Likes: Extremely fond of belly rubs! Also likes hot pink nail caps to match her nose, spying on humans as much as possible, and door mats for scratching.
Pet-Peeves: Loud noises, except when she makes them; being picked up when she's busy.
Favorite Toy: Soft glittery toy balls (attack! attack!); catnip mousies.
Favorite Nap Spot: Plush, newly reupholstered love seat (only the best!).
Favorite Food: Baby food turkey sticks--especially the liquid in the jar.
Skills: Singing soprano (critics have praised her ability to hit the high notes); speed racing (zoom!); interior decoration (carefully sheds white hair on black furniture and black hair on white); knows how to walk while sitting down!
Arrival Story: A new shelter opened in our town. When we went for a visit, Athena interviewed us and told the clerk that she wished to hire us as permanent attendants.
After supervising their humans all day, many kitties probably assume that once the humans are in bed, it’s finally safe to leave them unattended and go on to more important business, like checking the windows to see if any strangers are prowling around the home territory or making sure that all the chairs and sofas get freshly decorated with cat fur. But, in fact, humans need care at night as well as during the daytime!
First of all, humans tend to wander—they don’t stay where you put them. Especially, at night, they tend to get up to make visits to the human litter box, during which trips they are extremely likely to bump into things and hurt themselves because, let’s face it, their vision is inferior to ours. I find that this problem can be solved by providing the meandering human with a kitty escort, making sure to herd him or her in the right direction, and, by getting in the way, also reminding the human of the need to be careful.
Second, humans are prone to nightmares of various sorts, and these cause them distress. An attentive kitty will intervene to end the nightmare and soothe the human involved. Fur example, my dad grew up in a country where there was a war going on. Even now, decades later, he occasionally dreams that he is being chased by enemy soldiers, and he starts muttering noisily to himself, thus disturbing the quiet of the home. But a few swipes from my tail across his silly head generally sweep these pesky soldiers away so peace is restored!
Nightmares are not the only bad things that flit through wayward human brains at night. There are bad thoughts, too. An example of a bad thought would be something like my mom thinking, as she drifts off to sleep, “Hmm, that kitty jumping up and down on my tummy is kind of heavy. Maybe the vet wasn’t wrong when he suggested a diet with fewer treats. . . .” Meow! A few tail swipes can get rid of that kind of nastiness, too.
So, despite the extra trouble, it’s not a good idea to leave your humans alone at night. An attentive kitty will be sure to keep careful watch over them!
I wish dad would stop referring to me as his "sweet little warrior princess."
I am not a sweet little warrior princess. I am a tough, strong, fierce little warrior princess, and he'd better keep that in mind!
When I bring a catnip mousie or a long, snaky leaf from the dracena plant into the bedroom at night and wake him up, that's not a lullaby I am singing--it's a Victory Song. Hail to the mighty warrior, successful in battle! Hail to me!
It was a gigantic bird, bigger than me, and it was sitting on my front lawn surrounded by seven or eight smaller birds that looked like it! It had a huge tail that dragged on the grass! What could it be? I flipped my tail back and forth, filled with anxiety. What if that huge bird got into my palace?
Mom said I shouldn’t be scared—it was just a wild turkey, with turkey kittens, and it wouldn’t be coming inside. But I’m not so sure!