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Dimig's House of Animals

Sarina

The Story

Sarina was born on September 16, 2002, at least 12 hours after her sisters. She had two sisters that were both black and white. One of her sisters went to a friend of the family and was named Angel. Her other sister mystriously passed away.

Sarina and her sisters happened to come into the world after a night of partying. One night when my husband and his friend Bob were partying, Rachel (Sarina's mother) slipped out and had a party of her own. I was out of town overnight visiting relatives and came home the next day to find Rachel with 3 male cats surrounding her. Sure enough, 9 weeks later, we have kittens. At first, we had decided that we weren't going to keep any of these kittens, but Sarina won over my husband's heart and she is definately HIS cat, his pride and joy. So far, she is the only cat that has even come close to replacing his Roxy (his cat companion of 6 years who disappeared one night), although he fills that Roxanne could never be replaced.

Sarina definately has spunk and has a very pronounced personality. She is the most courious, the biggest trouble maker, and the pestiest of all the cats in the house. She is constantly exploring and seeing what kind of miscief she can cause next. She picks on all the cats to try to get them to play and when they get tired of her, they run from her. Her biggest challenge is Fuzzy (her half brother) because he has just as much kitten in him as she does and is not afraid to fight back. He is also almost twice as big as she is, so she usually runs from him. Another favorite thing for Sarina to do, is to sit up on her "perch" (a cat stand in the walkway near the kitchen) and dare you to walk by her. If you walk by her and don't acknowledge her, she'll reach out and swipe at ya to get your attention.

Sarina has been fixed and has never came into heat and I wonder if this is the reason why she is still such a playful kitten at a year old. In a way, I hope she never grows up because her personality makes her unique from every other cat in the house and she's very fun to be around.

Care Sheet

Origin

It is believed that cats originated from Egypt.

Feeding

Cats are nibblers and they would prefer to have food available to them 24 hours a day. The best way to feed your cat is to provide dry food 24 hrs a day by way of a self feeder (a large covered container that holds a lot of food) or by keeping dry food in a dish. It's best to put the fresher food on the bottom. If your cat does not like or had a hard time eating dry food, you can moisten the food by adding a little water. You probably shouldn't leave moistened food for more then a day because it can get hard and sometimes even moldy. You can supplement this feeding by giving your cat a small can of wet food once or twice a day or even once in a while as a treat. Do not give your cat only wet food because wet food is mostly meat and is not a complete balanced diet for your cat. DO NOT give your cat milk. Milk has lactose in it and can cause your cat to have diarrhea. If you really want to give your cat "milk" as a treat, give your cat a milk substitute or formula instead. You can find various healthy milk substitutes for cats in the pet aisle of your local grocery store. Also, always provide a fresh bowl of water for your cat every day.

Environment

A cat would probably prefer to sleep with you. Other places they would like to sleep is in your window sill, on your couches or chairs, or an in our case, on top of snake tanks. If you want to designate a specific area for your cat to sleep, you can try offering them a bed made of a box and an old pillow or you can purchase a cat bed from your local pet store.
If your cat will be an indoor cat, you should provide a litter box for him/her. The litter box should be scooped daily and the litter should be changed about once a week. Maybe more if it starts to smell bad or if you have more then one cat. You don't need to purchase a real expensive litter. We use Johnny Cat for multiple cats, which is very reasonably priced, and we have found that it works very well.
Cats are very active and very courious. You should provide your cat with a variety of toys. I have found that cats prefer toys with cat nip in them, toys made of animal fur, or toys with bells. The smaller the toy the better. But don't get a toy that is so small that your cat may swallow it. You will find that cats will play with just about anything though. One favorite with our cats is the little plastic piece that you peel off of milk jug lids. They just love those!
Also, cats love to sharpen their claws. They will use about anything to do it with to, especially your furniture, drapes, etc. It's probably best to provide your cat with a scratching post made of wood and carpet, or of some other kind of material. Something for them to scratch on rather then your furniture. We have provided our cats with a multiple level scratching post. They love this because cats also love to climb.

If you would like to read more about cats. I have found that "Cat's In The House!" is a very fun and informative site to explore.