Jim and Noni Patchell's Cats Photo Gallery
First Posted Jan 1999

updated 8-8-2012

August 8, 2012

We acquired Dinah in December of 2011.  She was about 6 months old at the time.  When I saw her picture, there was no doubt in my mind that she was our little kitty.  She is a very bight little kitty, but also very shy.  It has taken her a while to get used to being in our household.  He main nemesis is Daphne.  They still want to kill each other, but at least the fights are down to less than one a week.  And Dinah still has a way to go on being 100% comfortable in the house.

Homer The Cat

The picture right below is Homer, the latest addition to my household.  Not exactly a large cat, he is pretty good size.  He is big enough that he can knock me down, although, that is not particularly hard to do anymore.  He is a rescue cat.  He was found wandering the streets of Ventura, badly injured, almost starved to death.  Once the vet fixed him up, it only took him about 3 days to recover, which is pretty amazing because the Vet thought his back leg would have to be amputated.  He is also one of the most aggressive cats I have ever had.  My nephew is afraid of him.  He bites me on a regular basis, not mean bites, play bites.  At least he doesn't draw blood any more, well, most of the time.

Update:  Homer is now about 5 years old.  For the most part, he is a very health kitty, although he has had a urinary blockage three times now.  That problem seems to be brought about by the stress of being boarded, so, now he gets a cat sitter to take care of him at home.  Although, he still doesn't like it when I am away.  The last time he put on quite a demonstration of being glad to see me.  It was hilarious.

Homer is also finally beginning to calm down, just a little.  He is not quite as wild as he used to be, although, he will on occasion chew me up quite badly.  He has turned into a quite affectionate pet, something I did not think was going to be possible.  When I first got him, he would really get pissed off if I picked him up.  In fact, the first time I did that he bit me on the leg real hard when I put him down.  But it is almost impossible now for me to be alone.  Where ever I am, Homer is right there with me.  He sleeps on the bed with me every night now, and if it is cold outside, he will insist on being under the covers.  He will keep tapping my nose with his paw until I let he go under.  On other nights, he seems to like to play a game that I call "Let's see if I can keep Jim awake all night".  It may be that he just doesn't like me snoring., still it is quite annoying to be woken up every half hour.


Homer passed away in April of 2009.  He developed a very bad heart murmur and congestive heart failure.  He was diagnosed with this on a Thursday, and passed away on Wednesday the following week.  He will be sorely missed.  He was a very unique cat, and had a very distinct personality.

Homers Closeup

The above picture was taken on June 5, 2004.

Homers Teddy

Homers Teddy

The two photos above were taken on June 5, 2004
This is what I call Homers Teddy.  It is actually a toy skunk.  I originally purchased this toy for Lucky (see below).  And she played with it quite a bit, but, when she outgrew it, it was in pretty much like new condition.  Homer really took to this toy, almost from the moment I brought him home.  And, the above two photos show the results of five years of pretty hard playing.  The poor thing is about ready to fall apart.  I stopped washing it a couple of years ago, because I am afraid it would not survive another bout with the washing machine and dryer.

They are so cute when they are sleeping.

And not so cute when you are trying to work on your model railroad.


    This is Spots, the newest member of my household.  I got spots June of 2004.  I got him from ASSAP which is a no kill shelter for cats here in Santa Barbara.  He had only been there for a few days when I picked him up.  Why did I pick him over many of the other cats...well, he was about the same size as Homer.  Homer is easily intimidated by larger cats, and smaller cats he picks on.  I almost did not choose Spots because here was very timid at the shelter.  Turns out, he was a lot less timid than I thought, which is good, but he is still more timid than Homer.

    The big surprise was how quick he got accustomed to Homer, and vice versa.  There was only a three day period where I kept them seperated.  Homer seemed to accept him pretty quick.  However, Spots gets along with Homer a lot better than Homer gets along with Spots.  Homer puts up with Spots, but that is about it.  So far, after about a month, there is still no warmth between them.  I am not sure how long it will be, if ever, that they are buddies.

Update on Spots 8-8-2012

    Spots is still with us.  He is 17 years old now, and will be 18 soon.  Our vet (Cat and Bird Clinic) says he is still is excellent condition.  He does have a minor thyroid condition and a toe nail inflammation, but he is still playful and is Dinahs very best friend.

Homer and Spots

Well, here at least is proof that they are gradually warming up to each other.  This photo is from the time I first saw them this close together....

The above picture was taken on June 26, 2005.
It shows Homer and Spots sleeping on my bed.  While they are still very stand offish towards each other...they are spending a lot more time near one another.  I still cannot call them real pals yet.  They also do a lot of play attacks on each other.  And there hasn't been a fight now for quite some time.  These are all good signs.  But in general...their attitude towards each other seem to be more along the line of just ignoring each other.


First Posted April 5, 2008

Orpheus is our most recent addition.  He is a rescue cat.  He is part Maine Coon, and part Siamese.  We have only had him a week at this point.  He is having a little trouble adjusting to his new life, but he is getting there.  His previous owner passed away 5 months ago from this posting and he was just running wild in the trailer park where he used to live.  Nobody had been able to catch him.  I was able to just walk right up to him and pick him up, to the amazement of all concerned.  I guess he was meant to come with me.

Lucy and Orpheus on the bed together....


Daphne and Tuxie

Tux and Daphne came to us in April of 2009.  We got them to fill the void that was left by Homers passing.  They filled that void very well.  Tux and Daph are almost like one cat.  As you can see in the photos, you never see them apart.  You would think that theory were litter mates, but they are totally unrelated.  They are both rescue cats.  Tux in the larger of the two.  He is just a total love.  He loves everybody.  When somebody new comes into the house, he is right there to gret them and to rub their leg.

Daphne is a little lover as well, but she is a bit more shy.  She is also a real clown.  She loves to play with Boo, our little Yorkie Poo.


On January 29, 2010, Tux passed away.  He had a very bad Toxo Plasmosis infection which caused a lot of brain damage.  He went into the veterinary clinic, The Cat Bird Clinic and stayed there until he passed.  The staff wept as much as we did as they had come to love this special little kitty as much as we did.  We are going to really miss this little guy.


This is Dyna.  She is 11 years old.  She is the baby, in more ways than one.  She was the runt of the litter and suffers from many
problems related to that.  She has been constipated ever since I got here when she was 6 weeks old.  It has not been fun for either of us, but she is very cute and friendly.  Never bites, never scratches, don't really know what is wrong with her on that score.  This picture was taken on May 16, 1999.

Update:  Here it is, April 22, 2000.  I am only now able to give you the bad news that Dyna passed away only 3 weeks after that picture was taken.  She had a large tumor on her lung that was malignant.


Lucky is the older sister to Dyna.  She is 13 years old and is also very friendly.  No lap in the house is safe from her.  She doesn't scratch, and only bit me once and that was an accident.  She was the first cat I ever had that acted really sorry after having done that.

Latest Update: Sad news.  Lucky passed away the second week of June 2001.  She will be remembered as one of the best cats ever.

My sister and brother in-laws cats up in Seattle

These are the newest editions to my sisters brood.  In the back, the silver tabby, is Siegfried, the oldest cat in their family.  And in the foreground,
Freia and Fafner, acquired in July of 2001

This is a picture of just Freia and Fafner by themselves.

    These are the kittens my parents just got.  They are about 4 weeks old in the picture.  They are rescue cats.  They were orphaned at about 3 weeks old.  The mother cat just disappeared.  It is believed that these kittens might be related to Lucky and Dyna above.  Their names are Hansle (orange tabby) and Grettle.

    As of Feb 1, 2004,  Hansel and Grettle have now been living up in the state of Washington for just over a year.  Both cats grew up into very nice pets.  Grettle is a little shy, but Hansel will always come right up to greet you.

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