Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nemo "Mountain Lion" Miller

Yesterday was national cat day so in honor of that here is a story about my tough little kitty...

His name is Nemo he was a stray that my Dad spotted on the side of a back country road called "Rice Candle" (notorious for animal dumps) when I was in eighth grade. Nemo along with two other kittens were abandoned in a ditch. At the time we were living on the farm in Spanaway, which was thirty acres, so three more barn cats was no problem for us. Out of the three kittens Nemo was the only one who survived the other two were sick and passed away. Eventually when Nemo was old enough we let him out of the grain room where we raised the kittens and let him roam the farm to keep mice out of our barn. Nemo lived on the farm for about eleven years. He is a tough cat! I am pretty sure he has had some run-ins with wild animals whether that is other stray cats, raccoons, or coyotes. He has a little nick on his ear and well he looks a little scruffy in his old age of twelve. 

When my parents moved from the farm to their new home, they were not able to catch Nemo. So one night Paul and I drove out to Spanaway and I walked into the abandoned barn which was pretty traumatizing it really hurt to walk through the barn empty, cold, and dark. Out of the darkness though as I called his name I heard a little meow and then saw Nemo’s little white face as he trotted up to me. He let me pick him up and sat on my lap as Paul and I drove back to Tacoma wondering what the heck we were going to do with this raggedy little animal. 

Well it has been two years now and Nemo is doing great!!! We had a few fiascos with him, where he had to have all of his teeth removed because of a disease called stomatitis. Now he is happy, healthy, and a little ray of sunshine, he is a reminder of my home, which I desperately needed.

I always thought that when I left the farm, I would adopt some “stylish” pet and stop ending up with strays but I guess that’s just who I am. I love my old tabby cat and I am so glad that God put him in my life. Nemo never has to go outside unless he wants to, sleeps pretty much all day, and has very expensive organic cat food, and well his little life I'd say has improved tremendously. I know Nemo has been through a lot in his little kitty life, therefore Paul and I have given him the full name of Nemo Mountain Lion Miller. 

P.S. not everyone is lucky enough to just stumble upon an amazing cat on the side of the road. Here is a link to the Seattle Humane Society where there are tons of cute kittys waiting to be loved like Nemo... adopt a kitty

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