Alphabe-Thursday – Cats

Jenny Matlock

In our house “C” is for CATS! Who doesn’t love cats? Through the years our cats have brought us great joy and happiness, and wonderful memories!

Well actually, many folks don’t care for felines! I was one of them growing up, never thought I cared for cats until I was in my 20s.

I got a kitten for my niece, and fell in love! Then my sister and her kids came to live with us for a short time, and the cat came along, when they left, so did Sheena.

Sheena


Shortly after I adopted Ebony. Ebony was a long haired black cat. Not long after I adopted her, I was transferred from PA to VA, and thankfully I had Ebony to move with me on my new adventure. I knew NO ONE in VA, and was moving there on my own!

Ebony 1987 – She was leash trained, she would walk on the leash and I would put her outside in the yard!

Next came Portia, I adopted her in 1988 from an Animal Shelter in Virginia. I wanted Ebony to have company when I was at work and out for long hours. Portia had trust issues with humans from the time I brought her home. I accepted that she would never be that cuddly cat and we loved her none the less. She and Ebony got along well. In fact, when Ebony died, Portia only wanted to be outside, and died a few months later.

Portia – she loved boxes!

I know I have better pictures of the two of them, but apparently I’ve never scanned them!

My daughter was 4 by this time, and she wanted another cat. Instead of one we got two. Sisters… Emmie and Cassie. They came to live with us in 2001.
Emmie
Cassie – 2001 – 2012
Emmie and Cassie were awesome cats. First time I ever had two kittens at once! It was a great experience! They moved with us to Florida in 2003. They loved the freedom they had to go out by the screened in pool. (we had a kitty “window” that was left open enough for the cats to go in and out.

When we moved back to PA in 2009, we had to downsize our pets as we had a limit of two. Emmie and Cassie went to live with the Stewarts, friends of my mother’s where there were very happy. Cassie died of kidney failure in October. Emmie is still living happy and healthy. I still miss her, but am forever  grateful that the Stewart’s took them in together. I don’t think I could have given them up any other way!

In 2004, (in FL), we were in Petsmart one day, talking to them woman that ran the rescue that we adopted our dog from. They had SOOO many kittens, she asked if we would take one! Of course Tara, jumped at that opportunity, and Daphne came to live with us! 

She was a trouble maker and an escape artist. She would claw through screens or just push them out! She liked to hunt lizards, and one time even caught a frog and brought it in the house in the middle of the night! She was also very lovable, playful and affectionate! She escaped one time before we had a chance to have her spayed…….

and a few months later…. there were FIVE more!

Having 5 kittens, 3 adult cats and two dogs was a house full! 

We kept them all until they were 12 weeks old, and took the three females back to the rescue their mother came from…. they gave us one and got three back! They were however adopted with in the first day there, two of them to the same family! It was very hard giving them away. I wanted to keep them all!


Sarabi – she was my favorite
Nala – sweet sweet girl!


Kiara- she was the most timid, but still very lovable!
The two boys, Simba and Kovu, had bonded the most with Tara, so they stayed with us. 
Simba – he took lessons from his Mom and was an escape artist. He unfortunatly got out one night and never returned. He was 9 mos old at the time.

Kovu – aka Bubba – He is still living with us. He LOVES Tara. He is scared of strangers and generally a bit timid. He got out once when a friend left a door open, and was gone for 18 days!



Just this past February after our dog Princess passed away, we added Jack to the family! Jack come from the SPCA! We’ve made full circle back to having a black cat in the family! He is 9 months old and the funniest cat. He “talks” all the time. Kovu took a little time to get adjusted to having a little brother again, but they love each other. They run and play and keep each other entertained

Wow, when I put them all in one place that’s really a LOT of cats, and even dozen that have been part of our family!

Do you have a cat? 

Jenny Matlock


I threw in a current picture of Kovu to make it a bakers dozen… so I can participate in Thursday Thirteen 

and also Share the Joy – as having cats in the house brings me joy!

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  1. Daphne was sounds much like your Deja Mew! She loved to hunt, even in the house. Her favorite game was with her little mice, we would throw them on top of the kitchen cabinets. (Our house had an open floor plan with high ceiling, so cabinet tops were an open area), she would jump up retrieve the mouse, bring it down and go again! I prefer my cats to be indoor, but she definitely wanted to explore!

  2. Daphne was sounds much like your Deja Mew! She loved to hunt, even in the house. Her favorite game was with her little mice, we would throw them on top of the kitchen cabinets. (Our house had an open floor plan with high ceiling, so cabinet tops were an open area), she would jump up retrieve the mouse, bring it down and go again! I prefer my cats to be indoor, but she definitely wanted to explore!

  3. the kittens are so cute. I had a cat when I was in college, many years ago. It just sort of hung out with me… there were a lot of cats in the neighborhood. {:-Deb

  4. Yes — I'm a cat person. I have a brother and sister pair. . . Purrsnickety is my male cat (fluffy, gray and white with bib and boots, who loves to sing for his supper) and Deja Mew is his sister. She's a long-haired fluffy calico who loves to play fetch with calico mice. They're indoor types, but I think Deja Mew would have been a mythical huntress in a different kind of life.

  5. Oh my, what cute pictures! We've had a cat or two for many years now — right now we just have Oliver. Then there are the outside kitties who live in our backyard — they eat the food we put out but don't want us to touch them! Both of them had kittens recently but we can't get to them — they moved them under our shed!

  6. Oh my, what cute pictures! We've had a cat or two for many years now — right now we just have Oliver. Then there are the outside kitties who live in our backyard — they eat the food we put out but don't want us to touch them! Both of them had kittens recently but we can't get to them — they moved them under our shed!

  7. what wonderful pictures. gosh isn't it wonderful how kittens from the same litter are so different. that's a lot of cats to have known. in farming days I knew dozens but in the city it's harder. we cat-sit but have none of our own anymore.

  8. what wonderful pictures. gosh isn't it wonderful how kittens from the same litter are so different. that's a lot of cats to have known. in farming days I knew dozens but in the city it's harder. we cat-sit but have none of our own anymore.

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