Tom Tom, the Grateful Kitty

Anyone who says that cats are snobbish, aloof, and think their owners are their "staff", has never met a kitty like Tom Tom.

Tom Tom's story is interesting. He was here at this house when we bought it and before it was "Rosehaven Cottage". As I wrote in a previous entry:
"Tom Tom was a wild tomcat... and he had the reputation for being the fighter in the neighborhood as well as being the father of most litters in the feral cat colony that existed for years before we came. We didn't like him at first because he was such a bully. But Tom Tom and I called a truce late one night on our front porch (initiated by him) over some cat food. My husband was able to pet him shortly thereafter, and he slowly rubbed and purred his way into our hearts. A couple of years after we moved in, Tom Tom went missing for about a week and then showed up in our driveway with badly infected leg and ear wounds that appeared to be from a large animal attack. We rushed him to the emergency vet where he tested negative for feline HIV and was immediately put on antibiotics and fluids to save his life. While in the vet's care, we asked that he be neutered. We also asked the vet his approximate age. The vet determined that based on the size of his jowls (his head is the size of a softball!) he was quite mature--probably 3 to 5 years old. Tom Tom "retired" from his street life after that and now lives inside with the other kitties."
Tom Tom does not in any way take his new life for granted. He is always grateful for what he has. It's as if the rough existence he had for the first few years of his life is cemented firmly in his kitty memory.

Tom Tom appreciates the satin tassled pillows that he's allowed to lean on in the living room; the laps that are available to him just about every evening; the warm spot next to our feet at night on our bed; and the social network that he's a part of with the other kitties in the house. He is always very willing to show that gratitude openly.

Tom Tom also has an innate sense of propriety which we call "good kitty etiquette". He is thoughtful about when he climbs up on our lap. When he realizes we're busy doing something, he calmly walks about 2 feet away, sits with his back to the person he approached, and waits with eyes half closed until he's invited back.

Tom Tom has always recognized that he was brought in to an existing kitty colony hierarchy so he has been respectful of it and shed his territorial tendencies from outside immediately upon being allowed in the house. He's polite about sharing the food dish and water fountains with the other kitties as well.

It has often puzzled us how a feral cat could become such a loving, sweet, and well-mannered kitty. It has taught us a valuable lesson as well. He is the perfect example of what we are certain many feral cats could become if given the chance to have the love and affection they deserve. If you have a place in your heart and in your home, consider adopting an adult cat that needs a good home. We have never been sorry that we opened our home up to this sweet gentleman of a mancat, Tom Tom Mau Fang Whiskasmutz.

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  1. Tom Tom is a wonderful cat.
    And very graceful, I am very pleasure to know him.

  2. What a sweet and loving description of the wonderful Tom Tom! He sure sounds like a special cat, and I am so glad he found a home at Rosehaven Cottage.

  3. What a pretty kitty, and a heartwarming story. I have two cats, and have to fight the urge not to end up the old lady with a houseful of cats. Mine aren't very appreciative, they're more your typical cat! But I love them for their feelings of superiority! Jacki

  4. Tom Tom sounds like a real gentleman.

    I've had the same experience with my rescue kitties. Both Surprise and her daughter Kadootje (=little present) are so grateful for everything and very appreciative of all the things I do for them. Both were roaming the neighbourhood before I took them in. The way they behave is very different from my other kitties who were all born with a silver spoon in their dainty little mouths. ;-)

    I'm now in the process of rescueing yet another stray cat: Macavity.

  5. I hadn't thought about cats in years, being a dog person. But when I was a child we welcomed a cat into our home named Prince of Orange and another named Snow Kitty. They were very much like your Tom Tom. Thanks for posting on this, it brought back some wonderful memories.

  6. What a lovely story about your beautiful cat. Wow, it makes you so sad to see how many are abandoned. I'm so glad you took him in. Stephanie

  7. Cindy,thanks again for the lovely award. I feel real honored.
    Love Tom Tom and his story.Thea

  8. TomTom is the most adorable big sausage kitty I've ever known; I only wish he'd prefer my lap to yours on chilly evenings...

  9. Speaking as a formerly homeless cat, it's great that you were able to help a little guy who needed it and deserved it. It sounds as though he's repaid you back with love many times over.

  10. Tom Tom sounds like a very sweet and intuitive cat. I'm glad he has such a loving home now.

    My daughter has a feral cat who spent his first year in a barn. He is still, years later, the most skittish and "freaked out" animal you can imagine--never even comes out from under the bed, except to eat and use the litter box! (That's why she named him "Freaky.)"

  11. Dear Cindy,

    I have tagged you a meme, please come and take a look~!


  12. What a blessing you are, both to the blogging community and to kitties! This is a lovely tribute to Tom Tom, and your assessment of cats and their gratitude is spot on, in my opinion. Of our eight (neutered and needled) catchildren, 7 are rescues of one sort or another, whether adopted from the no-kill shelter or rescued from terrible fates. And they know that they're loved and cherished, and they repay our love and care with infinitely more love.

  13. I had a very similar experience with our cat Onyx many years ago. He even looked like Tom-Tom. He was a barn cat at the stable where I boarded my horse. He was a bully to the other cats and the owner of the farm was going to have him put down. I took him home and he was vicious to me and my other cats. But he calmed down and was the sweetest guy. However, my other black cat Roscoe never accepted him and hated him until the day Onyx died.

  14. Oh the mid bottom photo made me laugh. Great post, unfortunately I don't have any pets. I am never home, so it would not be fair to my pets. Anna :) Lovely post btw.

  15. Ahhhh sweet Tom Tom how glad I am to meet you...I just adore the little knicks you have in your ears:)
    Some kitties are meant to live happily ever after and I am so happy that you are one of them. Mistress Cindy is lucky that you began your Once Upon A Time days here at Rosewood cottage and stayed to charm yourself right into her heart:)
    Good job...Love Miss Peach

  16. It's nice to hear how Tom Tom has grown. We've recently moved and found a feral cat that the neighbors said was left by former residents four years ago. (How can people do that?!) So we've taken him in. And slowly but surely he is learning to be loved. Still she skedaddles back outside when she hears a funny noise or one of us walks in the room too quickly.

    Anyway, slowly but surely is my motto. It's good to see Tom Tom's successful story!


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