was about 2 mos. old when he came to CR!FR. He had a huge tick on
his neck, a disgusting "warble" parasite
on his tummy, watery crusty eyes & a runny nose. Even though
he was just a little guy, he was too feisty to bring to the vet until
he was calmer. So I set him up in the bathroom with a cozy
box & used
the towel-wrap method to tame him. In just 2 days he was purring & relaxed.
Before long he was wandering around exploring & getting into
To Niko everything was a toy. Especially if it moved. A thumb on the
remote, a shoelace, a pen writing, a page turning, a toe under a blanket,
a piece of leaf on the floor, a lock of hair - all were pounced in the name
Our poor cat Banshee,
who's about 1.5 yrs older than Niko, was his favorite target. She was very
sweet & friendly to him initially & they would play all day. But
Niko was fast & a bit too aggressive for gentle Miss Banshee. His constant
playful harrassment grew old & she soon got fed up. No matter how loud
she growled & threatened
Niko was unrelenting. Now she won't have anything to do with him & is
grumpy to other cats too, even friendly ones.
Niko then made friends with Siren who we'd brought
upstairs to socialize. She was about 5-6 mos. old & was rescued on the
same day as Niko. They got along great, although soon he was a bit much for
Siren too. Then we rescued little Lo-Lo.
She was tiny but super crazy & was (& still is) always in full-on manic
play mode, perfect pal for Niko.
Niko is almost 2yo now & still very much a kitten at heart. He has
a knack for knocking things over, effortlessly & usually unintentionally.
He simply walks by something & if it's not nailed down, it'll end up
on the ground. He's known as the Master of Disaster, Lord Chaos, & the
has unique ways to express the urgency of his hunger when he's
in his "I'm mortally famished,
feed mee!" mode &
wants (more) food. He'll sometimes jump on your back or climb you by
to your hips
ground & clawing
his way to your shoulder (thank goodness for nail clippers).
also has a sweet fatherly side. He's often seen curled up sleeping
with the kittens or lovingly grooming them. Sharka,
the shy tortie from Annandale, has a huge crush on Niko.
grown into a big handsome guy with an irreverant impish nature, a
combination of playful & mischeivous. He's
a one-of-a-kind character.
• The colony Niko
was rescued from