The old gal turned 14 over the summer. She's lost a lot of teeth & shed a few pounds. She went from an all-kibble diet to soft food twice a day; the trouble is the young whippersnapper ~ who's 7 years her junior ~ keeps stealing the gourmet vittles. We try hard, though, to pamper Patch, our nonagenarian. Check it out...14 x 7=98, in kitty years, that is.
Patch is also our shy, retiring furball. While Pepper is out & about, snaring flies out of mid-air & gobbling them down, while salivating for the songbirds out in the dogwood tree, Patch prefers to stay put. She's never been a mouser, even when said mousies are in the housie. As a youngster, she stared vaguely at the occasional field mouse who breached our doorway. Pepper took up the slack for her.
She's still a snuggle-bunny, though. Last nite, in fact, she chased the youngin' off the bed & settled down for a long winter's nap...right between the crook in my elbow & my left armpit. Over the years, in fact, she's garnered an odd nickname: "Armpit Kitty."
And her purr sounds yards away, signaling her presence with the happy, droning hum of a motorboat idling on high. Hence the other nickname: "Motorboat."
Patch is all about that peaceful, easy feeling. She refuses to chase most critters &, for the most part, doesn't engage when her younger counterpart throws down the gauntlet with a hiss, a swat or a low rumble in the throat.
And I'm happy to report that in her dotage, Patch got game. We've had a sudden invasion of cute little brown & white bunnies in our backyard. Whenever one of them hops on over near the deck, Patch puffs out her tail & hollers to be let out. Took a few of these kitty hissy fits for me to figure out what was what.
Patch suddenly wants to chase the bunnies. I'm thinking it's because she wants to be "friends," & not the usual feline bloodlust. Not that she'd ever catch them...they scurry away in a blur of fur, & slither between the fence slats before she can get up the gumption to go get 'em.
Glad you're showing some interest, little Patch. And may you stay forever young.