During the year (and some) they have been with us, the family of three have made themselves completely at home. We discovered they are Norwegian Forest Cat mixes (check out the resemblance!), which would explain their huge sizes, their winter coats, their passion for water, and their affinity to snow and ice.
The three have become fully comfortable with each other and our other cats, who have no problem sharing company and even food with them. The three take part enthusiastically in our home projects, and are always where the action is. They love their custom-made covered yard, which we keep improving on. The yard is now full of catnip and lemongrass patches, and their bushes (all cat-friendly plants) are also growing and blooming. Besides the gym platforms, they now have a "chatlet" -- a cat cabin made from a dog house furnished with cat shelves -- that they use in winter.
Bonnie is independent and content, and likes to spend a lot of her time outside, lounging in the sun or hunting crickets. She peppers that with coming inside for naps, snacks, and the five minutes of human attention she needs per day. In winter, she grew a splendid second coat that made her look like a fluffy ball and is now strewn all over the carpets.
Squash is very friendly and sweet, and has achieved the miracle of being liked by all the other cats. He's gone from being the runt of the litter to being the second biggest cat in the house (after our Siberian, who cannot be dethroned). He can usually be found purring happily in some place he considers comfy, whether it's the yard, a human lap, or by his brother as they fight and/or cuddle.
Ru is still a troublemaking kitten, even if he can barely fit inside paper bags now. He always challenges his brother to climbing, chewing on each other's faces, or thundering from one end of the house to the other in less than five seconds. They make quick work of anything holding water that they come across. They just love water. With everything he's got going on, Ru still makes time to nap on a human--preferably a busy one.
We're sending 25 photos because we couldn't send the hundreds we have. We are very happy to have this fun and funny family in our home. Thank you for introducing them to us!
- Family: Cristina and Gabriel
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