Cats That Own Us, part 2

Illusions, aka Louie (yeech)  MICA, MyCat, Mike, or Sir………….we just love giving our cats pet (sic) names.  Our veterinarian, Dr. Kevin, says we are the only family he knows that has multiple names for our animals.

Having had  Cinnabar for such a short time, but loving the experience of having a cat around the house, we decided to adopt another.  The criteria were for a young cat, but not a kitten.  We wanted to adopt one that needed that forever home.

With the internet to research catteries, we decided to visit one that was about 75 miles from us.

They had advertised a female “Queen” for sale.  A “Queen” is a breeder, and this one was being retired.  Going to see her, we were also offered a retired “Stud”.

Poor Louie was not up for the pressure of mating with a “Queen” in heat.  My husband decided that he preferred the male to the female.  So Louie came home with us; however, even before we reached home his name had been changed to MICA.

Cinnabar was called so because of his colour.  Mica was called so, because bengals can have some hollow hair that will reflect high intensity light.  When the cattery owner shone a 400 watts light on Mica he reflected sparkling gold, much like mica does in stones.

His first chore at home was to unload the dishwasher!   Next he decided he would be our official taste tester.  (Stove had not been turned on yet.)

Water dishes were for regular cats; he wanted & still gets water directly from the tap.  Daddy has taught 3 out of 4 cats to drink from the filtered water tap.  Keeps Daddy busy, he had to retire so he had the time for thirsty cats.

I found that with Cinnabar my wool stash was okay being on display.   Mica showed us what a good hunter he was.  This necessitated a trip to Canadian Tire for a cupboard to store the wool in.  Oh well my daughter appreciated the bookcase…………

He was like a weaver bird, after he got finished winding it around things, in and out, and around and around.  It made for a real good time unraveling it.

These are only two of his most endearing moments

Ah, can you tell which end is up?

Of course then there time to just hang around.

We’ve had all the cats on the upper rail at one time or another.  When we moved in we wondered what caused the scratches in the rail.  Ah………..that would be a cat that lost their balance while doing their high rail act.

MyCat (so nicknamed as he is in fact my cat, has had a bad time of it.  He was diagnosed as “Feline Hypersensitivity”.  This necessitates us dosing him twice a day with a capsule containing amitriptylene & valium.  The pills have to be cut down to his doses, and I found it better to put both medications in a gel capsule.  With a little oil it goes down real quick.  Of course at times he is resistant and can tongue that capsule out one or two times, before I get it far enough down his throat, so there is a deposit, but no return.

We almost lost him when he developed ‘Giardia and Tritrichomonas’ these are parasites, either one can make a cat extremely ill.  We later learned that the breeder had to shut down her cattery, as all her cats were carriers of the parasites.

She refunded our purchase price, but that still didn’t make it easy for Mica.  We had to give him two different medications, they almost killed him.  It took over two years for him to gain back his weight, and to this day he is a very picky eater.  I have finally stopped the weekly weigh-ins, as his weight has stabilized.

Today he is healthy & happy.  Thanks Dr. Kevin.



Coming, Cats That Own Us, part 3 – ZORAH


  1. whiteladyinthehood said,

    July 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

    He is very handsome! I’m so glad he is healthy and happy now! I love the photo’s you added to your post. I think it’s amazing he drinks straight from the tap.

  2. July 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you. Mica is definitely handsome. I wonder sometime what kind of kittens he would have sired. He is classified as a brown spot bengal, but also has broken rosettes. Those are the spots within spots. I think of him as the ‘Cary Grant’ of cats.

  3. Archon's Den said,

    July 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    He looks better in the pictures….well, quieter anyway.

  4. Sightsnbytes said,

    July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful cats.nice pictures too!

    • July 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you I try, but you have to be fast. They want to investigate what you are pointing at them.

      By the way thank you for the instructions, about dropping the pictures into the blog, it was very helpful.

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