I went to the doctor and found out that I was half-right about what was going on. I did get a virus and an allergy attack at the same time two weeks ago. I thought that the allergies had calmed down and the virus was hanging on, but it was the opposite. In fighting off the virus, my immune system got really aggressive with the allergy, so the symptoms were much worse than usual. I got a nose spray and instructions to take my allergy medicine every day for the next two weeks. I think it's working. I am already beginning to feel better.
TT looks a bit miffed here, but it was the best picture I could find of her face. She doesn't like the flashy box and often has her eyes closed in photos. I love the way her green eyes contrast with her ruddy fur. TT shows every sign of being a purebred ruddy Abyssinian, but someone dumped her in the parking lot of a mall all the same. She shows some signs of having been abused before being dumped. She really hates to have her paws touched, she runs from any sudden movement and tall people, especially men, scare her half to death. She has had a rough time getting used to her new Dad, who is a tall man, but she is making progress. She eats Stinky Goodness instead of the crunchy food that Shadow and Molly prefer, mostly because she is missing most of her back teeth and had a hard time chewing it. She was also yakking it up quite a bit. TT's new Mom found her in the parking lot and TT was very friendly, so she took her home. TT lived in the bathroom until she could be checked out by the vet and until Molly and Shadow could get used to her a bit. She did have ear mites, but was otherwise in fairly good shape. The vet figured she was about 10 years old when she was found. Shadow and TT got along pretty well from the beginning, but Molly didn't like the new kitty. Molly and TT have some arguments about who is the Alpha cat, while Shadow just watches. It was never very serious and has quieted down quite a bit.
When she first moved in, TT couldn't figure out at all why the other two cats got so excited when the catnip came out. She would watch the other two sniff it, eat it and roll around with some bemusement. Last November, TT came over to sniff the catnip for the first time. The smell spooked her at first and she ran and jumped up on the bed. Her Mom brought the nip container over to the bed and let TT really get into it. TT soon discovered why the other cats like nip so much and now she is always right there with them for nip time. TT's favorite human is her Mom. She will knead on her and sleep next to her and sit in her lap. TT loves to sit in her Mom's lap at dinner and hope for bites. She usually gets them, too. TT gives her Mom hugs by putting an arm on each side of her Mom's neck, then bringing her face in really close and purring. TT does have one habit that dismays her Mom a bit. When TT gets some really good Stinky Goodness, she eats it too fast, then yaks. TT is also very particular about what kind of litter she will use. If she doesn't like the litter, she won't use the box. Mom learned really fast not to mess around with the litter.
There is a ruddy Abyssinian called TT.
She loves her Mom as much as can be.
She gives her hugs
To make up for the rugs
On which she yaks with abandon, does fast-eating TT.