I know I share a plethora of cat pictures on Instagram, but it’s time to actually meet the 4 legged occupants of this household.
Helo was our first. We got him at the same time as Brambles who sadly had a fatal disease and we had to put him down after just a few months. It was heartbreaking. But Helo was my cat. When we went to the shelter to get them, he was the one amongst a pile of sleeping kittens who got up and came over to the cage door to great me with a giant purr. It was love at first sight for both of us.
The name Helo (pronounce heal-o) is from the television series Battlestar Galactica (portrayed by the very sexy Tahmoh Penikett). I just thought it would make an awesome cat name, and it totally does. He is possibly the sweetest cat I’ve ever known. You just look at him and he starts purring. As a kitten he would sleep on my head at night, purring like a motorcycle. He unfortunately grew out of it, and graduated to sleeping on my legs instead. The kitten has since stolen me at nights, so I’m thankful he still chooses to come sit on my lap while watching television.
His quirks include running to the bathroom if you so much as make a move to look like you’re getting up to go to the bathroom, cause he loves to drink from the tap. He likes to chew on hard plastic (watch out laundry baskets!) and will dig his claws into your legs for attention.
The middle child. After losing Brambles I was worried that Helo would be lonely, so we made the mistake decision to get another cat. Long story short, we got him off of a random person on craigslist for $5. We’re pretty sure they lied about his age and that he was a lot younger and shouldn’t have been taken away from his mum so soon, cause that boy has some serious issues. He had a weird oral fixation for a little while where he would knead and suck on fabric. He put several holes in the armpits of Zack’s shirts.
Garrus, being Zack’s cat, was named after Garrus from the Mass Effect video games. We call him our cranky old man cat, cause he’s constantly whining and when he’s not in the mood, he will just his at Oswin. He used to be our ninja cat jumping fearlessly through the air catching flies (he was freakishly good). Now he just slinks around the place. He has the attitude that he really wants love and attention, but just won’t go and seek it out from us. Love me, but don’t love me.
His quirks include eating plastic bags. I do not joke. Leave a plastic bad lying around and you will find it missing it’s handles. We’ve since learned to not leave them lying around. He loves lying in front of the heat vents and sitting on the windowsill.
Oswin aka “Tiny Cat” is our latest addition and star of my Instagram feed. Oswin almost didn’t come home from the shelter with us the day we went to get our third cat. She was the first one I picked out. I wanted a girl and a long hair and she was one of only a few, and I thought the grey was just adorable. She was so timid as I held her. She wasn’t trying to get away, but she also wanted nothing to do with me. I adjusted her a little and cuddled her a little closer to me, and she it was like a switch had been flicked, she was suddenly purring and nuzzling into me and I was in love. It was an indicator of the next couple of weeks. She would be terrified and hiding, but the second you touched her she was a cuddle monster. She would just crawl all over you, purring, trying to nuzzle into you as much as she could. Like Helo, she became my new head sleeper.
Oswin (pronounced Oz win) got her name from Doctor Who. Oswin was the Dalek version of Clara that we first met. I’m not a huge Clara fan, but I loved the Oswin character in that first episode. And again, I thought it would make a cool cat name… which it does! She’s the crazy bundle of energy in the house that the other cats love about 25% of the time, and hate the other 75%. She’s my best friend. She’s constantly on my lap. She’ll come into the computer room while I’m on the computer and she’ll jump up and sleep in my lap. Cutest thing ever! She’s not as cuddly as she was as a kitten, but she’s still 100 times cuddlier than the other two every have been combined. She will rub her face affectionately against yours, and she actually likes being picked up. She will start climbing up your leg when she wants to be held.
Her quirks include the cutest little squeeky meow ever. She goes crazy when you give her canned food, she loves you when you get out of the shower and tries to dig herself into your towel. She will carry toys around in her mouth. She’ll have a toy of the week that goes everywhere with her, and she will usually bring it up on the bed with her in the morning and drop it on top of me.
Side note: As cute as kitten Oswin is, I think Garrus was the cutest kitten ever:
So these are my furbabies. I’d share a pic of all 3 of them together, but I don’t think such a thing exists. They don’t understand the concept of cuddling each other.
I’m linking up with TexErin in Sydnland’s Meet the Felines Link up! Go check out her adorable cats (also a 3 cat household!)Read More