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Tuesday
Mar022010

The Cats.

Now that the weather is warming up slowly but surely I get picked up from the bus stop again. By who you ask? Why, it´s our cat Marlene! I don´t know how she does it, but apparently she hears me coming up the street and meets me halfway. I know she´s partly excited because she is hungry, but it´s still nice to see her joy.

Marlene is a very kind soul. We got her from the animal shelter five years ago when she was about one year old. She was very skinny and apparently almost scared to death by the circumstances in the shelter. She got better soon thankfully and I think she´s very happy to be with us. She is kind of special looking - every vet we take her to says she looks like a lynx. I think she´s just beautiful. We named her Marlene because she is a real lady - sweet and kind, but very capricious at times!

Lulu (bottom picture) is our second cat. We got here because we thought it would be nice for Marlene to have a companion. We were wrong about that though - it turned out Marlene hated that tiny furry competitor we brought in her home (today they get along but aren´t really close). We got Lulu as a kitten from a farm, she was the last one from the litter - for a reason, because she looked really funny back then. She had a looong nose which has since grown out.

Lulu is our adventure cat. She is always outdoors* and if a cat really has seven lives, then she has used up four at least. Lulu had an awful eye accident when she was small, and she has been hit by a car once and broke her hip joints, and she has been shot (yes it´s true, there are charming people in this world. If you don´t want a cat to visit your garden, just shoot her, right?!). Oh and last summer she had a bad pneumonia (that happens when you rather sleep under trees than in the house, even if it rains). If don´t know how many hours (or euros, for that matter) we have spent on her vet visits. But you know what, it´s all worth it. This is the sweetest cat EVER. Sometimes I wake up at night because she is giving us eskimo kisses - one for me, one for M., then one for me again and so forth. She can be very affectionate especially with M. whom she loves (yes I´m jealous sometimes).

Can you tell I love our cats? Looking forward to getting picked up from the bus stop today.

*Yes our cats can go outside whenever they want. We live in a very quiet garden settlement and while it´s still dangerous obviously I do think life is so much better for them this way.

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Reader Comments (5)

The eskimo kisses and picking you up from the bus stop are so sweet, what adorable cats you have! :)

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatja

Süss deine beiden. Marlene scheint unserer Katzendame M. nicht nur optisch sehr ähnlich zu sein. Und auch wir haben "den Fehler" einer zweiten Mieze als Kameraden gemacht. Noch dazu ist es ihr echter Nachwuchs, mit dem sie die meiste Zeit sehr unglücklich zu sein scheint. Könnte sie jederzeit in den Garten wie deine, wäre wahrscheinlich alles halb so schlimm...

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatzenklappe

I love this post. They are beautiful and wonderful additions to your family. We also adopted a second to help with being a companion to the first. A year later they will eat next to each other and lay on the same couch. Clearly our first one did not agree she needed a friend.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawnMarie

Dawn, I know exactly what you mean! However, I do think they appreciate a companion after all. Deep in their hearts ;)

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatrin

I agree. She will never admit it but she likes him. Especially since he yells to her when it is feeding time.

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawnMarie

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