Sometimes it’s best with these Photo Hunt themes to just focus on the obvious. Quirky and Boodie are one in the same. She is a very strange cat, and always has been. Let me tell you a little about her. I’m not sure if I ever told you her whole story.
When they were five months old, Boodie and her sister were stuffed into a box and dumped in the parking lot of a vet clinic. Nobody knows where they came from, but judging from their appearance and behavior, they may have been kitten mill rejects. They were very fluffy and pretty, with Meezer points, possibly Ragdolls or Birmans, but almost completely feral. They feared humans and hissed at them whenever one came near. One of the clinic’s clients was a pet rescue, and they wound up taking them to the rented space in Studio City where they had their cats.
My human was volunteering for this rescue and around the time the cat before me died, the two kittens had been there for four months and were no friendlier than when they came in. Except for one thing: my human discovered they loved to play, as long as it was a wand toy, or a toy on a string — anything that kept humans farther away than arm’s length. With the cat before me gone, Binga was alone and my human did not want her to get used to being an only cat because she knew she was eventually going to get a Somali (I had not been born yet). So she offered to foster one of the kittens for a while. She was crafty. She played with Boodie for a few minutes and when she was off guard, she snatched her up and stuck her in a carrier.
Once she got Boodie home, my human put her in a room all by herself, and for a week, the only living, breathing being Boodie ever saw was my human, who came in there several times a day to feed her, play with her, change her litter and get her acclimated to being around humans. Eventually, she was let out and she immediately gravitated towards Binga. Even though she is fine with people now, although shy with strangers, Boodie has always been a cat’s cat. The curious thing is that ever since she has been here, no human has ever laid a mean hand on her, but she still sometimes cringes when someone reaches out to pet her on the head. Meanwhile, she lets Binga chase her around the house and beat her up mercilessly! But she likes the rough play Binga dishes out, because she always goes back for more. Once my human caught Boodie throwing one of her toys at Binga, totally asking for trouble!
My human would have been more than happy to see Boodie get adopted, but the rescue only called to have her brought back to be seen once, and after that my human never heard from them again! Boodie’s microchip is still registered in the rescue’s name, even though she has lived here since February 2002.
Boodie is everything that people who don’t like cats complain about. She sheds like crazy and she is the only one out of the three of us who uses the rug to scratch on.
My human also claims that she is the dumbest cat she has ever known. Remember the CatAmazing toy I reviewed and gave away a few months back? Boodie had no idea how to work it. She just sat there and somehow expected the treats inside it to come to her.
If you can’t see the video above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
She also does not know how to meow. Instead she makes these strange space alien noises. And sometimes I think she really is from another planet.
But she is also the most playful out of the three of us! She will play with anything. Once she was caught carrying around a small bag of screws and hardware like it was prey. She also talks to her toys as she carries them around, in that weird, space alien dialect.
So now you know the story of my quirky roommate, Boodie!
Westley, Horus and Miracle Max (Mandi) says
My cat Horus was a street rescue, when he was around 6 months old. He too can not meow and makes very strange alien noises. He is terrified of brooms and any sort of loud noise (even a toilet flush). He too is a bit aloof and not the ‘sharpest knife in the drawer’ but his two adopted cat brothers and I love him very much 🙂 It was very good to see him slowly come out of his shell and become a loving member of the family.
We have a soft spot for Boodie and it is really interesting to hear her story. She won the kitty lottery coming to your house for sure! Love her little alien sounds, Neytiri has those too and my Human calls her an ewok when she does them. So happy that Boodie came to live at your house from her sad beginning in life. She is such a sweetheart.
We meant to reply to this, and it slipped by us. Thank you for this fascinating entry & peek into Boodie’s life. She’s SO pretty and my brofur, Peppers, sometimes draws back, too, when a hand approaches. We don’t know why (and, like at your place, NO ONE here has EVER hurt him). Poor Boodie & her sibling. Who could do such a thing to them?
She’s so lucky to have you guys!
Wow. She just didn’t get how to be a “pet.” It’s great that she has a home with all of you who are willing to let her be herself. She is lucky on that account. I imagine she could have easily been put down a long time ago.
This is the first we have heard of Boodie. She sure is a pretty girl. Our angel MacKenzie didn’t know how to meow. He made baaing sounds like a lamb. Thanks for sharing her story. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Lisbeth, Astrid and Calista Josette
Maxwell, Faraday & Allie says
*cue X-Files theme* Boodie! I’m the same way! They wonder why I sometimes cringe when a human hand comes toward my head too. (Let’s keep it to ourselves and keep them wondering!) – Faraday
Angie at Catladyland says
I <3 Binga!! If she were a human, we'd totally be friends!
That is a quirky kitty! 😆
Boodie, what a beautiful and floofy girl you are. Nothing wrong with quirks–I’m known to have a few of my own! I’m so happy that you have a wonderful home. All kitties deserve no less–no matter how alien they may seem!
boodie may be a little bit quirky but i think she’s sweet in her own little quirky way. 😛
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for feral cats. Most cats I’ve ever had started off that way.
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
She is boodieful though
We didn’t know Boodie’s story but it makes us love her that much more! We’re so glad that your human was working at that rescue and brought Boodie home for so much love and care. We think her meow is very unique but sweet. She’s so beautiful too!
Cathy Keisha says
Boodie is very pretty though. I sometimes cringe when the peeps try to pet my head too even though they’d never hurt me. Boodie is lucky she was in the right place at the right time, although I’m sure she didn’t think so.
Sweet Purrfections says
Boodie was meant to come live with your mom. We love her!
The Island Cats says
We always wondered about Boodie, so thanks for sharing her story with us, Sparkle. She sounds like our Zoey, who after 5 years still will run and hide from strangers for sure and occasionally the mom and dad.
I didn’t know about Boodie and she did have some rough times. I sure am glad she is there with you Sparkle!
Baby Tali says
I love happy endings..And she is so Boodieful..mol 😆
Madi and Mom says
MOL Boodie!!! you are beautiful to us and I, Madi, love a cat’s cat…after all we have to stick together.
Hugs madi your BFFF
Leah Mastilock says
beautiful pics! So wonderful that she was given a chance and has a great home!
It would seem Boodie is definitely from the planet Quirk, but the Staff went “awww”! So there is no accounting for taste!!! love Austin xx
Caren Gittleman says
I think she is a stunner and your story so touched me. Of course Boodie thinks the food will come to her…she is a CAT, why should SHE have to exert herself to get it!?
Michelle S says
The rescue knew that she was right where she needed to be! 🙂
Sue Brandes says
Boodie you are so sweet. Love your meow you try to do.
Finally a story about Boodie – Miss Frankie also carries around her “prey” making those godawful noises, BB, the orange boy, rarely says a thing…
I am so in love with Boodie. I say that 4 is enough but…….if a ‘Boodie’ were to cross my path….. 😉
Laila and Minchie says
What a sweet story about Boodie. Such a very happy ending! Have a great weekend!
The Florida Furkids says
She may be quirky but she sure is sweet! We love that little chirpy meow!!
The Florida Furkids
Love the quirky cat – perfect for this week’s theme.
Have a super weekend.
Toby & Leia says
Sad start, happy now. We’re glad for that, and that your hoomin understands to let cats be cats.
what a great end to a sad story….
Thanks for letting us know more about Quirky Boodie. She sounds like an OK roommate and we are glad your human decided to “foster” her.
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Wow! What a story! She may be quirky, but her beauty & sweetness is charming. Have a great weekend!
Boodie, it was good to hear your story. You did have a rough start but you have a great home now. We love your tiny and short meow. You are a very pretty kitty too. Hope all of you have a great day.
Oh Boodie, i
Fuzzy Tales says
We don’t think we knew Boodie’s story. She did have a difficult start to life, but we’re very glad she ended up in a wonderful forever, intentionally or not.
She does make very interesting sounds!
Hannah and Lucy says
Poor Boodie had a very bad start to life – it’s funny about the meow because we came from a bad start too although luckily we weren’t dumped but rescued by the RSPCA and Hannah rarely meows and Lucy only does what Mum calls “a silent meow” because she meows with no sound at all. We are so pleased that she has a wonderful home now filled with warmth and love.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
Beautiful cat and interesting story ! Makes me think a little of Kim’s behavior, she doesn’t like humans but loves all animals. I know her from birth on, but she is a strange cat and she meows the same way as your Boodie.