Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

25 Things about Me

1. I am a purebred Abyssinian, blue in color. That means grey. And I'm that way because I carry a recessive gene for "dilute".

2. I was born August 20, 2002 in the Davis kitchen. My mother's name was Jesse and there were six kittens in my litter.

3. I was born to be sold, but they wouldn't take me because I had a bump on my leg that was from a healed break. That was weird, because nobody ever saw that I'd had a broken leg. I'm fine now. You can't even see where it was.

4. I am obese. Abyssinians are supposed to be slightly built cats. But I'm hefty. And I'm fat on top of that. I weigh about 15 lbs. A surprising amount of that is muscle. I am very, very strong.

5. My first name was Ace. As in Ace Ventura, Detective Pet. But it just didn't fit me. So thanks to some kid silliness, I gradually became known as Getzger. It seems to fit me a lot better.

6. In addition to having a facebook page, I have my very own gmail account, a blog, I'm on twitter, and I have my own group on Flickr.

7. I have an eating disorder. Abys are known for being very busy and very habitual cats. So it's just part of what I do. I patrol the house many times a day and every time I go into the kitchen, I have to stop and eat. It's just the way it is. It's a habit. It's the same thing that causes me to jump into the bathtub every time I follow someone into the bathroom. Oh, and lick the soap. I don't know why I do it. I just do.

8. I'm kind of afraid of the cat door. So when I go through it I have to test it repeatedly with my head and paws. A lot.

9. If you google my name, it comes up with lots of things about me. Oh, and some guy has parked the domain so I can't buy it. I've tried. I think would be nifty.

10. As you may be aware, I love to ride in the car. When someone gets their keys and bag, I know it's my chance. I beg at the door, meowing loudly. Then I dash into the garage and wait for someone to open the car door. Then I jump inside, scratch the back of the seat, then jump into the back seat. I meow a lot when we drive. And look out the windows. People never wave at me, oddly enough. I guess people aren't surprised to see at cat in a car.

11. I've been on TV. I was at church, getting my annual blessing from Father Ken, and the local TV news covered the event. My blessing was on the news!

12. My belly is so fat that Gary calls in an udder.

13. Gary also calls me "Duallies" because my middle and back end is larger than my front end. So from the rear, I look like a truck with duallies.

14. I am not a lap cat. I don't sit ON people. But I love to love them. I'm a really good lover. I put my forehead on them and stand there purring. I also do hair. I purr a lot. I've been told I have a very calming purr.

15. I love visitors! When people come to the house I'm first to greet them. I talk to them and purr at them and jump on the table to get closer to them so they can pet me.

16. I'm a good watch-cat. If there's a strange noise outside or if someone strange is in the driveway, it makes me growl. I can growl really good. Sometimes it even makes Sprinky growl.

17. My favorite human is Alek. I like to follow him to bed and sleep under the covers alongside him. But after a while I get bored (I get bored a lot) and I often spend the night sleeping on the couch. Once in a while I sleep with Ginger and Gary. Though Tubby always has the best spot already taken.

18. I've trained the family to leave the kitchen tap dripping for me. If I hear someone turn on the water, I come running as fast as I can. I knock things over sometimes, but someone always fixes it.

19. To combat my eating problem, Ginger has been researching cat doors with access collars. So they can lock me out of food. That is so mean.

20. I really, really love to go outside. I used to be addicted to hunting snakes. But they don't let me outside anymore, even supervised. Last fall I got really, really sick and almost died. Ginger doesn't want to risk that happening again. So I stand at the door and hope.

21. I've been to the drive through bank, the drive through pharmacy, to McDonald's and Andy's. One time they offered me a "Kitty Cone". It wasn't. It had ice cream in it. Yuck.

22. Though I do like ice cream when it's left sitting in a bowl. When Ginger is eating something and gets to the end of the bowl, I can always tell she's almost done and so I come stand near her and wait, loudly. Then when she puts the bowl down, I lick it clean.

23. I spend my time doing three things, in about equal measure. 1) Sleeping...duh. 2) Looking out the window. 3) Patrolling my home and investigating the status of everything.

24. I also play with things. I love to play fetch. Note that I said play. It means I beg, you throw, I chase, then I stand there looking lost. I used to know how to fetch. I sorta forgot. I do that a lot.

25. When we had an aquarium I had a problem eating the fish out of it. Nothing worked to teach me to stay away. So Ginger beat me. Seriously. It hurt really bad. I cried. But I never went near it again. Not even close. I might be a dumb cat, but I'm not THAT stupid.