Likes: Sleeping and being scratched under her chin
Favorite Toy: Ear plugs
Favorite Nap Spot: Between the pillows on the bed
Favorite Food: Meow Mix
Skills: She helps mom play cards
Arrival Story: It is a sad story as how Gizmo came to be with us. There was a mother cat that had a littler of kittens in my grandparents coal cellar. Brett picked out one of those kittens. It was his first ever pet that was all his own. He named her Zoe. When Zoe was of age, we took her to get spayed and declawed. That is when tragedy struck. The vet gave poor Zoe too much anesthia and ended up putting her to sleep. Brett was devastated. A few months later, that same cat had another litter of kittens (we did try to catch her to have her fixed, but she was feral and we weren't able to get her). All the kittens found homes, however, the home that one kitten went to called and said they didn't want the kitten anymore and my dad could come get it if he wanted it. These people said she got outside and was hiding under the trailer for over a week. My dad immediately went and got the kitten. The poor little thing looked horrible. She was covered with greasy stuff and was so skinny, we honestly didn't think was going to make it. Brett heard about this kitten and wanted to see her. When he saw the tiny, scared little kitten, he wanted her. We tried to tell him that we weren't sure if she was going to make it, but he said he didn't care, he wanted to try and help her. So, we took the little kitten home and Brett was initially going to call her Tiger, but because she didn't have stripes, he decided on Gizmo from the movie "Gremlins". We took Gizmo to the vet and they cleaned her up, gave her all her shots and gave us special food to feed her for a couple of weeks. Boy, what a difference a couple of weeks can make! Gizmo was looking great and settling in to her new home. A tragedy for one, brought new life to another. Gizmo is a lucky cat, but we are even luckier to have her in our lives.
Bio: Gizmo is a strange little cat. For years she would tremble when she would fall asleep. We thought it might have been a "phantom pain" from the time when all the fleas invested her poor little body. She grew out of it by about age 7 I believe. She doesn't like any food except dry Meow Mix. That includes any kind of treats, table food, anything. I've never known a cat that would NEVER want treats. She also doesn't like to play very much either. Once in awhile she'll bat around her little yellow spongy ball or chase something that I'll drag across the bed or floor, but for the most part, she doesn't play. Oh yeah, she does love ear plugs!! She steals mine off of the nightstand all the time and carries them around and bats them around the bedroom. The worst thing about her is that she won't use her litterbox if you aren't home and let her run loose in the house. Because of this, she must stay in a crate when no one is home. I know that sounds cruel, but it was either that or the humane society. We don't know why and the vet couldn't find anything physically wrong with her to explain it either. So, when we aren't at home, she spends time in her crate. She really doesn't seem to mind though and she even goes into at times when she doesn't have to. Gizmo is also afraid of everything! Anything that is not familiar to her will send her running faster than a gunshot. We are pretty sure this came from her experience living under that trailer for a week. Poor girl, does have a lot of issues, but she does seem very happy now. She loves to play with Chloe'. She'll wait for Chloe' to walk by then she'll pounce out at her. When Chloe' goes to play back, Gizmo will stand on her hind legs and bat at Chloe'. It is a cute little game they play. She also loved to be with Mickey, my torti who passed away a year ago. They slept together on the bed, played together, they were pretty much inseparable. She really missed Mickey for a long time after she passed away, but Gizmo seems to be okay now. Oh yeah, it was after Mickey passed away that Brett gave me Gizmo. Gizmo was always Brett's cat. He took care of her, paid all her bills, and played with her. Of course I did too, but she was his. But after Mickey passed away, Brett knew how upset I was so he told me I could have Gizmo. That really touched me because I know how much Brett loves Gizmo. So this strange little kitty with all her little quikes is now my little Gitmo. GIzmo is also my Texas Hold'em partner. Whenever I am playing on the computer, Gizmo will reach up and pat me with her paw, wanting me to pick her up. I put her on the desk and she'll sit there for hours with me, watching as I play. I swear she would tell me when to fold, call or raise if she could. Gizmo also loves to crawl up and snuggle in the crock of my arm when I go to bed and she will purr until we both fall asleep.
Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone and thank you for all of the gifts my pals sent me:) Now onto what I've been up to.
It took a month, but we finally made our way back to the mountains and I was sooo happy about that! We headed up on Thanksgiving after dinner. Us animals rode with mom and dad came up a little while later. I knew where we were going and mom said I was excellent on the ride. Of course I was cause I knew where we were going and I was happy:D
Of course I don't do a whole lot except hang out, but it is always nice to lay on the sofa with mom and dad while they watch TV and curl up on mom in bed. But I do that at home so that's nothing too different.
Friday I did something I never do, I curl up on mom's lap and took a nap while she watched TV. She loved that I did that so I'll have to do it more often.
Saturday I did help mom decorate the front window. Well, okay I didn't really help, but I hopped up on the window after she was done to be sure it looked good and it did.
We had to some home Sunday and I wasn't happy about that, but I know it's only a little longer and we'll at the mountains permanently so I just have to be patient and enjoy the time I have there until then.
Well, off to take my nap now. Good luck to dad and all the hunters out there. Hope you get a big one!
P.S. Please say a prayer for Poppy Waple, he's having heart surgery on Thursday.
I'm so excited cause I got picked as a DDP...YEE HAW! Thank you Catster, it is such an honor. I can't believe how much my life has changed in the past year. To think I was the scardy little kitty who didn't even want to look out a window, now I'm a die hard mountain kitty who loves being in the mountains and being outside with my family around the campfire. No I don't like the ride to and from the cabin, but other than that, I just enjoy my time there. I guess Caster sees that I have more adventures and I again, I am thankful for the honor of DDP:)
Now, onto my latest adventure. This past weekend we went to the mountains with Grandma and Aunt Lois. It wasn't a bad ride up and when we got there, our friend Pat from North Carolina was there. It was nice to see him cause I never met him before, but heard lots about him. Daddy arrived a few hours later so we had a cabin full with 5 people, 2 dogs and me! Even though it was crowded, it didn't stop me from roaming around and sleeping with mom at night. Although, it was a bit crowded cause it's only a queen bed at the mountains and we have a king at home. Usually mom and us animals will sleep in the double and dad in the queen at the cabin, but with so many people, mom and dad couldn't have their usual sleeping arrangements so it was tight and I had to sleep "ON" mom. God love her for trying not to move and disturb me. I did have a really good time and only went out for a few minutes Saturday evening though cause it was really cold and windy and mom didn't want me to get sick. I didn't mind though cause I know when it gets colder I don't go out much.
Now I'm back home in my old routine until our next trip which I don't believe is for a few weeks cause of all the stuff going on at home. I'll be sure to tell you about any adventures I may have and thanks again Catster for my DDP honor!
Mom and dad took all us animals to the cabin this past weekend and Brett and his new girlfriend Asia came Friday and left Saturday. I really like Asia, she is very nice! Anyway, it was good to be back at the cabin and mom said I get to to 2 weekends in a row, yipee! But then unfortunately I think it will be a while before we go again so I better enjoy my time there now and this past weekend that is exactly what I did.
It was a nice evening, even if it was a little chilly. Mom put me inside her sweatshirt for a while, but I wanted to walk around and stalk the bugs so she finally let me down. It didn't take me long to want in the house though cause it was so chilly that there weren't many bugs to chase and I only weigh like 5 lbs. so I don't have much fat to keep me warm. Fortunately everyone came inside shortly after I did so I got to hang with them and watch TV for a while before bed.
Saturday was a very rainy, dreary day. We pretty much hung out in the cabin watching TV and napping. Mom and dad did move in a new gun cabinet and guess what else? Mom took down my crate! At first I wasn't too keen on that cause I have had a crate since I was like 3 years old (and I'm 15 now) so it was kind of strange for me. But once I realized all my stuff was still there and no one bothered it, I was loving the freedom! Mom was proud of me for using the potty without being in a crate. She said she wishes I could do that at home, but she's afraid the dogs would get in my box and food when they are at work, plus she's not certain that I wouldn't potty on the floor since I have in the past. At least I have my freedom at the cabin!
So that's my weekend. This weekend mom said it will be crowded at the cabin cause grandma and Aunt Lois are going, but our friend Pat from North Carolina will be there too. That's okay, the more the merrier:)