My Four-Legged Furry Children

Obviously I’m a huge animal lover as I work at the animal rehab and rescue facility, but I believe I’ve failed to mention my own animal family.  We have 3 loving cats that I’d like to introduce to you.



He’s our oldest at almost 15 years.  He’s kind of a rescue, sort of.  A couple had him as a kitten, gave him baths and everything, then the woman found out she was pregnant and didn’t want to risk owning a cat while being pregnant.  James was the softy and brought him home.  He came to us when he was about 4 months old.  He used to lay on James’ chest when he was little, and I warned him, “One day Nero is going to be a great big kitty and will still want to lay on your chest when he weighs 15 to 20 pounds.”  Guess what?!  I was right (I love being right).  Unfortunately he’s starting his downhill slide with some endocrine issues, but he’s still a joy to have around.  His favorite toy:  Nerf gun darts.wpid-20150829_141353.jpg


MeepBack in 2011, a friend of mine had a litter of kittens, and I picked him out when he was about 3 weeks old.  Tuxedo cats are my absolute favorites.  He’s part Siamese, so he’s a talker.  Never shuts up, but can be a great conversationalist.  And with him being a boy, he really, really likes to cause trouble.  He loves to chew on white phone chargers or ear buds.  He also loves to floss his teeth with me… I’ll use one end of the string, he’ll use the other.

He’s actually our son’s cat.  Back when Meep was a kitten, before he gained all his weight and muscle, AJ thought it’d be cool to teach him to… fly.  Meep could jump 4 feet straight into the air when they were playing.  It was amazing.  He couldn’t do that now to save his life.  He’s a fat and happy 4-year-old, who still thinks I’m his surrogate mom… he comes to me for the hugs and the love and the suckling.  I used to let him curl up onto my shoulder when he was a kitten… guess where his favorite place still is.  Yep… I didn’t take my own advice to which I gave out 10 years before.  Meep follows AJ everywhere at his heels, just like a little puppy.  It’s the cutest thing.

His favorite toy is a fish net.meep flying

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wpid-20150903_223503.jpgShe’s the only girl of the group.  Sheba came to us about 2 years ago, I thought she had been abandoned.  It was in the middle of winter and the temperature was due to get down to 19 degrees F, and she was hanging out on our porch.  I made her a box on the porch to keep her warm, but I thought surely she had a home.  Three nights later, she was still hanging around, and it was about to get colder.  We brought her inside and she’s been with us ever since.  I actually found out who owned her, and the “owner” and I exchanged some words (I’d like to say it was pleasant, but it wasn’t). However, since then, Sheba has never left. She’s an outside kitty, which I absolutely don’t believe in for many reasons, but I can’t change how she was raised.  She still comes inside every single night to sleep with James and I, either between our heads or she will completely take over my pillow.  She gets along with Nero, but her and Meep have to stay separated.  I don’t know why, but even after 2 years, Meep will not accept her as his sister.

Sheba and I have races to the neighborhood mailbox.  She’ll give me a nice head start, but then I say, “I’m gonna beat you.”  That’s all she needs to hear… she puts it in high speed and wins every time.  She’s actually about 13.  Her favorite toy:  Anything that’s outside, from grass, to bugs, to… well, sadly, everything.

The other members of our family include 3 angelfish and 1 otocinclus (a 5-year-old sucker fish who has survived Armageddon)… I’m not as good with fish as I am with 4-legged creatures… but that’s another story…

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France


34 thoughts on “My Four-Legged Furry Children

  1. adarling575

    They are all so very cute. I also love tuxedo kitties – just like my boy! When we adopted him we were asked what colour we wanted. I said I didn’t mind and the lady said we would probably get a black & white one then as they were the kitties nobody wanted. From that point onwards they were my favourite! I was also wondering why you are against having outdoor cats?

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      There’s something special about the tuxedo kitties. It’s like they have a sixth sense, it seems to me! Outside kitties tend to have shorter lives… people can be mean, there are animal predators on the hunt for them, and I see way too many of them on the road that have been hit. (I lost one to anti-freeze poisoning and many to being hit by a car). Also, a huge reason we get so many animals in at the rehab facility is because of a cat attack. Keep the kitties in during baby season! 😉 And then, of course, never mind the fleas and mites that outside kitties get! (Sheba is treated monthly) 🙂


      1. adarling575

        Ah I don’t know… the outside is dangerous to humans but we try not to keep them locked inside! (we do regularly treat for fleas etc and my mum is a vet so have lots of constant pet/animal advice). But happy to disagree on this one 🙂

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  2. artisticsharon

    Your ‘furry children’ are so cute and I love how you talk about their personalities! I’m a ‘dog’ person and I treat my fur baby, Sammi (mini schnauzer) the exact same way. I tell everyone ‘she’s got us trained’!

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  3. aidyl93

    Awwh, hello Nero, Meep, and Sheba!! I’m so happy to meet your furry family members. 😀 They are all so adorable! I also didn’t take your advice (and mine) and let Shikari sleep on my neck..yeah, I now feel like he tries to kill me at night with his 10lb body! haha 🙂

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      1. aidyl93

        There really isn’t! 🙂 That’s funny, that would be so nice! When Lucas and I got together I told him from the beginning if we moved in together Nelson would come and that Would be a deal-breaker if he wasn’t okay with it! Now I think Nelson likes him more than me, but at least they get along I suppose. 🙂 haha!

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