Friday, May 13, 2011

Fox is Irish

Bad news.  This is another post about my cats.  I know, I know.  I talk about them a lot, but I can't help it.  I'm one of the weirdos that really loves my cats.  I guess that is pretty obvious considering I did spend seven months preparing their paperwork, tests and travel arrangements to get them to Ireland with me.

Fox Jeffrey is my youngest cat.  He's a five year old yellow Tabby and let's just say he's a few fries short of a happy meal.  Always has been.  I attribute it to him being taken away by his mother at just four weeks old.  He sees imaginary fairies on the wall, it took me nearly a year to train him to use the litter box.  I've never been able to teach him how to use his scratching post...after four years of that, I gave up and just counted my blessings that at least he used his litter box.  So, needless to say, I had cat scratched furniture back in America.  He's never been a snuggler. Yes, he's "special."  I compare him to David after dentist.

Charlie, on the other hand, is the complete opposite.  He's my ten year old Tabby. He listens, he was no problem when it came to litter box training, he uses the scratching post and he's always first in line to be petted and snuggled. 

Then, we move to Ireland.  I fully expected it to be traumatic for them, but it actually wasn't.  They've adjusted quite well.  Especially Fox.  Barry and I have come up with a theory:  Fox is actually Irish and he's back in his home land and therefore he's happy.  I'll prove it.  I bought them a scratching post and he walked over to it and USED IT!!!  I've tried for YEARS to get him to use it! And, he's not offered to scratch on any of our furniture here.  In addition, he's become super lovey...wanting petted all the time.  For instance, this very moment as I type this, he is cuddled up next to me PURRING!!!  I know this sounds ridiculous, but you have no idea what a night and day change he has made since coming to Ireland.  Of course, my friend offered a different theory instead of the whole he may be Irish thing, she said he probably had a stroke on the plane that caused him to change personalities.  I guess that could be another possibility.

Charlie, he's doing well, too.  He's still the same sweet kitty, but he's having a teensy weensy bit more of a difficult time adjusting.  I say he's my American cat.  He and I, the two Americans, are both having a little trouble adjusting, but we're coming around just fine.


  1. I, for one, LOVE hearing stories about your cats, but then, I'm a cat-lover through and through. Glad that Fox is so happy in Ireland. It definitely does sound as if he's come into his own. I love the first picture of him! That vacant stare is priceless :) They're both beautiful kitties!

  2. It's fine to see all the stories about your cats! They are like your kids so why can't you showcase them just like everyone that blogs about their children all the time. Personally I think they are great looking cats!

  3. I don't mind cat stories at all. Have an upvote.

    Hey! Just finished your sweet novel...enjoyed it!

  4. Hahaha, how cute! Glad the Fox guy is doing so well in Ireland! You'd better re-name him Paddy or Sean, LOL.

  5. I'm one of those cat people too so I love this post :)

    Glad to hear Fox is coming around--this post almost made me laugh out loud at work girl!

  6. Um, I think you meant to start your post by saying "good news...", lol. Love it!! They are too cute. And you will have to keep that American one's meow accent up. Only you can help him now :)

  7. @Texa...I know...he's already saying MeAYE instead of meow.
    @KT...Yes I like seeing pics of Woods.
    @Susi...or Seamus lol.
    @Mollie...Jeeeeez!!! You're a supa fast reader!!!
    @Ross...I have to agree with ya there! of my fav pics of him.

  8. Stupid blogger taking away the original post and my original comment. :( I love your cats...and I love that Fox is Irish and has found his place among his people! Your pictures are adorable with their little flags.

  9. Too funny. Hope you are having a wonderful time in beautiful Ireland.

  10. You need to see this.
    I'm not sure if it's for real or a joke.
    I hope it's a joke.