What’s going on? How is this possible? My geriatric cat is physically more active, having lost some of his mobility handicaps. Smudge is now officially 16 yeas old. He’s snoozing a lot as to be expected, and had months ago, stopped going outside and playing hide and seek chasey, but then things suddenly changed.
Miraculously, a feline fairy must have sprinkled him with youth serum, and now he’s often hanging out in the garden, catching some sunshine or napping under a bush, and occasionally even doing his business in the soil, rather than using litter. Yay! For a minute, he’s started to play hide and seek chasey again; is pole dancing around his scratching post and sharpening those claws at the same time. Previously, I had taken him a few times to get his ‘ninja’ claws clipped. When he’s up, Smudge is happy following me around and head-butting my calves. His purr factor is getting a workout.
Instead of placing his behind in front of my face or flicking that tail across my nose to get me up, (I suffer from hay fever), he now sits quietly close to my head waiting patiently while I doze. I literally have my own living, furry head-warmer. Sometimes his paw gently touches my cheek, whereas before he’d whack my face. What happened to my delinquent/aging cat?
Constantly effervescent both in personality and his actions—Smudge is always getting into trouble and regularly exasperates me. He still thinks he is ‘Top Cat’.