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Life with Simon

Updated on August 30, 2017

Meet Simon!

Simon was one of the many foster kittens that have cared for over the years. He was everyone's favorite and today he has a forever home with us, but everyone thinks that he is their Simon.

My husband, son, and daughter all claim that he is their cat. Both of my children talk about taking Simon with them when they move away. My husband says that he who cleans the litterbox owns the cats, since he has that fun job. I just smile, knowing that Simon obviously loves me the most because I'm his Momma and I provide the best cuddles.

I hope you will enjoy meeting My Simon and reading about his life with us.

Simon's Human Mom
Simon's Human Mom

Simon's Human Mom

I've been an animal lover forever. I was the little girl that was constantly bringing home lost or injured pets or even wild animals and always asking my Mother if we could keep them. Fortunately, I was raised by a family of animal lovers, so we always lived in a house with at least a few pets. When I was a little girl we also fostered and found homes for a large number of homeless kittens. I loved every minute of it.

Today, I'm (technically) a grown-up and I'm happily married and the mother of two human children, and the surrogate mom for a wide variety of fur kids, from Cats and Dogs, to ferrets. My husband and I are working to reduce the number of homeless and feral cats in our area by working hard to trap, neuter, and release the feral adults and rehabilitating the kittens and finding permanent homes for them.

Simon and Zelda
Simon and Zelda

Where did Simon come from?

Simon was one of many wild kittens that we captured, neutered, and fostered last Summer. My Mother has a feral cat colony living on her property, so my husband and I took care of trapping, neutering, and releasing the feral adults.

However, some of the cats were pregnant and the kittens needed to be socialized, neutered, and adopted out, so that the colony would not grow in size. Simon was one of those kittens, but everyone fell in love with him instantly! Before we knew it, Simon was a permanent member of our family.

Simon Loves His Wubba
Simon Loves His Wubba

How did we come up with Simon's name?

Simon's name came to me immediately. He just looked like a Simon for some reason. He was always the kitten with the most personality and the name just fit. Everyone agreed and he seemed to learn his name right away.

I call him Silly Simon.

Simon and the Hugga Wubba
Simon and the Hugga Wubba

Fun with Simon

Simon loves to snuggle, but he also loves to play. He can turn anything into a toy and we often find him kicking his found treasures around the house. Simon is also a naughty toilet tissue killer. One of his favorite tricks is to sneak up on an unsuspecting roll of tissue and shred it.

Hugga Wubba toys are among his favorite toys to carry around. Simon also loves boxes, especially those that are just a little too small for him.

Wrestling is one of his favorite activitites. He wrestles people, toys, other kittens, other animals, you name it.

I Love that Simon is such a happy, snuggly cat.

Cats or Kittens?

Which do you prefer kittens or adult cats?

Sisal Mousies

Simon and all the cats love these. They all go crazy when I open a new package of these mousies.

Petmate Soft Bite Cat Toy, Small, 12-Pack, Sisal Mice
Petmate Soft Bite Cat Toy, Small, 12-Pack, Sisal Mice

These are just the best little cat toys. They are the perfect size and shape for playing fetch and the cats love carrying them around. It's good to get this larger 12 pack, too, because they tend to stash them all over the house and there is nothing sadder than a kitten that can't remember where her toys are hidden.


Cats and Kittens

Do you live with a cat or 10?

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Hugga Wubba

KONG Cat Hugga Wubba, Cat Toy (Colors Vary)
KONG Cat Hugga Wubba, Cat Toy (Colors Vary)

Cats LOVE Hugga Wubba's! They have a irresistible scent and feel. They are also the perfect size and share for cats to hug and kick, or carry around and play fetch with. They make a fun jingle noise when one shakes them and the cats come running to play with them.


Sweet Simon

Sweet Simon
Sweet Simon

Simon's Gallery

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Simon at 1 year old.Simon at 2 years old, with his buddy, Elvis, who is 1 years old in this photo.
Simon at 1 year old.
Simon at 1 year old.
Simon at 2 years old, with his buddy, Elvis, who is 1 years old in this photo.
Simon at 2 years old, with his buddy, Elvis, who is 1 years old in this photo.

Let us know what you think of our friend, Simon. He doesn't use the Internet, but we will pass along any fan mail, as necessary.

Talk about Simon

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    flicker lm 

    6 years ago

    What a sweetie! Enjoyed reading about him and seeing the photos.

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    7 years ago

    gorgeous lens! My last adoption was for two little feral kittens (wish I knew what had happened to their mother) from the Council Ranger. They are a real pair of Hooligans now, and giving their foster mum a hard time, especially since she is 15+ years old!

  • JeremiahStanghini profile image


    7 years ago

    A lovely little kitty-kat. :-)

    With Love and Gratitude,


  • Laniann profile image


    7 years ago

    Simon is a real sweetie. Congratulations of being one of the best listed in The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase.

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    7 years ago

    He's a sweetheart. Bet he can be a handful. Is the house 'Cat-Proofed'?

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    8 years ago

    What a cutie! Funny how the cat toy looks like a squid ... lol!


  • MJSchrader profile image


    8 years ago

    Simon is a cutie!! Thank you for sharing him

  • sheriangell profile image


    8 years ago

    Simon is adorable and his name fits him perfectly!

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    8 years ago from United States

    Congratulations on being listed on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase! Simon is so pretty!

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    Julianne Gentile 

    8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

    Thanks for all the kind comments and congratulations on this lens being included in the 2010 Best of List! Happy New Year!

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    8 years ago

    Simon looks a lot like our little Chessie. Congrats on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Best of list!

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    Samantha Devereux 

    8 years ago from Columbia Mo

    Congrats on the feature!

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    8 years ago

    Simon is a real sweetie. Congratulations on being chosen for the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase. Have a happy new year!

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    Spook LM 

    8 years ago

    Congratulations and best of luck in 2011.

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    8 years ago

    I think it's really sweet of you to dedicate a lens to your adorable cat, Simon. I wanted to participate in the poll bu my answer would be "Yes, I used to live with a cat". But it died a couple years back and I didn't want to get another because the loss was just so great I'm not sure I'm prepared to experience it again. This is an inspiring lens that made me do a lot of rethinking. Hey, Iâve just finished my second lens on a 3-step plan to achieve your Goals and New Years Resolutions.When you have a moment, I would love to hear what you think. If you have a suggestion- please let me know. Iâm learning as I go and so appreciate your help. Sundae ;-)

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    Lorelei Cohen 

    8 years ago from Canada

    Congratulations on your feature in the showcase. Best of wishes for a wonderful New Year.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    Please pass my purrs to Simon, he is absolutely gorgeous and I am sure he is also the best toilet tissue hunter out there! Congratulations on getting this little cutie featured in the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

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    8 years ago

    Simon, you made it to the top! Congratulations on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List! ...and a nice scratch behind your ears and under your chin!

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    8 years ago from Iowa

    Congratulations on being one of the 45 on the Giant Squid 2010 Showcase. Very cool. :) Simon is totally adorable.

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    8 years ago

    Congratulations Simon for being included in The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase by the SquidTeam! How cool is that! Happy New Year, Squidhugs from Kathy

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    8 years ago

    Congrats on making it into the Giant Squids 2010 showcase! Happy New Years!

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    8 years ago

    He's a cutie! I read somewhere that if we name our pets 'human' names it means they're more likely to be treated like members of the family. Simon's obviously a well loved family member.

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    8 years ago

    I love hearing stories about foster adoption stories!

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    Shari O'Leary 

    8 years ago from Minnesota

    What a cutie you are Simon! I'm glad you found a permanent home.

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    Julianne Gentile 

    8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

    @mysticmama lm: Thanks for your kindness! I'm sure Simon appreciates it, too :)

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    Bambi Watson 

    8 years ago

    I have a particular weakness for silver tabbies ~ so I think he's adorable! :)

    Blessed by a Squid Angel! >*


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