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Picture of Penelope, a female Tonkinese

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"Nice and Cushy!"

Home:Portland, OR  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 8 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 7 lbs.

Little Cozy Knot

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"Little Cozy Knot"

These Tonkinese Cat seeds I planted bloomed nicely!

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"These Tonkinese Cat seeds I planted bloomed nicely!"

Another shot of the blossoming Tonk

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"Another shot of the blossoming Tonk"

Mistaking the cabana roof for a hammock.

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"Mistaking the cabana roof for a hammock."

Me with the kumihimo cord Mom made me.

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"Me with the kumihimo cord Mom made me."

Bellies Rule!

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"Bellies Rule!"

Snoozin in the sunbeam.

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"Snoozin in the sunbeam."

Perfect Relaxation

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"Perfect Relaxation"

Mom says I

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"Mom says I'm an angel with fur."

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Penny, Penny Girl, Angel, Sweetie, Nirvana with Fur, Mirth Monkey

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:

August 20th 2006


Climbing to the highest places she can get to

Going out of the house without bringing her along

Favorite Toy:
Neko Flies Kragonfly

Favorite Nap Spot:
Curled up on our couch with her sister Minuette and mom, or next to the heater

Favorite Food:
Friskies Whitefish and Tuna

She loves to open up cupboards and drawers, and especially to get behind them (I've wished that I could get it all on video, as she's amazingly good at getting practically *any* drawer open)


Arrival Story:
After losing my cat Bliss, I knew I wanted a cat with a similar personality, and researched breeds with that in mind. Also, my autistic niece comes over to visit, and I wanted to make sure the cat was friendly and not scared of children. I contacted breeders, and serendipitously not just one but two Tonkinese sisters seemed perfect. Penelope was said to be incredible with children, even to the point of preferring them to adults. Once I met her, though, it was her incredibly affectionate nature that got to my heart.

She is extremely playful in a wonderfully daffy sense, and also has a deep need to explore, always seeking new horizons and places. For this reason, since she is an indoor cat, we got a pet stroller, which she loves to go for rides in. She has the most beautiful deep purr as well: absolutely heaven to hold. Fortunately she likes to be held, so I am extremely blessed by her sweet self. She is also extremely talkative when she wants to explore. If I come with her to open doors or help her up to the high places she chatters to me while she explores, giving me a running commentary. She also gives me a lot of extra purrs when I take her into the garage, which is sort of a magic forbidden place to her, though I don't let her go loose. She's wonderful fun to be with.

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My Life as a Mirth Monkey

I had an adventure (and scared Nana half to death.)

January 8th 2014 6:07 pm
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It was a blustery cold afternoon a few days ago, and Nana had come in from outside. She didn't push the door fully closed, but just enough that she knew we couldn't get out. The problem was that while she was around the corner a gust of wind blew the thing wide open, so I saw my chance. When she got back and saw the door open--and me nowhere to be found--she panicked! She closed the door and looked everywhere--she even went downstairs to Mom to explain the crisis--but I was nowhere to be found. It was a cold day, so Nana was really worried. Finally she went back to the door and opened it again, and there I was on the doorstep! She was very grateful I was okay. But now every time anyone goes to open that door I follow them trying to make a break for it. And I am impatient if Mom insists that I be carried outside instead of going out on my own like I want to. Mom tries to tell me it's dangerous with cars and dogs and coyotes, but I've got a rambling heart, and there it is.
Mom is seriously considering making me wear a collar, needless to say, although--thank heavens--I am chipped. Mom just has to make sure the tags on the collar don't make noise when they bump each other: the one time Mom put a collar with a bell on it I freaked out from the noise. So although it's nice to know where I am by the jingling noise, that isn't an option when you have PTSD.


Mom really does love me!

January 4th 2014 2:26 pm
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I knew Nana loves me, and Mom does come up each night to focus on me for Nana's tuck in ritual, but I really knew it when Mom made sure to keep the toys I really liked from Christmas presents upstairs in my territory, meaning they're mine and not Minnie's. Plus, she comes up in the middle of the night with Minnie, but she lets me sit in her lap and spends extra time focusing on me even though Minnie's around and trying to get her attention!
Here are the toys we got for Christmas I really love, and Mom is letting me keep:

Pet Stages Tower of Tracks: took me a little time to warm up to this one, but now I love it and use it all the time.

Toys-R-Us Pop-Up Tri-Tunnel: Mom kept it upstairs! We both like it, but it's a perfect shape for the living room, so Mom's keeping it there. She even went to extra effort to replace the elastic toy ties I chewed through with the jingle ball at the end, so now I can chew on the new cord without chewing through it.

Cat-It Design Senses Super Roller Circuit: Okay, at first this was a bomb, as the hilly portions made it hard to play with: the holes on top were too small to allow our paws in to get the ball over the hills. Mom was taking it apart to give away, but I kept hanging around with Minnie as she did so, and seemed very intent on it. So Mom held up one of the track pieces up to me and said that if I rubbed my face on the track piece she would know I wanted it and could keep it. I not only rubbed my face on it, but gave it a nibble. Mom then got the brilliant idea of taking the hilly portions out and making a small circle out of just the flat pieces. Now both of us love it, but Mom says it's really mine. Mom jokes that maybe she needs to donate the circle she made of the leftover hilly portions without a ball to the Inhumane Society. Talk about a Sisyphus cat toy!

Davison Whack-A-Mouse: I love this, not because it's inexpensive (which it is) but because it gives me quality one-on-one time with Mom. It's low tech: there's a plush mouse on a wooden stick that Mom puts through the side of a box with holes in it, making the mouse pop up through them. First thing after we got it I bit the nose off! MOL It's really fun, though we prefer that Mom keeps the open side of the box towards us, because she's not fooling anyone if she thinks that we won't notice that she's the one holding the stick that makes the mouse move.

Finally, Petlinks Systems Flash Dance flashing ball. Mom ordered this early, but it turned out that the one she ordered first had a dead battery, so she ordered another one from a different vendor, as she knew we'd like it. The first time she put it in front of me I immediately swatted underneath the couch. Mom retrieved it and took it away because she thought that maybe she should take it somewhere it wouldn't go underneath furniture so easily. But the next time she went into the living room, I kept swatting underneath the couch in the desperate hope I would find it there. Mom took the hint and brought it back up, since it meant so much to me. Obviously, within 20 seconds of bringing it back I swatted it underneath the couch again, but Mom patiently retrieved it and I've loved it ever since.

Probably by now you see why we had such a good Christmas, and a better idea of what some of the toys out there are like. I'm kind of timid, and don't like the motorized toys as much as Minnie, so these are good for a quiet but playful cat.
Finally I've got my very own room full of toys that Minnie can't take!


Monkeying with Birds

October 13th 2013 6:35 pm
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We had a nice Fall day about a week ago, so Mom took me out on the deck. Minnie has in hibernation-mode somewhere else. It was just me, so Mom wasn't paying close attention. We have a tray bird-feeder on the deck, and we love it, but she has to be a party-pooper and warn the birds when she finds out we're in stalking mode. This time she wasn't paying enough attention. The one thing I didn't know about jumping onto bird seed is that it's kind of to cats like marbles are to humans. After Mom saw me dash (the bird got away) she yelled "Penny!" at me then cracked up laughing. I was in the feeder flattened with legs splayed out in four directions! Not my proudest moment, but I learned something, or at least Mom hopes I did.

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