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14 March 2007 @ 10:16 am
I Got Adopted By A Cat - Meet Murphy  
So where the heck have I been? I have no internet at home, so I wasn't able to post updates (plus I was too busy with Leo's visit anyway, more on that to come), but I first wanted to talk about the first neat thing that happened over the past few days...

My apartment complex has a lot of strays, and I try to pet them whenever they let me, since they're all adorable. The other night I'm walking back from the market when this cute little cat meows at me and comes right up to me and lets me pet her. I pet her for a moment then proceed on my way, then notice that she's staring at me and following me a bit. I felt bad for this kitty (I am such a sucker for animals), so I played with her a bit outside my apartment. Finally, I figured I should at least give her some water (since I had no food to speak of), so I let her in and gave her a bowl of water...she drank for 15 minutes straight, the poor thing. Then, when she was done, she jumped on my lap and promptly got comfortable...and I was thinking to myself "um...can you really stay here?"

I couldn't, in good conscience, let her back out, so I called Kelly and girlfmkitty to get some advice on what I should do. I went back to the market, got a disposable litter box and some dry food, and when I gave the kitten the food, she ate like it was the first meal she'd ever had, so I decided then I was gonna keep her, since my heart went out to her. She was just so sweet and affectionate that I couldn't imagine putting her back out on the street. So when Leo arrived later that night, I asked him if he's allergic to cats, which got me an odd look in response. Thankfully he's also a cat assistant (as Kelly terms it), so he also had advice for me, and helped me get away from my dog-owner mentality a bit (I kept thinking I had to go back and feed her, for example).

Also, Leo said she smelled bad (which I didn't smell, but my sense of smell sucks, so...), so I had to give her a bath. The poor thing hated me for about an hour or so, and looked so sad when she was all damp, but she seemed a lot cleaner. I haven't taken pictures of her since the bath, so she looks much whiter and cleaner now, but I'll add more as I get them.

So the next challenge was coming up with the name. girlfmkitty suggested Mab (after the Faerie queen in the Dresden novels), which I liked, but it didn't fully stick with me. Leo suggested Crystal, which I also liked. Kelly, however, suggested I let the cat pick the name, as the cat would respond to the name it liked as her cat Shadow did (they originally wanted to call him Midnight). So after rattling off some names, none of which stuck. It was only this morning that I called "Murphy," to which she looked up and me and meowed. I said "Murphy," again, and she meowed again, so that was settled.

So now, my friends, I'd like you all to meet my kitty cat, Murphy:

Sorry that last pic is blurry, but I thought it was too cute not to keep. You can see the whole album here.

So there ya go. This was the start to a VERY interesting four days, but now Murphy seems happy and comfortable, and I'm happy I can give her a safe place to sleep for 20 hours a day. ;) Hope y'all are shiny, and if you have any advice for a new cat assistant such as myself, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
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girlfmkitty on March 14th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
She's purty! Very purty!

And I've bought her a collar... ;) I expect pictures of her with the new collar once you put it on her. Since she's a girl, she'll like it. Trust me on this, I know girl cats.
Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, hope you don't mind the name change. I liked Mab, but it didn't really stick with either the cat or myself. And thanks for the collar! :)
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Erikasweet_insurgent on March 14th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
OH, and another thing...
Mab isn't just a fairy queen in Dresden's world... she had always been a Queen of the Fae;

In the Celtic tradition, Queen Mab was also known as Queen Maeve. "Maeve" means mead and it was said that Mab gave this blood red wine to all of her consorts. Mead wine represented menstrual blood which was considered "the wine of women's wisdom". In Warwickshire, the word "Mabled" came to mean "led astray by the faeries or elves". In Cymric (the Welsh language) Mab was defined as meaning "small child". Additionally, Mab meant "Drunk Woman" and "Queen Wolf".

Mythologically, Mab was the Queen of Connact; the warrior queen of the Ulster Cycle. She was the combined mother/warrior aspect of the Triple Goddess. The Pagan festival of Mabon was celebrated in her honor each year at the Autumnal Equinox. During the festival, those wishing to be King were not endorsed unless Mab invited them to drink of her mead wine. This ensured that the male king would be well versed in feminism and women's mysteries.

Queen Mab has enticed many to write about her in fiction. Earl Spencer wrote "The Fairy Queen" in which she appeared. One of the most notable references to Mab is in the speech by Mercutio in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "

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Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: OH, and another thing...
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang, didn't know all that, very cool indeed. :)
Re: OH, and another thing... - girlfmkitty on March 14th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: OH, and another thing... - venedotia on March 14th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Erikasweet_insurgent on March 14th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
OH, and one tiny little fact about naming pets...
they always respond better to names that end in Y.

I have no idea why, but it's the same reason most nicknames end in Y.

Think, girls names of the 80s.... Tiffany, Jenny, Tracy... I guess they sound more pleasant.
Markmarkbt73 on March 14th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Plus you have this to look forward to:

Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAH! That is SOOOOO true. :)
Catcatinthesun on March 14th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, Murphy is so cute! :)
Happy Shiny Good Time Guy: shinybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Indeed she is, she's just pure adorableness. :)
\\// 3 ||\|| 3 || )) (( )) ¯||¯ || //-\\: taravenedotia on March 14th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Ohmygosh kitty squee! I just want to cuddle her!
Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, she's VERY cuddleable. ;) When I lie down on my bed at night, she'll come right up on my chest and lay down, her head on my neck, and just fall asleep there after she's done sniffing me and marking me as hers. ;) It's soooooo adorable. :)
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Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Aawww, thanks buddy. She's totally affectionate, and loves to be petted. :) I think I really lucked out. :)
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Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's been mentioned to me repeatedly. I'm gonna take her to the vet as soon as I get paid. :)
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The Good Faery: actioncatalstaria on March 14th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Awww..congrats on being chosen as a kitty daddy! She's adorable and quite friendly from the looks of the rest of the album.
Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 14th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh she's VERY friendly, and just loves people. While Leo was here she'd move between sleeping on my bed with me and sleeping on the air mattress with him. She's very sweet. :)
Carmennfairiehawke on March 15th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
dude! i need to get pictures of my cats on there.. my cat callie (callice monroe) looks JUST like here and she's adorable
Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 15th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Dude, you do need to get some kitty pictures up. I wanna see! :)
pangea_maru on March 15th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
OMG, she's *adorable*!!! (She also looks a lot like my calico kitty Europa - so YAY for calico kitties!)
Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 15th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's a total sweetie. :)
Lady Jademarabelljade on March 15th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
What an adorable cat. I totally understand about letting the cat name its self. My cat named herself.
Happy Shiny Good Time Guybrianrubin on March 15th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she is adorable, and naming herself was all Kelly's idea, but it's a great one. :)
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Hey, here's some info:

There are places where you can get a cat spayed or neutered for free. Here's the rub: You tell them it's a stray that you picked up. But there's another issue. When you tell them it's a stray, there's a different kind of spay/neuter that's done on a female. The stitches are on the inside, and they STAY IN. Apparently, a vet can "feel" for this, and know whether the operation has been performed by touch. This, I assumed (after we had it done to one of ours), was so that a stray wouldn't be picked up multiple times and opened up for an operation that was a moot point. Now, this may not matter to you, but it really bothered Barry. If you admit to it being your cat, they'll do a regular spay/neuter, then you have to pay for it, but it should be the "regular" kind where the stitches are on the outside, and they go away.

Coming from being an outside cat, if you intend to keep her inside, realize that she will be a "flea bus" as I call it. She goes outside, fleas hop on, comes inside, fleas hop off. She goes outside to get more fleas, etc.

I'll finish this later. The autistic boy I work with just smack a metal can on my head while I was writing this. I gotta put ice on it, and in a matter of a couple minutes, I have an enormous knot on my head.
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Re: Murphy
Several hours and lots of ice later...

Okay, where were we...yeah, right, the Flea Bus.

Now your New Cat may not like being homebound, if she's used to being outside. On the other hand, you may not be comfortable with not knowing where she is all day, and thus keep her inside. If you do decide to keep her inside, you'll need to do this:

Fleas lay eggs. You've had her for several days, if not a couple of weeks now. Go look up the gestation period for fleas, and give her another bath. Now, the soap is not nearly as necessary as the water. The fleas need to be drowned. In the most humane way possible, you have to soak her to her neck for SEVERAL minutes. What fleas survive, much like the latest episode of South Park, will rise to the top--her head. Best method, pick them off, one at a time, and pinch between your fingerNAIL. Fingers are too gushy, and fleas are too malleable. You've got to pinch those babies in half. Let it take time.

Then, after you know the gestation period, give her another bath at that apex. Repeat procedure. A third bath wouldn't hurt.

Now, this should have been done the day she entered your home, because now there are fleas that have hopped off of her, for the sake of the bath, and will hop back on her, now that she's clean. That, and the eggs, is what the repeated baths are for. There may be eggs in your carpet now, but honestly, we can only do what we can do, and we live on a dirty planet.

If you haven't already, buy yourself the cat nail clipper and a water squirt bottle. And if you have other Cat Assistants in your life, then they can show you how much of the nail to clip. The water bottle is to save your furniture, because declawing is a horrible, horrible thing.

It took our cats awhile before they hocked up their first furballs. We were bemused. "What's that?" "I don't know, but don't touch it!" "Where'd it come from?" "I think it came from HER!" Gasp! Horror!

Often, much food and gooeyness will come up with it. Get some spot carpet cleaner.

Many cat foods contain ash. Kidney problems are the main source of death. Some of that is a reaction to the ash-crap in their food. Cats live a good deal longer than dogs, most of the time. You've probably entered into a 15+ year commitment.

And here's a poem by T.S. Eliot called "The Naming of Cats". It was quoted in the original Logan's Run film. I've used it myself.