As most of you know, our big tomcat Batman has been gone for about a month. Although we still have two other cats, our house still felt sort of empty. So we got ourselves another rescue. Her name is "Mittens."
She, along with her five kittens, were rescued from the Merced city pound, the night before they were all to be euthanized. The organization that rescued them is "New Beginnings for Animals." My wife does a lot of volunteer work for them and I'm pretty darn proud of her for it.
Even though she's a female, Mittens is really a lot like Batman, in that she's loud, large, likes head butting, and loves attention. She's huge for a female, weighing in at 15 pounds. She's also polydactyl (two extra toes and claws on each foot).
New Beginnings named her Mittens. I thought they did so because she has white paws, but I just found out that the "lay term" for polydactyl, is "Mitten Foot." That was a new one on me. Anyway, we're getting back to normal and it's nice to have three of them running around.
Mittens has a particular toy she likes. It looks like a toy fishing rod with a mouse on the end instead of a fish. The "rod" is made of plastic and is about 3 feet long. This morning, she carried the whole thing upsairs, dropped it next to our bed, and started meowing loudly. She wanted to play! I guess she's pretty smart as well.
Did I forget to mention that I'M ALLERGIC TO CATS?