Our Pets
Misty
Kashmir
This is Misty.  She was one of our oldests cats.  She was a Lynx-point Siamese and at the time of her death was roughly 19 years old.  We don't know her true birth date, since she was actually rescued from the local animal shelter when she was very young.  So she was given April 15th as her general birth date.

Misty's technically had been the Van Patten family cat.  She originally lived with Mike and his familiy when they were growing up.  Then when Kris got married and she and her husband bought a house, they took her with them.  Some years after that, Kris and Roger got a puppy and consequently Kris got pregnant.  So poor Misty became third string and eventually took her neglect out on the furniture.

Consequently around this time, Mike and I bought our own house and decided to "rescue" Misty.  So as our housewarming present we added Misty to our home.  She had been with us for about 8 years (1999).  Even in her old age she definitely stayed a feisty cat. when she wants to be!  She was also a more typically aloof kind of cat.  She'd come to you when she wanted to...not necessarily vice versa.  But she had the loudest purring sound we had ever heard from any cat.  She was the "old lady" of the house and as a result she got special privileges over all of the other cats.

Around the time of her death we noticed her losing more and more weight and over time we began to notice that she'd disappear for long periods of time, like she knew it was her time and she was looking for someplace to hide.  She died at home because we felt it would be much less stressful on her to be where she was comfortable rather than making her last moments a stressful experience (she hated to be put in a cat carrier) by bringing her to the vet.

It was sadder in the long run having her die at home (we buried her in the backyard next to our orange tree), but hopefully she knows that she was greatly loved and is once again a big fat ball of fur,  purring loudly, and mischievously giving someone her little "love bites" by nipping at there ankles.


This is Kashmir.  She's now our oldest cat and now about 10 years old.  We're not quite sure what her breed is.  We think she's a Norwegian Forrest cat mix of some sort.  Either way whatever she is, she definitely has a large mane of hair that gives her a lion look.

We got Kashmir from a friend of Mike's who was getting ready to change apartments and had to find homes for the pets she couldn't take with her.  So on Christmas day 1999, Kashmir joined our household.  Unfortunately we had plans to celebrate Christmas day with Mike's family.  So we had to segregate Kashi in one of our back bathrooms so we could be home to try and introduce her and Misty together.

It took some adjustment time especially for Misty to get used to this new kid on the block.  But it definitely brought out the youth in Misty since now she had another cat to play with.  Overall Kashmir's our "nut".  She's the most goofy/funny of all our cats, and also the one we consider to be a dog in another life since, she plays catch and likes to follow you around.

She's also the "tough" cat in the little cat body.  When introducing our newest cats to Kashmir, she has been known to "strut"; head high, chest puffed out, to make it look like she's saying "I'm baaaad....I'm tough!  Don't mess with me.  However, she'll always be a princess.


This is our second oldest cat, Isabelle, or Izzy for short.  She's roughly 8 years old.  We're not sure when she was born since the previous owner didn't have this information.  So we've technically decided to give her the birthday of December 13; the day we brought her home.  She was roughly 2 years old when we got her in December of 2000. She's a Persian/Siamese mix.  So she has the long lean body of a traditional Siamese, but a huge fluffy tail like a Persian and has the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen on a cat.

Isabelle joined our household as a result of one my clients telling me about her during one of my Outsourcing shifts.  Her husband is a lawyer and had a client of his own that needed to find a home for Izzy.  This woman and her son were deathly allergic to cats, but she had decided to rescue her from a home where poor Izzy had been terrorized by a couple of young boys.

If Kashmir is our lion cat then Isabelle is our cheetah (Misty was our mountain lion).  Her long legs and lean body definitely make her a fast cat especially during one of her frenzies.  She's also the only one of our cats that still has all of her claws, but fortunately she's also the only one that actually uses her scratching post!

None of our cats have really had a "normal" cat meow (until recently - see below).  When Isabelle meows it's more of a chirp....a trilly chirping bird kind of sound.

She's unfortunately more an outcast amongst the other cats.  They'll tolerate her but neither Kashmir or Kalli have seemed to have wanted to be "best buddies" with her.  She is a bit of a "freak" some times.

Isabelle
Funny Quotes About Cats

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."  -- Anonymous

"One cat just leads to another."  -- Ernest Hemingway
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."    -- Albert Schweitzer

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."  -- Hippolyte Taine

"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve the man but deteriorate the cat."  -- Mark Twain

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."  -- Leonardo da Vinci

"On a cold winter's night, nothing beats a good book, a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket of kittens."  -- Unknown



Law of Cat Physics

Law of Cat Inertia
A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force - such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse.

Law of Cat Motion
A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction.

Law of Cat Magnetism
All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

Law of Cat Thermodynamics
Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except in the case of a cat, in which case all heat flows to the cat.

Law of Cat Stretching
A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to the length of the nap just taken.

Law of Cat Sleeping
All cats must sleep with people whenever possible, in a position as uncomfortable for the people involved as is possible for the cat.

Law of Cat Elongation
A cat can make her body long enough to reach just about any counter top that has anything remotely interesting on it.

Law of Cat Acceleration
A cat will accelerate at a constant rate, until he gets good and ready to stop.

Law of Dinner Table Attendance
Cats must attend all meals when anything good is served.

Law of Rug Configuration
No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long.

Law of Obedience Resistance
A cat's resistance varies in proportion to a human's desire for her to do something.

First Law of Energy Conservation
Cats know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and will, therefore, use as little energy as possible.

Second Law of Energy Conservation
Cats also know that energy can only be stored by a lot of napping.

Law of Refrigerator Observation
If a cat watches a refrigerator long enough, someone will come along and take out something good to eat.

Law of Electric Blanket Attraction
Turn on an electric blanket and a cat will jump into bed at the speed of light.

Law of Random Comfort Seeking
A cat will always seek, and usually take over, the most comfortable spot in any given room.

Law of Bag / Box Occupancy
All bags and boxes in a given room must contain a cat within the earliest possible nanosecond.

Law of Cat Embarrassment
A cat's irritation rises in direct proportion to her embarrassment times the amount of human laughter.

Law of Milk Consumption
A cat will drink his weight in milk, squared, just to show you he can.

Law of Furniture Replacement
A cat's desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

Law of Cat Landing
A cat will always land in the softest place possible.

Law of Fluid Displacement
A cat immersed in milk will displace her own volume, minus the amount of milk consumed.

Law of Cat Disinterest
A cat's interest level will vary in inverse proportion to the amount of effort a human expends in trying to interest him.

Law of Pill Rejection
Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy to reach escape velocity.

Law of Cat Composition
A cat is composed of “Matter” plus “Anti-Matter” plus “It Doesn't Matter”.



The Naming of Cats
by  T.S. Eliot's


The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have three different names.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo, or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathon, George or Bill Bailey-
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter-
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover-
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
This page was last updated on: July 4, 2014
This is our youngest cat Kali.  She about 3 years old and according to her previous owner a Maine Coon mix and super friendly.  We don't have her actual birthdate either so October 20, 2006 (the day we adopted her) is her unofficial birthday.  In prepping Kai about the idea adopting her, he decided to claim her as “his cat," and befitting of this proclaimation, Kalli tends to spend most of her free time asleep on his desk or sitting on the sill of his window.

The CFO of my company had a friend who was looking for a home for their cat.  So once again this is another "rescue" cat.

She’s our biggest cat and she also came to us declawed, so we fortunately are finding out that she is really just a big wuss when it comes to dealing with our other cats.

Kalli was apparently a stray before her previous owner adopted her.  So this probably explains her fascination with wanting to go outside.  She is the only cat that we have successfully been able to attach a harness and leash to and get her to go for a "walk".  We tried to put the harness on Kashmir...but she ended up in the trashcan (No really...she was sitting on on of our tv tray tables when Mike put it on her and in her effort to get out of the harness she decided, "Well, maybe if I back up I'll get out of it...and promptly ended up falling in the trashcan nearby!)

For once Kalli is our only cat that actually sounds like a cat when she meows.  She's also a lap cat, but nonetheless a heavy one considering how big she is.  Kalli also has this really eerie premonition thing going on that she'll make her way to settling on your lap moments before you've decided to get up off the couch.  Never fail!  She's also the only cat that never ceases to be fascinated by the fish in the tank in the front room.  She can stare at them for hours on end and enjoys watching them so much that sometimes she'll leap up at the fish tank to try and catch the fish.

Kalli