Recently I’ve written about Dogs and have been possibly a trifle unfair to cats.
After all we have had a long line of cats. Maybe it would be strictly accurate to say the cats that have lived here have allowed us into their lives from time to time.
Our first was the black and white above, Sisyphus who arrived on the 1st December 1986. The tabby, Crocket came in 1988 and the other larger black cat, Boots arrived in the mid 1990s. Crocket and Boots had relatively short lives, Sissy made it to 16, but when we lost Boots to an accident a couple of years a after he arrived we were pressed by the the kids to take another.
In the end we took sisters.
They were both very content in each other’s company. The one on the left, Tikka was the explorer, a mouser and tough little thing. Nutmeg, in the pose you see was pretty much always sitting. A lazy thing in truth. And utterly indifferent to any of us, especially me. I provided food. End of.
The Vet had a magic touch, of course, but the rest of us were mostly ignored.
It was easy to capture Tikka as she’d stroll around the garden…
With Nutmeg, the pictures tend to show her with her back to me…
Cats are sentient and sensitive creatures. When Tikka died in 2020, Nutmeg grieved. That may be anthropomorphising her reaction but she changed. She sought out laps; she rubbed the fruit in the fruit bowl as once she rubbed heads with her sister; and she cried, loudly mostly demanding food but maybe it was also about comfort. She sits on the key pad or the Textiliste’s sowing machine. She’s now the Dowager Nutmeg, so grumpy yet demanding is she.
Today, as I typed, she joined me on the table, waiting her turn.
The eagle eyed amongst you will see that her whispers are serious structures and her coat isn’t as groomed as you might expect. Nutmeg, our very regal cat is ancient. That picture above, with her and her sister in the cardboard box? It has a date on the back. 1997. If she continues on her eccentric way she will reach her 25th birthday in May.
There’s something to be said for doing bugger all after all…