The first cat that I can really remember was Monstro, a large gray male who we got when we were living on Texas Street, circa 1975-76? I'm not 100% sure on the time line. Monstro didn't live very long, I don't know if he even made it to a year old, he got killed by the neighbor's dog.
The next cat we acquired my father named "Angelfood McSpade." No I'm not kidding. The cat's namesake was an R. Crumb character from Zap Comix. We mostly called her Angel. She was a great big tabby momma-kitty who would eventually make the trip with us when we moved to San Diego in August of 1980 and we had her for years, well over a decade.
|Merlin P. Magician|
(Loved that Naugahyde Chair and Ottoman)
|Pretty sure that's Folly, he was skinnier than Angel.|
After Angel passed from Feline Leukemia we got another cat, this time a beautiful Calico female that my mom named "Chiksa" because she was a blonde. Chiksa was a great cat, who ended up being mine. She got run over in her teens.
Chiksa was followed by Tippy and Galahad, two boys that we got as kittens. I kept Galahad, a little black short haired when my Mom and Dennis left San Diego in 1990, but he ran away soon after I moved to La Mesa. I honestly don't remember what happened to Tippy.
|Chiksa hiding in my stuff. I still have Indiana Jones|
|Merlin and Chiksa were always together.|
|My Commodore 64 Box was a favorite place of hers.|
|I know I have more pics of the two of them, |
but right now this is the only one I can find.
|That's my Charlotte|
In case you were wondering, I got their names from the play by Peter Shaffer - "Marat/Sade". Charlotte Corday and Simone Evrard were notorious assassins during the French Revolution. Corday murdered Jean-Paul Marat (as in the famous painting by David) and Evrard killed Robiespierre.
The only thing I would have changed about those two were their hair, they were both long-hairs and man did they shed. In the picture below you can see one of those weird lint brushes, I had to keep these around to sweep up their hair constantly.
December 2003 we had been married just a couple of months, and Simone had been gone over a year. Charlotte was getting old and lonely, and Mel wanted a cat of her own, so we went to the shelter and picked out Miss Isabel Scarlett. Izzy and Charlotte didn't get along at first, but they mellowed to each other to the point where they could be in the same room together.
|Izzy loves having her belly scratched.|
We've been a one-cat family for Kaylee's entire life so far. Charlotte died a few months before she was born in 2006, and for 7 and a half years we've had just the one kitty. Well, that ended last weekend, when we welcomed Oliva (no middle name yet) into our family. She's a grey tabby who is just about 7 and a half weeks old right now. She's adorkable.