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A Cat's Life - Tia

Updated on January 27, 2017
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Jean, aka Snakesmum, has been an animal lover for her whole life. Cats are a favourite, and there is one living with her.

How I Met Tia

About twelve years ago now, while doing some errands down the street, I came across a starved looking calico cat, who also looked pregnant. Although a little timid, she seemed used to people, and appeared to be begging. A couple of ladies opened a can of cat food from their shopping, which she wolfed down. I felt sorry for her, but couldn't do anything at the time.

A little later that day, going past the same spot, I saw the little cat again, and decided to take her home. There were no kittens in the vicinity, so again I thought that she was pregnant.

After collecting my cat carrier, it was time to see if she'd allow me to pick her up. She did, and actually purred whilst I was doing it. That was the easiest part of the adoption!

The picture is Tia a few months after I adopted her.

All images in this lens are my own unless otherwise stated. Please do not use without permission.

Tia as a young cat.
Tia as a young cat. | Source
Misty, my tabby cat.
Misty, my tabby cat. | Source

Settling In

My other cat, Misty, unfortunately didn't like Tia much, and Tia absolutely hated Misty, and tried to chase her away from the property. At first, Tia lived outside, and Misty came and went through the cat door, until Tia learned to use it. After that, it was hard to keep them from fighting, both inside and outside.

For a couple of months, they lived like this, until one day, Misty disappeared. Several days later, her body was discovered in a neighbour's yard, not a mark on her, with a broken neck. We'll never know what happened, but Tia became the only cat.

A Trip To The Vet

Tia in the Bookcase.
Tia in the Bookcase. | Source

A while after Tia came to live with us, it was obvious she was in the early stages of pregnancy, and although I hated doing it, there was no way I wanted kittens around the home. The vet examined her, and we decided to go ahead with speying her, as she wasn't far enough along in the pregnancy to cause problems. She was also given a tooth clean and had a damaged tooth removed.

This improved her health, but not her nature, as she still hated any other cat being around, and was very territorial, especially after Misty died.

The vet thought that she was about 12 - 15 months old, although I'd believed she was younger, as she was a very small cat. He said she had probably had kittens before, and just hadn't had a chance to grow properly.

Fortunately, after being neutered, she did grow a little, and put on some weight.

A Cat With Attitude

This cat bed is only used upside down.
This cat bed is only used upside down. | Source

When Tia came to our home, she was somewhat wary of us, and turned into a scratching ball of fur when picked up. She was also not a lap cat, and would not sit on our knees at all. Rubbing around legs and being stroked was all she'd tolerate. It took about three years before I could pick her up without being attacked, and she is still not happy about it. No-one else can pick her up at all.

It took even longer before she came to sit on my lap, and she still doesn't go to anyone else at all. You could say she's a one person cat!

Her attitude extends to some strange things - in the picture, she is lying on the underside of one of her beds. The other side is much nicer, and is a plushy fur type of material, but she absolutely refuses to step on it, let along lie on it. She also won't walk on the fluffy rug beside the bed. Who knows why they react like this to some things?

For all her little attitudes, she is still a much loved pet.

The Garden Cat

Garden Cat.
Garden Cat. | Source

Tia loved to roam freely around the garden, and was a very active cat while she was young. This photo was taken when she was about three years old, in our front garden. She really loved her freedom, which had to be curtailed when she was found to be FIV positive.

Although I'd love another cat, it isn't possible, so Tia and I have just had each other for over eleven years.

26th December, 2012: Well, it's just over 12 years now, and Tia is getting old, but she still seems to enjoy life. She's sleeping beside me as I write.

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Tia in her basket near the heater.
Tia in her basket near the heater. | Source

Vale Tia

Tia, our much loved pet, passed away 12th February, 2013.

Tia suffered from FIV related illnesses for the past few days, and the vet and I agreed it was kinder for her to leave us. She will be very much missed, but now sleeps in the arms of Bast.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @RinchenChodron: As she does all felines! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Bast is taking good care of them both.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @arobbertse0242: No, it was the previous cat Misty who was found in the neighbours yard. Tia was with me at the end. Thanks for visiting.

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      Annemarie Robbertse 4 years ago from South Africa

      I absolutely were in tears! If you want, I have a lens about "The Love of a Chihuahua" - a tribute to Sweetie.

      One thing that confuses me - you say Tia was found in your neighbors yard with her neck broken, but then you end your lens saying you and your vet decided it was best to let her go?

      Beautiful lens hon

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Its very sad to lose an animal as it truly is part of the family. Nice lens and right now one of my three cats is screaming at me as it time for her chicken neck and they never let me forget, Hugs

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure she is missed.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @cmadden: She certainly was, and I'm glad we were able to give her 12 happy years. Thanks for visiting.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      I'm sorry for your loss. Tia was quite evidently a wonderful Agent =^..^= !

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @anonymous: Thankyou! It always hurts to lose a pet, but we now have a very affectionate tabby who came from a shelter to love.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a nice story. I'm so sorry for the loss of both of your cats!

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      I wasn't expecting such a sad ending to this story. I had barely recovered from the loss of your first cat! So sad.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @PaigSr: You're absolutely right, of course! :-)

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @Dressage Husband: If only Tia liked other cats, I'd get another one in a second!

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @naturegirl7s: Tia is about 12 now, and I think she has a few years in her yet! Thanks for visiting and the blessing.

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      You say a cat with attitude. I say when has there been a cat with out attitude.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Robin loves other cats, so do I!

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Many years ago, we rescued a tiny kitten that turned out to have a personality much like your Tia. She ruled the roost & lived to the ripe old age of 12. ***Blessed***