Jim and Noni Patchell's Cats
First Posted Jan 1999
August 8, 2012
acquired Dinah in December of 2011. She was about 6 months old at
the time. When I saw her picture, there was no doubt in my mind
that she was our little kitty. She is a very bight little kitty,
but also very shy. It has taken her a while to get used to being
in our household. He main nemesis is Daphne. They still
want to kill each other, but at least the fights are down to less than
one a week. And Dinah still has a way to go on being 100%
comfortable in the house.
picture right below is Homer, the
addition to my household. Not exactly a large cat, he is
size. He is big enough that he can knock me down, although,
is not particularly hard to do anymore. He is a rescue
He was found wandering the streets of Ventura, badly injured, almost
to death. Once the vet fixed him up, it only took him about 3
to recover, which is pretty amazing because the Vet thought his back
would have to be amputated. He is also one of the most
cats I have ever had. My nephew is afraid of him.
me on a regular basis, not mean bites, play bites. At least
draw blood any more, well, most of the time.
Homer is now
about 5 years old. For the most part, he is a very health
although he has had a urinary blockage three times now. That
problem seems to be brought about by the stress of being boarded, so,
now he gets a cat sitter to take care of him at home.
he still doesn't like it when I am away. The last time he put
quite a demonstration of being glad to see me. It was
Homer is also finally beginning to calm down, just a
He is not quite as wild as he used to be, although, he will on occasion
chew me up quite badly. He has turned into a quite
pet, something I did not think was going to be possible. When
first got him, he would really get pissed off if I picked him
In fact, the first time I did that he bit me on the leg real hard when
I put him down. But it is almost impossible now for me to be
alone. Where ever I am, Homer is right there with
sleeps on the bed with me every night now, and if it is cold outside,
he will insist on being under the covers. He will keep
nose with his paw until I let he go under. On other nights,
seems to like to play a game that I call "Let's see if I can keep Jim
awake all night". It may be that he just doesn't like me
snoring., still it is quite annoying to be woken up every half hour.
passed away in April of 2009. He developed a very bad heart
murmur and congestive heart failure. He was diagnosed with
on a Thursday, and passed away on Wednesday the following week.
He will be sorely missed. He was a very unique cat,
a very distinct personality.
The above picture was taken on June 5, 2004.
The two photos above were taken on June 5, 2004
This is what I call Homers Teddy. It is actually a toy
skunk. I originally purchased this toy for Lucky (see
below). And she played with it quite a bit, but, when she
it, it was in pretty much like new condition. Homer really
to this toy, almost from the moment I brought him home. And,
above two photos show the results of five years of pretty hard
playing. The poor thing is about ready to fall
stopped washing it a couple of years ago, because I am afraid it would
not survive another bout with the washing machine and dryer.
They are so cute when they are sleeping.
And not so cute when you are trying to work on your model railroad.
This is Spots, the
newest member of my household. I got spots June of
got him from ASSAP which is a no kill shelter for cats here in Santa
Barbara. He had only been there for a few days when I picked
up. Why did I pick him over many of the other cats...well, he
about the same size as Homer. Homer is easily intimidated by
larger cats, and smaller cats he picks on. I almost did not
choose Spots because here was very timid at the shelter.
out, he was a lot less timid than I thought, which is good, but he is
still more timid than Homer.
The big surprise was how quick he got
Homer, and vice versa. There was only a three day period
kept them seperated. Homer seemed to accept him pretty
quick. However, Spots gets along with Homer a lot better than
Homer gets along with Spots. Homer puts up with Spots, but
is about it. So far, after about a month, there is still no
warmth between them. I am not sure how long it will be, if
that they are buddies.
Update on Spots 8-8-2012
Spots is still with us. He is 17 years old now, and will be 18
soon. Our vet (Cat and Bird Clinic) says he is still is excellent
condition. He does have a minor thyroid condition and a toe nail
inflammation, but he is still playful and is Dinahs very best friend.
Well, here at least is proof that they are gradually warming up to each
other. This photo is from the time I first saw them this
The above picture was taken on June 26, 2005.
It shows Homer and Spots sleeping on my bed. While they are
very stand offish towards each other...they are spending a lot more
time near one another. I still cannot call them real pals
yet. They also do a lot of play attacks on each
there hasn't been a fight now for quite some time. These are
good signs. But in general...their attitude towards each
seem to be more along the line of just ignoring each other.
First Posted April 5,
Orpheus is our most recent addition. He is a rescue cat.
is part Maine Coon, and part Siamese. We have only had him a
at this point. He is having a little trouble adjusting to his
life, but he is getting there. His previous owner passed away
months ago from this posting and he was just running wild in the
trailer park where he used to live. Nobody had been able to
him. I was able to just walk right up to him and pick him up,
the amazement of all concerned. I guess he was meant to come
Lucy and Orpheus on the bed together....
Daphne and Tuxie
Tux and Daphne came to us in April of 2009. We got them to
fill the void that was left by Homers passing. They filled
void very well. Tux and Daph are almost like one cat.
you can see in the photos, you never see them apart. You
think that theory were litter mates, but they are totally unrelated.
They are both rescue cats. Tux in the larger of the
He is just a total love. He loves everybody.
somebody new comes into the house, he is right there to gret them and
to rub their leg.
Daphne is a little lover as well, but she is a
bit more shy. She is also a real clown. She loves
with Boo, our little Yorkie Poo.
On January 29,
2010, Tux passed away. He had a very bad Toxo Plasmosis
which caused a lot of brain damage. He went into the
clinic, The Cat Bird Clinic and stayed there until he passed.
staff wept as much as we did as they had come to love this special
little kitty as much as we did. We are going to really miss
This is Dyna. She is 11 years old. She is the baby,
ways than one. She was the runt of the litter and suffers
problems related to that. She has been constipated ever since
I got here when she was 6 weeks old. It has not been fun for
of us, but she is very cute and friendly. Never bites, never
don't really know what is wrong with her on that score. This
was taken on May 16, 1999.
Update: Here it is, April 22, 2000. I am
only now able to
give you the bad news that Dyna passed away only 3 weeks after that
was taken. She had a large tumor on her lung that was
Lucky is the older sister to Dyna. She is 13 years
old and is
also very friendly. No lap in the house is safe from
doesn't scratch, and only bit me once and that was an
was the first cat I ever had that acted really sorry after having done
Latest Update: Sad news. Lucky
passed away the second
of June 2001. She will be remembered as one of the best cats
My sister and
brother in-laws cats up
These are the newest editions to my sisters brood.
the silver tabby, is Siegfried, the oldest cat in their
in the foreground,
Freia and Fafner, acquired in July of 2001
This is a picture of just Freia and Fafner by themselves.
These are the kittens my
parents just got.
They are about 4 weeks old in the picture. They are rescue
They were orphaned at about 3 weeks old. The mother cat just
It is believed that these kittens might be related to Lucky and Dyna
Their names are Hansle (orange tabby) and Grettle.
As of Feb 1, 2004,
Hansel and Grettle have
now been living up in the state of Washington for just over a
year. Both cats grew up into very nice pets.
Grettle is a
little shy, but Hansel will always come right up to greet you.
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