Sep 24, 2012

Go Stella! It's your birthday!

Can you believe I missed Stella's birthday? How did that happen? What kind of mother misses her own cat's birthday? Well, okay so I knew about it on her birthday and I'm only a few days late so somehow I think she'll forgive me for my oversight. I now salute the cat who has made our lives much more interesting and whom we couldn't imagine our family without.

Usually I might make a numbered list of what she likes or doesn't or her quirks using how old she is. But since she's only 4 in human years and that's definitely not enough to really get the essence of Stella, and she's 35 in cat years and that's way too many and I'm guessing no one wants to read 35 things about a cat, I'll just wing it.

  • She loves drinking out of the toilet. She puts her paws on the inside of the bowl and enjoys some nice fresh toilet water. Next we want to train her to actually use the toilet. Rob would love it since he's the one having to clean her litter while Little Bit is still growing away inside.
  • She gets cold at night, so she will spend most of the night sleeping on just met or on both of us at the same time. She used to sleep on my stomach but we broke her of that habit once I got pregnant. If I'm laying on my side, she'll sometimes just lay next to me and she has on occasion gotten kicked. So then she usually moves and balances herself on my legs. 
  • She's not a fan of toys or anything else for that matter that you spend money on. I got a little finger puppet monster in an order once and she loves it. It's really the only toy she needs (although she does like those catnip mice).
  • She likes to go through my purse, and I don't even carry any gum or mints in there. And when she's done going through it, she'll just lay on it.
  • She's afraid of people. One might think we actually don't have a cat the way she disappears. She's a phantom.
  • I have trained her to only cry about needing food when her bowl is completely empty.
  • When you chase her, she'll run then fall down right in front of you just as you are gaining speed, so you have to quickly maneuver around her. 
  • She never just lays down. She always plops in the most ungraceful way.
  • Almost every time Rob picks her up against her will and holds her, when he finally lets her go she'll shake it off then come lay next to me.
  • She is extremely loving. She's not trusting but once she figures out you're harmless (and not going to pick her up) she's great. But she's unlikely to ever trust anyone but us. She has some issues, but she's a great cat.
So happy [belated] birthday to our very quirky Stella cat! Keep on keeping on. You make life interesting.




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