Kitty Stars of the Week for September 18 - 24, 2005
Our kitties this week are Sasha and her sisters Baby and Sweetpea.
Baby, Sasha, Sweetpea
Their mom says,
"At first, I really didn't want to take Precious -- who we renamed
Sasha -- when we decided to take her. I had no experience and was
not sure how I would take care of a Manx cat with a birth defect
like spina-bifida. They can have bowel and urinary problems as well
as trouble walking. It was sad to watch her walk -- she crawled
instead, dragging her back legs. Our next door neighbor held her up
to me when Sasha was a kitten asking, "Please take her. Would you
please take her? I know she will do well with you." I reluctantly
took Sasha to show her to my husband as he would have the last say
and decline taking her. To my surprise he took one look at her and
fell in love with her; so, from that day on, we loved Sasha. We have
two other half-sisters of hers from two other litters that are Manx
kitties too. I had to make a special litter box for Sasha as she
couldn't have a steep side to the box because she would have trouble
dragging her back legs over to go potty. At least she did go potty,
and she was very lucky to have no bowel or urinary problems. I took
her to the vet at six months to get fixed as I knew not getting her
fixed with a birth defect would have been a death sentence to her.
"Sasha makes us laugh by the way she sits and poses, making herself
look like a contortionist. She walks as if she has no hips, and
instead of dragging her back legs, she can walk now. Strangely, she
can run very very fast if she hops like a bunny rabbit. To herself,
she has no handicap. Her little kitty heart is filled with love and
friendliness, and everybody that comes into the house is greeted by
her. She even likes to get up on the couch behind where people are
sitting and groom their hair for them, which leaves people in
hysterics and highly amused at her willingness to change their
hairstyles. She has beautiful soft blue eyes and a wonderful soft
double coat of fur. We think that she may have some Siamese genetics
as she is quite the talker, and her color and markings and blue eyes
remind us strongly of Siamese traits. She is wonderful company,
sleeping faithfully besides me every night. She loves to play chase
and hide and go seek, and she mainly plays with her younger sister
Sweetpea, our calico round eyed rumpy Manx. I do have to take her to
the vets every so often for an allergy shot as she likes to pull
hair out of her rear end leaving a bald spot that looks funny.
A while back a couple months ago she accidentally got outside and
was missing for six days, and I was very sad and worried for her.
I put her picture up everywhere and prayed and even contacted the
vets in town because if somebody got her, they might not know it is
a birth defect and may think that she was injured and may take her
to the doctors to have her checked, so I put her picture in there
too. I walked up and down the streets close to home calling her
name, thinking that I would see her pop out somewhere and run towards
me and come home. Instead, one morning at 8 a.m. my husband opened
the front door to go to work and suddenly a blur zipped on past him
through the front door yowling at the top of her voice. We don't
know where she was, but at last she was home safe and sound and
unhurt. We thought that maybe she had gotten inside somebody's
garage and was shut in or somebody tried to keep her but she got
away. She is so pretty and cute and friendly that even with the
birth defect, she is a very appealing cat to own. She is our
little child kitty that we love dearly.
"This is Sasha's sister-kitty, Baby. Baby used to mother Sasha like
she was her baby and even allow her to nurse off her!
Baby and Sasha
"Here is a peek at Baby pretending to nurse her sissy Sasha. We finally had
to put our foot down and make her quit because it just got a bit too
ridiculous as she was getting so big, still wanting to nurse off her sissy.
Baby would have let her too. Baby would have made a beautiful mommy if I
hadn't got her fixed. I understand her frustration in wanting to be a
mommy and nursing her sissy.
Sasha is the baby!
"I also tell the vet not to say the word, "obese" in front of Baby. It can damage her
self-esteem. I tell the vet to say that she is "full-figured and, or, vuloptuous"!
Baby is a really big cat and her father had to have been huge. I do watch her weight and
have to take the food dish away at times. Sweetpea gets her so upset at times that she
likes to use food as a comfort to calm her nerves! I have told her
that even though she is full-figured, mommy loves her and she should not eat so much and
depend on food for comfort!
"I got Sweetpea rather early in her kitty life because her Manx mommy was so wore out from
having litters all the time, she didn't have interest in feeding them, and I just loved
Sweetpea as soon as I saw her and took her. [Comment from Editor: Please always get your
cats spayed (for females) or neutered (males). As you can see, it's not good for a cat
to have so many kittens!] I fed her with a dropper and even took her to bed with me at
night and she slept by the top right by my pillow. I even was her mommy in potty
training her in the litter pan. That took a bit of patience on my part. I made it a
habit to take her straight to the litter pan as soon as I got up in the morning.
When she went to solids I was very concerned because she kept nothing down and vomited.
It was terrible her cry of pain to let me know she was going to throw everything back up.
The vet said that she lacked enzymes to digest her food right and even giving her the
yogurt the vet suggested, did not work. I kept her away from the other cat food and
started feeding her in short intervals in small doses of food. I used to nearly cry
with her when she would cry out in pain her belly hurt so badly, and I could feel it
cramping hard when I would be holding her. I would look into her sweet little eyes and
tell her that I loved her. She grew out of it by the time she was six months old, thank
Sweetpea has no problems eating now
"My husband says that she is devoted to me and she follows me all over the house and even
plays fetch and is a natural at the game. All I have to say is, "Do you want to play toys"?
She answers me with a big meow and follows me to get the toy to toss for her to bring me.
She is a one person cat and only approves of me and just tolerates others. She and Sasha
are close, and she loves to annoy and torment her big sissy Baby. Baby is 18 pounds and
can give her a good swat as if to correct her misbehavior and put her in her place but
that only encourages Sweetpea to continue the game. She will put her ears back and down
and walk sideways, circling around Baby, just waiting for the right moment to pounce on
her. Baby will give stare at her with a stern gaze and growl very low. That excites
Sweetpea all the more to play. Sweetpea loves to ride everywhere on my shoulder.
Even though she is an indoor kitty, I take her for walks outside on my shoulder.
She even knows what I mean when I ask her, "Do you want to go for a walk?"
More fun pictures of Sasha and Sweetpea and Baby:
Sweetpea looking so cute
Sasha: "I'm too sexy for my collar"
Sweetpea: Superfly cat!
Baby napping in one of her favorite places
Baby wearing her Christmas collar
Baby and friends
Sasha chilling, licking her nose
Sweetpea smiling for the camera
Sasha -- ride'em cowkitty!
It's MY bed now
(Baby doesn't even like this catbed, except when her sister kitty, Melah, wants it.)
(Melah was Kitty of the Week on March 19, 2006)
Sasha -- Sleepy Girl with Butterfly
Here Baby is, posing as an Oriental princess:
Baby as a Princess
Sasha and Sweetpea often wear lovely clothes and accessories...
Sasha in plaid
Sweetpea in her fancy collar
Sweetpea and Sasha wish everyone a Happy Easter:
Sweetpea is the Easter Bunny
Who is this kitty in disguise?
It's Baby! (a very tolerant kitty!)
Baby, looking glamorous:
I am The Star
Baby enjoying the new rug -- or is it staking out her new
Hunny Bunny has been accepted by her feline "sisters":
Baby grooming Hunny
Sweetpea and Hunny chase up and down the hall... Now they're relaxing after a
Hunny exiting while Sasha stays inside
Baby hanging out with Hunny Bunny and a little "friend":
Wake me when Santa gets here
Sasha wearing her Christmas Pirate outfit:
It suits me!
Sweetpea has a new fleecy jacket:
I can keep warm now!
Sweetpea looking cute:
Hunny Bunny lives in a house with many kitties. HB recently had to have some
veterinary care, and needs to stay in her cage for awhile. Her friend, Baby,
has been staying close to the cage and keeping her company.
Baby on nurse duty
Sasha is showing
off her new shirt while sitting on one of her favorite spots:
I look marvelous and I love my daddy
Tastes like chicken!
Baby posing and exposing
Sasha looks cute in her new outfit
Sweetpea asks... why is this doll sitting on me?! I'm not a horse!
"Baby just loves her jewelry. This is her new necklace."
"But she hates red hats!! This is a bonnet and she is letting me
know and showing me the "dainty" way of taking it off!!"
We've got a return visit from Sasha and Sweetpea. They are hanging out on
their sofa, a thankfully familiar piece of furniture after their move.
During the move, however, Sweetpea wasn't too sure about what was going on.
I'm curious but feel safer under here
Settled in after the move...
Sasha modeling her new sweater
Baby is not 100% sure about the baby chick
More pictures from 2011:
My name is Baby -- rub my tummy!
And I'm Sweetpea -- I'm a very pretty girl
We're Sasha and Tink -- Tink is the newest one of the group
We're Sasha and Sweetpea (on top of the refridgerator)
Sweetpea wonders what you have
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