Guest Star: Kendall

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Cheryl and her cat Kendall:

Hi All,

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.

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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…

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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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25 thoughts on “Guest Star: Kendall

  1. SciFi and Scary says:

    We’re currently dealing with Kittendom here from a cat we rescued. I end up waking up about 3 times during the night to threaten to rain down death and destruction on his head if he doesn’t stop trying to :insert random cat activity that for some reason can only be done after I go to sleep:. So glad we rescued him, love him to pieces, but for the love of god can I please just get some sleep? lol.

    • franhunne4u says:

      Pro tip: Play with him exhausting games before you go to bed. Cats sleep 16 hours a day – maybe a little less when younger – and if you power the little one out (with a cat-fishing-rod-toy you can reach quite some speed, with games where he has to find kibbles with his nose rather than his eyes you tire his brain) – that should get him tired. Good luck – and never forget, even this will passe.

  2. loisajay says:

    Kittendom is both horrendous and hysterical. Now that it is over, I can laugh about it, but every day was a new adventure with my little Parker. Kendall is adorable, of course!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Catitude is a wonderful thing …… my kitty’s shelter name was Snap. Her sisters were Crackle and Pop. Yes, I got the SNAP! To this day – 6 years after coming home – she hates being picked up although you can do it if you protect yourself. She also loves to play pretending I am a mouse that needs killing …….. she still has frequent rapid activity periods (FRAP) all over the house – especially after her 23 hour naps. Aren’t they fun???????? I’d get 100 in a flash if I had room for the litter boxes ………

  4. Cry and Howl says:

    I love the kitties!
    Sigh … I miss my old friend Timex. A huge tabby I bought from a vet in Louisiana. He’d been hit by a car. Later nearly torn in half by two big dogs. Thus the name. I had him for nearly ten years. Very cool cat.
    Love your blog.

  5. Kay @KittyCat_Smile says:

    Oh I just loved this story. Kittens are something else! I switch back n forth throughout the day with my two. It’s either “Aww you guys!” * ? * or “oh you guys!” *? *
    Glad it’s worked out for you and your husband & playful Kendall. They do fill out a wonderful spot in our hearts. ???

  6. Lauren says:

    She really grew into a beauty; of course, she started out adorable!

    We’re dealing with extreme kittenish issues with Effie–and she’s 16 months old! We adopted her three months ago.

    May they stay forever young!


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