June 6th 2010 3:04 am
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Well, since my Harvard career is on the back burner for the nonce, I named my four surviving kittens (yes, it was a difficult birth...) Harvard, Radcliffe, Lowell, and Quincy. Quincy has a heart condition that prevents him from being sold. Like my sister Leila, he's always there, somewhere, but one never really knows exactly where. Compounding the problem is the fact that he looks exactly like Lamont, one of Leila's children; I know them by their scent, but scent-challenged Mother has to use her eyes, and has trouble telling them apart: both are very dark red tabbies and rather small.
Harvard is also a red tabby, but he has a white muzzle (a white muzzle doesn't make you a red tabby and white; you have to have white feet and a bib to be that). Lowell (male) and Radcliffe (female) are both brown tabby and white. Radcliffe looks remarkably like Elise, except for a little diamond of white on her nose and a sweeter expression.
Two months ago, all three went to a cat show. Harvard and Lowell are neutered, so became Premiers. Radcliffe, who is intact, became a Champion, following in the pawsteps of all the senior cats in our cattery. Mother can't bear to part with Harvard (I could care less--I hiss and swipe at him whenever I have a chance), and thinks Radcliffe would make another could queen for her cattery. Lowell is actually a very good cat--got his tall ears and strong muzzle from Umesaburo, and his expressive eyes from my side of the family.
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Glad to hear the kids did well at the cat show! Congratulations!
I guess I would be a red tabby and white, but I don't really have too many tabby markings, other than on my head. We weren't bred properly, so if we ever went to a cat show, we'd be laughed out of there! Mum thinks I'm gorgeous, though, and that's what counts, I guess!