I hope you all had a great long weekend! Hubby, Rolo & I all went down to the camper for a long weekend full of golfing and sitting by the campfire. Rolo even learned how to ride on a golf cart. We will be posting more photos on our Facebook & Instagram pages Today (www.facebook.com/rescuemomblog or rescuemomblog) Today on our blog we are featuring Michelle’s adorable cuddly cats; Tonka, Junah, Juniper Root & Grit. Find out all about these kitties below!
*Where are you from?
We live in Ellijay, GA
*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
Tonka (yellow tabby) male, DSH 3 years
Junah (yellow tabby) male, DSH 3 years in July
Juniper Hoot (black) male DSH 5 years (appx)
Grit (tortie-tabby) female, DSH, 4 years
*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
Tonka was an unclaimed stray that came to us at 4 months old. My heart was tattered due to losing all my senior dogs in an 18 month period and we had just had to re-home a cat I had adopted for Grit to be friends with as it turned out to be an impossible match. I saw Tonka’s picture on my friend’s FB page and asked for him immediately. I drove over an hour to get him that night and he is the one that makes the mushiest! My husband named him Tonka because he was the color of Tonka trucks but as it turns out he has the personality of a rowdy little boy who would play with those trucks anyway!
Grit’s photo is on the back cover of the 2015 Alley Cat Allies calendar! Grit was found at 2 weeks old in a snowstorm. She was named Grit because she was so tiny and because she had survived a harsh beginning. Grit bonded to my husband Heath and to this day he is her one true love. She is FIV+ and I adore her uppity ways even though she is snotty to me almost all the time unless I have coconut oil handy which she loves. Juniper Hoot is a former feral who followed Tonka indoors over time. They are kitty soul brothers! It took 8 months for me to be allowed to touch him and my husband over a year. He had never been indoors and was terrified by the images on the TV, loud noises, etc. He is now the sweetest of them all. He used to come in and play with the cat toys and as long as we didn’t look at him he would stay. If we made eye contact he would dart back out the cat door.
Junah was born feral. Tonka and JH took care of him by sleeping with him in our outdoor feral shelter and cleaning him. They taught him I was the food lady. He showed up at what I called the Alley Cat Cafe an area where I fed the feral cats and strays in our area. I was able to rehab and re-home 5 of those not counting Juniper Hoot and Junah. Junah was about 4 months old when he appeared. It took me 4 more months to get him inside which I did with food and feather toys. He was quite the challenge and will mostly only let me pet him. He retains a lot of the wild characteristics, is still scared of fast motion and strangers and is also FIV+. Also all the cats are indoors only now with a nice big outdoor enclosure they can hang out in.
*What’s the Silliest thing your animal(s) have done?
Tonka is known as Tonka the Naughtiest Cat in the World (see Instagram @michellewolff11 haha!) Tonka regularly has accidents and mishaps due to his never ending curiosity. He sucks a blanket and purrs to go to sleep and once bit holes in a 5 gallon water jug handle so he could swat the water. I used to buy Tonka doggy rawhide sticks because his chewing urge was so strong. Tonka is halter-leash trained and likes to go for walks. Juniper Hoot daily carries a toy cloth mouse around and purrs and chirps to it. They all will spend hours in new boxes typical of most cats!
*Does your animal(s) like the water?
Tonka and Grit both will play with water. JH runs like he’s suddenly caught on fire if even a drop gets on him! Junah has never resolved the flushing toilet mystery so will come running when he hears that happening so he can watch!
*Animal(s) Favorite Place to Sleep?
Tonka sleeps curled in my arm, JH by my feet and Junah has a heated bed that he rarely leaves when he’s sleepy. Grit sleeps on my husband’s chest every night.
*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Best thing ever! I wouldn’t have it any other way! I can’t imagine ever having another animal that wasn’t a rescue. I’m so shocked at how utterly ignorant I was about feral and community cats until Grit came along and we had to educate ourselves on how to bottle feed a feral baby. After that I was like feral? What is this “feral cat” of which you speak? And off we went into our feral, TNR journey.
*Favorite website to get pet information?
AlleyCatAllies.com and ConsciousCat.net
*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
Nooooooo oh Lord no they hate it! I drove them here 1400 miles from Colorado and while they did so much better than expected I would never want to do that again!
*What’s your favorite animal product?
I don’t know if I have a favorite product. I like their litter from Blue which is the walnut shell clumping kind and I like their NVR Miss littler boxes a lot since JH likes to pee standing up (what a weirdo!) ! use my Young Living essential oils in a diffuser for the cats – always in an open room so they can choose but the combination of Vetiver. Lavender and Cedarwood calms everyone down and is my go to when anybody is having an “off” day. They always hover in the room when the combo is going. They get Reiki almost daily as well. Grit hates Junah with the white hot heat of a thousand suns for some unknown reason so Reiki helps keep her just being an ass to him rather than trying to actively murder him! Ugh!
*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
It’s important to support the work of undoing what others have done through tragedy or poor choices that leave animals abandoned. It would be nice if our culture cared enough to donate oh a tenth of a percent of what we give sports players so everyone would be paid but until then we have to pull together to get the job done.
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