On a sunny May afternoon, Lucy, just past one year old, and Peaches, 17 years old, shared the bright sun angling in at the dining room window. It must have been an unusually chilly day because the window is closed, but that spot has always been a favorite of all the cats who’ve lived here for both the sun and the shade in hot summers, and the windows open to the bird feeders and cooler breezes. But the two were obviously enjoying the warm sun on their backs.
Lucy was a month past her FIP diagnosis, but she was doing really well, active, with a good appetite, holding her weight. We all had hope she’d somehow recover, or at least have a long period of health before she began to deteriorate, if that was to be.
Peaches had come to me in 2005 along with her sister, both very thin and in renal failure. Peaches’ sister Cream had not recovered and we lost her in 2006, but by 2007 petite Peaches had responded to the fluids and special diets, got her weight back up to six pounds and went to renal failure watch rather than active, and was a healthy geriatric cat.
I hoped for the best for them both, and gave them the best I could find under veterinarians’ directions. Though Peaches was older, we would lose Lucy first, just shy of two months after this photo was taken. Peaches lived to be 20, and left us in October 2010.
But on this day, it was all about the sun, and a little fun being camouflaged in the plant. I saw a few other interesting photos and moved around, seeing them through the arboricola, also lit with sunshine.
Though Lucy was a kitten in a house full of senior cats, she never perpetrated her kitten antics on the adults. She was gentle and respectful, and she loved them all as they loved her. If her life was to be brief, she was very happy, and very loved, by all of us.
They are both too drowsy to pay any more attention to me!
Lucy was a month into her
Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.
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No matter how brief or long, or what stage of life or physical condition, they’ve all been an inspiration to me, and I’m happy to have rescued them, and honored to have had them serve as my muses.
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