Photo Comments Sex: Female
Leave a treat for Shag (1991?-2004)
Catster stats for Shag (1991?-2004)
Shagster, Shagorama, Shagaleen, Shagaleh, Fluffster, Plume-Tail, Pantaloons Girl
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Cuddling with me; bolting to and fro along the hallway in my second apartment at odd hours
Other cats spotted in the vicinity; that one, horrible experience of Being Bathed; having claws clipped; taking pills
None in particular; consented to chase string sometimes
Favorite Nap Spot:
Sometimes in the far recesses of closets, sometimes in plain view
amazing adaptability to new homes; eternal elegance; quiet sweetness
Not long after moving into my first apartment, I got a call from my sister: "You *said* you wanted a cat, didn't you?" She'd encountered an incredibly friendly, terribly thin cat at her front door, apparently conferring with one of her cats through the mail slot. She writes, "We tried to catch her, feed her in the back yard, and keep her there till we could contact you, but every time she climbed the fence and came around to front but kept coming when we ' pss-pssed' or whatever. So we finally took her inside, put her in a cage in the bathroom until you could say yes and we could get her to the vet! Mym, of course, told her to be cute and piteous."
Reader, I adopted her.
After two years, we moved in with a roommate in another part of Philly; then that roommate moved out and another came in; then it was just Shag and me again.
While I was away on a trip, Shag escaped the apartment through the screen door on my balcony. I was devastated; I walked through the neighborhood calling her name. Then, in the middle of the night, who should stroll in but an extremely grimy gray cat? She'd apparently been holed up in an adjoining abandoned house.
(This was the occasion of the abovementioned, detested Bath.)
In 1999 I pulled up stakes and moved in with a friend for several months while applying to grad school, and Shag went to stay with my parents.
Shortly after I started school in Pittsburgh, I came back to get her--after meowing a while she settled in quite comfortably for the ride. She was with me there two and a half years, sojourned a few months again with my parents until I found my own apartment, then came back to Philly, where she lived out the rest of her days.
Amid all the to-ing and fro-ing in my life, she kept her serenity. Her health declined towards the end, but she always retained some of the poise that made her Shag.
She was my first cat of my very own, and my companion for most of my adulthood to date; sometimes persnickety; always beloved. She often let me rub her soft fluffy belly, though others weren't granted quite the same privilege. ;-)
My roommates had varying degrees of success relating to Shag; one of them said that after she performed Reiki on Shag, their relationship improved enormously!
It's still hard to believe she's gone. I love you, sweet fluff.
Cat o' my heart...in beloved memory
I've Been On Catster Since:
|January 12th 2006
||More than 8 years!
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