This is Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter. He was named Hannibal because, well, sometimes he's not very nice. He's known by veterinarians throughout Columbus, Ohio because he's especially not very nice when he's being examined by them. One veterinarian covered his cage with bright orange stickers that proclaim, "Danger! Will bite!" I was indignant. Hannibal was proud. He wants people to think he's ferocious. (I swear, on one occasion they put a leather muzzle on him and he really DID look like his namesake.)
When he's at home, Hannibal is the sweetest, most affectionate pussycat imaginable. He'll crawl onto anyone's lap to get his ears scratched and to make himself at home, leaving huge wads of orange fur all over their clothes. He'll purr and drool on people, too.
Alex is very allergic to Hannibal, but is nice enough to get shots every month just so he and my cat can co-habitate. Isn't that sweet? (Don't tell Alex I said he's sweet. He'll think I want something...like another toxic cat.)
YarnMartians have a lot of pets and I'll include photos of them in an upcoming posting. In the meantime, if there are any veterinary dentists out there, could you please check out Hannibal's fangs and let me know how they look? He's not very co-operative when we try to get him to "Open wide!" during his annual check-ups.