Picture of Duet, a male Somali

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Home:Mississauga/Erindale, ON, Canada  
Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 7 lbs.

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"Doo-ett-ta" Boycat. He always comes when called.

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:

September 2nd 2004


Tossing balls then chasing them, collecting pipecleaner worms, playing with PD (his Grandmom), torturing Lady, our black cat... He's beginning to be fascinated by television.

He's too happy to complain, but he is slow to warm up to visitors to our house.

Favorite Toy:
A 3-inch stuffed cat which he carries around everywhere.

Favorite Nap Spot:
He now naps with his Grandmom under the dining room table, they do everything together. He SLEEPS draped over my head at night.

Favorite Food:
Chicken, chicken, and more chicken, as a hard food flavour, soft food, or people food. He jumps around the kitchen on his hind legs whenever there is a suggestion of a chicken scent in the air.

He plays fetch very well, sparing little effort to find the ball and get it back to me; he also likes to open the cupboard containing his toys and bring them all into the living room.


Arrival Story:
Duet's full name is " Kalyna's Teatime Duet." He is a Ruddy (or "Usual") one of four CFA-accepted colours. The others are Sorrel or Red, Blue, and Fawn. My beloved Somali, Solo, (a Sorrel) was killed August the 8th, 2004 (see his page) and I cast about for a breeder, since I had only bought Solo from a pet store, not knowing about the breed beforehand. But Solo convinced me of what wonderful cats these were! After researching the breed and their breeders I got in touch with the founder of the breed in Canada, Ken McGill of Dunedin, and Irene McGill of Kalyna, and they were so sympathetic about my loss that I was offered first choice among upcoming litters. (They're truly wonderful people, as demonstrated by the love they bestow upon their cats and the quality of their feline progeny.) I made the 350 Kilometre trip to London every couple of weeks to monitor the kittens' progress and get my "Somali Fix" playing with the dozen+ adult cats. Duet and his sister would be available Christmas week, the next kittens wouldn't be mature enough until mid February. I didn't think I would be able to have Duet or Maya because their colouring was (and is) so extraordinary that they were being considered for show/breeding. My preference actually was slightly for the girl, she was so pretty, and obviously bright and creative. However she just didn't "click" when I visited, whereas Duet always came up to me and purred when I handled him. He was starting to bond with me already. As Irene says, it's most important that the cat pick his Human adoptee, not vice-versa... So... one fateful day I got the email saying Duet and Maya WOULD be available after all. I made one more trip to make certain that I wanted Duet and not Maya or upcoming adoptees. Oh what joy he has brought me since! Duet is indeed highly intelligent and fun to have around, incredibly affectionate, AND he's extremely er, pretty (handsome?) I love him dearly. Maya went to a family in Montreal who were likewise overwhelmed by her personality.

He is named Duet because he is my second Somali, he was born on the 2nd, and he was in a litter of two. Also it fits my theme of giving names connected with jazz. "Teatime" is for Jack Teagarden, the great trombonist, and the word donates a jazz Jam session. I have since come home with Duet's Grandma, Premadona, another remarkable cat. Premadona, or "PD," shares a common grandparent with the late Solo, despite their vastly different histories.

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I've Been On Catster Since:
April 11th 2005 More than 11 years!

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Meet my family
Crystal (1976
- 1993)
Ch. PremadonaPepper"The
Rock"-Rest In
Lady Day
Solo-Shai (In
Loving Memory)
Ch. Dunedin
Dunedin CeeCee
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