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Ollie (Ben's cat)

Ollie
Ollie
While we were living in West Seattle, a nice neighbor couple told us that they found an abandoned cat that just had kittens. I wasn't much of a cat person but I knew Ben loved cats, so we said 'what the heck!' and took in Ollie. We originally named him Olive until we realized one day that he was actually a boy so we changed it to Oliver then eventually shortened it to Ollie. Sometimes Ben refers to him as 'fat bastard' because he's huge and eats constantly. We love him anyway.

Heidi (Betsy's cat)

Heidi
Heidi
After a while, Ollie started meowing nonstop through the night. Ben said it was because he needed another cat and you should always have them in pairs. We ventured down to West Seattle's Kitty Harbor and adopted a teeny kitten that looked similar to Ollie. Ollie instantly loved her and stopped meowing. We couldn't think of a name for her so I named her Heidi after a dog I had when I was little that my mom forgot to tell me had died for two weeks (I thought she had run away and would come back - poor poor Heidi). It ends up that Heidi just wasn't that good of a name and we usually just call her Kitty. Sometimes I call her Stinker, an affectionate term my grandpa used to call us kids. Heidi is a small breed and has stayed teeny and kitten-like.

Little Monsters

So we have a huge cat and a tiny one and that's really the main way to tell them apart because they look so similar. We didn't train them (and we don't know how) so they run around wreaking havoc like little monkeys. They only want to drink from the faucet. Ollie uses the dish of water to bath himself. They frequently rub on my laptop and hit the power button, putting my computer to sleep while I'm working. Ollie likes to find any electronic device and fall asleep on it, usually phones and ipads. He prefers iphone charging cables and has chewed through probably about 20-30 of them. Heidi likes to nestle in between us when we go to bed and usually sleeps there the entire night. Ben doesn't think it's humane to declaw cats so we frequently acquire scratches in all kinds of fun places on our bodies.

They adapted to life on the road and in the RV very well. In fact, they adjust to new places much more quickly now in general. When we moved from our apartment to the house a year and a half ago, it took them almost a week to adjust. Now it takes about 10 minutes before they're chasing each other around and jumping all over everything.

So that's Ollie and Heidi. It's just the two of us and our two kitties and we call ourselves a micro family.