Nicknames: Van, Vanna, Ness, Pretty Ness, Silly Ness, Nessa
Birthday: October 6th 2004
Likes: mealtimes, playing with toys, sticking her head between the blinds at night and looking out the window, using the scratching post or just lounging on top of it
Pet-Peeves: Toffy, the Swiffer, the vacuum cleaner, having her teeth brushed
Favorite Toy: Pipecleaner toys
Favorite Nap Spot: She has many! Here are just a few: under the bed, on the big chair, under the coffee table, high up on top of the bookshelf in the living room, in the laundry basket on top of an old housecoat
Favorite Food: Raw meat! She likes it better than kibbles or canned food.
Skills: Scattering kitty litter, hissing, purring loudly, using the scratching post and scratching boards
Arrival Story: I adopted Vanessa in June 2006 from a local no-kill cat shelter where she had been dropped off along with her 8-week old kittens a few days earlier. Vanessa's previous home was in Surrey where she lived in a trailer with her family (which included several little kids and a dog). When I first saw Vanessa (or Creamcheese as she was called at the time) I was surprised at how small and thin she was and how little fur she seemed to have. Giving birth twice in a six-month period had obviously taken a toll on her. I am grateful that her previous family decided to bring her to the shelter the same week I had decided to adopt another cat, because otherwise who knows what might have happened next. Vanessa was spayed the day after I met her and came to live with Toffy and me the following day.
Bio: Vanessa is a beautiful white cat with green eyes and pale pink ears and nose. She has become much furrier than I ever expected; the fur on her head and around her face is especially soft to the touch... and you should see how fluffy her tail is. She is rather skittish, which means she's playful and energetic (I love watching her bounce off the scratching post) but does not like being held, brushed or petted much... and she doesn't hesitate to let me know it. That said, there are times when she lets me cradle her in my arms like a baby for the longest time all the while purring contentedly. I realize that Vanessa may have had to endure abuse from the little kids in her previous home, not to mention the mean streets when she managed to get outside. She has adjusted very well here and I am happy that she is part of the family.
This morning as soon as the stroller was taken out of the closet I ran to the bedroom and hid under the bed. Toffy wanted desperately to sit inside the stroller but it was all zipped up. I heard Mom calling me and telling me to hurry up. I stayed put under the bed despite being tempted by a little pink ball rolling towards me and the rattling of a container of kibbles (nice try, Mom, but I know what you’re up to!). Unfortunately, there was one thing that succeeded in making me come out from under the bed. I’d tell you what it was but I think I’ll save it for one of the questions in my next game.
At first when Mom put me inside the stroller I was meowing loudly in protest. I calmed down after a few minutes and quite enjoyed the cool but pleasant weather. We arrived just in time for the morning drop off period. The vet assistant weighed me. I weigh 3.45kg, which is 200g less than what I weighed at my last appointment in June. Mom filled out the paperwork, signed her name and went home, leaving me at the vet clinic.
About two hours later, the vet calls Mom and says she’s concerned about my weight loss and recommends doing a full blood panel so that it can be determined if there’s anything wrong with me. I’d go in for my dental appointment in two weeks. Mom agreed it would be safest to proceed in this manner.
I am a fussy eater sometimes and if I don’t like the food that’s being served I won’t eat it. Good thing we always have a variety of foods on hand so that if I won’t eat something (the usual suspects, which I won’t name here), I won’t have to starve. Some foods just have more liquid in them than others, which could mean that I’m getting fewer calories sometimes. Mom said she didn’t realize that I had lost weight and told the vet she’d feed me a few grams more at each meal.
One thing’s for sure: I’m not dieting. I did have to fast overnight due to the dental appointment, as did Toffy, to prevent me from eating his food. Mom fed Toffy this morning just before we left for the vet clinic.
So, to make a long story short, I got out of having to go to the dentist… sort of. I guess having your blood taken isn’t much fun either. Now I need purrs that my blood panel results turn out normal. If they don’t, I wonder… does that mean no dentist appointment?
Hey cats! Thanks for remembering me on my birthday! My page looks so much better with all the new rosettes and special gifts. I truly appreciate them and your friendship.
I do have some new photos to add to my page but have decided to wait until the issue with losing one’s CatsterPlus Photo Book is resolved. I don’t want to end up being a non-Plus member like Toffy. So you’ll just have to wait before you can see some cute new photos of me, including a few with Toffy.
Wish me luck and purr for me today (Tuesday, October 7th) as I have a dental appointment that I am not looking forward to. I shall enlist Toffy to assist me in making it difficult for Mom to get me inside the stroller in the morning. I can just hear Mom saying “What are those cats up to now?” MOL!
It seems that commenting on diary entries is not working. Too bad because I wanted to do a new game in my diary with some cool prizes to choose from. Let me know if you’d be interested in playing once things get fixed around here.
My latest meowbox arrived last month but it wasn’t until this morning that Mom opened it for me.
There was something in the box that captured my attention instantly and I soon succeeded in chewing a hole in the package of Nutrience Natural Chicken and Herring kibbles. Mom took it away from me and transferred the contents into two small plastic storage containers. Then I proceeded to attack the bag of Pure Bites freeze dried chicken treats. Mom gave me a few to eat before storing them in a plastic container.
This meowbox also contained three different cat toys and a pink food bowl!
Two of the toys (one is a mousie and the other must be a snow leopard) are handmade in Mongolia by women in rural herding communities. The purchase of these toys “supports snow leopard conservation and provides support for impoverished families who share the cats’ habitat”. You can find more information at Snow Leopard Trust: www.snowleopard.org
There was also a pink fabric shrimp toy (the exact same colour as my ears!) filled with catnip from an Etsy store called “Crazy About Catnip”.
The most unexpected item was the pink food bowl called a BecoBowl. It is rather small but the sides are cut a bit lower to allow for whiskers. The labels says “perfect shape for rabbits". BecoBowls are made from bamboo and rice husks and are eco-friendly.
You may not be aware but Toffy needs a new food bowl and Mom has been unable to find anything appropriate. So she visited the www.becothings.com website and yes they do have a food bowl designed especially for cats! What puzzles me now is why I got a food bowl for rabbits when I’m obviously a cat! It’s true that I do kind of look like a rabbit at times but how would the people at meoxbox know that?