The Woobie


The first time I heard the word “woobie” was in 2005. Rose heard her mother use it to refer to a blanket that her brother would carry around with him like Linus from the Peanuts comic strip. I thought it was a made up word but it really exists and it means “security blanket.”

I was introduced to the word after we adopted Tigger and Flash. Initially, Tigger was adopted by Rose’s mother, but the next day the shelter called and said they wanted him back because his brother Flash was in much distress without him. We tried to talk her into adopting Flash (they had different names then) but she only wanted one cat at that time so we ended up adopting both of them.

They lost their mother at a very young age so Tigger developed a habit of sucking on Flash’s belly. Rose referred to Flash as Tigger’s “woobie” and would jokingly say to tigger “No sucking on the woobie!”

Our cats Tigger and Flash as kittens.

Tigger sucking on Flash’s belly.

Our cats Tigger, Flash and Alex

Tigger and Flash with Alex watching.

Later we bought a fleece blanket and discovered that the cats were attracted to it like catnip. Soon the blanket was referred to as the “woobie blanket” and we bought several more over the years.

Last week Rose put one of the woobie blankets on one of the chairs in the living room and it instantly became Chris’s new favorite place to nap.

Bad Cat Chris napping on the woobie blanket

Chris napping on the woobie blanket

Related Post: Life Before Chris

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22 thoughts on “The Woobie

  1. kittiesblue

    We get a catalog that has “woobies.” We think they use it too refer to the type of fabric. It was nice to meet some of the past kitties. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  2. fozziemum

    Oh this is lovely šŸ™‚ my daughter had a blankie…we still have it all of 29 years later…went everywhere…one bunch of fosters I had years ago were gorgeous..all tuxies..one was much bigger that his siblings..a real porker he was šŸ™‚ and it was quite common that his smaller sibs would be found attached to his teats..poor little guy used to be red raw hahahaa šŸ™‚ seems that though he was mum…his woobies bought all the kittens to the yard šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum

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            1. Charles Huss Post author

              šŸ™‚ I love the name Pugsly. My sister-in-law named a kitten Pugsly but then changed it to Speedy Petey. I was dissapointed about that and still called the cat Pugsly for awhile after that.

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              1. fozziemum

                Hahah I was always on the hop thinking up names for fosters..when you have so many…I loved Pugsly to..i called one of his sibs Tudely (had an attitude) Marms (looked like marmite) Medge (looked liked Vegemite) hahaah and then the whole group would get a name too… we the The fitz’s as they all were hissy fit kitten when I got them and within that group we had Big Fitz..Little Fitz…and so on…goodtimes šŸ™‚

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