It's been a little over a month since I lost my beloved Samantha and since then Chiquita has been a treasure.
Chiquita was hanging around my house when I moved in 11 years ago and my ex being jealous of my devotion to Samantha felt the need to have a cat of her own rather then trying to win Samantha's heart.
Now I like cats so I had no problem except the girls have never gotten along and Chiquita would on occasion go bonkers and attack Samantha, Samantha being twice her size but really a big sissy wanted no part of the tiny terror.
Now I don't permit serious fighting and would give Chiquita a time out in the garage to cool off.
Now for reasons having nothing to do with the cats my ex left, among other things she left Chiquita behind and has never asked about her since or anything else for that matter.
Now I don't mind having Chiquita but I would never leave my cat behind, my cat is family.
Well for the past 10 years they had an uneasy truce, with occasional outburst by Chiquita.
The last month right after her 16th birthday Samantha was stricken, it was cancer and the only merciful thing to do was to let her go she died in my arms and I have been devastated.
Little Chiquita doesn't miss Samantha, I don't hold that against her, they were mean to each other in spite of all my effort to have them get along.
I won't lie I loved Samantha more, a lot more, I absolutely adored her.
I'm sure Chiquita knew she was a distant 2nd and was envious.
Well now I'm giving her all the attention, she's always been rather needy compared to Samantha who was a very self assured (stuck up?) confident kitty.
Well she's thriving with all the attention, I have to be careful and not over stimulate her, but she gives clear signs when she's getting too excited.
I'd love to have a house full of cats but she wouldn't permit it and I don't think it would be fair to her at this stage of her life, she's been waiting 11 years to be top cat and now it's her turn.
I love her for the cat she is not the cat I'd like her to be.
She can't replace Samantha just as Samantha couldn't replace Meme her predecessor, Meme is another story, that cat absolutely adored me, she picked my to be her special person like I picked Samantha.