Monday, September 10, 2012

How To Create--and Love--A Very Old Kitty


Friday, September 14, 2012, will mark the first anniversary of the death of my beloved cat and friend, Annie, who died of kidney complications at the ripe old age of 22. Yes, 22! And up until the time she got sick, which was only a couple of months before she passed, she was still bounding up onto the bed, the sofa, the kitchen counter and jumping back down as well. At times I thought I had an old kitten on my hands. She was also severely independent and would actually bite me once in a while if I crossed her.

We had a love/like relationship.

So, how did I get her to such a high number of years? Simple...

First, I fed her organic raw beef and ground chicken, a little chopped salmon or cod once in a while, and some organic dry treats from Organix products I usually bought at Whole Foods. A little wheat grass now and again and plenty of filtered water.

No vitamin supplements and definitely no canned foods. The only additions were some small amounts of ground flax seeds in her wet food and a few pieces of veggies that she liked: A bit of shredded carrot and some mashed chick peas. I learned her veggie tastes over the years and gradually settled in on the few that she really liked.

Along with all that, I exercised her by the traditional string pull around the room, up and over the furniture, two or three times a day when I thought about it, totaling around 15 times a week. She had good lungs and strong bones, right up to the time of departure. I got stronger, too.

Above all, I let her know with certainty that she could trust me. I loved her and she knew it. She would often talk gently to me while I was working at the computer and rub against my leg when she wanted attention. When hungry, she would yowl just enough to be annoying. She was well aware!