Before I begin extolling upon you the wonder that is our old boy Leo, let me just say this. We do not pick favorites among our furbabies. We love them equally. In total we have 4 cats and 2 guinea pigs. Our cats are Sal, 18 (soon to be 19) Leo, 18 Scout (our young lady cat), 17 and Bad Batsu Maru, 2. Our piglets are Ellie and Teddy. Our two year old boy has a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. He wobbles a bit when he walks. It seems since we moved here we have also become aunt and uncle to a whole host of doggies belonging to our neighbors, and possibly one large cat who comes into our yard on occasion. I have taken to telling our guests, if they see two little dogs or a large cat in our backyard, they are very nice, but they are not ours. We don’t mind having an extended fur family. Dogs are high maintenance. This way we get all the fun with little to no responsibility.
Having given mention to all our babes, I remember this blog is about Leo. He goes by many names. The Boo named him for Leo Tolstoy. When I came along, he became Leonid, and eventually Leonid Breshnev. The Boo sometimes thinks he only answers to the name “No.” And that is quite possibly true. We spend a good portion of our time telling him to stop being naughty. His hobbies include knocking things off of tables and ripping up paper. When we aren’t talking to each other, me and the Boo spend an awful lot of time saying things like “Leo, stop that.” and “Leo, no.” Or my personal favorite, “\What is he ripping up now?” He doesn’t seem to care. You will notice on his portrait the piece of paper stuck in his teeth. Clearly he embraces who he is without shame.
None of our cats roam the main house. I’m just not cool with that. I would worry that they could get out, or ruin things; Leo isn’t the only naughty one in the bunch. Plus people have allergies and we like our guests to be able to breath. But when we have guests that want to see our cats-many of you have cats at home that you are missing-Leo is who we reach for to be that surrogate kitty. He LOVES attention. He LOVES to be pet and for the most part he likes to be held.
So, while Leo is probably our naughtiest cat, he is also our most lovable(to strangers). If you stay with us and happen to be missing your own furbabies we have no problem letting you snuggle our Leo. In the process you may even get to see Sal try to slink out of our apartments. He likes to explore on occasion.