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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Our Cat, Pat?

A couple of months ago, a pretty little black and white kitten came to our house via the motor of my car. We found her when we stopped the car to find out what "that noise" was. The kitten was unhurt and looked young, female and full of the nastiest smelling gas ever to come out of a living being. I took it to the vet who could not determine an age and did an ultrasound to make sure the kitten was not pregnant since female cats apparently go into spontaneous ovulation by just being around a male cat (hey, that's what the professionals said). Too full of poop, literally, to tell. Sold me some medicine to give the kitten over the next four months. So pretty, sweet and cuddly. We put a red rhinestone collar on "her" and named her Bella.

Time passes and the children come to visit for New Year's. My daughter, ever the diplomat, is watching the kitten crawl around the couch which prompted her to ask: "Mom, what did you name the cat?" "Bella," I answer, "why?" "Because," she answered, stifling a giggle, "Bella is a boy." NO WAY!!! I don't want a boy cat (they spray to mark their territory - the worst - cause their territory is wherever there's room to back up and shimmy). "No, no, no," I cried, "I refuse to accept Bella as a boy!!!"

My daughter, knowing I believe in the power of prayer, solemnly advised, "Mom, praying to Jesus is not going to change the sex of this cat!!" So Bella has become Bela, like Lugosi, with the added moniker of "Pat." SNL fans of Julia Sweeney may remember her character, Pat, the androgynous character no one could determine if male or female for sure. So, I accept that Bela is a one-L, two T feline, for now. He better watch his "pees" and "poops", though - I understand there is an old tyme method of removal involving rubber bands - Ouch!

7 comments:

Carmen said...

Priceless! Apparantly spaying them stops them wanting to 'mark' so often - I don't know if that's true or not. This reminded me of when I had a hamster when I was a teen. I named him Rambo which was promptly changed to Rambolina when she had about a zillion babies! *g*

Kathie @ my net finds said...

That is too weird because a friend of mine adopted a cat that she swore was a girl and named it Bella. She later found out it was a boy! no joke. how funny!

laterg8r said...

oh my!!!!

Maggi said...

LOL Pat! That is too funny!

23SkidooWithYou said...

I work for an animal hospital and you'd be surprised how often this happens. I know of a male cat named "Rapunzel" and a male ferret named "Mia". It happens. Get him neutered asap and you shouldn't have any probs with him marking. Um, they sort of back up to stuff and spray as opposed to lifting legs, so do it soon. :) Bless you for giving "Pat" a good home...now you need a second one named "Chris". LOL Ahheeehhhh (using my Pat laugh imitation)

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