Thursday, September 15, 2005

Maggie: Then & Now

Baby Magnolia Blossom (Maggie) (Click picture for larger view) Posted by Picasa
"The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree." ~ Sidonie Gabrielle
This is a picture I found of Baby Maggie when she first arrived at my parents home. She was still an only cat and quickly set about getting her staff in order. My mom and dad, particularly my dad, fell into her trap and catered to her every whim. He even started calling her his "baby" and both of them talked in higher tones and more softly, in that baby-talk voice. Ewwww! She had her way with them. They didn't make her wear a collar or go through the cat door by herself; Dad would even stand and watch her eat if she asked. When her food bowl had a little middle dent in it, she whined (still does) hysterically and he will shake it down even again.

But then, in November 2003, her world turned upside down. "THE INVASION OF THE MISSISSIPPI CATS" Friday after Thanksgiving they arrived; all six of them invading her space, taking over her sunroom and HORROR OF HORRORS, garnishing the affection of her mom and dad! Now, she is a basket case. She hates the other cats but when they are all out in the sunroom for the night, she walks around and cries. She cries for their door to be opened in the morning and then runs to hide in the bedroom. Nicky adores her and wants to play, she turns on him hissing and then runs away. He patiently plods slowly behind her keeping a respectful distance. She grows hysterical at the red pipe cleaners in her food while everyone else just eats around them. Poor Maggie. She looks so mistreated doesn't she?

Grown-up Maggie with chipmunk cheeks.

Be sure to visit Maggie and her other animal friends at Friday's Ark and stop by Carnival of the Cats on Sunday, this week hosted by Watermark. (end of post)

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