The Cats of Ninfinger Productions
OK... what can I say? It's an Internet Law that every person with a web page has to post pictures of their pets and/or kids. Well, we don't have any kids (and never will if I have anything to say about it), but we love cats... Here are the current (and some past) members of the infestation:
Dread Pirate Roberts
Dread Pirate Roberts was the name Krista gave to this black and white stray cat that started hanging around the house. Then she noticed he wasn't neutered, so she befriended him and took him to the vet to have his little nuggets removed. So now we have Yet Another Cat. He's slowly integrating into the group. And he almost certainly prefers the cooler indoor air to the brutal summer we've been having.
Frisco and Frankie
Frisco and Frankie came into our lives as foster kittens with ringworm. So we kept them isolated from the other cats and treated them with oral medication and a godawful sulphur dip. After curing their condition, we found out that before we took them to an adoption event we would have to dip them one more time. I said "enough of that! We're keeping them." So we got out of the fostering gig and officially adopted the guys. They love to play with each other, which is a good thing, since the other cats aren't terribly thrilled to have them around now.
Biggo showed up on our windowsill in mid November 2006 and pretty much forced his way into our lives. He was a friendly cat, but fiercely independent and incredibly strong-willed. We think he was left behind when a neighbor moved: no one responded to our posted notices about him. So we brought him in and he's been trying to get back outside ever since.
Yum-Yum may not be a purebred Siamese (or maybe Burmese, I keep getting them mixed up), but she sure looks and acts like one. Fortunately, she doesn't have the typical Siamese yowl. She's the remaining one of the three refugees that we inherited when Krista's mom had to give them up.
Oscar was a one year old Rescued Kitty from the Oak Hill Animal Rescue people (or something like that... forgive me if I've screwed up the name). He was pretty skittish at first, but after a couple of weeks he has made himself at home terrorizing the other cats. He's since become the terrorized one now that Biggo and Lola have moved in.
Lola was a special case. Krista had her rescued from a friend's house in a neighboring town. She had a horrific looking wound on the side of her head that turned out to be self-inflicted. She was also quite feral. But Krista brought her in, tended to her wounds and pretty much tamed her. She used to be pretty shy, but ended up demanding to be petted and frequently jumped in our laps when we were trying to work on the computer. She was diagnosed with chronic renal failure early in 2010 and lost her on November 2.
NuGirl was a retired (born in spring 1994) Russian Blue brood cat. She had a number health issues in her later years, but always purred loudly when you looked at her. She was definitely a 'people' cat, but she joined her BFF Pushkin in the garden on September 11, 2009.
Joanie was one of the refugees from Krista's mom. She could glower at you like she really meant it, but she was really a sweetie. She was about fifteen years old when she left us on January 25, 2007.
Pushkin was seven years old when I got him. He was a retired show/stud cat and was one of the sweetest cats I've ever known. He developed a number of health problems in the last few years, including hyperthyroidism, congestive heart failure and lymphoma. But he was always ready to have his head scratched. We buried him next to Nick on June 15, 2006.
Nick was eighteen when he joined us as one of the refugees, but he kept us entertained. He could carry on a conversation (albeit monosyllabic) and was the assumed head of the house, but time finally caught up with him. We buried him on April 26, 2005.
Cassandra lost her battle against stomach cancer on March 19, 2001. I miss her every day.
Fozzie was a faithful companion for over seventeen years. I remember her with much fondness.
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