In 2005, shortly before a tropical storm was about to hit our area in North Florida, my wife got a call from from her mother saying she saw some kittens running around in front of the local post office, and she was pretty sure they had been abandoned by their mommy cat. We rushed out and what ensued was a nearly three hour hunt through chest-high, prickly bushes, in 90 degree tropical weather, trying to catch two very fast tabby kittens that were master evaders.
After an exhausting chase, I drove down to the Publix grocery store and bought an (overpriced) piece of salmon to lure them out with. Sure enough, worn-down from the chase, the two hungry kittens let their tummy’s overrule their fear and they came out of hiding and paused long enough to eat some yummy fish. We took advantage of their hunger and snatched them up. That’s how we added Moses and Elijah to our tribe.
Elijah, and his liter mate Moses, were both very feral at first, but warmed up to us after a few days of being offered yummy food. Both kitties had a lot of energy and a lot of purr-sonality! And for the first time, in Elijah, we managed to adopt an abandoned kitty that didn’t have any serious medical issues – thank you, Lord!
Elijah is a bit of a love sponge. If one of the other tribe is getting love and attention, Elijah always manages to show up and push himself to the front of the line. He hates being picked up (he barely tolerates it), but he loves being petted and having his neck scratched.
During the first few years we had Elijah, he seemed to want to spend most of his time sitting on the couch watching TV with us, so he earned the name “Couch Potato”, or “Taters” for short. All the other kitties might be outside playing in the backyard, but Elijah could usually be found sitting on the couch alone, or in one of the chairs near his humans.
Elijah quickly became best buddies with our cat, Felix. The two of them were pretty much inseparable. Wherever Felix went, Elijah went, too. It was a frequent sight to see the two of them curled up together on the couch or a chair, grooming each other and purring together. Elijah is a master groomer, constantly cleaning himself (and the other cats), and frequently getting hairballs. We found Cat Lax by Dechra to be the best solution to his hairball issues.
Unfortunately, we lost Felix due to complications with heart worms and other medical issues, and for a while Elijah seemed lonely (even though he had plenty of other furry siblings to play with). Thankfully, he eventually adopted one of our female cats, Charis, as his new buddy. While Elijah isn’t near as close to Charis as he was with Felix, the two of them still manage to spend a lot of time together, grooming and purring… at least until Charis has enough of it and lets Elijah know by nipping at his ear.
As time has gone by, though, Elijah has become very much an outdoor kitty. At our RV location in Central Florida, we have a fenced in area outside for the cats to play in. Elijah is the one cat that almost never wants to come back inside – especially if I take “Da Bird” outside to play with the kitties on the porch!
However, it was at our RV that he gained a new nickname – SpiderCat! He showed himself to be a feline Houdini in the way he would quickly scale the fence surrounding our RV so that he could run off and have adventures in the neighborhood. The first time he did this we were worried to death that we had lost him, but sure enough he re-scaled the fence and was standing outside our RV door, howling to come in at dinner time.
He has now made a habit of doing this, no matter how many ways I have tried to Elijah-proof the fencing. He manages to climb things like a feline SpiderMan – and he does it fast! No fence seems to be an issue for him. So much for being a Taters cat.
When he is inside, he tends to want to sit close to his people, like he used to. He still loves being the center of attention and affection and has become more of a lap cat in his older years, especially when he sees one of the other kitties on our lap!
GoCat Da Bird Rod and Feather Cat Toy
Da Bird is absolutely the most favorite toy of each of our furry kids! This simple, handmade toy is basically a sturdy plastic rod attached to a strong string with a feather toy at the other end. Our cats go nuts when we bring this toy out to play with them, leaping into the air to catch their feathered prey!
We highly recommend this product for cats!
Cat Lax Hairball Formula by Dechra
Cats love to groom themselves, and that means sooner or later they are going to develop hairballs.
Cat Lax is a white petroleum based feline laxative that helps move the hairballs through the cat’s system so they can poop them out rather than puke them up. It is flavored to taste like fish, so most of our cats will readily eat it when offered, otherwise you just put a bit on their paw and they will lick it off.
We highly recommend this product for cats!