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Posted by joeabbott on January 5, 2009



This is Trout. She and I have been constant companions for over 17 years. Of our three cats, she has the nickname “Old Cat” and also a reserved spot on my lap whenever she wants it.

She has a bit of a glower and doesn’t seem to like to be photographed. She has what Suzanne calls a “double coat” … it means she’s very fuzzy, sheds a ton, and has a white undercoat beneath her black tuxedo.

Her tail isn’t overly long but it’s a bit fat. Not overly so, but compared to the other cats in the house (who seem to have “rat tails”), hers is awful poofy.

She doesn’t like excitement or danger, isn’t one to meow much or cause a fuss, but she does jump on my pillow in the morning when it’s time to eat breakfast and I’m not up. 4:30 AM seems like a good time for her to do that.

While she’s often on my lap, her preferred spot is draped over one shoulder and supported by the haunches. Something she picked up as a baby cat. It used to be harder to hold her like that but she’s lost a bit of weight in her old age and she’s easier all the time.

She likes to have her chin scratched and when she gets it, her whiskers will fan out and she tilts her head back. That’s when you know she’s loving it. Another thing she likes is when we have a fire going in the fireplace. You think she’d stretch out on a burning log if you let her. She likes the heat.

Well, this is Trout. She’s probably not going to see another Christmas but we were lucky to get her for this past one. Her birthday is April 15th and it’s the next milestone we’re shooting for but, to be honest, each additional week we’re together is milestone enough.


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