Likes: String. (he ate 3 feet of it this past summer! We had to visit the vet on that one)
Pet-Peeves: Having his belly or face touched, having people touch his paws.
Favorite Toy: string. or anything that's hiding under a rug/blanket/ in a box.
Favorite Nap Spot: He cycles through nap spots throughout the year - he has a cat bed under the piano bench in the piano room, a cat bed under the TV in the living room, and numerous beds where he can burrow under the covers.
Skills: He dips his paws in the water bowl to wash them after using the litter box. Knows the commands "out" and "shoo-shoo-shoo" (which means "you need to return to the deck/ you are too far away")
Arrival Story: He followed me home from the school bus stop with a broken jaw, and talked his way in.
After nourishing him back to health with special nutrient paste from the vet, his fur grew plush again, and on happy days he races around the house like his tail's on fire!
But, after those mysterious injuries so long ago, he now occasionally has seizures and requires medicine twice a day. We still love him!
He has an unnatural affinity for string and anything string-like, so we have to be extra careful to keep it away from him - he once swallowed 3 feet of curling ribbon! It took him a week to cough it back up, we are thankful it did not cause more damage.
As he grew older, healed, and met Bandit (the one cat that regularly goes outside,) he began wanting to go outside too. First we let him out only on a harness and leash, and as he became knowledgeable of the garden and 'relearned' how to be a cat outside, we can now usually let him out unescorted and unleashed for short periods. He particularly loves to go outside and bask on the deck in the summer, napping for hours.
Much of the time, he wants outside just so he can eat grass, which was his original motivation for going outside (like string, he will easily eat too much grass and it will end up on the carpet.)
Bandit seems to slowly be teaching him all the ways to be an essential cat - she taught him to chase leaves down the driveway this fall (2013) and got him interested in going places beyond the deck and garden.
(Jan 2nd 2014) he has been observing my mom prepare boiled chicken or turkey for Bandit (she has to be grain-free with meal supplement to keep her digestion.) He now demands chicken when he didn't before.
(June 13th 2015) Chester recently made a heroic effort with a surgery this past April to remove fibrosarcoma from his leg. However, the tumors have returned, so now, Chester will be treated like royalty, until he says he is ready to go.
Bio: Along with the seizures, Chester seems to lack a strong sense of smell or taste - in the beginning, we had to keep the cat food in the exact same location, or he would not understand where the food is.
He learned, and learns, about food seemingly by watching the other cat(s) - that is how he learned to sit and beg by the dinner table, or sit by us when we snack on the couch, or to eat what we drop in the kitchen, or even to demand chicken. He learns more every year, including such fun things as chasing a feather duster, or going outside in the garden.