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Old 09-09-2019, 08:15 PM
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It's official, I'm a crazy cat lady (Cat #3 joins the household)

My soon-to-be-ex-husband is cat-tolerant but lacks the Cat Gene. He told me early on, perhaps even before we were married, that two cats were his outer limit. I abided by it.

Well, now I am living alone, heh heh heh. I got a cat, Zoey, right away, and didn't have any real plans for more until I started spending an awful lot of time away from home and thought she might be lonely. When I went to look for a playmate, I impulsively picked up this poor guy, Phineas who has very bad cataracts and limited vision due to Little Fire Ant bites (they are blinding lots of animals on the Big Island).

Alas, Zoey and Phineas showed no signs of being able to get along. Phineas (who I usually refer to as Finn the Evil Twin, since his coloring is much like Zoey's) is pretty good at scratching and biting humans, too. In short, he's not the world's best cat. After consultation with the vet I somewhat reluctantly made Finn an outdoor cat, which worked out quite well - he is happy, and never strays from the front porch. One must be careful as he can very suddenly turn from playful and affectionate to swiping you with his claws fully extended. But overall, Finn is having a good life now and he's usually sweet.

That still left Zoey needing a playmate. This time I decided to be smart and get a male kitten, since that seemed the most likely combo to work (Zoey is a female, a little over a year old). I visited the no-kill shelter with my son and his girlfriend while they were visiting (they, fortunately, have the Cat Gene) and the two of them fell in love with a little grey male kitty. So of course that was the one I had to adopt.

The shelter told me he is a Russian Blue, which I was skeptical of since a purebred RB is not going to be at some random shelter on Hawaii Island. However, having read up on Russian Blue traits, I'm actually starting to think he IS a Russian Blue, though not show quality (he has a locket and small white patches on his hind feet). He is exactly as Blues are described, including the essential white-tipped fur. (Not sure how well you can see it in the photo.) I have no idea how a RB kitten, even a non-pedigreed one, ended up at the shelter. But there are a lot of gorgeous cats on our island, including many beautiful strays who look like show-quality Birman, so somehow it does happen.

Anyway, I decided to call him Dmitri in honor of his possible Russian heritage. I started out following the rule of keeping him and Zoey separate, but it was instantly clear they were in love, so I let them hang together. They are totally best buds! Zoey treats Dmitri like her baby. He reciprocates with plenty of affection. So now the two of them both sleep in bed with me at night, and it's delightful.

But three cats is enough. I am now fully catted, and happy.

Welcome, Dmitri.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:54 PM
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Who's a good boy? Who? That's right: you are, you handsome boy!

Good on you, Carol! May you all have many happy times together!

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Old 09-09-2019, 09:02 PM
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Congrats, Carol, on your new household. Dmitri looks an awful lot like one of my former kittehs, Little Bear.
Old 09-09-2019, 09:05 PM
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Congratulations! He's adorable.

There are a number of "blue" breeds and it's not at all unusual to find cats like Dmitri who look close to purebred. Which I approve of, since I had a little cat named "Sterling" ('cause she was silver!).
Old 09-09-2019, 09:10 PM
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Crazy cat lady to Crazy cat lady: Good find. He's perfect.
Old 09-09-2019, 09:39 PM
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Dimitri is GORGEOUS! Congratulations on the new addition.
Old 09-09-2019, 09:50 PM
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I have got to say, though I know he's not the one this thread is about: your Porch Cat looks utterly blissful.
Old 09-10-2019, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by CairoCarol View Post
But three cats is enough. I am now fully catted, and happy.
My ex-wife was a Crazy Cat Lady. When she left me, she left me with seven cats, none of whom she cared to take on her flounce from Alberta back to eastern Canada. I have the cat gene, and love cats, but if three cats is fully catted, then I was overly catted.

Because of time, age, and disease over the past ten years, that number is now four, so I guess I'm still overly catted. Aw hell, I love and care for all of them anyway.

Dimitri looks like a charmer. Congrats on the new kitty!
Old 09-10-2019, 03:28 AM
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Heh, heh, heh. I think my daughter (she’s 31) will turn into a cat lady too. She only has one, Hobbes the Adventure Cat. Here he is:

Dmitri is very handsome!
Old 09-10-2019, 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Sunny Daze View Post
Congratulations! He's adorable.

There are a number of "blue" breeds and it's not at all unusual to find cats like Dmitri who look close to purebred. Which I approve of, since I had a little cat named "Sterling" ('cause she was silver!).
Excellent name. If I'd thought of it, I'd have used it myself.

I don't care if Dmitri is really a Russian Blue, but I will enjoy discovering one thing: Russian Blue cats apparently start life with yellow eyes, which then around 4 months of age develop a beautiful green color radiating outward from the iris.

If that happens with Dmitri, that would be cool. But it would also be cool to see his heritage revealed through his eyes NOT changing color. It's all good.

I'll definitely update this thread with what happens with his eyes.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:01 AM
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Dmitri is beautiful. He looks like he’ll be snuggler.
Old 09-10-2019, 07:26 AM
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The best cat we ever had was of the Russian Blue-style. If he has the traits the breed is noted for, you're in luck. Super people-friendly.


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