Gabi has been officially entered in the Cat Community Cat Show, under the catagory of CCSD-7 (rescued cats one year and over). We are excitied. Even if she doesn't win, we just want people to remember that rescued animals can become precious pets.
You know when I first got Gabi last October, a co-worker had taken her originally but she had been so mal-nourished that she had special dietary requirements. My co-worker had a Persian about 18 months old at the time and was looking for another cat, as she had just had to put her older Persian to sleep. She actually took Gabi first, but found it difficult to seperate two cats, eating differently at mealtime. So it was decided that Gabi would become my cat and my co-worker found another Persian kitten. When the prospect of getting this rescued cat was discussed, we had both seen pictures of her. (And both fell in love with her instantly) Names were discussed. I've always like people names for animals, so I was going thru the list of unused names in my head. Meanwhile my co-worker like names with special meanings. She had given a couple of her other cats Hebrew names, so we did some research. There were several we liked but "Gabi" continued to come to the top of the list. In Hebrew, Gabi means "God is my strength." This beautiful little cat had been abandoned, for heaven only knows how long, on the streets of Seattle. She was picked up, mal-nourished, with matted fur, flea infested, afraid and not well. After a couple months in foster care she was ready to go to a permanent home. And as it turned out...it was my home. She was a fighter and we both felt that surely God was watching out for this precious little girl. She was barely 4 pounds (and about 2 years old) when I brought her home October 4, 2005. She is now about 5 1/2 pounds, her coat is thick and soft and she's very lively and an absolute sweetheart. She still has dry kitten food (for the extra nutrition) available to her at all times and gets moist food twice a day. She prefers Fancy Feast, about a third of a can each feeding, with warm water mixed in with it. Not too picky, huh ? But I feel she deserves it. She's strictly an indoor cat, no more outside adventures for her. She follows me around (when I'm not at work) like my little shadow. And at night when I head down the hall to get ready for bed, she jumps up on her towel at the end of my bed and there she stays. When I wake up in the morning, she's usually sitting next to me, waiting for signs of life from me and her morning food. Persians don't usually meow like other cats, so all I get is this little chirping sound from her. Sort of a welcome relief from the meows of former Siamese cats we've had.
Anyway, if you haven't heard it before...that's the story of Gabi Lin. You can find her picture posted on the Cat Community Cat Show by following this link. http://journals.aol.com/hpcatshow/CatCommunityCatShoiwDivisionD7/entries/2006/08/27/gabi/1795
Another AOL J-Land buddie, Jeannette over in the U.K. has entered her little Nina also. Nina is a sweet little Maine Coon kitten (who is giving Jeannette a run for her money, I think.) and you can find her entry at; http://journals.aol.com/hpcatshow/CatCommunityCatShowDivisionD2/entries/2006/08/24/nina/1630
I hope you'll visit the Cat Community Cat Show and vote for your favorites between September 4th and 11th. http://journals.aol.com/hpcatshow/CatCommunityCatShow/
Gabi and I would appreciate your consideration. Thanks........Linda