Nicknames: Tot Biscuits, Mrs. Moo, Squirrel Girl, Mayor McTot
Birthday: March 22nd 2002
Likes: Sleeping under the covers
Pet-Peeves: Not getting cuddles!
Favorite Toy: Foam balls
Favorite Nap Spot: Under the computer desk
Favorite Food: Cheese
Skills: She loves to talk and walk around with his long tail flared like a ploom
Arrival Story: I was living in Phoenix, Arizona at the time. It was the middle of the summer (and if you have been to the desert you will understand just how hot that is) and I needed to go to the bank. I was in the drive-thru line and I saw to my left a stray cat dart by. He was anxiously tapping at my front wheel. I got out to see what was going on and I found a tiny little blue kitten right under my front wheel. An inch more and there would not be a Tot to talk about! The stray walked away into the haze and I collected the baby. She had been left by someone to be exposed by the sun. I found out later that Turkish Angoras are bred primarily for the white colouring. I think that is why Tot was left by the side of the road. I went to collect my husband at university, driving with one hand on the wheel and Tot in the palm of my hand. Her eyes were open and glazed and she didn't move much. When Dave got into the car he sighed and said "oh no not another one!!". I worked at the Humane Society then but from the moment I picked up Tot I knew her to be ours. We ran her to the vet and they said she was dehydrated and had worms. For the first three days she nursed on an eyedropper. She would only nurse from Dave. She eventually became a very playful little bundle of fur. Our then 2 year old big tabby cat Apollo became Tot's daddy. It was so nice to see. Apollo had been grieving because of the loss of our rabbit Albie. We were a few weeks from moving to Scotland at the time and Albie could not come with us as we were informed rabbits didn't deal with it well. It was hard on Apollo and I worried about him. That's why Tot was a miracle to me. So our Alaskan Malamute X Cora (who adored Tot), our Quaker Parrot F'lar, Apollo & Tot flew to Scotland and were put into 6 months of quarantine. Tot was then only 4 months old. Usually they wouldn't have excepted such a young kitten but since she was to be housed with her daddy Apollo, they excepted her. We visited the animals every weekend. Tot grew and grew! Her tail grew first!! We thought she was part squirrel. All the animals came out of it very well. It actually made all three more affectionate. Our bird was quarantined at home so had no big trauma. We lived with my MIL for five years and Tot had up to 7 other cats to know and love in that time. She'll always be our kitten.
Bio: Tot was never to be the smartest girl. We look at her as disabled. I think the exposure to the sun at such a young age ruined her brain. We joke that she was "cooked to long in the sun". We love her anyway but she can be a trial. She's so talkative! Now we swear she says MOO!
This is the real Tot from the new book "Tot's Tale about the Clever Colour System".
In it she and her friend Kappy Cat explain how an adult can have fluctuating pain and a system for the whole house to use. This book is geared toward 2-7 year olds.
More can be found about this book at www.PFTbooks.com.