Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Chirpy, a male Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Washington, DC  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 7 lbs.

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-part feral-cat rescue

September 23rd 2003

Black and White

Chirpy loves attention when he seeks it out, and loves to be left alone when he's feeling reclusive.

Chirpy does not like to be picked up.

Favorite Toy:
He has a kind of octypus with a bell on it.

Favorite Nap Spot:
He enjoys both the upstairs and downstairs cat perches. See the wonderful photo of him napping with Louise Brooks.

Favorite Food:
He is a fan of chicken jerky cat treats.

Chirpy is a skilled communicator -- you'd swear he's carrying on a conversation with you. And he may be.


Arrival Story:
Chirpy was one of several neighborhood cats from across the street who started coming over to eat in our backyard in 2006. His friends included a little tabby and beautiful Siamese cat. Starting in late 2007, he would greet us, usually from across the street, when we came out of the house or drove up in the car. And, of course, he would be chirping at us. He and several of his friends slept on our porch all winter. He and Louise Brooks, before she was injured, would often sleep curled up together for warmth on a chair on the front porch. Then, the first week in May, Chirpy's friend the Siamese cat was killed by a car as he tried to cross the street. This terrible incident, combined with Louise Brooks' injury, reminded us how dangerous it is out there for these cats, especially those who cross the street frequently as these guys did. So the next day, Chris just picked Chirpy up when he came over to greet us in the morning and put him in the house. I then took him straight to the vets to be checked out before he was introduced to our indoor cats. He got a clean bill of health, and has been living inside with us ever since.

Chirpy and Louise Brooks were friendly outside and we think they may be littermates. They remain close and their affection is lovely to see. Chirpy's other good friend outside, a little tabby, has gone to a cat sanctuary with 5 other members of a feral cat colony we fed on the back porch of our old house for 3 years. We hope she is doing well there!!

Lives Remaining:
9 of 9

Forums Motto:
Can we talk?

I've Been On Catster Since:
June 15th 2008 More than 7 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Another Birthday!!

September 23rd 2011 10:20 pm
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Thanks for the birthday greetings and good wishes everyone!!! They really are appreciated, and it's good to hear from friends you haven't checked in with for a while. Where does the time go??? When I lived outside, reaching 8 years old seemed like a remote possibility. Now that I'm a pampered indoor cat, 8 years young seems like prime time! We marked my 8th birthday quietly, but pleasantly. I did some bird-watching, napped on the top of the kitchen cabinets for a while, had a few treats (unusual, since some of my pals here are on diets), and spent some quality time with my human companions. I get along with everyone and lead pretty good life most of the time. But it's always fun to have one's own personal day to celebrate.


Giving Thanks 2009

November 18th 2009 1:41 pm
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My good friend Pigeon tagged me for Thanksgiving. Friends are so incredibly important, and I'm grateful for them every day of the year. Our Catster friends are a wonderful bunch, and they've helped us when Moka was lost, when Locket was misbehaving, and they've made us smile a lot. We hope we've been able to help them too in their times of need, and even produced a few grins in the process.
Now, I am please to share the 5 things I'm most thankful for this year:
1) The return of Moka. Last year, he got lost during our November 1st move, which cast a huge shadow over last Thanksgiving. Fortunately, he came back to us on December 1st, 2008. We are so grateful to have him back home!
2) Our new pal Pumpkin. While Moka was lost outside, our human companions borrowed a couple of have-a-heart traps to try to catch him. After a couple of weeks, they had no luck trapping him, so they put the closed (they thought) traps on the porch of our old house so the person they borrowed them from could pick them up. But lo and behold, Pumpkin was sitting in one of the supposedly closed traps on the morning of December 1st, 2008. Because it seemed like good karma, one of our human companions took him to the vet to be neutered and get his shots before returning him to the alley. Turned out Pumpkin is a tame and very friendly cat, and seemed like a potentially good addition to the family. That night, our human companions returned to the old house to make sure there were no other cats in the traps, and they started calling Moka's name, just because they were there. Amazingly, this time Moka answered, came out from his hiding place in the yard across the street, and returned home! So we have Pumpkin to thank for Moka's return, and we're glad he's part of our family.
3) We're living inside now. I've been off the streets of Washington, DC for a year and a half now, and I like the indoor life! We still have friends outside in our neighborhood and we are glad our human companions still help feed them every day.
4) We're all pretty healthy. Oh, we have a few minor complaints from time to time, but nothing serious right now. We are purring for all our Catster friends facing medical challenges.
5) Our human companions are weathering this economic downturn. Our household has had furloughs and hasn't been immune to the problems so many families are facing around the world, but we're all still okay. We have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat, and we can afford to get vet care when we've needed it. We send our good thoughts to so many people and animals who can't say as much. We hope next year will be much better for them!
I'll post the cats I'm tagging very soon. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


Halloween Tag

October 8th 2009 10:20 pm
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Lily, she of the beautiful coat, tagged me, so here are my 6 favorite things about this scary/fun holiday:
1. Remembering that it used to be a little bit scary outside this time of year for cats, but I'm inside now, where it's safe.
2. Watching the street as the kids go out trick or treating. I love standing in the window, surveying the whole scene.
3. The talented Pigeon sent our whole family amazing Halloween art for our Catster pages.
4. Having my human companions put an Alley Cat Allies leaflet about the value and care of outdoor cats into trick or treat bags. You have to start getting the message across early!
5. This is the one time of year when we black and mostly black cats get our due. But I'm still waiting for my ride on a broom . . .
6. This year we are in our new home and will not be getting ready for moving day, which was last November 1st!

So I'm tagging:

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