Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Natalie for letting me interview her about Boogie. Pictures used with permission. The professional photos were taken by Erin Leigh Studio.
How old is Boogie?
Where did Boogie’s name come from?
My cat’s name is Boogie. It originally started out as Elmer, but that only lasted a few days. Within days of having him, he started hiding in corners and jumping out at us and scaring us. I started calling him Orange Booger as a nickname, and then my husband started calling him Boogie Man, which changed to Boogie. There isn’t a better name out there for him because it just fits so perfectly. Boogie has stuck ever since and he responds well to his name!
How did he come to live with you?
I got Boogie from a rescue group called Kitty City Kansas Rescue. Originally we adopted the most beautiful little fluffy brown and black tabby named Timber. Timber was so sweet and always was by my side, but unfortunately 6 weeks after we got him he developed FIP and had to cross the rainbow bridge. I was devastated by this loss because Timber was so special – it was like he was made JUST for me. Immediately I let Kitty City know about what happened, and they felt so sad for me that they told me I could adopt another cat for free if I wanted. The lady I was working with emailed me a couple of pictures of Boogie (back then they called him Sundance) and asked me if I liked red/orange cats. I had told them I was really looking for a long haired and Boogie was the cat who happened to come across my screen. At that time, after seeing his face, I knew no matter what that I couldn’t say no to him. I went to his foster mom’s house and there were other kittens there that were up for adoption that were really cute. For some reason, even though Boogie didn’t seem to take to me right away, I knew he had to come home with me. I took him home and he has been with us ever since.
Do you have any other pets?
I have an all-black German Shepherd named Wicket (female) that we had owned prior to getting a car. Boogie “adopted” Wicket as soon as he came into our house and quickly took to following her around, chewing on her tail, sleeping on her, and always being right beside her. It was really sweet to see how close those two became and how quickly it happened.
What is his favorite thing to do?
Boogie’s favorite thing to do is play with sparkly pom pom balls. He has more than 20 and they end up all over the house. I LOVE coming home and finding out where the balls end up because every day it’s a new adventure. Usually a couple end up in our bed. I think that is his way of letting us know that he is catching us some “prey” so he is offering it in our bed as a gift. He’s such a good boy!
Does Boogie have any unusual habits?
Whenever he doesn’t get fed when he thinks it should be food time, he throws a huge fit and then starts pulling on, and eating the carpet. He does a lot of normal cat things like opening cabinets while we are gone, laying on his back with all 4 paws in the air, chirping at birds, and running around the house as fast as possible chasing nothing.
How has your life changed since having Boogie?
Boogie brings so much humor and joy into my life. I could not imagine life without him, and I often tell him that although he and I did not “bond” right away, he is my favorite kitty I have ever had and I love him more than anything. He is not much of a cuddler which is a bummer, but on the rare occasion when he does cuddle, it makes me so ecstatic.
Is there anything else you would like to add about your cat?
I wasn’t kidding when I said he adopted the dog. He actually thinks that dog is his. One time my husband went to tell Wicket that she was being a bad dog because she pooped in the house and he gave her a little butt spank, and Boogie got so upset that he went right over to my husband, hissed, and scratched his arm. He is protective of his doggy big sister!