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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Real Rescue Cats Are Talking…



Today I have another interview for my series…



I just  know you are all going to help me welcome this marvelous ladycat…she is one of the bestest ladycats around!!  You all know her…and I am so grateful that she agreed to join me for this interview so she can share her whole rescue story with you.

PURRlease…give a hearty welcome to…


APAWS!!!   APAWS!!!   APAWS!!!


Savannah:  Hiya Nellie!!  Thanks lots for stopping by and having a meow with me.  I know you aren’t new to doing interviews…but I am so proud to have you join me today…

Nellie:  Hi Savanna. It is sure nice to gets out and visits with one of my girl cat furiends.  Yous looks marvelous today darling.  Thanks yous for letting Me tells yous my story.  Yous want to know how old Me is?  Me is going to be 15 in or around May but Me could has been as early as this month. Nobody knows.

Savannah:  Mouses!! Nellie you are lookin’ so good…very svelte…we ladycats all need to take some beauty tips from you gurl furriend…

Nellie:  oh Savvy, yous is so sweet to say that…hope you don’t mind, but I brought my own chair…it’s special and I likes it…


Savannah: Here, let me just move mine over…(scrape, scruff, scruff…)

Ok…that’s good.  Now would you share with all of us how you arrived in your furrever home?

Nellie:  Sure Savannah. Me shall starts at the very beginning.  Me is the product of a cattery that breeded purebred Siamese.  The owners would sell the “seconds” to anybody.  Me hates to say it, but Me was less than purrfect, so Me was not registered and Me was bought by some peoples who wanted to breed Me for my babies so they could sell them and makes some money.

They had never had a cat before and they did not know what to do with a tiny rambunctious kitten.  And the lady did not like Me because Me would scratch if their boy held Me too tight or pulled my tail.  Me was not fed cat food and Me did not has any toys to play with.

(Big sigh)….Me has trouble talking about the things that happened…Me was pretty tormented by the boy and his Mom… but during that time, my Daddy did meets Me.  He knew the peoples did not know what to do with Cats and he said to them if they ever did not want Me, they should gives him a call….

They did not.  When the lady gots pregnant, she gots really mad at Me and Me was hit lots and she gived Me (for money) to some other peoples.  They was really nasty.  They had little dogs they was breeding.  They said Me had behavior problems and they disciplined Me with sticks, they burned Me too with cigarettes. Finally, they tooked Me to the dog pound.

Me hated everybody!  To Me, peoples meant pain.  The peoples at the pound had to sedate Me to assess the damages and Me had some broken bones that had not set quite right, and some old and some new burns.  Me was seriously underweight and they could not tell how old Me was because Me had not growed right from being starved.  Me attacked everybody and the Pound was going to puts Me down as they said Me was unadoptable!

The first man who bought Me found out Me had been taken to the Dog Pound and he called my Daddy.  Daddy called the pound and finded out that Me had been there for a week and they was going to puts Me down as Me was to awful to adopts out!  Daddy said, “Wait, I’ll come and gets Nellie!”.  And he did.  He gots Hissy Old Licorice’s cat carrier and he went to the pound and he tolded them what he knew of my story and that him and Mommy had another cat and a dog and they let Daddy save Me!


Savannah: (reaches across to softly touch paws with Nellie)…you take your time…our readers will wait…..(purrs softly for Nellie)

Nellie:  Yous is so sweet, thanks yous.  When Me gots to my forever home, Me would not lets Mommy near Me.  Me did not trust ladies.  Me would attack peoples.  Mommy and Daddy would talk quietly to Me and Hissy Old Licorice took care of Me like Me was his baby.  Me was bad though.  Me did not know that the garbage can was not food.  Me did not know that the yummy tuna was for Mes (and Hissy Old Licorice).  Me did not knows what the litter box was for.

Mommy and Daddy tooked Me to their Vet.  She was a very nice lady, but Me would not let her touch Me!  She keeped Me all day and she weighed Me and accessed all the damage and putting together what Daddy knew, they figured Me was over a year old, but Me was still the size of a kitten because Me was malnourished.  Me had to waits until Me was more healthy before they coulds give Me my shots or my gardenectomy.

Savannah: Oh Cat! Nellie…when you are ready, will you maybe meow about how you got to trusting you Mom and Dad and let them see some of your REAL SELF.

Nellie:  Mommy and Daddy was very patient with Me.  Me attacked anybody who came near Me and Me attacked with claws and teeths!  Mommy and Daddy was still so very nice to mes though.  They loved Me, feeded Me.  They never hurt Me. It tooked a long time before Me would even sit on the sofa with Daddy, purrhaps 6 months and even longer for Mommy!  And even then, if Me did not want yous to pet Me, Me would attacks yous!

The hardest was the petting.  Me would sit on laps and Me really wanted to be petted, but the minute a hand was on my back, particularly around my back near my tail – boom!!!!  Me would see red – go crazy and bite and claw…..

Savannah:  Nellie, it is hard to make new memories, huh?  Especially, when the old memories are so cruel; they get in the way of making new ones.

Nellie:  Savannah, Me had so very many issues.  Me yowled—for no reason, Me shredded furniture and Me totally ruined Mommy’s 1950’s vinyl Dinette set!  Me has shredded 4 sofas!  But the absolute worst was my potty habits.  Me had none.  Mommy putted 4 litter boxes out.  One in the living room; one in the kitchen by the foods; one in the bedroom and one where the litter box usually was.  Every time Me would start to goes where Me was not supposed to, Mommy would puts Me in the box.  But it tooked Me a furry long time to gets the litter box thing figured out almost 2 years.

Then, when Me did figure it out Me became the very bestest litter box digger in the world!!  Me is very good at flinging litter everywhere with my digging!  Me spends hours rearranging the litter in the box.

Savannah:  Well, purrhaps you are just trying to make sure every piece is in its most useable place for next time???…just a thought…Anywho…meow a little about how you feel about all the paws forward you made over time…you know…how has your recovery come along???  Does your REAL SELF show more?

Nellie:  Me thinks Me has been wonderful in my recovery!  Me has trained my pawrents exactly as to what Me likes, when Me likes it and how Me likes it!  Me likes Fancy Feast in the morning mixed with warm water and Me likes tuna at night with warm water.

Never the other way round or Me will MEERRROWWW.


Me likes my heating pad, and Me likes to sleeps beside Daddy.  Mommy will do, but Me much prefers Daddy.  Me still has a “circuit” Me walks and yeowels when Me is purrturbed.

Occasionally, Me will put the bitey on when Me is dissatisfied, and Me still is furry free with my claws.  When Me wants attention, Me goes and gets it.  If Me does not, Me will let yous know with a growl and they backs off.

Savannah:  ummmm…Nellie…I think efurryone would also like to know about why Kozmo came to live with you

Nellie:  MEOWWWWWW!!!…pffftttt!!  Silly Kozmo…ok, but I’ll tell it this way…

Savannah, first lets Me tells yous about the great love of my life—Hissy Old Licorice!  This is before the brat Kozmo…just listen Savvy…

Savannah:  (lies quietly, crosses paws in front of her)…you take all the time you want Nellie…I can see this is impawtant to you…go on…

Nellie:  Me loved him and he loved Mes.  We was inseparable.  Yes, wes did has arguments, but after he gots the Thyroid and the Kidney diseases we never fighted at all.

Two weeks before he was 18, hes stopped eating.  We all knew he was ready to goes over the bridge to sees our before dog—Kokanee (they was bestest furrends).  Me was laying with him when he passed.


After, Me was despondent.  The picture of him and me was taken the day before he went over the bridge.  Me lost weight and me was furry listless.  Me meowed around the house and me laid where Licorice used to lay.

Every time Mommy or Daddy went to the door, me would run and see if he was there.  After about 3 weeks, Mommy and Daddy went shopping in Kelowna and comed home with a small black and white cat!


Me hates him at first sight and we does not has a furry great relationship.  Wes fights lots and but sometimes we surprises Mommy and Daddy by being furry friendly.

Hes been living with us for 2 years (he came on December 23, 2010).  Me calls him the brat and me HATES sharing Daddy with him.

Me and my hairy slobbery sisters gets along well.  Me loves Bob lots, but she is afraid of me because she came when me was still nasty.


But Cinnamon and me is bestest buddies!  Me is trying to teach her to be the Dog From Hell!


Savannah:  Yeowzers Nellie…you had so many fears when you first came and then you lost Old Licorice.  I won’t keep you much longer…do you have any advice to our readers to help them…furramily and hufamily both…work together to help the furramily member create new memories?

Nellie:  Patience, Patience, Patience.  It was over 9 months before Me would sit with Daddy.  And another 6 before he could pets Me.  The claws and teeths is defense mechanisms.  Pet us when we comes to yous, but don’t chase us.

One can never has too many litter boxes.

Routine.  We need predictability.

Lets us have our own little space.  Mommy made Me a cave out of a computer box (they was big in those days) and she cutted a hole in it that was Nellie size.  Hissy Old Licorice or the hairy slobbery sister Kokanee could nots get in.  She put it under the kitchen table.  Mommy puts a furry blanket in there and she would put crunchies in a bowl in there.  The litter box was right beside my box.  Me liked my special private place, but Me slowly gots used to being outs and abouts and did not worry about the other animals.

Hissy Old licorice was good for Me.  He acted just like a Mommy and it was what Me needed.  This might not work for others, but it worked for Mes!

Savannah:  This was great!  Any last thought or words of wisdom you want to share?

Nellie:  Savannah, thanks yous so much for letting Me shares my story with yous.  Me knows Me is furry long winded.  Can Me kiss yous now?

Savannah:  oh Nellie (shuffling paws back and forth)…why don’t you come over here with me while I wrap up…I can scootch over for you…

Nellie:  Oh thanks yous Savvy…(leans down and gives Savvy a soft smoochie)


MOUSES!!! Wasn’t Nellie a great interview?   And I did mention at the beginning she isn’t new to this kind of interview…she did one about a year ago with my canine furriend Rumpydog.  Click HERE to have a look.

I am hoping to have a few more CAT come forward to tell their stories of adult rescue.

Let me know in comments if you want to give it a try OR if you have someone to recommend.

Paw pats, Savannah

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  3. Chancy and Mumsy on said:

    Oh, sweet Nellie we love her. What a great interview. We had no idea she had suffered so long and so much before her mommy and daddy brought her to her forever loving home. Thank you sweet Savannah for sharing another wonderful interview. Hugs and nose kisses

  4. spittythekitty on said:

    I readed every word of Nellie’s story and it was riveting. But you know what ME would like to do? Me would like to get a BIG OLD POSSE of the BIGGEST meanest nastiest kittehs ever and me would like to find those HORRIBLE HORRIBLE people who did that unspeakable stuff to Nellie and me would like to . . .

    Well, this is a PG-rated bloggy and me would not like to describe the kinds of very very very bad things me would like to do.

  5. OMC! My poor Nellie! TW started to wonder if anything real bad ever happened to me since when I came I’d follow Pop around like a puppy dog but would attack if he tried to pet me. Thank for sharing her story.

    • thanks for coming by CK, I know you have lots on your plate. I try to keep up with everyone on paw blogs, but we are losing the challenge I suspect. So your visits are really and truly always appreciated big time. paw pats Savvy

  6. We love Nellie and always enjoy reading about her, although we also are always sad at reminders of the terrible times she had when she is little and so vulnerable. We ae so glad she now lives in such a wonderful family!

    The Chans

  7. We knew Nellie had a bad start in life, but we didn’t know just how bad. It made us very sad and angry to think of all the torture she went through until she got to her Forever Home. We love Nellie!

  8. I haven’t heard Nellie’s full story yet. Yikes! It sure does have a bad start, but am so glad that she is getting a happy ending. Thanks for sharing her story Savannah! I really enjoyed it.

  9. We cried when we read your story.We have to get our humans to do something about bad people haven’t we? Mummy Janey always says ‘karma ‘ about bad people.
    Hope these kisses let you know that we love you
    The REAL Maple Sryup Mob
    PS These are for Savvy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • we had lots of leaky eyes too…trust me! And Mom and I are determined to use Ms Google to research all about kitty mills, around the world if we have to. And we are going to be doing some posts and sharing of what we find. Lots is talked about puppy mills and rescue for puppy mils for the babies and the parents, but not much is made public about these same conditions in the feline world. All we hear about are how cats are cold blooded killers to be feared and eradicated. bummer

  10. Oh my gosh! Who can blame Nellie for being a cat from hell after all that! I’m so so so glad her parents are so kind and patient! What a hell of a start in life! But what a great girl she is now!

  11. Wow, that was an AMAZING interview! HISS to all the humans who abused Nellie before she found her REAL home!

  12. Oh wows, we never realized why Nellie was the cat from hell. Now we know and we don’t blame her for being a cat from hell. Purrs that she finally found someone who could love her.

    We do have one thing that bugs us. Why didn’t the original breeder spay her before they adopted her out? Most do for non-registered kits.

    • the original breeder is a HOOMAN..and they don’t think about cat health or well being. He sold her to someone who thought they could still breed her to make money…they did not WANT her spayed. Then THEY tortured her even worse.

  13. da tabbies o trout towne on said:

    grate in ter views savannah…nellie; we dinna noe ewe had this ruff oh a start in life…boomer faired eazee compared two ewe…we bee trooly sorre ya had ta spend yur furst dayz with thoze mo foe’s N 1000 curses oh the irish two them all


    de blessings oh st francis two ewe and high paws N headbonks….ow….with God’s blessing two yur NOW mom N dad


  14. Oh Savvy you did a wonderful job interviewing Nellie. We knew of her very sad and disturbing beginning life and it’s a wonder she’s managed to come back from all of that to be the Queenie we know and love now. We adore her as does everyone in Bloggyville. It’s always fabulous to hear a forever home story that turns out so well………you and I both know about that don’t we Savvy?! 😉

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • catfromhell on said:

      Dear Sammy,
      Does not Savannah Rock! Me thinks her and her Mommy and Daddy is the bestest with the work they does with Adult Resuces.
      Kisses Nellie

  15. I will never be able to understand people who do such awful, terrible things to animals. I am so glad that Nellie found the most brilliant home and learnt to enjoy people (and litter trays 🙂 ). Such a hard and sad start but a happy ending in a loving home.

  16. Nellie is one of our oldest and most favorite furiends and we greatly enjoyed this interview. We never knew that Nellie is at least 15 years old! She looks amazing! Nice interview!

  17. YAY for Nellie! She rocks!

  18. What a special story Nellie has. Hugs and purrs to her pawrents for their patience! Motor Mommy and I both had tears in our eyes while reading her interview. Thanks, Savannah, for sharing Nellie’s story!
    Purrs, Sundae

    • catfromhell on said:

      Dear Sundae, Savannah and her peoples is the bestest! They is wonderful at letting peoples see us older cats is worth it!

  19. Oh poor Nellie… I’m so sick of this people who misuse animals as “baby producers”. They have only the $$-signs in their eyes and don’t give a toss about the animals. I’m glad this bad life is history for Nellie now and she found a wonderful home. Thanks for this great interview Savannah! btw: but 4 sofas sounds like the world record for me …how can I beat this?

  20. That was such a nice interview Savannah. We knew most of Nellie’s story but not all of it. We sure all love that sweet girl!!!

    • catfromhell on said:

      Dear Brian,
      Yous and your sisters and pawrents does so much for us older cats too. Yous is my heros (and Savannah too)!

  21. What a wonderful interview, S. Nellie’s story shows how smart and brave she had to be to survive. So many sad things have happened in her life. Lucky she found such a perfect family to understand her and help her make the new happy memories, and to hang onto her memories of Licorice.

    Love and licks,

  22. Thank you for sharing, how amazing are Nellie’s folks?!

  23. Reading Nellie’s story made us both very angry and happy. We would like to bite and scratch those nasty people who treated our Nellie so badly! How dare they!
    But we are so thankful for wonderful people like her Daddy and Mommy. Thank you so much!
    We loves you, Nellie!

  24. Bad humans we are so glad the old girl is having a happy ending though and we have got to meet her and hear her story xxx

  25. Wow, Nellie sure went through hell before finding her forever home. Thanks for sharing!

  26. mollieandalfie on said:

    Oh Nellie, you are just purfect to us 🙂 would love to see Cinnamon be a dog from hell..MOL Loved the interview, you are one special kittie 🙂 xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  27. Miss Satchie on said:

    We got leaky eyes reading miss Nellie’s story. Mom says she just can’t understand why some humans are so bad! BAD BAD HUMANS!!! HISSSSS

    Tons of love and purrs to miss Nellie and to her dad and mom for rescuing her ❤

  28. Oh Savvy, that was so moving! I love Nellie like a sister – well she was my campaign manager for Cat ruler of the world mol. But I didn’t know her whole story. Nellie you are the best and you have the nicest kindest humans now. Proud to have you as my friend PeeEss don’t forget our dance at the Ball! 😉

  29. It was lovely to hear Nellie’s story. She had such a sad start in life!

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