Mar 112011

Happy Gotcha Day to Me!!

That’s right!  Today’s my Gotcha Day!!
Five years ago today, I became an Island Cat.

My mom was looking to adopt a black cat since black cats have a hard time being adopted, and she saw this ad for me on

Yeah, that’s right…my name was Mister at the shelter.  I don’t think that’s a very flattering picture of me (check out those frootbats!), but my mom thought I looked cute and she wanted to meet me.

This is a picture of me the first time I met my mom!  I know it was my big feets that won her over!!  And boy am I glad!  I got the bestest home!!

So, c’mon!!  It’s time to party!!!

The nip

the mousies

and the greenies
are on me!!!


  82 Responses to “Happy Gotcha Day to Me!”

  1. Oh, Ernie! You are such a beautiful kitty 🙂 Happy Birthday, cutie! So happy you found a loving home! Hugs to your momma <3

  2. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! I will be right over to dive into the nip and play with the mousies. I love Greenies, too. I’ll ask Emma if she wants to come along, now that she is out of her room.


  3. WooooooHoooooo, Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!!!!! Let’s Party!!!!
    So glad you were got.

  4. From now on we will call you MISTER Ernie! We see that they had your price listed as $100 bucks but we all know you are priceless, Ernie! Happy Gotcha day pal!

  5. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!! You’ve grown up to be such a handsome boy. Wow, you do have big feets in that pic! It looks like you’re wearing mittens!

    Thank you for the party treats, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

  6. Ernie, I am so glad your Mom chose YOU. Yes, I bet your feets did it. And your winning personality too. Happy Gotcha Day.

  7. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!!!

  8. Happy gotcha day, MISTER Ernie! I can totally see why your human could not resist you!

  9. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie – we are so pleased to have got to know you and your family. You have got the cutest paws no wonder your mom fell in love with you.
    We’ll be over later for nip and greenies – luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  10. Happy gotcha day, Ernie!
    OMC !!! That’s much nip ! I don’t think I can find the way home. Your Pawty Rock !!!

  11. Happy gotcha!! What excellent photos, and you look so handsome.

  12. Happy gotcha day Ernie!
    Love Oliver and Ruby

  13. Happy, Happy, Happy Gotcha Day Ernie, love you mini-you pics!!!

  14. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie.

    We loves black cats here, the Mom has had several house panthers. And Whiskers was a tuxie with 6 toes. Mom says 6 toed cats can open cabinets.

    Great party, we brought some balls for everyone to play with.

  15. happy gotcha day!
    luv–yer frend–jh

  16. Happy Gotcha day Ernie. We have a kitty here whose name is Mister. We are so glad that that woman with the yellow hair found you and brought you home. You have such a great home there and are such a lucky kitty. Hope that Mom gives you lots of treats today and we know she will. Just lets us know if she doesn’t. Take care and have a really fun day.

  17. Happy Gotcha Day! We’ll be right over for the ‘nip diving!

  18. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! We think your baby froot bats and BIG feet were adorable! We’re glad your mom fell in love with you. How could anyone not?

    -Nicki and Derry (and mom Kim)

  19. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! You just couldn’t fail with those mighty poly paws and sweet frootbats! They are total Mom Bait as my ape calls them. Have a wonderful day !

    Whicky Wuudler

  20. Hey, happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! You sure were a cute little guy back then.

  21. Ernie Happy Happy Gotcha day….it was definitely your lucky day!!!
    I got high just looking at that glass of nip!!
    Hugs Madi

  22. Happy Gotcha Day! A house panther with big feets is really unique. Celebrate and enjoy your day!

  23. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! How lucky you are to have found the wonderful home you did.

  24. Happy Gotcha day, Ernie! We are so happy that you found your Mom and have the best home ever!

  25. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie~!!! Man…that is some tub o’nip!!! We are happy you have such a loving home!

  26. happy g-day. you were a cute kitten. from now on i’m gonna call u mister ernie.

  27. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!! We’re glad your Mom gotcha!!

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

  28. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Who could resist all those extra toesies!

  29. Ernie, yoo were adorable then, and yoor adorable now. Happy Gotcha Day sweet boy.

  30. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!!

  31. Happy 5th Gotcha Day, Ernie! No wonder your Mama took you home — you were adorable (and still are, of course)!

    I love the fact that your Mom kept your adoption listing. And we’re so happy your were gotcha’d and have such a wonderful furever home. Here’s to many, many more happy and healthy years with your folks.

    My 3-Ds are on their way over. They just love a good party, and they’re bringing a whole case of tuna to share! Yippee!

  32. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!! We are glad you found your forever home and got a new name! Great party…we love the mousies and the greenies!

  33. wow Ernie, conCATulations!
    I love your baby pictures, you are so cute!
    purrs and love

  34. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!!

  35. Happy Gotcha Day! I’ve got extra fishy flakes for that!

  36. Awww Ernie! You are so adorable & we bet it was does feetz too that won yer mum’s heart! We love black cats. Happy Gotcha Day!

    Ms. Stella O’Houligan

  37. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie, from me & The Purries
    and all the House Panthers!

  38. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!! You shur did get the bestest forefur home!!!

  39. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! We are so happy your Mom and you found each other! 🙂

    We brought you some shrimps and HAM for your party. WE hope you like them!

    Please tell Zoey, Wally and your beans that we are very grateful for your kind words during Maggie’s illness, and when she had to run off to the Bridge. We love and appreciate you guys!

  40. You were such a cute baby, but you have matured into a very handsome mancat. And we think your current name is much better than Mister. Happy Gotcha Day and may you have many more!

  41. A very happy gotcha day my handsome friend. I am so glad your mum saw you and you became a member of your fabulous home.. Hugs GJ xx

  42. Whoo hoo! It was definitely those feet! And those fruit batty ears. And your blackness. Oh, it was everything that won your Mom over! We’re on our way over for the Par-Tay!

    Luf, Us

  43. Happy Gotcha Day!! I don’t think that was a very flattering petfinder picture of you either — you’re much MUCH more handsome than that!! Plus, you’ve grown nicely into your ears. =^..^=

  44. Hi Ernie!
    Happy Gotcha Day!!! We ‘z soo glad your mom Gotcha…..mol
    We’d luvz to pawty wit you,,,, Great numnumz!!!

    pz. Da mom thinkz you iz a very handsome mancat and she luvz black catz ~

  45. Happy Happy Gotcha Day, “Mister” Ernie, we are soooo glad that you have such a pawsome furever home! And it so neat that your Mom saved your adoption ad, it is so cute, and you look like you were a big guy at 6 months!
    Hugs, purrs and headbutts,
    Sabrina, Sam and Simon

  46. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! We can see why yoor mom wanted to meet yoo, yoo were a really cute little kitten.

  47. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!! We are so thankful you found such a wonderful forever home.


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  49. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! We are so happy that your mom found you and took you home. Between the frootbats and the feets, we have no doubt it was love at first sight. Besides, who can resist such a cute house panther???

  50. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! We’re glad you’re mom found you on Petfinder and you became part of such a loving furever family! We’ll have some niptinis in your honor!

  51. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Save some greenies for me…

  52. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Love that shelter picture of you. It shows off your wonderful paws! No wonder you became an Island Cat.
    ~Lisa Co9T

  53. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Wow! Look at all that nip! We will be right over.

  54. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!!! You are one lucky cat.

  55. Happy Gotcha Day!!
    You certainly were cute…I wasn’t looking at your paws, but certainly at those ears!
    You are a sweetie and you deserve a fantastic home!

  56. Woo hoo Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!

  57. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! You gotted got by a great family. We giggled that your size was “small”!

  58. Happy gotcha day! Your paws would have won me over too 😉

  59. Ernie, it is absolutely no surprise at all that your mom adopted you! You were such a cute little guy and you’re all grown up but you’re still just as cute.

    Great party! Happy Gotcha!!

  60. YAY!!! A very happy Gotcha Day to you, Ernie!! We like your Ernie name better than your Mister name – Ernie’s got character, just like you!!

    Our Mom, er, Caretaker LOVES your big feets!!! She has a soft spot in her heart for polys!! I’m a poly too (Nico) – Two of my brothers, Tigger & Tobey, who are at the bridge were polys too!! Tobey even had paws shaped like yours – she thinks they look like cute mittens!

    PAWESOME Party!! We’re gonna take turns diving into that big ol’ vat of nip!! …& then fight when we start feeling fuzzy!! MOL!!

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Nico, Simon & JayJay 🙂

  61. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! You have the cutest fruitbats in your Petfinder pic-sher and the cutest paws in ‘the first meeting with mom” pic-sher 😀 We are so glad you became an Island Cat, you are one lucky dude! The pawty sure is nice. We hope you’ve had a really special day.

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

  62. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! We know your Mom fell in love with your feets and all the rest of you. Thanks for inviting us to the party!

  63. Happiest of Gotcha Days to you Ernie!! And so many more!

  64. Well well, Happy 5th Gotcha Day to one of our favorite mancats! You sure know how to throw a bash! Party all weekend, Friend!

  65. Happy Gotcha Day! What a cute and appealing kitten you were indeed. Mom found us on craigslist and just knew it was to be. She kept those ads with our pictures too. Isn’t it great to be gotcha’ed into an awesome furrever home?

  66. Happy Gotcha Day to you!!!!! What a great party!! WhooHoo!

  67. Happy Gotcha Day! I think you look much better now than in your adoption photo. Must be all the love.


  68. Happy gotcha day Ernie! Being a black cat is awesome.

  69. happy gotcha day, Ernie. 🙂 i hope you had a good one!

    p.s. black cats FTW!

  70. Sorry we’re late, Ernie! Happy Gotcha Day. W agree that the feet must have played a major role in your Mom choosing you. They are just too awesome!

    The Chans

  71. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! This is quite the party here!

    We just love your adoption ad and can completey see how your mom fell for you, hard!

    You know we just adore you Ernie, from your sleek black furrs to the tips of your magnificent toesies!

    Purrs from all of us!

    xoxo Cory, Ellie, Bennette, Nigel, Jonesie, Ginger, Figaro, Cecilia, Madison and Grete

  72. Sorry we missed your Gotcha Day. We hope it was a good one.

  73. Happy Gotcha Day your so cute 🙂

  74. Oh Ernie! Happy Gotcha Day! We beautiful Black Boys gotta stick together 😉 And hey–I woulda shared that gull with you for sure!

  75. Ernie, Happy Happy Gotcha Day!!!!! I am so happy you found such a good home and your mom is so lucky to have you! I also found one of my fur babies through (to be precise, found shelter at the site, then been introduced to him.) I hope you have a lot of fun celebrating the day!

  76. Ernie, who WOULDNT want to adopt yer cute self?? ConCATs and Happy Gotcha day.

  77. Happy Gotcha Day! You do have big feets, and the nicest, sparkliest fur. We’re glad you found a super home.

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  79. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!! What an adorable little kitten you were and what a handsome, strong mancat you have become 🙂

  80. Mister/Ernie, after looking at the Petfinder ad, we can understand why your human mom was smitten with you. Happy Gotcha Day, and may you have many more!

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  82. Happy burfday! Black cats are the best!!!

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