Thursday, March 30, 2017

Scylla's Tail

Charybdis was my litter mate. We came to live with Mommy when we were 4 weeks old. Our Cat Mom was poisoned and died close to her food bowl. These nice people that had been trying to trap her (they did TNR) saw her body and searched for us kittens. They knew she had a litter of kittens and were waiting until she brought us to eat before they tried to trap her. They searched and searched until they found us, some of my litter mates didn't make it but 4 of us did! Mommy started out fostering me and Charybdis but when Daddy got home from work he told Mommy if he could name us she could keep us.  So she said OK as long as he didn't name us War (Charybdis) and Pestilence (Scylla) and she requested he pick out a girls name. So he looked in Greek mythology for some girl monsters and since Scylla & Charybdis go together and we look so much alike he thought that would be the perfect names for us. Especially since he felt like he was between a rock and a hard place when it was feeding time and he was the only one around. We were bottle feed when we first came to live here. Since the whole family liked it, Scylla & Charybdis became our names.

This is about the Scylla in Greek Mythology
Scylla was a nymph, daughter of Phorcys. The fisherman-turned-sea-god Glaucus fell madly in love with her, but she fled from him onto the land where he could not follow. Despair filled his heart. He went to the sorceress Circe to ask for a love potion to melt Scylla's heart. As he told his tale of love to Circe, she herself fell in love with him. She wooed him with her sweetest words and looks, but the sea-god would have none of her. Circe was furiously angry, but with Scylla and not with Glaucus. She prepared a vial of very powerful poison and poured it in the pool where Scylla bathed. As soon as the nymph entered the water she was transformed into a frightful monster with twelve feet and six heads, each with three rows of teeth. Below the waist her body was made up of hideous monsters, like dogs, who barked unceasingly. She stood there in utter misery, unable to move, loathing and destroying everything that came into her reach, a peril to all sailors who passed near her. Whenever a ship passed, each of her heads would seize one of the crew.

Scylla is also the name of a daughter of King Nisus of Megara.
Scylla could bark like a dog (according to some skulax, "young dog").
I have a very LOUD MEOW, so I guess you could compare it to a dog barking. I prefer to think Daddy named me after the beautiful nymph Scylla before Circe turned her into a monster.~Scylla


pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is so sad that your cat Mom was poisoned. I am glad you kitties were rescued and have a great life now.

Marty the Manx said...

Scylla we are so glad that you two came to live with your Mom and Dad. You are one of the most beautiful ladies WE know!
Marty and Ralphie

Kitties Blue said...

Scylla, we are certain your daddy named you after the nymph and not the monster. Did you know that our Lily Olivia actually does bark?

Angela Butz said...

So sorry about your cat mom but glad that you found your home. I think your names are super cool and unusual.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

I didn't know Lily Olivia actually barked, that is so cool Kitties Blue.

Thanks for reading my tail everyone. ~Scylla

Jenny @ flutterbyechronicles said...

Wow those are so cool names!! I have been known to bark since I was basically raised in a doggy household ;)

Matilda (& Matt)

Anonymous said...

So sad about your Mom but so HAPPY you were rescued. Loud meows come in handy! If we need help or want to warn someone away we scream!

Love, Angel Sam and Teddy