On February 12th , I posted about Percy the cat (a Winnie's Wish kitty) who was going to celebrate his birthday ON Valentine's Day. However, I wasn't sure about posting a birthday celebration in light of what had just happened in the home where Percy lived. That home is the Slimmer household – Pugs & Purrs – and Socks Lucyfur had just been assisted to the Rainbow Bridge. But Mindy said to post the celebration because she wanted to draw attention to Winnie's Wish. I appreciated that. I, too, wanted to draw attention to Winnie's Wish, especially from the perspective of a Winnie's Wisher who had been adopted into a loving home and was getting to live The Good Life.
And if that wasn't good enough, Mindy picked some things from the Wish List and had them sent to Winnie's Wish. There are two gifts. The first is in celebration of Percy's birthday. How wonderful to get kitty litter. I can't seem to buy enough kitty litter or dry cat food to stay on top of the need. Every time a Wish is Fulfilled from the Wish List I breathe a sigh a relief (and joy)!
The next is in honor of Angel Socks.
I told Mindy that I would wait for both gifts to arrive here before posting about them. The kitty bed arrived yesterday, so I was ready to go. I had planned to show a picture of it once it was put together. But I didn't know it would be such a hit with one particular kitty. Let me go back.
A few weeks ago, I made a decision to move Kippie into my office/kitten room area of the kennel. She seemed very unhappy in the cathouse and she was losing weight. I noticed that she nearly always sat in the same place and that she never interacted with the other cats. She made me sad. So I thought that if I brought her to my office area, I could watch her more closely, and I could see if there could be an actual medical reason for the weight loss. I suspected it was her unhappiness and possible anxiety about the other cats that was keeping her from eating enough.
She has never been a cat who liked a lot of human contact although I could always pet her. She often hissed at the other cats in the cathouse. She IS calico and Siamese. Some of you will understand that this is quite the combination in terms of what it produces personality-wise. I sort of always just thought of Kippie as a little cantankerous and hoped the perfect home might come along. But it got to be too much for me. I swear she had a sad look on her face. It was the same look Isis used to have when she lived in the cathouse. But everything changed for Isis when she moved to my office. She slowly became happier and happier. Now she seems to love her life. I've told you that she and Quinn are now the resident matriarch and patriarch, and that they are the godparents to ALL of the kittens who end up in that Kitten Room. So I decided to give Kippie a break from the cathouse and move her into this very different environment to see what might happen.
Well, it's only been a few weeks and Kippie is like a different cat. She races around, climbs the cat furniture, plays, lets me pet her, even head bumps with me. There has been a complete transformation in her personality. It makes me SO happy when I think of her now. She (like Isis and like Quinn) just wasn't able to thrive in the cathouse environment.
Now. I've told you this story because Mindy Slimmer and Angel Socks have made Kippie even happier. I put the cat bed on my Wish List because I felt like the kitties in my office area (Isis, Quinn, Goldie, and now Kippie) needed something new and fun. I put this new piece in the office and Quinn and Goldie never even looked at it. Isis investigated and even tried it out. But when Kippie discovered it - well, let's just say I've never seen a cat completely LOSE herself in contentment like she did. First she scratched on the scratching post. Then she jumped into the bed and found herself in Heaven. I have pictures. But there is NO way you can understand what happened by looking at them. She made muffins for twenty straight minutes. For long periods she buried her face in the soft pillow while she continued to make muffins. At times, she left this dimension all together because I couldn't call her or even touch her to shake her from her bliss. Oh, how happy it makes me to have a happy cat!
Mindy, Percy, and Angel Socks – THANK YOU.