The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24300 Message #501841
Posted By: SharonA
09-Jul-01 - 08:54 AM
Thread Name: How many Mudcats have cats!?
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
Up until almost exactly two years ago, I had two cats: Chester and Arthur (collectively named after the President!)
Chester came to me third-hand. He originally belonged to a songwriter acquaintance of mine. When he was about 5 years old, she said she'd developed an allergy to him and had to get rid of him, and the boyfriend I had at the time took him. Two years later, after Chester had nearly destroyed the man's trailer and was working on the rest of the trailer park (gardens, boat covers and seats, etc.), the man said he was taking Chester to the SPCA, and I said I'd take him instead... via the vet's office, for declawing.
So Chester became an indoors-only cat. After a year of this, he became quite mopey, so I went to a pet shop and got him his own kitten, and chose a name to go along with Chester's. Chester became a mom-cat but never let Artie forget who was the alpha-male, and Artie mimicked Chester's every move as he grew up.
Chester was an orange tabby semi-longhair (no white patches), about 13 pounds at his heaviest. I think he might have had some Maine Coon in him. He never hesitated to make his wishes known — LOUDLY — and would yell at me if I didn't make a lap for him quickly enough! He had the loudest purr I've ever heard in a cat. He lived to be 19, though in his waning years he suffered from gradual kidney failure and, in its last stages, I finally had to have him put to sleep. I still cry over that, and miss him horribly.
Arthur ("Artie"), happily, is still with me at 13. He's another semi-longhair and I call his color "black" though there are brown, grey, red and purple highlights and, as he ages, some growing white spots. He's the runt of somebody's litter, and I'm hard-pressed to keep his weight above 7 pounds; he'd rather be petted, hugged and carried than eat. Artie's quite the athlete, still as playful as a teenage cat, and excels at the high jump. (Yes, English Jon's Cat, this IS "Artie in the windowsill"!)