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Trouble was born on April 20, 2008
The following was written by Darrell and Candice:
Time for Trouble!
When I first discovered that Trouble was born on April 20th, 2008, the same birth date of my husband Darrell, I knew that Trouble was going to be a special cat. We has just lost a much beloved pet and I thought that getting a Savannah cat for my husband’s birthday would cheer both of us up. Little did I know that my decision would open my life to great new friends, hilarious antics, and eventually having the honor of being “the other mom” to The World’s Tallest Cat!
While looking for Savannah’s, I happened across Savannah Islands Cattery, and Debby Maraspini. Trouble had just been born and he was gorgeous! When I noticed his birthday, it sealed the deal for me. I wanted Trouble and I got it! After our negotiations, Debby agreed to meet with me at a cat show in Pasadena, California to deliver Trouble into our care. He was the sweetest and most loving kitten I had ever known. Darrell and I adored him at first sight. We were so in amore with Trouble, I barely registered that a vague cloud of sadness seemed to descend upon Debby the closer we got to parting ways. I didn’t know her very well, and this was a business transaction after all, so I didn’t think too much of it at the time.
We brought Trouble home with us and began the process of settling in, which he seemed to do with relative ease. Even as a kitten, Trouble always had a regal air about him, and even at the tender age of 12 weeks, he was already charming his humans and their friends, all the while becoming the master of his entire domain. This was fine for his humans. He was incredibly attached to us, following me everywhere I went, and exploring every nook and cranny of the dishwasher and under the bed. He also loved waking Darrell up in the mornings with a nice big purr and a couple of canines stuck up his nose. He loved giving “love nips”, but even as a kitten, he was always careful and his nips were always incredibly gentle.
Weeks passed, and Trouble grew…and grew…and grew. He quickly became the largest cat in the house. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only cat in the house. Darrell and I had three cats previously, two girls and a boy. Trouble was fine with them, as long as he was in charge. The problem was they didn’t quite see it the same way. All three of them refused to play with Trouble, they simply didn’t like his rambunctiousness, and they refused to accept him into their “pride”. The worst problem was when they simply stopped eating their food. My spoiled rotten cats went on a hunger strike. When we called Debby to ask for her advice, she revealed to us how much she missed Trouble and just how attached she was to him. She had felt an enormous sense of loss ever since she gave him up. It was hard, but we realized that Debby needed Trouble, and we knew that the best thing for him and for our other cats was to give him back to his first mom, Debby. We gave him back to her on the condition that she would give him a permanent home and family, and that we could keep in touch with the both of them.
Fortunately Trouble acted and played as though he had never left his old home. Debby has kept us informed of all the details of Trouble’s life, his insatiable appetite, and his record breaking growth spurts. We are proud to personally know Trouble, who now eats half of a rabbit for lunch, has grown to an unprecedented height of 19 inches at the shoulder, and now can now claim the honor of being The World’s Tallest Domestic Cat as certified by The Guinness Book of World Records. Trouble is still a mellow and regal figure that remains just as affectionate and gentle as when we first knew him. We still love Trouble as one of our own, and astonishingly, he remembers us as well! We are proud to have both him and Debby in our lives, and we are incredibly excited to see what they can accomplish together for the future of the Savannah breed!
Candice and Darrell Hon
“The Other Parents”