Likes: Resting with my Dad; looking out the window at ducks, birds, etc.; working in my studio, appropriately named "Samba Studios" - Meow!
Pet-Peeves: When the chow bowl is empty. Also, being left alone.
Favorite Toy: "Canvas Mouse". I also like watching the cartoon series "Top Cat".
Favorite Nap Spot: The cat bed by the window and on the couch next to my Dad.
Favorite Food: Fancy Feast
Skills: Holding press conferences. Dictation.
Arrival Story: I was living with a girl in an apartment complex in Birmingham when she decided to make me be an outside kitty. I was kind of on my own then. I decided that I should make friends with as many people as I could so I'd be sure of always having someone to take care of me. This one guy seemed like a soft touch. He started giving me food and even let me into his apartment sometimes. Then winter came and he asked the girl what would happen to me in the cold weather. She told him to take me if he wanted to. I have lived with my Dad ever since.
Bio: Dad made me move from Birmingham to Atlanta for a few years, but we came back to Birmingham in 2003. It is good to be back home. I love the State of Alabama. I'm a fan of the Crimson Tide because I was born in Alabama. My Dad likes LSU. Of course, as a cat raised in the south, I enjoy watching college football. Reese Witherspoon is my favorite actress (see "Sweet Home Alabama" -- my favorite movie).
I love fresh chicken and fish.
I am very proud of my breed--the Siamese...especially Sealpoints.
For my ninth birthday, my friend Trish got me a new collar: it is a patriotic theme with red and blue stripes and white stars all the way around it. It has one red and one blue bell and it matches my flag ID tag very nicely. When my Dad first told me a long time ago that Siam does not exist anymore, I was a bit bummed out. But now I am very proud to be an American Siamese.
I enjoy music, mostly southern rock bands: (Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynard, the Allman Brothers Band, and Mobile's Wet Willie, featuring Jimmy Hall, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Beatles). A few of my favorite tunes are: "Sweet Home Alabama"; "Alabama" (Neil Young); Johnny Angel; "Ain't Wasting Time No More" (Allman Brothers); "Birmingham" (Randy Newman); "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (Eagles); "Dixie Rock" (Wet Willie); "Take the Highway" (Marshall Tucker Band); and "Wichita Lineman". I also like "Please, Please Me" by the Beatles, which, obviously, goes hand in hand with my motto, "I'm very pleased". My musical taste is a lot less diversified than my Dad's.
In 2006 I had to go on a fairly strict 'Catkins' diet consisting of only Fancy Feast wet food. On June 24, 2006, I weighed 28 pounds. The vet said I had to lose weight. Dad worked hard to decide what kind of diet would work. He decided on no dry food, only Fancy Feast wet--the lowest carb ones. As of February 24, 2007, I was down to 20.2 pounds. Dad, the vet, and all my friends were very proud and happy. I do still love food, though.
As of May, 2007, my weight was 18 pounds. At that point, Dad began to add back about 1/3 to 3/8 cup of dry food a day to my diet to see how that would go. I was quite excited the first time I got dry food again! Now, however, I seem to be adding weight again, and I need to cut back. You know how hard that is for a cat who loves to eat.
There is a Wendy's at the end of my street, and for many years it was my dream to stroll down there and order a cheeseburger. However, people who should know claim that at my rate of speed, I would be rather fortunate to get there before the drive- thru closes. So, as part of my ninth birthday celebration, Dad drove with me through the drive-thru and bought me an Wendy's Single burger. Even though I was not really up to eating it, I enjoyed the experience of going through the drive-thru. Since then, I have had several more burger treats from Wendys on special occasions--like my tenth birthday. I also get one when I have to go to the vet or if Dad goes away for a weekend. I had one this year when I turn eleven as well.
I am a very laid back kitty, though. I'm a very sweet cat. I love my Dad, as well as my New England friend, "Trish" ("Phoebe's Mommy"). At my recent vet checkup, I was given a clean bill of health. As a senior cat, I still have my playful moments. I'm most pleased with my life in Alabama.
Like most cats, I notice the passage of time, but our daily routines should be the same each day. That isn't always the case for our caretakers (i.e., My Dad).
I catch a bit of television now and then. I hear my Dad mention things about his friends. Some of them need prayers answered. One of his dear friends, Mary Kathryn, has cancer. I cross my paws each night that she overcomes her illness.
I also cross my paws for my Dad, my Trish, Phoebe, and other cats in my family, as well as my girlfriend, "Star" (another traditional applehead sealpoint siamese who lives in Birmingham). Star's sister, Dragon, is currently battling some variation of asthsma.
God knows I love my home. I try not to sweat the small stuff, or sweat at all, for that matter. I think when you get to be my age, peace and quiet are paramount. Of course, it goes without saying that cats need love, a good safe home with a/c, soft places to sleep, and lots of toys and fresh chow. Oh, one more thing: treats!
I know I don't post diary entries very often. Afterall, I am a good writer and communicator. Just ask Phoebe, who know seems to want to participate at my press conferences. Something about the Collahs for Dollahs Pet Collahs Company. She knows I look good in my collar. Ok, before I start to sound like a prima donna, I will bring this attempt at social literature to a close by saying that I hope all my feline friends and their respective owners have a great holiday season and a festive 2010.
I'm very pleased.
I have always felt that what I have to say is important and relevant...but Dad does not always agree. Fortunately, the smart people of Catster see my true value as a commentator on our times and have selected me as a diary pick of the day. I am honored.
Speaking of which, I would like to, on this Memorial Day, express my gratitude to all of the men and women who have served our country. Dad tells me that his Dad (who is in heaven) served in WWII.) I love America, as I have said. I love my new red, white, and blue flag collar which was a birthday present from my friend Trish (Phoebe's Mommy.) I am very proud of all of our military personnel. I particularly want to thank all of the moms and dads of the cats here on Catster who are serving our country.
I cross my paws every night and purr for all of you.
Here are the rules:
Each player starts with seven random facts about himself/herself. Cats who are tagged need to write in their own diaries about the seven things and the rules. You need to choose seven cats to tag and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment that they have been tagged and to read your diary.
Here are my random facts:
1. I get an allowance of $3 per week. I keep it in a brown wallet in a drawer. I use it when I want to get a present for someone.
2. I lost 10 pounds in 1 year on the Catkins diet of Fancy Feast. I am very pleased. However, my Dad had bet that the Eagles would release their next album when I lost 10 pounds. Ha ha. He didn't think either would happen! Well, I lost the 10 pounds, but, so far, no album.
3. Dad recently took me to the drive-thru of Wendys while I was sick and got me an All-American burger. I was sad that I was not feeling well enough to eat it, even though the drive-thru was fun. So, last week, I made Dad go down and get me another burger now that I am better. I enjoyed having a piece of that!
4. I am very fond of Tiki and her boxing video. I was surprised to learn that her Mom once lived in Birmingham.
5. In my youth, my ambition was to be in the Siamese Cat Calendar. Some people used to say I was too cross eyed, then I was too heavy, and now I am just too old. But, I still get the calendar every year.
6. I like Katie Couric, even though her news show is doing very poorly in the ratings.
7. I like cats who wear collars and I often give collars as gifts. I have also given an ugly red mouse that vibrates whe you pull a string to several cats as gifts. Its actual name is "Vibrating Mouse," however, I renamed it UGLY Vibrating Mouse...or UVM for short.
I am tagging these seven cats: