To commemorate the birth of 3 of my 5 cats, 6 years ago, on 17th of September 2007, (their 2 mothers are of unknown age, probably a year or two older, from what the vet said) I leave you photos and a little description of them and their different personalities.
Shelley or "Fatty" as we call her now, is a very overweight cat. She weighs 7,5 kgs!
No wonder, because all she does is stick around after I give them their breakfast and dinner and eat all the food the other 4 leave behind. Then she climbs onto my bed and sleeps...
I hardly ever see her outside, unless we are doing some gardening and then she will lie in the sun.
In the morning, she is the first one to wake me up if it's past the regular feeding time. She will put out her nails and gently scratches my arm while meowing loudly. It never fails to make me spring out of bed!
|Fluffy and Twiggy|
Please do not disturb!
Mommy, was never given another name, as we never thought she would stick around as I mentioned before in another post about my cats, as I presumed they had "owners".
But after giving birth they stayed. We now tend to call her "velhota" which means "old lady" in Portuguese. She is not old, as she is probably only a year or two older than her kitties.
She is very clever and gentle cat, very regal and independent and for me the prettiest of them.
She loves a belly tickle and if she is in the driveway when we arrive home, she will lie there with her belly up until we tickle her, while she purrs contently. In fact she is the only one who doesn't mind being belly up.
She also knows how to get her morning meal quicker - she jumps on the chest of drawers in my bedroom and starts moving things around while she observes if I move. If I ignore her, she will make more noise or throw things down. Because I don't want her to break anything on my dresser I quickly jump out of bed. I don't know why she wakes me up to feed her (them) as she is not much of a eater and is the thinnest at 4,5kgs, almost half of what Fluffy or Shelley weight.
She will curl up with Twiggy (her favourite), Fluffy or Shelly who sometimes will lie over her.
Mom sleeping very relaxed
|Mommy being squashed by Shelley|
Baby is the other mother, but she is probably Mommy's daughter, reason why we called her Baby. They look very similar and have the same colouring, unlike any of the other cats that came out all different, probably taking after the fathers....yes, female cats can mate with various male cats and have offspring of the various fathers.
She is the only one who will jump on my desk and likes to lie over my keyboard or my hands when I sit on the computer.
Unfortunately she is a bit of a loner, or has to be a loner, because all the others don't seem to get on with her. When both mothers were pregnant, they were the best of friends curling up together, and when the kittens were born they both made a circle around their 8 babies warming them up and feeding them. So I don't know where this antagonism came from? She is the only one who will sleep on her own as no one will curl up to her, and at feeding times she will be the last one to approach the dishes, waiting until all the others have taken a bowl. Not that she misses out on food, as she is the third one in weight at 7kgs.
|Baby sitting on my desk|
|The 5 of them eating|
At the moment none of them have a collar. I have various times throughout these 6 years put collars with tags on them, with their names and my contact number, but they seem to pull them out or they get lost somehow.
All cats are micro-chipped and sterilized, so hopefully if they get lost anyone going to a vet will be able to get our details from the chip.
All in all they are 5 lucky cats, don't you think?