Alice the elderly cat

She farts and she fusses
And she wees on the bed,
She’s perpetually asking
When she’ll next be fed.
Her breath smells disgusting,
She has talons for claws,
Oh don’t be mistaken,
We know all her flaws.
Her black fur is matted,
She snores in her sleep,
But when she departs us,
I know that I’ll weep.
She’s twenty and then some,
Not bad for a cat.
But I think she’ll keep going,
I’m hopeful of that.
Because although she’s smelly,
And grumpy at times,
When she’s curled on my knee,
Her purr sounds just sublime.

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20 Responses to Alice the elderly cat

  1. dflorack says:

    Awwwwwww, Alice. Poor old lady.

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  2. It sounds as if she could do with a manicure. We had a cat with matted hair, took her to the vet where he gave her a lion cut, and she thought she was the hottest number on the block.

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    • PookyH says:

      ha ha! there is a big very fluffy ginger tom next door who really did look like a lion after he had his fur shaved πŸ™‚ Alice gets her matts shaved out but she has a dicky thyroid which means her fur matts really fast now. It’s sad as she was really rather beautiful in her younger years but she’s not doing bad for 20 I guess!

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  3. mtanub says:

    so truu and funny πŸ˜€

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  4. Aww gorgeous. We have a 19 year old called Poppy. I call her jelly-belly, as it wobbles underneath her when she walks. 😊 Xx

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    • PookyH says:

      oh bless! We’ve had a few old ladies, we inherited a couple from a neighbour when he died, sadly both gone now so just one old lady and two sprightly eight year olds πŸ™‚

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  5. wbdeejay says:

    Pet love is something special.

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    • PookyH says:

      It is indeed, we lost one of our old ladies last year, she was put to sleep in my arms, she was purring as she went and she looked into my eyes as if to reassure me. I like to think she’s with her Dad and her sister now (she was one of two old ladies we inherited when our neighbour died unexpectedly after contracting MRSA during a routine op)

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      • wbdeejay says:

        We had to put down our second bunny Madeline. she always had front teeth problems and then developed a jaw infection that never responded fully despite over a year of vet care and operations. It was heartbreaking to hold her as she went limp, but we had made her life as good as we could.

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      • PookyH says:

        You can only try your best…though it feels awful when your best isn’t quite enough. I’m sure she had a full and happy life whilst she was with you though. I think being a house bunny would rock!

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      • wbdeejay says:

        oh indeed, there are so many stories and memories. Less new ones these days with Mr.Poppy’s age/stroke related personality changes, but still plenty of love into his twilight years.

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      • PookyH says:

        I don’t think I ever heard anyone apart from my mother talk about a rabbit with such passion. It’s lovely to hear! xx

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      • wbdeejay says:

        They are and have been our family for 10 years now. Not just pets. Every living creature deserves respect and love.

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      • PookyH says:

        I had no idea they were so long lived!

        And I agree wholeheartedly. When it rains it takes us longer to walk to school because I have taught my girls, as my Mum taught me, the importance of moving worms to the edge of the path so they don’t get trodden on…

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      • wbdeejay says:

        “full life” is very apt. One of her nicknames was “barrel” because she would often eat so much that her middle was round like one! That was probably what kept her going so long was that when she could, she loved to eat.

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