Monday, December 16th, 2013

diluted tortoiseshell cat sleeping on snowflake sheets

this is a sight I often wake up to.
it does not encourage me to get out of bed and start my day.

Belladonna is my third-ever cat (Pod‘s the fourth), and she’s been with me for over a decade now. She’s moved smoothly into her grumpy old lady stage, and wears it well. Her coloring is called “diluted tortoiseshell,” which is like the tortoiseshell calico but with the copier toner wearing out, so she’s grey, peach, and cream instead of black, orange, and white.

I met her at one of those PetSmart kitten days, when she shamelessly fell asleep while I was holding her, and that was pretty much it. She had to go back to the vet to get fixed, and then she was mine! She’s never gotten cuddly with other cats — I think her happiest time was the brief few years she was queen of the castle and living alone with me in this apartment — but having Pod to chase has helped keep her fit.

She broke a tooth a few years ago, and so she’s got a whole range of disdainful faces she can make at him. And me. It’s kind of awesome. She also glares balefully at me whenever she’s being petted and purring, especially when she’s spent the past five minutes pestering me until I stop typing to pet her. Because cat.

my very own grumpy cat

this is her purring face.

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  1. penny says:

    such a beauty! her coloring is gorgeous.

  2. Amy says:

    I love her coloring, and the subtle patterns you totally can’t see in any of those photos. 😉 She totally did that first photo at me this morning, and it was very hard to convince myself to get up and face the day instead of going back to sleep with her.