Monday, July 5, 2010

Dogs or Cats?

You briefly met Libby and Simba in my post The Big Hoppy Mouse and I thought it time I told you a little more.  Clearly they are cats, however Abyssinian cats are very dog like.  They greet me at the door when I come home, follow me around wherever I go and, even though they are rolling towards their sixth birthday,
they still love to play.  Abyssinians are thought to be amongst the first cats and they most likely come from Egypt.  (Named Abyssinian after the fellow who first showed them in London).  These are the cats they buried with the Pharaohs and they retain their sense of being royalty.  They are not gentile cats, they are more like bulldozers.  I recall reading about a Siamese who would wind herself gently through her owners porcelain figurines - here they would be bowled over like 10 pins!

I chose Abyssinians for two reasons.  Firstly I wanted a totally indoor cat.  I'd seen the damage roaming cats do in the Australian bush and I didn't want to be responsible for any more of that. (I had cats as a child and probably wiped out several species of birds and gliders where I lived then.), plus we have a number of animals here that would take a cat out, including some of the snakes, goannas and wild dogs.  So I asked around and several friends recommended Siamese.  I went to look at a litter and the same breeder had a new litter of Abyssinians and I just fell in love! 
  
Though they can't venture into the great outdoors, they do have the run of the house and a sunroom.  They have several towers to climb and even their own skywalk.

To say they are characters would be an understatement and I look forward to sharing their adventures with you.  If you haven't read The Big Hoppy Mouse, it shows the relationship between these two, well particular Simba, and Merrilyn, the kangaroo.

10 comments:

  1. I love the look of them and would like some of my own. However the two ancient cats I already have would not be at all impressed!

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  2. Love 'em! my 'little' lady is part Oriental and I love the dog like aspects.

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  3. Can't.show.this.to.Little.CEO.

    She desperately wants a cat. I, however, am not a cat person at all. But yours are really cute!

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  4. They are really pretty..do they shed much? We have one cat I rescued from under a bush on a rainy, cold Nov. night..she's indoor and out and she' a great mouser..well, she was better 10yrs. ago! And she did get that poor bat last month (almost forgot about that!)

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  5. Hey! You've got an award! And I like your cats... they look like four legged kangaroos sort of.

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  6. Gorgeous kitties! I love cats, but I can't have them indoors because I'm allergic and so are both the boys and MIL. We have taken in strays and unwanted cats as farm cats. The cats help keep the rats and mice out of the house and barn and clean up any the remains of any birds unfortunate enough to crash into our windows and not survive. (We can't seem to keep them from doing that once in a while.) They don't seem to really get much else, but they are sometimes victims of snakes, coyotes, bobcats, or cars. It's always sad when one disappears, but it's part of life, and we try to give them a good life while they're with us.

    Now my oldest dd does have an indoor cat who has had to come home from college with her over the summer. She keeps him in her room only and is very careful to clean up after him so as not to bother those of us with allergies. (No carpet in her room helps, I think.) I think she would be interested to see this post and get some ideas for some kind of kitty gym for her Mikey.

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  7. Oh, they're just beautiful! I've seen those skywalks before, and they're one of the greatest inventions! I used to pet sit some people who had something like eight cats, and they had turned part of their basement into a cat haven.

    Our three senior cats (15, 18, 20) died in 2008, and now I can't get another as our three dogs are very small critter unfriendly (the other cats were here first, so they managed well with them). I miss them terribly, and would love to have another one day - it's the first time in 40 years that I haven't had a cat!

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  8. Hello all and thanks for stopping by and many thanks for my award Tightwad - you surely are generous in spirit! Yaya they do shed, but no more than an average short haired cat. Lovely to hear about all your cats and hoping mine live to a ripe old age too - given they are indoors their biggest danger is being spoiled to death!

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  9. They are so beautiful - such expressive and sweet faces. It looks like they've got a great life with you. Looking forward to more kitty stories here.

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  10. Beautiful cats, they remind me of lions in a way (duhhh) maybe because they are so regal? I love your description of them, I found your blog by accident while reading Crystal Jigsaw and blog frog. GREAT!!

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