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Pictures of my 6 cats and introduction

post #1 of 15
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Hi everybody

I would like to introduce myself. I am a 31 year old woman from Iceland, and I live 40 min drive east from the capital in a 122 year old house in a small village by the sea. With me in this old house are my 6 cats (and my partner of course )

The first cat was Múddi. I got him in march 2001 from a cat shelter, when he was little over 1 year old. He had been found outside 5 months prior in a bad state, and had obviously been molested, because he was so afraid of people, specially men and people in outdoor clothing. In fact the people in the shelter had nearly given up on him, since he was so afraid and nervous, and they never thought that he could be adopted out because of it. Of course no one wants a cat that is scared of them. Well that was untill he met me When I first went into the room where he was with probably 20-30 other cats, he came directly to me and miawed, then he jumped on top of a table that was there, I went to him and then he put his paws on my shoulders and gave me his first kitty kiss. He even allowed me to hold him in my arms for a long time. In fact he never wants anybody to hold him ever, not even me, except for this time. The first weeks in his new home, he was so scared with all the new smells and noices, so most of the time he spent under the covers with me, purring and kissing me, because I knew he felt safe under there. Today you wouldnt recognize him for the same cat. He is now an outdoor cat, and obviously the king of the neighborhood cats, so full of confidence protecting his yard for intruders, playing in all the overgrown old gardens next to our house or taking a stroll in the sand on the beach. He always comes in before bedtime (except in the nights in the summer that are very warm and have the sun shining the whole night) and he always comes to me in bed and we cuddle and kiss, such a happy cat having a quality time with me.
Here is a picture of him on top of me, he looks so happy in the picture, really warms my heart:

The next cat was in fact a cat that i got for Múddi, because I felt he needed something in his life. Despite being home a lot at the time, and playing with him a lot, he seemed bored. Then I went back to the cat shelter and asked if they had a cat that was very social. They brought out Snælda, a 6 month old female kitten, that was a small skinny thing, that was basically only enormous ears and tail. Múddi and her became instant friends from the minute they met, and are still best buddies. Here is picture of her, she looks very happy in this pic:

The third one is a purebreed norwegian forest cat called AfródÃ:censor:ta (but we always call her "white cat"). A female that is also deaf (because of her white color). I got her one year old from a family that couldnt handle her deaf-cat-behaviour, that included throwing all the fancy things in the shelfs and windows on the floor and breaking them and a strong (nearly manic) urge to go outside, and you cant let a deaf cat go outside, because they cant hear the sound of cars, they dont have a fear from anything and that makes them walk straight into dangers, like barking and growling dogs or other animals plus it seems that animals sense that she is different and attack her. Now she goes only outside with a harness that has a long leash, so she can roam free in the garden while we watch her not getting tangled in anything. She is a very smart, self-assure cat that really thinks she is the boss:

The nest two are retired queens from a Bengal breeder here in Iceland. I got them at the same time. Vicky was 2 years old when I got her and Icy was 5 years old. Vicky is hyperactive, very smart, always with her nose in everything and can do the darnest things. I guess she has similar personality as "Dr. Evil" in the Austin Powers movies, always out there plotting something "evil".... Here is a picture that proves my point, Notice the moon on the left and the cross of the local church on the right. It was not my intention to make this picture so symbolic, I was just taking a picture of Vicky acting crazy, but somehow it turned out like this:

Icy is snowbengal, and when I got her she was nearly feral, but with a lot of TLC and training she has gotten to be a big bundle of purring furryness, and in fact you would never have believed that she used to be so wild. She even lets strangers pet her now, and she is in fact the cat that spends most of her time with us. She really hates when I take photos of her, but this one turned out okay, at least she didnt have time to put her sour face on:

The last cat I got in june last year, and he is 1 year and 3-4 months old now and already 9 kg (little less then 20 lbs). He is a purebreed Maine Coon, and is called Krummi. He always comes with me to work at the pet shop. He really loves it there, specially when he is the center of attention. He is the smartest cat around and I have even made him do tricks. In fact I have been teaching him the last 1-2 months, and the progress is amazing. I will tell more about his tricks in another post but just to give you an idea then he is able to choose a certain color from 4 colors, and in fact I can let him choose between any 2 objects, just by showing him the objects and tell him the name of them, and then say "choose....... Here is a recent picture of the brains in the family:

At the pet shop, disciplining the hamsters, that arent even afraid of him.

There sure are other use for the bath sink then washing hands.

Hugs and kisses
Heidrun and the kitties
post #2 of 15
BEAUTIFUL cats........Heidrun !!!! Welcome to the forum.

Winter Hawk
post #3 of 15
Awesome pictures, awesome cats and its very nice to meet you!! I don't know which of the cats I like the most - they are all stunning!!

I sent the pic of your deaf white girl to my friend who has had 2 deaf white boys - both long haired. She's wanted the long haired deaf white girl for a long time. Her second one had the same problem as hers - the previous owners didn't know how to handle a deaf cat and gave him to a shelter where I snatched him up for her immediately.
post #4 of 15
What great cats!! It looks like you've gone from no cats to 6 cats in a pretty short time

I love the photo of Vicky - what a wonderful looking photo! Especially since you didn't plan it that way!
post #5 of 15
Beautiful cats! Welcome to TCS!

Is that your pet shop? It looks spotlessly clean, something you don't see a lot of here. Many of them are really grubby.
post #6 of 15
Hi Heidrun and welcome. You have such gorgeous cats. Love the pictures. Cant wait to hear about the tricks.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by krazy kat2
Beautiful cats! Welcome to TCS!

Is that your pet shop? It looks spotlessly clean, something you don't see a lot of here. Many of them are really grubby.
Thanks everybody for the warm welcome. Yes this is the pet shop I work in. Fortunantly the shop is made in a way that makes it easy to keep it clean and smell-free. I also put an effort into cleaning the cages on a regular basis, not only because it looks good, but because the animals like to be in clean surroundings. I am in fact really proud on how the shop looks like, but I am even prouder that the rodents and the birds in the shop are well fed, happy and healthy. I had even a wild hawkhead parrots pair lay eggs 3 times in june-july, and that is darn close to be a miracle, because this type of parrot doesnt normally lay eggs in a pet shop. Even if they are kept in breeding cages with no disturbance then it can take up to 10 years to get them to lay eggs. Unfortunantly the parrots spoiled the eggs before they hatched, but I am certain that they will lay eggs again next breeding season.
post #8 of 15
Hello and welcome to TCS! Your furfamily is just gorgeous!!
post #9 of 15
Beautiful cats!
I of course am simply in love with your skoggkat, being owned by an NFC myself, but your beauty obviously comes from far better breeding than mine.
post #10 of 15
Welcome to TCS to you and your fur-family! You babies are beautiful!
post #11 of 15
Your cats are beautiful. I love the picture of Vickie
post #12 of 15
Welcome to TCS your cats a lovely
post #13 of 15
What pretty cats! I was in your country once on a layover and someday I would love to stop and really see it. Your petstore does look very nice!
post #14 of 15
Your cats are beautiful!

My Cotton is deaf, and he has that same habit of knocking things off. We joke that "Cotton doesn't like things that are on top of other things". I'm trying to teach him not to get onto certain shelves, but it's an uphill battle, so the house has been denuded of breakable knick-knacks and the like.

Ironically, Hubby objects to this more than me. I don't care if the shelves and coffee table are a little bare, but he grumps that we can't even have stuff on the baker's rack in our kitchen. I think it's just because he's a perfectionist, not that he really cares about decorations, heh.

To me, having a happy, healthy Cotton is more important than decorating.

Er, sorry for the threadjack. ^^;;
post #15 of 15
welcome to the forum, and your cats are absolutely gorgeous
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