Ziggy the cat. It’s not as though I had much of a choice for a Z subject. Just like when we met him at the Humane Society and he jumped from the attendant on to me and started nuzzling. Hi I’m your cat, it’s about time you got here. He has been with us for 2 1/2 years and just had his 13th birthday. He’s made himself at home and has trained his people fairly well, although he would no doubt suggest there’s considerable room for improvement.
Ziggy is the most affectionate cat I have known during the 60 years that I’ve shared my life with a cat. He cuddles, head butts and snugs up tight when he’s in the mood (he is still a cat). At night, depending on the weather, he will either sleep on my pillow or under the covers next to my hip. He likes cozy. It’s very endearing to awaken with a cuddly fellow tight against my face and shoulder. Even as I write this, he’s on my lap, supervising.
While he’s cuddly, he also loves to chase and jump, and is very nimble. At times he seems to float down onto whatever surface he is landing on. Like many cats, when he’s done whatever he’s doing, he’s done, squawk, nip, and on to the next.
Sleep is also very important. Just like the big cats of the world, this mini-fellow (he weighs only 8 pounds) intersperses his intense hunting activities with lots of rest. He’s very dedicated to “getting my 20 (hours of sleep )”. Tables in front of windows, a fleece blanket on a chair in the sitting room, or snugged into a nest on the bed. A cat man takes his obligations seriously!
Thanks for joining our lives, Ziggy, you’ve added a lot to the household. And of course, with the pleasure comes the challenge and obligation of care. He’s a happy indoor cat, and like the majority of cats, travel is not his thing. So if we are to travel, arranging for a cat/house sitter comes right along with all the other arrangements. Fortunately, its getting easier to find people, and in many cases, college or graduate students are happy to do this job and get their animal fix at the same time. The downside of this is their tendency to graduate and move on.
See you in a week, Ziggers, we’re off to the southwest and Ms. Laura will be your roomie for a while. I’ll miss you, sweet fellow.