Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Introducing Lovey

You may remember my feelings about cats known as "torties".  Honestly they scare me.  I've fostered several torties and they can be sweet, wonderful companions, but make them angry, and Watch Out!  Since fostering often requires making cats angry (taking them to adoption events, making them live in the same house with dogs, keeping their nails trimmed, sometimes giving them medicine, and never giving them as much attention as they'd like), I spend a lot of time being afraid of tortoiseshell cats. And now I've got a new tortoiseshell foster cat. 
Her last foster mom - or maybe the shelter where she was before that - named her Lovey.  I wonder if the person who named her was trying to negate her reputation as a cat with attitude.  Or maybe they have a sarcastic streak.  I'm sure that she wasn't named Lovey just because she's loveable.  That goes against everything I know and believe about torties.  Just look in her eyes.  Doesn't she look like she's thinking about five hundred different ways to harm me?


Sure, she pretends to be all sweet and loveable.  She purrs when I pet her, and she has yet to hiss or scratch or do anything even slightly scary.  But that just makes me more nervous, because I know it must be an act.  She's trying to lull me into a sense of complacency, but I'm too smart to fall for that.  
Lovey is FIV positive, just like Belle.  That's why I brought her home, so they could become friends.  But now I realize what a mistake that was.
Belle and Lovey on the cat tree

Oh they've become friends all right.  In no time at all, they were sharing a cat tower.  When I entered the room to take this photo, it appeared that Belle was sleeping and Lovey was relaxing on the tower.  But I have my suspicions.  See the way the carpet is bunched up under Belle's head?  And how Lovey is lying on the edge of the platform instead of the middle of it?  These are clues, you know.  Clues that suggest perhaps the two cats had just rushed into their spots when they heard me coming down the hall.  And perhaps prior to that, they were huddled together, planning something.  They think they've gotten away with it, but I'm not fooled.  I'm going to be keeping a very close eye on these two.

14 comments:

Stefanie said...

You are right - Lovey definitely looks like she's planning something sinister! That is not a "I'm happy to be here" look. More like a "I'm going to strike when you least expect it. Mwahahahahaha!"

Kari in WeHo said...

yes a close eye is super important

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Lovey looks very sassy! One of our beloved cats who has since passed, was a tortie; when she loved, she loved hard,but when she was mad, WATCH OUT :)

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all!

My Human says any cats with those gold coin spots are called "money cats" and considered lucky to have in a barn.

Hope that makes you feel better.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

A Couple of Misfits said...

My only advice? Don't sleep. Don't even nap. It's a sign of weakness, and Lovey is waiting for it. Good luck!

JulieB said...

Those two look like they could be planning wild cat parties! Don't take your eyes of them... ;)

Cupcake said...

Well, she looks wonderful to me, but if anything happens to you, we will tell them "The Lovey did it!"

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Just do not let her see Blair's blog or else you might never survive the naughtiness! I did not know about fortitude until I got and lived with Blair. Now I understand, beware

meowmeowmans said...

We know some very nice torties. :) Lovey is beautiful. We will purr and pray she finds a forever home real soon.

Barb said...

I currently have four torties here. All are very sweet. Lilly is super sweet, Daisy is shy, Minnie and Meg are non-stop talkers. I would sleep with any of them. Yours, however.......I'd leave a light on and 911 on speed dial. Just kidding. I'm sure they're just fine. But just in case we don't hear from you for a couple days, what's Dave's cell phone?

brooke said...

If we don't hear from you in a few days we'll know they carried out their devious plan and have you tied up while they raid the food bin!

Kolchak Puggle said...

BOL, I love A Couple of Misfit's advice. They're right. TAKE NO CHANCES.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog and I love it. We have 3 dogs we adopted thru rescue groups keep up the good work. Wish I could do what you do, maybe one day.

Donna from NC

Sue said...

Hmmm, I never knew that Torties were so evil. I'll have to remember that if I ever have another cat. I still hope to have a Siamese some day.
Sue