Petidote of the Day 2012-04-13
Piper in the in-box
Today's Petidote is courtesy of Correntian bungalowkitchens. Piper, shown above, is one of three. Below the fold, we got moar kittehz, moar picshurs, moar storiez! Moar, moar, moar! First up, Maya -- in a tote!
Followed by her sister, Tasha, on the back porch:
And finally, Maya, filling in for Ceiling Cat:
Now the storiez:
Back in 2007, all but one of my four cats had passed away, and the remaining one, Ubu, was awfully lonely. I wasn’t really ready for a new cat, but it seemed like he needed companionship. Because Ubu was Burmese and kind of small, I thought a kitten would be less threatening. It was June, so I figured there would be no shortage of kittens. Wrong. I went to every single local animal shelter and there were no kittens.
One weekend I went down to San Jose to see my sister, so we decided to look for kittens there. We went to a couple of different shelters, and yes, there were kittens, and they were cute, but they weren’t the right kittens. I can’t explain why- it’s like love at first sight, and you know the right cat when you see it. We finally stopped at PetSmart, where they were having a mobile adoption day, and I took one look at these three kittens and knew- these were the right kittens.
The two calicos (Maya and Tasha) were sisters, and the orange one, Piper, was from a different litter. They had been rescued from the San Jose shelter, where they were about to be euthanized because they were feral. I have to say the rescue group had done an awesome job of socializing them -- to this day they have none of that wariness that even a socialized feral can have. I hadn’t been planning to adopt all three, but I did.
It took a while for Ubu to warm up to them, but once he did, they seemed to feel it was their responsibility to look after him, which they did for the last few months of his life.
Maya is a face nuzzler -- she will put her paws around my neck like a hug and rub her face against mine for half an hour if I let her. She’s also an “up” kitty -- she likes to go up on the roof, and the top of the fridge is one of her favorite perches.
Tasha was the alpha kitty until Piper got so big he was able to stage a coup. She insists on drinking from the faucet -- every morning she will sit in the kitchen sink until you turn the water on for her. She’s very loyal and sleeps next to me every night. Sometimes in the middle of the night she will have an attack of “hugginess” where she wants to lay across my face and purr. She also likes to knead and suck -- weaned too young I suppose.
Piper is like all big orange boys -- large (about 17 pounds), mostly laid back, friendly to everyone. He likes to wrestle but the girls don’t really oblige, since he outweighs them. Piper has a hair fetish -- he will come up behind you on the back of the sofa to nuzzle and bite your hair.
Unfortunately, he also has a peeing problem -- annoying enough, but his target of choice is kitchen appliances. He’s already destroyed one toaster, as well as a toaster oven, but he’s also sprayed the microwave, the dish drainer, the coffee pot… I’m having the cat behavior people out next week to see what can be done.
I can’t imagine not having small furry beings in my house.
Thanks very much, bk! I can't imagine not having them either. But you really scored -- what beautiful kitties!!
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