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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Our new housemate

You're probably over reading about our new kitty, so you'll have to wait for the next post for something hopefully more interesting! For those who don't mind an update about our new feline housemate, read on.
We've already got a pet who's in our face 24/7 (Claude), and now Pretzel is shaping up as another one! The Pretzelator loves nothing more than attention, and being told he's the prince of cats, the most handsome, intelligent, sweetest, most interesting cat in the world... and he likes to be told about every five minutes, while being cuddled and patted. If he goes without attention for too long, boy, does he let you know! I've never had such a talkative cat, and worry sometimes if something's wrong, but the vet was happy with him. I've never heard such noises coming out of a cat! Especially in the evening, he starts what I call his 'cat song'. He likes to 'sing' in the bathroom - his voice reverberates so nicely in there! It reminds me of my father-in-law, who said he had a great voice, just a rough passage! Well, Pretzel might be the Pavarotti of cats, but his repertoire is quite limited. He and Mitzi are on howling terms at the moment. They've had two close encounters, I think Mitzi won the first, Pretzel the second. We still keep them apart to some degree; I'm happy if there are no fights. Noisy conversations are par for the course.
Pretzel walks quite nicely on a lead; we go for walks at least once a day. Half the time he sits and takes it all in, or winds around my legs, or watches Claude do silly dog things, but the little devil sure knows where the road and the fence are! I steer him away from that particular temptation, but I'm sure he'd hit the road in a flash if left unrestrained. I feel sorry for him being an indoor cat, but then he's safe, loved, and cared for, so it has its compensations. And he won't bother the wildlife! Claude likes his new little mate, he's very excited when he comes on cat-walks with us. Of course, Pretzel completely ignores him - the natural order of things...


  1. The Pretzelator--love it! What a lucky kitty to find such a lovely and loving home to share. Keeping him indoors will be worthwhile and hopefully he and Mitzi will grow closer soon.

  2. I had a male Siamese once and he was very vocal and spoiled, I bought him a collar with a bell on it and he absolutely loved it, he would run up and down the hall making it ring. I took it off when I went to bed and he jumped up and got it then came and jumped on the bed and stuck it right in my face ie I like this put it back on!!! He would pat my leg and tell me it was bed time and if I didn't go straight away he would take himself and there would be a lump in the bed when I went later. :) his name was Ming as in Ming Dynasty.

  3. I am glad that Pretzel is settling in. I love cats that have a voice. Our Webster, appropriately named for the million words that he uses daily with different intonations, is an all white odd-eyed Siamese. You are familiar with him. He shares similar personality traits with your Pretzel. And you know, because you have had Siamese cats in the past, it's ALL about them. I share your concern about escaping over the fence. Webster, when we allowed him out under supervision, would stealthily disappear for hours. He is now delegated to be an indoor only cat. They are so smart, they usually find their way home. Pretzel may have wondered too far from his first home and became disoriented and that's how you ended up with him. Keep us posted, he is a darling.

  4. He looks very at home in this photo Donna!