Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 09, 2016
I became Turkey’s mama when she was 9 weeks old. She was a gift to me and although I do not advocate giving animals as gifts, she was certainly well-received. She came from a pet store and she was the smallest one in the litter.
I quickly named her Turkey ( which was fitting because she was such little turkey) and we immediately became the best of friends.
When she was a kitten she was extremely social; when we would have friends over she would work the room- spending a little time with every person during a gathering and always greeting all of our guests.
As she got older she became more shy and much less social. When we have company now, Turkey prefers to go into her own room. Having her own space is extremely important to her, so we try to give her that space so she feels she can be alone whenever she needs to.
She is an indoor cat and that has never been a problem. She likes gazing out the window at birds and doing some people-watching, however, she is content with her indoor life and seems happy being at home.
Turkey is very adaptable to other animals so long as they do not threaten her by rushing into her space and she is able to meet them gradually. She is not a huge fan of children so she tends to just go into her room when we have children at the house.
As far as exercise goes, Turkey leads a very sedentary lifestyle. To counteract this and avoid weight-gain we have found that giving her a little bit of Catnip stimulates a burst of energy that lasts about ten minutes, during which she will run laps around the house.
She is a very clean cat; she has never had an accident outside of her litter box in the 3.5 years that I have owned her. As far as grooming goes she does shed a fair bit so I have to brush her regularly. I also have to clip her nails - she will not allow the vet or anyone else to touch her paws.
Overall I am so in love with Turkey. She is a such a sweet cat and I could not imagine my life without her in it!