Born: Mayish 2002
Moved In: Fall 2002
outside (she sometimes
forgets to come in to eat for a day or two--every summer she drops
down to about 5.5lbs.)
baby’s changing table
Sasha (our exchange
Decky (our cat lady
She is an
incredible huntress. Two Passovers ago, she brought a mouse through her
new cat door, jumped down to the basement floor, and carried the mouse up
to liberate him in our living room. We spent two hours tearing the house
apart trying to catch the mouse so we could take him back outside. We
found a dead mouse under the stove, but couldn’t find the live one. We
went to school hoping his death would be swift and painless. Twelve hours
later, we returned home after our Temple’s seder to find an uninjured
mouse sitting in our front hallway surrounded by cats. His fur was wet as
if someone had been licking him. We carried him far away outside and
released him with a dish of food and water.
Chewing through wires.
Maliouba successfully destroyed Craig's Nintendo 64, two phone cords,
an iron and countless earphones. Craig got pretty good at repairing
cords. If you call us when we are in the basement, though, the
connection is a little tenuous as it was one of Craig's early repairs
involving duct tape rather than appropriate tools.
Adoption Story: If you’ve
read Mama Kitty’s story, you pretty much know
Maliouba’s. She moved in
with her mom and never moved out. We tried to make her an indoor cat, but
she never quite adjusted. Now she is allowed to go out whenever she
wants—something for which the other cats greatly envy her. Maliouba also
never quite adjusted to family living. She views our house as her pad. We are
the housekeepers who feed her and work the door, at her will of course,
otherwise she’ll take a dump on the rug. We installed a cat door for her
a few years ago that was operated with a little magnetic key (think
expensive for the door, expensive for the keys). After losing two keys,
Maliouba decided she'd had enough of our door. Today we have it set so
anyone can come in and no one can go out--no $15 key required. Sox,
Balin, and Kinsa will
use it (Orion is too fat, he got stuck and pulled
the entire door out of the wall), but not Maliouba.
Someday, she will move in
with our neighbor Decky whom she likes way better than us.
Maliouba (left) sharing a
basket with her little sis KInsa.