February 22, 2009

Black and White and Sweet All Over

From my hubby Kevin (the writer):

Even though he’s a very confident kitty, Tay (the all-white guy) can be be startled if he doesn’t see us coming. What's up with the seeming contradiction, you ask? Well, as it turns out, this handsome, sweet and playful boy just happens to be totally deaf. But Mighty Tay doesn’t let such a minor thing stop him from climbing the cat tree in his room with speed and agility, chasing a ball with reckless abandon or telling Tracey and me that he wants to be let out of his cage to stretch his legs! He loves people and seems fine with other (non-aggressive) cats.

Gentle sisters Jezebel and Neko (at right in their picture) are two of our favorite feline pals. These sweet girls look an awful lot alike, but now that we’ve spent a lot of time with them, we’ve learned that it’s actually pretty easy to tell them apart. The first difference is the color of their eyes. Neko -- who is a little more outgoing than her sister -- has beautiful yellow eyes, while Jezebel has amazing orange eyes. Both girls really enjoy being pet, and both (especially Neko) LOVE to play with string toys, which they swat at and leap after with kitten-like energy. Our visits with them are never complete without a session with the long, fleecy string-on-a-stick toy. Their other highly developed skills include keeping each other warm and lounging (see picture). Like all good sisters, Jezebel and Neko are extremely attached to each other, and as such are “a package deal” for any potential adopters. In our opinion, that’s not a bad thing … whoever adopts this pair is getting quite a bargain!

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