I talk about cats quite a lot in my Journal posts. I’ll catalog them here for easy reference. I’ll list the current indoor cats, the current outdoor cats, and cats and dogs who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.
Current Indoor Cats
A Sealpoint Siamese, born early in 2006. He is not a rescue cat.
Born September 25, 2010, in our parlor to Roxy, a foster cat. Lady had three male siblings. We found homes for two and kept her younger brother, Tarzan. Roxy also went to a new home after she was spayed and the kittens weaned. Lady loves people (except, maybe for the vet staff), but she had strong differences of opinion about other cats.
Lady’s little brother, also born on September 25, 2010. Tarzan is very gentle with us and extremely shy if anyone comes to visit. He can be found “hiding” as a lump under the bedspread or other places where he thinks he cannot be seen. Somewhere in his lineage, he must have some Siamese, because he has the distinctive kink in the end of his tail. He also has “angel wings.”
She is one of four siblings, three of whom are still alive, born in the spring/summer of 2012. We call them the “indoor ferals.” They were trapped as kittens and kept inside until they were old enough to be spayed, but they were not socialized and have been slow to adapt to us. Delta is the most socialized of the three. Their brother, Floyd, was very sociable, and quite a kitty. Delta, like Tarzan, isn’t much for people other than us, though, and she has a reputation among the veterinary staff that does not match her behavior here at home.
Rossie has been the scapecat. Lady and Daphne have attacked her for no apparent reason. The other cats have not stood up to protect her. We haven’t been able to figure out a logical reason for why she’s ostracized. We love her dearly. After protecting her in a cage at night and limiting her access to two downstairs rooms during the day for over a year, Rossie has been released to go anywhere she wants in the house as of mid-August 2016. Her confidence has grown, and she decided after two weeks of freedom that she was ready to go back upstairs. We have seen her moving throughout the house, and so far, she’s doing well. Unfortunately, Rossie retreated again, so she has moved back into the parlor and kitchen during the day, and she goes into the cage at night. She seems most comfortable with this arrangment, and Rossie’s comfort is paramount.
Ruby was the smallest of the four in her litter. She sticks to herself much of the time, but she loves to be petted when she’s on the bed, in the alcove at the top of the stairs, on one of the ice cream chairs, or in the garden window. Anywhere else? She makes it clear she’s off limits. She’s so elusive, the most recent picture I have of her is this game camera photo of her on the counter (where she isn’t supposed to be).
Daphne is part Siamese, lilac point, we think. She’s a gorgeous imp. She loves to climb ladders.
A feral kitten who showed up at the feeder back at the end of July, 2015. I trapped her, and she was spayed at the end of January, 2016. She’s been in the house, but she isn’t interested in being handled by us. Despite this, she spends a lot of her time near us and is curious about these strange creatures who seem to want to grab her and pet her all the time. Zelda is Sapphire’s mama.
Sneaky (aka Sneakers, Squeaky, or Squeakers)
Sneaky is either the aunt or the mama for Delta, Rossie, RubyMae, and Pretty Boy Floyd. She is the tamest of all of them. Sneaky was an outdoor cat, but my concerns for her vulnerability to the FIV virus with her continued life outdoors prompted me to bring her into the house in Spring, 2016. She has adapted well to being inside but does not like to interact with the other inside cats. For now, she has her own private suite consisting of the dining room and downstairs bathroom. Ajax torments Sneaky, so Ajax spends his days in the parlor and kitchen. When Ajax is separated from Sneaky, the dining room door is open to the house, and the cats not in the parlor are free to go in and out. Sneaky rarely ventures out even though the door is open. Tarzan, Sapphire, and Ruby in particular venture in to eat Sneaky’s food.
Daisy is the sole surviving kitten (as far as I know) from Zelda’s final litter. She was born September 30, 2016. Daisy had her spaying appointment on April 3, and when I picked her up, she had post-surgical instructions to be kept in the house for 10 days. Sometime during that time, Daisy became an indoor kitty.
Current Outdoor Cats
Walter is a gorgeous kitty. He’s been neutered and is current on shots, but we don’t see him often. He loves Fancy Feast and will allow us to pet him while he eats. He seems to enjoy the petting, but Fancy Feast must be part of the equation. In 2016, he’s become a much more affectionate kitty, enjoying petting.
Zelda has been a prolific kitten producer for several years. She’s Sapphire’s mama. She was Nick’s mama, and she’s Daisy’s mama. She may be mama for several other local cats, but I haven’t verified that. In November, 2016, I’d earned enough of her trust for her to allow me to trap her. She’s been spayed and has current vaccinations. She acts like she wants to be near us, but she doesn’t quite trust us yet.
Cats and Dogs Who Have Gone to the Rainbow Bridge Since 2005
Nick: March 28, 2017
Nick was in Zelda’s second to last litter. He had at least two other litter mates who disappeared (I may have seen them on the game camera recently, but I’m not sure). Nick gravitated to us. I was able to trap him the same day I trapped Zelda, and he got neutered and vaccinated. He showed promise for developing into a cuddly kitty. Unfortunately, he was struck by a car on the morning of March 28 and killed instantly.
Boomer: November 28, 2016
Boomer has been around for a little while. We thought he and Walter were the same cat until we saw them both at the same time one night. Walter is silvery, while Boomer has a more brown undercoat. There are other ways to tell them apart, but that’s the easiest. We haven’t been able to get closer than within a few feet of Boomer. When I was finally able to lift Boomer into a carrier, he tested positive for FIV and leukemia.
Gray Socks: September 6, 2016
Gray Socks wasn’t officially one of my outside cats, but he was becoming that way. He made regular appearances on the game camera. He began being willing to be petted, so I scooped him up to take him in to be neutered. Unfortunately, he tested positive for FIV. Dr. Val held him back to euthanize him later. He trustingly went into a cage in the back, and my last sight of him was of him on his hind legs surveying the area with interest. Such a sweet kitty. So heartbreaking.
Junior: January 22, 2016
For a long time, we didn’t realize we had three outside cats other than Sneaky. Junior appears to be the youngest of the three boys. He will come to us for Fancy Feast. He’s very talkative. We can pet him, but he’s very jumpy. We have not been able to capture him to get him neutered or to get him his shots yet. We anticipate 2016 will be the year for that. Junior’s tail has a distinctive curve. He also has a twin, probably a brother, but that kitty has a collar, so he belongs to somebody. In January, I caught Junior to get him tested, neutered, and returned to the yard. Unfortunately, he test positive for FIV, which is a death sentence to an outdoor kitty.
Natasha: April 22, 2015
Pretty Boy Floyd: October 20, 2014
Mr. Moose: June 14, 2014
Millie: January 18, 2012
Dazzle: July 5, 2011
Pericles: May 21, 2009
Hershey: October 25, 2009
Magellan: June 18, 2005