Marilee J. Layman
my Ms Angelina.
Ange is not large like a Russian Blue but has the coloration and the look. She's just a small cat with that appearance.
She was enormously fat when I got her, she didn't look like a cat at all, more like a jellybean with cat features. Now she looks like a real cat with a bit of a belly flap. (and now she weighs about 7-8 lbs, when we got her she was north of 16 lbs. and she's a short little kitty...)
Junie was 16 pounds when she came almost a year ago, but she's a big kitty. She's now 18 pounds and I'm supposed to be trying to get both her and Loki smaller. The problem is that Spirit needs to be bigger and I haven't found a way to let her keep her food.
Hope you don't mind a drive-by comment. I think that cat's probably an American Blue Shorthair-- same color as a Russian Blue, wide face, chubbier overall. I owned one, he was a total sweetheart.
She does seem to be more like that, thanks! Unfortunately, Junie would like to be the alpha person here and tries to hurt the cat I've had for 12 years, who is almost blind, and has anxiety disorder (which is why she ended up with me -- the breeder was going to kill her). There are three females and one male in this house and all three of us females are taking psychotropic drugs! Junie's getting buspar to try and make her adjust and calm down, Spirit is taking Prozac to see if she can stop being so scared, and I'm taking Wellbutrin for my depression. Loki is the only one without pills.
Oy, challenging! We've got 4 cats right now, two of whom hate each other, so I sympathize. I try to give each of them quite a bit of personal attention, and it's essential to make sure they don't have to compete for food-- problematic when you'd like o take weight off a couple of them, as I see above.
I never tried it, but my vet is a big fan of something called Feliway, which is supposed to be a calming scent to help with stress behaviors.
I tried that, and it didn't work. The big problem with the food is that Spirit is scared enough that she will, most of the time, only stay under an end table (on the bottom shelf) or if I'm in the recliner next to it, on me. Sometimes when I leave, she'll sit on the back of the recliner for a while. I found a triangular litterbox to fit under the triangular end table next to hers. So her food is just on the end table next to her water, whch the other cats drink as well, and the big ones eat it.
Junie's face is 4" wide and Loki's is bigger, so I ordered a 4" cube vase and I'm going to try that, although I'm pretty sure that the big cats will think to stick their paws in. Loki & Junie eat from a dish in the kitchen and drink from a pyrex bowl in there, too, and they don't always even eat their food before they start on Spirit's!
The photo looks a LOT like our Arwen. Is the coat very plush (with undercoat)? We think British Shorthair (blue type) is involved; but I imagine the American Blue is related to that, given the very similar appearance.
Here's Arwen, a few years ago:
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(She's "muted tortoiseshell" rather than pure blue, obviously.)
Hee, you beat me to it, with photograph!
Marilee, if Junie looks like that she is decorative though troublesome.
Yes, she's much prettier than the other two, but chases Loki and smacks Spirit. And she'll attack, through the duvet, my hands and feet in bed. She's started being better in bed, though, and I'm sure it's because I'm being careful to pet her while I'm reading there.
Petting is often a way to make everything be better in bed. 8-)
Sorry, I could not resist.
I do think Spirit is a beautiful cat too, just a different shape. I love her markings. I can't remember what Loki looks like, but don't mean to slight him. I can't quite say I've never seen an ugly cat, but if a cat is described as ugly I still want to dote on it.
Yes, I generally like all cats -- when I post, I'll tell you about the cat I saw this morning. Loki is a dark gray tuxedo with ruff and massive undercoat. I furminate him every other day, but I still find proto-mats that I have to cut out. He likes me best of all of them -- will come up to touch noses with me.