Piece O’ NYC: Our City Cats

This post is dedicated to the animals I love the most: cats!

When Jeff and I first moved in together, back when we were wee ones in Baltimore, I immediately told him we were getting a cat. Wisely, he didn’t fight me on this. I’m a bit of a cat lady. Most of my friends — ok, ALL of my friends — know that if they spot something cat related to show it to me or get it for me. I’m just one of those crazies.

So, throughout our marriage, Jeff and I have had cats. Sugar, our first cat, sadly passed while she was still a kitten. She was very sweet and loved us both.

Then came Carlton. His full name is Carlton Butterworth Livingston Goldsmith, I. (At the pound his name was “Cookie”…short for Cookie Monster we think…). He was hovering on 17 pounds when we got him, but is now a nice and husky 13 pounds. He’s a gentleman and a scholar, and as his time with us progressed, it became clear that he and Jeff would become the closest of buddies. So that made me feel ‘cat-less.’
Carlton with his buddy, Jeffrey. Probably talking about girls and football...

Carlton with his buddy, Jeffrey. Probably talking about girls and football…

FullSizeRender copy 2Since I’ve never felt right without cat love, I had to get my own. Back to the pound we went, and home we came with Millie, (Millicent Butterworth Goldsmith — if you think these names are funny, wait until you hear what we have in store for our kids one day ;p). Millie is the perfect cat. She’s super sweet and loving, you can leave tons of food out for her and she doesn’t over consume (Carl is a glutton), and she plays with all of her cat toys equally (Carl only likes his princess pillows or squeaky mice). She also plays fetch and does this!

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She’s pretty protective of this quilt… I wouldn’t try to use it while she’s ‘guarding’ it.

FullSizeRenderLiving in tight quarters with two cats does have several challenges, though. There are hair ball nuggets everywhere and no matter what you do, there’s never enough floor space for all of Millie’s toys or for Carl to lay out on. We have random corners where Carl has to have his cat bed — he’s big enough that instead of cat beds, we get him small dog beds. Plus, our litterbox is an eye sore. Jeff and I can totally see why many people here have dogs. (Jeff has never had a dog or puppy, but one day I totally plan on getting him one. One day when we have that house we’ve always dreamed of…).

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NYC is interesting for cats. Millie loves our high rise view and I know Carlton’s happy just as long as you feed him on time. Some people in this city walk their cats in strollers, and we’ve seen cats on leashes in the park. I really think Carlton could be down with this, but Millie is too much like a dog. She’d want to explore.
When Jeff and I talk about our marriage, we immediately think of the cats we’ve had during that time in our lives. For example, it was Sugar who comforted me as I scrolled through bridal magazines looking for DIY wedding ideas, but it was Carlton who moved with us to a new apartment in Baltimore as a married couple. Aren’t pets just the greatest?!

14 thoughts on “Piece O’ NYC: Our City Cats

  1. When you & Jeff are ready for that house in the suburbs, let me know. I’ll introduce you to a Realtor in my office, William Raveis R E. We are the largest family owned RE company in New England.

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  2. This is Tigger, my daughter’s cat. Here he’s asleep. Drama and comic entertainment is his bag. But ONLY when he’s asleep. God bless, Nita On Aug 14, 2015 2:04 AM, “Piece O Cake Blog” wrote: > > Celia posted: ” This post is dedicated to the animals I love the most: cats! When Jeff and I first moved in together, back when we were wee ones in Baltimore, I immediately told him we were getting a cat. Wisely, he didn’t fight me on this. I’m a bit of a cat lady. ” >

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  3. I have to add that Carl and Millie are two of my favorite cats and I am happy to call them grandcats. Carl has the most beautiful blue/green eyes—and a laid-back attitude that is catching. Millie is more fun than either of my own cats, although Belle might fetch if I just worked with her.

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  4. Your cats are beautiful and, obviously, loved and cared for. As a child we always had a dog — but when I got my first apartment, along came my first cat. It’s been a long time now – many cats – we’ve had as many as 6 but are now down to three. Personally, I think I’d like to keep it to two – and short haired kitties. The furballs and cat hair is something else — but they are WONDERFUL additions to the family. And, we’ve saved kitties from going to the pound. But when I want one, that’s where I would go !!

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  5. I have the independent and lovable Tulip. She has one white paw, right rear, and an asymetrical white patch on her chin. The rest of her is a mix of greys and browns and a bit of off-white. She’s a hoot. Sometimes she’ll start growling and tearing around at 100 miles an hour, jumping up on whatever’s in her way. I call it her crazy time. Happens a couple of times a week for about 3 minutes. Most of the time, she sleeps. I inherited the name from the shelter, but she’s been nicknamed Punkie, short for Pumpkin. Sometimes I just have to say, Tulip, you’re such a CAT!” I probably would have named her Maxie if I’d got her as a kitten. She’s the best!

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    • Tulip/Punkie sounds adorable!!! Carlton definitely has crazy time too. It only last for like 30 seconds though and then he plops down for a nap ;p.

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