Cutie was first adopted as a kitten by a family down the street, though because of allergies and fleas, she quickly found herself adjusting to life as an outside cat. She eventually found her way to our front porch and as winter bore down upon us, attempts to find her home were underway. Ironically, the only way we were able to track Cutie’s owner was through this photo (below) found on a bulletin board at a local vet’s office, where at a very young age Cutie had undergone an emergency C-section that nearly cost her life and did cost the lives of all of her kittens. Through vet records we were able to find Cutie’s owner (who happened to live just down our street) and assume ownership. Suffice it to say, our front porch home lost its appeal when she worked her way into our house! Though her early temperament history is unclear, we have learned the hard way that Cutie lacks the basic social graces! However, because of her early circumstances and the obvious pain endured in her young life, we give her the UTMOST respect and love her nonetheless!
With consistent affection and patience, you can see that our Cutie has mellowed just a bit!
And here’s one-year-old C. J. (JoJo’s sister) getting her share of the scratching action and posing next to her personal shelf (did I mention they're pampered?). C. J. (Cutie Junior, named after Cutie above) loves the pole most of all, though they ALL know to step back when Cutie Senior approaches! C. J. is one of four female sibling kittens that we rescued last August 2005 (full story below under Mama Cat). Like her namesake, she too has a lot to learn about social etiquette, though she has made great strides in the past year.
C. J. in a rare quiet moment . . . in anticipation of her favorite activity, having her head scratched!