Cuddles (video)

This video of Cuddles is something that happens every day.  You can hear from my voice a bit of exasperation because just as I have completely cleaned up in the kitchen for the morning (every morning), in walks Cuddles for more food.  *sigh*  And yes I know I recently posted a video of Cuddles and Rusty playing.  What can I tell you?  I have no control of what is going to happen especially with these cats.  At least in this video you will see another side to Cuds Cuds.  I do have several more videos that I plan on posting of other cats that live in this house too.  (smile)

Cuddles is persistent and consistent if nothing else.  When he wants to eat, nothing is going to get him to stop to do whatever it takes to get me to feed him.  He is a 12-year old male rescued barn cat who we took into our home, when one day as a tiny kitten, he ran out of the barn and clung to my husband’s leg.  He was starving, filthy, and nearly frozen and I’d like to point out, tiny.

For three days and nights my husband held him in an armchair because this kitten just didn’t want to let him go.  Hence, the name Cuddles.  This was after I gently bathed him in warm water and used my hair dryer to get him dry.  He just couldn’t stop shaking.  Now mind you, he was a little scrap of nothing when he was thusly named and at that time we had no idea he would grow into this huge male barn cat who now weighs around 15 pounds.  When he decided to let go of hubby, for years afterwards he would not allow either hubby or I near him, biting, hissing, growing, and swatting at us if we tried to touch him.  He went to a desperate cuddler to fierce warrior.

I have some permanent scars from this cat when I had to get near him.  Years worth of patiently working with him to gain my trust gradually panned out.  Today I am able to hold him without him fighting me (I’ve learned a special Cuddles grip when holding him to make sure he doesn’t swing at me with his right paw), pet him and touch him yes even on his stomach, and the latest victory, he allows me to do dental care on his teeth.  That entails using an instrument to flick off the tartar (sometimes painful when gums are inflamed) before brushing his teeth.

And as I found out one day, the reason why he was so “nasty” is because his hips were out of place.  Months worth of adjustments by me finally got those hips in place and his nature began to tend towards gentle.  His official status in this house is Mr. Security due to how ferocious he used to be and to this day he will not allow me to trim his nails. Believe me he has daggers on those paws! Both hubby and I believe if anyone harmed either one of us, this cat would not hesitate to defend us.

The other players in this video are Doodles, another male rescued barn cat who is 11-years old, and my Calico, Ms. Sassy who is a rescued SPCA 12-year old female.  She and her sisters were found abandoned in a field inside an old tire rim and brought to the SPCA.  At the time of their rescue I was volunteering at this shelter and as soon as I saw them, fell in Love.  I adopted Sassy and her sister Molly who is no longer with us.

More videos of my “fur kids” will be coming, probably on Mondays …

Photography/ “Cuddles” November 2016©AmyRose
http://www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

66 thoughts on “Cuddles (video)

  1. Having a hip out of alignment must of been really tough on cuddles, I imagine that’s why he didn’t want to move out of his comfort zone. But that looking away after meowing? almost like saying ‘Seriously? how many more times do i need to say this’ lol

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    1. Oh he is a character, all right! I’m so glad you laughed! Every time I view this video I laugh again and again. The JOY I have on a daily basis I am so lucky to have. And to share this with all of you here brings even more JOY. What a wonderful way to start this week, right, Andy!!! With laughter!! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Multiply that by 11, Morgirl, and you will know how many bosses I have in my Life. And no that does not include hubby. LOL 😂 Some of what occurs in this house many people would not believe, and I am hoping that with the use of my camera, these cats will get more comfy around it so that I can “catch the action”. Happy Monday!! ❤

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      1. It would be awesome if you did some form of documentary with what you do. The Holistic medicine approach should be shared with so many and I know it would mean alot more work for you, but it would also be a Blessing, Im sure, to many 🙂 Either way though, it will be fun to see the Fur Angels in action 🙂

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      2. I’m working up to that, Mor. I’m at this point getting my “kids” familar with the camera. When I do the supplements I will either have to mount my phone or have hubby run the video. Seeing hubby is not a morning person, I will have to probably figure out how to mount my phone. There is SO much I have learned from these cats especially with communication. I’ve been “let into their world” and it is happening on a deeper and deeper level. Now that my household is running smoothly since the great upset 3 of our family passed away, caused I have more time to figure out what to do. Work in progress …. 🙂

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    1. Um no. If anything he would benefit on skipping a few. But he really is big boned and so he eats. Especially now with us heading into winter. These barn cats still have the instinct to eat more. I’ve never been able to break them of it. ❤

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    1. LOL 😂 Oh yes he really does look like he’s starving, now doesn’t he? He’s gone from a tiny ball of nothing to this huge male barn cat. Who would have guessed? Cuddles never is fed enough in the mornings. Again today I will “open the office” after cleaning out kitty litters (which means give supplements to those cats who get them) and as I am washing up dishes and countertops after everything has been put away, in walks Cuddle asking to be fed again. Yep, every day. And then when he does get fed, he goes down for a LONG nap. LOL ❤

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  2. Cuddles are beautiful Amy and I love his personality ❤
    I have my Bølle, his is also born with bigger bones than his brother and both are always eating more in the winter time, but Bølle even more.
    It is lovely to see your video's Amy 🙂
    Much love ❤ Irene

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    1. Thank you, Irene. I really attempt to allow my cats the freedom to be themselves, within limits. Much discipline on my part over the years has stopped some behavior yet I do not wish to change these cats intrinsic personalities. I walk a tight rope some days as I must choose what to consider OK and what not. It’s amazing how instincts take over. Even though Cuddles is neutered he still goes into “heat” and humps his stuffed noi noi. You’d have to see it to believe it. I have another, Doodles, who also goes into heat and “humps” is soulmate Meaghan. Instincts are powerful, much more then we humans know. Have a great day, dear friend. ❤

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      1. Our beauties need to have freedom to be themselves, so long time they don’t damage others 🙂
        As you know, my two boys are also neutered, I see they hump too, specially if it is about power and leadership in the house.
        Wish you a great day too, dear Amy 🙂
        Love ❤

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  3. Amy it was lovely to read the back story of Cuddles.. and he along with the rest of you beloved fourlegged friends are lovely.. Thank you for sharing the vid.. 🙂 They are adorable and I was so pleased you sorted out cuddles hip problems no wonder he was grumpy before hand xxx

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    1. Bless you, Sue, for taking the time to read Cuddles’ history. I don’t think many people did. Everyone is in such a hurry these days and fly from blog to blog. I have really stopped myself from doing that so that I can actually enjoy what my friends’ post. I have many stories to tell, each important that show what a lot of patience, Love, and persistence plus educating oneself on how to help these cats holistically really does. I also have knowledge on the communication of cats because they have allowed me into their world. I am right now getting them used to the camera so that I can start showing the amazing things my babies do. You made my day! Thank you from the bottom of my Heart!! ❤

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      1. Funny you should say that Amy, I just came from Inese’s Blog post and we discussed this exact same thing when she thanked me for ‘Reading’ .. LOL.. And knowing how our cats are all different I so admire that you spend so much of your time devoted to each one of their special needs.. xxx ❤ Enjoy your day.. ( I have a little girl sleeping over tonight as her parents are both on early shifts ) She love anything fury.. 🙂 🙂 Enjoy your day dear Amy.. Hugs xxx

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    1. You are SO welcome, Denise! Imagine what I go through some days when many of my 11 want individual feeding schedules. I finally narrowed it down to what goes on and why and the eating order that has developed out of deep emotional pain of loosing 3 of our family. The whole “tribe” had to be rearranged. Thank goodness this household is starting to run smoothly, for the first time in a long time. SO glad you enjoyed this and can relate. Tee hee …… (((HUGS))) ❤

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      1. Getting a good giggle! Feeding around here is fun too…different special diets and wants for many. I have about an hour and a half of feeding/watering and doctoring duties every am and then some in evening. Ha! And I have two like Cuddles that beg for refills at various feeding stations through out the house. The thing about cats off the street that have gone hungry is they do not want to see an empty bowl. It’s part of the deal they make with us when they decide to be friends. Food is very emotional to them. It means love. That and belly rubs. 😉💗😊 Good conversing with you Amy!

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      2. LOL 😂 You sound so much like me! Oh wow, another me! God bless you, Denise! I mean that! Every morning I open “the office” to give meds and supplements to just about all my cats after breakfast is over. My morning begins usually around 7am, and I am not finished until about 11am. Then Cuddles strolls in demanding more food after I have everything cleaned up. I will not deny him, I will not get angry. I have duly noted the feeding order in this house and I have gone along with it. My cats are SO happy because I am going out of my way to feed them when they want to be fed. A lot more time and effort on my end, but so worth it. I agree with you about once a cat knows hunger food is comfort. I have a cat who treated water like that and I had to discipline him NOT to drink so much to the point of vomiting. Time and Love and today he is no longer drinking to excess. He was “stress drinking”. You are doing a very good thing, dear friend. Not many people in this world see this. But I do!!! (((HUGS))) ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. Just love the video of Cuddle and the back story. Smiled when you said “cat got your tongue”..lol. Hard to believe that he was just a scrap of a kitten and not this. So beautiful and really enjoyed it! Hugs <3.

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    1. My Joy and my Happy Heart are springing back to Life, Kathy. After loosing 3 of my babies I couldn’t laugh if you had paid me to. I looked in the mirror just last night and finally see my eyes sparkly again. YAY! I really have this wacky sense of humor and I LOVE to laugh. I don’t really think about silly things to say but they tend just to pop out. SO glad you enjoyed my “cat got your tongue” humor. YAY! I have pics somewhere of this tiny kitten. He fit practically in my two hands held together in a scoop. Yes, tiny, frozen, starving. That boy ate and filled out and then some! LOL ❤

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      1. So happy to hear that your Joy is coming back. Made my day. I also have a wacky sense of humor and it sure helps to get you through life! I can picture Cuddles that small but he sure has grown. Show what Love can do! Hugs ❤

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      2. SMILING!!! Challenge day here, Kath, and it was just so nice reading this. I honestly don’t know how I can fit blogging in lately. I had such a perfect rhythm. *sigh* Now I have to figure something else out …. 😉 ❤

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      3. I know those kind of days, Amy. You do a great job fitting blogging in. I need to post more then I do but just haven’t been in the mood. Had this for 9 yrs and taking a break till it’s fun again. Hugs ❤

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      4. Truth. This hasnt’ been fun for a while. My real life is blooming and to have real people contact is no comparison to blogging. This is a lot of work, Kath. If I could just show my work and to fly doing that, BUT I also LOVE the interactions. Some day I will share with you how my life dwindled down to almost nothing and how lately I am seeing signs that my “family” is expanding … and no not bio family. Much Love to you and Craig today!!! ❤

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      5. Kathy, I really am happy that you love the life you chose. Just watch because one day like minded folks will begin to come your way and then you will have a circle of family and friends. YAY! ❤

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  5. Oh, Amy! I love this gorgeous, absolutely adorable person inside Cuddles. He sure has your number now, but I sure hear you on the battle scar point. I hope I can remember to tune in next week for the next VLOG about another of your fur friends. Thanks for the laugh as well as the video of such a cutie kittie. Angie

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      1. I’ve been offline for a long time Amy, so haven’t replied for a while. Cold weather and arthritic fingers don’t play well together but I’m still in the game. More (((Hugs))) back atcha~!

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    1. I know all about it times 11, Mark. Oh yes, I know!! Cats do NOT give direct eye contact easily not unless they really trust. It took me years to gain this guy’s trust. Now I am stunned how gentle he really is and what he allows me to do, things that at one time he fought me, hissed at me, swat at me, bit me. Now? He “allows” me because he trusts me. That is a huge WOW factor to me! He was born “wild”. ❤

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    1. Thank you, YellowCable. We LOVE these guys and are so dedicated to them because of the horrors they endured. We have gotten more then just scratched …. no make that me. Hubby tends not to do hands on tending to but rather he is the researcher. So yes I do have scars. Not a problem. Same goes for my furniture. Scars. 😉 ❤

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