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The Jellicles you barely know - Blondie

post #1 of 15
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It was pointed out to me that there are a few of the Jellicle Tribe that just don't get the face time on The Cat Site that some of the others get (i.e. Freeway)

So, I've decided to make a few detailed posts dedicated to the quiet, unobtrusive Jellices that are always in the background, being the "wind beneath the wings" of the tribes more outlandish characters

Blondie Rumpleteaser

To this day, I think that Blondie knew where she was going. Less that day before, we had lost Nauti (short for Nautical, she's was born in a winterized speedboat). Little Nauti had been allergic to everything and had been left behind by her feral mom and two siblings. She is the reason we have glass and stainless steel bowls still today. But one night her allergies reacted to something, and she left us during the night.

A day later, a co-worker friend of mine called and said that he'd found a "yellow cat" that he wanted to get in out of the cold. This was just at the end of November, and quite cold. He had seen her leaving his house that morning, but didn't think much of it. She was across the road from his drive, headed south. And hour later, down the road at his farm, he saw her again at the north line crossing the farm, still heading south. He found her again just before leaving the farm, at the south line. She was cold, skinny, and was trying to gnaw pieces off a frozen feed block made for cattle. She was kind of skittish, but not scared, and he gave her the last half of his tuna salad sandwich and some bottled water, put her in the truck and called me. His county does not have a shelter, and none of the shelters take "out of county" intakes. I wasn't feeling up to another cat so soon after losing Nauti, but I told him that I could take her to our shelter and turn her in as a resident.

As it turns out, the "yellow cat" was barely more than a kitten, perhaps 5-6 months old, and not yellow but a gold/creme color, practically blond. I put her in a pet taxi with a folded towel and we headed for town, about 40 miles away, an 80 mile round trip. Every little while I would put a spoonful of wellness on a paper plate for her so she wouldn't eat too much too fast. Something happened on that long drive, and we never did go to the shelter. Instead, we went to Dr. Cathy's for a checkup, some earmite treatment and some shots. That was 4 years ago as of November 30th. Ricky's farm is straight north of my house, and lil' Blondie had been headed south with determination. Maybe Nauti was giving directions? I'll never know But I think she just may have known where she was going, and managed to catch a ride.

Blondie took several months coming out of her shell, but now is hands down the chatterbox. She is constantly talking, headbutting, washing; she is very, very social with people and other cats. She is one of the first to dash to the bed at bedtime, and will dive under the covers to sleep under my arm.

Day 2. She had been hiding behind the sofa, and here she had come to the edge to look around.




This is about day 4. She had finally come out from behind the sofa, but was still making sure that she knew where all the other cats were (this was before I learned a few things about introductions)



Well, maybe other cats aren't so bad.....



I took two pictures for a reason. I didn't want anyone to think that I'd just caught her in the middle of a meow or a yawn. Blondie gets just plain bombed on catnip. She held this expression for several minutes




Blondie was totally unimpressed with any and all attempts to keep her off the counters. The final solution was, to take everything off the counter tops. Once she decided that counters are boring, she stopped going there


After her adventures as a kitten, Blondie Rumpleteaser has shown very little interests in the outdoors, other than sitting at the window and birdwatching. Even in the outdoor enclosure, she will very rarely step off the shelving that they use to get in and out. The rare times that she does actually step onto the grass, she has this hilarious little "stuff on my feet" dance
post #2 of 15
She owned you right from the start, didn't she?
post #3 of 15
Wonderful story and LOVE the catnip pics!!!

More Jellicle biographies, please?!?! More, more, more MORE!!!!


post #4 of 15
What a beauty!
post #5 of 15
Beautiful girl!!
post #6 of 15
Wow, she is a gorgeous girl! Is it normal for females to be that colour?
post #7 of 15
Now there's a girl who knew what she wanted
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
More Jellicle biographies, please?!?! More, more, more MORE!!!!


I totally agree!

Blondie is an absolute doll and has the sweetest looking face.

Sounds like she was on her way to your house and that you picked her up part way there
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Wonderful story and LOVE the catnip pics!!!

More Jellicle biographies, please?!?! More, more, more MORE!!!!


As much as we all love Freeway I know I'd love to know the rest of the tribe better. I also love your story telling and how your tribe members have come by their names.
post #10 of 15
She's so gorgeous, I love that coloring of cats
I love the catnip photos
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
As much as we all love Freeway I know I'd love to know the rest of the tribe better. I also love your story telling and how your tribe members have come by their names.
more, more
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Wow, she is a gorgeous girl! Is it normal for females to be that colour?
Although she's more buff-orange, no, it's not. Orange/red/buff is predominately male, about 70% (a vet told me, since I also have an orange/red female).

She's a beauty... I love the 'nipped out pics too...

Amanda
post #13 of 15
She is stunning!
post #14 of 15
OMG I am in love with her. WHAT a doll! That 'nip expresssion is out of this world!

And what a creative solution to the counter problem! One that never occurred to us - but I'll have to remember that for others in need.

Laurie
post #15 of 15
she's so beautiful!
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