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Seems he used the same method to be adopted as evil Hugi (without the love bite part 😉
MightyMo Worked His Magic on a Shelter Volunteer
MightyMo, the handsome tuxie who graces the pages of Twitter along with so many others, has a story that brought him unexpectedly home with a volunteer at his shelter. Wait … unexpectedly? Let’s be honest — MightyMo worked his magic on his now-human who only wanted contact with animals, not necessarily to have one of her own again. But Mo won that battle!
The story begins in July, 2013 when MightyMo’s human Jo began volunteering as a cat socializer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) in California. While volunteers are discouraged from adopting right away, she was quickly smitten with siblings Marbles and Molasses. Marbles was a black cat with a thin streak of white down her belly, and Molasses (later shortened to Mo) was a tuxedo cat. They were three months old then.
Jo hoped they would be adopted together, but Marbles went to a home as a companion animal for a miniature French poodle. It was sad to see Molasses alone, but apparently it didn’t bother him much at all. Mo was placed with two other kittens, one of which became ill, so all three were taken out of the adoption section and into the Pet Hospital to make sure they wouldn’t all become sick.
It all worked out fine in the end, but while he was isolated with the others, Jo kept thinking of Molasses. She visited occasionally to see how they were doing. “Happily, none of them developed any serious illness, and eventually they were once again made available for adoption,” she said. By this time it was well into fall, and she’d known Mo now for four months. Thinking it over, Jo came to a decision.
“In early October 2013 I realized I could not let all three go. I made one last trip to visit knowing that I was going to pick one and let the others go to other forever homes,” she remembers. “I spent time with all three kittens and realized that my heart belonged to Molasses. I took him home the next day.”
What was MightyMo like when he went to his furever home? “He’s normally got a very sweet disposition, but he gives me “love bites” (nips) when I’m not paying him sufficient attention. He also believes I’m his personal play toy,” said Jo. (Doesn’t that sound familiar!)
“He uses me as a launching/landing pad when jumping from the headboard to the other end of the bed. He likes to sit as close to my face as possible. He combines the two if he wants me awake immediately,” she adds. “One of his favorite tricks at the moment is knocking his water bowl over and getting me as wet as possible.” Tuxedo cats do have their personality quirks, don’t they? But we love them all the more because of it.
Jo’s favourite things about Mo are his purr and willingness to cuddle. “He makes bread pretty readily. He can also entertain himself. He taught himself to fetch..it’s a favorite game of his,” said Jo. He keeps his toys under my dresser and I can hear his nails on the bedroom floor as he bats various toys out from under the furniture.” That’s not always an enjoyable time, she added.
The name “MightyMo” conjures up an image of a superpower cat. How he got his name is much simpler and heart-warming, though. “The shelter named him Molasses. I shortened it to Mo. ‘Mighty’ got added when he started tweeting.” Jo said. “In creating a Twitter name for him, I kept thinking about a childhood cartoon character, Mighty Mouse.
“After adopting him, I learned that he’d been left at the shelter to be euthanized, reasons unknown,” she continued. “HSSV took care of Mo and his sister until they could be placed for adoption. I also realized how much he brought to my life. By saving him, he saved me. I thought that was a ‘mighty’ big accomplishment … thus Mighty Mo.”
Mo’s favourite toys are AngryBird toys, but he also enjoys drinking straws, small balls, and wands. “Anything he can play fetch with,” said Jo. “He’s getting pickier about food, but loves Temptations (Dreamies). Sometimes he likes a little cheese. Right now he likes cantaloupe. He thinks he likes anything I’m eating, but usually sniffs and walks away.”
Like any cat, Mo has his quirks. Despite having scratch posts readily available, he prefers woven baskets and an old upholstered bed to keep those claws sharp! During the day, he loves to sleep, zoom, and eat. “He demands attention when I’m home…and when he’s in the mood.”
Mo sleeps anywhere he pleases. “I think he spends most of the night in the living room. He has a bed with me and he does spend at least part of the night with me. He also serves as an alarm clock. Feed me!” laughed Jo.
Like so many adoption stories, Mo’s was a combination of someone not intending to adopt, a cat wrapping its paws around their heart anyway, and getting his own way (in the form of the human he picked out) in the end.
Find MightMo on Twitter at @MightyMolasses
I have to say a big thank you to Alex for the Interview work. She is a real good helper (assistant) here with the blog. Next blogpost will be a #HugiMeows with some words about the blogging experience , a FAQ and some ideas for the future.
(copyright all pics in this blogpost by @MightyMolasses , all used with her permission here, please respect this! )