February 26th 2015 2:50 pm
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Lately, Lacey has been in my feral room which is an enclosed sun porch separate from my main house. She ended up in there because she took to spraying in the house. Interestingly, she does not spray in the feral room. The feral room is not heated, although in cold weather it stays warmer than the outdoor temperature and in the summer it stays cooler than the outdoor temperature.
The point color gene is what is known as a thermoreceptive partial albinism gene. This means that the point color shows up in areas of the cat's body which are cooler in temperature. That's why the color concentrates on the legs, face, ears, and tail and often also is present to some degree along the back of a point color cat. The point color also changes with temperature.
Lacey's photo taken 2-7-15 dramatically shows the difference the cold winter temperature has made in her coat and color, compared to her other pictures which were taken when she was living in the main house. Her point colors have become much richer. It also shows the difference in weight MOL, being in a colder temperature than the house has caused her to put on a bit of extra weight as well. This too, is normal. Cats who are outdoors or in colder conditions than a typical heated house in cold weather usually do eat more and put on extra weight in the wintertime.
March 10th 2013 3:54 am
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You've heard of Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, you've heard of Jellicle Cats, you've heard of the Cheshire Cat, you've heard of the phrase "I am Siamese if you please-I am Siamese if you don't please," & you've heard of many other felines with such catchy phrases & nicknames but I bet you've never heard of Lacey the Cross-Eyed Lady!
Note, some of us kitties are inexperienced at typing or writing our diaries & we also get a bit lazy so excuse us for using & instead of typing out the word "and". Our human mom who is good at writing, doesn't approve of us using these shortcuts instead of writing & using proper grammar & proper sentence structure but hey we're KITTIES. We're doing good to even write a sentence a human can read! So please excuse us.
My human mom has had Siamese cats for many years. She used to even breed & show Siamese show cats & had many winning cats but I'm the very first cross-eyed Siamese cat she's ever had!
I was born 8-20-09 at Mom's best friend's place along with my littermates, a red point & some blue points. I was the only girl in the litter & the only kitten who was tortie point like my kitty mom is. My kitty mom ended up at my human Mom's best friend's place after my kitty mom's former owner was threatening to put my kitty mom down for no other reason than being kinda mad at my kitty mom (no reason was ever given for her being mad at the cat or for wanting to put it down.)
My kitty mom was pregnant at the time not that far from being due to give birth, so Mom's best friend rescued my kitty mom & took her home because she knew my kitty mom's (now former) owner is a bit too quick to put animals down for invalid reasons. Mom's best friend thinks its totally wrong to put animals down for any reason other than a fatal illness or injuries or other such situation where an animal is suffering & where absolutely nothing can be medically done to help it.
My human Mom's last living Siamese, Mew, had died 3-2-09 after fighting (& as always is the case-eventually losing) a war with Feline Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). Mew would have been 19 years old on 3-15-09, she missed her 19th birthday by just DAYS. My human Mom wanted another Siamese cat.
My littermates & I fought the usual kitten problems with upper respiratory virus & herpes eye virus. After my human Mom's best friend was sure we had gotten over our upper respiratory virus & kitten herpes eye viruses & she was sure we wouldn't get sick again & after we had our kitten shots, she offered me to my human Mom. Naturally my human Mom eagerly took me. It had been a very long time since my human Mom had had a tortie point. (My human mom still hasn't ever had a lynx point yet, she's always hoping a lynx point who needs a home will cross her path...)
My human mom brought me home & after my first few days in mandatory kitty jail (a large plastic dog crate) for observation, I was allowed to join the other house cats. They were all adults & except for Buddha who wanted to pin me down & wash my ears like my own mother used to do, they pretty much ignored me at first except for one.
This one cat was the youngest cat in the house, she was I think, 2 years old at the time. Her name was Splat Cat, a name she says she got after she got hit in the head by a car or truck, had severe brain damage from it, survived & ended up being pretty much totally normal except for being a little klutzy. Splat Cat & I had a lot of fun playing together, we still have fun playing together.
I am cross-eyed, it's real obvious in some of my pictures, less obvious in some of my other photos. My being cross-eyed doesn't affect my abilities though. I get around just fine although I don't have the speed & dead-eye accuracy Uno has (but then nobody is as fast or as unfailingly on target as Uno is when she strikes!)
Well, that's enough for now. I don't want to be as guilty of writing long diary entries & rambling as some other members of our family & our human mom get sometimes.
Lacey The Cross-Eyed Lady
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