Thursday, July 12, 2012

Oui Oui's & Mica Minnie Moo's Gotcha Day & Giveaway

Happy Gotcha Day, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo!  You light up our lives and bring us joy every day.  We just can't imagine our lives without you!  We are delighted to share this day with all our friends, and to have a toy giveaway featuring Creme de la Cat to celebrate!

Our first series of pix after Oui Oui was gotcha'd.

6 years ago, the Girl and the mom went to the shelter with the grands to help them find a new dog after their old dog passed on.  The Girl went in the cat area, which the mom studiously avoided.  Finally, after a dog was found, it was too much, and the mom went in to look the cats over.

There was a little kitten named Goldie crying her heart out.  The mom knew she was lonely and asked to hold her.  As she settled down and purred, a man came up to the mom, telling her what a terrible kitten Goldie was since she had scratched him (of course, she was reaching out and he stuck his finger in then pulled it away).  The mom tried getting others to notice how nice Goldie was, even though that man followed her around making his accusations.  When no one would even look at the kitten, the mom huffed, "I'll just take her myself!"  By coincidence, the same kitten had caught The Girl's eye, and she had wanted the mom to see her.  If you want to start an argument, ask The Girl and the mom who found Oui Oui.

The mom sometimes wondered about the strange name for Oui Oui.  There was nothing "gold" about her, except maybe her heart.  A couple years later at an adoption fair, the mom ran into the lady who named her.  The litter had been named after jewels.  There had been a Pearl, Opal, Onyx and so on.  Since Oui Oui was the last one left, the theme wasn't apparent.


The first photo of Mica Minnie Moo.

2 years ago ... The Girl would be leaving for college in August and the mom always joked she would replace The Girl with a Siamese when she moved out.  The mom had been worrying for months about who would play with Oui Oui when The Girl left (she was working long hours and 2 jobs at the time).  

Walking into the pet store to buy food one day, the mom ran into a friend who volunteers at a cat rescue.  Her friend mentioned they had just taken in a Siamese mix, so the mom decided to go see the new kitty.  They didn't know anything about the cat except she was a couple years old, and had been living in the streets.  The county shelter couldn't keep her as she spent the day throwing herself at the bars of the cage and they were worried she would hurt herself.  (This should have been a warning to the mom, but she didn't know then that this was something feral cats did.)  The friend's rescue doesn't keep their cats in cages, and they try matching animals and owners, but didn't have a chance to learn her personality.  The mom figured since she was young, she was as likely to play with Oui Oui as the next cat and so she gotcha'd a pet kitty for Oui Oui to play with.

Other very early pictures of MMM.

She was bony and weighed about 7 lbs (3.17 kg) when we got her.  She ate 3 meals a day plus as much dry food as she wanted.  Now she's a tubby at about 12 lbs (5.44 kg).  Her Siamese markings seem a lot more pronounced back then.  

It was a really rough ride adopting her.  She didn't even know what a back scratch was, she was skittish and aggressive.  We are still working on trust issues.  But she plays with Oui Oui, which is all we ask.  She might not be the kind of cat we wanted, but she's the one we got, so she stays.  When she's relaxed she can be very loving.  It breaks the mom's heart to think of what a really great cat she could have been if she had had a better life before.  There is hope for the future, of course!



We enjoyed our Creme de la Cat toys so much, 
we were delighted when they were willing to help us celebrate.
What nice people!
And great toys!
We so wanted to do something for all our wonderful blogging friends
to let you know how much you all mean to us.
So just let us know if you are interested in our drawing.
We'll leave it open until midnight Saturday 
to give everyone a chance.  Then we'll use an online 
random selector to pick the winner.
Please, just one entry per blog/ household.


Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Happy happy gotcha days!!! We're so glad you got gotted.
A former feral can make a wonderful pet, but it seems the older they are when they are 'tamed' the longer it takes. Don't give up on her!
They're both beauties, and I'm glad they play with each other, I would kill for that here!
Giveaway? Coolies, sign us up! MOL

Katie and Glogirly said...

Big Happy Gotcha Wishes from me and my girl!!!
You both are such sweethearts.
And LOOK at those cool toys!!! We have heard such great things about Creme de la Cat! So count us IN!!!

; ) Katie & Glogirly

meowmeowmans said...

Happy gotcha day to you both, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo! We love your gotcha stories! We are so lucky and proud to call you our friends, and hope you have a most excellent day and year!

Those toys sure look fun. We'd like to be included in the drawing. Thanks! :)

Big hugs and much love!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Happy Gotcha Day to both of you. We are so glad you are both in a great forever home!

Please include us in your drawing.

Truffle and Brulee

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

We luffed reading your stories! We is heartwarmed to hear how you was both gotcha'd, specially Mica Minnie Moo cause she was feral like me (altho I was only a few months old when I was gotcha'd). We are so happies you found a good, safe wonderful home!!!

Count me in for the giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

It's terrible that anyone can label a small puppy or kitten as bad. They just don't know what's expected of them.

Layla ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Happy gotcha day!!!you sweeties. Please include us. Purrs from our boys!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Happy gotcha day, Oui Oui and MMM! I would love those toys! Ignore my human who says we already have too many!

Angel MoMo's mom said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!! So happy that you were got. Was sure I came by on Tuesday but the comment is there. Early senile dementia on my part. Hope you had a great day.

Angel MoMo's mom said...

I meant ' the comment was not there'.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Happy Gotcha Days, Oui Oui and MMM! Such heartwarming gotcha day stories. It definitely left a smile on our faces. :)
As for the giveaway, count us in! Those toys do look like lots of fun.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo!

We, too, loved reading your gotcha stories. We think you both ended up just where you were meant to. :-)

Have a fabulous day with lots of treats and cuddles!

P.S. We won't enter the draw, we have so many toys that we mostly don't play with as it is. LOL.

Tillie and Georgia said...

Happy Gptcha Day to two wonderful kitties!!
We are happy you keep Mica Minnie Moo and work with her. Kitties are worth the effort :)
We have not heard of the Creme de la Cat, so count us in too :)
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure and JJ

Brian said...

Happy Gotcha Day Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo! You sure done good!

Marg said...

We are so glad you two MMM and Oui Oui have such a great home MMM, you will eventually become more tame. It just takes a while. We would love to win those toys. We always get excited about new toys.

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo! We're so gald you got gotted!!

And thanks for having a great giveaway to celebrate. Of course we would love to enter!!

The Island Cats said...

Oops, that...we're so GLAD you got gotted! And we are!!

Laila and Minchie said...

Happy Gotcha Day! What wonderful gotcha stories. So heartwarming.

We would love to enter the giveaway!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

We loved reading your stories and are s happy that you were Gotcha'd by your wonderful family! HAPPY GOTCTA DAY, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo!

Purrs, Woofs, Neighs and Hugs,
The Chans, Tommy, Vidock, Violette, Urey and #1

Callie (a.k.a. Trouble) said...

Great adoption stories! Please count us in on the giveaway.

(A)FSS and Alasandra said...

Wonderful adoption stories. Happy Gotcha Day to you both. We are so glad that you understand Mica Minnie Moo's limitations and will keep her and love her in spite of them. We thinks with lots of time and love she will understand how wonderful being part of your family is.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Gotcha Day to you both - we always love to read gotcha stories.
You have a great furever home and can see you are very happy.
We would love to be included in your giveaway.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Gotcha Day to both of you. Those toys look great but mum says we have more than enough to play with, so you better count us out.

The Meezers or Billy said...

Happy Gotcha Day!! MMM - we know being feral is a rough start, and we knows that it will take time to werk out the trust issues, but we also know you is very loved and that they will werk out.

those toys is really really cool! sign us up!

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Happy Gotcha Day! So glad you all have a wonderful furever home!!!!!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Happy Gotcha Day to you, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie!

And happy giveaway to your readers. We'd love to participate.

Cherry City Kitties said...

Hi Oui Oui told you we'd make it over.
First to wish you the best Gotcha Day ever... hope you get lots of treats and toys.

Second, we'd love to be part of your give-a-way, so sign us up.

Gotcha Purrs...
Harry, Dexter and Tipp

Meowers from Missouri said...

bestest gotcha-day wishes to you both, dear furriends!!! what comfort an' safety yer fambly haf giffen you, you haf repaid in million times ofur wif yer love an' devotion, sweetness an' fun. you all deserve each offur! (an' we know all about "not the one we wanted, the one we got--xingxing is just that way. she only trusts mommer.)

oh, yes; please include us in yer drawin' fur the giff-a-way! we kin allus use new toys since the dbd sometimes eats ours;-)

Cat said...

Happy Gotcha Day to both of you!!! We are so glad you were gotcha'd into such a great home :-)

~*Connie*~ said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!

CCL Wendy said...

If we're still in time, we'd like to be considered for your Giveaway, too.

Oui Oui was such a precious little kitten -- what a face! Who wouldn't fall in love with her?

And poor Mica Minnie Moo! It's obvious that your loving ways have brought her quite far, but basic personality traits will never change. However, our Domino started off very bitey and rough, and has ended up being so cuddly in her later years. She's almost 12 now and is a great little pet.

Some kitties never are so physically affectionate, but you love them for who they are. You can enjoy the odd 'touching' moment even the more for its rarity. Dylan is like that.

CCL Wendy said...

Oh, it's me again. I forgot to tell you that Julie's on the LOLSpot today.

Tucker The Crestie said...

Happy Gotcha Day!

Dobby said...

Happy Gotcha Day! It's my gotcha day too!!

Merlin said...

Happy gotcha day! It's my gotcha day too, so I wanted to specially say hello.

Kwee Cats and Life said...

Hi Oui Oui! Hi MMM! We just wuz those gotcha stories! It gots our Mumsy leaky eyes and hugging all over all us too. We so glad all you guys found each other. Happy Gotcha Day! You can puts us in the drawing, but we know you guys are the real winners with such wonderful love in true forever homes.

Hugs and kitty kisses to all.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo! We loved yer gotcha day stories!

And we would LOVE ta be included in the drawing...

ABBY said...

What a fantastic story of GOTCHAS on Oui Oui and MMM!!! WE think that you both got the very home you deserved, and we are so happy you did.

please enter us in your contest.
A big happy Gotcha day to both of you.


AnnaZed said...

What a cute blog! Please enter Leonardo (a rescued tuxedo cat that allows me to live with him) in your contest.

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

We just wanted to stop by and wish you the HAPPIEST GOTCHA DAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Those stories were just incredible and the first one had us in tears.

We ADORE Creme de la Cat but you don't have to enter us because we will be featuring them again later this year and Mom will hopefully get some toys for me then. Until then I have enough stuff!!

Much love,
Caren and Cody


Happy Gotcha Day Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo! Thanks for sharing your stories with us.

Please include us in that pawsome giveaway!!

The Florida Furkids and Lexi

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

We came back to look at your 'dorable baby pictures again! XOXOXO

Laura and Taffeta Rose said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Oui Oui and Mica Minnie Moo! We loved reading your stories. When a feral cat trusts you, who could ask for a better reward. Sweet photos of 2 sweet kitties. Please enter us in the fantastic giveaway. Purrs.

Laura & Taffy

Anonymous said...

Happy Gotcha Day Oui Oui and Minnie Moo! You know, our Hissy Fit Jones was born feral also. He gets along well with the other cats but is nervous around people. But most mornings he's on the bed waiting for Jen to wake up and pet him. It's a special moment for her.

Please put Hissy Fit Jones in the drawing!

Hilary said...

happy gotcha day!

Avalons Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

O COD!!! We not too late! :O,,,,, Dat mom makez us late fur efurythin! ::grrrrrr: If it weren't fur Larry barfin on da bed ,dis morning & da mom havin to wash da cover, she would have been out da door wifowt a thought ! ^..^ but cauze she had to stay home & do wash, while da dad went to da home depot , she would neffer put da puter on...... ::horror:: We TOLD her about Oui Oui'z Special day, but ov coarse she Furgot ::shaking head side to side::....... but we here now & it'z not too late ! (pssst: sumtimez Gabriel furgetz to tell stuff cauze he so Moonie eyed ofur hiz Julie ^..^)

So Loudly we All say " HAPPY GOTCHA DAYZ!!!! YEA!!!!!! ^..^
We so glad your mom & da Girl gotchaed da both ov you ^.,^
jus think how different both Oui Oui & MMM'z life would be if you hadn't gotchaed dem..... & we don't think it would have been fur da Better either! We luvz All you guyz :))))))

We are so admiring all da Wunderful Toyz too ^.,^ count us in Pleaze ^..^ Fankz ~♥♥XOXOXO

ok Juliekinz we needz to go owt and roll in da dirt and dig a hole to China ^.,^ maybe dey haz diffurent bugz dere ????? ^..^
♥♥xoxo♥♥ Your Gman ^.,^ said...

Happy Gotcha Day!
What good gotcha stories.
Some kitties take a while to learn to trust peeps- We bet Mica Minnie Moo will continue to warm up. Our boys, Tommie and Mickey Mouser were ferals too.

Cory said...

Oh wow! sorry we're so late to the party, mom has been busy with this thing called "work"...what's up with that! We just love celebrating gotcha days! We'd love to be included to have a chance to win a toy!! We love toys!

Gotcha Day stories makes us purr.

Need I Say Meow said...

Everybuddy at Need I Say Meow is very happy to read your Gotcha Day stories.

We would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Willow said...

Happy Gotcha Day to Oui Oui and MMM. I love Gotcha stories and learning little tidbits about furiends.

I would like to participate in this giveaway at a chance for toys.