While she does enjoy time to herself for some quiet relaxation, Tinkerbell is an affectionate little miss! Every morning she descends from her den, much like a divine being from Olympus, and blesses me with cuddles. She loves to have her face rubbed along both cheeks and at the top of her nose, between her eyes. She’s demanding but gentle: if you stop stroking her before she’s satisfied, she’ll use her paws to guide your hand back to the sweet spots! She assures me that I’ll soon be a qualified meowsseuse.
4. Her totally understandable appetite for tasty treats
Like so many four-legged fiends, Tink is very motivated by food. Here she is exhibiting her best gremlin face, one you can expect to see in response to the rustle of a packet being opened.
If you were ever submerged beneath an avalanche of kibble (I am not a statistician and cannot tell you how likely this scenario is), would you be reassured to find Tink on the scene or would you fear for your life?
5. Her cleanliness and excellent manners
Tink is a polite and considerate house guest. She has no issues with using the litter tray, eats her food without any complaints, and is careful not to make a mess. Her light, nimble tread means that she never knocks things over when she’s exploring high-up places, which is something I really appreciate.
If Tink were a human, she would probably be the sort of dinner guest who would use a coaster without being prompted to! Mind you, if Tink were a human I might be less thrilled by her use of the litter tray…
6. Her laid-back nature
Tink has always been a chilled-out cat. Rumour has it that the phrase “cool cat” was coined in the 1950s when Tink was observed lounging around a jazz bar in Soho with a glass of cream in her paw and a beret sliding off of her head. It’s difficult to give much credence to this speculation given that Tink was only born a few years ago, but people say all manner of fanciful things.
The best thing about Tink’s calm demeanour is that she’s adaptable. It’s always tricky to introduce a cat to a household which already has reigning meownarch, but there has been minimal disruption. King of the Castle, Dorian, tried to eat Tink’s food when she first arrived and she barely raised an eyebrow.
7. Her inquisitive spirit
It’s easy to imagine that Tink might have been an investigative journalist in another life as she is always exploring and keen to observe others! Mind you, she would have trouble meeting her deadlines given that she likes to sleep for the majority of the day.
Rather than being in hot purrsuit of the latest exclusive, Tink is always in search of a high perch. She enjoys watching the world go by and her whiskers perk up when she thinks she’s identified a potential roost.
8. The Sweet Sounds She Makes: Volume I (pun intended)
Have you ever held a seashell to your ear and listened for the breath of the sea? It’s almost as soothing as resting your head next to Tink when she’s purring! I wasn’t aware that this little lady enjoyed belly rubs until we got to spend more time together, but now I know how much she enjoys receiving attention when she’s lazing on her favourite blanket. Let the calm wash over you as your feline friend mimics the sound of the surf.
9. The Sweet Sounds She Makes: Volume II
For such a small and dainty girl, Tink can snore pretty loudly! She spends many hours of the day snoozing happily and one really wonders what she’s dreaming of. Perhaps she’s dreaming of treats, or maybe she’s remembering her days in the café spent gazing at the tops of people’s heads and lamenting the fact that fancy hats have gone out of fashion.
10. Her beautiful beans
Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart!
That’s it. That’s the end of the ditty.
We don’t do indelicate rhyming couplets here, just cat-related wordplay.
Coffee beans increase your heart rate, baked beans are high in fibre, and toe beans could be said to elevate your mood! Unlike the other two, though, toe beans have never been known to cause any kind of stomach upset.
Overall, I will dearly miss Tinkerbell’s presence in my home once she’s able to return to the Emporium. She’s been a wonderful addition to my household since the lockdown began but I’m glad that I’ll still be able to see her every day that I’m at work. She’s been the purrfect flatmate and will continue to be one of my very favourite colleagues! Thank you for enriching my time spent indoors, Tink!