Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Show and Tell: Our cats!

Well, this being my first show and tell, I certainly have to display my favorite things in the world (that aren't people)... Our cats!

When I was a little girl, I suffered from horrible cat allergies. This was a nuissance considering we had several cats as pets. One day, probably when I was about six or seven, while peering through our Encyclopedia set, I stumbled upon the most amazing creature and decided right then and there that I would own one someday. It was a Sphynx cat. I was in love with the image, but I was even more in love with the idea that this cat could potentially solve some of my allergy problems. Why? Because THEY HAVE NO HAIR!!!! Now, the breed is fairly new and there are some that have a little more "fuzz" than others... but they are typically virtually hairless. Since dander is usually what people are allergic to when they suffer cat/pet allergies, it wasn't for certain that my problems would be solved. But, I love cats and can't live without them, so I wanted to try this alternative.

It was years before I was actually able to purchase one of these pets, as they tend to be a little on the expensive side. Thanks to student loans, while I was in graduate school, I decided to splurge on something that I wanted more than a headboard. So, I found Kitsch:

Kitsch is completely hairless except for a small bit of fuzz on his ears and tail. When I first purchased him, I called him Tut. But, he wouldn't respond to that. So, one day I ran through a bunch of different names, and when I called "Kitsch!" he came running!!! So, he picked his own name. And it's fitting, if you're familiar with the word's meaning. :)

Thankfully, with moderate bathing and upkeep, my allergies have been non-existant since I got him.

Then, a couple years later, after my husband and I were married and moved to another state, we decided to expand our cat family. We want to save money for adoption and other expenses, obviously, so we didn't go for another sphynx this time. Instead, we opted for a short-haired cat. I planned to bathe her and brush her frequently, to avoid any puffy eyes and sneezing. But, after about a week, I didn't feel any allergy symptoms and haven't since. It's amazing! I don't know if my allergies have disappeared completely, but they certainly aren't bothered by her hair. I can bury my face in it (when she'll let me) and I don't sniffle, snort, or sneeze.

We decided to name her Face. It's quite the appropriate name, as she has one of the cutest faces you'll ever see. We happened to snap the perfect picture to illustrate how she got her name:


The cats' personalities are polar opposites. Kitsch loves to cuddle. Face likes to stay at arms length. Kitsch can't jump well. Face jumps all over the place. Kitsch doesn't mess with the dining room suit. Face likes to play with hairthings on the tabletop. :) The only thing they have in common is their hatred for the vaccuum and their love for one another. They get along great.





So, now that I've "shown and told," isn't it your turn? Head on over to Mel's Blog to play along. It's a great way to bring people together and see interesting things!

16 comments:

karlindaadoption said...

They're very cute, and Face certainly lives up to her name. I gotta ask though, doesn't Kitsch get sunburnt?

dreamsofquiet said...

So cute together! I'm glad your allergy has abated.

Welcome to S&T...hope you come back!

areyoukiddingme said...

Very cute kitties.

That's the mystery of allergies - the more you're exposed to the allergen, the less likely it is to bother you (I think that's the theory behind allergy shots).

loribeth said...

I'll admit, I'm not particularly a cat lover myself... but I'm glad you were able to find a way to have one!

Parenthood For Me said...

I used to be horribly allergic to cats. My MIL has a cat and it seems that I have become pretty much immune.

Kristin said...

What adorable kitties!

Another Dreamer said...

They are both so adorable! Isn't it funny how they sometimes surprise you with the personality differences?

Glad your allergies aren't too bad with them. That's awesome.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Welcome to Show and Tell!

Is it ok that I'm just a little creeped out by hairless cats (dogs too)?

They do look sweet all cuddled up together tho!

Lavender Luz said...

Seriously?? Even if you're allergic to cats you can have a Kitschy-Kat?

Hmmmmm.

Welcome to Show & Tell!

Lin said...

Your cats are just beautiful! Face certainly does have a captivating face! And, WOW to no more allergies, or at least not to Face. Guess that proves that she was perfect for your family, huh? Thanks for sharing...

Lynn said...

What cute kitties! So glad your allergy seems to have taken leave for now. Face does have an adorable face ;D

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Very cute. It's funny--I realized reading this that I've only ever seen pictures of hairless cats--I've never actually seen one up close.

Jacksmom said...

I will participate in Show and Tell next week, but I have a question for you this week. I have always wondered, do sphinx cats have soft skin that you can pet easily, or is it like rubbing a shaved pet's skin? I know it's an odd question, I'm just curious.

Krystal said...

Cute! I've always been curious about that type of cat! But, I've never known anyone who had one!

I did my show and tell about a pet, too!

cindi said...

I always think of Mr. Biggelsworth when I see a hairless cat. If you don't know, Mr. Biggelsworth is Dr. Evil's cat from the Austin Powers movies. Glad you were able to satisfy your love of cats without dealing with allergies.

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