Friday, December 10, 2004
While I love our cats for their sweet, quirky personalities, I am also rather enamored of their warm, furry little bodies. Each cat has particular physical features of which I am fond: Sergei's striking white whiskers and sleek, shiny coat, Lyra's beautiful eyes and her white 'locket', Sasha's rich tabby stripes and proud, extravagant brush of a tail. All three cats have beautiful paws. More than any other part of her, Lyra's paws have a decidedly silver lining. She is very protective of her paws, and does not like to have them handled. She has lived with us for 2 1/2 years, and we have yet to clip more than two or three of her claws at any one time. Because Sergei's and Sasha's paws are white, their toes and pads are pink. Sergei's toes are very long, which I think is part of the reason that he is so good at snagging flying furry mice out of the air. Serg also uses those long toes to hang on to Paul's jeans while being massaged. Sasha has long, luxurious white tufts of fur between his pink toes. The tufts grow to over an inch long, and have earned him the nickname Rufty Tufty. Sometimes they get dirty, and I try to wash them rather than clipping them. Sasha doesn't really like either option.