C is for Cats
Yes, I know. Obvious. Sorry, couldn't resist the opportunity to bore you with a quick rundown of all the cats I have had over my lifetime.
Django – Gorgeous big black and white cat that I remember being very patient and letting us kids do almost anything to him without retaliating.
Jigger – Bizarrely, I think she was named after a golf club (as in the long sticky thing you hit the little white ball with and not the big fancy place you drink yourself stupid in afterwards). Really lovely cat who lived to a ripe old age of about 20-something.
Monty and Suki – My first cats when I left home and moved in with a boyfriend. When we split up a year later, I just assumed that I would take them with me. On the day I was moving out, my ex went completely mad and refused to let me and the cats leave unless I signed a hastily written scrap of paper agreeing to let him have ‘visiting rights’. Visiting rights! What was he going to do? Visit on Sunday? Take them to lunch? The zoo? Hilarious.
Marble and Pebbles – One of the saddest times of my life was having to give them both away when we moved to California. You would have thought one of my kids had died the way I was sobbing and going on. Thank goodness, one of my best friends took them in and has given them a fantastic home where they are spoilt rotten (and where I actually get to visit them, so maybe my ex wasn't so mad after all!).
Sasha and Mitzy – My current babies. I am obsessed with them. Possibly because I waited nearly two years after moving to California before getting them. We had our mad psychotic dog (more about her tomorrow), but it just wasn’t the same without cats. I sneaked these two into the house under the ruse of ‘fostering’ them for a couple of weeks while I was volunteering at the Marin Humane Society. (I used to go and just stroke cats in lieu of actually having any at home – see, I told you I was mad-cat-woman.) There are a few funny stories for them but perhaps I will leave that for another letter of the alphabet later this month.
So what about you? Cats: love 'em or hate 'em?