Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gingerness

They are called red, orange or ginger cats, and they seem to be everywhere - especially the males. The red gene is carried on the X chromosome (so males need only one copy of the gene), and the red overrides other colors carried on the other genes. One more fact: Red cats arose in Asia, but the main spread of the color started with the Vikings.

So a bit of facts on how we glorious, gorgeous ginger are what we are.

Weekend is almost here. Maybe we can get mum to stay home for a bit with us. She keeps coming home and going off to see Grampie. When she comes home she is bummed out. Grampie has improved a bit, but is also very confuzzled as to where he is. That makes mum sad.

The place where Grampie is has kitties in it though! So it must be a good place to be. Mum says she won't take us to visit as we are not Grampie's kitties. Plus we might run off and get lost in the building or get in a fight.
Four kitties live here, mum has seen two of them. Two kitties per floor, girl kitties on Grampie's floor and the boys live upstairs on the second floor. They get to wander all over but they know not to get on the levitator to change floors. Mum hasn't been upstairs to see the boys since Grampie is on first floor. Bunzer the other kittie on the first floor mum has only seen once wandering around.
Mum says this is Schatze, pretty, long haired kittie. Really soft to pet. Mum even took some treats along to give to her.
They have a little room towards the front that people can use to visit and watch TV. Here is the food and water bowl, a kittie condo and the necessary box is behind the plant!

Hope everyone has a good weekend. We are going to see if we can cheer up mum some.

14 comments:

William said...

How nice that your Grampie can get some feline attention! It must be a good place!

Take care of your mum, boys. Give her kissies and purrs and no fighting, even if it is only play fighting.

Jacqueline said...

We hope Grampie likes his new home and are glad there are kitties there to keep him company...Give your Mom extra cuddles this weekend, sweet boys...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

How wonderful that Grampie can enjoy the company of cats in his retirement. Pawsome!

Simba said...

That is nice that Grampie's place has some kitties. We are sorry he is not doing so well. My Mom says she hopes the doctors have checked (or will check) his vitamin B12 and Vitamin D levels. Her Daddy used to need B12 injections when he got old and it helped him mentally a lot. It is a very common deficiency in the elderly, but many doctors don't check.

How interesting about the Vikings and ginger cats! I never thought of them as having cats, but I bet cats were good for catching mice on their ships!

Eric and Flynn said...

That is nice that there are kitties that your Grampie can talk too. We hope your mum can get some rest this weekend. We are sending purrs to all of you.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am glad there are cats there to keep your Grampie company. How does he like them? Do they purr for him too? We are purring loudly.

fivecats said...

We have a female, ginger kitty visitor. She's fixed so we needn't worry about little kitten visitors.

We hope your grampie's little confusion clears up quickly. Considering how many places he's been the last few weeks, it would leave anyone confused.

Extra purrs to your grampie and your mom. Have a good weekend.

Ginger Jasper said...

That is what I call a great place. It can only be god if they have kitties there. I have to agree with the gingers though. Being a ginger myself I think its a great colour.. Hugs GJ xx

Busby and Raymond said...

We understand about your Grampie, because our Grandma is moving into an assisted living place tomorrow. Our Moms were there last night taking groceries over and they met Sam, who is a ginormous cat who lives there. So it must be a good place too, right? Tell your Mom not to be sad, we think your Grampie will like his new home, it just takes time. xoxo

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That is wonderful that the place your grampie is at has kitties. But we are sorry that he is confuzzled and that your mom is sad. We hope he will be less confuzzled soon. We think that you too will also do a good job of making your mom feel better!

And thanks for the info on gingerness - we knew some stuff (like the x gene thing) but not others (that they started in Asia). Since we have a ginger in the family now it is fun to learn about!

Ayla and Iza, said...

What a wunnerful idea! The Big Thing's Mom was in a place fer old people an they wouldnt let pets aroun. It made her so sad...

Katnip Lounge said...

We are so happy your Grampie can have kitties visit him...cuz there's nothing better than the power of the purr.

Our Mommy's MIL is in a nursing home with advancing Altzheimer's. She sends you support and love. It's hard.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

What a great place Grampie in that recognizes the healing powers of kitties. Mom says if she ever has to go to a place like that someday, thats the kind of facility she wants.

The Crew said...

That's nice that those kitties live there to help people like your Grampie.