As I said, there were far more deserving cats in the Awesome Kitteh Contest than there were prizes, and over the next few months I want to feature some of the great cats and stories that readers sent in. This one comes from Rick:
Ashes is our favorite cat. He has incredibly soft fur, and will frequently demand that we sit down on a couch so that he can come snuggle on our laps. He especially likes laps with laptops, presumably for the extra warmth. He has a favorite plush ball that he’ll carry to the top of the stairs, meowing as he goes, only to drop it at the top in order to chase it down. His cutest habit involves our daughter (in the attached picture)—frequently after she leaves the house for school, Ashes will wander into her room and drag an article of clothing (usually something soft, like a sweater or sweatshirt) or a stuffed animal into the upstairs hall, all the while meowing for her.
Ashes loves to visit the family during dinner time. He’ll make his rounds to each family member several times. I’m not sure how this habit started since we never feed him at the table, but without fail he’ll show up in the dining room to rub against legs and politely request some petting.
As all great characters must have a flaw, Ashes has his. He is deathly afraid of the doorbell and has drawn blood on several of us if the doorbell rings while he is being held. He’ll flee to the upstairs master bedroom and hide under my bed for at least an hour. As a result, not many of our guests ever get to meet our favorite cat.
Here’s a lovely picture of Ashes and Rick’s daughter: