Age: 8 Years Sex: Male Weight: 12 lbs.
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Shad, Shaddy, Fuzzy Bear, Doll Face, Cutie pie, Wigley Worm, Speedball
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April 4th 2008
Being with his big brother Boo, laying on the bed with Mommy! Anything with Mommy or Boo. He loves us so much.
When he's had enough combing or brushing - stop! He's slowly learning though not to grab Mom's hadn and hang on when he wants her to stop!!!
A wand with a fluffy fish attached to it! He grabs any pat and races up and down hallway with it!
Favorite Nap Spot:
On the bed, on the ocuch, anywhere near Boo or Mommy
Friskies Select Sensations/Ocean Fish, Dental Diet, Meow mix Hairball Formula
He is super smart and can fun as fast as a horse - he runs like a horse, his hind legs hit the ground together!!!
indoors and outdoors
Shadow was a stray who we saw periodically hanging around our rural home late last summer. We live in a very rural community 14 miles from town, stray cats were common as were fights with our cats, Callie and Boo. Shadow was different in that he hung around sometimes, but we rarely saw him, if a door opened, he was gone in a flash! As he didn't fight with our cats, I started setting food out for him occasionally. Unfortunetly early that fall, Callie disappeared. She was 13 and very wise, but she must have made a mistake - we have never found any trace of her.
As fall progressed, we did see more and more of this shaggy little black cat. In Oct. I borrowed a trap from the Humane Society of the Ochocos where I do volunteering and I trapped him. I took him to the Snip House the next day and found out he was a boy- up until then, I didn't know what sex it was! He was so feral. He seemed terrified of humans.
Over the winter months I set out food and water mornings and evenings.and made beds outside for him, but he preferred the place he selected - under the tongue of our mobile home - it is covered well with an old a carpet and he slept under there. He came out at night to eat and drink and we didn't see him for a long time. In Dec. I started opening the door at dusk and asking him if he was there and he started talking to me from the end of the porch or the ground wherever he was. Little by little he let me have the door opened - oh he'd run but come back to eat. This went on all winter. Finally I got a picture of him thru a window sitting next to a box on our porch. He was black long haired and shaggy, but was filling out. He loved to talk! We had quite a few long chats standing out in the cold! I talked to him endlessly all winter and he learned to identify words. I also answered him in cat talk when he'd speak it to me. Don't know what we were talking about, but he loved it!!
Then I put food on the back porch and got him in late March to let me stand there one while he ate. On April 4, 2009 he ran when I came out on back porch with food, I called "come on, over and over and he came back, I put food in bowl and stood there. He came up to eat and I reached down and touched him- then he was gone. but came again when I called. We did this a lot of times. Then I sat on the step and he came up to me and let me begin combing and brushing him - Unbelievable. I had had a stroke in Dec. and having Shadow to love and tame helped me recover. I spent the next hours combing and brushing him - he'd dash off, return when called. He had come up on the porch several times when he was in his hidey hole,started com I talked to him the whole time I was grooming him. He had learned his name well.
He was such a wiggelly worm - but he liked the brushing and he loved the attention. We had known for a while that he was getting closer to accepting me because he would stand on the front porch and let stand and watch him. So all that afternoon I talked to him and touched and groomed him and also over the next two days he got a lot of tattention and learned so fast. he is the smartest cat I've ever seen!- in two days I let him come in and he stayed the night! Boo our other cat, was ok with him, but leary. The second night in, Shad used the litter box! I was working with him daily, always talking, teaching him words and he learned so fast. He loved indoor plumbing! He came in from outside to use the box. In a week he had tamed down a lot, still spooky. He and Boo became bosom buddies - Boo is 12 and had lost his mother Callie in Aug. We never found a trace of her and Boo was so lonely - which is one reason I was determined to domesticate Shad. Another milestone on May 18, he let me gather him up and hug him. I taught him love, hugs, kiss, go, stay, good boy! Everything was praising and he is so smart. He craves attention and he also is so playful. Loves his new toys and drags one around!
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April 5th 2010 10:50 am
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Boy r hous willnuvur be da same!! Dis stray pretty white and cream flame point kitty showed up outsid r hous month n half ago - she wus in season if ya know whut I means. See I wus feral fur 8-9 months befur Mom captured me and had me fixed, so I knows!
Mom didn' kno my birfday so her gived me the day I cum to her to be her kitty fur always. April 4, 2009,her knowed I was borned in da sprung of '08 so her jest picked da day we got together as mom and boy. Anyways, back to me stury. Dis little gurl shows up wiht da collar on, we figers her wus dumped. Two days later a black short hair boy shows up, he nice boy, me n him and da girl kitty goe off fur most of da day. Mom got screered fraid I gots hurt by sum big ole tom cat. Nope we all three cums back in afternuun. Anyways, dad kindda takes to dis girl, reminds him of Boo's mommy kitty Callie. So dey ends up taking her to get fixed an all dat stuff and 'dopts her. Her's a real pain, luvs to play and swat at me n Boo. I'se ok wid it, Boo don't much ceer fur her, reminds him of how Callie bossed him, den Dad goes and names dis one Callie Girl 'cause she is like his other Callie.
Un beknunst to dad, Callie did send her as she sent me too. Her whispered to us frum da bridge, dis hears a guud hom for kitehs. See her knows she picked mom and dad out in AZ, put her tree babies under der bed! Folks leaves doors open don der as is warmer. So dey kept her n Boo. Glad 'cause Boo is my ruder n I luvs him so much. We eats n sleeps together.
Well da black boy cums back an let's mom catch him and take him in to shelter. He gets fixed like me and dey test his blood n he is FIV. Not good. Upset mom. Now r shelter has tree FIV boys n deys lookin' fur a cattery thet speciulises in FIV kittehs. Anyways, Mom wull make Callie Girl a page one day. Her nuver has da time to do all tings. Like change r pages!!! Dat's ok mom we luvs ou anyhows. Bye, The Shadow
February 12th 2010 7:16 pm
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Oh boy what a heart you gave us Catster H Q - I'm ritin in my diary to say tanks Mil!! It is 'ust beeootiful. Ya knows we all luvs you too! Mom says I's too purty to be a boy kitteh, I shudda been a gurl! But the Man upstairs he made me a purty boy!!!! Here's wishin everybudy a Happy Valentine's Day!!! Lottsa love, lottsa hugs, lottsa purrs. Luve in in the air. Smells it? I do! Bye, Shadow
September 20th 2009 12:54 pm
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You all ain't gonna believes this. Me neither. Furst of all you knows I'm adopted-well I adopted my mommy and she me. She talked and fed me all last winter and in April, I decided I'd had 'nuf of dis outdoor live and wanted to live in!!
So I let her touch me, then we had two hurs of combing, petting, kissing, loving like youse never wuld believe. From bof of us! I laid in her armaand she hugged me, kissed me, loved me- OMC-there aint nuffin like it in the world. She thought I was a young man kitty, like maybe 7-8 months old cause I weren't too tall, gots short legs and body like mommy does!!! Her had trapped me- yeh I fell for it, food in a trap!!!In Nov. and gots me fixed - yuck don't never wants to go thru that agin!
K, on with it, I got a bladder infection and was havin probs, so Mom took me to Dr. on Friday. Surprise, the lady doc told mom, he is an old boy, very old!!! Waits up lady doc, shock to me too. Don't know what old is, she said 13 or more. Mom is so stunned, thinking I'm young boy cause I play so hard and I had grown from the first time they saw me. Her fed me so good I gots chubby!!! So if mom decides to belif this she will chaange my age. But i'd still like to join the Blackies and also be yur furiends. Boo is my stp brother and he's kinda old I guess is welve! I dont know time so don't know who's right, now they eally wonder where did I come frum, has I been wild all deese years and lived out here in the wilds-lots of dogs, coyotes, hawks and gret horned owls too. Guess I's a survivor. Mom ahs always said I'm her miracle ct and now we know fur shur I am!!! Bye gotta go nap, mom is tired and lieks me to lay down with her.
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