Kathleen told us the story of how her cat, Noodles, came into her life. “In June of 2000 she chose us. She wandered into the back yard, only weeks old and cried until we let her in the house.”
The Stray Nobody Could Say ‘No’ To
“Noodles was a stray kitten, a little ball of fur, who wandered into our back yard. We had five adopted strays already and we decided to let her stay. Since the other cats were all at least 5 years older and one was 15 years older, there was difficulty from the start and Noodles didn’t understand why nobody wanted to play with her and run around the house,” she told us.
Though it seemed Noodles was getting some mixed messages. “She loved all the other cats and thought that all the spitting and hissing at her was because they wanted to play," Kathleen explains. "She just thought it was great fun and would chase after everyone else. She would hide behind the door, wait for the older cats and then jump out at them, and run away.”
"She would hide behind the door,
wait for the older cats and then jump
out at them, and run away."
A Day In The Life of Noodles
It seems that Noodle’s routine includes a breakfast date. Kathleen told us, “Noodles is now 12 years old. She likes to get up at 5:30 in the morning and sing. She trots out to the cat door to wait for us to let her friend Tony the big black cat, into the house for breakfast. Tony lives in the neighborhood and likes to come by to eat.”
After eating it’s playtime followed by a feline favorite: getting brushed. “After Tony comes in she walks around the kitchen chirping for her breakfast. She stops, hunkers down and then dashes into the bedroom to eat off her special towel. After eating she then sings some more until I pick up her brush and she then jumps on top of her basket to get her morning brushing,” Kathleen said. “If brushing does not happen fast enough, she will stand on the hall rug, look at you and then run into and on to her basket. She will do this repeatedly until “brushies” happen.”
"After eating she then sings some
more until I pick up her brush."
The Amazing, Singing Noodles
When we asked about Noodle’s personality Kathleen told us, “Noodles is a home body and loves to sit in her garden. When the sun is out, she is out. She enjoys my working in her garden and especially likes the catnip plants. She is not a lap cat, but she is a talker. She talks so much that I had to condition her to the sound of a shaking water bottle to get her to stop. No singing before 5:30 a.m. With one or two shakes she will stop and wait until someone gets up. Then the singing continues. She also likes to go to bed by 9:00 pm.”
“The funniest thing about Noodle is how much she loves to be brushed,” Kathleen mused. “She would rather be brushed than eat. Once we start, the routine begins at her head then her neck, her belly and sides and then her back and butt. She sings the whole time and turns around and around. When we are finished she gets 4 treats and then settles down on her pillow for a nap.”
"She sings the whole time and
turns around and round."
Noodles and BLUE
Finding just the right food can be tricky. Kathleen told us, “The cats were on commercial store bought kibble most of their lives. Since the loss of her buddy, Mister, she has had trouble with all her food. After determining that there was no physical cause I set out to find a “sensitive stomach” food. I tried a couple of different brands but nothing worked. Our store clerk recommended Blue Buffalo and all has been well.”
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