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My Cat, Mendicino

Updated on October 10, 2014

Marmalade Mendi

Mendicino, my little orange cat, my little sleepy-head, my little brat.

Though he can appear as regal as a lion, Mendicino is usually the one of my cats that I know I can find usually looking a bit like a buffoon.

Sprawled across the couch, lying on his back under my desk, or lying atop one of the other cats in an effort to make them move off the spot he has to have, Mendi is lord and liege of sleepy-time.

Early Mendi Cat

Mendi's Family

Mendicino was born at my house.

We got his mom, Alissandra from a lady who didn't want to deal with her anymore and wanted her gone right away. Apparently she bit the woman's daughter whenever she tried to play with her, and she was also pregnant. She had four kittens:

Mendicino, a male short-haired orange tabby

Alpine, a female long-haired dilute tortoiseshell (who we no longer have)

William, a male short-haired grey tabby

Trinity, a female long-haired grey tabby (who we no longer have)

Alissandra with Her Kittens

Alissandra, Mendi, Alpine, William, and Trini
Alissandra, Mendi, Alpine, William, and Trini | Source

Baby Mendi


Mendi's Littermates

Trinity, Alpine, Mendicino, and William
Trinity, Alpine, Mendicino, and William | Source

William, Trinity, Alpine, and Mendicino


Mendi and Alpine


William and Mendi


Trinity and Mendicino


Mendi and Trini with their Mama

Mendicino, Alissandra, and Trinity
Mendicino, Alissandra, and Trinity | Source

All Part of One Big Adopted Family

Hootie, Jerrimiah, Mendicino, William, Trinity, and Alissandra
Hootie, Jerrimiah, Mendicino, William, Trinity, and Alissandra | Source

Facts About Mendi


Facts About Mendi

Sex: Neutered male

Breed: Mixed

Coat: Orange Harmony Tabby

Eyes: Yellow-Green

DOB: August 1st, 2006

His Horoscope Sign: Mendi is very definitely a Leo/Lion

Nicknames: Brat, Sleepy-head, and Get-Out-Of-The-Way

Likes: The attention of everyone

Dislikes: Being ignored

Chatting on the Phone


Best Habit: Being gentle with just about everyone and everything

Cutest Habit: Giving everyone a sleepy-eyed stare

Naughtiest Habit: Being very pushy about anything he wants

Celebrity Look-Alike: Carrot Top

Likes To Eat: Everything

Scared Of: Going without attention for five minutes

Favorite Place: Anywhere comfortable

Favorite Food: Anything

Favorite Thing: Attention

Favorite Activity: Sleeping

Favorite Treats: Carrots

Favorite Toy: The turbo track

Favorite Time of Day: Dawn

Best Trick: Finding some way to get into the spot he wants, no matter who is already there

Can't Live Without: The love and devotion of everyone

Mendi's Motto: If you aren't paying attention to me, you're obviously just wasting time

William and Mendi


Mendi's Favorite Toy

Mendi adores the turbo track! All of the cats love it, but Mendi especially loves it.

It is basically a ball in a plastic chute. The cats hit the ball, sending it flying around, then whack it the other direction. More than one cat can play with it, and I've had up to five gathered around it at once watching the ball fly and sneaking in paws to hit it.

Since the ball is in the chute, it can't end up disappearing under the refrigerator or sofa like most of the toys do.

Mendi and Baby Chick


Mendi Likes Bunnies

Cat and Bunny Friends
Cat and Bunny Friends | Source

Mendi and Sweet Tweets


Mendi and Sweet Tweets

Mendi really liked our house chicken. He would always try to cuddle with her and give Sweet Tweets kisses.

Mendicino Stare


Mendi's Name

People frequently comment on Mendi's name. It is a bit unusual, but then he isn't exactly normal.

His full name is Mendicino, but that's a mouthful, so I usually call him Mendi. I usually name my cats for themes, and for the last few years I've have been naming the animals, though mostly just the cats, after counties in California.

Before the California counties it was fairy tales, but I happened to be in a California history class, a California geography class, and a California geology class all at once and kept realizing I didn't know even half of California's 58 counties and thought this might be a handy way to learn the counties as well as end up with some fun and unusual kitty names, plus I already had a puppy named Mojave. It gave me a big list of names to choose from.

I chose Mendocino county for Mendi since he had pretty light brown stripes on his orange fur, which reminded me of Mehndi, a form of temporary tattoo in India and Africa using that uses henna, an orange-brown dye.



Mendi: The Pushy Cat

Mendicino has never had a second of self-doubt.

He spends his days absolutely sure that everyone around him wants to take care of him and give him love. He picks this up from Alissandra I believe. If he sees one of the cats bathing another, he shoves himself in the middle so that they both start giving him a bath.

If I'm asleep, often he will come up and bite the bridge of my nose until I wake up, so that I can pet him. He picks the best places to sleep and simply lays on anyone in his way. He is a sweetheart and puts up with the kittens climbing on him and trying to nurse from him, he really is good natured, he just doesn't seem to realize that there are others things in the world besides him. He thinks he's a kitten that we should all take care of.

Mendi is super lazy and spends most of his days sleeping, usually snuggled up to someone or something since he's very clingy. Other than that his little idiosyncrasies, he's basically just a laid-back male cat who watches everything with a sleepy-eyed gaze.



Simon's Cat - Cat Man Do

To me, the cat in the Simon's Cat video "Cat Man Do" could easily be Mendicino, except he wouldn't want food so much as getting pet and having all the attention on him.

He frequently lays on my chest in the morning, staring into my face...waiting for any sign of life. If he doesn't get it within a reasonable length of time, he pats my face, licks my face, then moves on to biting the bridge of my nose. If that still doesn't get the results he wants, he simply nips again, slightly harder this time, then again, and again until he wakes my butt up and I can give him the devotion he crazes.

I have woken up pretty suddenly a few times, feeling a sense of impending doom, I would not be at all surprised if I had just narrowly escaped getting whacked.

Are You Awake Yet?


Mendi Loves to Sleep

Mendi Doing His Favorite Activity

Yes, I know cats are well-known for sleeping quite a bit, but Mendi is the only one of my cats that sleeps almost constantly.

He is usually either sleeping, lying half-asleep and watching everything, or releasing sudden bursts of speed.

There is no in-between with Mendi, he is usually all or nothing.

Baby Mendi Sprawled on the Kindling Pile


Big Boy Mendi on the Bed


Couch Potato


Snoozing Feline


Mendi Tired After Making a Mess


Artistic Mendi


Using Jerrimiah to Make Himself More Comfortable


Mendi can Sleep Anyway Anywhere


Cat Hugs

Esmerelda, Alissandra, Mendicino, and William
Esmerelda, Alissandra, Mendicino, and William | Source

Snoring Feline


Sleeping on my Pillow


Casual Cat Kicks Back


Mendi on I Can Has Cheezburger

You may have seen Mendicino on I Can Has Cheezburger in June, 2009 in this picture where he is in a pizza box.

Mendi Delivered


Playing on the Cat Tree

If Mendi and the other cats aren't hanging out on my desk, they're usually checking things out from up on the cat tree.

A cat tree doesn't even make it all the way through the door before a couple jump on it and another starts testing his claws.

Mendi is so laid back, he's usually not on the top-most perch of the cat tree, but usually on the middle one pushing someone over the edge as he tries to force them to give him kisses.



© 2009 Alisha Vargas

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      4 years ago

      I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Mendi. We have two wonderful purr-babies ourselves.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      7 years ago

      Harmony, the classic tabby, thinks Mendi is the cat's meow! Meowww, Mendi!!!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 50 Cats We Love Monster Board

      Blessed by a Squidoo Angel

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      It's so funny how the orangies as I put it, have a unique personality. They get along with everyone.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      7 years ago

      I grew up with cats and my husband and I have always had cats, including orange tabbies. Your current kitty is a classic tabby named Harmony Ann, or Harmie, for short.

    • PTurner56 profile image


      7 years ago

      Mendi looks like my orange tabby, Depot. What a sweet personality! I love the pictures of him cuddling with his cute! Great lens!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      8 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Love Mendi, love orange tabbies - mine's more apricot tho. And like Mendi he thinks time not spent on him is totally wasted. I have a pic of him chilling out with a bacardi and magazine on my lens. And he features in a page of my book "Fire and Ice" where he has a poem all to himself. There will be two more in my next book, as he thought one was a bit meagre. Really enjoyed reading/suggesting captions. What a great idea!

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      8 years ago

      Cute kitty shots.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      laughter is the best medicine (:

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      8 years ago

      awesome (and cute). i really like the captions part (:

    • VladimirCat profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Mendicino is a champion sleeper. Like me (I'm Olympic standard)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to lensroll to Pet Talk

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Marmalade Mendi is so precious. I enjoyed all the pictures of him and the others.

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      kasumi tendou 

      9 years ago

      Mendi is so handsome! I love how he can fit in between the couch cushions!

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      9 years ago

      5* lens...what a darling cat..the minute I saw the name I thought of Mendocino County...very cute photos, Mendi sure likes to sleep! so what happened to Cleopatra?

      I'm lensrolling it to "my Feral cat named Kitty" lens

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      kohuether lm 

      9 years ago

      Mendi is so cute! I love the pic of him sleeping on the other cat. The other cat's head is so squished, Mendi looks much more comfy!

    • shwetashah profile image


      10 years ago

      Mendi...nice name... And you have good portfolio of your cat...think that see love to have photo shoot with you...;)

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      10 years ago

      Mendi is a very nice-looking cat. I love the disposition that you describe.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      10 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love the pix! Wish I could sleep like Mendi.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful cat! Great pics. I especially like the one with the chick on his back:)

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      10 years ago

      Mendi looks like a very loveable cat.


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