Smudge holds a special place in my heart. He came to us after two of my cats passed within months of each other. (one was 21 and the other 10 but diabetic). When I felt I was ready, I contacted my friend who does rescue. I went over to her house to see who she had available for adoption. No one jumped out at me or seemed to want to come home with me. She insisted I come up to the clinic and meet one of the kittens that she currently had housed up there. She told me he would be perfect for me, and she has this certain knack for matching people and cats, so I went for it. My husband and I went to the clinic and met this handsome, fluffy brown tabby. He wrapped his little paws around my neck and purred. He was perfect and I immediately feel in love.
Smudge is the type of cat that everyone (even people who don’t like cats) loves. He has a huge heart for such a small creature. He loves his animal friends. He immediately took to Bella, whom I was hoping would take to him as I didn’t want her to be lonely after her longtime housemate passed. In fact, Smudge is the only cat Bella loves on. You can often find the two of them curled up together, and if it wasn’t for her I’m not sure he would venture back into the house as often as he does. I tried to keep him an indoor cat, but when he discovered there were other cats outside he was fascinated. He wanted to make new friends, so he became and indoor outdoor cat and immediately tried making friends with the outdoor kitties. It took them a little while, but Smudge finally won them over. Sadie loves all her kitties and Smudge took to her soon after his arrival. Smudge is probably Sadie’s favorite of the kitties. He runs to greet her, twines in between her legs and even chest bumps her. Smudge even played with the rabbit we had for the short while he was a residence in our household.
Smudge has lovingly tolerated the love of a baby and toddler, not once reacting in a mean way, even when the boy was being quite rough with him. If his tolerance level had reached its peak he would run to the door and meow with a look asking to PLEASE be let outside for a break. The Babe calls him “UM” a nickname lovingly given as he couldn’t pronounce Smudge, but he kind of stuck and I often find myself calling for “UM’ kitty with the babe.
Smudge also likes to greet our friends and family. He has been known to try to climb up your legs for a little attention or jump in your lap to head butt you in the chin. He is a big love bug. He is also a hunter. As much as I didn’t want him to be an outside cat he has flourished. He is an avid climber, explorer, and hunter of all small creatures. As much as I try not to have favorites I have to admit if I did, Smudge might be at the top of the list.