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  •  Your Annie and our Rikki (10+ / 0-)

    Rikki and her sister, Lucy, were rescued by my son almost 18 years ago. They were tiny and had been abused. They lived with my son until he moved to a no-pet apartment and then they moved in with us. It wasn't easy to tell them apart except that Lucy was the one with the pink nose. Lucy was more playful and loving while Rikki was more demanding and wary of other cats. They didn't need to be taught how to play, though.

    We lost Lucy when she was young. She was the runt and had a few minor health problems occasionally. She started to have seizures and was ultimately diagnosed with cancer.

    Rikki missed her sister. We adopted two kittens.

    Rikki had always hissed and growled at other cats. Most people thought she would eventually stop hissing at the little ones. Most people were wrong. It's been almost 10 years. She has never stopped hissing at them.

    Rikki is pushing 18 yo now. We nearly lost her about a year ago from kidney failure.  We figured that it wouldn't hurt to try to rehydrate her and try a little medication. Miraculously, her blood work returned close to normal within a few hours. We kept her there for a few days and she improved. Over the next month, we nursed her back to health.

    Rikki is now more annoying and more demanding than ever. And we tolerate it. After all, we are their humans. Rikki is sleeping next to me as I type this. I'm sure that she knows about your Annie.

    Scritchies, all.


    Your Annie looks a bit like our Gil, one of the little ones who gets hissed at all the time. Gil is a 22 lb brute, btw.


    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 07:16:18 PM PDT

    •  Love to you (7+ / 0-)

      and your beautiful cats, GrumpyOldGeek.  It's hard when they aren't social, isn't it?  You just want to figure out how to make them "smile."  After Annie died, I was amazed to realize how much effort and time I had expended every day just trying to make her life a happy one.  

      I'm sorry that Lucy left you so soon.  It's hard when they're young... :-(

      Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~ Abraham Lincoln

      by CJB on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 07:22:26 PM PDT

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