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How My Rescue Cat Rescued My Marriage

Updated on February 15, 2010
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

My husband is that seemingly rare breed of man: true a cat person. When we merged households in 2003, he brought sisters Penny and Patty (at that time 14). I brought Gremlin and Storm (at that time 5).

Penny and Patty were the only remaining siblings from a litter Hubby saved from a woodpile when they are only days old. He loves all animals, including my two kitties. But there's no doubt his girls hold the place of honor in his heart (right next to me and his mom, of course).

And of the two, there's no question that Penny is Daddy's #1 Angel.

Daddy's Lucky Penny

Can you see the love glowing out of her?
Can you see the love glowing out of her?

The Story of Pen Pen

From the first night I spent at Hubby's house, Penny welcomed me with open paws. She jumped right up on the bed to rub her pink little nose against mine. She seemed to say, "Hey, there nice lady. I've got more love to share than one human can take. Here, let me give you some."

Although in her upper teens, Penny lalways ooked like a kitten. She showed none of the telltale signs of aging ...until this past year. Suddenly, she became lethargic and started losing weight (which on a 7 lb. frame she could ill afford). Where previously Penny had always smelled like flowers (we dubbed her 'Peony') her breath became rank.

We knew something was seriously wrong. The official diagnosis: renal failure.

Her decline happened to coincide with several traumatic events in our family. But Penny understood her responsibility to comfort her dad -- and her mom -- through these circumstances. That was Penny's gig. If she were a person she would be a nurse. She just had a way of calming us by her mere presence. Wordlessly, she'd climb up on your chest and perch there, radiating unconditional love.

We (but especially Hubby) reacted to Penny's illness with 99% raw emotion and 1% common sense. Maybe we were selfish, but we needed her here with us.We couldn't let her go just yet. And so we did everything we could to keep her alive.

Providence guided us to a vet schooled in both western and eastern medicine. In our state of mind we were willing to try whatever she suggested.

And so we became weekly visitors to the vet clinic. Penny endured acupuncture, Chinese herbs and even a blood transfusion. (Gremlin and Storm were tested as possible donors but were not a match.) Each night we stuck a hollow needle in the scruff of ner neck to inject subcutaneous fluids. We put her in diapers. When we had to travel for a weekend, we boarded her with the vet. Penny became as beloved to the staff as she was to us. No surprise there: to meet Penny was to fall in love with her sweet feline goodness.

 

The Stage Is Set by the Vet

Because we spent so much time (not to mention a truly obscene amount of money) at the vet clinic, they came to see us as responsible, if obessive-compulsive pet owners.

Sometime in early June they introduced us to a new patient: a tiny tabby kitten. He had been brought in by animal control after being rescued from a grass fire. They were treating him for smoke inhalation and severe burns. The pads on the bottom of his paws were charred to a crisp. His face and ears were scarred. And his little whiskers had been singed clear off.

Physically, he was as down and out as Penny. The difference, of course, was that he was just beginning his 2nd of 9 lives whereas she was on life #8.999.

 

During one of Penny's weekend visits, the vet staff put her in the cage with the kitten. As sick and miserable as I know she felt, I witnessed her licking him like the good little caretaker she always was.

The staff asked if we would be willling to adopt little Weber (named for the grill -- get it?), who also went by French Fry or Kingsford. I jumped immediately. Hubby was too fixated on keeping Penny alive to commit.

Hubby admits he is not a multi-tasker. He does best concentrating on one task at a time. He felt we should wait until Penny was gone to bring in a replacement. Actually, let me amend that. He was adament that there could never ever be a cat to replace Penny -- not Weber/French Fry/Kingsford, or any other cat. Ever.

I felt otherwise. I knew we were going to adopt "Weber" sooner or later. I saw no reason whatsoever not to bring him home while Penny was still with us. So I made an executive household decision. One day when I took Penny for her weekly acupuncture I returned hom with our little bundle of tiger-striped (and spotted) joy.

I somehow knew I wouldn't get much resistance from Hubby. And I was right. It's pretty impossible to say, "I said to wait. Now take that adorable kitten who's orphaned and burned back to the vet and make him stay in a cage for at least another week till we're ready for him."

We agreed he needed a better name than Weber, Kingsford or French Fry. He deserved a name that wouldn't be a constant reminder of his fiery beginnings. With his scarred face and ears, he looks like a scrappy prizefighter after 10 brutal rounds. The first name that came to mind was "Jimmy." (Think Jimmy Cagney). And it stuck.

Jimmy!

Less than a week later, the fateful day we'd been dreading finally arrived. We just knew it was time. And so we took Penny in at 1 a.m. Coincidentally, "our" vet was on duty that night to usher her over the Rainbow Bridge to Kitty Heaven.

In hindsight, I believe Penny masterminded Jimmy's adoption. First, she brought us to the special vet where we were meant to meet her little legacy. She made sure she hung on long enough to see we would be taken care of by a kindred spirit. I also believe Penny had a serious talk with Jimmy when they were in that cage together. Seriously. None of our other cats sits on our chests the way Penny used to. But Jimmy does. None of our other cats plops into visitors' laps. None of our other cats have the pure angelic spirit that Penny used to have. But Jimmy has it.

Getting Jimmy was a godsend. My husband was still devestated by Penny's death, of course. But the antics of our frisky kitten brought laughter through the tears. Jimmy changed our focus from loss to anticipation; lightened our mood from grief to giddiness. We watched for his "firsts" like any proud new parents.

I'm so grateful to have this diversion for my husband. I just can't stand to see him down ....and neither can Jimmy.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks, wilderness. All four of my kitties are special. Always have to have kitties. They love us unconditionally.

      Shadow sounds like a love! MM

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      The Pennys of the kitty world are rare, but they are out there. Shadow, who shares our life with us, is another of those truly affectionate and loving companions. Always on our chest, butting heads and "kissing" us. If he can't do that he'll make sure he curls up across our feet or just sitting next to us, pressed up tight.

      So glad that you found another kitty companion to love and care for. It can add so much to our lives.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Penny was a divinely inspired cat. She just had a healing spirit in a kitten sized body. And she always smelled like flowers.

      How cool that my kitties are on your FB page.You really do love cats! That says a LOT about you, catfish(all good). MM

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      Jeffrey Yelton 5 years ago from Maryland

      Penny looks like she's talking in that photo! It's so cute!

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      Jeffrey Yelton 5 years ago from Maryland

      I put this on my facebook page, because I know a lot of cat lovers.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks, catfish. Jimmy is now 3 and is a blessing in our lives every day. I hesitate to say best cat we ever had, but pretty darned special.

      I personally prefer the company of cats to most people I know. LOL

      Thanks for commenting. I knew I liked you:-)! MM

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      Jeffrey Yelton 5 years ago from Maryland

      That's beautiful. I love Button the Wonder Cat, and I prefer the company of cats to dogs. Jimmy sure is a cutie.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Lucky Cats! I'm so glad you stopped by and read my Penny/Jimmy story. Hard to believe Jimmy is almost 3 years old. But not a day goes by that we don't thank God for bringing him into our lives. He's a keeper. Of course we love ALL our kitties. They are like children -- each with their own personality.

      I will check you out. Anyone who loves cats is my kind of person! MM

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Ohhhhhh...I love this story. Such a beautiful tribute to Penny. It is so obvious that you love your kitty family. And your husband! What a gift to have such a wonderful man who loves and appreciates cats, too. this is such a REAL and wonderful, loving story, MM! I shall follow you..it is so good to know you are in this world, sharing love as you do. Thank you!! kathy aka Lucky Cats

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you, Dolores. Our "kitten" is now the Alpha Male of the family and quite large and heavy (big, not fat). But his energy so healing and loving. We know we picked the right guy!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Nothing helps us with loss and sadness like an act of kindness and taking care of someone or something. And what creature is more delightful than a kitten? A lovely story.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Mighty Mom. Hi. what a truely delightful account of Pennys life and antics,and a very very smart cat at that,knowing full well what you both needed before you did. I loved reading about her. Thank you.:) :)

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey Whistler2417,

      I'm glad you took the time to read and comment. Anyone who has lost a pet to renal failure knows how awful it is. And as awful as it is for US imagine how hard it must be for them.

      We've had Jimmy over a year now. He's settled right in and now runs the house! Takes a bit of the sting out of missing Penny soooo much!

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      Whistler2417 8 years ago from Mississippi

      Hey, just getting around to reading a few things on these Hub pages. I almost did not want to read this story after seeing that Penny was ill. I knew where it was going. I had one that passed from the same, kidney disease. It is heart breaking, but your story went to triumph. Penny had a full and loving life, and now Jimmy will have the same. I have always heard that when one person passes, another comes into the world to take their place. I guess it is the same for cats.

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww, that was a wonderful story! About to make me cry. I know it must of been a difficult decision to put Penny down. Strange, but Jimmy looks just like my new tabby kitty too! Just as sweet and playful as my first one. :)

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey Aqua. Yep. Penny's still with us in spirit. And her ashes are in a box in our bedroom. We feel her very strongly. And Jimmy -- what a comedic addition to the household. Nothing like Penny. Except we know he learned his "caretaking" skills from her! Thanks for visting. MM

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      Aqua 8 years ago from California

      Aw...I just read this hub and wanted to comment. Penny sounds like such an awesome kitty. What a kind and sweet spirit. I'll bet she really did orchestrate bringing Jimmy into your lives. And look! Penny is still touching people to this very day! :)

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Trish! Once again, we seem to have parallel universes going on in our houses! Your Crissy is a combo of our Patty and Stormy. Willing to "accept" affection on her own terms.But Sasha is like my Jimmy. Actually more like a dog in the affection dept. One of the nicest things about our kitties is they tend to have longer life spans than dogs -- if we keep them safe inside with us:-).

      I'm so glad you stopped by. Gave me a chance to think about my babies today! And yours also sound wonderful. We are both blessed!!!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Cats.  Dogs come second, as cats are number one in my book.  I currently have two, Sasha who is 17 and Crissy who is approx. 5.  Sasha is my lovebug, always follows me, sits on me, when in bed, she has to snuggle right up to my face.  She loves to knead on me and stroke my cheek with her paw.  Crissy on the other hand, although very affectionate, is the 'hands off' type.  She loves you to pet her and she will lay by you, but she absolutely hates being held and will never sit in your lap.  I think she shares Christoph's cat's behavior.  I love them to pieces.  I am not looking forward to the day Sasha has to leave me.  I'm hoping she will at least make it to 20.

      Your story had me crying, as I know well the grief in losing a beloved pet. I am no stranger to that experience.  Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      LOL that's so cute MightyMom. Does he agree with your comment? :) Last week, one of our teachers brought her pet cat to school for pet day. He was still scared since it was his first time to be with a lot of people. But in the afternoon, he finally allowed the kids to pet him. :) Glad to know you like my nickname. Hehe

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Rpplemaker! Have I told you what a cool name you have! Just so -- memorable, fun to say, and meaningful for a writer.

      Cats are definitely angels. My hubby was just commenting a minute ago that when Penny died it was, for him, like losing a child. I know that's true. But getting Jimmy has taken the focus off the pain and put it on the moment. And Jimmy always has something kittenlike going on. In fact, here he comes to inspect my comment:-).

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Mighty Mom, cats are angels too! Definitely :) Thanks for such a lovely story.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Mama Maria, How wonderful that you have a Penny also! It's a "lucky" name for a pet, I know. Thanks for commenting and may you have many happy years with her. We are thoroughly enjoying Jimmy -- both sides (the crazy masculine and the nurturing feminine).

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      Mama Maria 8 years ago from Georgia

      What an awesome story! We have a Penny too! She's still young though, but holds a very dear place in our hearts since she came into our lives during our most difficult of times.

      And the nicknames for Jimmy are just too funny! So glad he has become a valued member of your family and is keeping Penny's spirit going!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Nightcats -- thanks for sharing YOUR feelings about pets here! I can tell you are an animal lady, too!

      G Jenkins -- Wow! You are a major animal person too! We keep our cats from wandering off by keeping them inside. We live on too busy a street that is way too close to a freeway for me to be comfortable with allowing them outside. My hubby's other cat was a perfect angel. She always behaved beautifully but alas became very, very sick and we finally had to put her down. It was so hard to do. But getting Jimmy has been a wonderful blessing in our lives. In fact, he is sitting on my lap right now cuz he know's Mom's sad today.

      CW-- Remember the old story of the tortoise and the hare and who ended up winning the race:-). Boring has its merits. But no one could ever consider YOU boring -- you are too lively for that!!!

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      Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Yes!  Turtles ARE constant walkers... aren't they?  And some of them live over a hundred years!

      Perhaps I should look at "boring" in a new light...

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      g_jenkins 8 years ago

      A very touching story.

      It is hard to lose a pet -- even if sold for her own good -as I sold a dog who liked traffic when SuperWalMart moved in across the street (former vacant lots).

      She had become more obstinate ( always was stubborn) when my husband died.

      Was his other cat behaving OK?

      I like both cats and dogs. Had 2 cats that wandered off, then 3, now 2 dogs --5 & 6.

      What is the time dogs usually show aging?

      Happy Thanksgiving --- and adjustments ---.

      Georgia

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      June Campbell 8 years ago from North Vancouver

      What a great story. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      LOL, CW. Only you would come up with a turtle. Walking.... slowly... but steadily... one might even say CONSTANTLY!

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      Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great story, MM. Very sweet. I've often wished animals had longer life-spans. I guess turtles do, but they're kind of boring...

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Shezz, Thanks. We agree. Jimmy came to help ease the pain of Penny's death and to help my husband and me cope with the cares that come with our middle age! I like your attitude. Thanks for commenting.

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      shezz3085 8 years ago from Philippines

      sorry to hear about Penny, but at least Jimmy is there. In every things happening around us always have a good reason behind. That is why Jimmy came, I'm happy to hear that you and your husband are recovering now from Penny's death.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Goldentoad -- that story about the mean old cat being passed from your aunt to your grandma is too funny. She (the cat) must know she's been charged with keeping your grandma around. And funny that the cat is a kid hater -- some cats only like certain types of people. They are like people that way!

      Marketingmergenow -- thanks for stopping by and commenting. And thanks for being a cat person! We just seem to find each other, don't we?

      Dorsi -- well lady, you sure got me beat. Four cats + four dogs AND a new grandbaby (I didn't get a chance to write my congrats and I do hope the jaundice is gone away). Thanks for sharing your animal love. And yeah -- we found that Hallmark card years before we got Jimmy. But Jimmy is JUST LIKE him (except when he's being a total lovey boy:-)

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      Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      And OMG- that cat toy card with Jimmy was hilarious!! Thanks for making me smile!!

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      Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      You brought tears to my eyes Mighty Mom. What an amazing cat Penny was- and I can understand your pain..... I never understood why my mother would never get attached to pets until years later when one died and she told me that's why she deliberately distanced herself. My husband and I on the other hand are absolutely attached at the hip to our 4 dogs and 4 cats- and yes it does hurt like hell when they die or get sick- but boy what wonderful love they bring into ones life! I'm so glad you got Jimmy- he must be a real joy!

      Wonderful hub and thumbs up for sure!

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      marketingmergenow 8 years ago from Spokane

      Another excellent hub by mightymom,  

      Very informative & valuable hub, especially for cat lovers like us.   It just make you like cats even more.  Thank you for the great way you presented this article.   Keep up the great work. 

       

      marketingmergenow

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      My aunt passed away almost twelve years ago and she left behind a big mean cat. That cat has lived with my grandma ever since and has seen the passing of my grandpa and has moved with my grandma where ever she has gone. This cat must be close to twenty years old and sometimes I wonder who's holding out for who. It seems to be a kid hater and just generally grouchy, quite opposite of my grandma. So its odd that this cat somehow knows it inspires my grandma day after day. My grandma isn't a spring chicken but she gets around fine and she says after the cat passes that's it for her, her obligations are done for this lifetime. So I fear the day my grandma calls me up to tell me the news about that cat. This must have been a hard post to write. Hats off.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Pylos, Sugardemon -- Thanks for commenting. If Jimmy were here he'd walk right up and nuzzle you and purr very loudly... that's what he does. And that's exactly what my Hubby and I have needed over the months since Penny's death!

      Cats Rule!!!

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      sugardemon 8 years ago

      love this.

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      pylos26 8 years ago from America

      good story mom...i love cats too...pylos

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Longhariqueen, WELCOME! I am delighted that you found your way onto my hub. I hope you enjoy HubPages as much as I do. I look forward to reding your work.

      Becca, I can tell you are a fellow animal lover. Blessings is the word, alright!

      Bard of Ely, you hit it exactly right. This tale is of sadness, happiness and love. Pretty much the holy trinity of life, wouldn't you agree? Peace!

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for sharing your tale of sadness, happiness and love!

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      Becca the Gypsy 8 years ago from Middle of the States

      This one hit home definetely, many blessings to you & hubby and the love that Jimmy has brought to you 2!

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      longhairqueen 8 years ago from USA

      I am new here, and will probably be drowned out by your already numerous comments. But your story is touching. I actually teared up reading about Penny. Jimmy sounds like such a sweety of a kitty.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Hi MM- I guess now everybody is having a party at forums..LOL. Btw have you checked out that Obama antichrist hub...seriously I am getting worried if there are going to be any assasination attempts on him (Way too many people seem to be upset with him).

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi jdh, Cool. I bet Tommy and Jimmy would get along great! I really like what you say about cats being great for our health. I so agree! Thanks! MM

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      jdh351 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I like your hub. I have two rescued cats and my wife and I love them. I have a tiger striped tabby named "Tommy," and a dilute tortoise named "Sophie." Cats are great for your health, in my opinion. They force you to slow down and relax.

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ok how about this hub, it doesn't have any comments and I think it would be fun.

      https://hubpages.com/travel/Funny_Festivals

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Roflmao, you know that Shades was hoping it was chichi's, He's such a bad boy, and you are too, just the way I like them!

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      GM: There you are! As long as I was talking about misunderstanding things in hubs, when I first read your "one word" hub, you said in the first sentence that your manicurist came over and you let your chi's play together. I thought you were talking about an oriental spiritual energy "chi", so you were letting your spirits play together. As Shades would say, that was "hawt!"

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      me too. let's get the party started. Pick a hub any hub!

      Wait is this aparty or a fight? I'm confused.

      I need to know so that I can either bring lipstick or a knife.

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I'm looking for the location of the rumble too.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      LOL Christoph and G-mom. I'm a bit late getting started with my hubbing today and signed off early last night. I loaned my 'puter to a friend so she could take an online nursing test. Who knew you had to have a PC instead of a Mac? I know that's some sort of discrimination but not my problem.

      Chris, I do not know why your cat is such a jerk. But I believe you when you say (and as you have written about) that your feline is of the evil variety. Some cats, like some people, are just born that way. If he is interested in meeting his female counterpart, I can introduce him to (Crabby) Patty. Like Cathy and Patty Duke in the 1960s TV show, Penny and Patty could not be more different. Well, for one thing, Patty's still alive...

      As for the "catupuncture" deal, I can see in hindsight how extreme that must seem. Maybe I have been in CA too long. Then again, maybe if you try a different kind of needling on your little guy he won't be so cat-tankerous!

      Thank you both for stopping by. I'm heading over to Hubtivity to find tonight's "host" or "hostess."

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Gwendy: Yea, I used to do it for my dogs all the time, but the cat is particular about being touched - head and neck only. Actually, it's a great way to get rid of him when he's bothering me. Just grab him and love him up, sticking my face in his and talking in that stupid cute pet voice. He hates that, kind of like the cat in the Pepe LePew cartoons always trying to get out of his arms.

      MM: I was thinking, you know how they have rescue dogs trained for different situations - collapsed building, etc. - so when I first read the title I thought you had a cat trained in marriage counseling.

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      MM, I loved this story, Jimmy is such an sweet little guy. I think your right that Penny told him what he needed to know to take care of you guys.

      CR, I give my chi puppy body massages all the time, it helps her relax, and that's the least I can do for her when she does so much for me.

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi MM: What a sweet story. I have to ask you one question though: Why is my cat such a jerk?

      It's nice you found jimmy so the spirit of Penny could live on in your hearts. Very nicely told. I didn't know they were doing "catupuncture" in this country. Next thing you know, they'll be offering the full body Siamese Massage from guys named Pepe!

      Loved it!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      How cool is this... visits and comments from hubfriends whose avatars are a loving dad with adorable baby and a beautiful white flower. I love this place! Thanks Sparks and RGraf!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for the sweet tears this morning. I lost the last of a dear litter and immediately got two adorable ones to fill the hole. I feel your pain and your joy.

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      Sparks 8 years ago from South Korea

      Very delightful to read and I would also like to thank you for your kind comments on my Hub today.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey Lita,

      Sorry to hear about your sister's cat. It's pretty much impossible to live life without feline companionship once you are used to it:-). Your Tuffie sounds like a tomgirl after my own heart!

      CW and Misty -- Good to have my gal pals back around. Our beloved president has been off HP for days. We thought perhaps the two of you were off together somehere (LOL).

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      Leta S 8 years ago

      Hi, MM-

      My sister's kitty just died--Maybelle was actually 20 years old and had renal failure, too. Sis lived most of her life with that cat. Her new kitten's name is Ming--a little Siamese. She went thru pretty much what you guys did. But I know she's in good furry company now, so I don't worry!

      Incidentally, my cat's (a fluffy, bushy tiger-stripe with big green cover girl eyes) name is Tuffie... Very aptly named, as she's the only cat I've known who climbs and sleeps in trees on a daily basis--among other things!

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      MM, thank you, yes, I truly know how painful it is, and even at the vets we got attached to certain animals that had to be put down, and so broke our hearts. I know our Head Nurse used to work for the RSPCA, and some of the stories she can tell you would make your hair curl. I never know how she coped with it, as I couldn't have done. Your animals are lucky, they are loved and cared for, not abused. The world, and the unwanted animals need more people like you and your Husband :)

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      MM\Cindy, Had gone to California and just got back. I missed you all too. I see that our President has no interest in White House and spending time in "Dolls" company...LOL

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Nice to see you back CW, where have you been ???

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi CW, glad to see you back on HubPages. Missed your insightful and caring comments recently. Thanks for visiting. Always, MM

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Pets are natural stress relievers. I hope Jimmy has been able to take on the mantle from Penny(although Jimmy is a unique catty in her own right). WOW!! That picture of love glow in Penny's eyes is really so cute.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks, sweet one. I know you know exactly what it feels like. You have written about pet loss eloquently. Good to see you, my dear. Back later! MM

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      A lovely story MM, and I know how hard it must have been to lose Penny, (it never gets any easier to lose pets). I am so glad you gave Jimmy a good home and that Penny brought him into your lives. :)

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks all. I know I'm biased, but Jimmy really is a cutie. And Spryte, you're right. He's the toughest of the tough -- he regularly tussles with Gremlin who, up until quite recently, was about 3x his size. But he's also become our resident lap boy. I could not have picked out a more perfect kitty. Luckily for us, God and Penny handled it for us.

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Hi MM - a lovely hub- and I love the look of Jimmy and can commiserate with you on your loss of Penny - amazing how older cats teach younger cats what to do and how to behave when they are no longer there to guide them! Enjoy your new baby and I am so glad you took the high road with your decision to bring him into your home earlier rather than later! cheers

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Touching hub - it's always so difficult to let a pet go, isn't it? I do believe they are infinitely wiser than us - how else would Penny have sought out Jimmy and made sure he carried on her caring?

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      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      I love that tough guy/soft guy look Jimmyhas going for him. Such a cutie! And I bet you are right that Penny conspired to teach him all she knew so that he would look after you and your husband when she had to leave you. It's the way of cats...I think.

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      KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

      *hugs* to you, MM. Isn't it great to have another furry life to bolster you up after the loss of another? The dynamics between our Lydia and Rori were much the same. Rori took over as big kitty of the house.

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      Jimmy's a cutie, definitely brought to you on purpose!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Em, 11 is sort of middle-aged for cats. I hope Annie and Moose stay healthy and with you several more years. I can tell they are very special and very loved.

      Ag -- hey. I've been pondering if Jimmy could be one of those Bengal cats. He looks the part and is a true hunter. He doesn't have a windup mouse toy but does have a little stuffed possum. We have to take it away at night so we can get some sleep. He is a little troublemaker, but he has a partner in destruction. My cat Gremlin is the most aptly named cat in the world:-)

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      Em Writes 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      I'm so sorry for your loss of Penny, and glad that you found Jimmy to help you through the pain. My Annie and Moose will be 11 around Christmas, and I can't imagine life without them. Pets really bring something amazing to our lives, don't they?

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Hi MM, Jimmy looks like a real tiger, did he really do all of that damage?

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey NY Lady! Haven't seen you around much. Been away? Welcome back to the action. I am sure you will have some delightful holiday hubs that will make me want to catch the first JetBlue flight to JFK...

      Thanks for commenting. Yeah, boy cats are precious, too.

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      NYLady 8 years ago from White Plains, NY

      Hey MM:

      Long time no talk to. What a sweet hub. I loved it because Jimmy looks just like my Buddy, the best cat in the world. So sorry about your loss, but what an uplifting, sweet story. Take care!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks, Benson! Good to see you active here on HP again. You forget how intensely active kittens are when your other cats are older (even my 8-year-olds don't "play" anymore). Jimmy's a dynamo alright!

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      great hub. I like the cat toy.

      thanks.