Josie

Josephine, or Josie for short (no Josie and the Pussy Cats Jokes! she was named after Joséphine Bonaparte, since all cats are royalty (real or created)) was a tiny bit of a thing. They told us that she had had her first litter of kittens while she was still a kitten herself and that it stunted her growth, since all of the nutrients and energy that should have gone into her went towards her kittens. They said she had at least one other litter before being rescued. She was in a house with dozens of other cats and was more feral than domestic.

For weeks after coming to live with us Josie would not come out into the open, but constantly hid. She was easy to find, though, since poor Albert (yes, royalty) followed her around, crying. Although they were both “fixed”, he was madly in love. He only had three legs, so she could easily escape, but he still serenaded her constantly.

It didn’t take her too long to warm up to me. She was always a bit wild and was either in my lap or hiding, so I didn’t get too many pictures of her.

Josie often slept curled up under my left arm. Over the last three months, I think there were only two nights that I was around that she didn’t cuddle for at least part of the night, spending all night most of the time.

She will be missed.

50 thoughts on “Josie

  1. dprastka

    Aww, so very sorry for your loss. Josie was beautiful and reminded me of my small Kitty Mara who I lost last year. Although my Kitty wasn’t as feral, and never had any kittens she was very small. Her nickname was mini Kitty!! They fill our hearts, and take a little piece when they leave. ❤️

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  3. SHL2

    I am sorry Trent cats are special critters. Was she an older cat? We had an older cat very standoffish we had her since she was a bottle baby for years she hid under the bed came out when no one was around her last year of life she slept on my pillow on top of my head it drove me nuts. I know now she knew her time was ending and that’s why she wanted to be close to me.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Sonya. We had her for about 9 years, but I’m not sure how old she was when we got her. Most likely 2 or 3, but she could have been a year or two older than that (I think they said 2). She has slept cuddled up to me off and on for years, but not as consistently as her last few months. She had been getting skinny over the last month, and so we knew the end was in sight. We made a vet appointment, but she never made it.

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      1. SHL2

        Ishy was named by our 1 yr old granddaughter at the time she could not say kitty it came out Ishy. She was bottle fed by us & Preslie but someone dropped her off at petsmart our youngest daughter was in HS and brought her home. We bottle fed her for a few weeks. She was about 15 when she died she had one kitten before getting fixed that cat who is Puffy Tail we still have her she is 2 weeks older that Mr. Bird they are 10 yrs old and our last two cats we have.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          We have two remaining cats, both rescues. We’ve had Albert almost 10 years and he was supposed to be three when we got him, and I’m not sure about Grace Kelley (another royal, and an American ;) ). She is about 10.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. She was a very sweet little cat. It is always hard. And Albert is upset, though, unfortunately, we do know how much longer we have before he follows her…

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