An Award

I was recently awarded the “Versatile Blogger” Award by the talented Pedro at Maru Can Kiss My… blog.  I appreciate the honor, although the other two cats and the yard are a bit bemused about how he only seems to gush about Calpurnia.  So I’ll try to make the seven facts about her.

  1. Strangely for a Persian, she is quite a climber and jumper. When she was at her most unsure she finds a lot of comfort in climbing high on a tree or bookshelf.
  2. Her favorite food bowl is a pink ceramic bowl with ‘Princess’ embossed in a little silver heart. It was a gift from my mom.  Somebody regularly pushes kibble out the back of it because it has a shallow rim, I don’t know if it is Calla or Gus.
  3. Her ideal weight according to the Vet would be 11 pounds. She is currently riding a little over, up from a lot less when she was adopted.
  4. If you lie down she will come to visit you in a very short time to say hello and sit with you for a short time. Then she will go off to somewhere nearby.
  5. If she is up high and you are sitting nearby she has the habit of flinging herself directly down next to you. Being dive bombed by a 10 pound fluff bomb is startling to say the least.
  6. A picture of her, and one of my favorites too has been languishing in the ‘Unattached Pictures’ section of the blog’s Media list for a long time.  I’ll fix that now:
  7. Her most frequently seen picture is one that almost nobody really ever sees.  How’s that for a riddle?  Here’s a link:  These Eyes.  I think it was a look very much  like that one that sealed the deal when I saw her the very first time in person.  I’ve always been an eye guy.

I’m going to have to forego the ‘pass it on to 15 others’ part. Fifteen might as well be a million. I’m an engineer, social contact is alien to my nature.  But thank you for the award, Pedro.  I’m glad you are enjoying my blog and I hope you continue to read it.

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12 Responses to An Award

  1. minlit says:

    I nonimated you too, for your work in the field of feline genetics! A TWICE nominated blog! See here:


  2. Congrats on your award! We enjoyed learning more about Calpurnia!


  3. Wazeau says:

    We can all dream of being “dive bombed by a 10 pound fluff bomb”. She is a bundle isn’t she?


  4. Lurkertype says:

    Her coloring and eyes suggest to me that there’s some Siamese in the mix. That would explain the love of high places.

    Our tux boy does the dive bombing too, and he’s north of 15 pounds. THUD.


    • Oldcat says:

      The colorpoint gene was originally introduced into Persians by crossbreeding in Siamese, but that was done in the 1930s or so, so unless Siamese-y behavior is solely due to colorpoint it would probably be diluted out over the years. Certainly the body shape has been! Ragdolls are colorpoint and everyone says how docile they are.

      They do say that Himmies are more lively than normal, but that might be projection more than reality. There’s a bunch of sayings about links between temper and coat color: “Orange Cats are Firey” and so on that seem pretty dubious. Links between temper and breed seem to have a stronger basis, as a whole raft of genes are being shaped by breeders to get the entire cat they want.


      • Lurkertype says:

        Torties are bossy diva kitties. They have serious attitude. I think their little brains get scrambled like their fur color. Or maybe it’s b/c everyone tells them they’re so pretty. I find orange boys to be luvmushes.

        Maybe Cal is a throwback, or maybe she just wants to keep an eye on you all.


  5. Oldcat says:

    My cat Cassiopeia was a dilute Blue-Creme tortie and never gave me a moment’s trouble in her 20 years of life. If I wasn’t already dubious of these kind of things, her example would have made me one.


    • Lurkertype says:

      Dilutes aren’t divas. I don’t know why, but everyone I’ve ever talked to says regular are bossy, dilutes aren’t.

      Of course no one told me this till AFTER I got one. 🙂 I love her anyway. She’s only slightly more particular than your average cat, mostly about food.


      • Oldcat says:

        Having the combo of orange and black being displayed on the skin make you bossy is hard enough to believe without having the dilute gene undo it.

        I suspect that if your tortie cat is fussy, it is ‘tortitude’ while if your non torti cat is fussy it is just cranky.


  6. littlemiao says:

    Oh beautiful Calla! Her squeezing through the fence particularly shows off her extraordinary floofiness. She is a princess, an imperial princess worshiped by many!

    Tashi and Tantra were litter mates, one short-haired Siamese (Tashi) and one long-haired (Prince Tweets). Apparently they had one Siamese parent and one Himalayan parent, but neither have the squished Persian face. I never quite figured out how their fur textures and lengths could be so different, but I’m sure if I took your Lessons on General Genetics, I would get a better idea. Usually my head is too full of floof to comprehend these things, but brain floof-levels are generally lower after my morning tea.


  7. littlemiao says:

    I got so carried away by Calpurnia’s magnificent floof that I forgot to express my awe at her perfect blue eyes!


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