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Princess Tessa, Tessa Contessa
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April 15th 1998
Gray and White
Snuggling in bed with Mom--otherwise, she's a real loner; being brushed!
Loud noises of any kind. Hates being picked up.
Not that into kitty toys, she prefers messing with anything of mine.
Favorite Nap Spot:
On my bed.
She's a light eater; tuna is totally acceptable as a treat. Otherwise, Purina One is tolerated.
Most patient kitty in the world.
The summer of 1998 was awful; a horrible surgery for me and then losing my 18-year-old feline companian, Natasha, my first kitty.
While we were trying to save Natasha, my vet had two kittens on display. After losing Natasha to old age, I called my vet and she told me the two kittens, actually four months old now, were still up for adoption.
A few days later, Tessa and her brother, Elliott, came home with me. This was my first experience with siblings, and first time with having multiple cats.
Originally, we thought Tessa was a short-hair like her brother. They both were found by a rescue organization laying outside at the age of one week. Perhaps that early experience is why she is so timid.
As she grew, long shoots of gray fur sprung up at her ears. My vet had no idea what to make of this. A couple of months solved the mystery--Tessa is a very long-haired, angora-like kitty.
She still is timid but very loving and the best-mannered kitty that I have known.
Tessa has deep feeling: Losing her brother to stomach cancer in 2007 was rough on me, but she was devastated for months. Then she had to deal with two new kids--Shiraz and Manuel. She ended up being very protective of them, almost as though she was the Mommy.
I hope she lives a full life; one issue with kittens who are dumped after birth is the potential for poor immune systems. Tessa has horrible spring allergies and gum issues that I and vet treat as well as possible.
Though not very vocal, very independent, she is extremely attached to me. It's weird to watch her take her classic begging position--on the floor, tail splayed out beautfully, body arched as though posing for a portrait. Her brother, Elliott, did the same thing.
NOTE: The young ones, siblings Shiraz and Manuel, also have the same begging position--rolled on one side with paws up in begging mode.
Anyone else notice sibling kitties having the same behaviors?
Am grieving since early this morning, Dec. 22, 2015. Tessa passed away during the night and I never had to deal with this alone. She was a fighter to the end, this perfectly behaved kitty who had been abandoned at birth. I know her brother, Elliott, whom we lost to cancer in 2007, is with her again at last.
Tessa Contessa Princess Godiva
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|November 7th 2009
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