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.
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)