Lexi the Torbie Grows Up! (pic heavy thread!)
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I suppose I ought to start at the beginning!
This was her newborn shot posted, that I said I NEED THAT ONE!! to. :D
And with her siblings; her head is on her brother, the blues are her sisters. This is pretty much how she was when we went and met her, at a week old. Oh, and at this time she was already a nonstop talker, shouting her little lungs out! I was secretly hoping that wouldn't change as she grew, and it definitely hasn't! She trills to herself while she walks around and plays, let alone yelling at us when she wants anything. XD
Several days later - eyes opened!
With grandma (mama got sick only a couple weeks after they were born, but she's okay; grandma helped watch over them in the interim)
Ginormo ears already! XD
And while the siblings were getting cute pics playing, my doofus was sleeping in litter. XP
Always looking for trouble!
Pretty girl growing up
Monkey see monkey do, with Grandma Twinkel! XD And, Mama Snoepie & Papa Cupido. Given the angle/distance it's hard to tell, they look almost the same size, but she is just average, while he was over 8kg by 2 years when his little bio was written. I'm hoping my little goofball takes after her papa! ;)
It's always risky getting from breeders, you never know what the animal will grow up like, and only have their own word about "breeding for personality" and whatnot. So I was certainly nervous about how she'd wind up. And I was triply nervous when we went to pick her up and she hid under a dresser, and would have nothing to do with us, and the breeder got a big scratch when catching her out to bring her down to try and get friendly with us, where she stayed across the room the whole time!
This was her on the ride home from the breeder, 2 hours away. She was pretty calm in the car (in the house she'd been head-butting the top of the carrier (it's the nice carrying bag sort, not the clunky plastic boxes) wanting out) for the most part, and she'd let me pet her, but I think it was mostly because she was scared and had nowhere to go. After letting out at home, she hid behind the bookcase boxes for a bit, and then made her way to our bedroom, where she promptly hid under the bed for the next 3 days. During the nights she'd howl and scream her little heart out, calling for mama and siblings and aunts and whoever she could get, but there was no one. I felt so horrible! Kuma would sometimes come in the door, and Lexi would try to run over to her, FELINE!!, but Kuma would hiss and leave, and she was so sad! I managed to get her to take a couple pieces of food from my hand, while she stayed mostly under the bed. But she wasn't (and isn't) very adept at taking food from fingers, she tries to gobble your finger, lmao, so it was even more difficult to accomplish. XP I was in & out of the room, letting her be to come out when she wanted, not disrupting her much, while also making her aware that she had people, friendly people, who'd be there when she did want to come.
Finally on day 4 she started to get more curious about what was out of the bedroom, and she'd slink out and make her way behind the cat scratching post, and pop-up laundry basket, and actual laundry basket, before getting freaked out and rushing back. And then she started chasing a toy around and playing with it all up & down the hall. We had to be careful to not move much or she'd dart back in, lol. And then on day 6, I was alone with her while getting a hoodie, and she was walking around by my legs, so I reached down and...she let me pet her! And rubbed on my legs! And rubbed up against my hand! And then she claimed me as hers. XD
I suffer a bit from jealousy - I adore my shelter cats, but if I ever got a pure-bred it would be a Maine Coon. They're just wonderful cats.
Yes, it is how she chooses to lay, all I do is support her head/weight! She loves being on her back like a baby/more upright leaning back. She's hilarious, which is why I'm always popping open the webcam to snap some shots of her while we sit here! XD
My current cat is very, very territorial. I highly doubt she would accept another cat into the family, so I will just have to wait!
Lexi is one of three felines here, along with her buddy Nushka
and the anti-cat cat, Kuma
who is not at all pleased with her presence. I feel bad, she'd clearly be much happier as a solo cat, but that is NOT what was said about her, so there's really nothing to be done for it. They ignore/avoid each other enough where it'd not make sense to rehome her, there's no serious fighting/injuries or such. She just hisses when Lexi gets close/she has to walk by her, and will give a swat if she's in a more irritated mood. Lexi just rears back a bit and gives a rather amusing puzzled look, though clearly she ought to know better by now. But instead she will try to follow Kuma around, or leap at her if she's actually playing with a toy, or whatnot. She has zero fear, and not much more sense, LOL.
Looking forward to more updates as they come :)
And I'm going to remember that I can get a calico Maine coon some day in the future.
which comes of knocking down Hubs' CISS for his printer. Not to mention the giant puddle of ink on the floor. D'oh!!
>38 thornton37814: Woo!