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« on: September 01, 2009, 06:32:36 AM »

Hi
having been so encouraged by all the support & messages you sent on my posting in memory of my Max
i'd like to share some pics of my other little cat - this is Eppie, the feisty tortie (other names: Eppcat, tort, darling, sweetie, - and when in bity mode: bag, baggage)

Haven't got the hang of posting images with text around - doesnt seem to preview here, so hope these work, but will prob all be at end.

She's 10 - very much a tortie girl, knows her own mind - affection strictly on her terms - but what affection!
Purrs, nuzzles - (head rubs only allowed) - leaning up against you..... the full-on love-works!
Try & initiate it yourself however and a quick bite reminds you its for HER to decide when its love-in time!

Had her since an 7-week-old kit - for the first 6 months she slept curled round my head, purring loudly - a wonderful way to get to sleep.  As she grew so did the crick in my neck each morning!

She still sleeps on me every night in that wonderful position cats seem to love - between your legs.
- and it's so good to have her back after a worrying weekend at the vet's.  Having lost our lovely Max on Thursday, she was subdued, and obviously confused, especially with 2 bawling bipeds about.  They were never close - more a delicate balance of who was alpha-cat in which part of the house (hers the bedroom, his the lounge)  But Fri night she started sniffing round everywhere, like she was looking for him.  Sat morning I awoke to find she'd had diarrhea and then vomited - very subdued, so with a long weekend (it was August Bank Holiday here) coming, and our very panicked state, we rushed her to the vet.  They decided it was probably caused by the stress, possible tummy bug or furball but elected to keep her under obs until the diarrhea stopped and give fluids.  They were good enough to phone me twice daily with a bulletin and she came home yesterday morning - much brighter and very happy to be back - although very unhappy that mummy won't open the cat-flap for her.  She has the most heart-wrenching little cry-mew of any cat I've heard, and 10 mins of that would make anyone guilty/distressed.

Another q, if anyone knows -
Lately I've seen some Torties described as 'Calico'.  Not a term I've come across in the UK - but from my reading it seems that if the markings are separate blocks of colour its Calico, if more homogenised Tortie?  From that, I'd say she's Calico at the front and Tortie towards the rear!  My ex used to say she was a 'real Jackson Pollock'!

Incidentally it was he who named her - we'd only had her 4 days & she was having constant runs, and since thats so life-threatening, esp in kittens, we were convinced we were going to loose her.  As we were about to leave for the vet, my ex rushed to the bookcase & grabbed his copy of 'Silas Marner' by George Eliot.  He said we couldn't leave her unnamed, esp if she were to die, and her plight reminded him of the poor little orphan girl in the book- he needed to check the name.  So Eppie it was - causing problems in spelling/saying to many people since (Epie/Effie/Efie)

Her favourite game is drinking from the tap - here she's being outraged that max decided to do it too - she's saying "that's MY game"

Love to all
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 07:23:17 AM »

She's beautiful !
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 07:46:00 AM »

Eppie is so pretty!
Thanks for sharing her pictures and story.  I hope she will be feeling much better now, and will not be too lonely.

"Another q, if anyone knows -
Lately I've seen some Torties described as 'Calico'.  Not a term I've come across in the UK - but from my reading it seems that if the markings are separate blocks of colour its Calico, if more homogenised Tortie?  From that, I'd say she's Calico at the front and Tortie towards the rear!"

That's my understanding, that "calico" has the patches of color, not intermingled.
Here's a whole lot about it:

http://fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tricolors.shtml 
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 08:03:05 AM »

Eppie is lovely.

Maybe she is part tortie, part calico.  She's a Tortico?  Talico?  A Cortie?  We can vote on the name for this new breed!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 08:41:58 AM »

Kittylydia - I agree, lets have a new version!
Tortico
Cortie
Callie
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But my b/f says she's getting an identity crisis listening to this
- and torties already have one id crisis - between being sweet & soppy and being feisty & bity!
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009, 09:21:22 AM »

Eppie is very pretty.   Kiss

LOL.  I've got a couple of those calico-tortie combos myself.  Have seen them called "calicotorts" and "tortiecals", but don't know if there are "official" names for them.  
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009, 09:27:06 AM »

Eppie is a beauty!  I'm partial to torties and calicos myself.  I agree, she looks like a calico in front and a tortie in back.  (My cat Phantom has similar markings, although in dilute colors, and no one has ever been able to figure out exactly what to call her, either, not even the vet who is a cat specialist.)  I'm happy to hear that Eppie is now feeling better, after the scare she gave you.

As a North American, I'm always struck by the difference in face and body shape between British shorthairs and American shorthairs.  Your kitties' faces are so cute and round!
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2009, 10:09:20 AM »

I was going to comment on her sweet, round face as well. What a cutie! I'm glad she's doing better. I know when my Bones left, Pip started tearing her fur out. She was so upset. Fortunately, she and Mia started becoming better friends and now they have their own dynamic going.

Sounds like you have a great vet! I have a vet here (Canada) that commutes every other week between here and her practice in England (she's from here). I can't remember exactly where she is in England, but she says she likes practicing better there because people and her colleagues are more open to "unconventional" thinking.

Looking forward to many more stories and pictures of Eppie.
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 12:27:48 PM »

What a beautiful baby you have, Jo! She is so adorable.

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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009, 01:49:33 PM »

She's a beauty!
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2009, 02:38:49 PM »

Eppie is gorgeous, by any description!

Interesting link, Spartycats. Just to confuse things more Grin, I had sometimes read that the calicos were the ones with the white, and were sometimes called "tortie with white", while the ones with both black and red, with no white, were the torties; but each source seems to say something different. However the calico as large blocks of color and tortie as blended, either one having white, makes more sense; calico cloth is patterned with smooth edged areas, and the original tortoise shell model for the term must have been a finely blended area of two or more colors.

I once had a dilute calico/tortoiseshell with white paws and vest, and a mix of color blocks and blended areas, who looked alot like Eppie, except that she had the lighter, diluted colors.
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2009, 04:46:37 PM »

Eppie is now curled up on my lap, purring at being so appreciated.

Catbird - I think she does have a very round, flat face - even for most British cats - although our female cats mostly have rounder faces than males.  (see my maxy boy's pic in comparison, he has a longer 'muzzle', tho maybe thats quite rounded too)

Bug - I'm amazed at your vet - it must me exhausting to keep travelling back-and-forth like that. Wonder where she practices.  I think  openness to ideas is very varied, according to where & the other vets around. 

For example my sister's vet (Lancaster) releived her old dog's arthitis with acupuncture for 2 years, but my previous vet wanted me to get Max to eat renal diet by refusing to give him anything else for 2-3 days (I lied in the end & said I'd tried to no avail)....but he was still very hostile to the idea that ordinary food+phosphate binders was a good alternative.

We don't really have cat specialist vets here - within the larger practices theres often one who is more of a cat expert, and knowledge of CRF treatment is getting more extensive.  Its quite a matter of luck as to where you live - I'm in a town but don't have a car, so vet trips involve walking or taxis.

A quick Eppie tale - the pic with her looking in the window was my prev house.  There was a flat roof extension she used to get onto via the fence, but she wouldnt jump down again. Se she'd appear at the back bedroom window mewing to be let in.  Then the neighbours told me she'd be out there doing it when I was out at work - one told me he got his ladder out & got her down.

So I had to come up with a solution - which was to put a shed slightly lower than the roof next to the back - she then jumped onto that and hence down.  No more annoyed neighbours!

Wicked fate - just looked at your memorial to Angelus- what a lovely site & a gorgeous boy. And lots of tears when I read the part about just wanting him next to you as always on the couch - I can't imagine a day without crying for my boy yet,and I light his candle every day and sit quietly and 'talk' to him before bed each night.





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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2009, 05:13:57 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2009, 06:08:59 PM »

Eppie is gorgeous!  I just love her markings, very stunning.

I love reading how she got her name, how cute!
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2009, 06:35:19 PM »

Ohhh, sweet little angel. It's hard to believe that such wonderful beings weren't left in charge of this earth. Sometimes I don't know what the Good Lord was thinking when he put us at the top of the food chain and little ones like Max, and all our angels, have to leave so soon. I like to think they're getting the reward while we are left to toil here.
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