Nicknames: Matty, The baby, Little gray and white one
Birthday: April 22nd 2008
Coloration: Gray Tabby
Likes: eating, playing, sleeping
Pet-Peeves: The D-O-G chasing me, and the trash compactor
Favorite Toy: playing with my tail, the D-O-G's tail, feathers, balls, wires, string, D-O-Gs toys (Can't pick just one!)
Favorite Nap Spot: the couch, Momma's bed, the D-O-G's kennel, on a window sill...when I need a nap anywhere will do!
Favorite Food: The D-O-G's food...but I'll eat and WILL eat anything in site!
Skills: being cute and cuddly
indoors and outdoors
Arrival Story: I was at the animal shelter looking into foster a husky for my Maya. Long story short, the dog I was going to foster got adopted. I was checking the shelter or another husky who might be in need of fostering when I saw Matty. She reminded me of a cat I once had in college and the next thing I knew I was signing adoption papers!
Lives Remaining: 8 of 9
Forums Motto: Lots of licks and sweet kitten kisses!
Why Matilda:: My human named me after Matilda from the song "Waltzing Matilda". I'm told the song is like the national anthem of Australia and my human just LOVES the land down under.
My sister pup Maya's pup pal Spotnic (who's from Queensland) told Maya that song is about a tramp who steals a sheep. Stuffs the sheep in her bag then takes off.
Harry's version Matilda, Matilda isn't much better as that Matilda takes his money and run a-Venezuela.
If anyone asked I'm gonna say I was named after the girl in the movie. She was a genius!
About Tabbies: Tabbies are so ubiquitous that many people think of them as a breed. Not so; the tabby is a color pattern - most often stripes, but sometimes stripes and whorls, or even spots and stripes.
Probably the most distinctive feature seen in common on all tabby cats is the "M" on their foreheads. You will also see this M on many of the big jungle cats, such as tigers, cheetahs, and ocelots. (Why don't I have a "M" on my head? I want a "M"...for Matilda!)
Another wonderful legend about the origin of the "M" tells about Mary and the tabby cat in the manger. It seems that the baby Jesus was cold and fussing, and Mary asked the manger animals to move in closer to warm him. The manger was simply too small to accomplish that, but a little tabby cat came in and nestled next to the baby, and cosseted Him with purring and warmth. Mary was so grateful, she bestowed her own initial, "M" on the cat's forehead.
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." - Anonymous
I have not been here much to say "Meow" to you all like I use to. Life has just been so hectic. I know humans think all we do id sleep and nap all day, but I barely got the chance to thank everyone for their "happy birthday" wishes TWO weeks ago.
Between the making the doggies lives miserable and my late night wrestling matches with Ti-Mi, I hardly ever get in as many cat naps as I use to. And I know this is going to make me sound like a big baby, but I've been spending much of my free time snuggling with my mommy. I sometimes feel like I don't see her enough.
Between that places she goes to called "work" and all the mushing stuff she does with the doggies, I feel like I never see her. So when she comes home I make sure she spends as much time with me. I've taken to following her all around the house (hey, if it works for the doggies, right?), and the minute she sits down I jump right in her lap for scratches, pets, kisses and hugs. And when she goes to sleep I nestle somewhere beside her til she falls asleep.
I was so very sad when I thought she forgot about me on my birthday. I didn't even get a special treat that day!! Then, this past Friday, when she came home, there was a bag of my favorite freezed dried beef treat (really a doggie treat, but I like them too!!) and a brand new kitty collar!!!!
That may not seem exciting to you, but I've been wearing the same collar I had since I was a 6 month old kitten. I just turned 3...and that's old in human year! Always wanting to be the kind of cat whose cat dish is half full, I've told myself I should be happy I've been able to still fit in the same collar. Most cats my age can't say that. But that collar was getting raggity, and it was a BABY collar!!!
When mommy put on my new collar...a simple patent leather pink...she said, "So sorry Matty. I've been wanting to get a a new collar for a long, long time, but just never found the right one. One that said, "MATIDA" until I saw this one. And the best thing about the collar, mommy took that stupid bell off! I would have like a few diamonds on it, but the "no bell" was the perfect trade off.
Since you've taken to sleeping in mommy's Easter basket, I hope you'll enjoy the new wicker, double decker cat bed I purchased for you. I also brought some freeze dried tuna treats...I know you love the freezed dried chicken the best, but thought you might like to try something different.
You are mommy's very special kitty. I don't know what I would do with out you, my precious one. I'm so glad you have Ti Mishu to play with. It's the cutest thing, every time I wake up and there you are curled up in the crook of my neck or down the side of my leg. This morning was even extra special with you curled up between me and little Mauii! It is almost impossible for me to look at you and ever be angry. Every day with you is a gift and a blessing.
I love you my sweet Matilda!
PS...your friend The Princess Lilly Rose made you another special birthday photo! (How did she know you were my little princess??)
Since momma adopted me I've put up with a lot of changes. Learned how to get along with doggies...the biggest fear I ever had to overcome. Learn to walk in harness and on a leash. Was fine with getting along with the doggies, but really, did I also have to act like one?? But I did it. Complained a little, but did it none the less.
Drove in cars and had to be toted around in a little purse. Went CAMPING!!! Made room for a new kitty. I now share all my food, toys, litter box, and all my favorite places to nap. And spent all my free time helping momma when we lost the doggie Malakai. Momma actually said I was the one the helped her the most.
I've caught mice, lizards, and even spiders. I'm actually the only one in the house that actually earns my keep. And how does momma says thanks? She brings another human into the house!
I can deal with doggies. Can deal with kitties, but I DO NOT want to live with another human. This is it! That is all I can take. I once felt free to roam around the house, and now I too scared to come out of the closet. This is not the life I imagined for myself. What about asking the kitty how she feels before bringing a new human into the house? It's like I don't get any input on what goes on around here and I'm just not gonna take it anymore!