Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tortie Tuesday with my Auntie Mattie

This Tortie Tuesday, I would like to write about a very special Tortie in my life; my Auntie Mattie. She lives with my Mommy's mom (my Grandma)so that makes her my auntie! I'm very proud to have Auntie Mattie in my family because she is definitely full of tortietude and a wonderful example of how special Torties are.



Grandma adopted two 2 year old cats in 2003; Mattie, a tortoiseshell and Sally, a calico.



Mattie was rescued by the shelter in winter 2003 and very pregnant. She was totally matted all over her body, which is where they got her name. 2 days after she was rescued, house mother Vicki came down in the morning to see that Mattie had ripped out all the matted fur on her belly to enable her babies to feed, and she had already given birth to 3 kittens. 3 more followed but 1 didn't make it. The next day, another cat that was rescued and brought to Vicki, also very pregnant, gave birth to 6 kittens, but did not survive giving birth. Mattie, without even a moments hesitation, took on the other 6 kittens as well as her own. She gave them all equal time and treated all 11 as her babies.



Mattie is a hunter by choice. When Grandma got her, she regularly escaped and was very hard to catch, but usually had a bird in her mouth when she was found. Shortly after she moved in with Grandma, she had to have 9 teeth removed because of damage from malnutrition and living on her own, but still was a super mouse, shrew, chipmunk and bat destroyer in the house Grandma lived in. She once caught a deer parasite from the mice she regularly ate and nearly died, but fought back to her current perfect health. Grandma lived in a rural house near Ottawa that seemed to have an entrance for mice and rodents, so to protect Mattie from getting sick again from the mice, she had to do a better job at catching them herself. Sally was totally inept and uninterested in hunting and actually screamed when confronted by rodents. Mattie would hear her sister's screams and arrive on the scene in a split second to catch the offending rodent. Even with 4 teeth on top and none on the bottom, she made fast work of them all. Mattie caught a chipmunk once and led poor Grandma on a wild cat chase with the poor lil' chippy dangling and spraying blood everywhere up the stairs onto 2 light carpets in 2 rooms and finally back to the living room where Mattie lay under a glass table with one paw over the dead chipmunk and ,looking up through the glass, meowed very loudly and proudly, with blood all over her face. Grandma was horrified but Mattie was so proud of herself that Grandma had to congratulate her.



Grandma has since moved to an apartment where she doesn't have the mouse problem that she did in that big old house, but Mattie still finds a way to hunt by catching flies and spiders.



She has since had to have the rest of her teeth removed, but she still eats her dry food somehow (even though Grandma offers her wet food, of course)! Poor Mattie had a terrible start in life but now that she lives with Grandma, she is thriving and very happy.

I am very proud of my wonderful Auntie Mattie and I hope that one day my Mom will let me get some hunting lessons from her! I'm not holding my breath, though. Mommy has a weak stomach when it comes to those sort of things...


Mattie has a fascination for computers so I'm hoping that I can convince her to write some Tortie Tuesday lessons in the future. I know I could learn a lot from my auntie!




Delilah
xoxo

32 comments:

Martin Hooper said...

Deli I'm proud of your Auntie Mattie looking after all those kittens!

Good for her. You have a good role model to look up to!

Misha said...

Your Auntie Mattie has lived several of her nine lives!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artangan Rumblepurr said...

Mattie the MIGHTY hunter cat, we are in awe of her beauty and skill!!

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Auntie Mattie has been living an interesting life! She is a great huntress!

The Creek Cats said...

Auntie Mattie is our hero! Wow, we'd love to meet her or at least learn some lessons from a real pro who has really lived the life of a huntress! She and Sally are both very lucky to have your Grandma to rescue them!

Parker said...

Hurrah for Aunt Mattie!

The Island Cats said...

Aunt Mattie has had quite the life! We hope we can hear more stories from her!

Noir in Texas said...

WOW! Your Aunt Mattie is something! I bet she has marvelous tales she can tell about her hunting--CHIPMUNK?

Thank you for sharing!

Noir

The Kitty Krew said...

Wow, your Aunt Mattie is amazing! Nothing less than Callie would expect of a tortie, of course, but even extra special amazing, with all she's been through and all she's done. And she's quite beautiful, too.

We hope we'll get to hear more from/about her in the future. We'd also like to know more about your Aunt Sally, too.

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

PS - just read your comment, Deli, you keep trying to get your head in the scratcher thingy, we bet you can! Just don't get stuck! :o

Furkidsmom said...

Thanks for sharing Auntie Mattie's story.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

SeaThreePeeO said...

Your Auntie Mattie is one amazing cat!

The Kool-Kittie-Krew said...

Your Auntie Mattie sure is one amazing, courageous, and stunning kittie! Her story made mom give us B~I~G hugs as it's sad to hear what a terrible start she had! And, your Grandma is a wonderfurl lady for taking in Auntie Mattie and giving her a furrever home!

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Wow....your Auntie Mattie is wonderful! What a great story! Thanks for sharing!!!

Sorry we haven't been able to visit in a while!!!

Love, uSSSSS

The Tower Hill Mob said...

Oh, what a wonderful story! We think Aunt Mattie is an awesome role model for all torties.
We're so glad she now has a loving appreciative home, where she can be queen.

Reese =^..^= said...

She is a very special Tortie!

Amy said...

Oh thank your for introducing us to your Auntie Mattie. She sounds like a wonderful kitty. And it sounds like she has had a very lucky life since she was rescued - and found a wonderful home!!

Angel and Kirby said...

Mattie is a lovely lady! She is very lucky to have your Grandma. We would like to hear more from you.

JEWELGIRLS KATZ said...

Grandma has a heart of gold taking
on all those kitties. Wow! Mattie is
an amazing cat and a tortie.
I always knew torties were super special!

SuziQCat said...

What a wonderful story Mattie! You are certainly living life to the fullest...Enjoy every day!

Sam and Andy said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Aunt Mattie, Delilah. Thank you for sharing her story with us....we really enjoyed it.

We think you are both very special Torties.

Purrrrrrrrssssssss

The Crew said...

My goodness, Mattie sounds like a very special lady!

loki said...

That was a great story about your Auntie Mattie!

Loki

Grandma said...

Hi Delilah from Grandma xxoo....Aunt Matty is very proud and says a big MEOWWWW to you for your article. I think her head has become much bigger with pride!!! She would be happy to teach you lots of her skils, but right now she is busy stalking Webster, the spider in between the windows...every day she catches Web... Love you little granddaughter of mine XXXOO

Cat with a Garden said...

We think you have a great Auntie and your mom has a pawsome Grandma. 11 kitten, oh my cat!

CCL Wendy said...

Wow, Mattie certainly had a tough start in life, but she rose above your own needs to help others -- like those little orphaned babies! What a girl! Not only is she a beauty, but she's a capable huntress as well (obviousy), even though it may not always be entirely appreciated.

I'm so happy that your auntie and your grandma found each other and that efurryone is living the good life now!

BeadedTail said...

Auntie Mattie is a beautiful tortie! It's wonderful that she took care of all those kittens and she certainly is a mighty hunter! Thank you for introducing us to your incredible Auntie Mattie!

DEBRA said...

I have a noo superhero!
Auntie Mattie you are fabulous!

purrs
Abby

Fin said...

What a great ladycat! Nice to hear about Auntie Mattie.

Sweet Praline said...

Your aunt Mattie sound like a wonderful representative of the torties.

Cory said...

Auntie Mattie is such a special cat! I would love to get lessons in hunting flies and spiders from her! I never did get to eat the spider from my Monday post...it got away.

Percy the Cat said...

Wow your Auntie Mattie is really awesome!!

Mum says she saw a few tortie kittens at the shelter I came from, and that she bets they'll look a lot like your auntie when they get big. :)

meowmeowmans said...

Aunt Mattie is amazing! Thanks for sharing her story. :)