|Diva Kitty strikes a dramatic pose!|
She is also known as the Great Kendallfini because she likes to put on a show. When she is dancing, she likes to be known as Disco Kendall.
Now, you may ask, why is she our diva kitty?
It all started when we gave her a summer shave. Back story time! See, Kendall didn't take the best of care of her fur. When we were in the apartment her teeth went bad. She doesn't have most of them now, nearly all her back teeth had to be taken out as a result of how bad the infection in her mouth had spread. We did the best we could to help her fur become healthy again while she got used to not being able to break big bits of kibble. Turns out, by the way, cats don't chew their food, at best they break hard food into smaller bits and swallow it all whole. That's why most cat puke has whole bits of kibble in it. Anyway. We moved into the house and Kendall seemed to be taking great care of her fur, horray!
|"Dis my laptop. Now pet me"|
The fast forward a year and again her fur is getting a little dirty, she has a hard time keeping up with it. It shows dirt easy and gets clumped up really fast. So we borrowed the fur shaver from my sister in law and proceeded last summer to give her a buzz cut to end all buzz cuts. (Ara also got one, but she gets buzzed every summer, her long hair is hard for her to keep up in her elderly years and gets matted every spring)
Well, when Kendall was shaved down we realized how incredibly soft her under fur is, and what a lovely light orange color! It was really beautiful! We had to leave her legs long, and her face and tail. So it looked like she was wearing a tight gold dress and her leg fur was sticking out like she was wearing some kind of fuzzy gloves. The effect was striking and looked really cute! And, most importantly, she loved it. She perked up without all that fur and demanded we pet her short stubble all the time.
"Mommy, daddy! Look at my beautiful dress!" she seemed to meow, "pay attention to my pretty self and pet me! Give me lots of attention because I am beautiful!"
We, being the consummate spoilers of kitties, obliged.
|"I look down on you, silly humans"|
Then we started to notice other diva behavior.
She would snub her brother, he wasn't good enough for her pretty self. She got picky about her food. She got even more picky about her water. Every morning she would meow at me until I put a fresh bowl of water down in the kitchen and then guard it like it was the fountain of youth from any other kitty that dared to want to drink her fresh water. We started putting bottled water in the big water bowl and she eventually did start drinking from there, but only if the water had been bottled and fresh.
Now she's got us trained. She will trot in front of us when we're walking through the house, meowing in her strange whine (which is where the Weine came from, she's always had this meow that sounds really pathetic and cute) and directing us to the kitchen where she wants gooshy food, or the litter box which she wants changed. We don't always give the gooshy food, but when we do, she refuses to eat it from a plate or the can. Hers must be served from a real bowl or she snubs it and meows at us until we put it in a bowl. This cat can tuck into her gooshy food, too, so it's really funny that she won't eat it from a plate or can.
|"I'm so cute!"|
She also demands that hubby leave the pillow or his left side free in case she wants to lay on his head, or in the crook of his arm at night. She isn't satisfied until he tucks the blanket around her if she's in his arm, and will drape her paw across his arm so he can't move it.
|"I'm on your heat vent, stealing your heat"|
So that's Kendall, our diva kitty. Some day I'll post about Kendall's great rivalry with Vivi, her arch nemesis. They have a long standing feud with each other that spans from the couch in the living room all the way to the litter box by the bedroom.