Much ado about Cleopatra

We’ve had Cleopatra since she was about 6 months old. Our Realtors (a husband/wife team who helped us buy our first house) knew we were looking for a cat to love and a hungry kitten had showed up in their backyard to nibble birdseed and slugs.  They wanted to keep her because she was so sweet but they had two big cats about the size of Gary’s cats.  Little bitty kitty didn’t stand a chance of holding her own against them (the Realtors’ cats, not Gary’s) so they gave us a call.

She was a frightened feral kitten and definitely small (probably would have starved to death within 2 months) — so small that we thought she was 3 or 4 months old. When we took her in a few days later for her first shots, the veterinarian told us she needed to be spayed ASAP!

Free cats are not really free… I think we spent about $300 on her in the first 2 months.

And when it was time to purchase a new sofa, we made sure it closely matched the color of the cat hair…


It took a long time before Cleo learned that a hand coming toward her was a good thing; in fact, she is still a bit skittish on occasion and we’ve been her servants loving owners for over 6 years. Her favorite places to sleep are either on EB’s life-sized stuffed sea turtle

The Queen on her throne

or on the top bunk with SnakeMaster amongst the plethora of blankets and stuffed animals. He makes tunnels and caves for her, which she loves.

Thankful Thursday posts are inspired by Mary Alice.

Cleopatra’s story was inspired by this post about Alex the Cat.

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10 responses to “Much ado about Cleopatra

  1. Cleo is beautiful! She is also obviously well loved. She sure lucked out with her servants family. I love that poster at the end, too.

  2. i am going to have to remember to take all future furniture purchases a bit more seriously and make sure the color is a close resemblance to the dog hair…that was BRILLIANT!

  3. It is clear that you love your kitty and that is lucky for both your family and that cute cat.

  4. Aww isn’t she a cutie. Cats just love those blanket tunnels, don’t they? Please give her a scratch behind the ears for me. 🙂

  5. she’s gorgeous! what lucky servan– uh, owners you are 😉

  6. Lovely Cleopatra – smart to buy furniture to match.

  7. Kitties are the best, aren’t they? Smart move with the upholstery color!

  8. What a beautiful cat. It was so SMART of you to even think about getting a couch to match your cat! I know what you mean about a pet not being “free”, our “free” Piper(dog) cost us about
    $8OO, just taking her to the vet and organized in our home!

  9. Dez (glass half empty)

    oops, forgot to put my blog name!

  10. ROFL! I’m so glad your feral learned to love you – or at least ONE of you. Our feral – Freedom – hates everybody – all we are is a meal ticket! And warmth on a cold winter night. We never could get her to become an indoor cat. We tried … but after being in for almost 6 months she started peeing in BAD places and we had to let her out! She has survived… she’s about 5 or 6 years old now. She and Kitty will occasionally clean each other… but mostly they try to kill each other. She and the DOG get along GREAT though!!!

    Cleopatra is very pretty! She LOOKS like she could rule over the Nile!