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Cloud Day

October first is Cloud Day!  Six years ago she ran in our house and refused to leave. She decided it was her house!

She was just a sad starving little cat when she came here, but now she’s a happy, fluffy, very well fed cat who was happy to have an ice cream birthday toy!

She likes to bend her tail at weird angles. Not really sure how it works..

These are from when she first showed up. She did not like it when I put her back outside when she initially came in!

Cloud is a great cat!

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Cat Photos Friday #39- Turkey Time

In honor of Turkey Day yesterday, I thought today’s post could be dedicated to my own Turkey….

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a mild obsession with Turkish Angora cats, which started a little over year ago when I found out Cloud was one.  I’d almost had her a year, and since she was a stray I figured she was just a generic long haired cat. But then upon reading a cat breed encyclopedia I realized she fit all the characteristics of the Turkish Angora cat!  That let me to an internet search where I found out some pretty interesting things about this particular breed.

The Turkish Angora cat originated in Ankara Turkey, which was formerly known as Angora. It is an ancient, naturally occurring breed and is thought to be the very first longhair breed of cat, which eventually gave rise to all the longhair breeds seen today.  These cats were a status symbol throughout Europe owned by many royals, including Marie Antoinette! However, people began using the Turkish Angora cat to create new breeds such as the Persian, which got extremely popular and the Turkish Angora cat nearly went extinct due to all the cross-breeding!

In the Early 1900s the Turkish government realized their prized cat was becoming increasingly rare and opened up a special breeding program at the Ankara zoo to preserve this breed, and kept excellent records in order to preserve the ancient bloodlines.  I am pretty sure this program still exists today. For many years it was actually illegal to export white Turkish Angora cats out of Turkey! Turkish Angora cats can come in all colors, but the most famous is the white one.
 It is so crazy to me, to imagine these little cats in a zoo! The painting on the wall is especially funny to me, I had no idea I had such a famous cat!

I would LOVE to visit Turkey one day and see the Angoras in the zoo.
Some people say that Turkish Angora cats remember their regal heritage and that makes them act proud… I’m not so sure about that, but Cloud does act like she’s the queen of the house!
I’m not sure if Cloud is a purebred Turkish Angora or a mix, it seems almost impossible to have a purebred cat just show up at your house one day!  But it doesn’t matter to me if she is or not, she sure does seem to fit the description though! 

She has the almond shaped eyes
The britches, which is what they call the long hair on the back of the legs. I find that too funny sounding!

I think she’d disapprove of me posting that top picture but I couldn’t resist!
She has the tapered tail, which means the hair is longer at the base than at the top.

She has theToe tufts!

And curly belly hair!
She also has the personality they describe too. Turkish Angoras are pretty social cats, and like to be the center of attention. Whenever we have guests over the boys usually hide, but Cloud prances in and acts like she’s showing off the house.  I also recently read that Turkish Angoras are “Imp-like”  and that completely describes Cloud!  She gets in these weird moods all of a sudden, and does nothing but cause trouble, and knows exactly what she’s doing. She’ll race off as soon as you look at her doing whatever bad thing she happens to do, and then she’ll sneak back and do something else annoying. She’s lucky she’s so cute! She’s also the sweetest cat I’ve ever had. Whenever I pick her up she snuggles under my chin, even if she’s in the middle of Imp mode! 
A wild dream of mine is to breed Turkish Angora cats and have a whole “Turkey farm” in the country somewhere… There is a strange American version of this cat, that looks completely ridiculous and nothing like the original cat from Turkey. Actually people have genetically tested it and found that it not even close to the actual Turkish Angora, and sadly most breeders in America breed this version. I think many breeders get caught in making each breed look more and more extreme. Especially with dogs! Another reason I’d like to start my own business! 

Okay that’s the end of my Turkish Angora rant! 
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Cloud Day!

Two years ago today, we came home from a grocery shopping trip and a white cat was waiting on our back porch to greet us.
As soon as we opened the door, she raced inside our house, ran into the bedroom, jumped on the bed and made herself at home!
She was so friendly I figured she must already have a home, so we let her hang out with us for a bit before putting her back outside. I figured she’d go back to her home and I wouldn’t see her again, so I took this picture to remember her by. Haha.
 Buuut…  This is what I woke up to the next morning. She was hanging by her claws at the back door screaming to come in! I had to go to work so I didn’t let her inside, but when I got home she was patiently waiting on the back porch. We walked around the neighborhood to try and find out if she had a home but no one claimed her. One neighbor even said he had seen a liter of white kittens hanging out near his yard months earlier and they didn’t seem to belong to anyone. Then I remembered something; before we moved into our house, Steven was driving home one night from my parents house and said he saw a white cat hanging out on our front steps, he called her Ghost, because she looked like a tiny ghost in the dark of the night. Then a little while after that I had seen a white cat coming in and out of the sewer near our house, had it been her?  No one ever claimed her so we let her move in! We called her Ghost at first, but Cloud just seemed like a better fit.
When my aunt heard the news, she dropped off a present for our little bundle of joy. Inside the package were some toy mice which became her favorite toys. She still carries them around and yowls to them.  
I couldn’t believe this cat had moved in like that.  The funny thing was, we decided that October was the month we were going to pick out a cat, I was so excited, I kept saying it was cat month. It’s almost like she knew, because she showed up on October first!  But, what she didn’t know is that we couldn’t wait until “cat month” to pick out a cat, and a few days before we had met a lady selling kittens at petsmart and had already picked out Chester and Jeeves! We had plans to take them home later that week!  
We weren’t sure what to do with Cloud, we weren’t sure we could handle having three cats, since our original plane was to have ONE cat, but the lady at petsmart talked us into getting two. Even though we hadn’t picked up Chester and Jeeves yet, we still felt like we couldn’t NOT get them.  For a while we planned to give her to Steven’s aunt who had been wanting a white cat,  but we ended up liking her too much and kept her for ourselves and decided to go on the adventure of owning three cats.  It’s funny, if she had shown up just a few days earlier, we would have never gone to petsmart in search of cats and would have never gotten Chester and Jeeves! How sad!
This picture makes me bust out laughing every time I see it. She hadn’t grown her fluff yet so she looks like a little boy to me!
She’s just starting to grow her fluff here!
She likes to help me study
And she loves to help cook!
She was so happy to have a home.
Here is a silly video of her the second day she was here. I let her in to visit and that’s when she discovered toilet paper.. To this day I can’t let her in the bathroom without this happening. (Ignore my annoying yelling)