Author’s Note: Thanks so much to Miss Jill for letting me bombard her with questions about her cats. You can follow them on Toddley’s Facebook page.
Can you tell me what got in interested in adopting rescue cats?
My dad adopted my first cat, Slapshot, when I was 5. It was love at first site and I have loved cats ever since that day. I am especially passionate about rescue cats. They are innocent, beautiful animals that deserve love and wonderful homes. If I can do anything at all to improve the life of an animal, I will do it. They all deserve love and good lives.
How many cats do you currently have, what are their names and ages?
I have three boys. Tigger is 17 (black kitty), Toonces is 11 and Toddley is 4.
I inherited my dads and brothers 2 girl kitties when they passed away recently. They now live upstairs with my mom in a separate apartment. There is Sally Mae who is 13 and Bella who is 2 1/2.
Can you explain how Toddley got his bare belly?
Toddley has had health issues since he was a baby. He’s had bladder surgery because he has bladder stones and also has very sensitive skin. A year ago he had a specialized surgery that basically made him a girl cat. His stones were blocking him, so they removed part of the penis and opened up his urethra so the stones can pass through easily. They shaved his belly and bottom and the hair never grew back 😹
His tantrums are quite famous, what sets them off?
Toddley likes to have things his way all the time. If any small thing changes, watch out! He will throw a huge tantrum. He threw his first tantrum the day I brought him home from the shelter. He had found a piece of plastic and I took it away from him. He threw himself upside down, screamed and flailed his legs. He continues to throw tantrums almost daily.
Why does he like to root through garbage?
I think Toddley is part pig 😹. He has a giant nose and is constantly rooting around through everything. I clean out his nose every week and find all sorts of nonsense in there.
Why is Toonces always surprised?
Toonces is the sweetest rescue kitty I’ve ever met. He’s always happy and loves everyone. His face is permanently “surprised”.
Why is Sally always face planting?
Sally is sick of her brothers nonsense and needs to take naps on her face to get a break.
What tips do you have for someone wanting to foster a rescue cat?
Do it! It was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Being able to give an innocent animal a chance at a good life is very rewarding. Millions of innocent animals are killed every year. If I can save one, then my life has had a purpose. You will never regret it!
Do you have any additional tips or tricks you have learned over the years with your cats?
They bring me so much joy and laughter. I’m not sure if I have any tips, but I can tell you that cats bring me so much joy and love. I can’t imagine my life without them.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for wanting to hear about my furry family!
This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Jill’s father John and brother Jason who both loved her cats very much.