Squeak (pictured above)
Weight: 6 lbs
Breed:Blue Point Himalayan
Background: Outlived her people. Lead a life of pampered luxury
Pros: Great health, plays with Alex
Cons: Avoids Natalie and June. Requires daily brushing and hates it.
2010 Accomplishments: She has not killed us, plays with Alex, does not require that we feed her from a crystal goblet. She is our fluffiest cat, but also the most flammable.
Expenses: 1 vet visit for yowling, blood work, (diagnosis: dementia)
Cost per pound $16.70
Alex (Defending Cat of the Year)
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Breed: Turkish angora x Persian
Background: Innocent victim of a hoarder. He was at the shelter for 2 years because no one wanted to adopt an adult black cat
Pros: Good attitude. Greets all visitors at the door. Does fantastic acrobatics. Plays hard.
Cons: Rarely purrs. Bites your toes while you sleep.
Accomplishments in 2010: Still modest and unassuming as ever. Defers to Squeak, tries to play with Natalie, and leaves June bug alone (though he recently began sleeping in her bedroom). His ¾ length tail, though not new in 2010, is always worth some points. The cat of the year title was his to lose, but the expensive dental work in November was a blow to his huge lead.
Expenses: 1 vet visit, 3 teeth pulled.
Cost per pound: $47.06
Age: 11 (her vet did not think she'd live this long)
Weight: 5.5 lbs (up 1 lb since we got her)
Breed: Silvertip Persian
Background: Oh, June. She was kept in an outdoor dog crate for 8 years and badly neglected before someone turned her in to the Humane Society in fall 2009. Struggles with litter box routine.
Pros: Ridiculously cute, and much improved in the litter box area. Big purr. Cuddly, despite her bony little body. Her only two teeth are in pretty good shape.
Cons: Oh, June.
Accomplishments this year: Although June is a finicky eater, she is back to eating soft cat food (after a few weeks of eating only human baby food- read: very expensive). She now grooms herself (mainly just her face). She sleeps by our heads in bed with us every night.
Expenses: multiple vet visits, extensive dental work, daily anti-anxiety meds and antibiotics, only ate baby food for a while (see above). Sweaters. Professional grooming. Etc.
Cost per pound: $100 or more. Priceless, really
Weight: 13 lbs.
Breed: Domestic long hair
Background: Disemboweled by her previous owners’ dog. Medically neglected. Borderline diabetic. Required hernia surgery including a Gore-Tex body wall, and is on a diet. She’d prefer to be the only cat in our house.
Pros: Classic beauty, good stomper, good at polishing things with her declawed paws.
Cons: Little bit of a diva complex. Does not play well with others.
Accomplishments: Natalie continues to be the largest of our cats. No expensive surgeries this year. Glowing report from the vet (who she hates). She has not eaten any of the other cats, nor has she squashed them either. She did go through a phase of wanting to go outside, but that passed. She stopped using June’s litter box.
Cost: Expensive diabetic food, but only 1 vet visit this year.
Cost per pound: $7.70