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January 17, 2003

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Cali, the Cat of the Day
Name: Cali
Age: 22 months old
Gender: Female
Kind: American Short Hair
Home: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
   Cali is the pretty kitty and she knows it too. She demands attention on her terms and loves to play with her older tabby step-brother. Here she is modeling for the camera with the classic "I need attention" pose that she learned at the age of three months. Since this picture, she has grown into a stunning adult cat. She loves to talk to me in the morning with small little meows and peeps and when she was younger she nibbled on my toes. Living in the desert, there are many perils for small kitties. When she was only four months old, Cali was exploring a cactus on the dining room table. When her nose touched one of the thorns, her back legs kicked into gear and she did a belly flop right onto the needles. After 30 minutes of surgery at the animal hospital, Cali was back to her normal self (although she does maintain a distance from this cactus).

    Cali loves to explore. In our house, we have many pot shelves and cabinets. When Cali was younger, she loved to climb to the highest shelves and watch over the room. Now that she is a little older (and a little heavier), Cali keeps to the tables and the couches. While the tabby relaxes on the couch, Cali is always on the prowl for spiders and other cats who enter our yard. If the neighbor cat walks by the window, Cali lets everyone in the house know with her protective cries. She is better than a watch dog. Sometimes she will sleep with me, but most of the time, the nighttime belongs to her. During the day, while I clean house or go to work, Cali takes advantage of the free bed and catches up on a few Zzz's. Cali's favorite toy is the shower curtain, when it is closed. She can spend hours hiding behind the curtail and playing with its fringe, all while singing a happy tune. However, if the curtain is open and the bath is exposed, she won't go near it. Cali is a fun and loving kitty that holds a special place in my heart.

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