Saturday, April 11, 2009

Show & Tell: The Furry and The Not-So-Furry

For this week's Show & Tell, I thought I would share pictures of our own little menagerie. (Technically, I can't call them my "furbabies" because only one has fur.) The first picture below is of our Sphynx cats, Serenity and Celerity. Serenity is on the right (with the white on her face), and she is Celerity's mother. Contrary to what you may think if you saw the Friends episode where Rachel got rid of a Sphynx because it was so mean, they are really sweet, loving and social. Our house is not one where the cats hide under a bed when we have guests over; if there is action, these two want to be involved. We frequently describe them as dogs in cat-suits.

Celerity (left) and Serenity (right)
They aren't completely hairless; both have small tufts of fur behind their ears and on their noses. Their bodies are covered in a soft peachfuzz. They have really high metabolisms and are known to sneak food out of the sink, if there are any dirty plates lying around. Celerity in particular is a talented food thief; she once stole a stalk of asparagus off my plate when I wasn't looking. I had to chase her through the whole house to get it back (I wasn't sure whether asparagus would be okay for her to eat).

Celerity, the bad elf
We also have a two year-old Scottish Terrier named Riddick. C and I were concerned about how Riddick would interact with the cats when we first brought him home. He set the right tone by immediately laying down and showing submission to them. (For a Scottie, we thought that was pretty unusual.) Of course, once he settled in, we had a few "puppy" moments where he wanted to play and the cats weren't so enthused. I quickly lost my fear that he might hurt the cats, and instead realized that they could easily hurt him. (They aren't declawed.) All in all though, my fears proved unfounded, and now it's not unusual to see Celerity and Riddick curled up on the couch together.

Riddick after grooming
Mmm...Kleenex!
Serenity and Riddick hit a rough patch in their relationship early on - I was giving Serenity her weekly bath, and foolishly left the door open so I could hear if Riddick got up to anything he shouldn't. (Side note: since Sphynxes don't have fur to take the oil off their skin, they need weekly baths.) I was kneeling beside the tub, lathering the cat up, when Riddick came running in and leapt over me. He landed on the soapy cat, who went underwater and then bolted out of the tub and into the living room. Riddick took off after her. If the cats are dogs in cat-suits, then Riddick is a dog who thinks he's a cat. He tried to jump from the back of the loveseat onto the kitchen island; being sopping wet, he wasn't quite able to make it, but it was hysterical to watch.

Sweet Serenity
So that's our little zoo! Now go see what the rest of the class brought. Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

12 comments:

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Too cute--it seems like the perfect cat if you're allergic to fur (like me), right?

Jennifer said...

I'm pretty allergic too, which is how I found out about Sphynxes in the first place. I find that they don't bother me at all.

becomingwhole said...

Oh my goodness! I would have loved to see that bath scene! I just loved that santa suit pic, too! Of course, I'm kind of a sucker for dressed up-pets photos--don't know what that says about me, but I love your babies!

Elizabeth said...

LOVE IT!!! (I'm also "Project Progeny" from Show&Tell)

FattyPants said...

I've never actually seen one of those hairless cats, well except for the austin powers movie. Wonderful pics.

Parenthood For Me said...

That's great that everyone gets along

Erika said...

I can just picture the bath scene now... too funny, thanks for sharing! We have a Westie and terriers don' usually submit. I'm so glad they all get along for you!

Candice said...

So cute. I love the sweaters and Santa suit!

WiseGuy said...

Love your cats and your dog and all that posing...

Does it make me a dork if I told you that I did not know about the 'Sphynxes'?

Love the Show and Tell that you did...

Kristin said...

Love the bath tub story! Cute (non)furbabies.

Kim H. said...

I don't have an email to be able to respond to your comment - but the fertility sock site is hysterical... I love that idea!! I can't imagine what they'll say... but I'm signing up... and I'm going to get some CRAZY socks to send in too.

Joy said...

I think your cats are SO cute! And so is your dog!!! Most people think Siamese cats are mean but are actually very social and loving cats who love to "talk" (we have a Siamese).

Very cute!