Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Year Ago Today

One year and one day ago, my friend Greta called my mum to ask for some help with a kitten. Mum brought Harry home that night. The next morning, she called again to say another pair had been found by the same man. Shortly thereafter, I arrived with my sister in my soon-to-be Forever Home.The vet put me at 1 day old max. I had dried gunk on my furs, so my mumcat probably didn't have a chance to clean me up before a person took me, my brother and sister away and put us in the gardens of three adjacent houses. The man who found my brother Harry heard me crying during the night, and kept looking until he found me and Hermione. At that stage, I was known as Ron.I was a pesky kitten from the start. My first poop was bright green! I was a very difficult eater and most of my feeds for the first two weeks were force feeds. I also did not like to poop very often at all, which had my mum very worried. I had a wound on my leg, too, probably from being thrown in the bushes.I was a funny contradiction of a baby kitten. I was both very fragile and very tough. It is a miracle that I survived the first night without food or warmth, and a testament to my fluffy fighting spirit. I am in the back in this photo.I had a few set backs in my progress, but kept overcoming them. I was not a kitten to be kept down for long. I was the smallest of my siblings at less than 100 grams when I first came home, but I was the first to open my eyes. I was also the first to use my litter tray.Today I am strong and tough and mancatly. I am also very very loved, and have added so much to my family. My brother and sister take good care of me, and have taught me a lot. I am lucky to have made lots of friends all over the world. Please come and enjoy my birthday party in my courtyard. We have all sorts of nommy foods to enjoy and games to play. It is my very first Gotcha Day :)

30 comments:

Robyn said...

Oh Lishy, happy gotcha day! I have truly enjoyed watching you grow in the strong, beautiful mancat you are today!

Sparkle said...

Who would ever have guessed what a gorgeous kitty you would grow up to be, Lishy! I remember the vet didn't hold out much hope for you... which only shows how much THEY know! (And my human wonders why I cry every time I go to the clinic!)

Happy birthday, gotcha day, and every day!

Cat said...

Oh Lishy we are so glad that you were such a fighter and grew into the beautiful mancat that you are now :-)

Happy Birthday and Happy Gotcha Day!!!!

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Happy Birthday?Gotcha Day Lishy!!!! To your siblings too(even though they are in their own homes )
We have enjoyed watching you grow and get healthy. Now,you are officially a MANCAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT!!
OK...let's play!!
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Fin said...

Ah Lishy this is one happy first birthday we've been routing for all year! We adored you from the start and somehow we knew you would make it big time!

So much love to you on your Birthday sweetie!!

borisandgracie said...

Lishy,

mom said that looking at the picture of you when you were so tiny again made her eyes moist. You look so healthy and mancatly these days that it's hard to believe how tough you had it growing up! My mom says you're a living miracle and a testament to the power of love.

Happy gotcha day, may you have many, many more!

- Gracie

Grrreta said...

We can't believe it has already been a year. You have grown up to be such a handsome mancat. We are so happy you were rescued and gotted by such a wonderful family. Happy Gotcha Day!

The Island Cats said...

Oh Lishy!! We remember when you first arrived and we watched you grow up! We remember when they said they didn't think you were long for this world. But you are a spunky one and proved them all wrong!!

You have grown into such a handsome mancat! Happy Gotcha Day!!

oxoxoox

Jacqueline said...

Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day, gorgeous Lishy!...We are so glad you found such a wonderful, loving home...We hope all your birthday wishes come true, sweetie...We are on our way to your party=we can't wait to hang out with you and all your friends...We're bringing fresh nip, so get ready to really party!!!hehe...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Cory said...

Lishy Ronnylicious! We just love you and can't believe it's been a whole year since you arrived! We've followed every day of your life ever since. We love you and you know we are honored to attend your party. We've brought some home grown nip.

Let's party!!!!

xoxo Cory and family

Lita and the boys in Melbourne said...

Hey Lish,
happy, happy, HAPPY gotcha day! You are such a wonder-full boy and certainly a tough and strong mancat. one! OMGoodness! may you have many more gotcha days, Lishy!

Poppy Q said...

Happy birfday and gotcha day in one Lishy. We remember how little you were, and how worried your mumm was. Look at what a handsome mancatly cat you are now.

Big smooches to you dude.

Julie and Poppy Q
xxxxx

Angel and Kirby said...

Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day, Lishy. We remember those early days. Mom dreaded opening your blog for fear of sad news about you! We are dancing with joy for you, you handsome mancat!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISHY, the most beautiful white boy in the universe! We well remember that day a year ago, and the days and weeks that followed, and all the tears as we thought you might not make it, but also the joy that you were adopted by the best home possible. And look at you now. You're a champ, Lishy!!!!

Purrs, Woofs and Hugs,
The Chans, Tommy and #1

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

oh Lishy,

We loved yoo from the very ferst moment we saw a pic of scrappy little yoo. We cannot adequately explain how VERY happy we are that yoo survived and have grown up into such a sweet, wonderful mancat.
Happy Gotcha day sweet boy. And HUGE fanks to yoor mom and dad and rescuers.

BIG smoochies from milo and Alfie xx

DailyGs said...

Lishy, we remember when you and your siblings were found an rejoiced at every milestone. We remember the dismal prognosis. we remember praying and purring that your life, however long, would be full of joy! What's funny is that you bring us so much joy every time we see how big, strong and gorgeous you've grown!

Happy Gotchaversary! We hope you have the best day ever! Smoochies from alla us!

Cat with a Garden said...

Oh Lishy, it's with tears of happiness in our eyes that we wish you A HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! Every living being is a miracle but you are even more so. You look so healthy and mancatly today it's hard to believe there were times when we all feared for you. Many, many kittykisses on this special day, you beautiful boy!
Siena & Chilli

Kea said...

Lishy, this is a wonderful happy-ending story! You're a bit of a miracle kitty, we think. :-)

We wish you a very happy birthday and Gotcha Day, and hope you have many, many years of happiness in your forever home!

catonsvillecats said...

Congratulations, Lishy. You have grown up very nicely!

CCL Wendy said...

Happy FURst Gotcha Day, Lishy! You are one gorgeous mancat fur sure! And what a story you have!!!

I'm so happy that you were found and brought to your furever home. It's obvious you have a very strong spirit and constitution.

My 3-Ds, Dante, Dylan and Domino are all on their way to help you celebrate.

Here's to the first of many such celebrations, and to a healthy, happy and long life ahead!

Deb said...

Hi Lishy - I just came across your blog and must tell you that you are one of the most beautiful cats I have ever seen. What a heart-warming story about your rescue. I hope you celebrate many birthdays. I am your new follower. Drop by for a give-away. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5 Ottawa, Canada

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Lishy! We loved you the firsttime your mom told us about you, and we are thankful that you have grown up into such a big, strong and handsome mancat. Fanks for inviting us to your party. We brought some nip, chick-hen and HAM! :)

Catherine said...

Is there anything better then a happy ending? I would say not. What a tuff start to a wonderful life you are having sweet kittie!

I hope you have the happiest of Happy Birthdays Lishy!
xo Catherine & Banjo

Forever Dad said...

Happy gotcha day little champion!

xoxoxo

Huffle Mawson said...

Hooray and happy birthday Ronny!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Lishy we remember when the three of you first got to your home - we can't believe it has been a year - it seems so quick but also so strange because we feel like we have known you forever! We are so happy that all three of you were able to find wonderful forever homes! And oh, reading this brought back so many memories for our mom, she got all leaky thinking how far you have come!

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Happy belated gottcha day, Lishy!! It's a happy day and know your celebration left your friends smiling!!

Katnip Lounge said...

Lishy, Happy belated Gotcha Day wishes! Sweet Pea send you extra purrs and headbutts, she considers you the kitten she's always dreamed of!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

We are a little late in wishing Lishy a Happurry Gotcha Day, but we send purrs and nosetaps to your little miracle kitten who is now a handsome mancat!

We oohed and awwed over his baby photos and we are sooo happy he was 'rescued' by such a wonderful family as yours!

Shelly said...

We are so happy that that little kitten grew into such a strong mancat! Love you Lishy!