(Cat and Andrea – this post is for you.)
A couple of dear friends have asked me if Pipes (a Winnie’s Wisher) has moved into my house yet. He has not. And today I’ll talk about why. But first, you might need a reminder about who Pipes is and why he would be moving into my house anyway. The best way to explain is with the post I did called – The Lewis Factor. That post explains why Pipes will be adopted into my own cat family at some point.
Now here is why he hasn’t already come into my home. You might remember that I recently lost my Suds cat. Wow, that was a tough one (and continues to be). Suds was my oldest cat at 15 ½ years old. DiMarno was the second oldest. He is 14 years old. But DiMarno has Kidney Disease and he’s been a walking skeleton for months. Before Suds died, I’d thought for quite some time that I would lose DiMarno first even though he was younger. Anyway – Suds and DiMarno were the “senior males” in the house. Suds was my lap cat, sleep-with-me cat. Now that he’s gone, oddly, DiMarno gets in my lap periodically and he has started sleeping by my feet on our bed. My plan all along was for Pipes to join my family after Suds and DiMarno were gone. Suds left in August even though he seemed to be in better health than DiMarno. DiMarno is living with a terminal illness, and I would have predicted his passing long before now. The thing is – I want to wait until DiMarno is gone. He deserves to be the focus of attention at this point in his life. When he finally makes the transition, I’ll bring Pipes from the cathouse to begin his new life here.
In the meantime, Pipes is happy in the cathouse. He’s there with his mom, brother, and sister. He used to be pretty attached to brother Pippin, but they ignore each other quite a bit now. He gets along with all of the cats in his room. That’s one reason why I don’t think the transition into our family of cats will be difficult. I’m pretty certain that Pipes will be thrilled to join our home because he gets completely crazy excited when I enter his room in the cathouse. I believe I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but he runs to me, purrs loudly, tries to get in my lap, and eventually tries to climb onto my head and gently pull strands of my hair out with his teeth. We completely love each other and I know he wants to be with me far more than he gets to be now. He IS one of the cats who runs to hide if anyone else comes into the cathouse. So I know he’ll be a hider when he moves in with me and Husband and our animal family. Of course, that doesn’t bother me at all. I think he will be very happy to live where he can find me all throughout the day and night. He and I definitely have a bond.
So there you have it. Pipes is already Chosen, and I will be delighted to have him living with me. But I’m not in any hurry to say goodbye to my DiMarno. He has as long as that body will continue to carry him around.
See you tomorrow.