Friday, March 16, 2007

Formerly Feral Friday

My name is Rocky, and I'm a former feral. But I kicked the habit pretty quickly in 1999 when I came to live with my furrever mom Sharolyn when I was only one day old. Here I am in my mom's hands when I was just a few days old:
I was rescued from beside Raccoon Lake in Indiana after a raccoon sent my feral cat mother and littermates over the Rainbow Bridge. My beanmom Sharolyn didn't think I'd live because I was so young, but I showed 'em! Of course, it probably helped that she bottle fed me every 3 hours 24/7 then burped me and rubbed my belly so I'd go potty in a paper towel.
And here I am today, the CEO (Cat Executive Officer) of Artsy Catsy. See, even former ferals can grow up and be somebody! But as this photo illustrates, I still believe that mom's hands are for holding and feeding me and not for anything else! Well, that paper towel business I can do without. (And keep it quiet, but I still like to hit the bottle every now and then.)

35 comments:

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Aw Rocky, what a great mom you have! And quite the exciting life. I'm very glad you were only feral for one day!

Kaze

Daisy said...

Oh Rocky, look at you as a teeny, tiny baby! So cute! You are a fighter to survive the raccoon attack, and being orphaned so young.

The Meezer Gang said...

Oh, Rocky, you were a cutie pie as a baby!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Wow Rocky, dats an egzelent story of yoor life. We're glad yoor mom gotcha and took such good care of yoo.

Karen Jo said...

That's an amazing story, Rocky. You grew up into a really great cat. A Mom's hands are for petting and feeding the kitty, first and foremost.

Kimo & Sabi said...

What a lovely success story!

Derby said...

It is amazing that your survived. Your mum did a good job of taking care of you as an extremeely little one.

Max said...

Dood! You were so little! And freaking lucky...I don't even wanna think about how many kitties are out there who aren't so lucky.

Biut dang...didja ever think your people would mkae you go to work? I thoiught having to write books to support my people was tought, but being a CEO sounds like a JOB...

Pamela said...

It is amazing he survived and I know how difficult it is, having brought up three orphans who were only a few days old.

The Meowers from Missouri said...

that's a furry nice story. we are glad you lived to tell the tale and be our furriend!

our mom raised The First Cat, mouse mcnasty, the same way from 3 days old when his catmom moved all the ofurr kittens to a new place an' left him behind!

Artsy Catsy said...

Yep Max, I was just a pink little worm. And hey, nobody makes the Rockster do anything I don't wanna - I was already da boss of everything, so the CEO thing was no big deal.

You know how it is, being an author and all. People screw things up if you don't give them constant direction!

Rocky

Boy said...

WOW! Bwavo!
I was fewal for a bit wonger than you, and then mine mummy cured me of the habit when I was just a few weeks old.
I think you're a fuwwy handsome CEO!

Lux said...

My mom says you are a very attractive man cat, Rocky, but that kitten picture is just adorable!!!

o'jeter harris said...

deer rocky,
did yer mom feed u da "kmr"? mi mom an dad hadda cat before mi time named "clyde" (after da grate walt frasier) hoo wuz also verree tiny like u. dey hadta feed him kmr ... an dey did all da same stuff dat wuz done to u!
jus wunderin.
luv--yer grate frend--o'jete

Tara said...

Talk about over comming adversity and being a self-made man cat! Such a cute kitty and a beautiful cat!
Tara

Artsy Catsy said...

Yup, O'Jete, I got KMR from a bottle almost bigger than I was! And just for old times' sake, my mom still gets out a bottle for me every now and then, and I go crazy! My pupils dilate, I drool, I quiver ... but my big mancat teeth kinda make a mess of it.

Rocky

Karen Jo said...

I changed your bio on my blog to reflect the information I learned here today.

Dragonheart said...

Rocky, you have such a wonderful mom. :) So wonderful that she found you and raised you from a tiny little kitten. What a great story. :)

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

Do you have more kitten pictures?!? I love seeing them!!
You are just as cute then as you are now, Rocky

Karen Jo said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

said...

So sad that your mom and sibs were sent to Rainbow Bridge so soon. That is tragic. I am so glad that you survived and have a good mommy. You are very very handsome!!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

great story! and what a darling little baby picture - we're so glad your purrson saved you and took such good care of you!

Cats ~ Goats ~ Quotes said...

What a lucky boy you were to find your beanmom after you lost your sibs and catmom.

I'll keep your secret about the hitting the -you know what- every so often just between us :)

Suzanne said...

i love the pictures of you and the artsy catsy crew. you all look well-loved.

i'm glad your mama was there to give you such good care.

you ask how i stay so youthful. part of it is being small. at my heaviest, i was 7 pounds. i've always been active, and still like to run and jump, although i have slowed down and sleep more now.

other things that have helped: the total devotion of my mama, a loving brother (benjamin the first), a sassy younger brother (benjamin the second...he was already named that when mama rescued him), and lots of water.

and genetics.

--suz

thebookmistress said...

You are a lucky cat, Rocky -- and your mom is lucky to have you.

Aloysius said...

You were such a cute little kitten! And so lucky to be rescued by a caring human.

momsbusy said...

gosh yu wuz a cute little feller way back then. yur momma shure shud get lots of credit fer saving yu. it is good thats yu reached yur potenshul as a ceo ofs the company. so what will yu do next? maybe run fer president of the cat blogosphere?

yuki & kimiko

Eric and Flynn said...

Wow yoo wuz sooo kyoot. I don't fink I could efurr haf been dat small. Yoo've made a big fine cat now.
Eric

Kitikata-san said...

Kitty, were you really friends with a bunny? Oh you were a cute kitten and now a really cute cat.

boo_licious said...

What a lovely story and lucky you to have such a Mummy to take care of you.

sammawow-china cat-willow said...

What a great mom you have and what a cute little one you were!!!!!!! Not to mention a fine looking cat today!

Purrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

Junior said...

You grew up into a handsome man cat!

I am glad you survived and found a great home!

Katie said...

Aww what adorable pictures! You are very lucky to have such a wonderful human to look after you. :)

Debra said...

How sweet, I have a "Rocky" too. I raised him from just one day old and today he's huge but still Mom's baby!

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