Meet Frankie


Say hello to Frankie!

Yes, my friends, I’ve welcomed a new kitty into my life and home. This news won’t come as a surprise to those of you who follow me on Instagram (I’ve already shared a few pictures of him there.), but I thought Frankie also deserved a post on IBC.

Meet Frankie! Inspired by Charm's New Cat

As you may know, I already had two cats: Sebastian and Jax. I adopted Sebastian as a kitten when I moved into my first apartment after college. Jax joined us about a year later. This year, Sebastian will turn 14, and Jax will be 13. It’s hard to believe they are that old and have lived in six different apartments/houses with me.

Having cats in my home is such a joy for me. As a single person, I like their companionship, and I’ve always been perfectly content with just two cats. To me, that’s the ideal number. I’ve also been blessed with two really great cats. I especially love that Sebastian and Jax are very close and can often be found snuggled together or cleaning each other’s heads.

However, since Sebastian and Jax are older, and I’m now settled in my current home, I recently decided to open myself to the idea of another cat. I wouldn’t actively seek another cat, but if one should find me, I’d be open to providing it a home. That way, in case something happened to Sebastian or Jax, the surviving cat would still have a companion, and so would I.

Meet Frankie! Inspired by Charm's New Cat

Rewind to a couple weeks before Christmas: My blogger friend Julia of Cuckoo 4 Design tagged me on an Instagram post. A cute little cat named Frankie was found living under the porch of a house here in Pittsburgh. He was being cared for by a kind couple who unfortunately couldn’t keep him. They were looking to find him a home for Christmas.

I wrote them an email expressing my interest in adopting Frankie, and from all the emails they received, they picked me to take Frankie. Fun fact: the husband has been following me on Pinterest for years!

It seemed like Frankie was destined to be in my life, so here he is!

Meet Frankie! Inspired by Charm's New Cat

Meet Frankie! Inspired by Charm's New Cat

Because I wanted to make sure that all the cats got along, there needed to be a trial period. If for some reason, things didn’t work out, the couple told me they would be willing to find Frankie another home.

Naturally, when any new cat joins a family, there is a bit of caution and adjustment on everyone’s part. However, in just a few days, all the cats seemed to be getting along.

I hope this doesn’t border on too much information, but in his early days at Bayberry House, Frankie had urinary issues (frequent trips to the litter box) that necessitated several visits to the vet. The vet couldn’t find anything wrong with Frankie. I later realized Frankie’s frequent urination was caused by the wet food I was giving him. Once I changed his diet, all the urinary issues disappeared.

Frankie’s been with me a little over a month now, and it feels as if he’s always been a member of our family. The other day I caught him snuggled up with Jax, which put a big smile on my face. He is a bit of trouble maker and has climbed up my fully decorated Christmas tree twice. He’s also ventured into the fireplace. I know this because I found big black streaks on his fur.

Meet Frankie! Inspired by Charm's New Cat

Oh, you might be wondering about his name. I believe the lovely folks that found him gave it to him. My guess is that it was inspired by Frank “Ol Blue Eyes” Sinatra. As you can see, my Frankie has striking blue eyes, too. I liked the name so much, that I didn’t feel any need to change it. Though, like any beloved pet, Frankie has garnered a few nicknames: Frankiestein, Frankie Doodle Doo, and Franklin.

Meet Frankie! Inspired by Charm's New Cat

Thank you for allowing me to officially introduce Frankie to you. I am so happy to welcome him into my home, and I suspect he’ll be making more appearances on IBC in the years ahead.

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    Congratulations on the new member of your family. He is gorgeous! It’s wonderful that you were able to give a stray a home. Adopt instead of buying! Congratulations again!😻😻😻

  • Judy Perez at

    Frankie is so beautiful. I too love cats and your crew looks like one big happy family. My cat growing up was called Mildred Pierce because she had great looking eyebrows reminiscent of Joan Crawford’s.Milly lived to be 18 years old. Most of my growing up memories have her in them.

  • wendy at

    What an adorable little guy! And so great that they all get along. I, too, am a cat lover. I’ve have 2 (siblings). How do you keep them from clawing up your furniture and rugs? Mine are so destructive!

  • jae at

    I am so glad Frankie has a warm home to sleep in and lots of love and friendship. He is a handsome boy for sure. Glad your heart is big!!!! 🙂

  • Lisa at

    Thanks for sharing! He’s a beautiful boy. ❤️

  • Rachel at

    Thank you for opening your heart and home to another cat. He’s very blessed!

  • Harriet Clark at

    Frankie’s beautiful. Looks like he’s made himself at home.
    He looks so much like a kitty we had named Murray. Murray was the runt of his litter and lived to be 20 years old. 😊

  • Nancy at

    Frankie is sooooo pretty and lucky to have you as his owner. He looks as though he feels right at home.

  • Eileen at

    Love your cats! They are all beautiful! Ours died last year after 16 years. While we have 2 dogs, I feel like something is lacking in my life without a cat. I’m just scared to introduce a new cat to the dogs. Your house looks amazing

  • Cindy at

    What a sweetie! Very photogenic. Animals are great. Kitty cats can be so naughty (climbing up your Christmas tree), but they weave their ways into our hearts that you end up loving on them even more. There is nothing more satisfying than waking up to their purr…life is good! Any hints on how you deal with cats scratching your beautiful furniture? I know it comes with the territory, but you seem to come up with ingenious ideas.

  • Debbie at

    So cute! I love having younger cats as they are so lively! I gave 2 old souls who are thankfully healthy and finally, after 3 years, getting along. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Frankie!

  • Linda Harris at

    Bless you for your huge heart and love of cats….your feline family is adorable…..

  • Tracy at

    He’s beautiful Congrats! Glad he fit in so well with the other cats and they are all getting along.

  • Cindy at

    I had a Frankie myself once. I named him after Frank Sinatra. Sweetest kitty I ever had. He was solid white with beautiful blue eyes. Be warned though that the gene that causes the blue eyes in a white cat often means the kitty is deaf or hard of hearing. Mine turned out to be hard of hearing. Yours has some beautiful golden color in his fur so hopefully he hears ok. He looks super sweet as well. Congrats on your new family member!

  • Deb at

    I have enjoyed discovering your blog a few months ago and like your style and stories. Now I like you even more learning that you have 3 cats! I have 2 myself. Congrats on the newest family member!

  • Linde at

    He is one seriously handsome cat! Congratulatins Michael AND Frankie! Hope you share lots of pics of the kitties!

  • Sandra at

    He seems like the “purrfect” fit! And, what a beauty!

  • Aleta at

    What a beautiful cat! This brings up a question I’ve had for you for many years – how do you deal with cat mess? I so admire the way you’ve been able to decorate your homes over the years, and I’m very interested in design. BUT – I have two cats that have various health issues, and between the fur, random throw up, and other messes they cause, I’ve been reluctant to invest in the type of furnishings I’d like. It seems like every time I get a new rug or piece of soft furniture, that is the place they choose to make a mess. Do you have any go to suggestions about cleaning products for furniture/rugs when you have pets? Obviously regular cleaning can take care of things like fur, but I really struggle with the best way to keep other areas clean. I’d love a post on this topic – designing a beautiful home with pets. One of my cats is also a troublemaker, so much so that I haven’t put up a Christmas tree in 8 years! Thank you for all of the inspiration you provide, I’ve loved reading your blog for several years now.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This is a great questions. I think it’s challenging because I feel all cats are so different. However, I’ll definitely put together a post about this. Great idea!

      xo Michael

    • Debbie at

      This is counterintuitive, but I have found that when my cats vomit, I leave it until it dries completely and then I can vacuum it up without stains. It has worked on my furniture and light-colored wool rugs. I have a cordless Dyson with a furniture attachment and amazingly, it works great in this situation. The hard part is letting the mess dry completely. That is why paper towels were invented-to put over the mess! Good luck!

  • Erica at

    Congratulations! I’m in love with Frankie. I can’t wait to see more pics of your three fur babies on IG and hope Sebastian and Jax love their new brother as much as you do.

  • Maureen at

    He looks so laid back it’s hard to believe he’s a tree climbing, soot seeking Frankenstein, ever.
    He is beautiful, congratulations on your family addition.

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