Sookie was a very ''lurky'' cat, seldom seen. In fact, she was the seldomest seen ''animalita'' I ever hosted. It is very difficult to imagine she is not in some ''cat cave'', lurking, to appear for limited moments.

The lady, who is my home help, hardly saw her for the first two years and ultimately occasionally, never to get near. None of my friends, visiting, ever saw her, either. So you see, it is not difficult, or in fact, impossible to believe that she is not ''waiting in the wings''.

sppokie_sookieSomething terrible happened to that kitty either in her mami or in the first weeks, maybe they gave her drugs. I had two daxies a long time ago that reacted like ''crack babies'' so maybe they blew smoke on her.

This will explain perhaps why we left the vet out of her last illness.  Myself I know very well how it feels to be poked and poked to find a vein, but at least I know why they need to do it. Prolonging her misery by any other painful violation did not seem reasonable, just for my benefit. She was so damaged neurotically that I was the only human she related to and she deserved to die in her own way, with dignity.

Once it is over it is a kind of relief that she will suffer no more, and like I said, there is still the feeling that she is lurking in some corner.

Jean Aitkenhead, San Salvador

A Cats Purr

"Cats make one of the most satisfying sounds in the world: they purr ...

A purring cat is a form of high praise, like a gold star on a test paper. It is reinforcement of something we would all like to believe about ourselves - that we are nice."

Roger A Caras

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