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Hi guys,

You may (or may not) have seen my post about this fella on the Orange Cats thread.

To preface, I'm just moving away from home (second time...first was only briefly, long story) on Sept 1. "Home" has always been HUD or otherwise income restricted apartments that disallowed cats. I'm an animal nut and, aside from a kitten we stowed away for a couple of weeks until he disappeared when I was about 10, I am in the sad state of never having actually owned a cat or dog. I always swore that my first act after moving out would be to find myself something on four legs. LOL

I was just visiting my best friend's client's/friend's house (lady runs a rescue of sorts, has something like 30+ cats in her house and in an outdoor cat enclosure 8O but AMAZINGLY the place is upkept and the animals all get proper vet care, everything - I love the way she takes care of her critters) 2 weekends ago and was telling Evelyn (rescuer lady) how I have a soft spot for male orange tabbies. I've always wanted one. (I do really care far more about personality than color...it's just a preference...you know what I mean :p ) And look who came walking right up to me when she showed me into the cat enclosure.



Look at those whiskers, fit for a lobster! :lol: He is a complete lover with a loud "motor" and a very interesting habit of finding the most comfortable place on you to be your shoulders. Every time I hold him he inevitably climbs up on my left shoulder and rubs his head all over my hair. LOL He will walk back and forth on both my shoulders just mumbling and chirruping at me while purring like crazy (with the occasional, very gentle love nibble, and one time, I think he tried to suck on my thumb, LOL). I could not say no to such a cat. :)

He has a nice story too. Evelyn got him as a newborn (or nearly newborn) kitten. I guess the mother had been hit by a car and someone from one of E's nearby animal shelters called her asking if she could bottle feed. I know that this guy was the only one to survive - I think all the other littermates had already died before she took custody of the kitten, I don't know. Either way, he grew up into a happy, sweet boy with a huge appetite for rubs, scratches, pets and generally being all over humans. LOL

I've been warned that he is the kind of cat that will be on my shoulder at every opportunity, will be underfoot when he can't be up high, will want to sleep on my face and knead his paws on it too, and generally be a giant pest. I LOVE this idea. Ev has said that no one wants him because he is just too affectionate and won't leave you alone. He seems like the perfect pet for someone who has been starved for kitty affection for the last 21 years.

Thankfully the room I am moving into is in an apartment that has an old Yorkie, a male Siamese, and a longhaired white and orange boy as well. I know for a fact my new guy is cool with both other cats and other dogs. My room is master bedroom-sized so if for whatever reason, the cats don't get along at first, he is not going to be cooped up in a tiny space if I have to keep him in my room until they sort themselves out.

I've had experience with cats...I've done a ton of veterinary volunteering and such...so I'm gonna transition him onto a real nice grain-free diet after he comes home. I'm hoping to feed at least 50% wet. But we'll see how he takes to it, as to the best of my understanding, right now he's on 100% dry (I could be wrong about that though). I hear so many stories of cats that are finicky about wet food, but in my personal experience I've never had one turn up their nose at it, so let's hope my luck continues! :wink:

I am so lost on a name though. I can't believe it is giving me this much trouble. I'll rattle off a few of my ideas - do you guys have any suggestions as well?

Murphy
Kokomo - for his relaxed, lover type of personality
Reilly/Riley
Moose :mrgreen:
I'd love to name him Ginger but it's more of a female name...I'd end up calling him Gin...and that just doesn't seem to suit
Vegas - awesome name but he is just...too sweet, maybe, lol
 

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He is a handsome man, and you two are lucky to have found each other. To celebrate your coming together how about a name like Serendipity, Destiny, or Kismet?

I hope you have a long and happy life together.
 

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:luv He is gorgeous. I love orange tabbies also... one of the best cats I've ever had was an orange tabby male. I like overly affectionate cats, also. They're too much for some people, but for us they're just right :wink: . And he even has an awesome story! It doesn't sound like you could ask for a better cat.

I like the name Moose, personally, although all your name choices are pretty cute. Is he a big boy?
 

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Thanks, you guys! :mrgreen:

He isn't overweight, but you can tell he is not the smallest male out there, either. I can tell for a fact (by his weight on my shoulder, lol) he weighs under 10 lbs for sure, but over 5 also. I'd say 6-9, 9 being a stretch. There was another male orange tabby in there with him but he was like a sumo wrestler compared to my guy. lol. I picked him up too and cuddled with him for a bit, he was nice, but we just didn't "click."

I love the name Kismet, but I admit that I lack a sense of poetry in my favored names. I could not give a cat a name with flowery wording or language and still keep a straight face when calling the kitty. I like 'em simple. 8)
 

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How about Colby? He is cheese-colored. :D

He's adorable!
 

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Thanks Marie!

I think that name is really cute. At the apartment where I am moving to though, the Siamese is named Coby (Kobe?) - so I think Kobe and Colby would just sound way too similar and confuse the heck out of the poor animals. Awesome suggestion, though, thanks!
 

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I'm rooting for Moose, then, just because it's funny and adorable. Like your kitty.
 

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He looks like a doll.
I've always wanted an orange tabby as well, though a little on the darker side. :]
I've also always wanted a cat that would love to position himself on my shoulders and be just overall a bit more cuddly than my Elvis, but of course I love him just as much.
Ever since Garfield, but I don't think I could cart a cat around that big on my shoulders without getting a kink in my neck. :lol:

I'm going to say Kokomo.
I really latched onto that when I read it and I think it's particularly unique in comparision to the other names and I'm partial to unique names.
 

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what a sweet story! im gonna go with George! he looks like a george to me! lol
 

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I really like the name Moose. I think because it's different.. There won't be too many cats out there with the same name!

He reminds me alot of my Samson, in more ways than one.. Sammy also has extremely long whiskers (everyone that meets him comments on them!)..

Samson is a love bug too! We have to keep his nails cut or else his mid-night kneading and affection is painful to us!

Goodluck with the introductions to the other pets in your new place and enjoy your new little love-bug! :D
 

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I can't find a reason to knock the name Moose either - so Moose it is. :D

I'll update this thread with pictures after he comes home or if I remember to snap pics while visiting him. :mrgreen:

I guess Moose is also in keeping with a rather animalistic theme I have going on. I've also got a small parrot named Ducky. LMAO
 

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I get to go see my boy tomorrow! :luv He's still at E's house, and will be until I am ready to take him (early Sept, I am hoping). I told her if she let me come over I would groom the other cats too. (I'll probably be there all afternoon, LOL)

I picked up a laser pointer at Wal Mart yesterday. I'm considering whether I am evil enough to take it out and use it in an enclosure of 10 or more cats...muahaha :lol:

My regular digital camera is fritzy and brokified at the moment, but if I can't fix it by tomorrow I can still take pics with my blackberry. They will be cruddy quality though.
 

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I actually got so caught up playing with the kitties that I completely forgot about pictures! Sorry guys, you will have them eventually, promise!

He is a definite lap cat, but I had just gotten off work so I was still wearing my scrubs, and he doesn't really like those, he slips all over (which means the claws come out :roll: ) but ohhh he is sweet. He came to the door of the enclosure to greet me this morning, haha. I had brought some catnip stuffed toys and some jingle balls, and how hilarious - when I threw the first jingle ball, every set of eyes went WHOA! WHAT WAS THAT!

It got the cats playing and interested so that was pretty cool. I left the toys in there for them to bat around and keep busy with. There are several older, unadoptable ferals in the enclosure, and they generally stayed out of the fray...

I gotta say that their enclosure is super awesome. There is a cat tunnel type thing that E's hubby has created that leads all the way across the backyard to a chain link enclosure (think dog kennel with, for the moment, a mesh roof) that they want to expand further. He's quite the handyman. 8O

I have a question. I keep my little bird in this cage. I keep her supplies on the bottom rack. Moose will play when he is deliberately engaged to do so, but (as far as I have thus seen) does not actively seek out stuff to play with. Should I anticipate many problems with the way the cage is designed, either allowing for or discouraging the kitty harassing Ducky?

That is the only caveat to this entire thing. Ducky came first - I know there will be some initial curiosity but if he poses any serious threat to her, I can't/won't keep him. Of course I would never allow her to be out of the cage when he is in the room, or vice versa, and obviously I love both these guys and will do what I can to make sure they are both safe and happy. Ideas to accomplish this would be fantastic, please. :)
 
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