It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ch. Tylona's Sayyadina of Sereshka, AKA Teeny Dina. Actually, she has a plethora of utterly adorable nicknames like Deeny, or Deenybear, or DiDi, or Deenyboo, and they're all as purrfect as she herself is. After following the petite pet on Instagram and falling in love with her spunky, sassy purrsonality, it became clear that she was just the sort of cat our fans would fancy getting to know better.
So, we shared some photos on our Instagram and then reached out to her family to do just that: get to know her better.
Dina's human companion dads told us why her Instagram handle is "Teeny" Dina:
"She's called Teeny Dina on her social media pages because she's pretty small compared to most cats (she's only 6.3lb which is common for full grown Russian Blue females, but most people are surprised at how small she is when they meet her!)"
"We'd always found Russian Blues to be beautiful, playful, and friendly breed and were hoping to find one in a rescue or local shelter, but hadn't had any luck finding one in the year or so after our previous cat passed away."
When their hopes to find a rescue in need were coming up short, the tides turned:
"We reached out to a local family that shows Russian Blues at cat shows and asked if we might be able to adopt one when one of their cats retired from being a show cat. They invited us over to meet and we spent an afternoon playing with Dina and immediately fell in love with her."
"She was a loving pet and companion to them and we knew how big of a decision it would for them to let her live the rest of her life with us, but we were hopeful they'd agree."
Dina chose her family:
"Dina marked us with headbutts and snuggles the day we met and fortunately her previous guardians agreed that we'd be her perfect furrever retirement home. They said that they could tell immediately that she "picked" us when we arrived that day and that she'd never been that way with others before. About a year later, Dina was ready to retire from the show world and live the rest of her life as a pampered queen in our house!"
These days, retirement is looking fabulous for Dina. She is spoiled properly like every cat deserves. Dad 1 told us:
"Dina has a favorite catnip toy that looks like a little carrot and she'll drag it around the house day and night, often while meowing to let us know what she's found. It's gotten so dirty and gross that we've had to secretly replace it with identical new ones a few times, and she doesn't seem to notice!"
"She is also a HUGE fan of the laser pointer and will run up and down our hallway as long as someone is willing to give her a good play time with it. Our downstairs neighbor assumed we had a big dog with how loud her running is!"
Photo: Sunny Martini
Dina's dads adore and delight in all her purrsonality quirks, and we love hearing about the funny ones.
"First of all, she's very concerned about our Roomba and will watch it from a safe distance any and every time it comes out to clean (we've posted a couple of recent photos of her freaking out when it "wakes up" lol)."
I don't blame her, Roombas are totally suspicious.
"She's also VERY suspicious of our printer and any time it makes any noise she'll run to it, swat it, stick her paws in the paper slots, and climb around the top of it trying to figure out what it is up to."
It's up to no good. They're lucky she is looking out for them by investigating.
"She's also quite clumsy at times and has a bad habit of jumping up onto a counter and pulling everything off of it with her when she falls back."
"Perhaps the most surprising fact about Dina is that she HATES wet food and only wants kibble and will only eat one specific type of freeze-dried chicken for her occasional treats (she calls them chimkens on her posts)."
She knows what's good for her, even if she's mildly judgmental about humans eating truffles in bed.
Dina has a lot to say, everyday:
"The first 5-10 minutes of each morning is spent listening to her tell us all about her night and what she has planned for the day!"
"When she's EXTRA bored, she'll chase her tail in super fast circles, sometimes knocking over anything in her path!"
"Her posts and captions are usually pretty lighthearted and from her 1st purrson perspective as a cat, but we also like to tell stories and share information that we think is important, too.
We're big fans of the Paw Project and try to help educate people about the dangers and damage of cat declawing, we've shared fundraisers with her friends and followers to support animal rescue organizations in Australia after the recent wildfires, and because she has two loving dads, she's become our favorite furry LGBTQIA+ advocate, too!
We know that she has a lot of friends and followers from all walks of life, all political and social persuasions, and with an infinite number of individual identities and she makes sure everyone is welcome in her world free of judgment and prejudice!"
"We're so fortunate to get to share our lives with Dina because she's a very special, loving, and beautiful cat. Pedigree Russian Blues are super rare yet somehow the common misconception is that any and all grey cats are Russian Blues (they might not be a Russian Blue, but they're almost certainly still a beautiful and loving kitty!).
We've tried to learn a lot about the breed since she came to live with us, and we try to help people learn more about her and honor her breed's unique history in a way that never detracts from the importance of advocating for pet adoption and that all pets are amazing and worthy of love, companionship, and a comfortable life, pedigree or otherwise."
"Dina simply loves a warm lap, chin scratchies, and any new friend that will take time to play with her toys, no matter who you are! In an age of the internet where things seem negative a lot of the time, we love that she can spread happiness and smiles to the people that follow her."
Dina's posts are spunky and playful, thoughtful and sincere, and they totally send a positive and genuine energy into the internet's cat space.
"One of her dads (Dad 1) has introduced her to a lot of metal and noise bands that he loves and she's started following them on social media to show her support, too! She loves listening to bands like Cave In, KEN Mode, Heavy Heavy Low Low, Russian Circles, and Snapcase when he plays their records. Most people don't expect a cat to enjoy loud music, but she does! We're told her previous guardian listened to a lot of heavy metal music, too!"
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