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|Purred: Sun Feb 24, '08 5:26pm PST |
|Interview with Iggy...
1. You chose your humans, because the people who had you before were not taking the best care of you. How did you know that this new home was so loving?
For some reason, the people who had me first didn't want me anymore & dumped me in the neighborhood where I now live! I was scoping the area out for a day or two & stopped by the house next door, but didn't think it would work out for me there. It didn't feel warm & safe, if you know what I mean. Then I hear someone on the deck next door. I looked through the hedges & there was the tallest human I had ever seen! I was a little afraid to go over to him, so I meowed. He heard me and said "hi kitty, where did you come from". I ran right over. He played with me & petted me & then told me I had better go home. How do I get him to understand that I don't have a home? He carried me down the alley & set me on the sidewalk & he ran back to his house, but even though he has really long legs, I would run up the alley & be sitting on the deck waiting for him! We did this a couple of times & he finally said "he would tell his parents about me & see what they had to say". Oh boy, someone wants me, I hope! It had to be a family that loved kitties, because I saw two of them watching me out the windows. The lady was very nice & gave me food & water & made me a nice box with lots of warm rugs & towels. The girl liked me & wants to keep me. Then I meet the man. I'm thinking he is my way in because he looks like he has the "final word", so I need to really butter him up. The rest were going to be a piece of cake! So I just kiss this man all over his face! And I purred & purred. He laughed cause my tongue tickled him & he loved "my motor". Every time I saw him, I just smothered him in kisses & purred. He told the lady that I was a nice kitty. I had my paws crossed. I didn't dare leave that deck any longer than to "take care of business". The lady was trying to find me a home, but I wanted to stay here with them. I was beginning to love these humans & I knew they loved me by the way they talked to me, played with me, & petted me. I was on their porch now for 3 days. It was getting colder. I made sure that as soon as I heard the man come up on the deck I jumped out of the box & ran to him, rubbing around his legs until he picked me up. That day he told me that if the lady didn't find me a home by the next day, I was going inside for good. Oh boy! only one more night outside. The next morning I was all over the man before he left for the day. I was really loving everyone else up too. The man came home from work & I ran to greet him. He asked the lady if she found me a home & she shook her head "no". The man said, "ok, little guy, come on in to your new home!" He carried me in & sat me down & I just walked down the hall & started looking around! The lady showed me where the litter boxes were. This was great...2 kitties, 2 litter boxes. I knew that if a 3rd one appeared, I was home for good! I walked all over the house, checked out every room, & then walked in the living room & jumped up on the recliner & curled up! I was home, at least I certainly hoped I was! I wasn't "shooed off" the chair & this was a really good sign. And when the lady took me to where the litter boxes were again, there was the 3rd litter box. I found my furever home! The boy, J.R., named me St. Ignatius, or Iggy for short. He said "he found me, so he got to name me." I loved my new name, my new brofurs (even though Snickers didn't like me, yet), my boy, J.R., & my girl, Marisa & I had a mommy & daddy. I'm thankful everyday that J.R. was outside that day. I was now a very wanted & loved kitty & had a reason to purr!
2. When you moved in to your new home, there were two other cats already living there, how did they feel about you moving in?
There were 2 kitties living here when I moved in. Sam, a big, handsome orange Maine Coon, who was 10 years old. He welcomed me with open paws! I was curled up on the chair after exploring & he jumped up & sniffed me, licked me a little, & curled up right beside me! The lady, Sam called mommy, said "see, Sam, I told you I was going to make a kitten for you from all your fur I get when I comb you!" You know, I really think he thought I was made from his fur! We were the exact same color!
Snickers, a handsome gray Maine Coon, was not so easy to win over. He was 2 years old, & should have been the easy one, right? Wrong! He couldn't have been angrier about my moving in! He hid behind the entertainment center in the living room for 2 1/2 weeks! Marisa would take me to her room to play, so that mommy could get Snickers to eat & use the litter box. He was rather bull headed to put it mildly. Then one day, he ventured out & sniffed me a couple of times, growled & hissed, which scared me, but I didn't run away. Day by day, he got friendlier. I didn't mind cause I had Sam as my best bud. He & I were pretty much inseparable.
3. You love to sleep on the backs of chairs and couches, what sometimes happens when you are in a deep sleep?
I'm a very sound sleeper & I snore quite loudly...so loud that mommy hears me over the TV! I like to sleep on the back of one of the chairs. I'll be sound asleep & all of a sudden, I'm on the floor! Mommy is trying not to laugh & wanting to make sure I'm ok. Now, I've been sleeping, so how do I know that she didn't give me a little push??? So, I just give her a look & help myself!
4. You just turned 10 years young in December, but still play like a kitten. What are some of your favorite toys?
I like to play with catnip toys that mommy gets at the Vet's. All the money goes to the local SPCA, so we always get new ones when she goes, whether we need them or not. My favorite is foam balls that are the size of a tennis ball. They are really easy to pick up in my mouth & I take them upstairs & put them in bed with mommy & daddy or line them up on the floor where mommy gets out of the bed. I got a new toy when Sassy left for NY. It's round, has a scratch pad in the middle, & a little ball that you push with your paw & it rolls around. Sassy & I took turns batting the ball to go around. I was so depressed when she left, so mommy got me one of my own hoping to get me to purrk up. It helped a lot. I run around the house like a kitten. I run up & down the steps like I'm chasing something or something is chasing me & up & down the hallway or around in a circle in the downstairs rooms. Snickers & I do chase each other too.
5. Can you tell me a little about your friend Sassy? You sounded so sad when she left. Does she come visit you often?
Sassy is actually my niece. My sister, Marisa, adopted her from the neighbor who rescued Sassy's momma last year at this time. He feeds the strays in the neighborhood & thought that he was feeding all males until he noticed one was getting fatter & fatter! She had 5 kittens, 4 survived; 2 orangies & 2 tortiseshell. Marisa had wanted a kitten for a really long time & her friends decided to adopt one too & then her kitten could stay with them when she was home from college for the Summer or on breaks. No one thought that she would be able to stay here because of you-know-who~Snickers!!!! mol Well, Snickers ended up accepting her & her sister, Snoopy! They were both staying here for awhile when Snoopy's parents had an emergency. I wasn't real happy about Snoopy. She growled & hissed at me. I never growled or hissed in my life! Then Marisa brings Sassy up to me & Sassy growled & hissed & dang! those same scary noises came out of me! For the first & last time! I scared myself so bad & I just never wanted to sound like that again.
All I wanted to do was get a good sniff of them, but they wouldn't stop growling & hissing at me! I would get so close & they would growl & hiss & I would run away! Finally Sassy decided that I might be an ok guy! We got to know each other better & I loved her to pieces . Snoopy & I got to be friends, but she had to go back to her home, so we didn't get really close. Snoopy liked being with Max more than me. Snickers of course, would walk around growling & hissing, but we all knew that it was a big act! He really calmed down whenever Snoopy left & it was just Sassy, him & me (and of course Max).
At first Sassy would come for a couple of hours. When we realized that Snickers was ok with them, Sassy & Snoopy would stay over night. Then the night visits went to staying for over a week. Mommy was worried about separating them when Marisa left for NY as they had been together for over 5 months. A couple of days after they got fixed, Snoopy went to her home, & Sassy stayed here. She was here for 4 weeks before she & Marisa went to NY where Marisa goes to college. I was so sad & depressed when she left! I walked around meowing my little heart out, something I do any how when Marisa leaves, but I was much worse. Even with all the extra love & attention mommy was giving me, I didn't snap out of my depression. She bought me one of those circle toys with the ball inside & that cheered me up a lot. I played that with Sassy & when I played with it, I just imagined she was beside me playing.
Marisa brings Sassy with her on breaks or weekends. It was great at Thanksgiving. They were here for over a week & then Marisa was coming back the next weekend for a Steeler's Football Game, so she left Sassy with us. Wow! What a week we had! Sassy slept in bed with all of us. We got in so much trouble over treats (see my diary). When she leaves, I lay on a white chenile pillow on the couch for days. Mommy says it is my pouting pillow! They were home for Christmas for over 5 weeks, so when they left last Fri., I was devastated. Actually there were 3 very sad little furbabies. Max has always loved Sassy & Snickers loves her more & more. Snickers & I were both laying on the "pouting pillow". It worked!!! Sassy & Marisa came home the next weekend! We were so surprised. Mommy tells us when they are coming but this time she didn't. She was worried about the weather. I couldn't understand why Marisa took Sassy back to NY for less than a week when she was coming home again. But Sassy told me it was because of the weather. She said that if the weather had gotten bad & they didn't get to come home, if she were here & Marisa were in NY, then Marisa would be devastated without her. I'm really close to Sassy & I love her to pieces, but the relationship between Marisa & Sassy is really, really special. I don't know if she will be coming home anymore before she graduates in May or not. Marisa has her big recital in April, so she may not be able to come home, even at Easter. Which means we will miss Sassy's first birthday & her first Easter!
6. Your doggie brother Max used to carry you around in his mouth! Can you tell us about this? It must be quite a sight to see!
We were all heartbroken when Sam made his journey to the Bridge in May, 1999. There was a lot of saddness here for different reasons & one day mommy & J.R. bring this little white ball of fluff home! He wasn't a kitty because he didn't meow or purr. I didn't know what he was, but wanted to find out. Snickers on the other paw, chose to stick his nose in the air & ignore the little guy for 6 months! I was 2 years old when Max moved in. He would jump & yip at me, we just played back & forth. One day I'm laying on the floor, on my side, & Max takes my head in his mouth & drags me across the floor. I just laid there very limp & left him pull me wherever he wanted! Poor mommy almost had a heart attack. She was really sick at the time & was stuck in a hospital bed in the living room. She didn't know what to do or how she was going to do whatever it was to get me out of Max's mouth! He'd let go & I just laid there. I didn't meow, cry or run away. He'd walk by & I would reach out at him with my paw & wiggle along the floor until he would grab my head & drag me around again. This was going on for about 15 min. & since I never made the effort to run away & hide, which I could have easily done, mommy realized that I loved this new game we were playing. I'd lay down a certain way & that was the signal for Max to come & grab my head & drag me around. It was really comical & everyone that came to visit mommy wanted to see our "trick". I would actually wake Max up to play our crazy game. It was like "tug of war", but only Max did the tugging! We did this for a long time, probably a few years. One day mommy realized that we didn't play our game anymore. Once in a blue moon, I'll lay down & start grabbing at Max with my paws to get him to play & he will, but it just isn't the same as it when we were young. And to think that the breeder was afraid of Max getting hurt by 2 kitties!!! MOL!
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