Name, age, sex, breed: Zena, four years old, female, short-haired tortoiseshell cat
Owner, city: Terri and Dan, Toronto Ontario
How I got my name: My first human, Eric, thought that I had some princess-y qualities, but that I also had warrior-like characteristics. He named me after Xena: Warrior Princess, but changed the first letter to make the name my own.
How we met: I used to live with Dan’s friend Eric and my sister Angel, but when he moved in with his girlfriend and her cat, there were some expected…interpersonal issues, we’ll say. Eric wanted to find me a good home where I could go back to being just one of two cats, and a another friend mentioned this to Terri. One way or another, Dan got talked into it!
Personality type: I’m moody; my humans hear that’s a tortie trait. I’m sweet when it suits me, cranky when it suits me, and sometimes just very chilled out. I like to keep life interesting. (Mom says I’m also not the brightest bulb, but I don’t think you should believe her.)
Siblings: I have a cat brother now, Willy. Sometimes he wrestles with me, but then other times he cleans my head for me. And he always remembers to wake Mom up for breakfast. So I guess he’s alright. And apparently the new human baby is my brother too, but I don’t know what I think about that yet.
Pet peeves: Being picked up when I did not want to get picked up.
Favorite place to lounge: Under the bed — so cozy! — or on top of the new couch, where I can get some sun and listen to the birds outside.
Favorite foods: I’m fine with most cat foods, but I’ve got a dainty appetite. What I DO love is the avocado oil Mom puts in her baths; I hope in the tub to clean it off when she’s done.
Forbidden indulgences: Our new apartment has a very pretty plant that is excellent for chewing, but the humans don’t seem to like it when I do that.
Strangest habits: When I nap, I splay my arms out like a turkey.
Stand-out physical feature: My big green eyes and my very soft fur. I’m quite pretty, if I do say so myself.
Things you might not know if I didn’t tell or show you: I am not that into toys, but I am excellent with a cat dancer.
(Images: Terri Coles)