Welcome to Kitty Cat Chronicles!
The “kitty cat chronicles” began five years ago when we adopted Delilah (our first fur baby), and it’s been a non-stop feline frenzy since then.When I started this blog, my husband and I only had three cats. Now we have six, PLUS a dog AND two sugar gliders! Let’s just say that there is never a dull moment in our house.
Because two of our cats are special-needs, or handicats, raising awareness about special-needs animals is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I am constantly learning and sharing about cerebellar hypoplasia and FIV, and I hope that by doing so, I can help even just one other person with their handicat.
It was actually Sophie (my cat with cerebellar hypoplasia) that inspired the beginnings of the KCC Adventure Team. We started off by taking her out in our back yard, and eventually progressed to visiting local parks and even camping and canoeing with her. She has since been joined by Kylo Ren, Caster, and Lucy (the dog). Adventuring and traveling with cats is one of my favorite things, and one of my biggest goals with this blog is to inspire others to break the mold and start taking their cats out on adventures.
My name is Emily, and I am “Mom” to Delilah, Sampson, Sophie, Sassy, Caster, Kylo Ren, Lucy, Jubilee, and Sydney. Sharing my life with nine pets is definitely an adventure, and I’ve been enjoying it every step of the way.
Besides blogging and trying to keep my six kitties, dog, sugar gliders, and husband in line, I work as a freelance musician. I teach private drum, percussion, and piano lessons, manage the local youth orchestra in our city, and play around town for various functions and events. My husband and I actually have our own business, The Halls of Music. Check us out! (shameless self promotion)
Meet Delilah! She is the first cat that I got on my own as an adult. She was actually a Christmas gift from my husband (then fiancé) and his parents. She is now five years old, and she is such a sweetheart. She has the most complex personality of any cat that I’ve ever known, and she is one of the most intelligent too. She LOVES music and can often be found on Bobby’s shoulders as he practices guitar or my shoulders as I practice piano. She’s our music kitty. She also loves to sleep above my head on my pillow at night.
Unfortunately, Delilah has severe patella luxation (“floating kneecaps”) in both of her back legs. She sometimes has trouble getting around and experiences some pain every now and then, but we are doing our best to manage it.
Despite her bad knees, Deli still remains the sweetest of the sweet, and she’s mommy’s little girl 🙂
This is Sampson! He is the second addition to our family, is five years old, and is the most loving and gentle cat there is. Though he sometimes instigates trouble, makes messes, and steals our food, he also wins the hearts of everyone he meets. Sampy is a jack of all trades – a singer, an acrobat, a suckler (the neck is his favorite suckle spot). He is also a master conversationalist. Underneath it all, he is one big lover boy. He would be happy spending his days cuddled up beside me.
Sampy is a wonderful brother to have – he is always looking out for Sophie and Delilah. It is amazing to watch the way he interacts with his sisters. He knows that big sister Delilah can’t run around and play as easily as he can, so he doesn’t run too fast or too far away from her. And he knows that little sister Sophie can’t clean herself very well, so he gives her daily baths. He is so sweet and thoughtful!
And here is Sophie, aka “The Weebs!” She is five years old and is the founding member of the KCC Adventure Team. She has got to be the most happy-go-lucky cat that I’ve ever come across. She walks around with a constant smile on her face, and nothing ever seems to get her down or annoyed. Everything is a toy to Sophie, and the world is her playground – seriously! She loves going on adventures around our town, and has even traveled as far as Nashville! She is also one of the loviest kitties. Because of her laid back and easy-going personality, she is in the process of being certified to be a therapy cat. She will be purrfect at bringing love and smiles to nursing homes and children’s hospitals.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention – Sophie has cerebellar hypoplasia. She has a mild-moderate case, and it causes her to be unstable and wobbly (hence the nickname). While she may not be able to walk a straight line or run down the hallway without falling over, she does not ever seem to be hindered by her “disability.” She gets knocked down, but she gets up again. Over and over 🙂
This beautiful girl is Sassy. She came to us in November of 2013, and the vet estimated that she was about 2-3 years old at the time. She started living on our back porch, and naturally we started feeding her. After putting up flyers in hopes of finding her family and getting no response, we took her to the vet to get all the shots and other necessary things so she could come inside and join our family. Unfortunately, she tested positive for FIV. However, that does not get her down! She is strong and healthy, and she definitely lives up to her name — there’s not a sassier kitty out there. She is also extremely lovey and sweet – she’s a huge drooler!
Right now Sassy has to be kept separate from our other cats because she is not cat-friendly. We are working with her so that she will be able to coexist with the others soon. She has made great progress so far and can actually be around Sophie and Delilah with no issues!
This is Caster, our “wild child.” He is about three years old. I found him distressed and crying in the woods behind our apartment building in January of 2014. He seemed lost and scared, so I brought him inside, so sure that his family must be missing him. After having no luck finding his family, we of course welcomed him into ours.
Caster’s nickname is “Curmudgeon” or “Mudge,” if that tells you anything about his personality – big, surly, and stubborn. He loves to spend his days wrestling, play fighting, and instigating trouble. Oh, and did I mention he climbs the walls- literally?! He may be a wild and crazy during the day, but at night he turns into a big lover boy can can occasionally be found underneath a fleecy blanket cuddling and suckling. (Shhh… don’t tell him I told you that 😉 Caster bring so many laughs to our family – he has been a great addition and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
Caster is also the newest member of the KCC Adventure Team.
This adorable guy is Kylo Ren – “The Baby” of the family. He was a Valentine’s Day 2016 gift from my husband, and a total surprise! He seamlessly fit into our family, and I am absolutely in love with this little guy. He has so much spunk and loves to wrestle and get into trouble with his big brothers. It has been so much fun having that kitten energy in the house again. Kylo Ren is also a natural Adventure Cat and is an official member of the KCC Adventure Team!
Lucy came to us at Christmas, 2015. She belonged to my parents and is one of my childhood pets. My parents asked us if we would accept her into our family, as one of their other dogs was attacking Lucy, and my parents feared for her safety. We of course said YES!
Lucy is 17 years old and suffers from pancreatitis, but you would never know it. She still plays and acts like a puppy! Before joining our family, she had never been around cats before, but she has taken to them very well. She can sometimes even be found cuddling with them! And of course, she loves going out on adventures with Sophie and Kylo Ren.
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