Guest Star: Alley Kittens to Ally Cats

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post will shed light on how the Michigan cats met Miranda! And it is sure a story to be told!!!


First Day

©Miranda Innaimo

When the boys were just five weeks old- still in need of milk formula and bottle feeding- we rescued them from the alley life. While the two, palm-sized baby boys were exactly the same age, miraculously, they were not from the same litter; my husband and I had seen their two separate clans- the tabbies long-bodied and golden, and the oreos squat and broad- wandering around our historic neighborhood, behind shops and within alleys.


Mother’s Day 2013 ©Miranda Innaimo

I became a nurturing kitty mama.  As I worked from home as an Independent Author I was able to monitor their growth full time.

Their names- solely decided at first by me- were Nikotemo (the golden one) and Ennio (the B&W), but those names didn’t stick. So my husband and I decided together…


6 weeks ©Miranda Innaimo

Rico (front) and Charlie (back).

These two boys were brought into our lives after prayers and hopes had been put forth for months and months, waiting for just the right pair.  We had always wanted two boy kittens so we could raise them together.  My husband and I firmly believe all animals need a companion, else they suffer during their isolated lifetime.  So our boys became our family, and we were blessed.

Snuggle 2

Snuggle 1 ©Miranda Innaimo


Snuggle 2 ©Miranda Innaimo

Baby Charlie

Baby Charlie ©Miranda Innaimo

Baby Rico

Baby Rico ©Miranda Innaimo

Baby Rico 2

Baby Rico 2 ©Miranda Innaimo

Growth Sleep

Growth Sleep ©Miranda Innaimo

Watching our Rico and Charlie grow up has been a wonderful journey.  Since the very beginning, those two have cared for each other as true brothers.

Rico Windowsill

©Miranda Innaimo

Charlie Coffee Table

©Miranda Innaimo

Three Sleepers

Three Sleepers ©Miranda Innaimo

Nearly Grown

Nearly Grown ©Miranda Innaimo


Cat Pile ©Miranda Innaimo

New Home

2 years. ©Miranda Innaimo

Here are our boys in recent days, now 2 years old. My husband and I hope to have a full life with these boys, Rico- sometimes called Reekey- and Charlie- called Charles.

Scratch Bed Rico

Scratch Bed Rico. ©Miranda Innaimo

Charlie bass

Charlie and my bass guitar. ©Miranda Innaimo

Happy Sunlight Boys

Happy Sunshine Boys. ©Miranda Innaimo

The original can be found here.

Thank you for reading their story and don’t forget to email us if you’d like to have your own story featured.

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29 thoughts on “Guest Star: Alley Kittens to Ally Cats

  1. franhunne4u says:

    Strange, ours at home did not feed on their mum at week 5 anymore. They ate cat food and “mom” had been to see another tom – but we made sure nothing came of that – our 5 were her last litter.

  2. Denise Sanders says:

    What gorgeous boys!! I love long haired pussycats! Actually I love ALL pussycats!!
    Beautiful pictures, and a lovely story. Xxx

  3. lawjic says:

    Sweet and loving story which would be wholly incomplete without the photos and videos set up so effectively. Absolutely superbly well done story and one I will keep coming back to and reading again. Mostly, the cats are so sweet, the pictures are worth more than ANYTHING I could possible write to do them justice at all. Very well done, Marc.

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