Likes: Playing fetch with string or mice, watching birds, being dramatic, talking
Pet-Peeves: other female cats if they get too close (she likes to be the queen!)
Favorite Toy: pieces of string (she likes gold, stretchable string the best), toy mice
Favorite Nap Spot: On the desk, in the window, under the big plant in the dining room, at the top of the stairs so that she can watch over everything, on the counter, in the middle of anything we're doing :)
Favorite Food: Almost anything, though she doesn't really like table food. She pretends to be interested, "asks" us to share with her, but usually won't eat anything we give her from our plates. Maybe we need to serve her at the table--I think she would like that.
Skills: She fetches like a puppy, she can open the back screen door, and she can meow/cry louder than a small child. ;) She can be a bit of a drama queen at times, but she is very sweet, loveable and totally loyal to her people!
Arrival Story: One day, while I was out shopping, I happened to notice that Planned Pethood was having an event at a local pet store (I was living in Toledo, Ohio at the time). All of a sudden, I thought, huh--I should go have a look. I'd only every now and again thought about getting a cat, since I wasn't really allowed to have one at my apartment. I pulled in and headed to the display. One woman had Chora (then named "Brenda") out on her lap, and I was immediately struck by how furry and pretty she was, and how shy she was, also. It seemed like she hadn't quite grown into her fur yet-- she looked a little too fluffy for her own good! ;) They let me hold her, and she was very sweet, very calm. They said that she had spent the first year of her life roaming around SE Michigan, and she had been roughed up quite a bit before she came to the shelter. I decided right then and there that yes, I was getting a cat, and Chora would be the one! A very spontaneous decision, but not a difficult one, since I always knew I would have cats in my adult years, as I grew up with so many of them (see Chora's family :) ). They gave me a cardboard pet carrier, which she hated, and I took her home. She was pretty spooked at first, but she gradually came to get to know the place, and almost immediately started sleeping on my bed.
In 2001, Chora made the move with us to Massachusetts, and she is proud to have lived in three states.
Bio: Chora is the queen of the house, and she has a hand in the household decisions, although she doesn't herself pay rent. ;) She tends to nap a lot during the day, espeically in the hot summer (poor baby and her very thick coat!). If there's anything going on, though, she usually has to take part. Sometimes she's afraid of new guests, but usually, she wants to be seen and adored. ;)
She is *very* attentive. She will look you in the eye, as if she is conversing with you, and she will respond to your voice with her own "meows." I think she believes she is our equal. :)
Today is my birthday! I am seven years old! I just got special wet food, which is nice...though I know that birthday time also means vet time, so I am no-doubt headed for that scary place sometime soon. Today, however, we will celebrate my birthday!
Wow, it's been quite a while since I have written! It's winter now, and my coat is even thicker than usual, if you can believe it, and I haven't been exercising as much as I should. I'm enjoying long naps around the house and staring out at the snow.
Yesterday, we got a piano! I saw them move it in with a strange man--I watched from the basement, through my kitty door They made me stay down there while the door was open.
The piano is pretty neat. I've already played it, in fact, I was the very first one to play it. I hit a couple of notes with my paws, and I think it sounded really good, if I do say so myself.
My grandparents have been visiting my mom, dad and me in Massachusetts. It's always fun when they visit, because they pay a lot of attention to me! They brought me a catnip mouse, which I really like, and they are always wondering where I am--they always want me to hang out with them, which is nice, and when I'm in the room, they pay the most attention to me. That's how it should be, I think. ;) They all left for a couple of days--from all of the books and maps around the house, I gather that they went to Cape Cod. It's okay that I didn't get to go--the ocean really isn't my thing. They seem to have had a good time, and they have been around this morning, which is nice becasue that means we get to keep the windows open. There's a nice breeze today, and it's *almost* as good as being outside. Well, that's not true--nothing is quite that good. Yesterday evening, grandma, grandpa and mom took me outside on a leash. I *hate* the leash! Why do they make me wear it? Yes, true, I might get distracted for a while, chasing bugs or watching birds, or climbing every tree that I see, and I might wander off a little bit, but they worry too much. Mom put the collar on me just tight enough so that I couldn't get out of it! I was pretty upset about that. At one point, I darted for the trees, and the leash slipped through grandma's hands. I thought I was free, but then dad came out and got me. I spent some more time around the gardens after that, since the humans seem okay as long as I stay close to the house. I looked around Gary, Cassie & Enigma's garden, too. It has lots of weeds like my garden, and I was surprised to find a litter box in there! It was sideways, though, like it's out of order. Cassie and Enigma watched me from their back door. I didn't mind so much, since they mostly just seemed interested in what I was doing. I suppose I am a little scary to them, since I am bigger and very furry. We didn't fight or anything, and I think mom and dad should realize that as long as I get my way all the time, I won't cause any trouble like that. ;) I didn't see Gary at all, and my grandma and grandpa were wondering about him.
Okay, well, I'm off to take a nap now! I will write more some other time.