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Island Tabby/Siamese Mix Sapphire

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By islandbeader

Island Tabby/Siamese Mix Sapphire

Sapphire, a tabby/Siamese mix, in her favourite chair

Cat's Name & Age:

Sapphire, age 9 months

Best Characteristics of the Tabby

Full of energy, cute, friendly. Mine is the happiest cat I have ever known. She purrs and smiles constantly. Another tabby I had was lazy, but also happy and friendly.

Most Challenging Characteristics of the Tabby

My current tabby is very intelligent and curious. She has to check out everything that comes into the house (she is indoor-only) and always wants to know what her mother and her humans are doing.

When, Where and How I Got My Tabby

We foster parented our tabby, her two brothers and their mother from age 7 to 12 weeks. Then we found a home for the two boys and kept the girl and mother. We live on a small island with no shelter, so have an all volunteer Animal Welfare League to take care of cats. Mom is all black, but the kittens are tabby/Siamese, with darker stripes on their points and lighter ones on the rest of them. The boys have wide stripes and whorls, while our little girl has narrow stripes. It was very hard to see the boys go, but we couldn't handle three kittens and a mother just under a year old.

I'd Describe My Cat As…

Sapphire, named for her blue eyes, is always happy and willing to try anything. She is very friendly, but a little afraid of unknown loud noises. We have not trained her, she has trained us. My husband must spend at least an hour every evening wadding up little balls of paper and throwing them for her. Some she returns, some she takes to another room, some end up in her water bowl. I have never known her to bite or growl. When she wants to be picked up, she stands up and puts her front feet on my leg. If I criticize her for something, she rolls over on her back and looks cute. She also stands on her hind legs a lot to be able to see or reach things better. Looking out the window also interests her a lot. She has always been very healthy, going to the vet only for needles and spaying. My husband thinks she has a problem with her tail because she carries it curled over her back at all times, but I think she just likes it that way.

Advice

  • Adopt one. They are very friendly and cute, many very beautiful. Mine is a mix tabby/Siamese, so even cuter than most tabbies. We love her and she loves us.

Franny Syufy, About.com Cats, says:

What a remarkable, heartwarming story. Bless IslandBeader and the others who started their Animal Welfare League. The world needs more caring people like these.

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