Ask Sparkle: My Beginnings

You asked, I answer!

When I asked if you readers had any questions for me, it turned out you had lots! So here is the first in a series. Tillie and Georgia wanted to know who was here first, Binga and Boodie or me, while the Poupounette Gang and Cathy Keisha wanted to know how I came to live here. Those questions are kind of wrapped together so I will deal with them all at the same time.

So… yes to the Chans, I came to live with my human as a kitten, and nope to Cathy Keisha, I was not a rescue. I came from a very small, but excellent Somali breeder from Temecula, California. My human usually doesn’t get breed cats, either as rescues or from breeders (Binga and Boodie are testament to that!), but after the cat before me died, she really wanted a cat who would be hers and hers alone. Binga (who came from a kill shelter) loves all humans equally, even if she hasn’t met them yet, and Boodie likes cats more than humans. So she decided if she found a cat breed with a trait that included bonding with one human, that’s what she would get. She always loved Abyssinians, but when she found out about Somalis — a longer-haired version of an Aby — and read that they generally bonded with one human, she was hooked. Unfortunately, it did not work out the way she thought, because she says I am bonded with her like a 13-year-old is with her mother — shunning her one moment and needy the next! Well, that’s what she gets.

It was months before the breeder had kittens available. My human and her boyfriend came down to visit with us — I had two sisters and a brother. One sister was crazy, the other one was quiet, and my brother bit my human’s boyfriend. I was in between and did not bite anyone, so a couple of weeks later, they came down to Temecula again and got me. I was not happy about this! In fact, I screamed the whole two hours back to Los Angeles. Here I am in the car while the humans were filling up the gas tank, and you can see I am complaining.

I would not have minded if they had turned around and taken me back!

And it got even worse when I got to my new “home” — I had these waiting for me, ominously:

Yeah, they weren't too happy to see me either

That’s right — Binga and Boodie were here before me. In fact, Binga knew the cat before me. They were not pals either.

How would YOU feel if two big cats were glaring at you?

I was quite intimidated by both of them at first!

She is still mean!

Binga especially seemed to have it out for me. But I spent most of my time in my human’s home office… which is how I learned it was actually my office!

We were plotting World Domination!

Boodie was pretty easy to win over, since she is more of a cat’s cat.

The paw that holds the toy holds the power!

Binga was more difficult, but some playtime helped.

This house: pwned!

But it was not long before I took over!

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  1. says

    What a cute kitten you were Sparkle – it must have been quite scary being in a strange place with two cats who were already living there.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  2. says

    Thanks for answering our question Sparkle. You were a cute kitten and you are lovely now.
    It is nice to know Boodie is a cat lover.She is pretty.
    Binga is a Tortie,we understand that.She is cute though 😉
    We loved all the baby pics :)
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  3. The Kitties of Purring Pines says

    You were so cute! How could Binga not grow to love you! Have a good Tuna Tuesday!

  4. says

    Thank you, Sparkle, for answering our question! We really loved the early photos.

    #1 experienced that amazing bond with Ikkyu, her first Aby who shared her life for 15 years. Ikkyu loved her and her alone, and no-one else could even get close to him. With her, however, he was the most loving cat ever.

    As for us, Sei-Chan is pretty shy but we love people and our visitors are often surprised at how we all come over to meet them and enjoy cuddles.

    The Chans

  5. says

    I was removed from my first home too and didn’t like it either at first. I hissed and growled at my human all the time. I was stuck in one little room all day for a couple weeks so Spunky Doodle and I could get used to each other gradually. I am happy now though and Spunky is my pal now. She was very nice about teaching me the ropes and giving me a tour of the house once I was let out of that room.

  6. says

    Sparkle, we are glad your human got you, but sorry you couldn’t be an only cat for a while. You sure were a cute kitten!

  7. says

    Oh Sparkle, we loved that story. You were too cute screaming on the way home. Glad you got Bodie and Binga under control now. We think you have a wonderful home and a great Mom.Take care.

  8. says

    Sparkle, we laughed at the photo of you in the car, on the way home. Such cattitude at a young age. That third pic, though, of you huddled against the wall, tugs at our human’s heart. Poor baby! Of course, that was long ago now. :-)

  9. says

    Great post Sparkle and what a cutie pie you were as a kitteh!! and of course a cat. Even as a wee one you let the seniors know you were there to stay
    hugs madi your bFFF

  10. says

    Great stuff, Sparkle, and MomKatt & I loved LOVED the pictures! Boodie seems really cool & laid back. But you were “Da Boss” even then! MOL!


  11. Katie Bella says

    Sparkle I also wondered about a few things and when I saw several other kitties had the same questions I waited for you to answer them. It was fun learning more about Binga and Boodie who are both gorgeous!

    YOu deserve the office. I’m glad that you claimed it.

  12. says

    Oh Sparkle….that’s quite a beginning for you! I’m sure you weren’t too crazy about meeting the “OTHERS” at your new home but as you said – it just took some time and effort and soon you were running the show! Atta girl! You sure were a tiny little thing and you’re STILL a tiny girl – or should I say “delicately feminine” ??? You’re such a beautiful girl and I’m very happy you have your forever home…..

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  13. says

    Oh, Sparkle…you were a cutie as a kitten!
    I didn’t realize that Boodie and Binga were there first! Good thing you set them straight on who’s in charge.
    This was very fun to read! We love your Q&A idea.
    : ) Katie & Glogirly

  14. says

    oh Sparkle, you were such a beautiful kitten. No wonder you grew up to be such a beauty! That must have been quite the adventure for you, leaving your comfortable home to a new home with 2 other kitties. We admire your bravery so much!

    9, Chani and Sheamus Popoki

  15. da tabbies o trout towne says

    thiz iza grate storee sparkle; N sorree ya dinna have any flounder ore mackerull handee at de time ta offer two binga….ewe noe what they say bout meetin new kittehz N fish….. 😀

  16. says

    What cute kitten pics!

    I’d love to hear how you managed to take over, and have your own blog and everything if the others were there first. Not that you don’t deserve to be top cat in your house, because you certainly do!

  17. says

    Awww, Sparkle you were the cutest baby ever!!…We enjoyed reading about how you found your Mommy and are glad you found such a wonderful forever home to rule, sweetie!!…Happy Tuesday, darling friends…kisses…Calle Halle, Sukki

  18. Baby Tali says

    That is a great story Sparkle..You look so cute crying in the car..although you were very upset at the time..All 6 of us get upset when we have to ride in the car to the Vet Doctor..We cry all the way to there and back..I want to hear how you took over the office and started your blog..Give me some tips so maybe I can take over my human beans office too..Good thing that they all realized that you were born to be in charge! 😀

    • Baby Tali says

      I forgot to tell Aunt Susie the Tortie picks on me sometimes too..I don’t know what it is about them Torties..She gets more scoldings than anyone here!!

  19. says

    Sparkle it’s so hard to readjust but I think you made out really well and you have a great home and YOU’RE an internet sensation. Wowza!!

  20. says

    Oh you were so cute as kitten! It must have been very overwhelming to have two big kitties in the new home – but glad you got along well with each other :-) Playtime always helps to bond, I think!

  21. says

    Sparkle, how lucky you are to have your own blog when you were the latecomer to the party. You were an exceptionally cute kitten who turned into a lovely lady-cat. We are stunned that your humans went to pick you up for the car ride to your new home without a carrier. Two very brave souls! We look forward to reading more answers to your fans’ questions. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

    • says

      I actually did have a cat carrier (in fact, the breeder gave us one which I still have) — my human took me out and put me on the seat to take photos. In or out of the carrier, I was not happy with that long car trip!

  22. says

    Sparkle, it’s exciting to get to know you better! We don’t know anyone with that much hair, except our human. We were the youngest too, even our mom–EVERYONE came before we did. We think the world began when Cookie was born, though.

  23. says

    Whoa! Thanks for answering my question first! I’m humbled. You were the cutest kitten ever!! Of course, we never actually SAW me as a kitteh. Heh heh. Love that pic in the car.

  24. says

    Thank you for sharing your story! We love to read about how kitties came to live with their humans: both rescues and from reputable breeders! We think everyone must know our story because it’s been shared since Mom Paula picked us out. You are definitely in charge in your house now, aren’t you?

  25. says

    We could have sworn we left you a comment but it disappeared! We were just saying that we also wondered about your “Gotcha” story and enjoyed seeing pictures of you as a kitten. It didn’t take you too long to take over as the Queen of the house, did it?

    Truffle and Brulee

  26. says

    Ha,ha! That car ride should have been a warning, yes? You were so cute as a wee one! Our mom got MMM after teasing The Girl about how she would replace her with a meezer after she moved out. See if she ever jokes about something like that again!

  27. says

    oh Sparkle, The Human and I LOVED reading about your childhood!! Boodie looks like a furry nice mother-figure, but for the first time I can see that Binga can be a little skeery, ha ha ha! You were a really adorable kitten XOXOXOXOX (I loved your five things yesterday too–the Human is not being very cooperative about helping me visit these days….)

  28. says

    Miss Sparkle! :roll:

    Mum is going ALL SOPPY at the cute baby pics. RILLY!!! Some of us are bloggers learning the ropes and we learn that baby pictures sells?? * sigh * OK OK You win!

    * giggle *

    This is the best post ever ( well that’s what Mum says) 😆

  29. says

    What a beautiful kitten you were, Sparkle, and a gorgeous grown up.
    Fun to read your history with Binga and Boodie. I see that tortie temperament at the shelter more often than not…

  30. Scarlett & Melly says

    That’s a great story! “I was in between and did not bite anyone” made me laugh out loud.

  31. Heather says

    Oh, I was soooo off base! I thought your mom and her beau had separate houses to begin w/ and separate kitties. I thought Binga and Boodie came with him, and you came w/ her and that was why you and Binga had a few issues in the newly merged household. I also figured Boodie was a fella rather than a lady–she is very beautiful but the name through me off. Thanks for clearing all that up!


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