I let him sleep, and went about cleaning house. Finally, he got up, and walked to the door, petting it like he does sometimes when he wants out. I gave him a pet, and opened the door. He wandered out, and I went back to cleaning house. Told Husband that Tux wasn't quite up to snuff. I figured he had a kitty cold or some such.
Not quite. We lost him last night, Husband found him by the hay, he just collapsed. He wasn't a youngster by any stretch, in fact, he was here when we moved in. We saw him slipping in and out of the area. Husband and I had Rudee chase him off, at first, as he was very aggressive to my other cats. But slowly, my old guys went away, and Husband decided to see if we could make friends with Tux.
Husband used some very expensive Albacore Tuna to do this. Tux liked him immediately. Wife wasn't so happy about the situation. But, slowly I worked with Tux, as well, and we were able to convince him that we were okay.
I knew he'd made himself at home, when he started relaxing enough to play with Rudee. By the end, he'd chase Rudee and swat his tail. He took over the hen house, herding chickens out, when he wanted a spot to sit. This worked until the day he fell asleep and the rooster bit his tail. After a panicked cat rodeo, Tux decided that sleeping might not be the best idea IN the hen yard.
I was truly worried about Buzz when I introduced him to Tux. Would he accept this little kitten? Use it for claw practice? Ignore it?
I set the tiny thing next to this big, black cat, and watched. Tux gazed at the kitten. The kitten gazed back, fluffing up a little. Tux then slapped a paw over the kitten, knocking it over, and proceeded to groom it from nose to tail. Buzz wasn't sure about this, but soon learned that Tux was her best buddy.
Tux even wrote a few of my blogs, when "he" was in the mood. He would follow Rudee and I up the hill when I walked, until I finally was able to get him to stop, (I was afraid he'd go up by himself, and be eaten by something).
I will miss that well dressed cat.
Raise a glass to a fine feline, my old Tuxedo.
Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Gretchen Rubin)