Maya’s Breakfast Friends!

My little cat, Maya, who I have mentioned here, does this funny thing with her cat food and toys…..

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She carries them with her and drops them in her food dish! I don’t know if its because they have catnip in them and that makes her hungry, but almost every day I take them out and put them away only to find they have returned!

What a funny cat I have! Do any of you have cats with similarly peculiar habits?

An note on inspurration…

Happy Friday!  I wanted to take a moment to mention a blog that has been truly inspiring to me- baileyboatcat.com.  I stumbled across it a few years ago when I was doing a Google image search of cats wearing life jackets.  The reason behind this has to do with my Dad, a sailor who loves to take his poor cats out with him…we were debating the likelihood of a cat wearing a life jacket happily.  His cat, unlike Bailey, is not a born sailor as maybe you can guess from this picture:

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Bailey, who is a Siamese cat, and happily wears a life jacket,  looks quite similar to my own Tonkinese cat, Maya, (seen below) which further interested me.   The writing and pictures were so engaging and funny that I was soon totally hooked.  “Bailey” would post almost every day, giving updates on his sailing adventures and his life in general.  When thinking about beginning my own blog, I drew a lot of inspiration from Bailey (and his “Mom”).  The writing is so fresh and fun that I always felt happier after reading his blog posts.  While my cat will NEVER be a floating feline, we love hearing all about your adventures.  Thank you Bailey for sharing your experiences with me and all your other furry furriends!

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Meet Annapurna…

This post is not about travel, but I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to a wonderful cat in my life….Annapurna!

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She is an 18 month old Tonkinese cat, who lives with my family and her two older brothers, whom she delights in chasing and pestering.

These guys, Smuttynose and Zeus, are brothers, from the same litter (my cat Maya is their mom).  Sadly, there is quite a bit of tension between them.  Zeus came back to us after 4 years of living with another family, and Smutty has done his best to make him feel unwelcome at every turn.

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This situation is slightly humorous, as they are practically identical in appearance. (Zeus, however, struggles a bit with his weight, and Smuttynose is notoriously cross-eyed.)

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Annapurna, meanwhile, rules them both!

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A bit about Maya…

While this is a blog about my travel experiences and love of history, I think it is worth mentioning who I leave behind when I am away.  I have a lovely little Tonkinese cat named Maya.  She is 11 years old and is, in my opinion, the most spectacular cat on earth.  Her traits are far more canine than feline.  She greets me at the door when I come home and always wants to be close to me.  She is the ultimate lap cat and likes to snuggle under the covers.  Sometimes she gets up to mischief: one of her favorite past times is pulling pushpins out of the wall and batting them around.  This activity, while sort of cute, sets me on edge as I fear she might eat a pushpin one day!

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