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Daily Photo Reprise: Mimi Becomes “One of the Girls”, 2010

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Mimi tries to fit in with the Golden Girls.

Here, the “Golden Girls”, the “Tri-color Trio”, my three most senior kitties, Kelly at 17, Peaches at 20 and Cookie at 18, have their dinner on the cabinet in the middle of the kitchen while Mimi longingly, or slyly, I wasn’t sure, looks on. Apparently, she had a plan.

Mimi was relegated to the floor with her kids so that I could watch the three senior girls eat their dinner and assess their appetite and eating habits as I did daily to ensure they were eating well. Peaches, fighting kidney failure, definitely needed the supervision for her occasional struggles with acid reflux, one of the side effects of the condition. Kelly was timid about the kids and preferred being with her sisters, and I was happy to ensure she ate in peace without being nudged out of her dish by a three-year-old. Cookie didn’t really need the supervision but she kept an eye on Peaches and so she got to eat next to her; besides that, Cookie was my girl and that was reason enough.

Mimi didn’t hear the part about the age category but decided she was special too and should eat in the place of honor with her sisters instead of on the floor with the kids. Sometimes, she had had enough of those kids. And then there was Dickie who was with us then, who could hoover up anything faster than anyone, and then start charming each of the other cats for what was left in their bowl, with great success.

So Mimi began appearing on the cabinet at meal time, waiting for her portion. Mimi never asked for anything, she was always grateful just to be here. It took me a few days to catch on as I tried to convince her they were getting the same food she was, not realizing it wasn’t the food she was after, but the status.

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My Four Girls

Mimi is tiny and quiet but she is also persistent, and one day I decided yes, indeed, she was special. Because she is. We lost Peaches in October 2010, and when Cookie developed kidney failure the following year, Mimi kept an eye on Cookie the same as Cookie had done for Peaches, and then she also did with Kelly, until just a few weeks before she died too. And now she keeps an eye on me.

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8 thoughts on “Daily Photo Reprise: Mimi Becomes “One of the Girls”, 2010

  • Lisa Philip

    Beautiful photos and such beautiful cats Bernadette. I lost my girls this year, Tabitha at 20, in January, and Cleo, last month at 19. I miss them terribly too. Your Mimi helped that ‘hole’ in your heart.

    • Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, losing the two oldest girls at those ages in the same year, well, it just changed me forever. They take a big chunk of your life with them when they go. Mimi continues to fill me with love every day, though. I’m sure she came along for a reason, and Cookie showed her what to do. I hope you find a little spirit guide who wants to share your life.

      • Lisa Philip

        Thank-you so much for your kind comment. I have 2 little rats who help fill the void. I love your artwork by the way.

        • Lisa, are they seriously pet rats or are they just devious little cats ? 😉

          • Lisa Philip

            Yes, they’re rats, sisters called Cloud and Meica. I love rats as well as cats.

          • Lisa Philip

            Hello Bernadette, I’m following one of your boards on Pinterest. 🙂

  • Bernadette, I love that photo of the 4 of them eating…good for you for understanding Mimi’s intentions on the matter!

    • Sued51, I miss them all, and I love Mimi for building the bridge between them and herself and her family.


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