Every Cat Is Different, Each Cat Is Special

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All My Cats Have Been Special But One In Particular Was (Almost) Human-Like

Thebes - One Special Moggy!

Ever since I can remember, I have owned a cat (or cats) and the love they have shown to their owners cannot be underestimated, and continue to do so with Mum's latest moggies, Ellie and Soxx. My own cat is called Flojo that lives with me and my hubby, John.

Anyway, this article concerns a very special cat called Thebes. There was something different about her compared to other cats we have had. My first cat, Tibby, had to be put down aged 14, in 1983. I was devastated as it happened whilst I was at work, therefore I found out when I got home. I wasn't impressed!

Two days later Mum showed me two sister cats she had picked up from the local bakery. They were sat in a basket at the back of the shop and the owner didn't want them for whatever reason. The cats were sisters and, after some deliberation, we decided to call them Chloe (or Ollie) and Thebes. Chloe was a tortie and white cat, Thebes was a semi long-haired black and white tuxedo cat. According to the vets they were about 6 months old.

Why was Thebes so special? Well, for a start she understood every word I said to her, just like a human would. I remember one incident clearly. One of her eyes had an infection so the vet prescribed drops. He showed me how to place the drops in Thebes's eye but..you know vets, they make everything look so simple. In reality it wasn't. Try as I might I couldn't get hold of her head in order for it to lean backwards, so I would have a clear view of her eye. She kept shaking it.

After a couple of failed attempts I started talking to her. I told her that it was all for her own good. The drops would make her eye better and I wouldn't do anything to hurt her. Amazingly, this calm little rant of mine worked wonders. Suddenly she lifted her head without any prompting from me, allowing the drops to fall effortlessly into her eye. She then looked at me as if to say, "well, why didn't you tell me that in the first place and I would've co-operated from the start?" After that it was an absolute breeze placing the drops in her eye..and they worked too!

Thebes would sleep in my bed and she was like a hot water bottle in the winter-time and would not move until I got up in the morning! When she got older she would stay downstairs more as it was warmer down there. Towards the end of her life she had to use a litter-tray, which was heart-breaking as she used to go out in all weathers, including snow, leaving cute pawprints as she went. One day she had an accident and had "missed" the tray, something she was mortified about. She looked at Mum with a guilty look on her face as if to say "sorry" as only Thebes could. Mum did not chastise her, none of our cats have ever got chastised. They are cats after all.

Once Thebes hit the age of 19 her health started deteriorating. However, she was a large cat, some would say fat but I am convinced she lived longer due to her weight as, during the last year of her life the fat became skin and bone. It got to the stage whereby she could hardly walk and it was heartbreaking to see. She could not even jump up onto my lap and I could not pick her up as she cried. She was on her way out and no mistake.

As the tears ran down my face Mum discussed the options with me. I told her that "she can't go to the needle-man, he will have to come to the house" and Mum agreed. The suffering had to stop but in the home Thebes loved, not in some cold vet's surgery, even though we loved the vet dearly. He was so compassionate.

That very night Thebes (suddenly) became her old self again. I was walking up the uncarpeted stairs to bed and I spotted her at the bottom. This was highly unusual and something I had not seen for months. She wanted to come upstairs. "Well, you shall, if that's what you want" and I proceeded to give her some encouragement.

It took all of her strength to get up that flight of stairs, a monumental effort considering how poorly she was. The whole time she was gazing into my eyes, something that - again, was almost human-like in its intensity, but, strangely comforting..as though she was saying, "Don't worry..I'm OK" and, eventually she got to the top of the stairs, following me into the bedroom.

At first she was content to lie on the floor but, as I was lying in my bed, writing in my diary, she had other ideas and managed to lift herself up with her front paws, onto my bed. I was flabergasted! Her reward was to sleep soundly, right next to me, in my bed, just like she used to. It was lovely!

That morning I had to get up for work. At that point I spotted Thebes at the foot of my wardrobe, in a little ball. I stroked her head and told her that I'd be home soon. All day I was thinking about her and the "needle-man" who was due round the following morning.

At around 3pm I received a hysterical telephone call from Mum. She told me that Thebes looked like she had tried to get up onto the chair next to the fire in the back room, but had given up and rolled into a little ball. She looked like she was asleep but Mum was worried so called me.

I had to board a train back home as I worked away. Upon walking into the back room I realised immediately that Thebes had died. Her eyes were still open but I lifted her up and there was no response. The body had stiffened.

At that point it dawned on me that the previous night Thebes wanted to say "Goodbye" to me, which is why she HAD to spend the night in my bed. It was reassurance. She was still 19 years of age but not far off being 20 but that was irrelevant at that point. I'd lost my furbaby and all we could do was have her cremated and her ashes brought home in a box. Thebes is still in her box with a little plaque on the front, the only cat to have such a privilege as she was (and still is) a very, VERY special cat.

She outlived her sister Chloe by 5 years.

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Cats And Humans, Cats Showing Their Love, Letting Go, Old Cat, Pets, Vets

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Currently I am unemployed so I have a lot of time on my hands. However, I feel I need to be on the internet, communicating with others, giving advice, making people laugh and, hopefully become well-respected on wikinut.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Jan 2011 (#)

this is a great article, but could be improved by adding a picture, and a few more tags!

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author avatar Janey1966
8th Jan 2011 (#)

I do not have any pics here of Thebes, only at my Mum's house and she lives 100 miles away lol. I take your point though, thanks.

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author avatar Janey1966
8th Jan 2011 (#)

Pleased to say I've found a pic. Hope you love her as much as I (still) do. :-)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jan 2011 (#)

I am so sorry you lost your friend. I am so happy though, you had 19 years of great memories.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Janey1966
8th Jan 2011 (#)

Yes, I am pleased I had 19 years of happy memories too. My current cat, Flojo is a bit like her, actually. Another cat (Jodie, a boy) was ecstatic when I brought him home from a flat I was in as he didn't like being an indoor cat one bit. We hardly saw him, he was out and about, having a great time in the cemetery, making new friends. He died way earlier than he should (aged 12) due to arthritis, which is a cruel condition to get for one so active. It was hard to take, having him put down but at least he got his wish..a house with a massive garden in which to roam and have some fun!

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author avatar Carol
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Lovely article Janey, My cat lived to 21, and I still miss her. I bet you treasure your 19 years!

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author avatar Janey1966
8th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you. I think I have a photo of her somewhere..I shall dig it out and post it on here if I can find it.

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author avatar Janey1966
8th Jan 2011 (#)

I have uploaded a photo, so, hopefully, it will appear in this article very soon. :-)

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