Hi there. I'll get things started with a photo of our Turkish Van. Her official name is Mimesis Supernova of Snowpoint, but we call her Nova. She's a tiny thing, about 8 pounds, and no longer growing. She's curious and very friendly. She's also quite mischievous, regularly taunting our Aussies and then acting like they have chased her unprovoked!
What I love about Vans is that they can, at times, act more like a dog than a cat. For instance, Nova's favorite game is fetch. No kidding. I throw the mouse; she fetches the mouse and patiently waits for me to throw it again. She is also very agile and trainable. She will come on command, sit on command and jump on command. When I say it's time for bed, she goes to her kitty condo and jumps in. Then she looks relieved as I close the kennel door for the night! Our Aussies and kitty share the same bedroom at night, so we put them to bed in kennels... just to avoid any problems while we are sleeping. I've never had a cat that would do ANYTHING I asked, so this is quite a new experience.
So here she is, about to pounce from the top of a wingback chair... our Nova.
Here is my new kitty, a 5 1/2 month old short-haired exotic. We took kitty to the vet today for spaying. The vet called later and asked if we wanted HIM nutered. What a surprise! It got past us, the breeder and the vet who checked everything but THAT after we bought him. He is a real sweetie. I love the dispositions of the exotics. I had always had persians until I got my last kitty, a long haired exotic. He was so very special that I got another exotic when he died.
This is Tiga (Teega,) my Maine Coon! I found her alone and sick when she was 3 weeks old. She's just been the bestest friend and smartest cat I have ever came across. She fetches too, but would rather be chased around the house.
She's the first cat I have ever owned and if I ever get another cat it will more than likely be another Maine Coon. I wanted to show her but her ears are 1/8th of an inch too far apart. She doesn't claw on anything except her cat scratcher. She doesn't beg for food, get on the tables or counters, or is loud and annoying. When she's hungry she'll just sit next to her food bowl and wait, but when she does meow it's usually this little squeaky thing. She also coos and chirps, and makes friends with other cats. She's very protective and is quite the scrapper! She has an open door policy, and if there is a door that is shut she'll open it. She's so mellow she'll fall asleep at the vet. She plays with water, splashing it everywhere, and eats and drinks with her paws. She's not crazy about milk or fish, but beef is her favorite food. When we moved to Arkansas we stopped at my mom's house in Oklahoma City for a couple of days. She has a Beagle and I had Tiga, I put Tiga in our little bedroom and told her that this is where she was going to have to stay for a couple of days and put her food and litter box in the room. She never once scratched at the door to get out, she just laid on the bed and waited for someone to come in and visit. This cat just gets it, there's no other way to explain it.
Christine, when I read your description of Tiga my mouth flew open. You have just described my Sugar Baibee above to a T. I have had cats my entire life but never one like Him. I didn't know a cat could be so perfect. Love him and appreciate him in every way you know how because he will probably be the cat you willl talk about all our life as being perfect. Why perfect, because they just are, that's all.
Here's two of my clowder of five siamese. All congenial, all friendly, no squabbles of any kind. Clever and mischievous, they fetch and play all of their lives, even our old Mini who is 14 gets down with the mousie or the catnip ball. Haven't had another breed in years although I secretly covet a devon Rex, and maybe an Ocicat, and then there's the Havana Brown, oh dear. . . .and those lovely abbies... Nice to meet your pets, they all look lovely.
It's best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.