- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On February 22, 2019
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We’ve been featuring some of Toronto’s finest dogs, but what about the feline side of things?
Like so many other pets, Tigger wiggled her way into her family’s life despite breaking all their rules. Read on for M.H. Callway‘s, thriller writer extraordinaire, take on asthma, steroids and “Cat TV”.
When our previous cat, Jet passed away of old age at 17 years, I was heartbroken. I swore that I would never own another cat, but if I did, the new kitty would be a young with no health problems.
My friend, Gail, lives in Prince Edward County. Shortly after Jet died, she hinted that there were many cats at her local shelter who desperately needed homes. So on my next visit, we just happened to drive by the cat shelter and Gail just happened to suggest that we drop in – only to look, of course.
Well, predictably, there I met little Tigger, 6 months old, a tabby like my very first ever cat. We instantly connected.
“I’d love to adopt Tigger, but I don’t have a cat carrier”, I protested to the shelter staff.
Instantly, a spare cat carrier materialized, lined with a tiny knitted quilt. And so I paid the shelter fees, Tigger had her shots and I brought her home. A young cat with no health problems I told my husband, Ed.
Well, life can bring you joy and throw you challenges at the same time.
When our vet checked Tigger over, he looked concerned. She was indeed sneezing and coughing a lot. Tigger’s “kennel cough” has proved to be more complicated. Several visits to our vet and an investigation by a veterinary internist, suggest she may have kitty asthma, a rare genetic condition. Right now she’s on steroids with mixed results. She may start weight-lifting soon!
No matter what her health outcome will be, we love her. She’s part of our family.
Tigger always greets us at the door when we return home. She keeps us company at mealtimes, sleeps in her own TV chair when we’re watching Netflix and cuddles up to us at night. When I’m working she sleeps quietly beside my laptop. She’s become my writing “mews”.
She loves playing with her cat dancer toy and chasing the mysterious red dot of the laser pointer. Another favorite activity is her “cat TV”, watching the birds and squirrels through our garden window. Most of all she loves to EAT. She definitely prefers cat food to “people” food, though she’s developing a liking for cheese and chicken.
One strange thing: she is not interested in catnip at all. All our previous cats were crazy about the kitty herb or “cat marihuana” as my late father called it, but Tigger couldn’t care less about it. Another strange thing: she likes dogs! Our daughter’s dog, Pippi and Tigger have become great pals, playfully chasing each other round our house and best of all, watching “cat TV” together.
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