This is Nestle’s story.
Nestle doesn’t make many appearances on the blog because frankly she doesn’t do anything. Oh she plays like kitties do, but she won’t let me take pictures of her. She is not scared of the camera or against photo bombing pictures of the dogs, but she just will not hold still for me to take pictures of her. Even when I think she is asleep and pull out the camera, she really isn’t sleeping and springs to action once she gets wind of a camera being focused on her. Since the lighting is usually not great, mostly I get blurry pictures.
Nestle was born October 1, 2005. The date is a guess because she is a rescue. The rescue named her Nestle. (I would not have picked that name. It took me forever to remember her name. For some reason I kept calling her Hershey. :)) Nestle was rescued by Bottle Babies Kitten Rescue. The website is still up, but I do not think that rescue is still in existence. When it was accepting animals, this rescue took the smallest of kittens and would hand feed them because usually their moms were not around. Nestle was one of those kittens. The woman running the rescue told me that she carried Nestle around in her pocket when she was just a wee kitten. Nestle is still not a very large cat, weighting in at around 8 or 9 pounds.
The woman running the rescue was very attached to Nestle and raised her along with two large Labradors. However, she had too many cats and Nestle wanted to be an only cat so she went to live at the Petco for a bit in the hope that she would be adopted. When we met Nestle, we weren’t really looking for a cat, but it just worked out. We were told that Nestle would do fine with dogs, but not with other cats. We adopted Nestle in February 2007. She was around 16 months old. At the time the only dog we had was Thunder and he was not quite a year old.
Nestle is an indoor cat and likes her indoor world. She loves to look out the window, but wants no part of the outside world. She has traveled with us in our trailer when we used to go camping. She even went camping with us up the Upper Peninsula. (Hey those tiny showers in travel trailers are a great place to put the kitty litter pan. :)) We also take her to the cabin if we are staying longer than a couple of days. However, Nestle is a home body and really prefers to stay at home where it is familiar.
Nestle and Thunder get along, but Nestle is still weary of him since he is so much larger than she is. When Storm came along in August 2007, Nestle and Storm became best friends. I think Storm thinks Nestle is a puppy because she is always licking or nibbling on her fur. It looks cute, but then Nestle gets a crusty slobber on her fur and that is not cute.
In 2011 Freighter came along. I thought he and Nestle would be friends and she would have another puppy to play with, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Freighter plays too rough. He takes his paw and whacks her with it which she does not appreciate. (Although when Storm plays with her the exact same way she thinks it is fun…go figure?)
We give Nestle the run of the house so if she doesn’t want to be where the dogs are, she has a place to go. Since Freighter came she has pretty much avoided anywhere he is. She must be getting tired of that because lately she has not seemed to care whether he in a room or not. I also noticed that she doesn’t run when she sees him headed her way so maybe they will eventually be pals.
Nestle will be 8 years old next Tuesday. Happy Birthday Nestle!