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hello kitty!

please welcome the newest addition to the cast of the the snowdeal show ®!

odin has really, really, really wanted a kitty for quite some time and now he has his very own ragdoll cat thanks to the fact that one of his cousin's cats gave birth recently to a rather large litter. we keep asking him what he'd like to name the cat and he alternates between "evie's kitty" ( the name of one of his cousins with the cat that gave birth to his cat ), "odin's kitty" and just plain ol' "kitty". so who knows, maybe we'll have to take over naming responsibility. or maybe she'll forever be known as kitty.

i must admit that when we were thinking of getting the cat, i was thoroughly convinced that mauja would never get over his instinct to want to kill! kill! kill! the cat, because - well - he has a history of killing small land animals in general and tormenting cats in particular. but much to my surprise, they've become fast friends and the cat seems to look up to mauja as a big, furry protective type and mauja is all too happy to fill the role. it almost miraculous because he still attempts to chase down other cats, so maybe they're meant to be together teaching each other how cats and dogs can live in harmony.

i'm actually allergic to cats and the ragdoll cat is supposedly hypoallergenic so who knows. as long as i don't have an asthmatic attack, i guess it's all good if odin's happy :-)

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9/14/2006 09:19:00 PM 2 comments


Please keep us posted as to whether it really IS hypoallergenic. I would LOVE to get a cat if that's true!

By Blogger Billie, at 12:18 PM  

billie: "Please keep us posted as to whether it really IS hypoallergenic. I would LOVE to get a cat if that's true!"

supposedly it's a myth:

"Because Ragdolls lack undercoat and shed little, it is sometimes claimed that they don´t cause allergic reactions. It however isn´t the hair which causes allergy, but the dander. Therefore Ragdolls are just as bad to people with an allergy as any other breed."

but! i am typically very allergic to cats and i haven't had a reaction to her yet. well, that's not quite true, the first time i held her i got a bit of a stuffy nose, but since that i haven't had any problems and haven't even had to wash my hands after petting her or take allergy medicines, which is definitely not the case with other cats.

By Blogger e3, at 9:25 PM  

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