Before I get into the Q&A, here's your daily dose of adorability. I bring you...
Geoff dozing while using Melly as a pillow. She is, as you can imagine, thrilled.
Moving right along.
Rene asked: I was wondering if Melly has problems with hairballs, since she has all that hair?
I’m not really sure what a normal hairball situation is since Scarlett gets maybe one hairball a year, but Melly does get sizeable hairballs sometimes. I try to brush her regularly, which seems to make the hairballs a bit more manageable. It's kind of sad and funny to watch her hurk them up, though: she sort of shoots herself backward instead of projecting the hairball out forward.
Karen asked: I imagine Scarlett has shorter whiskers because of her more svelte physique. What is their weight difference?
Believe it or not, the cats weigh about the same amount. It's been a while since they've been weighed officially, so I held them and stepped on the bathroom scale yesterday. I intentionally have a scale that's a bit vague, but as far as I can tell, both cats weigh about 10.5lbs. Melly is a big girl--very long, and her paws are huge--but she's actually thin under all that floof; Scarlett is more petite but is overweight.
A side note about the whiskers: my completely unscientific observation has been that cats' whiskers are roughly in proportion with their hair. Long hair = longer whiskers. So, unfortunately for Scarlett, she's genetically predisposed to stubby whiskers. Anyone else care to weigh in on this, or add some science to back me up/prove me wrong?
Katnip Lounge asked: What is each of their favorite people foods?
Scarlett loves all food, but meat (of course) and dairy are her favorites. Sometimes I accidentally-on-purpose leave my dishes unattended when I’m done eating so Scarlett can lick them clean, but she has a hard time waiting for ice cream and cereal bowls, and always tries to stick her nose in while I’m still eating. For dessert sometimes, Geoff and I will get a few fancy cheese to have with wine, and I sneak little nibbles of the soft cheeses to Scarlett. Geoff thinks it’s a total waste, but Scarlett does love her triple creams.
Melly, on the other hand, is uninterested in people food. The only foods she likes are ones she gets anyway: chicken, which she loves, and fish. She’s pretty specific about her fish, though—it must be salmon, and it can’t be heavily seasoned. If I make chicken or salmon, I usually have to eat it standing up in the middle of the room because Melly will do pretty much anything to get at it.