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Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001
Here's Rocky at just 15 weeks of age and very curious about everything, including my camera.

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Rocky is so small that she fit in just one of his hands. She weighed 3 lbs. and gained 6 ounces during the first week we had her. She eats a lot!


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She plays a lot as well. She's already got the nickname of Rocket-cat.

We have determined that her life motto is "I play, therefore I am."

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001

We found Rocky at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, which I highly recommend. She was already box trained and fairly used to being handled by people. She'd been there for about two weeks waiting for us. I believe they also trained her to operate in "extra cute mode" when at all possible. She does a really good job of it so far.

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002
Can you say Too Cute???

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002

Compare Rocky's size now in February of 2002 to her size when we got her in November 2001!! She was just a handful then, and she's certainly more than a handful now. She's barely a kitten any more, although you can't tell by how she plays.

Rocky in a chair watching birds Oct 2002
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Rocky weighed in today (12/11/02) at 10 lbs 9 0z.; her one -year checkup.

Our "Dotter"
Rocky, our "Dotter"...playing with the lasar light and playing again, and again, and again...get that light!!!

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Rocky got a new toy-a battery powered car. Guess it's her Solstice present.


We got this expressive close-up this morning (Oct 8, 2004)

Rocky August 2006
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Rocky August 2006
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Rocky October 2006
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Rocky being "bookish" February 2008
(I think she may be telling me to dust)
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Make Your Pet's Home Poison Safe: List of Toxic Plants


Keeping Cats Indoors is for the Cats...

The average life expectancy of an outdoor cat is just two to five years, while an indoor cat may survive for 17 or more years. Cats who roam are constantly in danger...

Cars - Millions of cats are run over by cars each year. Seeking warmth, outdoor cats crawl into car engines and are killed or maimed when the car is restarted. Motorists risk accidents in attempting to avoid hitting free-roaming cats.

Animal Attacks - Torn ears, scratched eyes, abscesses, internal injuries, diseases, and sometimes death result from encounters with dogs, other cats, and wild animals like raccoons, coyotes and foxes.

Human Cruelty - Each year, animal shelters and veterinarians treat cats who have been shot, stabbed, or set on fire. Unsupervised cats may also be captured and sold to research laboratories or used as “bait” to train fighting dogs.

Overpopulation - Unaltered free-roaming cats are the single most important cause of cat overpopulation. As a result, millions of cats for whom there are no homes must be euthanized each year.

Disease - Cats allowed outdoors risk exposure to fatal diseases, including rabies, feline leukemia, distemper, and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Vaccines are not 100 percent effective.



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