I've Become the Proverbial Cat Lady!

How do they find me?
How do they find me? | Source

I didn't see it coming

It has finally happened. I knew it would one day, but I pictured myself much older, frail and crotchety when the metamorphosis set in. Nevertheless, I have become the proverbial cat lady at the young age of 56.

I originally intended to entitle this article “I’ve Been Adopted by Cats”, but that’s not entirely true. I have rescued two, purchased one, inherited (sort of) another and have been adopted by yet two more. Go ahead – do the math. Yep, I have six cats. My original three are strictly indoor cats and the others stay outside. Each day, twice a day, I feed six cats. To my indoor cats I’m Mommy. My outside cats call me Auntie Shauna. How do I know this? I speak Meowese, silly!

Let me introduce you to my brood. I’ll start with my indoor cats.

My beautiful Shiloh
My beautiful Shiloh | Source
Shiloh on a rare photo capture.
Shiloh on a rare photo capture. | Source

Shiloh

Shiloh is a Himalayan mix. Her mother was a pure-bred Seal Point Himalayan who got out of the house while she was in heat. She became impregnated and the owners took mama with them but left the litter behind when they moved because the kittens were considered sub-par. Can you imagine?? Neighbors found the litter roaming the streets and called a lady who is known for rescuing domestic animals. I adopted the last two of the litter, one of whom is my sweet Shiloh. As you see, she almost looks pure-bred, with the exception of having a pointy nose.

  • Aliases: Shiloh also answers to “Shi”, “Beautiful” and “Pretty Girl”. Shiloh has no middle name because she’s the only one of my original three who never does no-nos.
  • Birth date: October 2007
  • Distinguishing Features: Seal Point markings, sky blue ‘crossed’ eyes. This feature tells me her daddy was a Siamese. The very tip of Shi’s tail is bent. I assume she was hurt before she was rescued.
  • Talents: Shiloh has the innate sense of knowing when I’ve brought out my Harley blanket to snuggle on the couch. No matter where she is in the house, here she comes to snuggle on the blanket, nestled behind my bent knees. The only time she’ll snuggle to up to my body is when I’m under the Harley blanket!
  • Hobbies: Sleeping in the dining room windowsill. Having her head and nose rubbed.
  • Idiosyncrasies: Washing her ‘hands’ after she eats. She’ll dip her paws in her water bowl then licks them clean.

See Sheba's single nose freckle?
See Sheba's single nose freckle? | Source
Sheba's coat almost looks like that of a rabbit
Sheba's coat almost looks like that of a rabbit | Source

Sheba


Sheba is actually Shiloh’s sister and is also a Himalayan mix. They look nothing alike with the exception of having beautiful sky blue eyes. Sheba’s my sweetie. She loves love and has to be near or on me when she’s not sleeping. She’s also the tiniest of my three indoor cats.

  • Aliases: “Sheebs”, “Sweetie Girl”, “Little Girl”, “Honey Girl”. Sheba’s middle name is Lee. She gets on countertops, which is a major no-no in my house. As soon as she hears, “Sheba Lee!” she skedaddles.
  • Birth date: October 2007
  • Distinguishing Features: Sheba has a beautiful beige and gray striped/spotted coat and sky blue eyes. She has one adorable freckle in the middle of her nose. Her tail looks like it once belonged to a raccoon; it doesn’t really match the rest of her coat. I’m assuming her daddy was a Tabby. Did you know feline litters can be sired by more than one male? I find that fascinating. It’s quite apparent judging the tremendous physical differences between Sheba and Shiloh.
  • Talents: Sheba can leap 4-5 feet straight up into the air from a sitting or standing position. She’s a trip to watch. I call her my little jack rabbit.
  • Hobbies: Chasing that which only she can see. She’ll leap up onto doorways and dart through the house like a bat out of hell. She must have supersonic vision. Either that or she’s got a stash of hallucinogenics somewhere!
  • Idiosyncrasies: Climbing up on my chest and resting her face under my chin or sitting on my hip (when I’m on my side under the Harley blanket, watching TV). She is infatuated with my hair – she likes to lick my head! Silly girl.

Axel has re-purposed what was once the breastfeeding rocking chair.  Does he sense the bond that was created there?
Axel has re-purposed what was once the breastfeeding rocking chair. Does he sense the bond that was created there? | Source
Axel's showing his true colors
Axel's showing his true colors | Source

Axel

Now, here’s a character. Axel is a CFA registered Flame Point Himalayan. I actually got him from a breeder at a reduced rate during the recession. The breeder had another litter coming up behind his and needed to make room in her home. I travelled over an hour each way to pick him up. I have an affinity for Himalayans and Persians. Axel is a total trip. His personality is up front and out loud.

  • Aliases: “Ax”, “Booger Boy”, “Mr. Boy”, “Mr. Rose”, “Handsome”. Axel’s middle name is Rose. He is forever doing no-nos! He knows when he hears me yelling, “Axel Rose!” he’s been busted.
  • Birth date: July 22, 2008
  • Distinguishing Features: Orange points on his ears, tail, feet and spine, thus the breed “Flame Point”; sky blue eyes.
  • Talents: Gets along great with dogs. Axel also has a way of fooling you into thinking he’s not as ornery as he is. He’s the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the feline persuasion. He’s very loving to humans but can be buggery to my girls.
  • Hobbies: Terrorizing my girls. Out of nowhere you’ll see a race, with three cats losing their footing on my laminate and tile floors. It’s a riot, but I’ll tell you what – sometimes the hair goes flying all over the house. He doesn’t know when to let up. That is until mom comes in with “Axel Rose!” He also enjoys a birds-eye view. One of his favorite spots is on top of the fridge. At least I’ve gotten him off the counters, so I let him have that luxury. Recently, he’s taken post on top of the hutch in my home office. That’s a no-no, but half the time I don’t even know he’s there until I feel someone staring at me. Axel Rose!
  • Idiosyncrasies: Axel has taken possession of the rocking chair I used to breastfeed Christopher in. If he sees Sheba or Shiloh sleeping in ‘his chair’, he immediately shoos them out. He also has this annoying habit of meowing at my door in the morning when he feels it’s time for breakfast. I guess he wants me to practice my drop-kick methods because he’s forever walking right smack in front of my feet. (How does he do that, anyway? And why???)

I could write volumes about Axel’s antics, but it’s time to move on to the outdoor cats before I bore y’all with too many words.

Triscuit doesn't appreciate being awakened from her nap for this photo op.
Triscuit doesn't appreciate being awakened from her nap for this photo op. | Source
Triscuit napping under cover of my front bumper
Triscuit napping under cover of my front bumper | Source

Triscuit

Triscuit actually belongs to my neighbors, or at least she did until she disowned them. My neighbors have a second home in Georgia. I would babysit her when they’d go to Georgia, which was fine until the Georgia treks turned into months at a time. It breaks my neighbor lady’s heart, but Triscuit will not go home; she’s adopted me. I guess all kids need a constant in their lives, right? The reason she doesn’t travel with them to Georgia is because of the wild animals that frequent the Georgia property; my neighbors are afraid she’ll be eaten by a wild boar. Anyway, she’s a sweetie and I love her.

  • Aliases: “Sweetie”, “Sweetheart”, “Baby Girl”.
  • Birth Date: unknown, but I’d say she’s a little older than my girls.
  • Distinguishing Features: Triscuit is a Calico with gold eyes and is very petite. She has also been de-clawed on all four feet. Personally, I would never have done that to her, especially since she’s an outside cat. Maybe she came to my neighbors that way, who knows?
  • Talents: Triscuit knows when I open all the blinds in the morning I’m up and feeding the brood. She begins meowing at my door until I bring breakfast.
  • Hobbies: Chasing squirrels. Bless her heart, I feel so sorry for her. The squirrels seem to know she can’t climb trees and will taunt her until the last minute when they scurry up a tree or the telephone pole outside my property.
  • Idiosyncrasies: She’ll eat half her meal, knowing I’ll pick her bowl up off the ground to avoid ants helping themselves. Then she reaches up to my lap, prompting me to rub her chin. She’ll look at her bowl, then at me, until I put the bowl by my feet. She eats in shifts. Although I keep fresh water outside for her, she prefers to drink out of my bird bath. She gets up on her tippy-toes and drinks until her thirst is quenched. She licks her paws dry before dismounting. What a cutie.


Garfield must hear one (or more) of my cats inside.
Garfield must hear one (or more) of my cats inside. | Source
See how short Garfield's tail is?
See how short Garfield's tail is? | Source

Garfield

Garfield actually has a home the next street over from mine. For some reason he became drawn to my house about two years ago. He shows up for breakfast, afternoon naptime and dinner. Maybe his dad works at night; I don’t know his entire story. What I do know is that Garfield’s dad adopted him from the local shelter when he was a kitten. Apparently, some kids thought it would be funny to cut off part of a kitten’s tail. Someone turned him into Animal Shelter and he was saved. Thank God! What the hell is wrong with people?? Anyway, Garfield is a sweetie and I enjoy his friendship.

  • Aliases: “Buddy”, “Big Guy”.
  • Birth Date: Unknown, although Garfield’s dad told my son he’s 15 years old. Yay, Garfield!
  • Distinguishing Features: Garfield is a Red Tabby with amber eyes and a bobbed tail.
  • Talents: His inner clock knows when it’s feeding time at Auntie Shauna’s.
  • Hobbies: Napping and eating.
  • Idiosyncrasies: Garfield also eats in shifts. He’ll eat some then come over to me and visit. He wants a scratch on the face and my nails running down his body ending with a smooth caress of his bobbed tail. Once I tell him to go finish breakfast or dinner, he saunters back to his bowl and eats until he’s full.

Chester has made himself at home.
Chester has made himself at home. | Source

Chester

I tried to dissuade Chester from coming into the fold. He started showing up a few weeks ago. Until very recently I was successful in shooing him out of my yard. Little did I know that he and Triscuit have been hanging out together after I go to bed. Well, a week or so ago I tried to shoo this cat out of my yard once again. This time he’d go as far as the base of my driveway then lay down in a submissive manner. As I was pacing the driveway having my morning cigarette, he came up and rubbed between my legs. That’s all she wrote, folks! How could I deny him? I promptly named him Chester and grabbed another bowl.

  • Aliases: “Noisy”.
  • Birth Date: Unknown. I estimate him to be about 1-2 years old.
  • Distinguishing Features: Alley cat with emerald green eyes and sabre-tooth tiger teeth.
  • Talents: Able to overcome objections. I’m sure he was a salesman in his previous life.
  • Hobbies: Never leaving my property, sitting in ‘my’ bistro chair, eating the other cats’ food.
  • Idiosyncrasies: Non-stop talking. This is the most loquacious cat I've ever met!

Update December 2014: Chester has moved on to another family, which is good. He was a troublemaker and had a tendency to bite. Hopefully, he has a loving home and is happy.

Conclusion

So now you know my brood. I have no idea why cats are drawn to my house. Perhaps they sense I’m a cat person and a push over for felines. I guess it’s not such a bad thing, really. After all, Hemingway had cats – lots of cats! In fact, offspring of his cats still roam the Hemingway estate in Key West. Maybe this is my validation from above that choosing to be a writer is what is meant to be.

I guess being the Cat Lady isn’t such a bad thing after all!



Shauna L Bowling

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Time for reflection

Are animals an important part of your life?

  • Yes, animals are better people than humans.
  • Yes, they are the perfect complement to my family.
  • Are you kidding me? Don't I have enough mouths to feed already?
  • I can take 'em or leave 'em.
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© 2013 Shauna L Bowling

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Awww, love it! I am also a cat lady. I wonder if Chester is a ladies man looking for some action? Might want to do the world a favor and get him neutered! I spay/neuter any stray cat who comes by my house to eat. My gift to the world and my insurance I do not end up with kittens.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, Chester is not neutered, but Triscuit and Garfield are. I can't afford to have him neutered; it's all I can do do feed everybody. I buy separate food for the outside cats. The good news is, since I've accepted him into the fold, he's stopped spraying my yard! I think I'm stuck with him until he smells a female in heat, but it won't happen at my house. All of my indoor cats are fixed.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Aww, you know they love you so much! They are precious. Our precious cat lived to be 17 years or older, and then when we moved to the country she died. I don't believe older pets do well when there is a major move. This makes me miss her. We have had several cats over the years, but not as long as our precious Kitty.

She looked like a combination of your Sheba and Chester.

Delightful hub here, dear cat lady :)

Voted up ++++ and sharing

(have to return to share, my buttons are not appearing on my end)

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I had a Seal Point Himalayan who lived to be 17 1/2 years old. She moved with me often. She was absolutely awesome! She's buried in my back yard, coffin and all. I created a garden around her, called, "The Ashley Garden". She's got a memorial plaque over her site. What's odd is weeds never overtake her area of the garden. She was the absolute love of my life, as far as pets go, well with the exception of the Great Dane I grew up with (talk about opposite ends of the spectrum, huh?). My animals have always been a precious part of my life and will continue to be until I take my last breath.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, wow, we did the same thing. We even had a service. My daughter placed a picture inside her little coffin we made and wrote a note to her and we have a big stone on top marked with fowers that are still growing around it too :)

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Any cat with a nickname of "Booger Boy" is alright by me. LOL

You have a heart the size of Florida, Sha; just one of the reasons why I love you. :)

bill


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I mourned Ashley's death for well over a year. I mean I'd sit by her graveside and bawl my eyes out! I still sit by her when I need solice and peace. She was my best friend. I miss her. My Shiloh looks so much like her that I often call her Ashley.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, Axel is a booger boy to the enth degree! But I love him to death. He's got so much personality!

I appreciate your comment, Bill. Sometimes I think I have more compassion for animals than people. Animals give their love unconditionally and outside of giving them middle names to let them know they're out of line, they are easier to raise than humans!


Brenda Durham 3 years ago

bravewarrior, you are indeed a brave warrior! haha

I heaved a sigh of relief, though, when you said you only have 6 cats! I was looking at the picture at the top and I thought at first that you owned all those cats!!

I have 5 myself. Two originals indoors; then a neighbor shunned her cat and it kept coming over to my house; she said she didn't want it anymore and I got stuck with it; that one stays outside or in our basement. Then she got pregnant before we got the money to have her spayed, so we have two of her kitties (now grown). Those two were intended to stay in our garage and outside, but we took pity on them during the cold winter and brought them inside; now they've captured us too, so they get to stay inside. 5 is enough! (But if I had the room and money and time, I'd keep 6.....or 7....or 10.......) LOL.

Thanks for the hub. Your kitties are all adorable!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I wish I could have more than one cat, but my apartment is why too small and has a pet limit. I so want to be a cat lady too. Love your babies, they are adorable.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Brenda, it's funny how cats know who the cat lovers are. We're total softies when it comes to homeless kitties.

Truthfornow, it may be a good thing that you're limited. Cats are an addicting passion.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, it is so very hard, as they become a part of the family. Hugs, Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're so right, Faith. Have a great long weekend!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

but plan at this time to keep it down to two. I have a Sheba also. She is beautiful and we rescued her from stravation. My number 1 cat is Oscar, and I named after my great grandfather. He is a tuxedo cat and acts more like a dog. A real lover and comes when he's called. I love all of your beautiful cats too. It sounds like they keep you busy. I've never had a Hemalayan cat, but they are beautiful. I am glad you shared this hub with us. Awesome!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pam, I have to have Axel shaved twice a year because he gets mats. Male Himalayans have courser hair than the females. My girl Himi's have always had silky coats. He's the only cat I've ever had who doesn't like to be brushed. But now that he's been shaved several times (and looks silly!), he's a little more open to it.


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Oh, you are too funny! You really are the cat woman!

I am terribly allergic to cats. I still admire their cuteness and they can be so funny.

At heart, I am a dog lover. My disappointed Mother said my first word was, "doggie".

I love horses and would love to have a miniature pony. Maybe in my next life!!

For now, my Norwich Terrier will have to be my one and only pet.

DJ.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

DJ, my sister has horses, one of which is a Shetland Pony. They are so cute! My property is small, so cats are a good fit. Plus I like the fact that they are independent but still offer me the love and companionship I crave.

What does a Norwich Terrier look like?


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I've never had to shave any of my cats, but I can understand why you would have to. It is amazing how many different varieties of cats there are. My biggest cat loves to be brushed. He holds his head up and turns it different ways so I can brush him all around his neck and ears. This is a nightly ritual. I wonder who has trained who?


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Shauna, the Norwich Terrier is the smallest "terrier working breed". Their tails are cropped so they can be pulled from the holes in the ground. They were used to go after gophers and rats. They are sturdy, smart, active, and independent. She is not a lap dog, to be sure. I am the one who wanted the dog, and she is a daddy's girl. She loves to sleep on her back with all four paws up in the air. She keeps us on our toes, and keeps us laughing.

Thanks for asking about her.

DJ.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pam, I think the jury's still out on who trains who, although I'm sure my cats are snickering at me as I write this!

DJ, I'll have to look up the breed. She sounds like a character.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

I am feeling the love here, your babies sound like they have the life of luxury :) They also sound very individual and like they provide you with a lot of love and laughs.

Just a thought and I am serious. If you ever consider writing a children's picture book you already have the characters, names and personalities....


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

bravewarrior, you are an Angel here on Earth! Taking in and caring for all these kitties is awesome and I applaud you for it. It takes a very special person to appreciate animals right down to their souls. You obviously are one of those people that cats naturally gravitate to--they can sense that you are a cat lover and will take good care of them.

I really enjoyed reading about your brood and all their idiosyncrasies!

Voted Up +++

What a sweetie you are ;) Pearl


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, the thought never crossed my mind to write a children's book, but you've given me food for thought!

Pearl, now you know why I can't have bird feeders on my property!


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alannahbale 3 years ago from Rugby, Warwickshire

The cats are adorable!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Alannahbale, they certainly are a trip. I ran some errands this morning and when I came home there was evidence of another cat fight in my house. There was cat hair, mostly Axel's, everywhere! Whichever one of my girls he was fussing with got the better of him judging by the evidence!


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alannahbale 3 years ago from Rugby, Warwickshire

Awe!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Sorry to come late, Shauna, I am in the middle of a frantic time here. Enjoyed your cat stories, and they do show you have such a compassionate heart. It is lovely that you have this close relationship with your animals, and they seem drawn to you from far and wide! Thank you so much for sharing them with us in your lovely writing.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Vicki, my cats give me love and tons of entertainment. Last night I was eating a piece of chunk cheese and Axel, who LOVES cheese was sitting by my side waiting for a bite. I didn't give him one this time. As I put the last piece in my mouth he stared me down with a look that said, "what, none for me? What's wrong with you, Mom?". I laughed my ass off until tears rolled down my face. I guess you had to be there, but it was hilarious. The look on his face was priceless!


Vickiw 3 years ago

That's so cute, Shauna. Hope you were intimidated enough to go and get an extra piece for Axel? I have never before heard of a cat eating cheese!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

No, I didn't. That's why he gave me the evil stare. He always knows when I'm getting cheese out of the fridge. He'll wake up out of a deep sleep and come running to the kitchen. I usually give him a few small pieces. He stands up and takes it out of my hand like a dog. He's a trip!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Oh Shauna ;I am proud to call my wonderful 'cat lady' my dear friend. This is so beautiful and as I have skimmed through it I have saved to read thoroughly when I return from my afternoon shift at work.

As you know I love anything to do with animals, nature etc. and this one was indeed a great treat.

Lots of love to you mu friend.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, I'm so glad you like this one. Animals and nature are a huge part of my life. I can't imagine living without either one!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

What a cute hub! I know one day I am destined to become some type of pet lady, but I think I would prefer hamsters or birds. You know, there just aren't enough hamster ladies! :-)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I think you would be the first, Jeannie!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

You remind me of Lucky Cats here on HubPages - full-time into the rescuing of felines. You will also love her page on Facebook. Oh, and Gypsy Rose Lee (Rasma Raisters) is also a passionate lover of cats.

You have a beautiful feline family, Shauna!

I also prefer cats above dogs, but after the death of my most beautiful little Gismo I've decided to focus on my grandchildren. I find the pain of losing a beloved pet to death totally unbearable.

Voted up!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Martie, I agree. Losing a pet is devastating. I have no grandchildren yet, so my cats will have to do!


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epigramman 3 years ago

...well no doubt they are 6 of the luckiest cats in the world including my two so that makes eight, lol.

Yes they are my best friends and furried children , Little Miss Tiffy who was my mum's cat and is now 18 and a certified diva and a walkin' fountain of youth and my own adopted cat Mister Gabriel who is an all white cat boy and a domestic terrorist and my furried alarm clock.

I love your passion and compassion here and that truly makes us kindred spirits my friend.

Sending to you my warmest wishes and good energy from Colin and his cat crew at lake erie time ontario canada 1:40pm and yes they are both outside guarding our turf. lol


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Epi, I love that you love cats! I think poets have a soft spot for them. They allow us our freedom but are the most loving, cuddly beings with personality plus! We are kindred spirits, indeed!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I love your brood. Nothing like having cats around you all the time. I am also known as the crazy cat lady. I also know what you mean by why do they come to you as they all come to me too. I am also your age! So many similarities between us. I had a mother cat bring me 2 litters and had to find homes for them and then I got her fixed. I didn't care if she belonged to someone else. I now have 6 cats, 2 total indoor, 2 indoor/outdoor, and 2 total outdoors. They are all precious to me and they all have their different and unique personalities, likes and dislikes.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Deb, I think cat people are a unique breed in the human race. A lot of people don't like cats but I think they're awesome. Apparently, they know that. Maybe I smell like catnip! Ha ha!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Love all these cats, especially Axel, who has a unique look! Thanks for sharing, I am passing this on. I have also altered by hub on beauty and mentioned the team, apologies for the oversight!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Michelle, Axel is a real character. I call him Booger Boy for good reason!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

I love the kitties! I have two of my own. Yours look so sweet and I love their names and nicknames. :) I love the name "Triscuit" - perfect for a kitty. Hehe.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Cindy, I love my cats. They each have their distinctive personalities. I can't take credit for Triscuit's name, or Garfield's; they came to me already loved and named! Thanx for reading.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Returned for a second visit here Shauna and just as lovely as the first time.

Sharing onto Tabs and Meg if you don't mind.

Enjoy your riches ;the true riches in life.

Lots of love from Wales.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, I would be honored to have you share this on Tabs and Meg!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I loved reading the story of your six cats. I only have three cats (all inside) but I also have three chickens and 1 dog. So I may not be the crazy cat lady but I'm definitely the crazy-something lady.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Deb, I think you've got be a little crazy to be a writer, right? Since I posted this, Triscuit and Chester started fighting. Triscuit has now gone home (next door). It only took her a year! I'm glad tho because her real parents let her inside. I can't let the outside cats indoors because I don't want my inside cats getting fleas.


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Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

I think all types of pets have a way of sucking us in to their little web. We had a siamese cat for 16 years and it is losing them that hurts like losing a child.

We now have a Blue heeler dog and he is perfect, well... he does so many little jobs for us....And yes he is getting old and we will miss him so much.

But getting back to cats ...I love them but have to admit that I do not agree with them being outside unless they have an outside run so they can enjoy outside life but not attack the beautiful birds on our planet.

And lets face it the cats are already being fed so they should not be allowed to steal more food. Great article...Glad you love them all.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eileen, the outside cats are strays or belong to someone. I don't want them in my house to bring fleas to my indoor cats. Additionally, I can't afford vet care for more than my original 3. The good news is Triscuit has returned home (next door) so that's one less mouth to feed. Garfield actually belongs to someone else but prefers to eat here. Chester is the stray that adopted me. He stays outside. I've never seen him go after a bird, but he does go after moles and snakes. That's just fine with me!

Thanx for stopping by.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Brave, I'm totally a cat person. I have two. One was wandering out back. The night I rescued the pig actually. We weren't sure what Wilbur's schedule was so we had him walking around outside to get him used to the back yard. There were coyotes in the woods. A tiger striped like your Chester came bolting out of the woods, in between my feet, and through the back door.

Then, a few months later, someone called me up and asked if I could take their cat. They had a sick dog that needed medical attention and couldn't afford both animals. That cat is named Mouser's. He is a hoot. He loves potato chips, Ritz crackers, alphabet cookies.

The cats keep the dogs in their place. LOL

Anyway, I enjoyed reading about your cats.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You've got quite the menagerie going on at your place, Crafty! My Axel loves cheese. He stands up and begs for it like a dog and takes it right out of my hand!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi,

I absolutely love this hub, and I can relate to being an animal lover. All my life as long as I can remember I had cats, dogs, rabbits, turtles, parrot, and many wild life pets.

Thanks for the uplifting story that shows what a wonderful person you are to help animals when they need it.

Bobbi Purvis


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bobbi, animals are often better people than humans. How can you not love and care for them? They are there for us no matter what and know when we're in need of a hug or just someone to stay by our side. Glad you feel it too!


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

Wow! That's a lot of cats!! I've always been called the cat lady as well. lol The most I ever had was 5 cats at a time, but it seems like 4 is the limit in my household.

Since that time, we've added 2 Labradors, a turtle, a handful of frogs, and a fish. lol


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

That's quite a menagerie, Victoria! Animals sense humans will give them what they need and crave. Too bad people can't be as trusting as our four-legged counterparts!


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Carb Diva 2 years ago

I have two kitties (or should I say that they own me?) and could easily have a dozen more if my heart overruled my head. Enjoyed reading about your family--they are lucky to have found such a loving person.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Carb Diva, although my three were obtained intentionally, when a stray comes to my door and thinks he's home, how can I say no? I just make sure they stay outside.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I could have sworn I responded to this, Carb Diva! Let's see if it shows up before I reiterate myself.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Shauna, you are such a sweetie to take in these wonderful animals. They are beautiful and have such cute names.

My sister is the real Cat woman in our family. I got her a baseball hat that says Crazy Cat Lady. She wears it when she goes fishing.

My household started growing a couple of years ago when a stray cat we named Grumpy Jack started hanging around. Naturally I put out food and water. Then came his friend, Tiny; then Brian Williams who showed up everyday at 5:30 pm. Anyhow, we finally got the last arrival, Squeakers, adopted out by my veterinarian. She liked him because he's a Poly-dactyl like Hemmingway's cats.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, it sounds like you need a cat lady hat too! I love the names you gave your cats. Very creative!

I definitely have a soft spot for cats. Apparently they know it or they wouldn't keep showing up at my door.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

lol! I love the way shiloh washes her hands! and sheba rushing around the house! lol! and poor garfield and his tail! who would do that? makes me so mad! I love your story cat lady! I would have loads of cats if I wasn't allergic! I grew up with cats and my mum was constantly taking me down the docs because of asthma, never realised it was cats until I was older. loved your cat story!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, it's a good thing I'm not allergic to cats or I'd be in a heap of trouble! My cats definitely have their own personalities. Axel is a lover and welcomes anyone into my home. He'd be a lousy watch dog! Shiloh is shy (which is what I call her for short); she never comes out when other people come into the house. Sheba - well, she doesn't come out either, but she'll sneak around a corner to check it out.

Triscuit and Garfield scrap all the time (outdoor cats that don't belong to me). Triscuit doesn't like him coming around. What's odd is Triscuit was de-clawed on all four legs. I never would have done that to a cat, let alone an outdoor cat. Nevertheless, I see battle wounds on Garfield and none on Triscuit. I just wish Garfield's dad would feed him so he didn't have to come over to my house for his meals. It's sad. Garfield is old and I see him thinning. I can't refuse him.

Yes, I'm the Cat Lady of my neighborhood.


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Our daughter is like that, too. The cats she has adopted bring more to the fold. They are loveable, though.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Aesta1, it seems your daughter and I both have a weakness - and love - for cats!


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Rolly A Chabot 21 months ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Shauna... they are amazing creatures and we are their servants for certain. I had one come into the home about a year ago and things have never been the same. It took a little adjustment time with Quigley the dog but they have set their boundaries and often are found sleeping side by side.

Just recently Gizmo the cat has decided playing fetch is fun and has me trained to toss his toy and he brings it right back. So I can boost I have a retriever cat... lol...

Hugs fro Alberta


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Rolly, that's a trip that Gizmo likes to play fetch. I guess Quigley has rubbed off on him!


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

I have two more kitties. We got Sidney about a week before Christmas. It did take him a while to get used to all the other cats that I have indoors and then there was Duke. He wasn't so sure about him because where he used to live there was a dog that didn't like cats.

Now there is a yellow cat that comes to my door that was just dropped off. He is not neutered but if he is still around in the spring he will be. I just called him Mr. Kitty. He wants in the house but that isn't going to happen until after he gets fixed. Maybe not even then. I have too many in the house right now for that. He will just have to stay out with Mikey, who doesn't like coming in at all. They have plenty of food out there. The water is on a heating pad and they have many warm and dry places to sleep. So now I am back to 7 cats. Eeeek!

Oh and Sidney just got off the bottom totem pole. I found him sleeping on my bed this morning. Good Job!!


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Debra, it looks like the cats are beginning to rule the roost! LOL I won't let the outside cats in, either. Once I do, they'll litter my house with fleas and I'll officially become their mom which means I'll have to make sure they have their annual shots and are licensed. I'm not willing to do that. They'll just have to be satisfied with being fed twice a day and being loved on the outside.


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

The law here states that if you feed them then you own them. The thing is with that is many other people feed the strays. Who owns them?


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DzyMsLizzy 21 months ago from Oakley, CA

Nice to meet another crazy cat lady! Purrrhaps I should write a hub of my own about our cats, and how we came to have them all.

Currently, we have 7, and an 8th that is a semi-feral who was trapped and spayed by a neighbor, but he doesn't care that she's outside, and she was being run out of her food by some of the other neighborhood cats, so she took to hanging out over here, and of course, hubby thought we should offer her food and water, and then shelter when it got cold, and ultimately, we are keeping her in the shop with our epileptic kitty, and trying to acclimate her to joining our indoor clowder. LOL

Voted up, funny, awesome and interesting.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Debra, back in November 2014 I tried to thwart a fight between Triscuit and Garfield. Garfield ended up biting the shit out of my left foot. I was in the hospital for two days as the result. Because I was bitten by a cat, Animal Control was brought into it; I had to file a report.

I thought I knew who owned him and directed AC to the house when they contacted me. AC wanted me to deem his fate. They flat out told me that due to is age, he isn't adoptable and would be put down.

Come to find out, Garfield's father moved and left him behind about three years ago, which is when Garfield started coming around. I certainly didn't want him put down, especially knowing that he'd been abandoned and he's normally a very sweet cat.

I continue to feed him when he shows up on my doorstep. The good news is, he and Triscuit no longer fight. She'll lie by his side while he's eating, knowing that she gets fed on my indoor cats' schedule and I love all of them.

I'm really glad I didn't turn Garfield over to Animal Control, and that I didn't claim kin to him. He knows where he's loved. That's all that matters.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Lizzy, I'm always happy to meet another cat lover. I have no idea why this older hub of mine is seeing new traffic, but I love it!

Cat lovers unite!


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

Shauna, lots of hubs that are older, in the 2 year old range, are coming up and I do not know why either.

I am glad that the cat was not put down. I almost got in the middle of a cat fight inside. The yellow cat was outside the glass door and then Sidney and one of my other cats were trying to get it and they endined up fighting. I have a broom with me when I go to the doors now. I had to separate them.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

I know better now, Debra. I was outside having my morning coffee and used my bare foot to corral Garfield. Bad move. He was pissed and that's where his mindset was. I guess my foot became Triscuit in his mind.

I've never spent time in a hospital except when I had my tonsils out at age four. I was stunned when I was told I was being admitted for the cat bite. I was even more stunned to learn I'd have to spend another day in the hospital. I wish I had pictures of my foot when I was admitted. It took a good month for the swelling and redness to go down. I still have scars, numbness, and redness on my left foot. It'll never be the same, but at least I know there's no more infection. I was on antibiotic IV for two days, then oral antibiotics (1700 mg per day) for two weeks following my release.

One of my neighbors (who hates cats) thinks I'm crazy for not putting Garfield down, and continuing to feed him. Fact is, I got in his way and confused him. How can I blame him for defending himself? BTW, I forgot to mention, he's 15 years old.


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

Oh that is kind of getting set in his ways. People make me mad when they automatically blame it on the animal. If a child attacked (and they do) would she have put him down? Animals are NOT people.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Debra, when I told my son how and why Garfield attacked me, he told me it was my fault. I have to agree, although I had no idea he would have reacted the way he did. That's the difference between human reasoning and feline survival.


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love your sheba, watching the cat spring up from sitting position is a treat


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Peach, Sheba is a total trip. She's the only one of my three that chases things only she can see. I swear, she's on kitty crack!


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Nadine May 16 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Oh I so loved the way you have shared your cat story. Each cat has a kind of BIO. I know for sure that you are the most important human in their lives. You are clearly a very kind lady who loves animals especially cats. We have a Siamese named Sophie and we cannot imagine life without her at the moment. She talks to us!


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, I don't doubt Sophie talks to you!

Since I posted this, Chester has found another home. However, another kitty has adopted me in his place. She looks very much like Chester but she's very sweet. I tried to shoo her away from my house for a couple of months. Eventually, she quit listening and I gave up. She stays outside, but calls my house home.


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Enelle Lamb 14 months ago from Canada's 'California'

Love the 'brood'. I have also been adopted by several cats (the most was 5 at one time.) I have been told that cats are 'led' to their homes by 'other worldly phenomenon' but have absolutely no proof. They just appear at my door LOL.

*I think that Shiloh's crooked tail could be a feature passed down from her Siamese father - all of our Siamese had crossed eyes and crooked tails :)


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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida Author

That's interesting about Siamese and crooked tails. I was unaware of that trait. She does have crossed eyes.

I agree that cats our led to the homes where they know they'll be taken care of. I don't know how they know - they just do!


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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

When I woke up this morning with three cats on my bed and another sitting in the chair at the window sill, I knew I was either a cat lady, in heaven, or both. So glad there are others like me.


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bravewarrior 9 months ago from Central Florida Author

You're definitely a cat lady, Flourish. What would life on Earth be without our feline companions?


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DzyMsLizzy 9 months ago from Oakley, CA

Update: we are down to 7 cats. Our senior epileptic kitty had to be helped to cross the Rainbow Bridge at the end of March, 2015, ironically, on my grandson's 18th birthday; Patches was 16, herself. :-(


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bravewarrior 9 months ago from Central Florida Author

I'm sorry to hear that, Liz. It's always hard losing a member of the family. We get so attached to our pets.

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