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Bits & Pieces: Elder cat, Alex

Ann Welch
Ann Welch

I want to tell you about a member of our house hold who has lived far beyond the age normally expected for a member of his species. Alex is a domestic short hair cat whom I rescued off the highway when he was a youngster standing in the middle of the road with traffic coming in both directions. Fortunately for Alex I was able to miss him, stop on the road side and run back to where he stood, in shock I suspect, and scoop him up and bring him home with me. That was approaching 22 years ago, which amazes me when I think about it because domestic cats usually do not live such long lives. He is showing his age now, with a thyroid condition old cats frequently get which causes weight loss and damage to the fur coat, but he still eats like a trooper, purrs when he cuddles up for affection on the couch or chair where his human companions are seated, and puts his younger cat minions in their places as needed. I have often wondered how Alex has managed to reach such an old age. I don’t know the answer but I am sure that loving care has a lot to do with it. We will continue to enjoy his company as long as he graces our home with his presence.

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