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:
This really cute, very male stray tomcat showed up in the neighborhood a couple of weeks after the Big Freeze of 2021. We took him to the vet, had him fixed, dewormed, vaccinated, microchipped and named him Butternut, so now he's ours. He's really sweet and has integrated very well with the other cats.
Boo originally belonged to Krista's mom, but we ended up with her when Krista's mom went into a nursing home. Boo's a little schitzy, but likes treats.
We also inherited Trippe when Krista's mom went into the nursing home. His original name was "Little Man," but I thought that was a silly name for a cat. Trippe is rather large and likes to be underfoot, hence his new name. He also likes to try dominating the other cats in the house, with varying degrees of success.
Neko's another one of Krista's rescues. She had been abandoned as a kitten when Krista found her. She also had an injury that needed tending, so Krista took her in and fostered her at her mother's apartment during the healing process. When her mother moved to a home that didn't allow pets, Neko moved in with us. She's a bit of a diva.
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.
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 had made himself at home. He saw a lot of cats come and go, but the ravages of time finally caught up and we had to say goodbye to him on June 4, 2018.
Dread Pirate Roberts
Dread Pirate Roberts was the name Krista gave to this black and white stray cat that started hanging around the house during the brutal summer of 2011. She noticed he wasn't neutered, so she befriended him and took him to the vet to have his little nuggets removed. He turned out to have some heart problems so we tried to keep him medicated and calm. His heart finally gave out on March 26, 2016.
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 tried to convert him into an indoor only cat. But he broke us and we finally started letting him back out a few years later where he was much happier. We lost him to cancer on May 11, 2015.
Yum-Yum was the last of the three refugees that we inherited when Krista's mom had to give them up. She lost her battle with cancer on May 9, 2015.
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, 2010.
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. She wasn't terribly affectionate, but she loved to play.
Fozzie was a faithful companion for over seventeen years. I remember her with much fondness.
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