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Mickie the Unknown Moggie

Mickie the Unknown Moggie

by Justin Miller
(Boca Raton, FL)

Ready to play with a toy

I'm a long-time, self-proclaimed 'dog guy' who took in my first stray cat, a very tiny kitten in my backyard mewing like crazy for its mother. It was palm-sized and very skinny, so I fed it some cat food borrowed from a neighbor, and over the days it got closer and closer to me, until I could reach out through the sliding door and pet it. It slept on my patio under covered deck, but wouldn't come in...and had definitely 'moved in' back there with regular food and water and shelter. Then on Christmas day, she disappeared. Gone. I called out for weeks, every day, but no sign.

I feared the worst, while telling myself the best, that she'd been adopted by someone else. 35 days later, on a cold night approaching freezing, I was headed to bed and passed the sliding door to see a skinny grey thing outside staring in at me. I couldn't believe it - so I opened the slider, and she just ran right into the house. I had no more cat food (thought she was gone!), and she was awfully skinny looking, so I opened a can of albacore tuna which she consumed entirely. From that day forward, she was an indoor cat. She started going into heat about a month later, and I had her fixed and got the shots and pills. She had tapeworm, which she needed pills for too.

It's been a year and a half now, she's happy as can be inside. Knowing nothing about cats, I've tried to look up what she is made up of (dogs are easier to tell what mixes are involved in a mutt!). She's got 4 white mittens, a general grey-and-white striping body, strongly raccoon-striped tail, beige and white unmarked belly hair, triangular upright ears, pink nose, 'M' mark above the eyes, very small and narrow head, and seems incredibly small for a 1 1/2 year old cat! She's also very vocal, almost all the time...she mumbles, groans, squeaks, clicks, mews, meows, and purrs. She's very active...running around kitten like all over the house, up on counters, into small holes, throwing toys high in the air, and loves hide-and-seek chases. And she loves to sleep right against my side on the couch or bed.

I've got a lot of shots of her I've taken over the past year and a half...from first-discovered kitten to current day...I've uploaded one here, but would be glad to share more. If anyone can give me any idea of what possible breeds she could be mixed from, or why she seems to be staying quite small, I'd appreciate it!


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Jan 24, 2012
Mickey update NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the comment - it's been a while since I've seen any comments and had almost forgotten this thread. Mickey's been doing quite well on her own - I suppose another cat might entertain her but I don't think I could handle another myself - Mickey absorbs virtually all of my time home from work. As I mentioned I'm still more of a 'dog' person historically, so I likely pay a bit more (and different) attention to my cat than some - I talk to her regularly, she takes me on walks or runs around the house every day to open doors and look in cabinets while she squeaks, groans, churtles, and tries to talk back. She loves playing hide and seek and chase several times a day, loves to ambush me coming down hallways by lunging under my legs with a loud grunting noise, and will let me know when she wants her food changed, litter box cleaned, etc. Now 3 1/2 years old, she's still tiny - 9 Lbs...she stayed a runt, but is very energetic and fast.

Jan 24, 2012
play pal ? NEW
by: mickie

maybe she who like another cat to play with. you would know best, if it might make her jealous or change her personality

Nov 07, 2009
funny thing
by: Kiah

I was looking at your pictures she is soo cute. we have a grey moggie who looks exactly the same and his name is Minnie ha (we thought/was told he was a she when we got him) what a coincidence!! he is exactly as you described Mickey, i also have soo may fotos as he is always being soo damn cute!!!!

Nov 05, 2009
by: Anonymous

I bet she is a snowshoe tabby mix breed that's what she looks like to me.

Sep 07, 2009
No Problems
by: Michael

No problem Justin. In fact just resizing the width is not quite enough as the image file is now a large one designed to present a very large picture (but is not). This can slow page load times. So the image should really be edited in an image editor (I use a free one called - free download).

The file size for the medium sized image that we now have should be about 20K (bytes). But it is over 300K. Picasa Web Albums, incidentally, automatically resizes the image and the file size (plus gives your the code!) so I would recommend it and that is free too. I use Picasa Web to present pictures sometimes because it is so easy and Google search finds the pics too because is a Google product. Thanks for sharing your pics.

Sep 06, 2009
by: Anonymous

Ah, sorry...guess I blew out the margins a bit! I thought maybe the site resized automatically.

I'll keep the 400 width in mind for future posts!

Sep 05, 2009
by: Anonymous

Hi Justin, I didn't explain how to adjust size! :-). I just added the width="400" and it is resized to fit the website template. So the full code is:

img src=URL of picture alt=description of picture width=400

Thanks for sharing the picture. I love this photo. You are a very good cat photographer!

Sep 04, 2009
Thank you both...
by: Justin Miller

Thank you for the compliment...I do a lot of photography, and enjoy it thoroughly. Mickey's given me another subject to have fun with - I like to get down on the floor and shoot her in low light, which seems a cat's natural environment.

Michael - I hadn't realized URL linking was allowed in comments - my site should be fine with linking photos, but I didn't know the format to use (I was used to surrounding the URL with [ img][ /img] tags from other sites). I don't mind you linking any of them here if you'd like...always happy to share the joy in both photography and my cat.

Just to try it out, let's see if this works:

I'm sure I'll have many more pics to come - I've always got my camera around, and she does some silly things that I can't resist photographing.

Sep 04, 2009
Cat talk
by: Finn Frode

I agree - those are some damn good fotos at your other page. I particularly like the close ups and the ones with the play mouse.

She's such a fine little cat and looks very bright too. I'm sure you'll soon learn what her various sounds means, just as she will learn from the tone of your voice how you feel. Cats may not be as prone to taking orders as dogs, but they enjoy a good conversation with their humans.

Sep 03, 2009
Hi Justin
by: Michael (PoC Admin)

Thanks for the comment. If you want (and I want!) to show some of your photos here, upload them to a server like Picasa Web Albums or some other free hosting site for images and then download:

Find the image location (the image URL) and embed with this code:

Love Mickie and you take a damn good photo. Hope you don't mind me publishing another photo of Mickey.

Sep 03, 2009
Thank you - and more photos
by: Justin Miller

Thank you all for the warm comments, and for the information on the type of cat Mickey is. I'd certainly like to learn more about them - I've been reading articles on the meanings of the various sounds she makes so regularly, and what it means when she rubs on my leg, or gently bites my hand with her eyes closed.

I am not sure how to post additional photos here...however I do have a gallery of shots of Mickey on my photo website for anyone interested in some more photos of her from practically every angle (Being an avid photographer, naturally I tend to take photos of whatever interests me. This being my first cat, I've snapped a lot of shots of her!). The Mickey gallery address is:

I'm glad to know her smallness isn't a health problem - I was a little worried. I guess being abandoned when young, she might have just been the runt that couldn't keep up and was left behind...but in the end she became the queen of the house and the envy of the rest of that litter!

Sep 01, 2009
The best compliment one could ever get
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Justin. You have a very fine grey mackerel tabby and white cat. Looks like a typical domestic shorthair - and her round face points more to some British ancestry than to European.
But whatever she may be, she actually chose you by returning - and that's the best compliment one could ever get.
Thank you for a very heartwarming story - and I wouldn't mind seeing a couple more photos. 🙂

Aug 26, 2009
Lovely photo
by: Ruth

How kind you are Justin ! Your cat is lovely, from that photo she looks like grey and white tabby.Some cats don't grow very big, a friend has 2 rescue cats only the size of kittens although they are at least 5 years old now.

I think it's right that having a bad start in life causes them to be smaller cats than usual.

I'm so glad she ended up with you !

Aug 26, 2009
Great Story
by: Anonymous

What can I say? Great picture, uplifting story, gorgeous vulnerable cat, and well done to you. The "M" signifies a tabby cat (see cat coats tabby). In fact he is probably a tabby and white and she has the piebald gene or white spotting gene that causes the white paws.

She is small probably because her family is small and possibly because of undernourishment when young.

It is all but impossible to tell what the mix is and in any case lets remind ourselves that pure bred cats are sometimes created from moggies. Purebred cats are just cats with a history plus some refinement on appearance.

Thanks a lot for sharing your story. These are the best ones for me - the rescue of a lost cat. She came back. She remembered where it was good and stayed.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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