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Most cats go up to 10.
Torties go to 11!
happy gotcha day, tinky! 
23rd-Jan-2014 08:58 am
cat: tinkyface
Ten years ago, I was in my last year of college and completing an internship at a domestic violence shelter in Lansing, Michigan. The shelter manager there asked me to help her find homes for the litter of kittens living on her porch; she wanted to bring them inside, but her son's dogs were not cat-friendly. She was particularly worried about a tortoiseshell kitten that was super sweet and cried for attention whenever anyone was nearby, and Michigan winters are very cold.

I wasn't sure how my other cat, Ella, would respond. Ella is a rather fractious special cat, but it was just her and me living in an apartment, and she'd previously lived with adult male cat friends. So I brought home the tortie kitten and figured my parents would take her if it didn't work out. I picked up the kitten from MLK Avenue in Lansing and drove to the pet store during a blizzard to get some kitten chow.

The little tortie became Ella's best friend and has continued to be a sweetheart for ten years. I named her Tinky, short for Tinoket, which means baby girl in Hebrew. Tinky has no tortietude and loves everybody. She loves to cuddle and investigate and be an ambassador to all visitors. Here's to many more years of loving companionship with Tinky!

1-tiny tinoket, 3 month old kitten tinky says hi tinky toes tinky naps under a blanket Tinky demonstrates how to do the crossword puzzle Ella bathes Tinky. ella and tinky have a pleasant afternoon
23rd-Jan-2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
What a pretty girl--love those green eyes. And those are really GREAT photos!
25th-Jan-2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
My green-eyed little girl. Such a sweetie. Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed!
23rd-Jan-2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Baby Tinky!! She is the cutest little girl.

Happy Gotcha Day!!
25th-Jan-2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
You would have loved meeting her as a baby. She was so, so sweet from day 1. Happy Caturday, K! Hugs to BB!
23rd-Jan-2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
Me and Ida and Teddy wish Tinky as very happy Gotcha Day! birthday cat
25th-Jan-2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
Awww, cuteness! Thank you to you and Ida and Teddy!
23rd-Jan-2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
She has gorgeous eyes. They're an amazing sea green. <3

May you have another ten years with Tinky!
25th-Jan-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
You are right! Such pretty eyes, indeed, though they are currently closed for her second nap of the day. ;)

Thank you so much!
23rd-Jan-2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
What a pretty girl! I've had my tortie 9 years this month. They are such a blessing.
25th-Jan-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Awww, lovely! Torties are such fun. May you have many more years together!
24th-Jan-2014 09:47 am (UTC)
she could my Lady's twin with her markings :) one can tell from the photos that she's a darling - even down to her Tinky toes!

=^. .^=
25th-Jan-2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hello, Lady! (Said in my best Princess Bride impression.) I haven't met any other torties that resemble Tinky, how fun! She really is a sweethearted little girl. Happy Caturday! :D
25th-Jan-2014 06:45 pm (UTC)

Lady was in a kitten pile with her siblings at the animal shelter and that stripey nose just kept catching my attention! Gotta say it again tho - Tinky toes :-D happy Caturday to you as well!
25th-Jan-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, Lady could definitely be sisters with Tinky! What a cutie! Does she also have two black and two caramel paws? My girl's are left front and right back caramel, right front and left front back. And does she have any white? Tinky only has a chest spot and the tip of her tail.

Give that adorable girl a kiss on her nose stripe for me! Tinky and her toes are currently cuddling in my lap. :)
25th-Jan-2014 11:38 am (UTC)
She's absolutely gorgeous! And those kitty paws <3
25th-Jan-2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
She is! Her paws are adorable, for sure. Looks like you have a beautiful tortie in your life, too--gorgeous kitty in the icon!
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