|"a catatonic catwoman,|
The first pussy that I came to be attached with was Bogart. He was not the cute and cuddly type, though. He was as stiff as a stoned stoner and smelled of eau de formalin. As a pre-med student, I dissected him inside-out for my anatomy and physiology laboratory class. Even though Bogart was a cold cadaver, I knew him very well: from his integumentary system to his brain and spinal cord.
|Me in my catspectacles & with Milky Moo|
But I didn't.
Fast-forward to now, I've never realized how much of a sucker I am for cats until I seriously wanted to change my real name into Caterin, until I found myself googling "how come cats like fish but hate water" and "how old can cats take a bath / get pregnant," until I found calling out to and counting all the stray cats I see on the way home (or anywhere!) as a newfound hobby, and, most especially, until I came up with a list of "reasons why I should be a cat in my next lifetime or why I should've been one in the present."
I can't help it. I'm cat-whipped!
In lieu of my catwomanhood, I wrote the names of cats I have and had and, surprisingly, I'm already at a 2-digit count.
Here's a list of my cat loves:
(stray Whitey cat, male)
After 3 or so weeks, Romeo ran away and I was left heartbroken. A few months after his untimely and voluntary exit, I remember seeing a cat that looked very much like him that just roamed around our 'hood. But he never responded to my cat-calls. I knew then that I had to let Romeo go.
(Siamese cat, male)
I got Lucio through scouring Buy and Sell ads, just around a month after Romeo chose the filthy streets over my loving arms. Lucio (whom I also called Lucy, Lucy baby, Lucy Fern, or Lucy in the sky with diamonds) was a darling of all sorts.
Although Lucio used to be feeble, he grew to be a furry fatso. He usually slept with me on my bed. I couldn't remember him being naughty. He was very, very sweet. Sadly, when he was around 33 human years old (via), Lucio became sickly again. He started losing weight and became really ill that even medications couldn't save him.
Lucio passed away a few days after my 25th birthday. We buried him beside our artesian well. My heart still aches whenever I remember him. He will always be my sweetheart baby boy cat. I love you forever, Lucio!
(stray Tuxedo-Cowcat, female)
I was digging the old photographs in my hard drive when I found this cute baby. She was all-clingy and crept against my legs when I found her somewhere in Riverbanks. If I didn't see that Lucio had a picture with her, I wouldn't realize that I actually took the kitty home.
I honestly do not know what happened to her. I was staying at a dormitory in Manila at that time and I couldn't bring a pet with me. It's possible that she died because she was really thin and sickly when I got her. I never had the chance to name her and that makes me sad. She could've been my first female kitty.
(stray Tuxedo cat, male)
We named him Bruce because his face looks like Batman's mask, as in Bruce Wayne. Also, that was the time when I was gaga for Bruce Lee, so that sealed the deal.
Bruce is now a macho tomcat! But is still super sweet. His black and white coat looks very gorgeous, too! He still kneads his favorite ladybug pillow from time to time -- if he's not busy occupying more than half of my bed.
|Bruce, 2012 (left) & 2013 (right)|
|Bruce & co., 2013|
(stray Basement cat, male)
A few days after I adopted Bruce, a pack of 3 adorable kittens were found near our office again. One of them was all black (with all blue eyes!) and I got dibs on the critter without much ado. I named him Burton after one of my favorite filmmakers. And I brought him home to meet Bruce.
They instantly became friends. No lousy hissings or messy territorial pissings. Bruce and Burton were adorable together. I used to bring the two of them to the office alternately because I only commuted and I only had a tote bag to bring one of them along. Burton was the cry baby so I usually took Bruce with me.
However, I had to let go of Burton because of my trip to Seoul. Shinji adopted him and renamed him Tulfo. I haven't seen Tulfo ever since I came back from South Korea, even though I've gone to Shinji's house a number of times. Shinji said that Burton has been living with his neighbor's, who has a ladycat caretaker. Well, just as long as he's still alive, then I'm okay with that.
|Bruce & Burton, 2012|
|Burton watching Breaking Bad, 2012|
(stray Cowcat, male)
Chuck was found by the same uncle of mine, who found Romeo. He was charming and I decided to keep him so Bruce will have a playmate - look at them (below) snuggle like swirly babies! Bijan suggested the name Chuck, as in Norris.
However, Chuck only lasted a few days with me. My mother got pissed (for some unknown reason) and decided to throw Chuck away - without letting me know! I just woke up one morning and Chuck's nowhere to be found... I still get frustrated whenever I remember this, Chuck was really something.
|Bruce & Chuck, 2012|
(stray Whitey cat, female)
Tofu is a sweetie pie. Bijan and I first saw her as a very tiny kitty at an empty house next to theirs. She was with a sibling and they were crying for milk and yelping for rescue. We tried catching them through the tall and barbed wire wall, using an old net and some left-over okoy. But we did not succeed.
A few weeks later, during Bijan's sister's birthday, Tofu literally entered their house and, of course, we instantly claimed her as ours. We knew that she was the same white kitten! On the same night, we gave her a bath and fed her some grilled fish... and she's been a sweetheart since then.
Okay, Tofu is not really mine but I like to think that she's one of Bijan and I's conjugal properties, ha-ha. We call her Mr. Uhog and Tufo most of the time. (I initially wanted to name her Django, though!)
#7, #8 MULLET & KEEMPEE
(stray Cowcats, both male)
Bijan and I adopted Mullet the Baka and Keempee the Lion from our good fellas, Patet and Tomi. Because they have 2 mother cats at home, Flip (the angel) and Chicken (the bitch), they frequently have new-born kittens, which they usually throw them after a month or two. Flip and Chicken gave birth almost at the same time and their babies were so irresistible that I needed to adopt at least one of them. I just had to.
We took 2 cuties home and they are now happily (s)mothered by me, Bijan, and Tofu! Also, we sometimes call them Mollit and Kempi. They're growing big so fast!
|Mullet & Keempee, 2013|
|Tofu & Mullet & Keempee, 2013|
#9, #10 JULIO & JULIA
(Siamese cats, male and female)
I couldn't take Mullet or Keempee from the south to the east so I left them with Bijan. I miss them almost everyday and I constantly hoped that I have new kittens of my own. A few days later, I saw a bunch of Siamese kittens for sale in our village and I simply had to make them mine!
I picked Julio first because I am more attached to male cats and I like to be reminded of my baby Lucio. But Julia had the sweetest face! I never had a female cat so I got her, too. Plus, I'm really excited to be a catgranny one day.
Julio and Julia (names, again, suggested by Bijan) are super inseparable. And I'm lucky because it only took around 3 days of hissing before Bruce started befriending (and licking!) them. I can't wait for the 3 of them to have lots of furry babies. Hooray for animal incest!
|Julio & Julia, 2013|
|Julio & Julia, 2013|
Ergo, I presently have 3 furbabies (Bruce, Julio, and Julia) and whenever I'm at Bijan's, I also have 3 (Tofu, Mullet, and Keempee)! AND I WANT MORE! /purr/ /knead/ /forever/