Samson (1990 - 2008)

Domestic Shorthair
Picture of Samson (1990 - 2008), a male Domestic Shorthair

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Home:Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male

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Handsome Samson

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Sun Sign:
October 31st 1990


Sunbathing in the garden and posing for photos

He hates Henry

Favorite Toy:
His own tail

Favorite Nap Spot:
The bed

Favorite Food:
Salmon if he can get it!

He plays the piano and is my best artist's model

indoors and outdoors

Arrival Story:
I had seen Samson around the area on many occasions but wasn't sure who he belonged to or whether he had a home. He was frequently in my garden. One day, he appeared at my door with a badly swollen eye. I took him to the vet and was told to keep him indoors for two weeks. Twelve years later he is still with me! Much later on I discovered that he had been born as a farm cat called 'Tigger' and had moved round several houses on the street before settling with me. Sadly, in July 2008, Samson was diagnosed with a tumour in his small intestine. He spent his remaining 3 weeks in his much loved garden, reading hundreds of cards and emails from his friends and died on 27th July.

Samson shows a remarkable eagerness to verbally communicate with humans and will hold a long conversation with you. Needless to say, he always gets the last word! Over the past year, as I have been studying Japanese, he has also learnt to respond correctly to several Japanese commands. Samson died on 27th July 2008 after a short battle against cancer of the intestine. He will be greatly missed.

Forums Motto:
Handsome Samson, star of 'Sailor Sam'

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Catsters In Need of Serious Purring

Children's book hero:
Samson is the star of two children's picture books, written and illustrated by his owner. Proceeds from the books will be donated to the Riverhaven Elderly Cat Welfare shelter in Devon which cares for elderly and disabled cats for the rest of their natural life. For more information please visit

I've Been On Catster Since:
October 10th 2007 More than 9 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
Henry (1992 -
Molly (1992 -
Cheeky CharlieFreddie

Meet my Feline Friends
See all my Feline Friends
See all my Feline Friends

Diary of a superstar

Convenient Links to things about Samson

September 26th 2008 4:29 am
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No this is not a message from beyond the grave, but I thought it would be a good idea to bring togther the links relating to Samson, his book appearances, my artwork, etc.

My art website (featuring paintings of Samson and many other cats, dogs, and wildlife):

Personalised greeting cards including a fabulous new Christmas card featuring Samson's very famous smile:

A new colouring book in memory of Samson:

The Sailor Sam books (starring Samson!) at US Amazon s&field-keywords=Angela+Cater

The Sailor Sam books autographed and sent directly from me -


Front page news

August 2nd 2008 1:45 am
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Samson's death made the front page of this week's South Manchester Reporter - he would have liked that. Thanks to all who continue to leave gifts and messages. Sorry that I have been unable to reply to you all - it took me two hours on Monday just to read them all!


Goodbye Samson

July 27th 2008 4:09 am
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Samson has been put to sleep this morning as his health declined sharply overnight. He had become very weak and frail over the last few days and we both knew it was time to say a final goodbye. He is leaving a huge hole in my life and home. Thank you to all his Catster friends for their support during these last hard weeks.

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