Hi cat lovers and all visitors! Welcome to our Blog, The Feline Family!
Our home is a refuge for cats who were previously living on the streets of Brooklyn and wanted & needed a home. One by one they came and, if the cat wanted to live in a home with humans and wasn’t adopted by someone else, the cat stayed with us. A couple of cats have chosen not to stay but visit regularly for food, catnip, a place to keep dry and warm and, occasionally, to engage in a catfight or a less destructive cat “argument“. All of the cats currently in our Feline Family are pictured on the sidebar at the right. Without further delay, here they are:
Starting with the blog header photo, as well as the sixth photo down on the sidebar, say hi to Bob, the biggest cat in the whole wide world! He’s the orange guy with no tail (hence the name!) Our vet liked him and, since of course he was so very charming, she dubbed him “Big Sexy Bob“! Bob is seriously addicted to catnip. loves the stuff. If we’re lucky, once in a while, he takes his head out of the catnip container long enough for us to snap a photo! Sometimes he doesn’t take his head out and we have documented proof. We’ll show you one day soon! Bob’s favorite activities are eating and sleeping (no surprise considering the catnip thing, and that, he’s a cat!). He’s very good at both! Bob has a very sweet nature and he’s very popular with the ladies! They want to be with him, guys want to be him. He can be very shy and gets scared easily, perhaps proving that maybe size doesn’t matter!
Moving on, the little black beauty with the big eyes is Lola. Aside from concentrated Plutonium, she is the most energetic thing in the universe! She loves to play and looks for any opportunity to be active. Lola would rather play than eat! Honestly! Lola’s the baby of our group and the only cat that was born here. She has three brothers who we found homes for as it was just too much for us and the other cats to handle! We were worried Lola would be sad when her brother left. Instead, her personality blossomed! Sadly, her mom, Betsy, died several months ago. Betsy was rescued out of a tree across the street after she climbed it and couldn’t get down. We miss her every day. (We’ll be posting an “in memoriam” section soon.)
Next down there’s Mr. Magoo, a very sweet tabby with crossed eyes, but shhh! don’t tell him! He doesn’t know! MM was very quiet when he came to us after his first mom had no way to take care of him after an apartment fire. Originally named “sleepy”(our theory was that his first owner was too old to really play with him), he’s now very lively and “talks” a lot! He’s also the meet and greet cat of the family, as he’s extremely friendly to all visitors. The young female cats love to play with him!
The next photo under Mr. Magoo is Jazzy. She’s been around just about as long as any of the cats! Jazzy is a beautiful black cat with a coat that’s shiny and sleek to go with her piercing green eyes. I guess that’s to match her piercing claws because Jazzy does not like attention unless SHE demands it! So don’t get too close! Trust us, we have the healing scratch marks to prove it! Especially after one of her forays into the cat nip! Then she gets so excited she becomes something of another animal altogether, as evidenced by her new-found language in which she says, over and over, and I quote: “Woof!” Jazzy is our resident female curmudgeon. But she has her moments when, every once in a while, she’ll climb up and start purring, letting you know about to be rewarded with a serious moosh session.
Huxley is the first of the two white cats. Our other white cat, Hennessey is here, too, but her pic is a little lower in the list. She’s the one with her head peeking out of the cat tree cubby-hole! They are siblings and they’ve been around as long as Jazzy. They’re both white with grey spots. Huxley is a homebody and craves attention and a scaredy-cat at the same time! Every noise, every person, every cat, everything freaks him out. And he squeaks when he gets upset or excited! Hennessey is more of a loner and prefers living outside. She usually comes by just for the occasional meal and some scritching. If you give her too much attention, she’ll get annoyed and that claw will come at you faster than a speeding Jazzy! The few times I had to pick her up (once for a move and once to bring her for spaying) I had to hold her like a frying pan full of crackling bacon grease: that is, delicately and as far in front of me as possible! When she gets caught in a rainstorm, which she frequently does, she loves to be dried off from her head to the tip of her tail with paper towel.
Those two black fuzzy-wuzzies you see cuddled together are Addie and JoJo. They are the newest members of the Feline Family. “The girls”, as we call them, came about two weeks apart. Since returning from their spaying, they have become inseparable! They sleep together, clean each other, protect each other in cat squabbles… it’s adorable. Never have we felt softer fur, or seen more expressive eyes! They each have some white fur, but Addie has a lot more than JoJo, who has only one small tuft of white on her neck, just like Lola! We seem to be up to it in black-furred cats. Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint just which one is driving you crazy at any given moment! These two, however, can usually be found cuddling under the blankets and having a conversation. What they talk about is anyone’s guess, but they are a couple of chatty Kathy’s, that’s for sure! But if you don’t find them under the blanket or at the food bowls, they are out playing. And if you see just one, be patient, because wherever there’s one, the other is always right behind!
There’s another pic of Bob, then the one and only….the show stopper….our inimitable Sadie, our “greatest” rescue story and perhaps the most adorable and temperamental little thing this side of the Atlantic. Since it’s such an epic tale (or should I say, tail?!), Sadie’s story can not be summed up here. So look for her saga in the coming days, complete with photos of her throughout her life, from scrawny-on-the-brink-kitten to the gloriously attitudinal watermelon (she’s become just that: a watermelon with fur, that is) and all the phases in between. Talk about a handful!
Dopey. The D to the O to the P-E-Y, he’s the Dopey, the Dopey, the one and only Dopey! One look at his vacant stare and his never-ending stream of drool and you’ll understand his moniker. All black, big, bulky, cantankerous and always hungry, Dopey is full of life and likes to converse, albeit monosyllabically. If only I knew what he was saying, but if I had to guess, it would probably be somewhere along the lines of “give me steak! Now!”
Rounding off the pics are Dante and Vic the feral boyz in the ‘hood! Dante is a huge tabby and Vic is a huge black and white male. Both have voracious appetites but neither ever spend the night. They come for large portions of food and to partake of cat nip. And while Dante is happy to let you pet him all you want, Vic wants no part of that! The other alpha males (eg; Dopey and Bob) who actually live here don’t like Dante or Vic, and it often becomes necessary to physically separate them from…
We sure hope you will enjoy reading about the cats and looking at photos of their adventures! We have many stories to tell of the Feline Family, as well as about the cats who came before, the cats who are no longer with us and the cats we rescue from the streets and adopt out. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and about you and your cats. If you have a blog or website, please be sure to tell us where to find it and if you don’t, feel free to share your stories, your pics, your thoughts and memories about the special ones in your life here! And please, let us know what you think of ours!! This is meant to be an interactive site so post away! Thanks for coming and sharing! Blog on!