Mar 112013


It’s My Gotcha Day!


That’s right, kitties!  On this day 7 years ago, the mom gotted me from the animal shelter and brought me to the Island to live!

You know how black cats have a hard time finding homes?   Well, I got my home because I was black!  The mom had heard about how black cats are considered less adoptable (phooey, I say!) and made a point of looking for a black cat to adopt.

Here’s a picture of me the first time the mom saw me.  You’ve probably seen this one before, but it’s one of the mom’s favorites.

She says it was love at first sight.  Yeah…I think my big feets had something to do with it.  The mom and the dad guy say they’re pretty lucky to have found me, but y’know what?  I think I’m the lucky one.  Being an Island Cat is the best! 

So, c’mon!  It’s time to PARTY!!


There’s lots of treats…


And live dead shrimps, ham and salmon.


There’s fresh nip to nom…


And mousies to whap.

I hope you’ll stay awhile and have some fun!


  79 Responses to “It’s My Gotcha Day!”

  1. Woo hoo! You know how I feel about black cats! Oh yeah….I AM one! We rock! Well, all 10 of us are here to help you celebrate Ernie. Mom has a confession to make…it was love at first sight when she saw you too. Yeah, we’ve got a big soft spot for you Ernie!

    So…hope you don’t mind that we brought Grete woofie along for the party! Let’s dance! Let’s eat!!!

    xoxo Cory and family

  2. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie and many, many, many moooooore!!! We will be right over to celebrate with you!
    Howdy from your TX furiends,

  3. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie ! We meow in French usually, and we were not sure to understand what was a “Gotcha Day” til we read your post. Let’s party !

  4. i’m there! i saw all the Foodz!! oh… and happy Gotcha day!

    you look so cute when you were young and you still look great now.

  5. I’m black and a half..MOL
    Hooray for you Ernie !!! Happy Happy Gotcha Day !!! The best day ever when true love have come : ) and I think it has something to do with your tail too ! ( from your photo )

    and thanks for the pawty ! PRAWN !!!!!! running , belly shake to them : )
    lots of love

    Piggy Puddy

  6. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Purrs!

  7. WOW! Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!! Purrs from our four boys.

  8. Happy Gotcha day Earnie!! We’re so glad you got gotted!
    Black cats rule!! So do polydactal kitties, so you double rule!

  9. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!

    We thinks black cats rule (just don’t tell Miss Cindi we said that). Our mama is going gaga over your cute polydactly paws by the way.
    Thanks for the pawty invite. Those shrimps were a little hard to catch but delicious!


  10. We will be there, Ernie!
    Mommy loves your first photo too. Your big foots caught her eye AND the fact someone was holding on to your tail! MOL.

  11. Happy Gotcha Day Ern. We give you (wait for it…)

    Two Thumbs Up!

    Ms. Stella O’Houligan

  12. Happy gotcha day, Ernie! Your human is SO right – black cats DO rock!

  13. Happy Gotcha day Ernie!!!!!!!!!!!
    We are SO happy to help you celebrate!
    Mom loves black cats too and they are cool 🙂
    Let’s party !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  14. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernsie! You were such a cute kitten!

  15. Happy Gotcha Day!!! We love that old photo of you. You look like you are 25% feet!

  16. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!!! You chose wisely!

  17. A huge Happy Gotcha day to you Ernie. You are one lucky and smart kitty too to have found that wonderful home of yours. We are going to go nibble on that good looking Nip plant. We are huge fans of black cats. There are three of us here. Hope you have a most wonderful day.

  18. Happy, happy, happy Gotcha Day!

    Your pal, Pip

  19. Dude! Road Trip! We’re on our way down for a Gotcha Pawty! Save some of that Salmon!
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp


  21. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!
    Yep it was for sure those sweet feet that sealed the deal.

    Great buffet line TTYL
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  22. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! Our mom would have found you irresistible too, especially with those adorable toes! 🙂

  23. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie. We love yoo tons. xxxx

  24. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie, thanks for inviting us over the food is yummy to our tummies and we LOVE whapping mice.

  25. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!!! We thinks you and your mommy are both lucky 🙂

    We thinks you throw a great celebration!! 🙂

    Purrs for many more happy years to come,
    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

  26. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie – our Mum would have wanted to take you home too – she loves black cats and in the UK they are considered lucky. You Mum has put on a wonderful buffet and we’ll try and have a taste of everything.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  27. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Our mom would have scooped you up in nothing flat too! Mom still misses her black beauty, Binky Baby.

  28. happy g-day. i was very lucky to stumble upon diego-san cuz i never really gave much thought to adopting a black cat. now i’m the biggest black cat fan in the world.

  29. Wow, Happy Happy (8 times) Gotcha Day Ernie!

  30. Happy Gotcha Day! What a fine picture of you!

  31. Happy Gotcha Day dear Ernie! I am so happy to read how you became an Island Cat and so happy that you are. xoxoxoxoxox Now..where’s the noms. First, the real live dead shrimp…then..nip!

  32. Ernie we are so happy for you…you lucked out when you found your home on the island! Black cats are the best, with orange being a close second 🙂 Great party…we’re enjoying the snacks and toys!

  33. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!! We’re so happy that you became an Island Cat!

    This is quite a party! We’re going to snack on some of those real live dead shrimps and then whap those mousies around!

    The Florida Furkids

  34. Aw, happy Gotcha day, Ernie!! Love that first photo.

  35. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! All the mousie whapping really has this place hopping! We know the secret to Black Cats – when rescued, they bring their humans good luck! Have a great day!

  36. Happy gotcha day!

  37. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! It sounds like your adoption was a win-win situation for all concerned!

    Thanks for the invite. We were wondering about bringing Vidock and Violette…

    The Chans

  38. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!! You know we are always up for a pawty…and we brought a jar of fresh spring moths to play with, too!

  39. Happy Gotcha Day! Woo Hoo!

  40. We think black kitties are the most special, and we love all of them. Concatulations on your Gotcha Day. Have a grand celebration. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  41. I’m a black kitty, too, and that is also why the human adopted me. Sissy is ready for the food and I want some of those mousies to whap!

  42. Happy Gotcha Day!! Hope you have a great party!!!

  43. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie. You were pretty cute when you were first seen (and are still cute of course!).
    I have given you and your fursibs an award. Stop by to find out more about it.

  44. Happy Gotcha day Ernie!!! You sure looked very cute back then, but we think you got even cuter every day 🙂 Our Mommy goes bananas over black kitties. She thinks they are the BEST!!!!

  45. ernie…dood…a veree happee gotcha day two ewe …N heerz ta 2578 mor !! we hope ewe haza sooooper awesum fun filled day N ya get sum treets, toys, cake, catnip, cat grass, perch, herring, trout, flounder, mackeral, sea bass, ham samiches, tunie, salmon, pizza pies, sghetti, pork chops, donuts, a 2013 FURRareez car, a mew cat tree with a full lee stocked frig attached and cash money…thanx for de swell eatz…this bee a awsum partee 🙂 !!!

  46. Happy Hoppy Gotcha Day Ernie!this is a great party!got any salad?xxSpeedy

  47. Happy gotcha day gorgeous Ernie!!!!!

  48. Woohoo – Happy Gotcha Day pal. I’m so happy you adopted each other too or we never would have met you. Great pawty pal – you really know how to provide the treats.

  49. I wish you a Happy Gotcha Day! I wish you a Happy Gotcha Day! I wish you a Happy Gotcha Day and all the noms you can eat!

    Great noms you got there. I snuck in some Vine and some Niptinis. heh heh!

  50. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Happy Gotcha Day, handsome Ernie!!…Thanks for inviting us to your fun party, we are all having a great time!…We are so glad you found such a loving forever home, sweetie…Happy week ahead, precious friends…xoxo…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  52. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! WE love that you were gotcha’d because you were such a handsome house panther. We love ya, pal. Now let’s party! 🙂

  53. Happy Gotcha day handsome.. I am on my way to the great party to celebrate.. Hugs GJ x

  54. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! Our Mom thinks the feet sealed the deal, too. We are all four coming right over. Oja will head for the treats, Rocio wants the mousies, Austin is heading straight for the nip and I want some of those real live dead shrimp.


  55. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!!!! Sounds like a perfect match was made that day

  56. Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! How great your mom adopted you because black kitties have less chance to be adopted. In the picture your mom saw the first time, you look super cute! No wonder it was a love at first sight 🙂 Have a wonderful celebration today!!

  57. Happy Gotcha Day! You were such a tiny kitten!

  58. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! You were an adorable baby! We can see why you were Gotcha’d! Enjoy your day!

  59. OH Ernie we have to say happy GOTCHA!

  60. Happy Gotcha Day, beautiful boy with big feet!

  61. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Ernie!! Now I know where Austin had that bad nip trip 😉

  62. Superb first photo, Ernie! Happy 7th Gotcha Day!!!

  63. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! We didn’t know you had all those cute toes! LP would have fallen for you too! 🙂

    We brought some west coast salmon to help celebrate!

    Now , let’s start batting those pesky mice around!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  64. We hope the party is still going on. Sorry we are late.

    Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!

  65. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie. This is a great party!

  66. SCORE! Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie!! Your Mom knew a handsome panther man cat in progress when she spotted you—I think everyone in your house are the lucky ones!!


  67. Happy Gotcha day to you Ernie!! We have a soft spot for panthers like you, we have two panther furcousins.

    Time to help you celebrate!


  68. What a party! Happiest of Gotcha Days to you buddy!!!

  69. Woo hoo! Happy Gotcha Day, Ernie! We wish you many many more happy ones to come. We can see why that picture is one of your mom’s faves. You are so adorable and those big feets too! What a party! Thanks & purrs!

    Our mom had no idea black cats were hard to adopt when she took in Carl. She just thought he was cute and color didn’t matter to her (it never does, but she is partial to tabbies).

  70. ERNIE!!!your very special GOTCHA DAY!!! ANd you are just one year older than ME!! WOOT WOOT!! What a pawty! So sorry to be crashing it late…I am just starting to get back to some comments…glares at Mom…sigh

  71. Ernie!!! This is the BESTEST!!!!
    Me is singing yous the Gottcha Day Song!
    ♥♥♫♪Happy Gottcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸
    ¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*
    •.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day Dear Ernie !!!!! ♪♫•*
    ¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    Yous is the bestest!!!!

  72. Ernie!!!!
    Happy Happy Gotcha Day!
    You and I are the same age : )
    Lucky Seven!

    We have never seen your first photo before and it’s clear how the yellow haired lady and the dad guy fell head over heels in love with you and your adorable feets.

    We hope you have a perfect celebration day.
    Did Wally and Zoey get you something good???

  73. Happy Gotcha Day my dear boy Ernie! We would have fallen in love with dem feets of yours too…so happy you ended up being an Island Cat with an awesome family!

  74. Oh man! We missed your Gotcha Day by one day! All that food and those treats look like they were very delicious! Happy Gotcha Day a day late!

    Luf, Us

  75. HAPPY HAPPY (belated) GOTCHA DAY!! Your humans are sooo lucky they founded you!!

  76. We blame mum! We missed your Gotcha Day and a grate party! Hope you had a wonderful day.

  77. Hiya Ernie, so sorry to be so late to your pawty!!! But happy happy gotcha day!!! 7 whole years….you don’t look a day over 3!!! paw pats Savannah

  78. Happy Gotcha Day Ernie! Our Mommies second kitty was exactly like you, mittens and all, Shadow was a very special kitty just like you=^Y^=

  79. Dood! I came by to wish a late Gotcha to you and cannot believe how many purrsons came by! You are one cool cat

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