Thursday, January 2, 2014

My New Year Kitty Four Years Later

My daughter who lives in another city called yesterday to wish us all a Happy New Year. She’s a very interesting young woman, and I always enjoy speaking with her. Amongst some of the many things we talked about was her cat Daeny that she adopted from the local humane society in 2012 when she stayed with us for a few months. (That story can be found here)

My daughter's cat, Daeny
It got me thinking about my own cats; both of them also adopted from a local shelter. One of them celebrating four years with us today. Her name is Nacho, and we sometimes refer to her as Nacho Cheese, The Cheese, or just Cheese. She’s familiar with, and responds to, all these names.



 
 
She is solid black. There isn’t a single other colour or mark on her, and I wonder how long she would have been waiting for a home for that reason if we hadn’t found her. Because as you may or may not know, black cats are less likely to be adopted, and they are euthanized more frequently.


Black animals don’t photograph well on adoption websites, which certainly doesn’t help, and they’re not thought of as being ‘pretty’ enough, so they’re usually ignored at shelters. But also, the idea that they’re considered bad luck may still influence some people.


We don’t subscribe to such superstitious nonsense, nor do we adopt animals to fit in with our home décor. Nacho, the sweetest little furball, came home with us on January 2nd, 2010 because we fell in love with her. She is our 'New Year' kitty.


And she continues to be the most amazing cat; sweet, friendly, and utterly beautiful. I’m so glad we brought her home with us; she has brought so much joy into our lives.


Black cats are the best! Everyone should have one.

42 comments:

  1. Nacho is very lucky. She's beautiful, too. I don't understand why people think they are bad luck or that they are not beautiful enough to take home. I don't have a difficulty loving any animal based on color or breed or otherwise. Our kitties happened to be tossed out by people. Lucky comes from someone who tossed him out of a van window in front of our neighbors house and Pumpkin was an abused barn cat that made his escape to us one August afternoon. I have always brought home the "strays". Happy New Year and Happy Birthday, Nacho!

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    1. Ignorance, Bird, ignorance... It's the only thing I can think of. Black cats don't have it easy, and it's sad. Nacho was a stray before she was picked up by the humane society. She is now living the life of a queen! Good on you for giving those precious animals a loving home! Happy New Year!

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  2. Nacho is so beautiful! I'm glad she found you.

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  3. Pretty kitties ! Glad they have forever homes with you both . But you are right black cats don't get picked for forever homes , I must shamefully admit I am not a fan of black cats , I am more for character in the colours as well . Thanks for sharing . Lovely photos ! Blowing a blizzard here today ! Have a good day !

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    1. As I get older, the colours are less important. Now I look for a connection with the animal when I visit the humane society. It took a few trips to find Nacho, and when we saw her, we knew she was the right choice for us. Best thing we ever did!

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  4. Nacho is a gorgeous kitty! and she is very lucky to have you guys for her forever home. adoption from the local shelter is the best way to go!

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    1. Local shelters are definitely the best way to go. There are so many wonderful animals in need of a home.

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  5. lucky Nacho to have found you, lovely photos of both cats.

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  6. Great cat pictures! I have two black cat ... never have understood being afraid of a black cat ... never even entered my mind ... until I rescued one and the rescue place said no one wanted to adopt black cats ... what?

    Nacho is a very beautiful cat... sweet face ~ such curious beasts... they kill me

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    1. I know what you mean, Carolyn. I didn't know that about black cats until after we got Nacho. I shake my head at such nonsense.

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  7. "The Cheese"... I love it! We have reverted to calling our kitties Baby Boy and Baby Girl (yes, they do have real names, but we are too lazy to use them LOL). While I was aware of the superstitions surrounding black cats, Martha, I'm amazed they still persist today. I do worry about them at Halloween, of course :( The next time I fall in love at the shelter, I'll do my best to fall for a Blackie :)

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    1. Some things never change, Monique...people will carry on stupid superstitions. Animals should be adopted according to how you connect with them, no matter what they look like.

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  8. She is a dainty little kitty, isn't she.

    When my husband got his cat Sheldon he told his daughters that they had to get the oldest and blackest cat in the shelter. He is a super friendly cat that is now 19 years old.

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    1. That is so cool, Birdie! What a great story. I mean, really...an AWWWWWW type story!

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  9. She's gorgeous. And I love the name "Nacho!"

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  10. Oh my gosh, this is nuts. I love black cats, they are so pretty. Well, I mean I'm more a dog person but did have cats growing up and I never thought about color. That's too bad that other people do.

    Our pups are both rescues as well. Only way I'd get a pet.

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    1. Yup, rescues all the way! We have two cats, and both of them are from the local shelter. There are always animals waiting for good homes; many of them so wonderful.

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  11. What an astonishing story. I just simply love it! And what a heart-felt message you state about your daughter. I enjoyed how you shared your feelings about her. Brag on! I feel the same way about my daughter, too. Nacho is GORGEOUS! What silly non-sense regarding black cats - or any cat for that matter. They used to equate cats with witches, bad luck and other sorts of evil. Geez! You'd think we would get beyond such primitive, barbaric thoughts. Anywho, super post! Cheers!!

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    1. Yes, you'd think we could get beyond all that nonsense! All the animals at shelters are beautiful, and in search of a loving home. Cheers to you! And happy 2014!

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  12. She is absolutely stunning! :). I do not subscribe to any of that superstitious crap either. And it's so disheartening to think that some do. We have a very special, loving black Maine Coon named Otis who we brought home from our local shelter in '98. He's 16, and my husband and i can't imagine life without him! So much love!

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    1. So happy to hear that about Otis! I bet he's lived a beautiful life with you all these years, and I wish him many more! Yes, so much love!

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  13. She is absolutely beautiful! Very sleek! That is hard to believe that black cats are adopted less often although I have read that comment about black dogs. She looks very regal and certainly well loved! :)

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    1. She's a princess, Francie; pretty much runs the house! We serve HER...hahaha... That's okay. She really adds joy to our home.

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  14. What a sweetheart Nacho is, Martha! A real beauty! We had a black cat for 15 years and her name was Polo.....an absolutely great kitty. She moved to Vancouver with us and came back to NS.....flew both ways! She used to walk with us when we walked our dog.....she followed us everywhere.

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    1. Polo...cute name! She sounds amazing, and it looks like she had quite an adventurous life. I used to have a beautiful white cat that came along when I took my kids for walks when they were little. Make sure we were safe from other cats...hahaha!

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  15. Nacho is a little beauty! And she's very lucky to have you and your family, Martha. It's so sad that superstitions and silly color requirements keep some people from adopting certain animals. They all deserve a loving home.

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    1. That's right, Tina; they all deserve a loving home, no matter what they look like.

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  16. I love black cats (actually have 3), it is so sad people just look at the color and think bad luck - in Europe white cats are actually bad luck. To me all cats are beautiful, and anyone who has one knows that they bring you luck in the form of love!

    Happy New Year Cheese and all living things in your house including you! ;)

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    1. I'm with you, Alice... I also think all cats are beautiful. Choosing one to bring home is very difficult, but it shouldn't be based just on looks. Happy New Year!

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  17. They are all so beautiful, I once had kimmi (my calico cat) sammi my all black on top white at the bottom (who disappeared when i was forced to move i still cry for her and hope she's in heaven because not knowing hurts me to the very depth of who i am, then there's Mikey another black cat that has teeth sticking out so that I occasionally call him, my Count Mikula, the SPCA called me at one point to tell me someone brought in a black cat, female, had been operated but was sick, I was so overjoyed that i Immediately brought her to the vet got her well she had a high fever and very smelly well you know what. Anyhoo she got better, but little by little i realized that \i wasn't facing the fact that it couldn't be my Sammi, because this little Sam was all black no white on the belly and had two green eyes one lighter than the other, My Sammi had yellow eyes...I love all 3 cats even if I miss my most loving one. I hope she comes to me in a dream to tell me she's ok...the way my German Sheppard who died in my arms came to me in a dream 3 years later to tell me he was soooo happy, so I'm waiting patiently and I've been tempted to leave where I am but I wait until the dream, before i leave town. I'm so glad your daughter adopted a little one in need. They are precious and should never be locked in cages especially the sick ones who can wait a while for a vet to check them...It breaks my heart, I realize now that it was intended that i end up with Sam Sam because she had been brought to be killed because she was sick.
    Your cats and your daughter's are stunning x

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    1. Wow, Lorraine! You have certainly had some amazing animals under your care. But I'm not surprised; you seem to have a BIG heart. I'm sorry about Sammi. That must have been difficult for you. Have faith that it all turned our well for her. I hope she does visit in your dreams to give you comfort.

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  18. O, she is beautiful. She reminds me so much of the black kitty I rescued when I was in my mid-20s -- she had such a sweet, affectionate nature. I'm so glad Cheese has a forever home with you. I trust you are enjoying the beginnings of a beautiful new year :)

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    1. My sweet Cheese is one of the best starts I've ever had to a New Year! She is certainly a blessing. I wish you a beautiful 2014!

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  19. My daughter has adopted three black cats and they are such joys in her family's life. So glad you highlighted your beautiful Nacho Cheese!

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    1. That is wonderful, Nancy! I am always happy to hear black cats being adopted. My Cheese is the best cat I've ever had. Just adorable and sweet.

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  20. It baffles me that people would think black cats aren't pretty, because I love them (but then, I think cats are generally unable to be ugly, just by being cats.)

    I always have to grin when you mention Daeny, because it reminds me of a friend who named her kittens Drogon and Rhaegal - I'm not sure how familiar you are with Game of Thrones, but they are two of Daenerys' three dragons.

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    1. I am slightly familiar with Game of Thrones because of my daughter; her cat is named after Daenerys. But I didn't know about the dragons! That is very cool; great names for cats!

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  21. I've only ever had one cat that isn't black, but he's pretty awesome, too. All of my kitties have been strays that found me, or I found them in ways that made it clear I was meant to be their human. I'm of the mind that whatever is thought to be standardly unlucky is lucky for me, so black cats are my favorite. Around here, though, we keep our black kitties inside the whole month of October, as a lot of people around here sacrifice them around Halloween for some reason. It's sad :(

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    1. Good on you for keeping those kitties safe. It is disgusting some of the things people do. Hurting animals, in my opinion, makes you as low as they get!

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