Smokey, an eleven year old tomcat. Smokey came to us in 1992 from a family who had no idea how to care for a cat. Smokey did not even have a name from the family, he was simply known as "the cat", when he first arrived he was so scared and very underweight. He hid under the bed for the first 24 hours, eventually coming out for food. After the first week Smokey had relaxed enough for us to stroke and groom him. He needed de-fleaing and a good wash to rid him of collected dirt from his coat. After three weeks we finally got a proper Miaow from Smokey, he had been so quiet up until that moment! There was no stopping him now, he would talk and talk at every opportunity! His all time favourite is a little 'ow" and he uses it a lot.
Smokey soon became a part of the family, he soon put on weight and his wonderful personality soon became apparent, and he loves nothing better than snuggling down on someone's lap for a good snooze and purr. He has one funny habit, he will follow anyone miaowing constantly until he gets what he wants (usually food!).
Smokey has luckily never had any nasty accidents and does not stray too far from home. Local dogs are not a problem for him as they have already had a swiped clawed paw and never go too near him now. He does love to tease dogs from a high vantage point, it is very amusing watching him taunt some frustrated dog who cannot climb up after him. He seems to have made it a hobby! Other local cats do not bother him at all.
Other favourite antics include jumping into the bath to splash about in a few inches of water, drinking from the kitchen sink tap, going to sleep on top of the television with his tail hanging down in front of the screen and sleeping on my neck when I'm reading.
Smokey loves fresh fish that has been slightly grilled and with all bones taken out, he will do absolutely anything to get his paws on some fish once he has the scent of it! Running after shoping bags that have fish and even run up someone's back to get onto the cooker! Christmas time is hilarious as he loves playing with paper. We put all christmas paper into a large cardboard box with a large enough hole on one side for him to get into, it gives him hours of fun (and of course us!). Oddly, catnip has no effect on him. He has slowed down a little now but still has those crazy "mad cat" moments when he will suddenly have the energy of a crazed kitten. We hope he has many more years with us.