September 5th 2009 7:20 am
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The new little monster has been named...Elise. Actually, that's her pseudonym, but what Mommy calls her rather than her pedigree name. Elise was finally let out of her cage today, after Mommy took her to the vet for a wellness check, and after we had a few days sniffing at her through the bars of her cage. I hiss at her as a matter of course, but the only cat I've bopped on the head so far today is Currier, who just gave me a puzzled look. Nobody takes me seriously.
Elise isn't so bad. The only thing that bothers me is that she gets to eat high protein wet food while we're stuck with kibble. Chibi is eating it too, since she's nursing four kittens. I guess I'm never going to nurse any kittens...
Elise may be the friendliest of all of us. I can hear her purring when Mommy picks her up. I myself purr too, but it's almost inaudible. Chibi's purr when nursing is so loud you can hear it in the next room. Elise hasn't shone any fraidy-cat traits since coming here--a good sign. I was never a fraidy-cat myself, just didn't realize that I was supposed to love Mommy. Now I do. So do Spike and Currier, although sometimes I wonder what's going through Leila's mind. She keeps to herself most of the time. She's at Breeder Daddy's right now to make some more of those (nasty, nasty) kittens, but no one seems to notice her absence. On the other hand, Leila is a perfect lady with perfect manners--no toilet misdeeds or scratching in inappropriate places for HER.
It looks like the cat show agenda has changed. Elise will go to the show at the end of this month, because it's easier for females to win ribbons when they are still kittens. Currier will go to a big show in January, when Chanan is again supposed to appear. Currier will probably be able to make Champion in that show, although it's going to be a big one. She doesn't need to be a Champion until she has kittens (looks better on the pedigree), and that won't be until next spring. Why am I the only one here who finds them irritating? Otherwise, we all get along pretty well for a multi-cat household. At least Spike and I don't have any issues. Sometimes he even grooms me.
Yesterday, Mommy saw the house that she's considering buying. It is enormous compared to our present apartment, and thus ideal for a cattery. It's also only 15 minutes away by car from her university. But it's set in the middle of nowhere, and Mommy likes to jump on her bicycle and go to the convenience store or a family restaurant at any hour she pleases. It's also set on a steep slope, and Mommy's hips don't like slopes. Mommy says that she'll feel isolated and may go crazy there--she likes being able to move around freely, and cycling is her one form of exercise and her way of getting rid of stress. But, so far, this is the only house she can (barely) afford the down payment on. With the house comes Breeder Daddy (not that he has much to contribute, money-wise); in other words, it looks like Mommy is sort of being pushed into this marriage according to HIS schedule (he has to get out of his present apartment in January, and if he doesn't go to live with Mommy, will have to return to his hometown). Mommy is on medical leave for depression, and stress worsens depression. Worrying about this fact is making Mommy even more nervous than she usually is. I suspect that she's more enthused about having a house and a cattery than about BD. She'll never tire of living in a house (not necessarily that one, though--it's more than 3 kilos from the station), but she has a tendency to lose interest in things she was once passionate about--Japanese dance, her research, and the men in her past (heh heh, they were all a sorry group). She'll never give up having cats, but she may tire of the cat world and keeping a cattery. They say it takes 10 years for a cattery to get going, and that many people who set up catteries give up after a certain number of years. It's a big responsibility, towards the cats and also towards their future owners. Of course, I'LL always be with her, but who can predict the future? Mommy also suspects that one reason BD wants to marry her is so he can continue breeding. I think both of them are more interested in us cats than in each other. Which may not be such a bad thing after all.
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Harvey buddy-looks like you are stuck with a bunch of girl cats... Ship yourself to Maine- I'd like a brother!!
But on the other hand "Fur Elise" is very beautiful, and she sounds very sweet. Sisfurs are not so very bad...and at least you have Spike.
Good luck to your Mama on the house!!!