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Pete the Grey Tabby mix, the Cat of the Day
Name: Pete
Age: Eight years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Grey Tabby mix
Home: Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA
   This is our Pete, but his full name is Pizza Mediterranean Kittanunu. The shelter where we got him named him "Mediterranean," and his sister, " Caribbean," because litter-mates got matching names. "Kittanunu" comes from the early SIMS videogames where the characters used a word like that to refer to a cat.

     Pete is almost 16 pounds but he does not look it because of his petite face and muscular body. When you call Pete's name, he responds with a chirp, as if to say "yes." We found a web site on training your cat to do tricks and it worked with Pete. He can sit, speak, and rub your leg on command--for a cat treat, of course! But we could never teach him to "give me your paw", like a dog, so we finally gave up.

     We think that Pete is part Bengal cat because his hindquarters are higher than his shoulders, giving him a slightly sway-backed swagger. We call them his "rabbit rears" and he claws furiously with them when play-fighting. He loves to paw at water coming out of a faucet and has a remarkably long tail.

     All cats have one peculiar habit. With Pete, it's that he likes company when he goes to his litter box. When anyone enters the bathroom where Pete's box is, he rushes right in after them.

     Pete's favorite toys are plastic bags, which he likes to scratch on, and fuzzy ponytail holders. When two people play "kitty in the middle" with the ponytail holder, Pete he will jump, "four paws in the air", to try to catch it. No commercial cat toys have ever appealed to him as much. (How typically cat!)

     Pete is a special kitty because, when he was six months old, he was said to have dry Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which is normally fatal. The vet who diagnosed it, after a bout of fever and vomiting (and a biopsy), told us that Pete had less than three months to live. But we didn't give up on our Pete. With a lifetime regimen of Prednisone and vitamins, Pete is still going strong. But, sadly - to him, anyway, he must remain an only-cat and can't go outside to play.

     We treasure each day we have with our sweet Pete!

Pete the Grey Tabby mix, the Cat of the Day Pete the Grey Tabby mix, the Cat of the Day

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