October 12, 2019
Michelle says: Nermie (named after Nermal from Garfield) was a three-week-old baby kitten that needed bottle feeding-- we pulled him from the shelter and had him at the same time as Minnie and Orange. Nermie was two weeks older. We fostered them all together and Orange totally fell in love with Nermie! Seriously in love with Nermie. When we decided to keep Orange, we adopted Nermie too to keep them together. But at age three, Nermie started spraying the house and litterally attacking all of the other cats. After three vets, we all came to the conclusion that he decided he no longer wanted to be in a multicat household. It was devastating; my husband was particularly attached to Nermie, not to mention Orange, who was totally confused by Nermie attacking him. We separated him in a bedroom and he calmed down. Eventually we found Nermie a fantastic home (rehomed him) where he could be king of the house.
All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Michelle Peters Spivack
Michelle volunteers for 13th St. Cat Rescue, IBOK Rescue and Paws for SJACS in San Jose, CA

Nermie [5]  kitten
Nermie [5]  kitten
Nermie [5]  kitten
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Natthecat -
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If only we knew why Nermie changed at 3 years old into a cat no longer social. We really don't understand why this happened. Bu,t at least, there was a solution--to rehome him, and let him be an only cat somewhere else. Wonderful photos of this little heartbreaker.
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Was Nermie fixed? Did hormones kick in? If only Nermie was telepathic we would understand.
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I wish I could reach out and pet and hug him.
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I love Nermie! So sad he had to be rehomed. But I know Michelle would have had him neutered because she knew what would happen if she didn't. It is odd that it happened after 3 years. I feel very bad for her husband who was so attached to Nermie.
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Nermie's story is unique. My heart goes out to you and your husband because you were so attached to him.. I am happy for this kitty who is the master of his domain being the only cat in his new home.
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I am just content that the best available alternative was employed and Nermie is now ensconsed as Feline king of the house with some other wonderful people who doubtless consider themselves very fortunate to have landed Lodgings with this gorgeous boy.
I too find the behaviours exhibited to have occurred at the 3 year benchmark quite a mystery .
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glad he found another home. i had 3 brothers and one of them spayed for no discernable reason. he has passed on now to the rainbow bridge and his brothers are doing fine.



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