Let me introduce you to another member of our house…………….Smudge.
It is her birthday this month.
Smudge has reached the ripe old age of 19 human years. In cat years she is 92-96 she
has moved from elderly into the geriatric age group.
She now requires us to brush her, and trim her claws. She is deaf and literally cannot hear
herself speak……we of course can hear her miaow from one end of the house to another.
You can vacumn right beside and she does not flinch.
She was always a favourite with cottage guests going to sunbathe on the decks at the cottage
just waiting for a kind guest to invite her in, she never needed a second invitation. But now she
eats, sleeps, migrates from one warm place to another ……..her world has shrunk.
We acquired Smudge and a miniature schnauzer Harry, at the same time. They were
the best of mates, but cats are always the boss in any relationship and this was no
exception. She had him so well trained if he was asleep on a chair she would only need
to sit beside the chair and he would vacate for her to jump up and assume his lace.
He died some time ago and it was painful to watch her mourn and call to him for some days.
We have a new dog now, another schnauzer , Smudge tolerates Baxter. It is not a true
friendship, he would like to be more friendly, but Smudge can not really be bothered.
She has used up some of her nine lives, she had cancer of the nose and had a nosectomy.
She has kidney disease and we administer her kidney tablets and pain relief for arthritis, she
seems happy still. Purrs when cuddled and butts you with her head to be scratched. We know
the time will come when we have to make a difficult decision……………the vet tells us we will know
when that is. But for now she is the boss of the house, she has become autocratic and demanding
………….an advantage of considerable age. Requires feeding when she is ready and not one second
later. If someone is sitting in her favourite place on the couch her no mess with me stare has, no
matter who it is moving pronto.
Just like a favourite elderly family member she is indulged and the household moves according to her whims.
Happy birthday Smudge.