KATIE: Nature vs. nurture has always fascinated us. Just like Waffles and me, Glogirly was adopted when she was a baby. So to say she's spent a little bit of time pondering how we are who we are is an understatement.
She's quick to admit that her adoptive parents had more influence on who she is as an adult than anyone else in her life. She's always believed that nurture, more often than not, supersedes nature.
And then came–
KATIE: Yes, Waffles. And them came you.
So Similar, So Different...
Environment? Same. Same. Same.
- Born in Minnesota.
- Adopted from a shelter as kittens.
- Grew up and live in the Townhouse with Glogiry & Gloman.
- Cared for by the same cat sitter when the GloFamily is away.
- Cared for by the same vet.
- Ate (mostly) the same food.
- Enjoyed the same treats.
- Used the same litter. (Even the same BOX on occasion *gasp!*)
Personality? Night & Day
K: Quiet and reserved with sweet little meow-chirps.
W: Loud and in-your-face with epic meow-songs.
K: No thank you.
W: Yes please.
K: Slow, careful, dainty eater.
W: Fast, messy food thief.
STRANGERS & VISITORS?
K: Not interested.
W: Cautious at first, then flirt flirt flirt.
K: Sleeps on it during the day.
W: Sleeps on it at night.
K: Ground dweller. Loves to burrow.
W: Tree dweller. Would walk on the ceiling if he could.
K: Loves to carry toys in her mouth and bat them across the hardwood floors.
W: Loves wand toys, lasers and jumping.
K: Sits next to Glogirly while she's writing blog posts at night.
W: Sits next to Glogirly while she's writing blog posts during the day.
IN FIVE WORDS
K: Elegant, quiet, sweet, sarcastic, independent
W: Goofy, loud, loving, playful, needy
Black & White & Orange All Over
KATIE: Some say a cat's coat color is linked to personality. Friend and fellow cat writer Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat wrote a fascinating article about this for Answers.com. Gingers are often thought to be affectionate but can also have a little bit of a temper. (Does crazy count as temper???) Black and white cats can be more even-tempered and placid.
On the flip side, we know of another orange/black & white duo, Hemingway and Shakespeare from Two Cats' Views, who are our polar opposites. Hemingway is the tuxedo and has a personality just like Waffles. Shakespeare, the orange boy, is much more like me - reserved and well mannered. Proof that no matter what, we are ALL mysterious.
Love is What Really Matters
KATIE: We may have different personalities, different voices and different routines, but one thing we DO have in common is the love of our girl and her guy. Both of us have very special, albeit different, relationships with Glogirly and Gloman. And we wouldn't trade those for all the catnip and chicken in the world.
WAFFLES: Did you say ALL the chicken???
What do YOU think about nature vs. nurture? How about coat color?
Do you have a theory, or are we a complete mystery?