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post #1 of 19
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Probably the best time for an introduction here would have been *before* I started posting on other parts of the board, but better late than never, eh?

To begin with, it wasn't my intention to become my neighborhood's crazy cat lady... it just happened, heh. When I was younger and lived with my parents I'd always only had one cat at a time. Then, when I lived on my own and realized that what I really missed was living with a cat, I adopted Momo from the Humane Society:

Momo was so undernourished that if you looked down on her from above you could see her ribcage and then once her ribs stopped she was literally only a couple of inches wide until you got to her back legs. Also, she was pregnant. Obviously she was in no state to have kittens, so the kittens were aborted and Momo was brought up to full healthiness.

After a while I decided to volunteer for the Humane Society, and I have come to find out that this is a bad idea if you have weak kitty willpower. First I tried fostering kittens, which means that you take in kittens that are too young for adoption and get them ready. Well, out of the first three that I got, one died from a heart defect (I made my best attempt with over a thousand dollars of vet care and around-the-clock attention, but he was just too tiny) and at that point Momo adamantly refused to be parted from the other two (okay, maybe I was a bit attached as well). This is where Suki and Shin-Shin came from:

(Shin-Shin loves my chinchillas and frequently sneaks into their cage during cleanings to hide... once she got in without my realizing it and pretended to be a chinchilla for a whole day. This is her "Mom, go away... chinchillas are *nocturnal*!" face, hehe.)

Realizing that I couldn't foster kittens without developing a herd of cats, I switched to volunteer photography for the Humane Society, and that's where I found Ichimu:

You would think that four would be plenty of cats, and so did I, so I stopped volunteering altogether. Now I just send cash. From far, far away. This did not stop my cat addiction, however, as my neighbors gifted me with a mother and son pair that didn't get along with their new dog (I know, I know). I don't just go around taking in random cats, but Scooper and Ed knew me very well and actually spent more time at my house than their own:

And there we were, a happy family of six cats. Until some *%$#!@* dumped a thoroughly beat-up cat outside my house about two and a half years ago. After an aggressive campaign to find him a new home it seemed that nobody could take him, so I just kept him. Apple's tale is posted here already (I was looking for advice on making him feel more comfortable) so I won't repeat it:

Also, for a brief period (about five months) last winter, I had eight cats. I had found Esme in a parking lot and thought that she was a kitten... she weighed only three pounds! I took her to the vet (she didn't look all right) and it turned out that she was a minimum of sixteen (their best estimate) and was starving because she'd lost all of her teeth (due to old age). I didn't even try to find her another home because I figured that at her age and with her history I wouldn't have eight cats for very long, and sadly I was right. At least a good few months in a warm, loving home is better than ending your life starving in a parking lot, right?

So that's it for the cats... for now. *sheepish grin*

Me? Bah, humans are boring. =P
post #2 of 19
Welcome to TCS!!
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to link photos of my cats... but apparently the linked photos aren't working for me? Bleargh. =P

Hrm... either my site has disabled remote linking even from the shared folder, or it was somehow blocked, but regardless I used Photobucket instead and it seems to be working now?
post #4 of 19
Awwww, you are so sweet to have helped so many cats

Welcome to TCS! You will fit right in I'm sure
post #5 of 19
Welcome to TCS! With that great willpower, you'll do fine here -- you won't even need to log out.

Your babies are all sweet. We'll look forward to lots more pictures of them. We're greedy that way. Hope you enjoy your time here, and even though humans aren't as interesting as kitties, we'd still love it if you told us a little about you.
post #6 of 19
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us! What a gorgeous family you have!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
post #7 of 19
Welcome to The Cat Site!
post #8 of 19
Hi, welcome to TCS!
So glad you've joined us!
We are a wonderful community of cat lovers.
I can see by your beautiful photographs that you will fit right in.
I truly hope you enjoy your time here with us!

As you learn your way around our site,
if you have questions, I would be happy to help you.
Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name,
then send me a Private Message.
I will get back to you asap.

post #9 of 19
One of my favorite books as a kid was called "The Family That Grew and Grew" - but it had nothing on yours Welcome, and THANK YOU for helping out so many little cat-persons in need!
post #10 of 19
Hello, my name is John, welcome to the site
post #11 of 19
Welcome from a kindred Cat Crazed Oregonian!!!
post #12 of 19
Welcome to TCS!! What a beautiful family
post #13 of 19
Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

All your kitties are adorable! Thanks for sharing their photos
Hope to hear more cute stories about all your fuzzies!

Best Wishes to all of you! Enjoy the forums!
post #14 of 19
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your kitty family to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

I have a kitty family that just seemed to go on expanding too
post #15 of 19
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by rapunzel47 View Post
Hope you enjoy your time here, and even though humans aren't as interesting as kitties, we'd still love it if you told us a little about you.
Hrm... I suppose a little won't hurt, heh. I'm thirty-two and live in Portland, Oregon, with no current plans to ever live elsewhere unless they lighten the quarantine restrictions for pets going into mainland China (the only other place I've considered living). I "work" as an... erm... exotic dancer because I don't mind the job and it gives me the most possible time at home with my pets (there aren't many other jobs that I've had where I could survive off of three six-hour shifts a week): seven cats, "many" chinchillas (three breeding pairs, three retired to "pampered pet" status, and some as-yet unadopted offspring), four giant goldfish, three finches, two sugar gliders, a short-tailed opossum, and a fennec fox. I don't know why all of my pets get along as well as they do... I tell all of my friends that I must be like Snow White and they're all going to start singing and sewing me a dress. No, wait... that last bit was Cinderella, heh. I think really it's just the right combination of pets that they all consider themselves to be pack members or something.

Oh, also I have systemic lupus, which is bad for me but good for the pets... lots of napping/bonding time. They know when I'm sick, too... even the chinchillas quiet down if I wander out of bed and ask them to "hush", hehe.

P.S. Don't get a fennec fox - they are loud, stinky, biting machines. Think "Fizzgig" from "the Dark Crystal".

Fennec Fox:

post #17 of 19

Ur house sounds fun! The pictures of your kitties and fox are just adorable! Ur so wonderful for giving them a home.

Thank u for telling us about yourself.... and the tip on the fox.

See u on the site!!
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