|Dori loves her pink bell|
This week I bought my 7 month-old kitten a collar. It's pink with black polka dots and has a pink bell. Dori loves it! That surprised me because my boy cats hate bells. They barely tolerate wearing a collar.
Herman has worn collars since he arrived on my doorstep 12 years ago. To this day he still slips his jaw under his collar in an attempt to pop it off. When he can't (because I test his collars before I buy to make sure they won't break apart easily) Herm will walk around the house with the collar in his mouth, whimpering. Turkish Van's are highly intelligent, so he's well aware that his whimpering drives me crazy. He will even walk right up to me, look me straight in the eye and whimper. Only when I tell him to "forget it" will he slip his jaw out and get on with his life. But wearing a bell brings out Herm's sincere distress. He's a quiet kind of guy that prefers not to jingle, and I honor his wishes.
Dori, however, struck me as a jingle cat and I was right. From the moment I put the collar on her, she has bounced and pranced everywhere she goes to make her bell ring. In fact...it rings all the damn time! Even at 3 a.m. when she's pouncing on my feet.
But it's soooo cute!
I wasn't really all that on board with adopting this kitten. I am still recovering from the kitten hijinks that Opie put me through 5 years ago. But Dori is a doll! She has a lovely feminine face, and an intelligent, sweet temperament that makes her a joy to live with (even with the 3 am foot pouncing).
And best of all, Peaches and Opie and Jack act as Dori's parental disciplinarians. All I have to do is pull her out of closets, or help her out from behind bathroom drawers, or down from the top of kitchen cupboards, or off the fireplace mantle, or... *gads, she's a busy girl!*