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My Scrappy Cat

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I have two cats. They are both black but this is where the similarity ends. They are like chalk and cheese. One is a homebird, one is an alley cat. One causes us no trouble, the other has us at the vets to sort out his cuts and scrapes and fleas. One is fat, one is thin. One loves strokes and cuddles, the other only wants attention on her own terms. They are our furry little babies and we love them so much!

My scrappy cat hero shot

My children have always grown up with cats. I think that a home with pets is one filled with love, and having the cats teaches our children responsibility. They have each had the job of feeding the cats each day at one time or another. It is currently my son’s role as he’s the youngest. My daughter is almost a teen so now she can do more in the house to help out and earn her pocket money, but it’s a job they do more willingly than laying the table for example, because they love the cats!

My scrappy cat is called Star. The kids named him when we re-homed him as a kitten, the only male of the litter. We already had a girl cat and we thought that it would be best to get a boy so Jet didn’t need to compete to be ‘Queen’. Plus she was older so a kitten would know his place, and defer to the older cat. We were trying to make the introduction of a new cat as easy as possible for our existing one.

It didn’t work! Star has never and will never defer to anyone. Even though a mere babe, he came straight into our home, pushed Jet out of the way and stole her food. Then he curled up on my bed and went to sleep. Jet had never dared to get up on the bed.

vet examining fat cat

The only time our girl cat is at the vets is for routine jabs!

Star crashes through the catflap and when we go to see what the noise is, we find another cat that he’s bothered in some way, glaring at us with bared teeth. Star is a troublemaker, Jet causes us no trouble. But we love them both.

Star on roof

Last weekend we went to a large shopping mall for a family day out to get some Christmas gifts. We wanted to buy the kids’ Christmas presents and do some shopping and after a long and tiring day out, we stopped at ASDA on the way home to buy some food for tea. My kids spotted the Dreamies cat treats in the pet food aisle and wanted to buy them. We don’t usually buy pet treats – just the regular cat food but as we’d been out buying Christmas treats for the family, my children asked to get these for the cats too. They said how much they’d love to give the cats a little treat, so we chose two packs of Dreamies, one salmon and cheese mixed treats and one tuna treat.

pet food aisle

The aisle where we found the Dreamies

There were loads of different options to choose from!
Dreamies on the shelf

When we arrived home, the cats circled around us as they do when we have been out all day. I like to think that they have missed us, (they probably have!) but I also know they are hungry. My kids got the Dreamies out and we tried them with the cats. We’ve never given our cats cheese before so we wanted to see how they took to the mixed Dreamies. They lapped them up! Pretty soon the cats were satisfied and nudging our hands with their heads for a stroke.

My scrappy cat Star may go out gallivanting and start a fight with his furry sister at times, but after a good feed and a cuddle with the family, he’s just a pussy cat!

Star the scrappy cat

Do you have a cat like this in your home? Tell me about your cheeky pets in the comments!

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Comments to My Scrappy Cat

  • cats can be such little rascals. He is very cute

    angela hamilton 19th October 2015 12:35 pm Reply
    • He’s cute but such a naughty boy!!

      Nadine Hill 19th October 2015 1:27 pm Reply
  • Lovely post Nadine, I love cats they’re such funny, caring, strange animals they’re so unique, my favourite animals! I had cats all my life, until a few months ago when my beloved cat Susie passed away. I’m with Jade now, and in March, she got her son Spud a puppy, of whom has really grown on me, they say a dog is a man’s best friend, but if I had my way, I’d pick feline any day!

    Gareth Mear 19th October 2015 1:14 pm Reply
    • haha we love our furry animals don’t we?

      Nadine Hill 19th October 2015 1:26 pm Reply
  • I’ve not given our cats Dreamies, but the cat my uncle feeds at my gran’s old folks home loves them and his coat is really shiny. Cats have such different personalities don’t they?

    Erica Price 19th October 2015 5:14 pm Reply
    • They sure do! Both my cats have nice shiny coats… Must be all the food!!!

      Nadine Hill 20th October 2015 5:12 pm Reply
  • I haven’t got a cat so never heard of Dreamies. Such a nice post to read about your Scrappy Cat.

    Pinkoddy 19th October 2015 7:29 pm Reply
  • Ahh Scrappy Cat sounds like such a character! Love that last picture of him all relaxed. x

    Liz Burton 19th October 2015 7:53 pm Reply
    • That’s my fave shot too! x

      Nadine Hill 20th October 2015 5:11 pm Reply
  • Lovely post, they are beautiful. I grew up with cats myself 🙂

    Laura 19th October 2015 10:39 pm Reply
  • They’re very cute! We have a 19 year-old cat who came to us from a rescue centre as a kitten. He’s the gentlest and friendliest cat I’ve ever known and we all adore him.

    Mums do travel 20th October 2015 10:04 am Reply
  • My sister has a scrappy cat too! Star is lovely x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 20th October 2015 10:56 am Reply
    • Aww thank you Sonia! He’s a little beggar but we love him!

      Nadine Hill 20th October 2015 5:11 pm Reply
  • We used to have two cats and I miss them, but now we have a dog and I adore him. I agree with you about pets making a family home

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 20th October 2015 11:37 am Reply
  • Nadine, we used to have a Star,he was all white but never pure in his character, just like your tomcat, lol!xx

    oana79 20th October 2015 10:17 pm Reply
  • We have two cats who are sisters and they couldn’t be more different – one is short haired and the other long. They both love to bring me “presents” though

    Kara 21st October 2015 8:05 am Reply
    • Yeah – *ahem* presents! I get those too! x

      Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:55 pm Reply
  • We have three cats and two of them are mad scrappy little fluffy black things. They’re forever getting into trouble!

    Anthea 22nd October 2015 11:12 am Reply
    • That saying about cats and curiosity – so true! x

      Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:51 pm Reply
  • I’ve never had a cat, they certainly sound like they keep you on your toes

    Abi - Angel Eden Blog 23rd October 2015 6:57 pm Reply
  • I love cats with character – well what cat doesn’t have character?! Cats are so much fun to have around!

    Globalmouse 26th October 2015 7:32 am Reply
    • They really are!

      Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:46 pm Reply
  • I’d love a cat as would both the kids, sadly our dog and my husband have other ideas.
    Both the kids adore cats and spend loads of time seeking out our neighbours cats

    Clare nicholas 28th October 2015 7:41 pm Reply
  • ha what a funny little cat, they can do such strange things cats.

    mummy little blog 28th October 2015 9:37 pm Reply
  • I have 2 cats who like yours are chalk and cheese. Both my cats love dreams to and we seem to have tried all of the different flavours going. That reminds me I must add them to this weeks shopping list.

    Rachel 11th November 2015 8:53 pm Reply

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