The die was cast. We now owned a cat!
Tigger playing with his toys in his day "nursery" at my office
Tigger quite at home on my bed
Later, when we sold the business and I stayed at home, Tigger established himself in the warmest spot in our house during winter and the coolest during the hot summer months. He still does this, only now it's always within sight of his "mum".
For about a year he was an “only” cat when suddenly I had two more rescue cats. Tigger’s nose was literally out of joint. He’d hide behind the kitchen appliances or other furniture while I tended to the new cats in our home. Later I found and rescued another kitten and later still two more. Gradually he accepted them, but never so much that he gave up his position as Top Cat in the household.
I thought I was your favourite cat, Mum!
At the ripe old age of 13, Tigger's appetite is better than ever
In 2004 I left home to visit my husband in Guinea, West Africa and stayed for three years! When we came out on break every five months, I’d arrive home to find Tigger lying under the garden furniture on the patio. When he realised that it was MOM who’d come home, he’d dash out and into my arms, meowing and purring all the while. Heart-wrenching!In the spring of 2006 I came home for good and within a week, Tigger moved into my office, onto the back of my chair or on the desk at my elbow. He has been there ever since. He sleeps on my bed at night and after breakfast takes up his position near me (well, basically on top of me) on my desk. He is just making sure that I never leave him again.
We took him to the vet. Under anaesthetic they discovered that the space at the back of his mouth, leading down his throat, was blocked with plaque. No wonder he couldn’t swallow. Through a series of treatments, the vet removed the plaque, extracted four bad teeth and placed him on a drip for a few days. When we collected him, the vet had weaned him off “wet” tinned food onto cat pellets. Since that time, Tigger has thrived physically and apart from a little tinned cat food in the morning, gets his sustenance from dry cat food. I take him for a check-up at the vet every year to ensure that he never has a problem with his teeth or plaque again.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIGGER!