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Cattiversary! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003

It was five years ago today that I took a bus across Boston to get a kitten, and instead came home with a one-year-old cat that I planned to name Feathertail. That name lasted one day.

At first, she was overshadowed by Jelly Roll's huge personality, but she came into her own as a chatty Cathy (that's noted in the second blog post, and it's only gotten more prominent as she's gotten comfortable), and a serious caretaker cat. Which is lucky, as I need lots of taking care of, apparently. ;p Getting a cat was the best decision I've made in a long time. She makes my life better, and I hope I do the same for her! Even if I can't get a decent picture!

And in five years, despite being fully-clawed, the only scratches I've ever gotten from her have been accidental. I've never seen her take a swipe at anyone.

Cinderpelt Cinderpelt
Cindy, the day she came home.
5-year adoptionversary 5-year adoptionversary
Cindy, this morning.

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mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: August 13th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
She looks lovely. Happy anniversary :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
sueatducksfoot From: sueatducksfoot Date: August 13th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Cattiversary!! She's beautiful. I'd say she's got some MaineCoone in her. They are a talky bunch, does she also "flop" down and want you to pet her? Cats are great!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea what she has in her, really, but Maine Coon seems a popular guess--someone asked me when I took her in for a nail trim if she was a Maine Coon, too. Except for her rather small stature, I'd guess there's a whole lot of that particular breed. (They're prone to her polydactyly, too. Which is totally an evolutionary trait. She has an opposable thumb.)
sueatducksfoot From: sueatducksfoot Date: August 13th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got a MC last year from the Humane Society, we had no idea that's what he was. He was the sweetest kitten, he loved to lay in my arms. Then he hitched a ride on the under carriage of my truck and fell of along the Hwy. when I was going 55 mph. He spent a week in the "wild" next to some train tracks until he was strong enough to make his way to the nearest house. They answered our ad for a missing cat. He's still sweet, but he is really skiddish now. Another MC just showed up on our doorstep two months ago, he's a stray, but he's worming his way into our hearts. He lets us pet him and pick him up. MC are wonderful cats and not all of them are huge.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having met a few that I know are Maine Coons, definitely, great cats.

My suspicion about Cindy is that she may have been picked out as a show kitten by someone who didn't know the rules, and then found out that being double-pawed disqualified her. She hadn't been fixed, and when the shelter found her wandering around, she had kittens (at less than a year old). Poor thing had to be shaved at the shelter because she'd gotten so matted. That's why her hair seems to have fluffed out so much since I got her; it still hadn't grown all the way out. I think someone just took her outside and left her there--I took her out on a leash once, and she broke it trying to get back in, she was so scared.
From: severely_lupine Date: August 13th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
So cute! And it's still funny to me how much she looks like my Luna (seen in a crappy picture here with Lysander). She's quite petite, too. They must be the same mysterious breed/mix. Very playful and quite mouthy, but never aggressive or intentionally harmful with her teeth or claws (though she doesn't 'talk' much).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, they do look alike! (And Luna's a great name for the temperament.)
From: severely_lupine Date: August 14th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
If I'd named the twins Fred and George instead of Lorcan and Lysander, I would have named her Ginny, but alas, none of them are gingers.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 13th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
love her!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. :D
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: August 13th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Cattiversary! I never considered myself a 'cat person', until I got one!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny how they sell themselves, isn't it?
beceh From: beceh Date: August 13th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww she's adorable. Happy cattiversary!

I really miss having a cat, I can't wait until I'm settled enough to get one (moving countries every few years isn't very conducive to long-lived pets :(..)

At the moment I stock up on cat-love when I visit my Mum's each year. She has a grumpy old grey cat and an adorable friendly Burmese boy.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: August 13th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, she looks lovely!
cyndisuesue From: cyndisuesue Date: August 14th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
So sweet! I remember when you got her!
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daksian From: daksian Date: August 15th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* I love cats. I can't wait until I'm in a bigger place again and can have one. Yours is lovely.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: August 15th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

AWWWWWWWWWWW congrats!!!

she's a beautiful cat!

here's wishing she lives for a very-very long time!

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