King of the Catsle

About five years ago, I welcomed Teddy Bear into my life.

I found him at the Nashville Cat Rescue where he’d been saved from a one bedroom apartment full of 30 cats. And he was obviously the low cat on the food chain there, as he didn’t dare jump on any furniture, never ever meowed about anything and was scared to let me hold him even for one second (my how times of changed).

At that time, I had a partially screened in porch. My new little Prince Teddy had such a sweet, timid demeanor, I would let him sit on the porch alone and was thrilled he was happy to sit on the chairs and relax in the sun.

Soaking up the sun

Soaking up the sun.

And then after a few months, he suddenly came out of his meek shell, deciding that he was King of the Porch (or maybe even the jungle) and this happened –

not the good kind

Feathers. Not fur.

King Teddy ‘presented’ me with a beautiful cardinal while I was soaking in the bath one evening. First, I screamed bloody murder. Then I thought the poor cat’s jaw was going to break because his mouth was open so wide. And finally, I freaked when he wouldn’t let the bird go until a towel was put over his head. (The bird lived, which I was also in worried tears about, naked, soaking wet in the bathroom). Ultra relaxing five minutes.

His Royal Highness got very daringΒ  on the porch after the Great Bird Incident and he attempted to escape to a nearby bush (about four feet away) which turned out like this:


Body outline of my Bear.

He climbed a top the railing and apparently thought the bush was sturdy enough to hold him up (Teddy sometimes has blonde moments like his mother). It was super fun trying to get him out of the damn tangle of limbs.

The porch was promptly screened in all the way to the ceiling for my blue blooded attack cat.


Teddy’s own private jail.

But of course, King Ted was always looking for a way out.

Don't jump

Does curiosity kill?

Now in my cozy mini-catsle, I’m the evil Queen happy to keep Ted preserved behind glass windows, knowing that I won’t have any unwelcome gifts or a clumsy cat stuck in a bush.

Behind the screen, right where he belongs!

Behind the screen, right where a King belongs!

From our Kingdom to yours – Happy Friday!



43 thoughts on “King of the Catsle

  1. longtooth says:

    That outline in the bush is like something out of a cartoon, M! Ted’s got some badass in him and that’s kinda neat.

  2. Such a handsome lil’ gentleman… so handsome someone should.. dare I say it…. paint him? That’s so weird! ..because I seem to have a couple sketches sitting here with me… Be excited my friend, be excited.

  3. Sechys Diary says:

    awww, so cute. I just want to cuddle him πŸ™‚

  4. FreeUrCloset says:

    I love stories with a happy ending. Just make sure Teddy doesn’t start growing his fur long and escape like Teddypunzel !!!

    XOXO Nensi

  5. You are so wonderful to have rescued Teddy. Good karma on you for sure.

  6. If I may speak up for teddy here: I think bringing a bird has been nothing else but a gesture of worship and love. I mean I do understand your side of the story too: long time ago I had a Portugese bf who brought me half a pork leg cured ham as a present from his homewards journeys- shortly after I turned veggie and well, broke up with him. Other countries, other customs – but can we really blame them?

  7. Courtney Evans says:

    Love you Teddy!!!!

  8. I’m so happy to hear that you rescued him. He is so adorable! Give him a little head & tummy scratch for me.

  9. Teddy rolls hard, I can see it in his eyes. My cat would have freaked at a bird. I once had two spoiled cats that quite literally had a mouse run up one of the cats and both cats almost had nervous breakdowns.

    • Oh that is FUNNY! Teddy once brought me a mouse into bed as we snuggled (of course in the dark, I had no idea until I turned the light on to see what he kept licking…then I freaked!) So sweet and fierce all at the same time!

  10. alyson says:

    Rescue pets are the best!!! There is something extra special about their personalities. Teddy is a lucky cat! πŸ™‚

  11. rebecca2000 says:

    Is it sad that I have a dog like that?

  12. John says:

    Ooooohhhhhh bad kitty!! That screen won’t keep kitty in if he really wants out!

  13. Janie Bengard says:

    We love or Teddy Bear!

  14. He’s such a sweety πŸ˜€ and I think he just wanted to let you know how much he loves you and that you’re his mommy and boss πŸ™‚ but I totally can see how a living bird in you cat’s mouth is rather not appealing.. haha

  15. That’s hilarious, I love all the people that say cats are such easy pets! Ha! There is no such thing as an easy pets, but they are totally worth it!

  16. That photo of his outline in a bush is so funny! πŸ˜›

  17. Crocs Are Awful says:

    Actual belly laughs at the picture of the bush. Cats are brilliant πŸ™‚ x

  18. Dean says:

    Ted rocks!!

  19. This made me laugh and kinda choke on my coffee! I adopted my cat too! Teddy is so freaking cute, I love cats with attitude!! Love this post!

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