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.
Toffy has this really bad habit of sneaking up on me when I’m eating and shoving me out of my food bowl. What bad manners! Can’t he eat his own food and let me eat in peace? After all, we’re usually eating the exact same thing and he always gets a bigger serving than me!
His strategy is to come over to my food station after he has eaten more than half of his own meal. He pushes me aside and eats what’s left of my meal. Mom does try to stop him if she’s there but Toffy is a persistent cat and often, like this morning, she does not succeed. I usually have no other option but to go and eat his food.
This morning I didn’t feel like eating anymore and went directly to the living room. I think Mom felt bad that I had my breakfast ruined, so she picked up Toffy’s food bowl (which still had plenty of food in it) and put it down in front of me on the carpet.
“Here, Vanessa, eat this!” she said.
This morning’s fare was Go! Grain Free Duck Pâté served with Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Fowl Ball (chicken and turkey au jus recipe). It was okay but nothing special, which was why I had bypassed Toffy’s food station on my way to the living room.
Well cats, guess what? I approached the food, sniffed it… and ate it. All of it.
You’re surprised? So am I. And so was Toffy. He returned to the kitchen and saw that his food bowl was missing. When he found it in the living room, it was empty. Ha-ha! That teaches him a lesson! I think I ended up eating a bigger breakfast than he did!
Today I threw up a hairball. It took Mom a while to notice it but when she did she immediately went into cleaning mode.
Mom might not agree, but I think my hairball was a good thing because after cleaning the affected area on the carpet with Nature’s Miracle, she gathered up the cat mat on which my hairball had landed (it’s the cream-coloured one with the sheep on it, which you can see in a few of my photos), as well as some other things of ours that were getting kind of grubby (let’s see… the snooze sack that Toffy is always lying on these days, the mat that Toffy barfed on a few weeks ago and that kept on being left at the bottom of the dirty laundry basket, and the old beach towel that’s currently in my carrier), and after applying stain remover to a few specific areas, she tossed them all in the washing machine. They later went in the dryer and came out nice and clean.
So, yeah, Mom can thank me because my hairball got the laundry done.
P.S. I almost didn’t catch that I had written “snooze snack” instead of “snooze sack”! MOL!
Hey, cats! Guess what? I just earned 25 Zealies by playing the Dog Breed Photo Game over on Dogster! What a cool surprise! And to think that I’m not even a very good player!
Here’s a chance for you to earn 25 Zealies too! All you have to do is guess my current longest streak (the highest number of correct answers I got in a row before getting an incorrect answer) on the Dog Breed Photo Game.
Rules of the game:
- To win the 25 Zealies, you have to be the first cat to guess the exact number of my current longest streak on the Dog Breed Photo Game.
- Each cat can have 3 guesses.
- For each guess I’ll say either “higher” or “lower” or “You win!”
Since you’ll also see the other cats’ answers in my diary comments, this should make the game easier. If you have more than one family member playing your chances of winning will be greater… or maybe not.
Good luck and have fun playing!
Update: I'll now be giving away 100 Zealies to the cat with the winning answer!!