A Hemingway Kitty || Pictorial Journal Part 2

Purring would seem to be...an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.

Monica Edwards


Awakened Too Soon

Very sleepy little Hemingway kitty, Milo.
Very sleepy little Hemingway kitty, Milo. | Source

Discover more about Milo


You can read about Milo's first few months with me and see him at play in part 1 . The link is provided below:


http://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/hub/Animal-Anamolies-My-New-Kittys-Paws-A-pictorial-journal



Milo...welcome to my world....


This quote has been tweaked a bit but the essence of it belongs to Derek Bruce...

In order to have a true perspective of one's importance everyone should have a dog to be loved by and a cat to be ignored by.

If you have either or both, you get it!!

A little over a year and a half ago, my feline companion, Milo, came to my house.


Having Milo come to my house was not in my plan. I did not want another pet. One pet, an inside but more outside kitty, was enough for me.

My grandson asked me if I would take Milo.

Finally the day of decision arrived. It was now or never. I finally just came right out and asked Jay if he would mind if I did not take the kitty. He really did not have to answer. The look on his face said it all.

Now you know how I came to be Momma to a most marvelous kitty. What a gift he is. This has been a most difficult year in many respects. Having Milo as a companion has been great therapy.

He makes me smile. He makes me laugh. He annoys me sometimes with his little pranks. He is a welcome addition to my world. And, he has opened his world to me freely and without limits.


"So tired...."

Source

This Window is a Favorite Perch to Connect with the Property Kitties, the Birdies, and Plentiful Lizards

A great place for Milo to snuggle up.
A great place for Milo to snuggle up. | Source

Unique and clever little Milo



In the first entry about Milo, explanation of his lineage was given. His Momma is a Hemingway kitty. She is very tiny and is very ill at this time. She is not expected to live much longer. But that is another story for another day.

Milo inherited the traits that Hemingway kitties have: he has extra toes on his front and back paws.

He has learned to use his paws almost like hands in some instances. His paws are quite large but not out of proportion to his body. He is so cute when he is sitting or standing looking around or waiting for me. Those distinctive little paws are extending out almost as if a young person were looking at you with his hands on his hips. It is too cute.

Tucked up on OUR Bed for an Afternoon Siesta

He is like my little dog...he follows me everywhere. I guess I better not let him hear me say that!!!
He is like my little dog...he follows me everywhere. I guess I better not let him hear me say that!!! | Source

May I suggest a fun book?

All feline lovers and all who know almost nothing about kitties, the book,

The Cat and the Curmudgeon by Cleveland Armor is a must read.


In a most delightful and candid way the secrets that most kitties wish we would never find out are revealed. It is amusing and entertaining and informative.

A Little Bit Persnickety

For about six months I had a continuous feeder for him. I liked it because he had food at all times of the day so he was never really ever ‘starving’ so he did not gulp down his food. He is a little bit persnickety about some things it seems.

There was just a small problem with that method of feeding. At least once a day he turned it over and out came all of his food. He refused to eat it off the floor so Momma scooped it up and replaced it into the container.

I had told my grandson Jay that I had considered gluing a brick to the bottom of the feeder but that just did not work for me.

After about two weeks of this ‘spill the food and watch Momma pick it up’ game, I discarded the feeder and now he has a nice glass dish for food and a glass cup for his water. Problem solved. Happy kitty. Happy Momma.



"Surely You Have Time to Adore Me!!!"

Source

Writing is so Tiring....Exhausted!!

My darling Milo is my muse.
My darling Milo is my muse. | Source

Snack Time is ALL the Time....


Another little quirk of his has to do with snacks.

It is probably that he has trained me and trained me well.

I buy him catnip flavored treats by the semi load. You should see the semi pull up and back in to drop them off. Ok, so I exaggerate a bit but I almost always have them on hand and if not, he lets me know about it. In no uncertain terms. And very loudly.

I keep them in the refrigerator. Just do. When I make a trip to the kitchen for coffee or for anything, no matter where he is in the house, he beats me to the kitchen. He sidles up to me and weaves in and out with each step I take, reminding me of course he is in great need of a treat.

If I open the refrigerator, he scoots right over by me and looks up adoringly. He knows shortly a few pieces, five or six, of his treat will soon be placed on a little chair for his snacking pleasure

See Those Precious Paws....

Source

Busy Little Kitty

He has many pastimes …never at a loss for things to do. He has toys aplenty which he plays with alone or with me.

He loves to climb in any box or other container that I may bring home.

One of his favorite places to have fun or to relax is his very tall tower that my daughter’s son in law made for him before he came to live with me. That is usually one of the first places I will look if I cannot find him.

When I visited my niece last month, she gave me a tunnel for him that lights up when it is moved. He thinks it is great fun to run and slide inside of it. I can always tell when he is playing with it because it is made of crinkly material and makes lots of noise when he is playing in it.


A little bit of fun....

Atop His Tower He Can Survey All That is Inside and Outside.

"I can see everything from way up here !!"
"I can see everything from way up here !!" | Source

Milo Lights Up My Life...


The house we live in has an abundance of windows…there are many windows in every room. He loves to perch on a table and watch the birdies playing in the trees or on the lawn. If I have a window open, he will lie in the space at the bottom of the window and nap or once again, survey all of the activity that is just beyond his reach.

When I am reading in the sitting room, he will invariably sidle up beside me and lay his sweet little head on my thigh and sleep or look up and adore me.

If he finds me spending too much time in front of this laptop, he will hop up on the table and lie right beside it with his head on my arm while I write. If I move too much, he will scoot around behind the computer and lie there, stretched out and content.

At night when I finally lie down, he hops right up and throws his little body down so part of it lands on my arm and purrrrrrrrs so loudly it is like a most magnificent song that lulls me to sleep while I pet him.



This Cardboard Scratching Gadget Was My Best Investment Ever!!!

"This is my favorite scratching place."
"This is my favorite scratching place." | Source

Overflowing with Joy

The rhythm of life is in sync when wondrous creatures find their way into our lives.

What a blessed life I have…precious daughter, grandsons, son in law, and many other family members who love me and I love back. And two loving kitties to add to the joy I find each day.

Milo is truly a gift. He found his way into my life at a time when I needed him most. Now I think it is a mutual adoration that we have for each other.

He has invited me to join in his world and learn about life through his eyes.

This Tunnel that Lights Up Provides Endless Hours of Fun.

"This is the greatest toy she ever dragged home for me."
"This is the greatest toy she ever dragged home for me." | Source

One of His Little Polydactyl Paws is Plain View

"Sometimes I lie here even after she moves her arm. I think she will stop work if I lie her looking pitiful."
"Sometimes I lie here even after she moves her arm. I think she will stop work if I lie her looking pitiful." | Source

Playing with My Foot Can Be Amusing, I Suppose. I Guess You Have to be a Cat to Really 'Get It."

"I am going to pounce on this foot if it moves at all."
"I am going to pounce on this foot if it moves at all." | Source

Mundane Things are Just NOT Mundane to Him.

"There is always something interesting to explore under here."
"There is always something interesting to explore under here." | Source

© 2014 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Rtalloni He is a treasure for sure. I tell him every day how glad I am that he came to stay at my house. He is a love bunny and brings me so much joy.

So nice to see you again today Angels are on the way to you today ps


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RTalloni 22 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your little writing companion with us. I know from experience what a treasure having a kitty-cat in one's life is. Milo seems like no exception, and as a matter of fact, he seems exceptionally so. :) There are many cold, clinical assessments on the benefits of cat ownership, but having the experience is the only way to understand their special (though sometimes peculiar) blessings.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Susi, You are so right!! He allows me to share his bed and to sit in his chair (the one I use when I am at home 'hubbing'. )

He is a doll.... I am so happy that he came to my house.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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colorfulone 23 months ago from Minnesota

Milo is a beautiful cat. Sounds like he has you pretty well trained, Patrica. Smart cat too, he has his own writer on HubPages making him famous. :)


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Carb Diva I will get back and read more of them...I loved the tale of two kitties even though it was bittersweet. Nice to see you again. ps


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Carb Diva 23 months ago

My kitty hubs are "A Tale of Two Kitties (with apologies to Charles Dickens)", and "Saying Goodbye--thoughts on the death of a beloved pet."


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Carb Diva I will have to find your kitty hubs and read as I love reading articles by those who adore them.

Milo is a doll...he gets more precious to me each and every day.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. Off to find a kitty hub ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Alicia...If I did not gush enough about him too much already, I adoe this kitty. He becomes sweeter every day but he still likes to rough house and play!!

He greets me at the front window...hops up when he hears the car, and when I open the front door there he is to snuggle on my legs. Lucky me

I am glad I could share him with you

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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AliciaC 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love this hub! I enjoyed learning about Milo and looking at the photos very much. Milo sounds like a truly wonderful companion. I also appreciated learning what a Hemingway cat is. I've never heard of this type of kitty before.


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Carb Diva 23 months ago

Milo is absolutely adorable, and how wonderful that the two of you found each other. You obviously appreciate the beauty and joy that kitties can bring to our lives. Thank you for sharing your story and wonderful photos with us. Voted up and beautiful. (P.S. We are a "kitty loving" household as well and I have written several hubs about them.)


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peachpurple He IS a cutie pie. Such a good natured loving kitty. I am blessed to have him.

Actually he does shed a bit but not profusely. I notice hair on my clothing when it is black or other dark colors otherwise not so much.

I have to admit, I would still hold him even if I were covered from head to toe in hair ...:D Thanks for visiting

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

he is such a cute kitty. Does hisher hair drop easily when you hold him/her? My old cat does, I could find a hand full of hair, hairball


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I get it...Gunter decided you are good enough to keep around....Milo allows me to share his space.

I love him more each day. Right now he is grooming himself right beside me. He is a joy to have.

Angels are winging their way to you Flourishanyway


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FlourishAnyway 24 months ago from USA

Milo is gorgeous! You're so fortunate to be blessed by him. Of course, he doesn't want an automatic feeder when he can have someone wait on him. He must know he is special. I love Hemingway cats, love Hemingway too! I never thought one would be mine. In 2013 a stray 7 month old half-feral kitten showed up in my neighborhood. We feed, spay and neuter anyone who needs it (no questions asked). As it turned out, he had toes galore. Once neutered, Gunter (as we call him) decided we were good enough to keep around. I love him to pieces.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Dawn

Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me about your kitty.

I sign my articles that way as it is my way of sending good wishes and angelic comfort to you and yours.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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ThreeQuarters2Day 2 years ago from Nebraska

I had a tiger striped cat named Milo, he was a big fluffy friendly cat. BTW, thanks for commenting on my music article. What did you mean by angels are coming my way? I'm new to HP so don't know all the "lingo" yet.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a delightful hub about a Hemingway Kitty named Milo. I so know what you mean when you wrote what a gift he is. We have a Siamese female named Sophie. She is a delight and talks to us the whole day. "The rhythm of life is in sync when wondrous creatures find their way into our lives." Awesome!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Nell

O well I will just give him some extra petting and tell him its from YOU.

Have a lovely Wednesday.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Ah Milo is lovely! I am allergic to cats these days, maybe I have always been, we had two cats at home and I was always sneezing! lol! but I loved your story, and those photos were wonderful!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O I will. He is such a love bucket...really. When my grandson comes he gets between us to snuggle on both of us....thanks for the Angels.

Shyron...

more Angels are on the way back to you ps


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Patricia, I love Cat Tales, these mysterious creatures are entertainers. They make me sneeze and wheeze and cough, and I can't breath when near, but I can appreciate them from afar.

I have to find out what happened to Peter Pan, my niece's cat. I have some pictures of him at the hospital.

Give yourself and Milo a hug for me.

And the angels are on their way to you.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes using "I' is sometimes frowned upon but this story needed me in it as HE has brought so much joy to me that without saying THAT word I would have been unable to tell the story well.

thank you for stopping by....we do have to tell it like it is and if that does not work for a reader then I guess they will not return to our work.

Angels are on the way to you this evening...and thanks for stopping by ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you, Audrey

My Milo is such a joy to have in my life. I am so glad my grandson asked me to take him.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, I'm so happy I found this hub. Milo is fantastic. I enjoyed the story of how he came into your life as well as information about a Hemingway Kitty. A love affair for sure! Voted up and more and sharing. - Audrey


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I enjoyed your hub so much. I happened to have written a hub about a similar kind of situation and I felt a little guilty about putting the 'I' word into another hub. But your hub made me see and remember -- It's okay. It's what we writers have to do sometimes. It's how we express ourselves and understand the world around us a little better. And just like Bill in his comment, I found myself smiling as I read this. By the way, I didn't know there are catnip flavored cat snacks. I will have a look for them in the stores. Happy Trails to you and your kitties. Voting way up and sharing.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Bill

I KNEW it was you who would comment first. Thanks for stopping by.

I am right now ...he is in his usual spot right here by my arm as I write this.

I hope all is good in your little neck of the woods. Glad you found a smile here

Angels are winging their way to you right now ps


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I loved the title so I knew I would love the article...and of course, you wrote it, so there was no doubt I would smile throughout...and I did. Say hi to Milo for me.

blessings and hugs heading your way

bill

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