Thursday, January 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

I figured that it was about time for an update on the cat that I picked up in our yard about 5 months ago. You remember - the starving, parasite-ridden kitten.

Yes, we still have him - and he is a hugger. Here you can see me and the cat necking. He likes to wrap his paws around my neck and tuck his head under my chin or in my hair. I have to be careful though, he also likes to nip.

He will snuggle for hours and isn't too fussy as to who he is snuggling. Mo snuggled with him for 1-1/2hours when she met him for the first time.

We named him Zuchi after I jokingly said we should just name him Zucchini. I call him Monchhichi, for obvious reason.

In this picture you can see some of his beautiful markings, although the picture really doesn't do him justice. I had a lot of trouble getting a picture of him as whenever he sees me, he runs to me to be picked up.

He has thick tiger stripes on his legs, shoulders and hips; and has spots on his sides. You can even see his thick mane in this picture. The bottom of his feet have thick tufts of hair as well.

He's a pretty good cat. He gets along well with our dogs, in fact, he LOVES our bigger dog and is always trying to cuddle with him.

We weren't in the market for another cat, but how could we resist?


Heather said...

I could never resist a kitty in need - which is how at one time I had 10 of them in my house!! My friend has a cat who nips...I've left her house bleeding from his "love bites" more times than I can count!! Monchhichi is absolutely adorable!!!

Leon J. de la Garza said...

i have always wondered... what do you need to do to keep cats and dogs together without them killing each other...

i've never tried it, so i don't know...
it's just something that intrigues me

Sylvana said...

Heather, if I wasn't careful I would he would draw blood too!

Leon, dogs and cats aren't naturally inclined to hate each other. It's really about the personality of the animals, their experiences and the guidance of the owners.

When I introduce a new animal to the group, I make sure that the ones I had previously know that this new one is a friend of mine, and therefore should be a friend of theirs, or at the very least, should not be harassed. I also make sure that I am fair with attention to avoid jealously issues. A slow introduction is a must for any new animal. I let them have short, always supervised, periods of time together at first. Then I make the time longer and longer.

Neither of my dogs were really agressive by nature and they both know that I am alpha. The cat is very mild-mannered himself and loves affection. Once he figured out that the dogs weren't going to hurt him, he buddied right up to them. It took less than a week.

Evil Spock said...

There was a loose domesticated bunny in our neighborhood, and I tried to catch it to take to the animal shelter. No dice.

My first cat was a stray too!

Lyvvie said...

Awww. Awww. AWWWWwwwwww!! I always say when an animal shows up on your doorstep asking for help, you can never turn them away. I keep waiting for one to show up on our doorstep. I want a cuddling puddytat.

When I was in high school, we had a stray move in with us, and she used to sit behind me and love-rub my hair and head and then nip. She would get herself into such a loved up frenzy the teeth came out. Her favourite nip spot was my chin. I miss her. She lived to be 19. I think her ghost still visits me when ever I take a nap.

Sylvana said...

Evil Spock, we have had trouble getting our shelter to take in animals too. But I guess without proper funding, what can they do? Our shelter has been opened and shut down three times in the last two years due to funding and local policies (which also affected funding).

Lyvvie, I like having animals find me. And I have enough finding me that I really don't need to go looking for any!
Zuchi's favorite place to nip me is the chin. He's learned that I don't like it, but he still has a strong desire to do it. So when he gets worked up, I can see him fighting himself not to. He has contented himself with baring his teeth and pressing them against my chin.