Every blogger can surely be forgiven for one pet post. Mine is about our three cats, Lady, Boots, and Bandit.
Lady and Boots are mother and daughter, and Lady's age is unknown. She wandered into the yard one day in March 1997 and had her kittens in the woodpile sometime that May.
Lady is sleek and gorgeous, but showing her age - arthritis in one back leg and pigmentation in her eyes. She plays with her cloth mouse and meows loudly for a few minutes, two or three times during the night - Lady's opera, my husband calls the nightly performance. When I go out, she puts the mousie in my slipper.
Lady is a class act - loyal and lovely.
Boots is Lady's kitten. She is fluffy, cute, and very vocal. Unlike her mother who restricts her vocals to the night, Boots "talks" pretty much all day long.
In spite of a somewhat complaining nature, Boots has a sweet personality.
She does need rather a lot of grooming, especially in the summer. It is impossible to give her a pill.
Now twelve, she has spent much of her life perfecting her diva behaviour. She enjoys being carried to her food bowl, which has to be positioned just so.
Bandit is the newest addition to the family, appearing in the driveway a few days before Christmas 2003, a neutered male, about a year old.
What can I say about Bandit? He shreds drywall, wallpaper, and furniture. Mostly, he will drink only out of a bottle held by one of us, refusing water in a bowl, sometimes to the point of dehydration.
He goes out the backdoor and promptly goes to the front to be let in there. He nearly died from kidney failure, but responded to 24-hr care for long enough to recover.
He talks, growls, chirrups, and loves to play with elastic bands. He is Mr. Personality, and everyone loves him, although at times I could happily throttle him.
Most of the time, Lady and Boots snuggle together, and Bandit sleeps elewhere.
But every once in awhile, there is peace in the cat family -
no talking, no opera, no squabbles, and no mousies.
I do indeed love all of them, but whoever said that dogs have owners and cats have staff knew the truth of things for cat lovers.