Meet Nuisance


Well, we’ve been chosen.  This guy showed up at our door a few days after Halloween and decided to stay.  We tried to get him to go home by refusing to let him into the house, but he just stayed at our window all night meowing, tearing screens off the window, and pawing at the door like a puppy.  We’ve decided to stop fighting what seems meant to be.  So, now we have a cat named Nuisance (that, by the way, our dog hates! yikes!).

It all started with the tuna fish.  When he came to our door, he was very skinny and obviously malnourished, and seemed to be in some pain also, as if he had maybe injured his tail or his pelvic area.  Whatever injuries he had weren’t too serious — he could walk and jump just fine — but I noticed an odd twitching in his tail when I rubbed him and felt a lot of heat in the lower regions when I moved my hand down his back just above his spine.  How could I not open up a can of tuna for the sad little guy?

In the few weeks he’s been with us, his belly is no longer sunken and his fur is getting shinier.  He likes to be massaged, and the twitch in his tail is diminishing.  He’s looking quite healthy these days.

Nuisance truly lives up to his name in the way he demands attention and a thorough rubbing down every time he comes near, how he wants to be fed 15 hundred times a day, and the way he regally commandeers the warmest spot by the fire.  He’s definitely got a strong sense of what he wants and when, and doesn’t settle for less. He’s teaching me a lot.

It’s also a big hassle to make sure the dog and the cat are never in the same room together (no, no, no — fur will fly!).  But he is so darn lovable and rewards us with such satisfied purrs after he gets us in line, that we don’t really mind the nuisance all that much.


9 Responses to “Meet Nuisance”

  1. Joan on 25 Nov 2008 at 6:27 pm

    A black cat right after halloween!! How wonderful! Sounds like it was meant to be!!

  2. plantain on 26 Nov 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats on your Nuisance! I love black cats. I still miss my beloved one that passed.

  3. tammy on 26 Nov 2008 at 4:20 pm

    We used to have a female, solid black manx (no tail). She was absolutely beautiful, but not the least bit sociable. She would never cuddle or let us pet her for long, but if we would go for a walk, she would go too, except she would stay about 50 feet behind us at all times, and if we turned around to look her way, she would quickly sit down and look off in the other direction. ROFL!!! She truly had an attitude, lol.

  4. Sammie on 26 Nov 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I love the new kitty! Sometimes they are sent to us because of what WE need. Our cat Chicken came to us much in the same way and we have been together 10 years now. Judging by the blissful look on BOTH of your faces in the second picture, this was one of those little angels that was needed. Blessings on you both!

  5. Shayla Myst on 27 Nov 2008 at 10:55 am

    It might take a very long time, but the cat and dog just may coem to an understanding and start getting along.

    We were also chosen two summers ago by a very small kitten who showed up in the middle of the night. Now, our Serephina is still very affectionate and will panic if we don’t tell her we will be back (she cries through the house while we are gone).

    I believe she was sent to us to help ease the passing of my dear friend Nemisis, for when she left I truly felt I’d never love another cat.

    Blessings to you and your lovely animal friends.

  6. plantain on 27 Nov 2008 at 1:49 pm

    She sounds like she had quite the personality which makes the memories all the more fond! I love animals with a bit of a ‘tude. If they are black all the better!

  7. ICQB on 30 Nov 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I know what you mean about not fighting what seems inevitable. We’ve had a few cats “adopt” us over the years. And we haven’t regretted a one.

    Good luck and happy holidays!

  8. Barb on 03 Dec 2008 at 9:35 pm

    quite a spirit you have there … wonder how long he plans to stay ….

  9. moonflower on 26 Dec 2008 at 11:18 am

    So Great of you for taking in nuisance, he came to you. He knew as all the strays knew to come to our house when I was a kid, my mom had a way with animals. But you will see how they enrich us. A true gift. My rescued Pup Rose and my 16 year old sabina(cat) have to live apart too. Sabina goes in the basement for the night. But they have learned to get along with supervision during the day. I will not tolerate Rose being bad around her. So now she follows Sabina around the house. And they actually seem to like the attention.
    I am recently trying to learn all about herbs and herbal healing. I grew up on organic and natural foods in the 60′s and 70′s and did yoga when it was not the norm. Now I want to relearn what I forgot as life moved on. So happy to find your herbal blog!
    Happy New year!

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