||Eight and half years old|
||Norwegian Forest Cat mix|
was originally my mother's cat when I lived at home. She was twelve weeks
old when we bought her, and we thought she was a male. Her original name was
Lexus, and she always looked electrified. =) As she got a little older her
fur became shorter and when she was six months old we thought that she wouldn't
get long fur after all.
At that point in time she was meant to be an outdoor cat, but little did we
know that Lexie had a mind of her own about how her future would look. She
was happy enough to run around in the forest on a leash, but when we opened
the door for her, intending her to run free, she just sat there on the porch
and didn't want to go anywhere without us. Also, she refused to go out
whenever there was snow on the ground, or if it was raining or snowing. Even
the tiniest bit of wind would make her turn in the doorway and go back in.
Lexie quickly made it clear to us that she preferred a life indoors.
And thus came the day when she was about two years old, when I and my fiance
moved in together 200km (125 miles) further to the north. We decided to bring Lexie with
us to our apartment, since she had no trouble living the life of an indoor
cat. She did hate the car ride there though, to the point where she managed
to get loose in the car and actually jumped up on the steering wheel and
stood there screaming in horror. Eventually she settled down below the glass
behind the back seats. We almost didn't get her out of the car when we
finally arrived, because our strong-willed lady had decided that she'd been
moved enough that day. Eventually we managed to coax her out of there with
She now lives the life of an indoor cat, bringing us joy every day. She's
happy to go out on the balcony on clear, calm summer days, but stays inside
all winter. Also, our living room looks almost like a cat store these days,
with three big climbing trees arranged for her. Her favourite place though,
has always been on my desk where she'll curl up beside me whenever I sit
using my computer.
Our lovely lady is now 8.5 years old and still as energetic as ever. When bad
weather is coming she'll race around the apartment around and around, and if
I don't pay her any attention she'll sneak up on me and bite at my heels to
make me jump. Most of the time, she'll just make a sound that I've dubbed
"mjoffing", as it is something in between a voff and a mjau. She must have
spent her first three months with a dog we believe, as she has certain
characteristics of a dog. When I get home from work she'll sit inside the
door waiting for me, mjoffing at me when I get inside and then coming forward
to greet me, all the while wagging her tail. Then she'll turn her side and
hind legs to me, and stand there stomping them while wanting me to scratch
her sides and ears. Oh the ears, there's nothing she loves as much as being
scratched on the ears, she can stand and buff at me for half an hour in the
bathroom every evening just to keep me scratching her ears. If I don't pay
enough attention, she'll jump up and lie down in the basin instead, making
sure no one can use it until she's satisfied.
Every year her fur has just kept growing longer and longer, and now she's a
walking, deliciously soft furball. She was my first very own cat, and despite
the cat allergy that I've developed I'll never ever let anyone else have her.
She's my darling and joy and I couldn't stand the thought of anything bad
ever happening to her. <3
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