Likes: To be held like a baby - in your arms and on her back. Sunshine while in your arms. You talking to her while in your arms. To be brushed while being held. To sleep on your chest. To be in your lap. To be with you and everyone.
Pet-Peeves: Her mean sister Blair
Favorite Toy: She doesn't do toys
Favorite Nap Spot: Inside her little teepee/tent under the dining table. On top of the living room chair. In a clothes basket. In a storage container.
Favorite Food: Anything dry - she will not eat canned cat food
Skills: She will come to you while you are sitting, put her front paws up in the air and onto you (just like a child) so that you will hold her. In the last year of her life she became increasingly blind and navigated like a superstar - it never got her down
Arrival Story: When I moved to a new house back in 1992, a few months later this very skinny, sweet and timid grey kitty came by. I of course coaxed her to feed her. At first she was just an outside cat as she did not want to come inside. Within a few years she was a full time indoor kitty.
Bio: Gremlin is a little 'touched.' It is my guess she suffered malnutrition as a kitten and possibly had a head injury (and the vet agrees). Her pupils are almost always dialated - a lot more than they should be - even when it is bright. She is a bit slow with some things and does 'special' things that other kitties just don't do.
What a fragile little sweetheart she is!
Inspiring: On March 4th 2013, my forever kitty of almost 25 years (20 with me), left us in the most graceful way possible thanks to an amazing house-call vet.
Gremlin gave others remarkable happiness - people who did not even like cats loved her and would ask about her years later. Then again, she wasn't really a cat - she wasn't mischevious, she wasn't even really curious, she didn't like wet cat food, she didn't like catnip, she didn't like cat treats, she didn't like milk, she didn't like cat toys, she didn’t like climbing trees and she didn't use the litter box (puppy pads etc. all the way). What she liked was love. What she loved was love.
She was the most inspiring creature I've ever known, and if you ever met her, you would never forget her or her profound effect that required she do absolutely nothing. Such a simple creature that radiated innocence, trust, gentleness, and unconditional love like no other. How very lucky I was, and am, to have loved her and been loved by her.