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Aspen the "Tabby" Foster Cat

Updated on January 17, 2015

Aspen The Tabby Cat

The story from Tammy, my daughter-in-law, was told to me and goes something like this:

"Well, I got her approximately 10-12 years ago. A friend gave her to me for my birthday. I named her Aspen after the Aspen Mountains with all the white snow. She is considered a "white Tabby". She was one of two in a litter and had a brother. They looked identical except when I went to pick her brother up, he hissed and scratched me. Aspen just sat there and purred. She originally had one spot of very light orange on the top of her head that disappeared as she got older. I have been told, most pure white cats like Aspen are likely to become deaf, why I don't know, but the vet said that since she is a true Tabby that it would not happen.

I got her when she was said to be 9 weeks old, but she was not completely weened from her mom. I had to feed her with a bottle and when she slept she would sleep on my neck and try to suckle on my ear, so I quickly replaced that with a blanket that had cords at the end, which I had gotten from Mexico. To this day, she at times will still suckle on a blanket. It was like my first experience with being a mom. I had to feed her every 2-3 hours and take her to the litter box and move her paw like she was scratching at the litter, so that she would learn to use it. I did most of the things that her mom would have taught her.

I bathed her a lot when she was a kitten, and she never seemed to have a problem with it as long as I was the one doing it. Once she got older, the baths got less frequent as her nails got longer. She had a problem with scratching and ruining furniture, so when my cousin had her she had her claws removed, front and back.

I am not sure why she is so big other than the fact that Tabby's tend to get very large. Just the breed I guess. I also think she may have a glandular problem, but that has not been confirmed by a vet."

When, there is the story. My experience is that she is very loving and most of the time she would just try to finds ways to get you to pet her. In any case, it was a wonderful experience having Aspen as a foster pet. Thanks!

UPDATE Sept. 2010: Aspen is back with her family, these days. In fact we all are together as one happy family in Utah. She seems to be happy to be back with her adopted brother, Buddy.

ASPEN's passing

February 5, 2013

It is so sad for me to enter this post, but Aspen became very sick and it was a tough decision but she had to be euthanasia, today, February 5, 2013. I know many pet lovers have experienced this same decision and loss and will be able to relate. I thank you all who have visited my lens, in the past and those who stop in the future.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      What a cute cat

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Your cat is soooo cute! I also have a cat that I adore immensely.

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      Jack 6 years ago

      I love cats. Aspen is so cute, with such beautiful eyes.

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      missbat 6 years ago

      Such pretty eyes! What an adorable kitty!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 8 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      She is so pretty !

      I love animals too and have a special place in my heart for cats.

      Organically Yours,

      Diana

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      Delia 8 years ago

      wow what a huge cat! Aspen is beautiful, gorgeous eyes...sweet lens...check out my "feral Kitty" ...5*llens

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Nice lens - Aspen is absolutely beautiful and the videos are just precious!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love cats! 5*s :)