|Purred: Wed Jan 5, '11 12:26pm PST |
|Thank you all for your nice responses! We are glad that Senka chose us as his new family, because really, we didn't go out looking for another cat intentionally. We were purrfectly happy with the 2 we already had. But we just couldn't turn this little guy away, nor was he going to let us, as he kept at our heels following us around with every step we took when we first found him in the driveway. I think we were awarded with his affection once we brought him some actual cat food and he could let go of that nasty old toad he was trying to eat. After that we couldn't get away from him.
We've been lucky that our other 2 cats seem to be accepting Senka into the fold. Not at first, mind you, but that is to be expected. There was growling and hissing going on for a few day and some batting of heads if they got too close to each other but no all out brawls. Now a week and a half later, I'm not hearing any more growling or hissing and they will sometimes all be at the food or water bowl together, peacefully.
We initially though Senka was a girl. But the more I looked the more I thought he might be a neutered male. The tip of his left ear has been cut off and a friend of mine mentioned that sometimes they do that to cats in feral colonies who have been caught, neutered and then released so it is easy to see who's been fixed and who hasn't. I was happy to find out that he was indeed a he and had already been neutered.
I thought he was a young cat, not even a year old yet. He's small and I knew he was underweight. But he has long legs and a long body and just looked like a young cat that still had some growing to do. I was surprised when the vet said she thought he was around 2 based on his teeth and the tartar that was there. So now, all 3 of the cats are around the same age. I look forward to many happy years ahead with these guys. I do wonder if being out in the wild and eating whatever they can catch/scavenge can make a cat's teeth "age". Speaking of his teeth, he has very long top fangs. You can seem them sometimes even when his mouth is closed. They're huge. He's like a little vampire kitty, lol.
Lowell, what you said about the possible Siamese in him could be accurate. Senka's build is lean and lanky, somewhat reminiscent of a Siamese. And even though I expect he'll put on a little weight, he's got a different build than my other 2 cats. I think he's always going to have a lean lanky look to him. His coloring is just so unique to me. His fur is very glossy and soft and smooth. He has absolutely no markings or striping patterns that I can see, not even ghosted ones.
He is a terrible little beggar! The second you open the fridge he's poking his nose in it. In fact, he sleeps on a throw rug right by the fridge so he can be right there as soon as the door opens. And watch out if you sit on the couch with any food. We definitely have to work on some manners with him. Senka is definitely not a lap cat, but he still craves and cherishes affection. Just has to be when HE wants it, lol. But isn't that the way it is with most cats?
Stacey, the Cat Mama
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