He was a big cat. Just a big, big cat. We rationed his food his entire life. He stayed a big, big cat. A big cat with a big attitude and a big personality. His mother was a stray who was adopted by a friend, and I adopted Lester at the moment he was born, "I want that one." Three months later, he came home to live with Tittums, Gaspe, and me (Romeo was still just that nice guy who worked in IT who I had lunch with every few weeks).
|-The bathroom sink...his favorite place on the entire planet...|
He had a good life. He could be the most affectionate cat in the world or the biggest gangsta, depending on what suited his needs. The most traumatic thing that ever happened to him was when Romeo and I moved into The Cottage. Lester was three and had never seen steps before - we had to teach him how to go up and down steps. He had a great buddy in Gaspe, my tuxedo kitty, and even Tittums, the PsychoBitch, tolerated him as much as she was able. When we got Wilbur, Lester adjusted quickly to the "big new strange cat" in the house, and it wasn't long before they were playing herding games.
Lester went into kidney failure when he was nine, and I had to give him sub-Q fluids for a few weeks. Unlike a lot of cats, he was always a good patient, and as long as he had a spoonful of yogurt in front of him, he cared not that I was behind him, pumping him full of water. We pulled him through, and he thrived for six more years. Then his thyroid went haywire. We put him on meds, and he rallied for a couple more month, but he also developed painful digestive problems that threw both his kidneys and thyroid out of whack. So...a year ago yesterday, four days shy of his 16th birthday, we said a loving goodbye to Lester, proud member of CA (Catnip Anonymous), Chicago bears linebacker wannabe, and just all around marvelous MegaCat.
We miss you, Les. Even Wilbur misses you.
A P.S. to Laurie...we've had Wilbur checked twice for Cushing's in the past year. Will probably have him checked again in a week or so when he has his exam. He has several symptoms, but his bloodwork always tests negative.