Tumbleweed

He flew out of a city truck going down the road. At first glance, it looked like a trash bag.

But it was a tiny kitten that tumbled down the road through the early morning traffic. He had climbed into the engine of the truck to keep warm.

His name was Tumbleweed.

Tumbleweed needed to be bottle fed since he hadn’t learned how to eat regular food yet.

He also enjoyed homemade meat soup..

He was a feral little guy, but the yummy food that was hand fed to him made him less nervous.

He was going to stay on the enclosed back porch that night, so the other cats wouldn’t freak out like they did last time they saw a different cat. But the thought of him out there was too sad, so inside he came!

He was afraid of every new sound he heard. He was also afraid if he was looked at for more than a few seconds.

A visit to the vet showed that he was healthy, except for a few intestinal parasites, and only around six weeks old.

We liked him too much to put up for adoption. Tumbleweed was here to stay! Hopefully his big brothers wouldn’t hate him..

Cloud was the first of the three cats to meet Tumbleweed since she is the most well adjusted.

She licked him clean, since he had never been taught how to do it himself.

He was like the son she never wanted.

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Jeeves was next, and then came Chester, who was very freaked out of his new little brother at first and would growl and hiss.

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It took a couple months before all three boys could be together without freaking out. And it happened on Christmas eve!  There were a couple random freak outs after that, but now all four cats are happily living together!

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Tumbleweed was a great little surprise!

Cat Photos Friday #80- Chester and Jeeves Day!


Monday is the three year anniversary of getting these guys!
 We moved into our house in September, and had planned on picking out ONE cat in October. We were very excited, so during the last week of September we went to Petsmart to look at cats, not expecting to pick any out.

Chester in his Petsmart cage!

But then we met a lady there, named Gina who had rescued a bunch of kittens from a feral colony, and they were all so cute!  She talked us into getting two, so they wouldn’t be lonely when we were at work all day. (we really didn’t need much convincing to get two!)

We picked out these two silly boys and were so excited to take them home a few days later! 

But then, a Cloud showed up on October first. The first day of cat month! Now we found ourselves with three cats instead of just one like we had planned!  It took a while to get used to, and it was a little stressful, but now it’s a bunch of fun! 
(Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have four cats..)
Chester and Jeeves hanging out with their other rescued friends.

I really liked this little grey guy. He was Jeeves’ friend and I kind of wish we adopted him too. Their faces and eyes look similar so I wonder if they were actual brothers. 

I always like to imagine what the cat’s siblings and parents looked like, because I’m crazy like that.
These guys are a bunch of fun, and I’m glad we were able to give them good homes! 


They’re very energetic, and after three years, they still act almost as crazy as kittens! 

Cat Photos Friday #76- Non-Recognition Aggression

Last week I had the misfortune of learning about a disorder that cats can sometimes get. It’s called Non-Recognition Aggression. I thought I would write a post about it in case anybody else has experienced it, or maybe it can help somebody out!
It all started when the kittens came over for me to photograph. Everything seemed to be going fine; I had kept my cats separate from the kittens the whole evening. But at the very end of the night, the male kitten raced out of the bedroom and greeted Chester and Jeeves face to face. There was some hissing but nothing too crazy. We quickly scooped up the kitten, put him in his carrier and then he went home. 



Chester and Jeeves still seemed a bit shaken up, which was no surprise. Chester was under the couch growling so I started petting him to calm him down. Then… Jeeves walked in and Chester acted like he had never seen Jeeves before! He hissed and growled and seemed like he was going to kill Jeeves! Poor Jeeves didn’t know what to do. They had always been best friends! Eventually Jeeves’ feelings got so hurt that he started yowling at Chester, which made Chester even more angry. It was like he caught a demon! 

 The cats normally all share one bedroom at night, but since the boys were not getting along, I decided to leave them all out so they would have plenty of space. Well that didn’t go too well and I got woken up an hour later by a huge fight and Chester hiding under our bed growling and make all kinds of evil noises. So there I was, at midnight, wandering through the shed in my PJ’s looking for something that could act as a second litter box so I could keep the boys separated. I was hoping that after a good night’s sleep by himself Chester would be back to normal the next day. I however, got about two hours of sleep because Jeeves thought it was party time, and Cloud kept standing on my head. 
There’s a reason they have their own bedroom!



Unfortunately the next day, Chester was just as angry ever at Jeeves, and that’s when I did some googling and came across articles about Non-Recognition Aggression. Apparently it’s triggered by strange smells and it can cause cats that were once best friends, to turn on each other because they think their friend is an intruder!  It’s most common when one cat goes to the vet, and comes home smelling weird which causes the cat that stayed home, to not recognize him anymore. It can also be caused by the sudden scent of an unknown male cat, which is exactly what happened!

 The smell of that boy kitten messed with Chester and he thought he had to defend his territory. Since we adopted the boys together as kittens, they never had to think about dominance and territories before. Chester also acted like he didn’t recognize Cloud, but since she’s a  girl, he wasn’t troubled by her existence.  I felt more optimistic once I had discovered the problem, but I was still worried. Would they ever be friends again? It seemed like they would hate each other forever!



The only way to fix Non-Recognition Aggression is to completely re-introduce your cats. Don’t let them fight it out! It just makes them dislike each other even more and will undo any progress you’ve made. So I did my best to keep the boys separated, and let each of them have turns sniffing around the house by themselves and getting Chester used to Jeeves’ scent again. I wasn’t making a whole lot of progress with that, so I read online that you can cover your cats with baby powder and put a dab of vanilla extract behind the ears and the base of the tail to cover up the strange scent and to make them both smell the same. I even went a little further and added some chicken juice to their heads! This finally worked!  The funny smell was masked and Chester was able to sniff Jeeves without trying to attack.  He still looked disgusted by Jeeves’ existence, but it was an improvement. Anytime Chester started to hiss or growl I would snap him out of it, so Jeeves wouldn’t get upset and hiss back and start a huge fight. After about three days Chester finally remembered his brother and now they’re friends again, like nothing ever happened. I am so glad!  It was very stressful having two fighting cats.




So to recap. If you have two male cats that get along great, and neither is dominant. It’s probably a bad idea to let a male kitten loose into your house without properly introducing it first!

Has anybody else had a strange problem like this?

Cat Photos Friday #75- Kitten Visit!

Guess what.

Jeeves has a little sister!

Gina, the lady that rescued Chester and Jeeves among a whole bunch of other kitties who were dumped at an old mill, contacted us recently and said she had more kittens that needed homes. A few had gone to homes already but these three still need a nice place to live. She brought them over one evening so I could take some pictures to help them get adopted. So I decided to write this blog and then share it to everybody I know on Facebook.

I LOVE Jeeves’ little sister. Since she came from the same place as him, they definitely must be related. Just look at that little chin marking! It’s the same as Jeeves’! I just can’t get over the fact that he has a sister and I got to meet her. I am always wondering about my cat’s parents and siblings… And what they would have been like….

This is the only boy. He is full of energy, gets along with everybody and a whole lot of fun.

This little girl is the youngest. She is very sweet, and loves to play. She was having so much fun this was the only good photo I managed to snap of her!


Jeeves’ sister shares his personality. She is pretty calm, slightly shy but very lovable. 



Just look at that cute face!




It was so much fun playing with the little kittens and getting to hear more about Chester and Jeeves’ story. They were in pretty rough shape when they got rescued, but you would never know it by looking at them now.

These kittens are about 4-5 months old. They have been spayed/neutered and are up to date on all their shots. All they need now is a forever home! These three guys all get along well, so it’s possible to adopt two, or even all three! 🙂  I’m definitely tempted, but I think three cats is enough for me. Unless we get a bigger house or something… 😉