Willow - for cat lovers

Willow, my geriatric cat, is a grumpy lump at times. She has become a bit jaded since Stanley came along. Stanley is young and full of energy and she wants none of that. He spends his days outside to give the matriarch a break for a few hours.

Willow is growing a bit bony in her old age, but she’s full of life. We had a nice sunny day yesterday and she actually ventured outside for a few to take in some rays. She hasn’t been too keen on the outdoors for a couple of years.

My sister stopped by to say hello and hadn’t seen Willow in a while. Willow stared off into space as my sister talked to her. My sister looked at me and said, “Can she see??” I wanted to laugh because, yes… my old lady can still see. It was when my sister realized that Stanley was standing behind her that Willow was just focused on other things. This became clear when she hissed at him. Then, my sister laughed, too.

I pulled out the kitty nip scratch pad last night which Willow promptly climbed on. I was on the couch watching TV when she jumped up on the couch landing with a flop like she’d flown there and landed (she always had a funny jumping style). You see, she doesn’t jump anymore. She climbs the furniture in her lack of youth. It brought a smile to my face. Then, she proceeded to play with the blanket I was curled up in attacking it with a vengeance. A thing she used to do way back when.

It’s amazing what a bit of sunshine (and perhaps some catnip) can do for the soul. My Lady Willow is old, but far from decrepit. My sister calls her The Southern Belle. She smiles with a ladylike grace while she needles you with her claws. She doesn’t mean to, it’s just what cats do.

Willow - for cat lovers


Portland, United States

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