Elmo was a kitten born to a neighborhood stray cat. My son fell in love with him and asked if we could adopt him. My love of Orange kitties worked in his favor and I agreed before talking to my husband about it. Oops!
He was not pleased, at first, but he knew how much I missed Deja, the orange kitty I grew up with, and he understood.
My Love of Orange Kitties
I've always loved orange kittens. When I was a little girl, my family was always taking care of stray kittens and finding homes for them. I always loved the orange ones best. I always wanted to adopt them, but my Mom always said we had no room for more pets.
When I was a teenager with my own job, I went to a cat rescue and fell in love with this silly Orange kitten and brought him home. I named him Deja and he was the best cat, ever.
When he passed away many years later, I was destroyed and cried for ever, it seemed. I said I would one day have another Orange cat, and hopefully he would almost as wonderful as Deja.
My kids had heard my stories about Deja and the orange kitty love and when my son came home with the adorable orange kitten, he had a feeling, I would fall for him. I did.
Elmo was one of a litter of kittens born in a neighbor's garage. Apparently they had a number of outdoor cats over the years and they were not spayed or given veterinary care. Generally this results in many unwanted litters. Neighbors got together and found homes for all the cats and kittens. My son fell in love with one of the kittens, and the neighbors gave it to him without checking to see if he was allowed to have a kitten. He was just a little boy, and fortunately, when he came home with baby Elmo, I fell in love with him, too and told my son we could keep him.
Unfortunately, I didn't ask my husband first, and he was not thrilled, but he knew it was hopeless.
Why the name Elmo?
Our family are big fans of Sesame Street and we had a sweet ferret named, Grover. The little orange kitten loved Grover, so I thought it would be appropriate to give him a Sesame Street name. He looked like an Elmo to me and the name stuck! Elmo it is!
Elmo was really too young to be taken away from him Mommy when he was given to my son, but I knew that the alternative was not good. Several of these stray cats and kittens came to an awful end, from predators, crazy people, and simple neglect. Therefore, Elmo needed a Mommy and Grover the ferret stepped up and took the role of Elmo's surrogate Mommy. It was amazing to see the way Elmo and Grover loved each other.
A Few Words From Elmo
Life is pretty good around for me these days. My human, Lance, rescued me from the cold garage where my brothers and sisters were born. The people who owned the garage, didn't want kittens there, so people all over the neighborhood adopted my Mother and the rest of my family.
I was afraid at first, because I missed my Mommy and other creatures lived here. It didn't take long for me to realize that this was a nice place to live. A ferret named Grover gave me a nice place to sleep in his hammock, and he was warm and cuddly whenever I was afraid or lonely. The other animals were also nice to me, and the humans obviously loved me.
I grew very fast, into the largest cat in the house. I'm 15 pounds of pure muscle and the humans constantly tell me how pretty I am.
One of my favorite games is "touch the belly." I relax with my irresistible belly in the air and people can't help themselves. They reach in to touch the belly and WHAM, I grab that unsuspecting hand quicker than they can escape. Momma gets very angry when I play this game with guests. Everyone falls for the trick, especially grandmas. Momma yelled at me the other day and said, I tried to eat grandma, but I was just trying to have fun.
Anyway, it's nice to live here with warm beds to sleep on, furry friends to play with, and humans to feed and pamper me.
Do you think there is something special about orange cats?
Elmo has been madly in love with our dog, Belle, since he first laid eyes on her. He is convinced that she loves him, too, but it seems a bit one-sided to me.
Elmo loves cuddling with Belle, whenever possible. Elmo rubs himself all over Belle when she comes home from the groomer, until she smells like him again. Elmo looks at Belle like she is the most beautiful creature he has ever seen.
Elmo doesn't seem to mind the fact that she is another species, she weighs 50 pounds more than he does, and she shows no sign of returning his affections.
All Cats Need Toys
Hugga Wubba toys are great for all cats from tiny kittens to big burly males like Elmo. They are just the right size for grabbing and are good for practicing our head kick moves. They are also a nice size to carry around, when other cats look interested in stealing it. They have a nice feel, they make fun sounds, and they smell like yummy catnip. Everyone needs a Hugga Wubba and I wish I could give one to every cat in need.
Feel free to send fan mail to Elmo. I'll be sure to share it with him. Otherwise, you are welcome to say hello to me, the lowly human that cares for him.
Elmo: 5 weeks old