Welcome Tigrotto Tartufo

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc
I think Thanksgiving is a good day to make this post. Those of you who go back aways here at Active Rain will remember I had a cat that "worked" at my office. That was pre-Nutsy. His name was Mr. Topolino Stromboli. I wrote a few posts about him. You can read one of the posts here.   Topo was the offspring of a feral (untamed) cat that hangs-out in our yard. She got sick, after having three kittens and we found out that she could not nurse them. Two died, and my wife and I rescued the one we found and raised him from when he was the size of a mouse. We fed him by bottle. Then he grew up, he moved in and for two years he was the greatest cat we ever had. A mystery illness took his life on Halloween a year ago. Topo was just two years old. The vets still do not know just what went wrong but it involved his spine.

That same feral mama cat, whom we feed but we have been unable to catch -- we have caught and neutered or spayed several other feral cats in the neighborhood-- just had kittens again this fall. There are three.  I have managed to catch two of them. 

Of those I have caught, one is a male and the other is female. The female is totally black, not a spot of white or any other color. The male, who has a personality kind of like Topo (his half brother), is a fireball. I plan to keep him. The other one we are socializing and I plan to have it spayed, get it shots and give it away to someone who would take care of it. I hope to catch the third one too, but it is hard to do.

These are the first photos of the one I plan to keep. This is Mr. Tigrotto Tartufo. All of our cats have Italian names. Literally that is tiger cub-mushroom or truffle. Rolls off the tongue better than it reads literally. I was going to name the cat Tartufo, then the wife told me what he would, in fact, be called. So I put my choice of a first name as a middle name. Topo was the same situation, where I got to give him a middle name only. His name would have translated as little mouse-volcano.

The photos below, including the lunch break, are part of the rigorous on-the job-training last weekend. This cat is also learning to get along with Nutsy, who is at this point still assistant manager and CFO of King of the House, Inc.

 

 

This kitten looks like an angel, but he is a hellion. I think he is about eight weeks old.

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geri wehry
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OMG - what adorable pictures!!!  I am such a cat person, thank you so much for sharing.  We have two "kitties".  Skittles who will be 18 years old next spring and Skamps who will be 15 next spring.  They LOVE that I work from home and they spend many hours sitting on my desk between me and my laptop, snuggling with me as I work.  Perrrrrrrrfect! :)

I am going to send your bog to my daughter who is so cat deprived.  She is at Columbia University and misses her kitties BAD.  Living in NYC she says you see lots of folks walking their dogs, but you rarely see cats. 

She is getting married next summer and has already made her future husband promise that when they get back to Seattle #1 is finding a place to call home and #2 is getting a cat and moving it in and #3 is moving in the rest of their belongings!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you so much for sharing!!

Nov 27, 2008 01:48 PM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Geri,

I will have to post pictures of the black one too. Just not getting too attached as that one is not a keeper for us.

Nov 27, 2008 02:01 PM #2
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Howdy Steven

You and your family, sure are fine folk's. For helpen the Feral kitty cat's in your area.

Mr. Tigrotto Tartufo, sure is a fine looken guy. Glad he's a learn to get along and be friends with Nutsy.

When I was a kid, I had a kitty cat that would let my baby rabbit's nurse along side of her kittens. She would even clean them, as if they where one of her own. Never harmed one of them. Not even after they up grew up.

May you and your family have a fine and Happy Thanksgiving

God Bless America

Nov 27, 2008 02:48 PM #3
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Steven L. Smith
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Dale,

Good stories. Thanks for the thought and good Thansgiving to you.

Nov 27, 2008 02:57 PM #4
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Patricia Kennedy
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Wow, Steve!  God made kittens cute like this so guys like you would get suckered into adopting them!  Love the green eyes!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Nov 27, 2008 06:59 PM #5
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Li Read
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Nice story...and what a sweetie!

Nov 27, 2008 08:25 PM #6
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Pat,

Trying to handle two of them is a handful.

Nov 27, 2008 08:38 PM #7
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Steven L. Smith
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Li,

This pair is so busy that it kept me hoppjng this Thanksgiving. Trying to socialize them takes work

Nov 27, 2008 08:39 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Be careful.  We befriended a cat that was left on our back porch along with her two kittens.  Within weeks she had 5 more kittens!  We had the hardest time getting rid of 7 kittens!  Wish I'd known you then and you could have had them.  The momma cat is still out there, though.  Spayed.

Nov 27, 2008 08:45 PM #9
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Barbara,

We will be able to handle this batch. The mama is still out there and not spayed.

Nov 27, 2008 09:01 PM #10
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Maria Morton
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Cute! Thanks Steven. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 27, 2008 10:53 PM #11
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Maria,

Hopefully he will turn out to be as useful as his half brother was.

Nov 27, 2008 10:58 PM #12
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James Quarello
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Steven, He is cute. I will be showing these pictures to my two young daughters. I can almost hear them going, oooooooh, he's soooo cute, right now. Followed by, can we get a kitten.

Our family has two cats. We just lost one in October. He was 17.  He suddendly got very sick. He was my buddy. Would hang out in my office with me all the time. I miss him.

Nov 28, 2008 01:10 PM #13
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Tim Ludemann
Sand Castle Realty Group, Inc. - Estero, FL

Love the pics and always great to have someone around the office that can't talk back

Nov 28, 2008 03:15 PM #14
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Steven L. Smith
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Tim,

This guy is not all that quiet.

Nov 28, 2008 03:39 PM #15
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Charles Buell
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I can just see you running through the neighborhood shouting: "Tigrotto Tartufo----Tigrotto Tartufo----Tigrotto Tartufo-----Tigrotto Tartufo-----where are you Tigrotto Tartufo.  Come here Tigrotto Tartufo!"  sunsmile

Nov 28, 2008 06:09 PM #16
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Steven L. Smith
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Charles Buell,

You are a big weinie.

Nov 28, 2008 06:31 PM #17
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Lisa Friedman
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Steve, he is absolutely adorable.  I am sooooo sorry to hear about Stromboli.  Best wishes for a long and happy life/friendship/working relationship with T.T. :)

Nov 29, 2008 01:31 PM #18
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Steven L. Smith
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Lisa,

He is a cutie. He is also a holy terror.

Nov 29, 2008 02:28 PM #19
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I can tell he's a holy terror. Look at the mischief in those eyes -- LOL.

Nov 29, 2008 09:57 PM #20
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