Jasmine & Tippy

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 11-26-2014 03:47 AM 7732 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just to let my GT friends know … we had to say good-bye to our cat Jasmine a couple of weeks ago. She was about 17 years of age and had lots of health issues. She wasn’t well.

And who is Tippy?
Well, at the end of August this year we were the recipient of a “drop-off” kitten who became the neighbourhood cat (remind you of Gabby?). Anyway, we refused to pet him although all he craved was to get on anyone’s lap and to get indoors. We did, however feed him, as he was skin and bones.

Two months later and he was still around. We were still adamant about not adopting him. There was absolutely no way he was coming into the house—especially when we knew that Jasmine’s days were numbered and we would soon be pet free.

And then along came the Grandson, who LOVED “the cat”. And “the cat” let him carry him around in a typical 3-year-old fashion.. and still come back for more. .... ((groan))... can you hear the heart strings tugging?

Yah… “the cat’s” name is officially: Tippy Longstockings, that’s Mr. Tippy Longstockings to you”. .
hey if you are going to adopt a cat you might as well go all in. Why Tippy? because of the bit of white on the tip of his tail. Why longstockings? (well, because of the name “Pippy Longstockings” and because this cat has extremely long legs.

So inside he came… first he got his shots ($100) and his “get fixed” date, which is next week, will be another $60 or so. ((sigh)).

For the first week inside (he still goes out throughout the day) he pretty much ate constantly. He devoured anything you put in front of him and begged for more.
I think he has finally filled up and trusted that he wouldn’t have to starve.

And he has grown.

A lot.

We kind of measured him the other day and he is close to 24” in length. He’s a big cat!

He is getting into the rhythm of things around here .. he’s starting to learn that he won’t be going outside after it gets dark out…. and in the morning, well, apparently that is the time that you get a bit of canned cat food and not that hard stuff.. ‘cause the hard food just does not cut it and there is a lot of meowing until someone realizes that the routine is off and gets out the canned food!

And in the evening, apparently, that is “have a nap on Debbie’s lap” time … Rick’s lap won’t do.
Yesterday I was crocheting and wanted to finish what I was doing so I didn’t let him up when he came over. After the meowing didn’t work, he laid down on the floor beside me and he kept patting my leg with his paw….
Yah, I finished quickly and up he came.

If he lays on your chest, his paw comes up and touches your face … and if you don’t pet him while he is laying there, well the face patting becomes a wee bit more aggressive!

And this pretty much was the way it was right from day one of his entrance into the home.

...... and we were one week away from being pet free.
Now we have a “just barely out of kitten stage” cat….. for the next 16 years?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 11-26-2014 09:49 AM

Debbie, nice to hear from you after more than a month, I think. Sad to hear the loss of Jasmine. I remember to have seen her picture in one of your walkabout posting. She was without a tail from berth. Still she was very majestic. Let us see how Tippy grows in your care. Has not Jasmine given any kittens? Keeping a pet looks quite expensive.


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posted 11-26-2014 09:55 AM

you have a good memory, Sharad.
Yes, Jasmine was a Tailless Manx. .. and no, she had no kittens.

as for expensive—the initial cost has definitely been a major expense… but from here on in it will just be the cost of cat food.

As for my gardening update, I invested in some spring bulbs (tulips, etc) and have planted them, this fall. I look forward to seeing the spring BEAUTY in abundance! (Hopefully).

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 11-27-2014 12:10 PM

My daughter-in-law just recently brought home a stray kitten as well. She had been left inside a plastic bag in a garbage bin. Like yours, she has very long legs, and is very skitterish with people although very curious. It may take some time for her to settle down.

Gardening is out of the question here with all the cold we’ve got. However, my geraniums and hibiscus are blooming indoors. I eagerly await some blooms to open on some of the ones I planted from seed two years ago. I hope the blooms don’t drop.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 11-27-2014 12:59 PM

good luck with your blooms.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 11-28-2014 09:15 AM

MsDeb, I am so sorry to hear of Jasmine’s passing. I hope you find comfort in knowing you gave her a long, and happy life. She was a lucky cat to to have ruled your home for so many years…....and you were lucky to have been able to share her beauty and wisdom for so long.

And so now begins another journey with a brand new life…Mr. Tippy! How did he know you would need him just now?! LOL! Congratulations to both of you!

And I’m so glad to hear you got the tulip bulbs in the ground. What a lovely spring you will have.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 11-28-2014 10:20 AM

Thanks, Iris
Jasmine sure had an interesting life—most of it as an “unwanted”, sadly.
I hope she felt welcomed in her years here and we gave her life meaning.

and oh yes, Mr. Tippy .. walking into our lives without us even knowing that we needed/wanted a cat ((shaking my head in disbelief))

Did I mention that he is a mouser—oh yes, he is earning his keep! Mouse #5 already. (Hopefully as fast as they come inside for the winter he is helping them meet their demise!)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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