My Tribute to Beautiful Charley Cat

Carol By Carol, 5th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/euwykqp3/
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She was feisty and fun, strong and cute, all wrapped up together in a bundle of fur. Her name was Charley, and I will never forget her.

My Tribute to Beautiful Charley Cat

When my 13 year old daughter wanted a kitten back in 1988 I was not impressed. I grumbled and pointed out that I already had 4 children, a lovely but very hairy dog, and an untidy, but lovable, husband. Then she got upset and told me that a whole family of kittens that had been born in a shed were going to be drowned.

I’ve always been too soft for my own good, so of course I knew it would happen. John my husband told her to be sure to pick the one that was big and strong, as he envisaged a tom cat that would sit on the fence, and drive all the others away. His last words to her were, “It must be male.!”

Andrea came back with the tiniest kitten I had ever seen, it was about half the normal size, but it was strong, it had a loud mew, and loved to play rough games with her. She adored it and the cat spent a lot of time in her room. We didn’t find out until later, when “he” was going to be spayed, that Charley was female, but we should have realised, as she was a flirt with anything in trousers.

I had always been a dog person, but this lttle bundle of fluff managed to worm her way right into my heart. I loved the dainty way she ate, her feistiness, always ruling the 3 dogs we had during her lifetime. She was always out, mainly due to being half feral, and we used to joke and say she treated the place like a hotel, only appearing for meals.

During the last year or so of her life, her sight became poor, and her hearing too, but she was still fiercely independent, and never knew what a cat litter was. At this time she also became extra loving, and would divide her time between the lap of me and her Dad each evening. Hearing her purr with happiness and cuddle up to me, was just so rewarding.

She was due to celebrate her 21st birthday, which in cat years is 126, in June, but had been getting thinner lately, so the vet gave her a pill to help . Two days ago she stopped eating, she wasted away, and when I saw her struggling to walk this morning, I knew what we had to do. She kept flopping down, and her mew was so weak, she just seemed to have lost all her strength.

I know she is out of her misery now, in a better place, but I’m haunted by the last time I saw her. I want to remember when she was well and strong, but all I can do is weep for my precious little Charley Cat. A year has now passed, and i miss her still. She shared my life for 21 years, and I will never forget her. She was an absolute legend!

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Cat, Character, Charley, Died, Family Old, Feisty, Fun, Life Tribute, Miss Her

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Sep 2010 (#)

WOW that is an awesome age for a cat, particularly one who had such a tough beginning and was going to be killed.

Interesting to note, her color is only seen in female cats. It isnt seen in males except 1 in 20,000. - that is if the picture is showing her color correctly.

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author avatar Carol
6th Sep 2010 (#)

Hi Mark,

She was a sort of tortoiseshell I beleve ,gold in the summer, but darker in the winter. She weas a legend!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Oct 2010 (#)

Carol, my wife calls this color Torbi - mix of a tortiseshell and tabby. Putting your link on StumbleUpon now.

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author avatar Carol
24th Oct 2010 (#)

Thanks Mark, I did put it on at the time. Is it the readers rather than the author that should do it. Sorry I didn't know

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