The adventures of Ambrose, Clarence, Baskin, Abner, and Teddi (brofurs and sisfur of angel Grrreta)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day !


(Mommy has highjacked our blog today for her annual sappy birthday drivel):

Today we celebrate all of my precious cats’ birthdays/gotcha days. It all started seven years ago…

Grrreta came into my life as an adult cat on April 19, 2005. I didn’t know what to expect adopting an adult cat, but it has been absolute pure joy. When I try to describe Grrreta, the only word that comes to mind is “perfect”. She brightens every day, and I am thankful to have been given the great honor of being her mom. 

Teddi also came into my life as an adult cat. She was feral and a new mom in May of 2007. It took almost six months of patience and Stinky Goodness to convince her to let me touch her, but it was definitely worth the wait. Feeding, vaccinating, spaying/neutering, earning trust, and providing a home for a feral cat is incredibly rewarding. I knew it would make an enormous difference in her life, but I had no idea what a difference it would make in mine. Watching her blossom into a healthy, happy, loving cat with a forever home has been absolutely amazing.

Ambrose and Chloe were 4 week old feral kittens when Teddi moved them to my back yard in June of 2007. They were already fearful of humans when they arrived, so I had to be patient and earn their trust. It was pure joy watching them grow up, knowing they would never be hungry or homeless as would likely be the case if they had remained feral. The best part was that they got to stay with their mamacat too. It was heartwarming to see Teddi be such a great mom, teach them how to be cats, and make them feel so very loved.  

Clarence mysteriously appeared on my back deck in June of 2011. He was around 5 weeks old and had somehow gotten separated from his mamacat. I fed him outdoors and watched from a window for hours waiting to see if his mamacat would return. I was torn...If they were to be reunited he would grow up feral which is a hard life, but I didn’t want him to miss out on the love and lessons that only a mamacat can give, and I didn’t want his mamacat to suffer the loss of a kitten either. When she didn’t return, I felt relief that Clarence would have the chance to have a forever home. He has been the perfect addition to our family. I am grateful to his mamacat for choosing our yard, and setting into motion the chain of events that lead her precious kitten to have the chance to grow up happy, healthy, and surrounded by love in his very own forever home.
  
Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day, Grrreta, Ambrose, Teddi, Chloe, and Clarence!

Thank you to our friends for stopping by on our special day! Please help yourself to some of our party treats: catnip, ham, real live dead shrimps, meowgaritas, niptinis, and silver vine. (It's the least we can do to make up for making you read through all that sappy stuff our mommy wrote. )

23 comments:

Prancer Pie said...

That's great birthday drivel! We enjoyed efurry bit of it. Happy Birthday to all of you kittehz! Now, we haf a little niptini and mebbe sum ham....

Fuzzy Tales said...

Belated happy gotcha day/birthday to you all!

Brian said...

Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day, those were great stories!

LizzyBean said...

I love this story! It is truly heartwarming.

A few Good Cats said...

As formerly homeless cats, it made us very happy to read about how you helped so many cats who needed help. We celebrate the big day with you and wish you many more.

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day to all of you.

ABBY said...

Those are wonderful stories and we wish everyone a very happy purrday and GOTCHA today!
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Meg said...

We wish you all the happiest of gotcha birthdays!!!

The Island Cats said...

Sometimes you hafta humor the humans and let them drivel.

Happy Gotcha Day/Birthday to you all!

Tamago said...

Happy birthday and Gotcha day!! What a wonderful post...I am so happy your fur babies got such a great home and family. You mentioned things that I feel totally the same way...that they brighten every day and they make a difference in our lives, etc.
I think Clarence's mama is very happy that he is safe and living a very happy life!
Wishing you a wonderful birthday/Gotcha day!!

Karen Jo said...

Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day to all you kitties. Spyro and I will be right over to help you celebrate. Mom loved all the human drivel, so I guess it's good for something.

Herman

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

There is no greater honor than to be chosen by a cat! We wish each and every one of you a VERY BIRTHDAY/GOTCHA DAY!

Big Purrs,
The Chans

meowmeowmans said...

We love all of your birthday/gotcha stories, dear friends! :)

Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day to you all. Hugs!!!

S said...

What a nice tribute to all the kitties! Happy birthday and gotcha day to you all - I am so glad you are here!

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day, Grrreta, Ambrose, Teddi, Chloe, and Clarence!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day, Grrreta, Ambrose, Teddi, Chloe, and Clarence!

What lucky kitties you are to have someone who loves you so much.

Margs Animals said...

That is such a great story and the part about the feral cats is so very true. They make the best companions you could ask for. It does take a lot of patience but it is so worth. So happy Gotcha day to all of you. We love the picture of Grrreta too. Hope all of you have a great day.

Team Tabby said...

We loved reading your stories and are so glad you found such a wonderful forever home!!! Happy Gotcha Day!

Mindy, Moe, Cookie & Mike

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Oh furiends! I am sorry to be late in wishing each of you the happiest of Gotcha Days!! You are all lucky kittehs XOXOXO Happy Cinco de Mayo too! Hope you got a meowgarita or ten!

Meg said...

Thank you so much for your kind words on Fin's passing. :-)

Meg

Karen Jo said...

Thank you so much for coming to my birthday party. It's awesome to have so many friends come by.

Herman

Huffle Mawson said...

Happy everything day to everyone!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Your question made the Human laff and laff. But now you've made me wonder: Maybe her name really *is* Marylicious? ::shudder:: I hope not--I'd have to run away if it is!