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Monday, January 11, 2010

Cat Rescue | Cat-astrophe & Cat-aclysm






This is Jet, aka Jetson, fat cat, demolition kitty, devil in disguise, "I live for my cat food", catnip rules, etc.
Last night, we had a funny incident at our house. Frankie and I were on Momma's bed, while she was in the shower, when Jet decided to leap up. She landed between the chiweenie and me, so it was clear that she wanted to play, right? Wrong, I say, guessing from Momma's face when she came out of the bathroom.
-Hey, leave Jet alone! She ordered Frankie and me. Poor Jet did seem a bit stressed sitting like a duck between the two of us.
-No! Frankie yelled and charged at Jet.
-No! I yelled and followed suit.
Momma got very upset and grabbed Jet to get her away from us. That's when she burst out laughing.
-My goodness! You're a funny cat, she said to Jet adoringly.
Apparently Jet was nothing close to horrified. She was happily purring. My hat is off to this brave kitty. But you know what they say about "brave". It can be one or the other...
Anyhow, as I was saying, Ms Jet did earn my respect yesterday and today I'd like to tell you a bit about her, our beloved cat rescue. 



In this photo, taken soon after her cat adoption, she's a teenager and she's exploring our loft.
Mom was working at a resort in Greece when she found Bob; a scrawny little brat kitten barely a week old, barely alive, in an Evian cardboard box. Bob's story is cool too, but I'll tell you about it another time. All you need to know is: cat adoption accomplished. Mom had been taking care of Bob for an entire month, trying to teach him all about cat food, even though he still favored the bottle, when one evening she heard another kitten screaming for help. By then, Momma was caring for about 20 stray cats (breakfast, dinner, deworming, the works) plus she was trying desperately to keep Bob alive because he was so sickly. That afternoon, she tried to ignore the pleading kitten cries for an entire hour. That's how long they'd lasted. Momma was pleased with herself for staying strong for once in her life. Her heart was aching, but she was trying to act tough and resist another obvious cat adoption. Her family and friends assured her she had done the right thing (by whom? I ask). Anyway, at midnight, the doorbell rang. Momma went to see who it was and found a young girl holding a big white towel.
"I heard you rescue animals and cats," the girl said.
"Aha...yeah." Mom was being skeptical, as in "what now?"
"I found this kitten," the girl tried to show the kitten that had burrowed in the towel.
"I don't see a kitten," Mom was still using all of her strength.
"It's a kitten. It's been crying all afternoon. It needs a home. Aren't you the cat rescue person?" The girl was confused because she'd obviously been told to go unload the kitten on the crazy animal lady--my mom.
"Look, I can't do this. You can deal, can't you?" Mom was not feeling very sure, but she was trying.
"I guess." The girl turned on her heels to leave when mom came to her senses. She grabbed the white towel with whatever was in it and went back in the room.

Baby Jet (and baby Bob)
The creature in the towel was a terrified and starving for cat food and milkies; it was no other than a rather feral Jet. She had come at midnight, she was totally jet-black, and she was tailless, like Bob. Because of the tail, Mom assumed Bob and Jet were twins from the same litter.
Jet, reluctantly joined the family. She was afraid of everything. Mom tried to find a good cat rescue home for both her and Bob before flying back home to Cali. She took them to a lovely home on an island where she thought they'd be safe. She situated both kitties on a large cozy balcony and sobbing the whole time, procrastinated. Finally, the lady who was going to take care of Bob and Jet accidentally almost closed a sliding glass door on Jet. This was what our Momma was looking for, an excuse. Right after this incident, Mom found a lovely vet in GR who forged Bob and Jet's papers (they were too young by law to travel) and carried them to the US and to their forever home. This was a cat rescue extravaganza and the odds were that Momma would be busted. 
"Maam? These kittens look rather small. Are you sure they're as old as the papers say they are? " An older animal control employee was asking Mom.
Uh-oh! "Well, it's a sad-sad story. They were both starved and their growth was stunted as a result. They had not cat food for weeks." Mom has no qualms to twist the truth in order to get an animal out of trouble. They were allowed to go.

Here's Jet stealing my hospital room (my crate when I was sick)
Jet eventually calmed down completely. Presently, she's so well adjusted that she gets along with everybody. Life would not be the same without my wacky fat sis who bounces off walls and creates havoc wherever she goes. Jet's even brought Mom's old computer down. She's spilled several coffees, broken speakers, mugs, a phone... She's just not very delicate, that's all; especially when she's on catnip. Nothing's done out of malice and we all know that. She also has developed an incredible technique for "getting" the rest of us. She hides in dark corners and then doinks us as we pass by. One can actually hear the thud when she gets us on the head--for real. Jet has such a presence that one can actually hear her stomping up and down the house. I thought cats were supposed to walk softly.
I know I got a bit carried away, but believe me when I say, I could write a book based on Jet's life.

Speaking of catnip effects: Jet enjoying the catnip plant we planted for her.



I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about my illegal immigrant cat rescue sister.
Twink!

26 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khats khause sooooooo much trouble!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Tank woo fur sharing the tail/tale AND tank woo to your mom fur her akhtions!

JackDaddy said...

What a wonderful story! I love happy endings!

Deborah said...

That was a nice story. We love cats in our house!!

Frankie Furter said...

Wow!! What a wonderful adoption story. You should have shared this one when we did the Thanksgiving Adoption stories. Your mom is very brave and caring to take care of so many furfolks. We need more two leggers like her. I'm just sayin'.

BRUTUS said...

Really cool story!! Mom knew someone who brought a cat home from Bonaire (named her Bonnie, go figure), having found her as a starving feral kitten. All black except for a few white hairs at the very tip of her tail. Looks like Jet is a lot cooler though!!

Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing Jet's story!
Your mom is pawesome!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

Twink, I truly enjoyed the story of Jet. Even if she is an alien... How remarkable that your mom brought her and Bob all the way back from Greece. The closest our mom came is bringing gassy Betty home from Columbus, Ohio. Whooptie do!

Love ya girlfriend,
Stella

Ms. ~K said...

Sweet story...Looks like Jet has OD'd on the catnip! teeheehee!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Life With Dogs said...

You should write that book!
Did you ever reclaim your crate? :)

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

How lovely of your Mum to adopt those poor kittens and take them to the US with her.
When our Mum was 17 she lived and worked in Italy and was always looking after the feral cats. One day she went into her bedroom after she finished work and all she could see were glowing eyes everywhere. When she put the light on there were cats on every surface, lol.
Jet is gorgeous, cats have such a unique sense of humour.
Wags and kisses, Dinah Bridget and Elliot xx

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Twinkie what an amazing story of Jet and Bob. Mom is stunned by all those two beauties went through. Give your MOM a great big old sloppy lick from us for her loving heart. Jet is certainly no longer 'starving'!!! As Madi likes to say...when I comment on her size...
"Mom I have lots of hair not fat'!!!!
Big Meows
Madi and Mom

K9friend said...

I love Jet's story!

And anyone who helps critters in need is a superstar in my book!

KB said...

Jet is a very lucky cat to have found such an amazing home. Thanks for the happy story - I needed a smile!

Remington said...

Thanks to people like you! That's what the world needs more of!

Butchy and Snickers said...

Awwwwwh, such a happy story. We're so happy your Mama loves animals so much, just like our Mama. (if Mama had enough room & money, she would save all of the feral cats around here, hehehehe!) Our Sylvester walks loudly too, being the only male cat in the house, he is also the largest, about 11 lbs. Now miss Scuby, she is about 8 lbs. & you can hear her walk only cause she is usually running. Tiny Princess Ruby is 6 lbs. & walks softly. Now Hootie, not sure what she will sound like. She still doesn't roam around too much yet. She's only been in the house for 2 weeks so she's still learning where things are. Plus since she's only 4 1/2 lbs. & pretty much full grown, we might not be able to hear her pounce around. How big did Bob & Jet get? Are they Tabby cats without a tail? or another breed?
Luv & Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie

Jazzi said...

Twink,
What a nice story about Jet. Jet looks very cute and you guys can have fun. Your mom is pretty cool!!

Wags
Jazzi

Martha and Bailey said...

We enjoyed Jet's story and we loved your pics - our mum so misses having a cat although we can't imagine why when she has us!!!
love
Martha & bailey xxx

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We knew you would give in Mom. What a great story..... What a wonderful kitty jet turned out to be right mom?


Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

What a great story and pictures, thanks fur sharing. :-)

Luv,
Cloud

The OP Pack said...

Wow, that's a great story - thanks for sharing it, Twink. And mega thanks to your Mom for the good work she did.

Woos, Phantom and TD

Twinkietinydog said...

My favorite part of the story is when the lady who was about to adopt Jet almost snapped her in half. Cr-azy!
Twink!

Sonic said...

I think it must be amazingly kind of your momma to take in so many cats. I mean, after all... they are *cats*. Still, Jet sounds really cute, and I'm glad she brings a smile to all of you!

Sonic

Twix said...

Twink, do you actually like cats? I won't allow any cats in my house.

Oops, sorry, got side tracked there. That is a great story with a great ending. You sure have a special Momma....but I bet you know that already don't you?
Snuggles,
Twix

Wild Dingo said...

Twink! you just wrote some incriminating evidence! Jet's like some sort of illegal alien and they will come and take her away! (was that your plan all along?)
what a great story. i like the looks of jet. very confident! I'm so sure she was so not bothered by you or frankie! LOL
wags-n-wiggles,
wild dingo

Dory and the Mama said...

Jet sounds like a furry good sister...for a kitty ;-)

Smileys!
Dory

ocmist said...

This was a GREAT story, and she has sure grown into a gorgeous Kitty! I'm glad that you all get along so well, and I'm sure that your Mom has been loved enough by all of you to make up for the time she's put into your lives. You've got a GREAT Mom, sounds like... Dott

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