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Kitty stories

A 10-year-old Keaggy, very patiently accepting love from a 10-month-old Satchmo. The face says it all.

Sweet Keaggy is gone, and MTG has very kindly put away all the cat paraphernalia. The house feels empty without that small, inactive cat, but we still have the memories. So here is a Keaggy story for you.

In the summer of 1999, I lived in a townhouse with 3 other girls and my two cats, who were then about two years old. Keaggy’s favorite toy was a q-tip, and he was forever digging them out of the trash or knocking them off of counters to play with. One Saturday morning, I was the only one up and sitting on the living room couch watching Keaggy play with what I thought was a q-tip. After a few minutes, I realized that it was not q-tip shaped. A little more investigation revealed that it was a mouse. A live mouse. Keaggy was tossing up, pouncing on, and tossing up again a live mouse in my living room, not five feet from where I sat.

Obviously, I did the only rational thing I could do: I ran up the stairs, into my roommate’s room, and jumped on her bed seeking shelter from the tiny, half-dead mouse. I know she appreciated the early morning heart attack.

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Keaggy’s gone, my roommate is in a nunnery (literally: she entered a convent that fall), and I’m a 1300 miles from that house with a completely different life. But I’m grateful for the memories.

*I promise, this is the last of the Keaggy posts. Most likely. Here’s a little video in thanks for your patience.


5 responses to “Kitty stories”

  1. Jacki Avatar

    Don’t rule out getting another kitty. When my Sammy died at 23, I thought I would never have another cat. I waited two years and now, I think that was too long. By about 22 months. You will never replace sweet Keaggy…and you will never lose your memories. Try making some new ones with another kitty. I didn’t go the kitten route and was adopted by an 8 month old shelter kitty. Miss Izzy is now my keeper and I am only sorry that I waited two years. 🙂

    1. April Avatar

      Oh, we’ll probably get another pet and probably another cat. But life is too crazy busy right now, and honestly I don’t want to replace him just yet. Also, after 17 years of cat box cleaning, I think it’s someone else’s turn. So we’ll be having that conversation, too.

  2. Wayne Cockfield Avatar
    Wayne Cockfield

    Two kittens wandered up under my carport 3 weeks ago. If you want them, I WILL drive them to Texas and hand deliver them to you. I’m not desperate.

    1. April Avatar

      Um, thanks. But no thanks. We’re going to take a break before acquiring a new pet. I don’t have the time or the energy for a new baby in the house right now.

  3. […] Keaggy died we knew we wanted another cat, but for heart-healing and scheduling reasons, we wanted to wait […]

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