Sunday, July 17, 2011

Meet My New Friend!

by Leann

As I have shared here and on Facebook, I lost my precious cat Indigo in May. She was my constant companion, always there when I was down and happened to be my only "lap cat." Agatha Christie is a sweetheart, but after I adopted her, she didn't come out from behind dressers or the entertainment center for almost a year. She has major trust issues, hates being picked up and so does my other cat Archie Goodwin. They are wonderful, sit beside me, but are in their senior years and aren't about to change. My crazy Rosie is no lap dog either. She is smart and fun, but really adores my husband even though I am the one who feeds her. Doesn't mean she dislikes me. Far from it. But sometimes animals are "one person" critters.

After much thought, I decided it was time for a new kitten--a young kitten with the potential to be that lap cat I so want. I understand there are no guarantees, but certain breeds are more prone to want to "be close." I decided on a ragdoll since Indigo must have some of that breed in her. Ragdolls go limp like, well a ragdoll, when you pick them up and that's what she used to do. She loved riding on my shoulder. Plus, I haven't had a small kitten for 16 years. In that time, I took care of many a stray--feeding, vet care, you name it. I adopted Aggie out of a bad situation, found Archie at the grocery store, tube fed a litter of kittens a feral cat left in my garage when they were about 4 days old, rescued a kitten that a mother cat gave birth to in the ceiling of the school where I worked (he had to be tube fed, too) and just seemed to be the stopping place for many an animal--even a big old turtle who lived in our garden until our neighbor took the old guy to an animal sanctuary he knew about. (I'd saved him from the middle if a busy road.) This time, I bought a cat whose health is certified, has been DNA tested for congenital illness and doesn't need to visit the vet right away. I am easily fatigued and must admit, with a diabetic cat who's had a kidney infection for 4 months and my shorthair who is FIV positive, this time I needed to do what would not affect my own health adversely. Taking animals to the vet as often as I have had to do these past few years simply wears me out.

There is nothing that makes me smile more, with the exception of new grandbabies, than a kitten. I now introduce you to Wexford (named after Ruth Rendell's police detective. Poirot just doesn't roll off the tongue.) In the past week, Wexford and I have become fast friends. He LOVES to cuddle, sleeps right by my side every night, and is doing all those kitten things I had forgotten about--like the sideways walk. Don't you love the sideways walk? Though I was afraid my senior citizen cats would heartily object, I was wrong. Aside from a few hisses and swats, they are fine with him. The dog also sees a potential friend who might have the energy for a game of chase every once in a while. Smiles this week, despite a not-so-fun doctor visit and a battle with pretty bad headaches every day, have been in abundance. What have you done for yourself lately that made your life richer and more joyful? I've answered that question for me, now it's your turn!

29 comments:

Heather said...

He's absolutely adorable, Leann!

CelticLady said...

He is adorable...I wish I could have a kitty but having balance and walking issues, I would hate to trip over a kitty. We do have a wonderful cat, a torty, that we have had for a little over a year and she is just perfect...Enjoy him!!

Linda said...

Wexford is beautiful! I'm glad he's cuddly. I wanted a new puppy to add to our "family" of older dogs who are too big to be lap dogs althogh they love to lie next to us in bed. Our new puppy, Jasmine, is perfect! She loves to sit in my lap, lay at my feet and sleep next to me. Our pets mean so much to us don't they?

HelenF said...

What a sweetie. I'm so happy for you.

Linda McDonald said...

Wexford is so cute! I'm very happy for you....and Wexford is a lucky kitty to have joined your family. As far as what I've done to make my life joyful....hubby and I went and saw the last Harry Potter movie yesterday. We are big fans and really enjoyed it, even despite the differences from the book.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! He's adorable! I wish I could get a cat, but my mom's allergic, and I haven't had much luck with cats in the past. My aunt had 2 cats from you know where. All they did was hide under my bed to the point where we had to tear my room apart to get to them and hiss at me. I hate hissing! I'm more of a dog person, but at least cats mostly take care of themselves.

Leann Sweeney said...

The acceptance of Wexford seems complete. All three cats in bed with me this morning. Of course, they were gently encouraging me to get up and FEED THEM. :-) I complied. I am their slave, but a willingly one!

lori cimino said...

he is absolutley adorable. and yes i love the side ways walk as well as the jumps and the sit on hind feet paws in air for batting. and that kitty smell. i miss having pets so much. i have been feeding a chipmunk i call kitty just because i miss it so much.
i have recently discovered a new hobby of beading and jewlery making and i love it. it makes me feel....well it is good for my spirit.
but definately not snuggled up to kitty good.

Dru said...

Wexford is a handsome little fellow. Glad his older siblings are now used to him.

Ingrid King said...

Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you! Wexford is a total cutie! And how wonderful that everyone accepted him so quickly.

I love that sideways walk - I call it the crab walk.

Leigh-Ann said...

Congratulations! I love all cats, but there's something very special about the innocence of a kitten that really melts my heart. We run a sanctuary for senior citizen cats, but every few years we try to bring in a kitten or two because it keeps us all feeling young and playful. We rescued a feral family last month so right now we've got a brother and sister kitten, about 5 weeks old, and they make us laugh every day. I do love the kitten sideways crab walk, but I think my favourite kitten behaviour is the spontaneous jump, where they bounce up and down in one spot for no obvious reason :)

Books by Heather said...

He's gorgeous, Leann! Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

Terry Parrish said...

Good for you Leann, I'm glad to see the loss of Indigo has eased somewhat and that your able to enjoy a new baby in the house! He's a beauty, and I hope you get to enjoy him for many years to come. Like you I miss having a lap cat. But someday I hope to have another.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Oh, Wexford looks like, well, a doll! And I so know what you mean about the adoptions. Our youngest dog is an actual, certified, bought-not-rescued dog, and it does make a big difference. May you find years worth of smiles and happiness with Wexford!

Barbara said...

Wexford is adorable. Our 4 kittens (presented to us by a feral cat) have just learned the sideways walk. They have been boxing with their front paws for quite a while now. They are Cookie, Molly, Buster, and Miss Emily. Now I have to find enough money to "fix" everyone. Actually I think we'll have to part with most of them, take them to the shelter because of my COPD.

Ellery Adams said...

Oh my, I am in LOVE! So happy for you and that kitty is one, lucky boy. He will be showered with affection all day long. Congrats!

Leann Sweeney said...

Wexford is already neutered and immunized, thank goodness. All my animals seem very happy to live here and are spoiled rotten. I have always been a "rescuer" as long as I can remember. My mother about killed me when I brought home the newborn 'possums. They didn't survive, of course, and I learned a lesson. Every bird with a broken wing was mine to save. I even have a scar on my hand from a snake I tried to befriend. That didn't work. Wexford and I are already good friends and I melt every time I look into his aquamarine eyes.

NoraA said...

A beautiful little kitten. I love cats, take chances on bad reactions to play with some, but can't have one in the house. My partner and I just can't risk it. She gets respiratory problems being in the same room they are in.

So play with the kitten for me also.

Mare F said...

Good for you! He's charming.

Anonymous said...

What a beauty. This should become a cat of great presence.

T. McGaw

ElaineCharton said...

What a sweetie! my cats are not really lap cats but they do insist on knowing where I am at all times.

Beth Slater said...

Oh so Adorable!!! I'm glad you are happy and have a cuddler. Mine are 'select' cuddlers. Many pets and kisses to all the furbabies...

Beth

Michele L. said...

Oh what an adorable cat! I love them too but am very allergic to them. You sure have a sweet little thing!

Laineshots said...

Wexford is a certified winner! I'm so happy for you, Leann. You were due for a dose of joy, and it sure looks like you've got it. I'm so glad!

I love that sideways walk! And the butt-wiggle crouch, and the vertical leap. Miss Sarah still does those things, and I just gave her a hug and kiss in appreciation for being such a perfect cat. She looked at me in regal disdain--but ruined it by starting to purr.

The Cat Bastet said...

What a sweet baby! Congrats on your new kitty. I hope you have many happy, cuddly years together. :)

Cathy Akers-Jordand

Vickie said...

If I could have a cat, Ragdoll would be in the top five breeds. Maine Coon and Cornish Rex and Scottish Fold are up there, too.

Vicki said...

How precious! My Miss Kitty loved to ride on my shoulders, I miss that but haven't decided that it's time for a new baby just yet. I have been looking though, so slow and steady progress.

Michelle said...

What a cutie pie! I love cats. I lost one last year, a kitten named Sparky. He was maybe nine months old. He had feline leukemia which seems to be the worst of all cat diseases and is deadlier than feline AIDS (I believe that cats that have that can lead a normal life). Sparky must've gotten the disease from one of the stray cats outside. We tried to keep him inside too.

Ragdolls are cute and I've seen them in Cat Fancy. Even other cats sometimes act like ragdolls and go limp when you pick them up.

Aurian said...

What a cutie Leann! Enjoy him! I have a second-hand parrot, who is older than I am, at 50. And still going strong. She only wants to be petted by myself.