Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Miss Kitty

This is our kitty. Her name is "Kitty." She was actually a birthday gift to our youngest son, and he had all kinds of creative ideas for her name, like Checkers or Chess or Sylvester. But, as he earnestly explained in his little 7-year-old way, none of them worked right when he tried to call her. After much practice to make sure, "Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty" was obviously superior, so that's what he named her. Of course, she's always made me think of Miss Kitty on Gun Smoke!

Kitty is beautiful, aloof, dignified, and quirky. She is loving, but hates to be petted with anyone's hand, or picked up. She doesn't scratch or fuss, she just sort of shrinks and freezes. However, she has a major thing about feet! She loves to be petted with feet. She greets people by coming close and flopping over on their shoes. She used to wake our son up by nibbling on his toes.

Kitty has never been much of a hunter, although several of her children were. But she's too obvious and impatient. One day a whole lot of birds were having a wild party in the Brazilian Pepper trees, eating the berries and getting quite tipsy and careless. Kitty got very excited and rushed over, jumping up, trying to knock them out of the tree! We knew they had nothing to fear from her. Besides, she's the pickiest eater imaginable, so I don't suppose she'd of known what to do with them if she had caught one.

Kitty has her uses for all of us. She likes to share tuna for lunch with me, or sleep spread across my feet in the evenings. She and my hubby have a funny relationship. He's sort of the disciplinarian, but whenever he tells her to do or not do something, she sasses him something awful! He acts indifferent to her, but I caught him warming her milk up every morning in the microwave, which gave him away as the softie he is. But she loves our son devotedly. She follows him around like a puppy. Or she did, before he got all grown up and moved out. For awhile she would look everywhere for him, calling; she'd come beseech me earnestly, then ask to be let out, and prowl around outside looking some more.

Kitty is old now, and she's beginning to look like the skin horse in The Velveteen Rabbit, with all her fur loved off. She spends a lot of time sleeping, and I imagine, dreaming of her boy when he was little, in the good old days.

11 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh, that brought tears to my eyes at the end. Pets are such a gift to us, and they can be so devoted.

BTW, the detail of your husband heating the milk just absolutely delighted me.

daffy said...

Oh Miss Kitty! So pleased to 'meet' you. :o)
She is pretty!

nikkipolani said...

What a lovely story of Kitty. Miss Kitty definitely has a clear idea of what she likes! I love her sweet face.

Your husband babying the cat is much like my dad crooning to a puppy he told me (adamantly) that he didn't want.

LOUISE said...

I so love your cat, I could cry. She reminds me of a cat from the neighbourhood who once spent a lot of time with me and then suddenly just disappeared. I loved that cat to bits and I do miss Socks, as I christened it! I would love a cat of my own one day, maybe when I am retired and have more time to play! x

Merle said...

Hi Rosezilla ~~ Nice to meet you and glad you enjoyed the jokes. Thanks for saying I'm like a favorite aunt.
I take that as a compliment.The one
joke about the guy staying with the priest reminds me of a cousin of mine who was in a Scooter for ppl who can't walk. He was riding it down the street, but got stuck on railway lines. An old lady came and stood beside him, put her hand on his shoulder and said. "I'll stay with you son." We always laughed so much, we never heard how Jim got out, I guess someone helped
Take care, Love, Merle.

Tracie said...

Oh Tracie,
This post has touched my heart. How sweet Kitty is inside and out - that picture is precious.
~Tracie

thedailydish said...

What a lovely, sweet story.. Best wishes to you & Miss Kitty.

Naturegirl said...

I love your kitty and all that she means to you! Purzzzzzzzzzz NG and her two kitties.,

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

She's so cute and sweet....

jenniferw said...

Awwww, what a darling post that I'm so glad I found, albeit a little late! I'm a dog person but I love all animals and Kitty is a beautiful cat. So cute what your son said about no other name working when he called her! I want all my fur loved off ...

Sara said...

Thank you for visiting Much Ado About Something and leaving a message...I appreciate that.

I was looking at your recent posts and so discovered Miss Kitty! We also have a Miss Kitty here...in fact, she even has her own blog, which you can find on my sidebar, called Miss Kitty, Norwegian Forest Cat.

Your Miss Kitty is obviously well loved and has a mind of her own...well, I guess all cats know what they want and are sure to tell us humans so.

I also wanted to say that the Philippians quote in your header is one of my favorites.

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