Today’s guest post comes from Cheryl and her cat Kendall:
This is Kendall the day she was found in the Kendall Square Parking Garage near where I work. See those blue eyes?? That’s what got me… That and the fact that she was so tiny.
I picked her up and she looked up at me with these welled-up blue eyes and her lips were in a very exaggerated pouty frown – almost cartoon-like.
Well, that’s what I was seeing anyways.
Then I swear to you I heard her ask me almost frantically – “will you be my Mommy?” I remember thinking “you need a Mommy – you need YOUR Mommy! I made an appointment at the vet for that afternoon and emailed a photo to my husband Jim and then called him… 🙂
He answered the phone “Yes?…”
It didn’t take much to convince him that she should become part of the family. Jim and I had just been talking about the void that was left when our beloved 19-year old cat named Spooky died just four months prior.
Meant to be…
I won’t kid you and say that “kittendom” was anything other than HORRENDOUS!! I had anxiety issues come out that I didn’t even know I had. She was so tiny – barely weighed a pound so I was scared she’d get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner or get lost in a pile of clothes only to get tossed into the washer or dryer!
I didn’t vacuum for months.
Well, that’s the story I’m going with thanks…
You might see just how tiny she is in this photo. Compare her size to Jim’s watch. These pictures are from her first night in her new home. Apologies for the bad photography…
The vet guesstimated that she was 4-weeks old at the time and that she was a Tortoiseshell – more a description of her coloring than a breed. But I was warned – she would have “Torti-tude!” I believe I mentioned previously that “kittendom” was HORRENDOUS. She was a kitten and suffice to say Jim and I were more used to a grumpy old cat who slept 18 hours a day.
The first Christmas morning that Kendall spent with us – she was about four months old or so, I picked her up and asked her if she wanted to eat and with just one quick impulsive swipe, she gouged my eye. Spent Christmas Day morning at the Mass Eye and Ear where two doctors were impressed that she got me dead center in the eyeball – BULLS EYE!
Survived that incident (along with a few others).
Jim loved that whenever she ran or should we say bolt around the house (I was actually thinking of changing her name to ZIP!), her tail would stick straight up in the air. It was hysterical to see.
Kendall loves to play fetch. We have a video of her playing fetch with Jim, but she used to make sure that she spread the love and she would take turns allowing me to throw her toy and then she would bring it to Jim to throw and back and forth between us. One time I had come home from work after stopping at the ATM to get some cash for the weekend. When I walked in the house, I temporarily threw my coat on the dining room table to tell Jim something about my day (forgetting I had stashed the cash in my coat pocket). All of a sudden Kendall is on Jim’s lap spitting something out and then in her “play fetch with me?” fashion jumped off his lap to the floor and looked back at him expectantly. Jim picked it up and it was a $20 bill. Jim just exclaimed – “it’s a 20!!” “Where’d she get this??!!” The look on Jim’s face was absolutely PRICELESS. I am laughing hysterically at this point and coughed out – MY COAT POCKET! She wanted to play fetch with a $20. Jim just said – “Good girl!!” Do it again, Kendall!
Kendall is now going to be five years old next month, and I’m a little sad that she has grown out of almost all of the kitten antics that we used to see. I wish I had taken more photos and videos of those antics over the years.
Here is a current photo of Kendall. I hope you enjoyed meeting her.
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