Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 18 lbs.
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Alex; the King; the orange cat; Alex Man
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August 15th 1991
EATING; being with his sister; taking constitutionals outside when he could find a way.
Being held; crowded rooms; feeling trapped indoors for too long.
Catnip toys; mice and other such rodents that got into the house. =(
Favorite Nap Spot:
On window sills, on the couch in the den, in the sun.
He was not picky; he enjoyed all food offered to him.
Alex kept the peace between Eliza and Lizel, and would not use force unless he had to, depsite his strength and size.
indoors and outdoors
Alex came along with his sister, Lizel, to us in about 1991. See Lizel's story to read about his beginnings as a barn cat to our home.
Alex was a very large cat; at least 18 pounds. He was not just heavy, he was muscular too. Though he preferred to keep to himself, he was never aggressive with us humans when we went to pet him or sit with him. He took very good care of his sister, Lizel, over his life. He shielded her from fights with Eliza, our other cat, and curled up with her to sleep often. They could be seen wrapped around each other in the laundry or on top of couches, or bathing each other.
Though he was kept indoors, he always found a way to sneak outside and roam the woods for a month or so until he would at last return to the food we left waiting for him out on the porch so he could be brought back inside (full of brambles, of course, but always unharmed).
Alex was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in the summer of 2004. It was a very terrible time for our family, as we knew that even if we were to have the tumor in his mouth surgically removed, it would grow back, and it would not save him.
I noticed him drooling a bit before he was diagnosed, and feel awful we waited so long to take him to the vet, as we had no idea the drooling was due to the tumor growing in his jaw.
He was kept comfortable for the rest of the summer and most of the fall until one day he stopped eating. We knew that was the day he wanted to leave this world, as the pain had become too much. No cat loved eating more than Alex. We went with him to the vet's office as he was put to sleep, and all of us cried, including the staff (who all loved him as well, and came up with his nickname, 'Alex Man').
We miss him dearly, and keep his ashes in a brown wooden box with a bird on it in my bedroom.
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