Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Orange Kitty

Five years ago my son created an orange cat at Build-A-Bear that he named, "Orange Kitty."

Filling orange kitty with stuffing.

He has wanted a real orange kitty ever since, of course. At the time, we lived in an apartment and couldn't have a real pet. Since then, we have moved into a real house and he has collected a baby sister. Despite my pointing out that a baby sister was way better than an orange kitty, and despite the fact that I did get him two pet frogs, my little man still dreamed of having his very own orange kitty.

My friend Julie rescues feral kittens and domesticates them. I thought perhaps if an orange kitty came along that we might adopt one of hers. Which we did. The first time I saw a picture of the orange kitty Julie had rescued, I knew he was the cat for us.

Not too bright, but just right for us.

Sadly, when we adopted orange kitty who my son named Obi-Wan Kenobi, the kitty hid in our basement for about three weeks. I was stressed that we were going to wind up with a cat who hated us. I was sad to think we wouldn't have a kitty to cuddle and shower with affection.

I read everything you could read about domesticating a feral cat. I was almost ready to give up on this cat ever loving any of us when I read that some cats take three months, six months or even years before they decide to accept their humans. But then one day they will show up on your lap and you have a furry friend for life.

When I read that, I knew I would wait for Obi-Wan Kenobi to come to us on his own terms. Well, sort of. Then I spoke to my sister who is the cat whisperer and she said, "You just need to grab him and love him." So I did.

Obi hugging me.

Soon, Obi was not only loving me, but loving everyone in the house. He let Grace love him. Sort of.


Sweet little nonconsensual hugs.

He loved Max whenever the opportunity presented itself.


Opportunistic snuggler.

And he even loves my husband despite the fact that he was not a cat person prior to this. 

It pets the kitty or else it gets the hose again.

Obi has taken on many of our interests now that he's a part of the family. He enjoys gaming with Max.


Obi is rooting for the Detroit Lions in Madden Football.

He enjoys playing with Grace's accessories.

Cat burglar.

And he enjoys keeping an eye on our street.


Obi on neighborhood watch.

Although I do have to admit, some of his hobbies and interests are a mystery to us. The chasing after invisible things for no damn reason and racing around the house confuses us. As does the meowing in the middle of the night. And the begging for food. Cats are strange. We like them that way, of course, as they are endlessly entertaining. But sometimes, when I feel a little paw patting my face at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning because someone thinks it's time for breakfast, sometimes I think he could be a little less interesting.


This is not normal.

Grace certainly seems to agree.


"Look, cat. Only one of us can be the center of attention in this house and it's me."


But it's safe to say that Obi-Wan Kenobi has made cat people of us all. And we've made a people kitty of him.

31 comments:

  1. As you know, I'm not a real cat person despite rescuing one myself. However, it's hard not to be charmed. And for the record, your kids are freaking gorgeous. And I will also never understand cats.

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    1. I love your relationship with your cat.

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  2. You know I love a good cat post. That photo of Obi and Grace at the end KILLS me.

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    1. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

      I just realized we were talking about cat sweaters on your blog before I posted this. So I think you are now responsible for inspiring two posts. You are my muse, apparently.

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  3. I noticed 3 things:

    1. Your kitty is amazing and adorable.

    2. Grace seems to have been replaced by a little girl who's pig-tails actually braid instead of that babyish tuft out the side.

    3. I agree with your caption that it's not normal. No adult male should wear a hat as horrendous and orange as that.

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    1. Haaaaaaa! DJ Lance Rocks is rocking that orange bearskin hat!

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  4. Cute cute! Our cat loved my daughter's Polly Pocket stuff, it was the perfect size, and rubbery. :)

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    1. Ha. Obi plays with Grace's toys. He likes the little stuff. She even has a tiny mouse family...I mean, what were we thinking?

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  5. AUGH. Cats. Just... cats. Don't get me started, because we only have dogs right now and God knows my son wants a cat, too. Mmph. I will not immediately click over to our local Rescue A Cat website and peruse kitties after closing this window.

    DAMN YOU. I WILL NOT.

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    1. Don't do it. You won't be able to resist.

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  6. What a great story! Here's to dreams coming true... and the awesome power of the kitty!

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    1. Here's to orange kitties for everyone!

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  7. This is awesome. I love all the pictures. I knew you'd gotten the cat out of the basement, but I didn't know how. "You just need to grab him and love him" probably applies to a lot of human situations too (except where state law prohibits such behavior under stalker laws, of course).

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    1. My sister is wise when it comes to animals and children.

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  8. He looks alltogether purrfect to me, but then, I've always been a sucker for orange cats.

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  9. We got cable. Mostly because I hoped animal planet would saitiate my daughter's never ending requests for animals. It did not, she only wants them more now. My husband is allergic to cats and small dogs get eaten by mountain lions. I don't know what we're going to do.
    I love how well Obi fits in, so glad you found him.

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    1. Maybe try fish or frogs or hamsters?

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  11. I was chewing my nails reading the beginning of your story, fearing your adopted kitty wasn't going to successfully transition to a home.

    As a certified cat-lover, I am happy that he did. Ever notice how it is impossible to feel stress while caressing a cat who has taken up residence in your lap?

    Cats are wonder. I especially enjoy the fact they are distinctly un-servile.

    (Kudos to your sister the Cat Whisperer.)

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    1. Aw. You should have known it was going to have a happy ending. ;-)

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  12. cats can be very entertaining. grace wins for cuteness

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  13. Any time a pet lands in a good forever home- it is a Win for everyone. Your family may have gotten an Obi, but Obi got a family.

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    1. It is good karma all around, that's for sure.

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  14. Nice. You guys are my kind of people. Obi is very cute. Please tell me you've watched the cats vs. dogs video on YouTube...

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    1. I don't think so...I'll go check it out.

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  15. girl, i am SO GLAD your feral kitty worked out.

    i had a HORRENDOUS experience with a feral cat. absolutely horrendous, but i will spare you a sixteen paragraph explanation here!

    i have also heard that orange cats have "stronger personalities" than other cats, but that sounds like an unfair stereotype. BUT, seeing as i have had four orange kitties in my lifetime, i'd have to say they were all VERY unique kitties. then again, all kitties are unique. i love them! :)

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  16. I laughed. Your family is gorgeous. I am so happy. This post was perfect.

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