Monday, February 05, 2007

Tocchet

















Tocchet (Tock-it) was born March 17, 1992 in my daughters' closet. His Momma Cheyenne was pregnant when she came to us. She was very young, and Tocchet was the only one of the four to survive the first week. His original name was Tom Kitten (after my fiance), but we gave him his own name after that first week when we decided to keep him. The name comes from then-Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player Rick Tocchet. It was our favorite team, and he looked a little like a penguin. Tocchet was hit by a car and broke his leg when he was about a year old, and has been nicknamed the 'Bionic kitty' since then, due to a steel plate the vet put in his leg. He was up and running just a couple days after surgery! He was quite the hunter in his younger days, always bringing me birds, mice, rabbits and squirrels. He gave all that up when he was about 10, and was content to sleep on the back deck all day until we made him an indoor cat 2 years ago. Now his outdoor adventures are supervised, and he hasn't challenged the 6 foot fence since we moved in to our new house last year. Tocchet has always been a pretty laid back guy. He has welcomed the kittens my daughters brought in to the house, almost keeping the peace between them and his Momma who wanted no part of them. After Cheyenne went to the bridge and the girls moved out with their cats, Tocchet and I were a little lost until Lemieux and Ariel came along. Now he is King Kitty and lets them know it. His main duty in life is protecting me when I sleep, making sure the young ones don't attack me until HE gets hungry. -Ann M.

7 comments:

Emma's Kat said...

Good morning! Brrrr, it's freezin' here in VA! The high is supposed to be 32 degrees and get down in the 'teens tonight! Yikes! This is the coldest weather we've had so far this year.

Anyway, Tocchet, your are the cutest handsomest boy. Love your smart looking markings, your white mustache and those black paw pads on your white feet! Your looking great for 14 years of age!

Gemini said...

Hello Trochet! You are one handsome kitty. It sounds like a furry important job you have protecting your Momma!

katnippia said...

Hi sweet Trochet! you are a very handsome kitty. You look very cute sitting in the plants like that.Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job at being your mom's protector. Ann M. Thanks for sharing his pictures with us.

Becky said...

Hi Tocchet king kitty...you sure are handsome! I love the stories of your outdoor adventures but I love it even more to hear you are an indoor kitty these days! You sound like a tough guy with the steel plate in your leg but I bet you are as soft & sweet as your pictures! You are very nice protecting your mom!! What a good guy!! :)

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Hi Tocchet! I've read the blog you share with Lemieux and Ariel, but I never knew how to pronounce your name. What a sweet Bionic Kitty you are! That's a really cute picture in the "jungle".
Karen C.

jess said...

awww Tocchet is such a handsome guy! i love his markings and his paws are awesome!!(well the one that i can see anyway! LOL!) the jungle pic is sooo cute!
and what a survivor story! i also loved reading how he got his very interesting name. thanks for sharing him! what a sweetheart :)

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Hi Tocchet, You are a very handsome kitty. And you certainly carry your age well.

Very nice to hear your story.