My Joey was a very special boy. I got him, along with his sister (littermate), Katie, from a nun at 10 weeks. They were both drop-dead adorable, as are all kittens, but, of course, we all think ours are the cutest. Katie was very friendly and curious from the beginning, but Joey was cautious and a bit stand-offish. Joey and I became extremely close. He was my heart. He was all black, but I could tell him apart from 100 other all-black cats if I had to. You always know your own cat's face. Joey's death was the worst thing that ever happened in my life. Katie died a year later at 17. I'm at work, so I'll jump to another subject before I tear up for all to see.
My baby girl, Sabina, will be 3 in July. I got her at seven weeks, just after Joey died. Sabina has my heart just as completely as Joey did. She's a bit bratty, but I can't imagine her any other way. She just has tons of personality. I bought a house a year ago with a wonderful fenced yard for to explore (supervised). She loves to chase birds and squirrels. I have three bird seed feeders back there which attract lots of birds. I love knowing Sabina is having fun. When she's happy, I'm happy. By the way, Sabina was born in Phoenix in July! I think she likes Florida much better. At least there is plenty of living, green foliage and rain to keep things lush, and the temp stays under 100. I'd love to hear from some other cat lovers in Florida. I'm kind of new here, but really love it here.
Sabina doesn't purr, for some reason. She is also afraid of other people. I have read some things and suspect it's because she was taken from her birth home at seven weeks. I guess eight would have been better, which I didn't know at the time. She's also not the cuddly type, except when the weather's cold. She will cuddle in bed with me then. I wish she was more affectionate, but I don't love her any less for it.
One thing that really gets Sabina going is getting swatted on the rump with a folded up section of newspaper. All I have to do is swat my palm with it and she comes running to be "spanked." It's the funniest thing. She gets so excited. It's a sure fire way to get her some exercise if she's been lazy.
Well, I'm new to the Forum and look forward to chatting with fellow cat lovers. I wish I could put a picture of Sabina up (she has beautiful facial markings), but I don't have the equipment or know-how. I'll be lucky if this gets posted. Wish me luck!