Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Introducing the internet to my cats

Some things never change, like my penchant of being slightly obsessed with cats.

Ever since I was born, there had always been cats around. Be it random stray ones that hung out around our house daily or the ones we actually 'took in', my family has always had a cat as a pet. The only exception was when my sister was born (for health and safety reasons). We waited till she was old enough to adopt a cat again.  

Or like... two.

Blog readers, friends and whatever family members still decide to stalk me on here, it is my pleasure to introduce you to:

Mikuchi and Princy.

These two are super special because they're our very own 'fill-out-adoption-papers-and-save-them-from-being-euthanized' sorts. They aren't just stray cats that forced themselves on us like the others (LOL).

First, we got Mikuchi.

Her name was actually Ella, and she was around two years old when we adopted her. She was apparently found outside a housing complex in another city, abandoned. Being a full-fledged adult cat, she already had a personality that was pretty set in (according to the people who worked at the pet store, she was really 'reserved').

This is her adoption profile (which for some reason is still up on the pet store's website, LOL). Her profile was one of the first ones I clicked on, and I instantly fell in love. After much convincing - which may or may not have involved tears - my family agreed to visit her. She was reluctant to be picked up and held, which seemed like the end of the world for my mum (her dream was to own a cat that would sit on her lap and purr all day) but I just KNEW that I NEEDED to have her. So much that when we returned home after the visit, my cousin and I planned to go by ourselves and bring her home in an Uber (much to the Uber driver's horror). We succeeded in doing so - and now Mikuchi (who STILL doesn't sit on anyone's lap, sorry mum) has been ours for over a year.

She was so tiny and babyish when we adopted her, despite being a full-fledged adult. After the adoption we gave her SO MUCH FOOD that she is now the hefty giant everyone knows and loves:

Mikuchi's name has a proper origin story behind it. Since my family has always owned cats, we paid homage to our two old favourites, Meena and Kuchi, and mashed up their names to make one to replace 'Ella' (the whitest name for a pet if I ever saw one).

Princy came into our lives a few months after Mikuchi. While Mikuchi seemed really chill at home, my mum was somehow CONVINCED that she needed a friend (this may or may not have been an excuse for her to adopt another cat that would finally sit on her lap). 

We came across an adoption event on Facebook that was apparently held every Friday. We saw Princy listed - this time it was my mum who fell in love and wouldn't hear a single word otherwise. She NEEDED Princy (who, btw, was actually named 'Stardust' - yuck?). So, yet again, I was the one going to the store to make another adoption.

Before reaching the adoption event, I had already informed the organizers that I would be coming to see a specific cat and not to give her to anyone until I reached. They were nice enough to agree, and when I got there I saw Princy for the first time.

Here she is, looking super small and forlorn in a display box.

She looked so freaking.... DAINTY. I mean, look at her. So tiny and cute! I knew that getting her for our home would be a good choice. It's usually advised not to put two adult female cats (or two adult male cats) together due to territorial issues, but Princy looked so non-confrontational that I felt like everything would be okay (spoiler: it indeed was). Speaking to the people who worked at the store, I learned that Princy was also abandoned in another city - most likely after being used for breeding kittens :(. She was so small herself!

After bringing her home, she settled in within two days. She loves being around my little sister, which is such a blessing because we never have to worry about either of them getting hurt. It's been almost a year since we've had her and it's been really great.

Princy's name came into being for the simple reason that she looked like a Princess but actually naming her 'Princess' would be too basic. We initially thought Dusty would be a cute name too, but then it would look like we were throwing shade on her grey fur (which does shed like dust, now that I think about it...), so that idea was scrapped fast. And we REALLY did not want to stick with Stardust. I swear, why are white people allowed to name animals?

In terms of the general public, Princy is a bit more popular... probably because people feel sorry for her. She literally looks like she's about to cry at any given second.

People are kind of right in picking her as the cat they'd prefer to interact with, though. While Mikuchi doesn't really care much for people, Princy is all about attention. She likes to talk a LOT, so she'll meow at anyone and anything that even glances in her direction. She loves being around noise, so she'll happily sleep amidst the chatter of people around her.

Results of an Instagram poll I made.

Out of the two, my personal favourite is Mikuchi. It's probably because I was the only one who wanted her initially (everyone loves her equally now) and I like quiet cats who keep to themselves. I mean, I would never say no to cuddles but having a super chill cat is really the best. Princy is obviously my mum's and sister's favourite, because they love having a needy and noisy cat around...... Lol.

So yeah. I thought it would be nice to make a formal introduction of my cats to the world - just so everyone knows who I'm referencing when I talk about them. To end this post, here's a picture of the cats being Yin and Yang.

No difference spotted.

See you really soon,



Hanis said...

What is it with mothers and cats that sit and purr on their laps? Hahaha. My mom wanted a cat like that too.

Your cats are so cuteeeeee. I just wanna pet them.

IceMaiden said...

YOU ARE BACKK!!! WITH CATS!!! It is so great to see you back! :) Now I will go read the post hah!

I moved to a new blog!

Furree Katt said...

@Hanis, IKR WHY ARE ALL MOMS THE SAME? Hahaha. Princy would definitely let you pet her anytime and Mikuchi would probably regard you apprehensively before finally letting up and succumbing to being petted.

@IceMaiden, HOLY CRAP ANNIE SO GOOD TO SEE YOU!!! Will check your new blog out right away.


Martin Alexander said...

Those are gorgeous kittens.
I especially like Mikuchi's 'tortured artist' 2018 pose, looking like she's about to drop the hottest sculpture of the 1950s!
And maybe it's just me, but 'Stardust' sounds like one of the better names that white people give them pets, imo...

Tazeen said...

I *adore* your cats!

Laila N Mysis said...

Wow. I was gonna say, how can you possibly contemplate introducing more cats to the already cat crazy internet? But then, I read through this entire post with avid interest, and I'm not disappointed or regretful. So.

Good to have you back, Furree :)

Furree Katt said...

@Martin, hahaha thank you so much! You're right, Mikuchi behaves like a tortured artist too - she's always in a mood.

@Tazeen, thank you <333

@Laila, OMG IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU! <3 Hahaha I myself am so surprised that I have the stamina to keep up with the amount of cats in my life. thank you sooo much <3

Monster Potato said...

Kinda late to the party here, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR CATS!

It's brilliant that you're rescuing cats and giving them a nice home. I love how mikuchi has such an expressive face. Wonder if that website still gets requests for her considering the profile is still up.

It's nice to see you writing again. I'll eventually get to reading your posts (like right now I'm supposed to be creating lesson plans but I don't want to)