|Purred: Fri Sep 4, '09 3:33pm PST |
|This is Delyte. So far, I am the oldest cat our person has raised from kittenhood, at 14 years and 4 months and still feisty! Almost all of her cats have died at 12 with kidney failure.
The oldest cat she had was a very charismatic cat that she acquired from a friend. Elektra was a semi-feral cat who had lived indoors and out and had survived two severe strikes by cars. She lost her tail to the last one, and had a bunch of pins in her insides, but she would not stay inside. Her person had to relocate to an urban area where she could not go outside and was going to have her PTS, even though she was healthy enough. Our person intervened and brought her home with us, where she could go inside and out into the woods behind us. Even though she only weighed 5 pounds and had all of those injuries, she was an alpha cat and kept me and Peri in line while she was here. She was 15 when she came here, and 17 when she went out one night in August, 2000, and never came home. We do not know what happened to her, whether someone else took her inside or she went off and died on her own or the coyotes got her. Oddly enough, one of her brothers did the same thing the very same week.
Our person's grandmother had a cat that lived to age 21, on a horrible diet, going outside on an urban street, not even getting neutered until he was 10. Some cats are very tough, and some, like our late Peri, are sickly their whole lives.
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