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Salem: My New-old Cat

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 10:40 PM
So Those of you who stop by my livestreams know this, but I have a cat. He is an orange Mackerel tabby, and he has a very interesting way he showed up.

So, it was New Years Eve, December 31, 2013 and I had my sparkling apple cider and was quite content to go to bed. It was about 12:40ish (now New Year's Day), and I remember because I had just talked to my brother over the phone wishing me a happy new year. He's out at Ft. Wheeler in Hawaii for military training and stuff.

Anyway, so I go to bed after that and I wake up about 2:55am hearing something. I know it was 2:50-something, my clock is analog, but glows in the dark and it's really easy to see. I saw that number and freaked, I can be superstitious, and with it being New Years, I was a little edgy. At first, I thought originally it was a baby crying. My neighbor has one and so I figured that's all it was. All the fireworks might have woken her up. I realized that, listening closer, it wasn't a baby, and wasn't coming from that direction. I walk out into my kitchen from my room and here something making a soft noise and figure out it is coming from my storage room (where I keep all my packing boxes and big things). I open the door and this orange cat comes running out into my kitchen mewing like crazy.

I'm like Jack-WTF? .... this random cat is in my apartment? I have watched my mom's cats before, so I had food and a litterbox handy. I figured I'll feed him and then decide what to do. I took a video and put it on FB, but nobody decided to comment. XD It was the middle of the night. I fed him and gave him water and he seemed quite content to stay here in my apartment, despite taking him outside with me. He jumped right back in as I when back inside.

The only way I could explain that he got into my apartment was the dryer duct. I live on the first floor, and I have a duct that goes through the floor under the building... but it's completely blocked off from the outside, so there is no easy way to get under the building. I mean there IS, but it wouldn't be easy. Our landlord is very very particular about making sure animals don't get under the buildings. But still , he looks BARELY small enough to get through and it's one heck of a jump... How strange, yes?

I waited a day or two to see if he would leave, and he never did. Still he won't. XD So... I adopted him. I took him to the vet and got his shots up, got him neutered and all that jazz... Lately we found he actually has some sort of worms, which didn't surprise the vet at all since he was a stray before-hand. They also placed him at a year old, so he's a fairly young guy. I'll get lots of time with my new familiar. So we are getting him cleaned up and I'm having to go through de-fleaing my apartment. Fun, but I'm glad to do it if it means I can keep him.

Since he woke me up around 3am, and that's considered the "witching hour", I named him "Salem". I am a bit superstitious, OK a lot superstitious, and I'm hoping the name can help a bit with keeping my home and me happy. I've been careful to do a few extra smudges just in case. XD I know it sounds silly to a lot of people, but I do follow the seasonal changes and natural flows of energy around. I've always loved to find it and be in tune to it. 

So here are some photos of my Salem for you all! :D

#1

This is my usual morning.

I wake up to find that Salem has

once again staked claim of most the bed.

For a cat, he is one heck of a hog.



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#2

Salem is a good study buddy....

when he isn't asleep on the job.





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#3 

He has a strange habit of turning on

the water in my sink. Just to try to hit it with his paw.

He also sleeps in my bathtub sometimes.




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#4 I love you, Salem. :heart:





Cat by Ahkward

Skin by IceXDragon (modified by Ahkward)
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:iconfarunderheaven:
farunderheaven Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Aw, he looks so happy^^
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope he's happy.
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Sounds like Salem decided to adopt you.

No desire to dress in leather and prowl during the night?
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe He might have, after all, one does not own a cat, the cat owns you. XD

Um, not that I know of. eue I know what you are aiming for though. No desire for the finer, SHINIER, things in life either.
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Watch Catwoman.  After she was adopted by a mysterious cat named "Midnight" she started running around in leather after dark.
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what the reference was. XD
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SpecklArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lol the taking over of the bed. My cat Sniff does that a lot. Actually, she's currently occupying the center :XD: She does it on purpose I swear 
Salem happens to be the name of the city I live in haha He's adorable :D and those eyes. I'm glad he's found a good home with you :)
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe Cats, as much a bed hog as a dog is at times.

Oh really? I really plan to keep him around as long as I can.
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SpecklArt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yep xP
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:iconfirestarkozwolf:
FirestarKozWolf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
lucky boy wowza
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
mhm
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:iconkaleoscope:
Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how there's all these happy omy so cute comments then there's toof's little

i still don't trust him
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol it is pretty odd among the others. XD
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:icondolphishy:
Dolphishy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable, also a very vocal cat from what I've heard. ^^
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
he is very vocal
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VillainiaEcks Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 Cuuute!

I have a cat that looks almost exactly like that. His name's Mango, but he has yellowy-green eyes. >u<
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol Nice! Orange tabbies are very cute aren't they?
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:iconvillainiaecks:
VillainiaEcks Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They're gorgeous. They also seem to be the most mischievous. XD
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
XD Yes, they are big trouble makers.
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Xylothor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww hes so cute I love him
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
he looks cute, beware the cuteness. lol
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Xylothor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cuteness overload
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silverphoenix07 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw... must be nice to be a cat. Shows up on doorstep=adoption! food! shelter! yay! Homeless person shows up... nada. Gets called a nuisance n such. IDK. 
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I volunteer, thank you very much. 
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silverphoenix07 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, I'm just saying 'generally'. Stating a point, if you will.
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TalyatheCat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Writer
Hey Salem!  Glad you're doing better :3 MOooaooowwww
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
he is doing a lot better since he got his meds.
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:iconsharkytoof:
SharkyToof Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
still don't trust him
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
XD Will you ever?
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:iconkonveekou:
Konveekou Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
That cat is such a cutieee <3333
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
XD Thanks! A butt at times, but cute.
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mienzhyre Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, what a cutie!/// That's a really interesting story, glad he has a happy home now! Hope you two continue to have lots of fun and lovely times together <3
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe He does have a good home. :D
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gallowxy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Aww he's cute >w< He might be part Bengal cat (being a stray/mixed) because they love water and are great at jumping (especially straight up). My cat is part Bengal and he looks similar to yours :) sta.sh/013rbcok1nen
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, he does!
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gallowxy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
:D <3
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X13R0X Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so random but so cute ^3^ I'm glad the cat found someone before it  got hurt. But this was a nice story to wake up to (I literally just woke up). I'm glad Salem has a good home.
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
AW, glad it was such a pleasure.
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:iconneko-comix:
neko-comix Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
woah......
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:iconcanobefnur:
canobefnur Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
eeee Salem.
nvn
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Napoisk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
D'aww so cute <3 We used to have a cat that looked just like him x) His name was Alvin and he passed many years ago though, but he was a fluffbutt lol
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321Laraly123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very cute cat ;v;
Interesting way to come up xD
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mojitowolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cutiepie
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! He is. :D
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