Bringing up Morgan: Reflections | For animal lovers

So little, so sweet, so young

So little, so sweet, so young

Next month it will be a year since I first laid eyes on a sad one-eyed cat in a cage. I thought she was an old, special needs cat that no one would adopt. She was quiet when I saw her and her eye was pleading.

Morgan in laundry sink: This is so cool. There are so many neat hiding spots here!

Morgan in laundry sink: This is so cool. There are so many neat hiding spots here!

Boy was I wrong. She was a con artist posing as a sweet thing.

For the first two months here, she didn’t talk. She was sweet and didn’t annoy the other cats. In fact, she seemed to enjoy their company.

That was then. This is now.

Morgan with catnip: There's nothing like a martini before dinner.

Morgan with catnip: There’s nothing like a martini before dinner. (Notice the stripe coloring that shows up in the sunlight. She is a totally charcoal grey cat. Many times grey and black cats have tiger stripes but the black obscures it. If you see Jake (an all black cat) in the right sunlight, you can see his stripes too.)

She still enjoys their company but she shows it in a different way. She enjoys running over them, jumping on them, cutting them off at the pass if they are going somewhere. Sadly there are no pictures of these shenanigans! My camera isn’t quick enough.

Hazel and Mollie on bed: OMG! I think I heard her. She's flying up the steps. Look like you're sleeping!

Hazel and Mollie on bed: OMG! I think I heard her. She’s flying up the steps. Look like you’re sleeping! No, that won’t work. Make like you’re dead!

If they swat her, she will swat back. She has grown quite a bit and is a tall, long, lean cat. She’s not about the food and will not steal it but she does like to be fed first. Her mama never taught her manners. That’s apparent.

She enjoys the occasional scuffle, rolling around on the carpet, caterwauling loudly. Poor Mollie is usually the victim of those antics. Mollie is a mere 8 pounds compared to 10 pound Morgan. Morgan is also a head taller.

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Morgan: Dang! There’s a squirrel in my yard! Gotta get ’em! Gotta get ’em!

She chatters at the birds and squirrels outside. She must be coming up on two years old this spring but she acts more like a kitten. She doesn’t sleep much for a cat but prefers keeping an eye (no pun intended) on the great outdoors from her perch in front of the glass doors.

There are a lot of good things about her. She doesn’t wake us up or jump on the bed but waits patiently. Her cleanliness is perfect, never missing the litter box or pooping up her hindquarters.

In many ways she is still the six month old kitten. She will run over everyone to be first. She waits until I clean “the box” before jumping in to be the first to desecrate it.

She isn’t shy about that. Jake doesn’t like anyone watching him “go.” She doesn’t care. In fact she has asked us to post a YouTube of her litter box techniques! (Talk about porno…)

She doesn’t know how to walk. She can only run or gallop — up the steps, down the steps, around the house often in circles, sounding like a full-scale cattle stampede.

So far we only lost one broken item to her exuberance. I consider that good.

It’s amazing how youth and energy can change a household.

Jake: Listen Cupcake, youth smouth! There is something to be said about experience and maturity. Now get me some catnip and scratch my ears.

Jake: Listen Cupcake, youth smouth! There is something to be said about experience and maturity. Now get me some catnip and scratch my ears.

45 thoughts on “Bringing up Morgan: Reflections | For animal lovers

  1. We had a Maine coon that lost his eye. It didn’t bother him one bit- he was alpha kitty right ’til the end. (We still miss all these years later.)
    Your kitties are so pretty. Morgan sounds like a handful – one can’t help but smile when reading about her antics!

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    • Mollie is our alpha cat but Morgan is certainly a challenge. Her eye does not define her and I’m glad I didn’t name her something related to one eye. I had a few cats that I really miss but getting one like Morgan helps ease the sorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Oh I loved this so much. Morgan…he’s like a pirate cat with that one eye, or a slick one flirting with the ladies. And more than all that, I love that you adopted him because you thought maybe no one would. You’re my hero Kate. And he’s that lovely gray…have a sweater his color…and the reason he doesn’t wake you or poop outside the box to cause you extra work, is because he’s so grateful you gave him a home. I truly believe they know the kind source that gave them a second chance.

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  3. Oh, the sink, the sink. Trixie the Black Panfur LOVES sitting in the sink (and in the bath, which is bigger and better)! And she, too, loves to be the first to use the Litter Box, as soon as it’s cleaned – sometimes, she won’t even wait till the Human has finished cleaning it.

    Have a great week!

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  4. Sooo cute!! I can relate. Found my third one on the side of the road when he was one month old. He is now 2 years and a holy terror. He’s spoiled to hell and has “no boundaries” as my husband says:)
    Love your cats!!
    gmg

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  5. It’s amazing how youth and energy can change a household.” This is so true.
    It’s also amazing how age and tiredness can change a household too. lol (no I am not getting any young cats…but like reading about yours 🙂 )

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