They Named Her Nicki (Updated and Improved!)

by Marinka on February 1, 2009

UPDATE: Other nicknames that she has been called this morning — Nichelodeon and Icky.
Also, I read online that the place where we got her has a practice of getting cats from the South and bringing them to NY. How do I find out if she’s southern? She has a mini gun collection, but anything else that I should look for?

What, you thought that I was going to show you her face when I wouldn’t show you mine? What kind of a speciest do you take me for, anyway?

Quick update: we went to the animal shelter, my friend John and Sue acted as references, which basically meant that they were phone bound for most of Saturday. John tortured me a little by saying things like “finally, I will get a chance to say a few things about you” and also singing some Manhattan Transfer song about cats. I’m not sure that he fully grasped the purpose of the reference that the shelter needed.

To make a long story short, because I know that you have to get to church, they had four kittens, we chose one, and after only an hour and a half we were on our way.

She is super sweet and we all love her (Husbandrinka has already moved out). But I think I won him over by announcing that I will call her Nicolette Sheridan Grant and that the next kitten will be Margene.

And because nothing in our family is official until we eat some cake:

Let them eat cake, indeed.

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Kirsten January 31, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Oh that is so sweet. Congratulations.


Maggie May January 31, 2009 at 11:19 pm

congrats!! cats are constant entertainment, i couldn’t do without all ours! i already picked the next names:

violet baudelaire
enid coleslaw


Braja January 31, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Trust you to post a photo of the cat’s butt. You and Susan should start a Butt Blog: her bulldog’s butt, and your cat’s. Come to think of it, I could hop on that little round of high-jinks and throw in all the cow-butts I’ve posted.

We’re balanced people.


silvergirl January 31, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Creating your own little Big Love family with cats? Do all the cat wives get their own adjacent cat houses?


Frau February 1, 2009 at 12:59 am

Congrats! I’m sure your kids so happy!


PinkLizzy February 1, 2009 at 2:47 am

Awww…what a cute arse she has!
Congratulations. Long my she sleep at the end of your bed, snuggle with you when it’s cold and tickle your feet when she walks past them (and your bare foot and her tail brushes against it lightly).
There is nothing more contentment inducing than a cat, I swear it’s true.


Belle February 1, 2009 at 4:12 am

Please tell me you bought that cake? I don’t want to be friends with someone that ices that well!


The Dental Maven February 1, 2009 at 4:56 am

And remember…nothing says “I love you” more to a cat than a small bird or rodent left on the bed.


Beth February 1, 2009 at 5:39 am

Nicki is a great name for a cat. She already looks indifferent.


one little simitopian February 1, 2009 at 6:09 am

Yay! I hope Nicki brings lots of smiles and fluffiness to your household 🙂
Looking forward to hearing about her exploits!


Heinous February 1, 2009 at 6:10 am

Happy kittenhood! Is there cake left for me?


Christy February 1, 2009 at 6:19 am

Adorable! And I LOVE that you got a cake to celebrate!


Ann's Rants February 1, 2009 at 7:25 am

May your kitty warm your hearts and laps and only pee where she’s supposed to.


K February 1, 2009 at 7:34 am

I am totally adopting the cake to celebrate everything policy.

Good luck with the cat – I hope she behaves well.


Irish Gumbo February 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

Typical cat, showin’ the ass…

That looks a lot like one of my cats!….Nope, he’s still here. Damn. I mean, great!

Congrats! may I have some cake, please? (batting eyes)


WA February 1, 2009 at 8:18 am

Now I can say I knew you when you were young and only had 1 cat.


Rachel February 1, 2009 at 8:21 am

Congrats! And hooray for Big-Love-themed pet names!


Rachel February 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

I’m not sure whether to give you congratulations or my condolences 😉

I love that y’all make everything official with cake, that’s brilliant 😉


Comedy Goddess February 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

Finally! Nice ass!


IB February 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

Not big on cats, but big on cake.


Magpie February 1, 2009 at 9:09 am

I think that’s a perfect name for a cat.


Kate Coveny Hood February 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

I think everything is better with cake. Congratulations!


Pseudonymous High School Teacher February 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

I like cake and that one looks pretty tasty.

Nice photo of the cat’s ass.


Smart A$$ Mom February 1, 2009 at 10:47 am

Well, she may or may not be a Southern Girl but she obviously isn’t into photographs. Welcome to the Blogoshpere Nicollete Grant. And I vote the next cat is Roman.


Jeanne February 1, 2009 at 11:19 am

Southern — if she loves fried food and wants to marry a family member….


K.Line February 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Aren’t you a mom, bringing home a cake with the new kitten! And I have that IKEA kid chair too. Do you have the Flinstone-y table that goes with it??

PS – Darling kitty.


*Akilah Sakai* February 1, 2009 at 11:56 am

Congrats on the new kitty.

My kinda household! Cake to celebrate a new pet? Nothin’ wrong with that.


lizspin February 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

Wishing you and your new family member lots of luck and lovin . . .


Jen February 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I would have skipped the cat altogether and gone straight for the cake.


Joanie February 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Congrats on the new kitty! She looks like my Cameron! Husbandrinka will come around.


mo.stoneskin February 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

As a rule I never trust cats with guns, or any sort of weapon collection for that matter.


Andrea's Sweet Life February 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Suddenly I know the real reason behind your decision to get a cat. You were starting to run out of blog fodder and heard cats are easy to exploit.

Already, a picture of the cats butt – now that’s entertainment!


for a different kind of girl February 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Does Nicki sound like she’s saying “mey’all” when she’s meowing?

Also, did she get her own slice of cake? Seriously, no aspect of life should be without cake!


Nicole February 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Congrats! When we inherited my brothers cat my hubby wasn’t at all thrilled. He hates cats. Well 2 1/2 months later I will catch him lovin that cat like they are best friends! The cat also prefers to sleep with the hubby at night also. Your will always deny liking the cat but he secretly will 🙂


StatMama February 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Great. Now I want another cat AND some cake.

The cat’s butt is adorable, but hopefully you’ll post a pic of her other end 😉


blognut February 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

You know what they say… cats really do better in pairs. Oh, nevermind. We’re only writing comments that will not give Husbandrinka ammunition… great ass on that cat!


Renée aka Mekhismom February 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Aw, and I know the cat must be Southern – the guns are a telltale sign! LOL, Cute cat and cake? I need to be at your celebrations!


Blue February 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm

if you start to hear ms kitty’s drawl include ‘mud-bog’ in lieu of the more traditional ‘me-ow’, then you’ll know.


should you find ms kitty’s affinity for scrapple and beer to be disproportionate to anything else at any meal time, then you’ll know.


Heather February 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I love the fact you got cake to celebrate the kitty!

I am just curious what other reasons you can have to eat cake.

Will the cat be named Nickinka?


Vodka Mom February 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Is this where the ass family reunion is being held???


Anna See February 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Nice! Does she like grits? That’s a dead giveaway.


Maura February 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I LOVE that you celebrated with a cake because that’s just awesome, but you have to be kidding me with not showing the cat’s face.

You certainly are a speciest — I don’t recall seeing any photos of your ass around here! Cough one up or I’m going to teach Nicki how to cough up a hairball right into one of Husbandrinka’s dress shoe.


Mama Cass February 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Bless her little heart. Does she enjoy sweet tea and grits? Together or separately. And does she refer to her family as “ya’ll”? Do her hips swagger? If she’s southern indeed, you’ll have to throw her a debutant ball and get some more cake in a few years.


Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub February 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Awwww– that looks like my first cat that I got in college… “Meschach” He was such a great cat. 🙂

Congrats on finally conning, er, I mean talking your husband into getting a kitty!


Mary Moore February 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I can’t wait for the cat stories to begin.


Frogs in my formula February 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

You had a cake for your new kitten? You must tell me how you celebrated homecoming with your babies! Also a cake? Something grander? Just curious.


McMommy February 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I’m pretty sure the only reason you got a cat was that you were hoping we christen you with a new nickname:

Meow Marinka!!


Michelle February 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm


Hey that rhymes with ASSHAT!!!

Which means absolutely nothing!!!

Enjoy Nicki!!!

Your funny!!!


Janie February 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Bring on the kitty stories!


iMommy February 1, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Dude, all these people congratulating you know that you got a kitten, not a baby, right?



the mama bird diaries February 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Congrats. I look forward to hearing about many more adventures with Nicki.


Sophie, Inzaburbs February 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Awwww. Cat already looks right at home.

Did she enjoy the cake? Or was that photo her walking away in disgust?


heartatpreschool February 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm


Welcome Catrinka!


Kylie w Warszawie February 2, 2009 at 3:00 am

I think we must be related…we do the cake thing too.

Welcome Nickitrinka:).


Braja February 2, 2009 at 5:06 am

I thought her name was short for Nicolas Tzar.

And you tell she’s southern by the hip flask of Southern Comfort and the slow, deep, lazy meow. Do I have to tell you everything?

Thanks for the drink, btw. God you’re so lucky you did that.


Julie B. February 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

HA – love the excuse for cake…so is your husband into polygamy too, or just you? LOVE the name! LMAO! Beware though, I think gray tabby’s are cursed. Every time I get a gray tabby they turn out to be completely psycho! But seriously..her ass is SO cute!


peajaye February 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

sweetie, if that behemoth in the pic is a “kitten,” then i’m a 16-year-old twink (hint: i’m not). boy, did they see YOU coming.


Jodi February 2, 2009 at 8:04 am

I’m Southern! If you need help interpreting her every little whim, let me know and I’ll have my cat talk to your cat.

(does that sound nasty? because it sounds a little nasty to me.)


Kristine February 2, 2009 at 9:57 am

I love that the next one would be Margene!


Jaywalker February 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Ok, I am a sizist ass, possibly, but isn’t Nicolette a little large for a kitten? Or does she just have a large rear? Yes. I am an evil cat body fascist. I hate myself.

My own husbandrinka is in much the same place concerning our puppy or “your fucking dog” as puppy is now named. Maybe they should compare notes. Sweary notes.


The Panic Room February 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

My best friend growing up started to go blind in his right eye from Cat Scratch Fever and well ever since then. I keep them away. FAR away. Good luck with the cat though.


Melissa February 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Other ways to tell she is Southern:

Big hair

making one syllable words stretch into two (as in Me-ow)

and be on the lookout for itty bitty Bibles…


Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy February 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Yay for the new kitty Nicki! But I must admit that I HATE Nicki on Big Love so I am a little disappointed in the choice of name. Petra has a nice ring to it though…


bernthis February 2, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I had to do that whole thing with the references when I was at the shelter. What a joke. Like they’re going to give me the numbers of people who can’t stand them?


Tooj February 3, 2009 at 5:39 am

I see it’s official! Congrats. I’m late on this obviously, but oh well. I didn’t need cake anyhow.


Deb February 3, 2009 at 7:29 am

Your cat has a fab ass. Really.


January 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

Happy cativersary Nicki! Hope you celebrate with cake!


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