Pet of the Month: Ming


Ming’s mom started searching for a Tonkinese cat (a Siamese and Burmese mix) after her daughter and her cat moved out, leaving her Siamese named Sukie a bit lonely. It took several months, but she found an eight-week-old female kitten from a Wisconsin breeder. Or so she thought. She had scheduled a routine first visit with Dr. Tom Hirth at Pewaukee Veterinary Service and immediately learned that her new kitten was actually a male. He had been named “Ming Su” at first but became just “Ming” after this important discovery. Today Ming is a happy, healthy kitty who is very strong and quite muscular. With beautiful aqua blue eyes and shiny fur that feels like mink, he is quite the handsome boy.

Ming is also a gentleman—when Sukie was still with the family, he would always wait for her to eat before taking a bite of his food. If Sukie was late for dinner, Ming would find her and sit patiently, turning his head back and forth, waiting for her to start.

Ming loves to unroll entire rolls of toilet paper and get stuck in places that are too small for him, like under the kitchen cabinets. He enjoys hiding in closets but will meow when he wants his mom to find him. Ming also likes to pick up rings of keys and hide them! And anytime he can find a ball or a mouse, he brings it to his mom and then flop over on his back when he is done playing fetch.

In the morning, he likes to sit in the bathroom sink, watching his mom put makeup on. He greets her at the door when she comes home for lunch and watches TV with her after work. If guests arrive, Ming is at the door to greet them, then he goes from lap to lap to be admired and petted. At the end of the day, instead of sleeping in his own bed, Ming insists on sleeping by his mom’s side and waking her with kisses after the alarm goes off. When he isn’t watching birds and squirrels by the patio window, you can find him squeaking his mouse toy.

Ming has truly brought joy to his mom’s life. She loves him dearly and can see his happiness, too.

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