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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Naming of a Cat



Kitties!

Rupert here, looking all Mysterious and stuff.
A commenter yesterday wondered where I got my name.  

Settle in and I'll tell you the story!

Once upon a time, there was a young gray mancat who didn't have a home.  He grew up with humans around, because he wasn't feral; only wary, and he knew more than anything that he wanted to have a Home of His Own, someday.  Wandering the neighborhood (where he was most likely dumped) he came to a house that had a fine cat vibe--there was spilled kibble on the porch from another cat's feeding bowl, and water in the birdbaths--something to stave off starvation, for at least a little while.

After a few days of careful observation, the young gray mancat got braver and started peering in the patio door at the people inside the house.  They were watching a show whose characters were in a situation much like his: "Survivor", and there was one colorful contestant that the people particularly liked--he was a burly man who wore tie dye shirts and had a beard--just like the man who lived in the house!  (No wonder he was a favorite, right?)  His name was Rupert.

It didn't take long for the cats inside the house to notice the gray one on the outside, and naturally the people noticed too, and they put out a whole bowl of food and a real water dish for the newcomer.  This was the most food the young mancat had seen in a long time, and he ate and ate and ate, it was so nice to have a full tummy.  Over the next few weeks, the people decided to call him "Rupert", after the intrepid character on the TV show--they both had had to get by on their wits to survive.

The young gray mancat, of course, was me.

The lady spent lots of time with me out on the patio that summer, talking to me and feeding me deli meat, and one day I got brave enough to allow her to stroke me...and it felt wonderful.  I head-butted her hand for more pets and chittered at her for the first time ever.  Things continued well until one day when the lady was stroking me I hissed!, so she stopped and gave me a look-over and saw that I had a huge swelling at the base of my tail.  She marched inside and told the man "that's it, Rupert needs to go to the vet" so they got a carrier ready--and the lady put on a leather coat and oven mitts to load me in it.  She had never picked me up before and wasn't sure how I'd react, but I was a wet noodle in her arms.  I'm pretty sure that's the moment I knew she was my Mommy, and that I'd found my Forever Home.

Anyhoo, after I had two huge abscesses drained, got shot, and a couple of  "ping-pongs" removed, Mommy and Daddy picked me up from the vet and brought me Home to a private room to recover.  Within a week I was exploring the entire house, and although I now go out onto the Catio I've never asked to go outside again.  Life is too good indoors, even if my name does occasionally devolve into "Poopert", "Roopster", or (worst of all) "Poop-a-Doop", it's totally worth it.


The End.


Happy Tuesday!

XX  Rupert  XX

47 comments:

  1. A wunnerful story Rupert. An we are glad you found yer Forever Home.

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  2. Poop-a-doop? That one's embarassing.

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  3. Awww - That is a wonderful story - Rupert, you are one lucky dood. XOX T. & the gang.

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  4. Typical cat ! they just move in, lol ! How wonderful that he found such a good home ! Can understand that he doesn't want to go outside anymore !

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  5. Rupert, I knew there was a reason I liked you.. Rupert is my favorite Survivor of all time and I've never missed an episode so I should know! Awesome that you share his name, but more awesome that you got such a great forever home and know it! Smooches!

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  6. You've got a wonderful story, Rupert ! Purrs

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  7. What an awesome naming story, Rupert! You really scored when you found your home!

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  8. That's a good story Ruoert. You're one lucky mancat.

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  9. I can't believe you call him Poopert, we do exactly the same here, what a coincidence. I'm not sure what the neighbours think when they hear me calling him. lol
    Briony
    x

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  10. Rupert, you hit the jackpot when you found your home and family. What a great story. I bet your mommy and daddy feel pretty lucky themselves to have found you.

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  11. We think your luck was in when you found that lady and your forever home that day Rupert.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  14. Rupert, that was such a heartwarming story. We are so glad you found your way to your wonderful forever home,

    Pellie & Genghis

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  15. We is glad you gots your name because that meant you got a furever home too!

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

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  16. Rupert, this makes my heart happy! I love good 'found your forever home' stories and I loved that other Rupert also!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  17. .....and he lived happily ever after!

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  18. smart boy.....it was a tough life BEFORE, but you found the right place to land :)

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  19. what a nice story. I do have to admit though as a huge survivor fan (never missed an episode) by the time of fans vs. favorites I was very tired of Rupert's schtick. You by far are my favorite Rupert.

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  20. Yes, it is a great story. I had a cat who chose to move into my house as well. It was a lucky day when Rupert wandered into your yard. I do not blame him for wanting to stay indoors. Things were not very good outdoors on his own.

    Greetings
    Greg and his cats

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  21. So you didn't lose a bet, eh Rupert?! giggle...Well, I'm glad we now know the REAL story, and Rupert is an elegant name for such a handsome, loving mancat. I'm glad you found your furrever home! I lurv grey cats.

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  22. The best way to start our Tuesday. This is the first thing we read today and what a heart warming story. Thank you for sharing.

    Emma and Buster

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  23. You obviously knew a soft touch when you saw it, Roop! :)

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  24. After all this time Rupert we had no idea you were named after that "rupert" -- that is amazing and what a great story!

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  25. Thank you for sharing your story, Rupert. Of course, to us, Rupert simply sounds...frightfully BRITISH!

    Purrs,
    The Chans

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  26. I think you are one lucky guy, Rupert!

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  27. That is a lovely story how you got your name and your home Rupert.

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  28. Wow, Rupert, what a great story! You sure lucked out and found the perfect home. We love hearing cat stories like this, and we love hearing how kitties get their names.

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  29. That was a darn good naming story!

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  30. Oh Rupert weez so glad yous got a home, and a purrfect one at dat. yous awe one lucky mancat.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  31. Oh! What a wonderful Love story! Mes LOVES love stories!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  32. What a lovely story! We're so glad you adopted such good humans.
    Love,
    Lola and Lexy

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  33. That's a fine story, love ya my handsome furriend!

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  34. What a great story. It is very similar to the story (minus the abscesses) of our angel cat, Madison. Sometimes our kitty instincts tell us right where to go to find our forever home. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  35. we just loved that adorable story!! You couldn't have asked for a better furever home!

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  36. What a good story. You had a great gotcha story.

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  37. oh my cat! Ruppert babbbeeeeee....what a Gotcha Story. Maybe I outta do some more interviews. You are so brave my pal

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  38. I love a happy ending- I am glad you are indoors only now.

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  39. What a great story, Rupert. Y'know, I'm just like you...ever since I got brought inside, I've never had any desire to go outside. Much better inside. ~Zoey

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  40. Rupert, you are one very smart kitty.. you picked the best house possible!

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  41. What a great way to get. a name and find your home Rupert! I do remember Rupert on "Survivor" too.

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  42. Great story, Rupert! We love your name too :)

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  43. Ah Rupert! We are so happy you turned into a wet noodle in your Mama's arms :) And Poopert , um, Rupert , is a delightful name :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  44. Aww Rupert, what a great Gotcha story!
    We love to hear these.
    ((Hugs)) and >>smoochies<<

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  45. You certainly do credit to Grey Mancats everywhere. Love you bunches, lover boy!

    xoxo
    Ms. Stella O'Houligan

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  46. That is awesome Rupert! We are very glad you got gotcha'd!

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Oh Boy...this is gonna be GREAT!