Saturday, June 17, 2006
Miss Patty Petunia
Greg asked me thru a comment on my previous post about our animals, so I thought it would be fun to introduce one or two of them each week for any and all of you who might find it interesting, and for those of you who love animals, like myself.
Tonight's picture is of Petunia. I sometimes call her Patty Petunia. We were given Petunia, her sister and brother last April. A guy that works w/ my husband found them at the corniche after their mother had been hit by a car, brought them to work and my husband offered to adopt them, after I begged, of course! ;) Thankfully he loves cats too.... cuz if not, I think it would be difficult to explain to family, friends and such about our animals. She, her sister and brother were prob six wks old when we got them. They all had eye infections and were sick. We nursed them back to health and they're all very healthy now. We have baby pics of them someplace... I wish I had some to post right now. I love kittens, actually all little baby animals, and these sweet things were no exception.
Oh yeah, we have nine cats and four birds. We shipped six cats here from the States three years ago. My beloved, sweet angel, Chloe, died last July - she was one I brought from the States. We have adopted four since then, including Petunia, her sister and brother.
Petunia's a really sweet little girl. She's black with yellow eyes. No one knows that we have a black cat. If my in-laws found out, they wouldn't be happy, especially my MIL. She believes that black cats are jins and do evil things. I don't believe this and have posted about this before..... I find it best to tell people if they're interested and, if not, then to leave well enough alone. I love black cats and find them to be so sweet natured. Petunia is very sweet but more high strung than other black cats I've been around, but usually I've seen the personalities of boys. I think girl cats, in general, are more temperamental and high strung than boys.... boy cats are more laid back and usually aren't as moody. And ppl say that cats aren't like ppl! hehehe I think cats are very smart... even tho many may disagree w/ me. We have a couple that aren't real bright, but most of them are quite intelligent.
Petunia's very talkative, loves to whine, and her most favorite thing is haleeb (milk), or I call it haleebies for her. I know they say not to give cats milk because after a certain age their bodies can't digest it and it'll cause diarrhea, but she loves it so much that I just can't deny her. And... from what I can tell, it doesn't cause her any probs. In the mornings, she loves to drink my leftover milk from my cereal. She'll wait patiently until I'm finished, sometimes being so anxious that she'll prop herself up to look in the bowl... I guess to ensure that I haven't finished everything. She also loves soft food. I usually give the kitties a treat in the afternoons after we come home from work. She prefers a bowl all of her own and sometimes refuses to eat unless I give her one... and I usually pamper her and give in to her wants and needs! When she was a baby kitten, she wouldn't eat, so I would give her morsels of food, one piece at a time, so that she'd eat... this is prob where her stubbornness comes from. I still sometimes do this and she loves it.
Most of our cats take treats from my fingers and prefer that I drop one at a time into their mouths... but her brother, Wilson, forcibly takes them from my fingers... preferring to snatch them from me before any of the others can get to them. He's a brat.
Petunia is quite fit, which is prob from all the exercise she gets during the day. She, her sister and brother chase each other around the house.... running at top speed usually. She loves to go downstairs and cry deeply at the bottom of the stairs until you call to her. She gets this after Aimee, one of our older cats. She doesn't like to be held and will cry like you're killing her until you put her down. She loves to be rubbed but only when she wants it. She loves to be licked and cleaned by Aimee... I'm assuming that she thinks Aimee is her mother. If I'm rubbing her and Aimee walks in the room, she'll leave me to go to her in an instant. Aimee loves to lick her... sometimes even biting her to make her stay still. It's the cutest thing to watch. They all lay together and sleep together, and snuggle in the winter. Petunia will get under the covers and sleep in the winter but hardly ever does it during the summer months.
She loves to go outside and eat the grass, but since it's summer I haven't been letting them out. The fleas are really bad here and they wind up getting fleas, then they chew/eat the fleas and get worms, and since there aren't any really good vets here except for one that charges three times the usual amount, I prefer to keep them indoors. Plus, I always go out w/ them while they're out and since it's so hot, it's easier to wait until the cooler months and then take them out into the yard. Petunia also loves to watch birds.... I think she'd love to catch one and torture it to death.... but I don't allow it. yeah.. I know, I'm a poor sport, but I'm not into that sort of thing. The hubby has laughed and said we should buy them a mouse... yeah, right. Like I want to clean up rat gutts after they eat and then throw up a mouse.... sorry you guys, but that's what happens. And if you think furr balls are bad... you should clean up that mess!! So.. I ignore him when he talks of this... ok, he's kidding, but still! He has no idea.... I've had to clean this mess before and it's not fun, plus... I'm not one for torturing little sweet animals... including mice, and that's what the cats would do. They'd torture it until it died... or maybe they'd eat it before it was dead... not sure. Haven't seen it in a LONG time.. thank goodness.
Anyway... this is Patty Petunia. oh yeah... I forgot.. she loves to run down the stairs and make little sounds on each step... like she's talking and, w/ each cry, you'd think the wind had been knocked out of her. It's the cutest thing! She's the cutest thing! I just love her so much. And here ppl think that black cats and dogs are bad, evil and have jins (gennies) inside of them! I've also been told by several ppl that black cats have killed ppl.... or the jins.... this reminds me of the old wives tale about cats stealing your breath. Wasn't there some horror movie about that? Creep Show or something... where a cat got in the cradle of a child/infant and actually started taking the child's breath while the child slept?! You just have to laugh or sigh very deeply.