Asterope is a sweet, chatty, walrus-whiskered couch potato who loves to spend time curled up or sprawled out on the couch with anyone who will sit still. She loves to snuggle next to or on a lap, or even climb up onto the back of the couch to whuffle and nuzzle your face. She greets you at the door when you get home, and likes to keep you on task through your daily routine, chatting and escorting you around -- especially at mealtimes and bedtime. She is not shy about claiming people with headbutts, and sometimes is so excited to see you that she will flop over onto the carpet, already purring, for belly rubs.
She’s a bit of a funny kitty, being smaller than her sister with a little bit of a stubby nose, and is very wriggly -- she doesn’t mind being picked up and held, but when she decides it’s time for her to reassert herself, she’ll try to climb up onto your shoulders and drape herself there like some kind of mink stole. Sometimes she will then try to rub her face against yours, purring, from this perch.
Through her whole life, we’ve also been unable to convince her that some parts of the house are not her domain, so bookshelves, mail baskets, and all such perches may be occupied at times. She has never been shy about occupying any space; it’s not clear that she has any sense of guilt! That said, she is a well-behaved kitty, keeping her scratches to the posts and scratch mats and her business to the litterbox. You may, however, find cat fur on the countertops, and we make sure not to leave things in the sink that she might try lapping up.
Unfortunately, her owner passed away suddenly and so this sweetheart is without people to call her own. She’s grown a bit thin over the last year as her owner was in and out of the hospital (we think from loneliness, as her basic needs were cared for), and she could use some loving company to help her regain a good weight. She has also suffered from irritable bowel disease, and is on a steroid medication to treat it (she is fairly good about taking medication). We are also working on feeding her more canned food than (grain-free) dry, at a veterinarian’s recommendation.
She grew up in a household with one other cat (her sister Alcyone) and no dogs; a dog is probably a bit much for her, but she may be able to get along with another cat given a proper introduction. She has had a fairly quiet household over the last several years, but she was also happy living with three children before they moved away. She does not like to share her person with her sister, Alcyone, but when she lived with one owner they did work it out.
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