Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mini & Moo



These two loving girls are Mini and Moo. I rescued them from an alley in Tempe, AZ about three years ago, along with their mother and three other kittens. We found homes for the rest, but I decided that Mini and Moo should stay together with me! As you can see, the sister bond is very close and I didn't want to break it! -AliCat

39 comments:

Emma's Kat said...

Good morning! Can you believe their sisters! I love that about cats, that they can come out looking so different. I guess it really boils down to the mom being a hussy(Jan, I believe that's your word). But, anyway...Mini & Moo are both pretty kitties. Is Moo the Siamese?? She looks full Siamese!! And then you have fluffy tuxedo Mini. I hope I have their names straight! AliCat, hopefully you'll come on and clarify things...tell me if I'm right.

BTW, Kim...you better check in as soon as you're up!! Ya hear! Did you get bad storms?

Emma's Kat said...

*they're

Claire said...

They are beautiful and it is great to hear a successful rescue story. Bless you for saving the family. It looks like you have a wonderful reward, though. Loving kitties!

Kim said...

Good Morning Kat, Good Morning All!
These two photograph so well. They look very close and the pictures you sent in are so sweet. Their story is a good one with a happy ending, that's so wonderful to hear! They're both so beautiful!

Yes Kat, still here. I haven't had a chance to watch the news to see how bad it was, but yes, we had some storms. I slept through most of them, waking occassionally. Thanks for your concern my friend.

LOA said...

goodmornig all u ar right they ar so fifferent the grey one is stiking her tongue at u for calling her mommy a hussy love your storry about your babys and they ar so fallegar

Emma's Kat said...

I just saw how the Siamese is sticking her tongue out. I think it's so cute when they do that! Has anyone ever owned a Siamese? How are their tempermants. I've heard good and bad about them.

Claire said...

Kat, I've never owned a Siamese but have owned a Tonkinese, which is a breed that comes from a combination of Siamese and Burmese. They look similar to a apple head Siamese and have the people loving attitude of the Burmese and the wonderful intelligence of the Siamese. My was called a blue mink male(Simon Says)and my daughter has two platinum female minks. I think a pure breed Siamese can be demanding but highly entertaining. I love the look of cats with the dark points and this little girl (Moo or Mini) is beautiful. Well, they both are beautiful, of course.

danielle said...

these two are so cute. i love when brothers or sisters stay friendly. jake was out all night and when he came in Spot attacked him. I wish they were still friendly.

Good morning Fuzz Pack!!!!!!!!!!!

I especially love when they stick their tongues out.

donna said...

Hi Mini, Hi Moo!

They are both very beautiful. Some day, I would like to adopt siblings. I love how they can be so close. The "yin-yang"-ish picture is so cute!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Mini and Moo are so cute. Love the picture of the gold eyes and the blue eyes. And love, as Donna named it, the "ying-yang" picture, great title. So glad you rescued that kitty family -- and didn't separate the sisters. They definitely have a strong bond with each other.

Kim said...

Donna, you put it perfectly, Yin-yang! That's great!

Kat, I had a Siamese for a short time. He was such a pleasure! He was a very social cat and "talked" up a storm. We weren't able to keep him at the time but I made sure he went to a home that was ready for such a hands on kitty. His temperment was very confident and friendly.

riquel said...

They are beautiful, I love their names. I wonder if it is something with Siamese, about the tongue sticking out, I have seen a few pictures, and have known a couple of Siamese, and they are always sticking their tongues out...or maybe that is just a breed with no manners? LOL

Meowmepurr's Mumma in Washington State said...

Oh, Siamese worry about manners--just every one elses, not theirs! When I was a small child(a loooong time ago...), my best friend had a pair of Siamese sisters. They were just like the Siamese in "Lady and the Tramp." They always sat together, in the best chair in any room, and they talked to each other constantly. You could tell they were making rude comments about the louche people!

Good Morning Fuzz Pack!! Mini looks very much like our Flumpy. These two are just beautiful--I love the first picture with their wonderful eyes showing up so well.

Gheeri's Servant said...

Morning Fuzz Pack!!!!

Glad everything is A-OK, kim!!!!

riquel, you crack me up...

Jan, are you turning into Rosie? (louche???LOL)

And yes, momma had to have been quite the "tramp" to have such different kittens. Isn't it weird that only cats can do that? It amazes me that they evolved to be able to control thier genes with biodiversity?!?! Talk about insta-incest control....lol

casper's mom said...

Yeah I guess, Mom had to be out on the town. Beautiful sisters. So different and pretty. So glad AliCat that you saved such beauties.

Casper sticks his tongue out a lot. Just wish I could get his picture when he does. He talks to me like KoKo(Ik-Ik) (The Cat Who dunnits)does when KoKo is solving mysteries. Although he does not have the loud yowl like his Mom did, thank goodness. Think I said that once before about the yowl.

Kim thank goodness you had a fairly decent night. Saw when I came on line that three died in Northern Texas on my Yahoo page. So sad.

Anyhow, I love the pictures of Mini and Moo.

Ella's Mom said...

Mini and Moo are sooo cute! You can just tell from the pictures how these two are joined at the hip. Glad you decided to keep them together. I can't believe they are sisters either! I never relized that kitty siblings could be so different until I started coming on here. I wish I could get another cat so Ella could have a playmate, but we just don't have the space right now.

Gheeri's Servant said...

aaahh, the age old question. But, the way I see it, there's ALWAYS room for one more :)

Kathleen said...

Good morning all,
How adorable. I've been debating about adopting two Himi sister, but after seeing this photo-I'm quite sure that they need to be together.
FYI, Shadow was part Siamese-I think that the biggest shocker for people is how much they talk.

donna said...

Except, perhaps, on the bed when you're trying to sleep, 2 kitties don't take up any more space than 1 kitty :-)

I've never owned any real "talkers"--I'm not sure I would know what to do. Sometimes Maddie will talk a lot on a walk and I just hope it's because she's enjoying herself. I keep thinking I should understand but I don't :-(

How *do* you respond to a talker?

Kathleen said...

Hi Donna,
Yup, the bed space might be an issue! It was with Shadow and a boyfriend in a small apartment, but I'll make due :)
I use to ask Shadow about her day and she'd respond accordingly. However as she got older she started "screaming" anytime I was out of site i.e. bathroom, getting mail etc. That can get quite tiresome, she usually needed a "hello" and pat on the head to stop. Anybody else have this issue? My mom and dad did as well with their elderly Himi, Funny Face.

Ella's Mom said...

GS, you're right...but since I live at home, convincing my mom is the problem. Also since Ella's been an only cat for so long I'm not sure how she'd react - she can have a bit of a jealous streak sometimes, then other times she looks so bored and lonely with me gone most of the time that I think she'd like the company, I just don't know. I was at pet smart this past weekend and they had some kittens there up for adoption they were climbing up in their cages trying to get to me when they saw me. I so wanted to take all of them home. Our house needs some work right now too so thats really why I'm not adopting one just yet. Once our house gets fixed up, I plan on having a room set aside just for the cat's, then I'll probably adopt a playmate for Ella.

Gheeri's Servant said...

Apparently, Toby is *QUITE* the talker. I mean, he could rival Siamese. When I first wake up and get home from work, he "talks" to me for like 1/2 hour! Also, when he wants to be petted, and he talks to Gheeri, too. And what a vocabulary! Since having him, I think I recognize at least 5 types of meows, 3 chirps (he saves 1 specifically when he's talking to her) and 2 types of purrs. He's very versitile!

donna, I just talk back. It doesn't really matter what you say. Usually you can just talk jibberish, as long as it's calm and soothing, they love it, and talk right back... It's fun having a talkative cat, although, it's funny, because I often feel like Toby is rushing me and is "yelling" at me-so I often find my self saying, OK, OK, give me a minute, and he'll follow me around, meowing. lol, cats are great....

Gheeri's Servant said...

lisa, if you do adopt another, the best advice I can give you is to adopt an older cat, not a kitten. You say Ella is older, so although she could probably use the exercise, she probably doesn't want to be bothered ALL the time, lol. I know it's tempting to get a kitten, but it'll be much better for Ella to get a cat thats 1 yr+.

Kathleen, I know, Toby is like that too. When he first sees you, he meows for attention, and only much, much, later does he stop. But he'll occasionally come up and chirp while we're home as well.

donna said...

OK, well, that's what I do with Maddie. I just say things like "Really?" "Oh, I know" and other such jibberish. Heck, I talk to our cats even if they're not saying anything!

Lisa, I agree with GS. Kittens require a lot of energy, time, and attention both from you and a resident cat. And being older, I doubt she wants to deal with a "pesky child". Also, introduce them *slowly*. Don't plop the newcomer in the middle of the living room. It will stress both of them out: Ella because a strange cat is suddenly in her territory; and the new kitty because it's suddenly been dropped into another cat's territory.

You would need to close the newcomer in a bedroom or something and let them hear and smell each other through the door. This introductory period could take hours or days, depending on the cats.

After bringing Wiley home, we fed Maddie and Kona treats right outside the door of Wiley's room in the hopes that they'd associate the treats (good) with the new kitty.

And, of course, lavish tons of attention on Ella to let her know she isn't being replaced. :-)

Ella's Mom said...

Thanks for all the tips, I was thinking an older cat would be better too. Hopefully I'll be able to adopt a "new addition" sometime this year. It's so hard to resist all those cute kittens though! Actually I had checked the paperwork I got when I adopted her and she'll actually be seven next month. I was really off on that one! I should have known thought since she's only been with us 5 yrs and I adopted her when she was almost two - duh!
Anyway when I first brought her home Ella would talk all the time now the only time she talks a lot is when I go to get her treats! She perks right up then LOL!
(can't you just tell I'm trying to avoid doing any work today?)

Kathleen said...

That's the amazing thing-there are recognizable chirps and peeps and meows. And I don't know how many times a night I had to say "Yes, I know, I'll be there right now" as I was changing out of my work clothes or paying bills. Mom and Dad now have a newby, Romeo (1 year old Persian) who talks to the phone when either one of them are on it...no other time. Seems as if he knows.

Karen C. said...

I like how close these two are. They're both beautiful, but I have to admit to having a thing for the extra-fluffy ones, and I'd love to cuddle that black and white one (would that one be Moo, because she's black and white, like a cow?)

My Grr is very quiet, except for her playful growl, but Midnight and Cocoa talk to me quite a bit. I get kitty talk regarding their needs for food, play, and petting. They talk to each other about whose turn it is in my lap. When one feels the other has had a long enough turn they'll sit at my feet and meow that time's up. Then they switch. They're very good about sharing.

Karen C. said...

One more comment...when Cocoa starts mewing about how it's time to cuddle, I mimic every sound he makes right back at him. That really gets his "PET ME" frenzy going!

Emma's Kat said...

It's funny...I actually wasnt' even thinking about Marley being part Siamese!!! Poor Marley! I love you Marley! He's just so opposite of the Siamese from what everyone says about them!! He's 15 lbs of fluff...not thin and long like a Siamese. He's very quiet too and not at all needy. He'd rather be by himself. And he is slightly vocal, when he wants his food, but that's it! He doesn't like too much affection. He likes the occasional belly rub and chin scratch, but he rarely curls up in my lap and hates kisses. So, anyway...I would love to one day own a Siamese. I've just heard from a few people that they can be kinda moody and not very social, but it could've been the owners...who knows!

Kim said...

Oscar has his different types of voices, too. He chirps a lot while I'm cooking. He doesn't like people food, he just likes that it's "our" special time to catch up on the day. He wakes me in the morning with two different types of meows, one says that he needs to go out and potty, one says that he'd like a little snack (I feed him at night). There are others sounds but these three are the most common. I love how cats try to interact with us vocally. It sure puts the stereotype way off base! Even the antisocial cats have their way of communicating with us.

Kat, I was wondering about Marley when you asked you initial question about the Siamese. I'm still learning about Simon but so far he's a talker, especially the more he's around everyone. Ok gotta go pick Sean up from school. See you all shortly.

GS, had something to tell or ask you but now I can't think what it was. Oh, you can look at it as that I was thinking about you and wishing you a good day! I wish all of you a good day!

Gheeri's Servant said...

lol, kim.

kat, from what I hear, they're quite loyala- picking one person in the family to bond to, and they're stand-offish to everyone else-thats why people get the impression that they're anti-social...

karen c, that is so cute how they share their time with you! Not my 2, they both yell at me to pet them...ever had each hand rubbing a different cat at the same time? It's hectic. I was thinking the same thing-that Moo is the B&W, like a cow....
Hope everyone & thier kitties are healthy & Happy!

Karen C. said...

Cocoa and Midnight take turns with the lap when I'm sitting, but when I lay down I often have both to pet. It's hard because they both like different styles of petting. One hand has to be stroking Midnight's back and the other hand has to be scratching Cocoa's furry neck. It's like that patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time thing. It's very sad for me, but Grr has only come to me twice for petting. Grr loves one of my daughters and will only cuddle with her. ::sigh::

sped said...

These two are precious. I love that they are sisters but are so different. I suppose we humans are like that to some extent. We resemble our siblings but we are VERY different in our likes/abilities.

I think Special Ed has some siamese in him. He is quite a talker. I talk back too. I look into his eyes when I speak to him and I can tell if he's in need, feeling playful, happy, etc.. by what his eyes say. His meows, mews, purrs and chirps all say different things, but his eyes really tell me what is going on with him.

We went to the special olympics today. We were rained out so we got back onto the bus and went to the mall. Some of my students had never been to the mall. What a hoot! We had a blast. We rode the escalator...that was a treat. A couple of them were terrified, one wouldn't get on and one kept screaming, "I'm Courderoy". (The book about the bear in the department store). Too funny!

riquel said...

Hi meowmepurr's mom, in response to your question from yesterday, yes Loa is my mom. :o)

Emma's Kat said...

I was just thinking about different meows, as everyone was talking about, and my Emma does this funny meow. It's more like a marrowll. It's kinda long and drawn out. But, I'm almost certain, that it means paper or that she wants to play. She will do it and sometimes bring me a ball of paper she's found. Or she will do it and I'll copy her and she'll run to me and sit at my feet w/that expression like, you have paper...I'm ready to play fetch!

Karen- My Marley is pretty much antisocial with everyone but my 7 yr. old son. He sleeps w/my son on his top bunk every night. And my son is the only one who can get away w/kisses on Marley's head!

One last thing! Wasn't it yesterday we were talking about how our cats did or didn't sleep and cuddle together? I said how Benj and Emma didn't usually lay together? Well, last night they cuddled for a good hour together. Occasionally licking each other. So sweet! They had to prove me wrong!

riquel said...

My Munchkin who is a calico, she is a talker too, and the more you talk back to her, the more she talks, and scary as it sounds, you will eventually know what they are saying, and know what questions to ask. I still speak in English when I talk back to Munchkin, but my husband has become fluent in cat, and he responds that way, they can talk for hours.....LOL
I know Kat, I know...I owe another pic...LOL

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