Big Orange was the second cat my wife Sarah and I adopted. She came from a nearby animal shelter. When we were at the shelter, the worker told us our kitty was "shy but veryyyyyy affectionate."
The first few days we had her, she circled the house, constantly meowing and looking for an escape! It was a stressful time for us all, to say the least. Soon, she settled down and began playing with her new brother Moxie (our first kitty).
Now, I can sit down to watch a movie or play games without Big Orange (or Orangey Porangy puddin pie as she is sometimes known) hopping up on my lap and making herself a nice little bed for the next couple hours :-)
Cattywompus was found one hot summer morning. When i was about 15, one of my first jobs was, with the help of some of my family, doing some cleaning/restoration work on an old house, and repainting a longgggg wooden fence. On the way to work one day, right outside the house, we spotted this little gray and white fluffy kitten. She ran right up to us and wanted lots of love and wouldn't stop purring.
Cattywompus, also known as Wompy, also known as Womp Womp, also known as... you get the idea, is one of the older kitties living at my parents house. She is a very nice and sweet kitty, and still loves getting her chin rubbed whenever anyone walks by.
Gabby was found by my mom in a cul de sac right beside my parent's house. She, along with her brothers Fuzzyhead and Sneaky Pete (or Brownie Feet), were abandoned in a cardboard box. Gabby is the little of the three and extremely affectionate.
True to her name, Gabby likes to meow loudly and often. The only thing that matches her loud meow is her loud purr when you give some good head scratches. I've always liked that Gabby is a kitty with a little longer mouth that turns up at the end, so whenever you are patting her, she looks like she has a little smile!
Moxie, also called Moxie-Moo, Moxie Moo Cow, or mostly, Moo Moo, was the first kitty my wife Sarah and I ever got together. He was found inside the hood of a car at our church. Sarah and I had been talking about getting a kitty for a while, and when our pastor put on her Facebook page that they were looking for a home for him, we quickly said we would take him (which at the time, we thought was a her).
He was only a single kitten in our house for a few weeks before we adopted Big Orange from the animal shelter. Though there was some hissing early on, they became best buddies. We call them the OG kittens. MooMoo is the more serious of our kitties, and he has also plumped up a little bit :)
Fuzzyhead was one of three kittens found in a box in a cul-de-sac near my parents house. Gabby, his sister, made an appearance in another video playing on a woodpile.
Fuzzyhead and his siblings were found right around when I had surgery the summer after my junior year in college. They like to "help" me in my recovery, mainly by playing across the bed and attacking my feet in the middle of the night. Though it was irritating at the time and probably deprived me of much needed rest, they also brought so much happiness to me while they frolicked around. I always thought of Fuzzyhead as being "mine" of the three, and I'm to blame for his name :-D
Why is he named Fuzzyhead? Because his head is fuzzy, duh.
Mr. Stray is one of the most recent kitties to wonder over to my parent's house. He lived outdoors for the longest time and is still fairly skittish. He came close to winter time, so my mom made him some comfy and warm places outside for him to sleep. Slowly, and when it got a little colder, he began coming in the pet door and staying inside by the woodstove, where he was nice and toasty.
My parents managed to trap him, take him to the vet, and get him neutered. He also had to have a small surgery for cancer in his right ear, which is why most of it missing. While most wouldn't look at him and immediately think "cutie," he is a sweet kitty that loves getting loved on. Not to mention, he is a total buddy with some of the other cats, like his good pal BellyRubs, as you can see in the picture!
Smudgie is a long time member of the kitty household at my parent's house. She is a little Torti kitty that we got from a neighbor. Though she is several years old, she remains small and almost looks like a permanent kitten! She is feisty for her size, never backing down from other, bigger kitties, and she is also spoiled rotten! When I lived back home, we were big buddies and for a while, she would wait every night for me to come up to bed. One of the best parts when I would come back from college was seeing my old pal Smudgie! Not to worry, I see her often still, and she is still definitely spoiled rotten and gets plenty of love from my Mom and Dad!
Rustt was one of four kitties that my mom found by a box in a cul-de-sac behind my parent's house (his sister Waddles still lives at my parent's too). He has always been a warm, affectionate kitty. Rustt trademark is he loves to give head bumps (hence why he is featured in the "How Kitties Say I love You" Video). If you happen to be sitting at eye level with him, he will run over and bonk his head against yours, sometimes with a lot of force!
Luna is the third kitty, after Moxie and Big Orange, that Sarah and I own. A family friend found her as a very tiny kitten at the edge of a road. She was so little that we had to bottle feed her and also help her go to the bathroom, which is something momma kitties do that we had no idea about! Between Sarah, my mom, and me, we raised her up to be a healthy, active kitty! A little too active. While Big Orange and Moxie were more 'behaved' kitties, Luna was the stereotypical wild kitty who was climbing curtains and hopping on everything she could find!
A few months ago, we had a terrible scare. She contracted a bad infection and was on death's door. We were shuttling her back and forth from the emergency vet at night and the regular vet during the day. The vets didn't know what was wrong with her, but they had her on some heavy IV antibiotics and there was all this talk about specialists, and lung tubes, and all sorts of things, which we didn't think we could put Luna (or ourselves) through. On the last day we had hope for her, she had a dramatic change! The fluid on her lungs wasn't increasing and her fever came down! You can see in the picture/video the white patch where she was shaved down from the fluid removal.
She really is a miracle kitty! She is 100% recovered, and back to being her wild, active, floofy, wonderful self :-)
I met Melissa, who has the channel Butterfly Planner on YouTube, at Vidcon 2015. She is super awesome and my wife and I were happy to meet up with her again this year in 2016! Of course, part of our bond is our love of kitties! Tigger is a super cute kitty who loves a good pat! Be sure to check out Melissa's channel at youtube.com/historybeauty as well as her etsy shop at butterflyplanner.etsy.com
My wife Sarah found Copper in the woods right beside her parent's house. He was a tiny kitten, very scared, and starving. They baited him out of the woods with some fresh crab meat and managed to get him inside. After a few days of lots of food and lots of pats, he started to warm up to to the family and now he's a tubsy love bug who is always up for a belly rub and something to eat!
Pancake was 1 of 5 baby kittens found near my parent's house. After they were cared for and fattened up some, Pancake, along with her sister Minnie, were adopted by my wife's parents (and were later joined by Copper, who is featured in another video).
Pancake has very pretty markings, and her momma always says she has her eyeliner on. She is quite the huntress and will come inside run ragged after a hot summer day. Pancake is also good buddies with my in-laws black lab, Daisy and will come over to rub on her legs and get a lick on her own head :-) She and her sister continue to get spoiled every day!
Bellyrubs (whose official name is Bruiser) is another stray that came out of the woods at my parents house. Being fully grown before my mom got him neutered, he has some extra thickness and has an broad, built head.
He was shy coming from the woods, but after a good amount of food and time, and my Mom working on getting closer and closer, he eventually got pet. After that, he was hooked! He loves normal pats and head scratches, but by far his favorite is bellyrubs, which is how it became his namesake. A little after he became a family kitty, my mom found some kittens in a cul-de-sac near their house. They saw Bellyrubs as a big mama cat, and he took on that role, both cuddling and helping to wash them :)
My sister is fostering these 6 baby kittens and their cute mama. She invited me down to show them being cute and playing! They are still young and a little wobbly on their feet, which makes them all the cuter. They can climb a little and it's fun to see them try to sneak up on each other! :-)