant for us.
For many people and kitties we know, the banks done stole Christmas this year again. But, on the bright side, people have been getting creative. Mommy gave some of her friends a lot of used books, and hair do-dads she'd made, and kitty collars.Though she did get her brother a cool wind up flashlight radio. She broke her China boycott to buy it, 'cuz her brother lives in Southern California where there is an emergency every 20 seconds, and she worries about them down there.
I have a new cousin with them to, Zeppo. He is the one who got the collars. He is white with some brown tabby markings, and they found him in a storage room in a bar. He was allll dirty! Now he is fixed and spoiled. Mommy is so glad they have a kitty, because her brother lost his 2 kitties in his divorce.
Well, we have no other news. Mommy will see relatives and kitties she doesn't get to see too often today.
She had a couple small gifties for former daddy, to, but he has a staff infection, of all things. She'll have to give them to him later.
Better go. Have a good day, everyone.
Hi, all, boy, times like this I wish more kitties read my diary. Not sure I have a catster group appropriate for it, either, but if one of you all knows one, please let me know, okay?
A friend of mommy who does lots and lots of kitty trapping and fixing and re-homing all by herself has asked mommy for help with ideas for re-homing some of her rescues. This woman is the one who rescued Andre and Page and their siblings and also, Lilly and hers. She is not one to complain or ask for help, so mommy knows she really, really needs it. She will drive kitties to different parts of Oregon for potential adopters to look at, or if there are no-kill shelters with room anywhere, she'd probably do that, to. Her community is very economically depressed even in good times, so adopting them out locally is very difficult.
Anyhow, ideas much appreciated. Thanks!