Feb 162009


Hey, today’s my Gotcha Day! It’s been one year since that guy and the lady with the yellow hair caught me and I became an inside cat!

I don’t remember much of my early days. All I know is that I was living outside behind a big building. Which was scary because I was just a little cat. I had to hunt for my food…often in this dumpster.

Sometimes the people from the building would give me food. It was okay when it was warm, but then it got cold…and then snowy. The people built me a place to stay warm and sleep.

Here’s a picture of the shelter they built me.

Zoey's Shelter

But then the guy, who was one of the people from the building, and the lady with the yellow hair caught me and brought me to live here on the island.  I remember being really scared ‘cuz everything was new and different.

(This is one of my first pictures…don’t I look a little scared??)

I’ve come a long way in the past year…and I’m still learning how to be a proper Island Cat…but I know one thing…I sure am a lucky cat!!!

Thank you Maggy, Zoey and the Zoolatry Human for this great graphic!!!

  65 Responses to “It’s My 1st Gotcha Day!”

  1. Happy Gotcha’ day Zoey! Gotcha’ days are the very best days!

  2. Happiest Gotcha’ Day! We love how you have the same ear positioning now and back then!
    Purrs, Siena & Chilli

  3. Happy Gotcha Day! We are happy to see you in such a wonderful home. We also love the similarity in the then and now photos.

  4. Happy Happy First Gotcha Day Zoey! We are so glad that your Mom and Dad rescued you and brought you home to live on the Island in such a great home … all of you are so lucky to have found each other! We hope you have a fabulous day filled with lotsa lovin’, treats and toys!
    Purrs and headbutts,
    Sabrina, Sam and Simon
    And an especially big kissy from Simon 🙂

  5. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey!!! You sure are one lucky ladycat!!!
    Wishing you a love and treat-filled day!!!

    P.S. Next month is Rambler’s gotcha day, his story is similar to your, minus the snow!

  6. We’re so happy THEY got YOU!
    Bet you’re just as happy too!

  7. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey, our Mr. B could learn a whole lot from you. I’m hoping he adjusts as well as you have. You are a lucky kitty to have found such a wonderful forever home!

  8. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey!! I’m very happy that your parents found you and that you aren’t outside in the cold anymore!!

  9. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey! You are one lucky kitty!

  10. These are the best days to celebrate! I’m so so happy that your man and the yellow haired lady saved you. You’re a wonderful Island Cat Zoey!

    Happy Gotcha Day!!!! Wishing you many pets, snuggles, treats and of course extra loving today purrrrrrrrrrrs

  11. Happy 1st Gotcha Day Zoey! You are a very lucky girl indeed!

  12. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey! That is a wonderful story. We are glad the guy and lady with yellow hair brought you in out of the cold!

  13. Happy Gotcha Day! I come to celebrate bearing some ham!!!

  14. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey! Big purrs to your people for rescuing you – that was so kind of them. We are very happy that you have such a wonderful home now.

  15. Oh Zoey, that is a wonderful Gotcha Day story! That dumpster area must have been very frightening. You are a very blessed kitty:) Have a great celebration!

  16. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey! I’m sure it was a wonderful day when you came home for the first time. We hope we know you long enough to celebrate all your special days.
    -Stryder, Scotchy & Sugar

  17. What a lovely story, how lovely to be so loved and safe now.
    Happy Gottcha day

    Hugs Ginger Jasper xx

  18. You are a lucky cat, and you have a interesting story.
    ViVi & AB

  19. Zoey, We’re so glad you were “gotcha’d” a year ago! You are a lovely girl and evidently you have a happy home.

  20. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey!

  21. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey. We are glad your people rescued you from the Outside and made you an Island Cat.

  22. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey! I am so happy that you got such a wonderful Forever home and you do not have to be cold or hungry ever again.

  23. I am coming by to wish you a Happy Gotcha Day, you are one pretty cat and I love your eyes, hope you are enjoying your day.

  24. Happy Gotcha Day! I couldn’t imagine trying to stay warm in the snow and hunting in a dumpster for my meals. You are lucky you were brought into a loving home.

  25. Sweet, sweet story. You’re so lucky. We almost wanna become Island cats!

  26. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy 1st Gotcha Day Zoey and many, many, many moooooore!!!! We are so glad the Guy & Yellow Hair Lady rescued you!
    Your FL furiends,

  27. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey…dem is even more importint den purrthdays! Being gotcha’d is really, really good.

  28. Happy 1st Gotcha Day, Zoey 😀 That is a wonderful story of how beans helped you out, and your guy and lady brought you inside to live with their family forever!

  29. Zoey!!! AI just loved reading your story.. I have to say I have never been in that situation and even I can see how very very VERY appreciative I would be to have come from living like that to how you iz now.
    Oh very happy gotcha day Zoey!!! And Very happy gotcha day to your wonderful momma and dadda… it is a day I bet to be celebrated by the whole family! :))


  30. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey! We’re glad that you found your forever home!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  31. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I bet you are happy to be nice and cozy indoors 🙂 We are glad you are an Island cat because we got to meet you 🙂 Now,go get spoiled!!!!!
    Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

  32. hAPPY gota day zoey

  33. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey!!! You are so very very lucky to have hoomans to luv you & take good care of you. Us 3 kitties all lived outdoors too until the red headed woman took us in. I Ruby have been in here the longest, only since mid-Sep. So we’re still learning lots of things about being indoors. It sure is fun though.
    Purrz & Licks,
    Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Butchy & Snickers

  34. Zoey HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! What a wunderful place yoo as to live now, wif loving beans!!!

  35. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey.

  36. You are a lucky girl Zoey and happy gotcha day!

  37. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey. Mommy and I just love your sweet little self. We are huge Zoey fans. So glad you were caught by such a nice family. Here’s to many more Gotcha Days to come!!

  38. Happiest of Happy Gotcha Days Zoey! You are a lucky, lucky cat – and we’re glad that you got gotcha’d! And we’re lucky to have you as a friend!

  39. Happy gotcha Day Zoey!!!! On are one of the luckiest cats ever! We hope you all celebrate in style!

  40. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Zoey. were glad yoo has a gud home.

  41. What a great story … U are so lucky & what super nice beans!!!! Our Mom is getting all emotional … Sheesh, she is gonna hug us all tonight! We are all rescues too.

    The Whippy Curly Tails



    I’m very very glad you got caught and taken to the island. That sounds hard, having to find food in the dumpster and braving the cold and snow. And in that picture? You don’t look scared you look like you’re thinking “Ohhh yeah…I’m gonna have it GOOD!”

  43. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey. You are so fortunate that your humans caught you and brought you home to the island.

  44. Happy Gotcha Day, Zoey. We sure are glad you aren’t living and hunting in that dumpster anymore!

  45. Zoey we are so happy they Gotcha.

  46. Thanks for that suggestion! We have gotten limited ingredient diet foods from our vet, and once he stops eating it we sometimes return it or we will keep it and try to re-introduce it at a later time to see if he will eat it again.
    Last time he tried duck and green peas from Royal Canin, but wouldn’t eat it. We haven’t tried the venision, so that may be our next shot!

  47. Happy belated Gotcha’ Day, Zoey! We’re glad you found a home where you’re safe and loved.

  48. well zoey … u an i hav a similar story. mi dad got me neer da dumpster wen he wuz feedin mi family. da peepul in da buildin ware he wuz feedin us did NOT like mi dad an wut he wuz doin. dey did sum verree bad thingz to a mama cat an her kittenz an left a verree bad note on mi dad’z car. it wuz horrifyin. now he feedz da rest uv da family neer da dumpster an not neer da buildin. mi brudder matsui an i ar lucky dat we hav a furever home (even tho i still take walk abowtz.)
    so happee gotcha day u lucky girl!

  49. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey! We’re very happy that you live inside now. It is no fun on the outside and we were both strays so we know!

  50. Zoey – Your story brings back so many bad memories! Soon your’s will fade as mine have and you will relax a little and if your like me – be one very spoiled Kitty! You take wonderful pictures!

    It just warms my heart to hear stories like ours! Everytime a cat is saved we need to have some kibble… What do you think?

  51. Happy FIRST GOTCHA DAY, Zoey!

  52. All of my herd are former ferals….its so nice to know theyre not outside anymore :-)……great blog by the way!

  53. We missed your 1st gotcha day yesterday. We are excited for you to have such a wonderful home. You do look a little scared for your first picture but it had to be much more scarier to live outside and having to rely on dumpster diving to get food.
    -Patches and Nemo

  54. Happy Happy Gotcha day to you!!!!

  55. Zoey, congratulations on your first gotcha day. No I don’t think you look scared. I think you look relieved that you don’t have to be out in that snow anymore. Patches lived outside for about five or six years until she came in the house. Now I don’t think you can get her outside. She used to wrap herself around the stove pipe on the roof when it got real cold. Before Mom got me I was eating out of a dumpster too. If I hadn’t gotten sick Mom would have never caught me. She tried though. I was a kitten then.


  56. CONCATULATIONS on your 1st and snow gotcha day!!!

    You have made a good work of domination! Muahahaha!

  57. A belated Happy Gotcha Day wish. You are one lucky kitty to find such a loving home!

  58. Happy Gotcha Day Zoey! We are so glad your family Gotcha from all those bad days…now your sittin’ pretty{{{giggle}}}=^Y^=the Cat Street Boyz

  59. Happy Gotcha Day! Your beans are very nice to have gone to so much trouble to make sure you got a wonderful forever home.

  60. You sure are a lucky cat, Zoey. Happy Gotcha Day!

  61. Oh Zoey, we are so glad your story has a happy ending. Happy Birthday from us and we are sorry our greeting is late (we blame our secretary aka Mom as she inconsiderately went away on business this week).

  62. CATLOVERS,you must be. What a beautifull cat. Zoey, means life! My husband saved our ZOEY about 3 weeks old from being hit,centerline of a rode. We love her alot my husband woulndnt let me have a cat even though we both had a few before,prophecy happend. I had told him what would he do if he seen a cat in the miidle of the rode about to be hit, save it or not?She is the first thing he pays attention to when he comes home.She eats with me,canned food making her sick. No left overs ZOEY and Jiffy dont mind

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