The Inimitable Violet
Still Going Strong.
And I thought she was leaving?
Those of you who have been following this saga for awhile probably remember last year when Violet seemed to be departing the earth plane. She had been diagnosed with early stage renal (kidney) failure and she did seem to be ready to go.
! ! ! SURPRISE ! ! !
Violet is still here and thriving despite kidneys that only partially work! What an amazing gal!
Last October, Violet welcomed Melissa (you’ll be reading more about Melissa soon, I promise) into our home intending to turn over to the new kitten what Violet considers to be her main job responsibility, i.e, supervising me.
Does this mean Violet doesn’t think Melissa is ready yet to take on the task?
VIOLET: You ARE a lot of work, you know.
NEDDA: Really?? So now it takes 2 of you?
VIOLET: Melissa has some growing into the job to do.
MELISSA: No. I don’t. [Typical teenager!]
Truthfully, I’m grateful for each and every day that Violet is here.
What I find astonishing is that she seems to be getting stronger and stronger!
To what do I attribute Violet’s new-found energies? What is keeping this elder cat young?
- Homeopathy – a constitutional remedy can do absolute wonders to keep a cat in balance.
- Energy healing and massages.
- A raw food diet.
- My insistence that she take electrolytes daily.
- Pure stubbornness on her part.
- Melissa’s exercise program for Violet.
Melissa — Violet’s personal trainer?
Melissa is like a personal exercise coach for Violet. And it’s working.
Violet may move slowly around the house at times, but … there are times when she runs! She jumps on the sofa. She actually even runs up the stairs sometimes. And she does it all with “catitude.”
Here’s how the exercise program works:
Violet gets up and starts walking across the living room, heading for the litter boxes which are down a short hallway. Melissa follows.
Violet decides she wants privacy, and heads back through the living room and up the stairs where there’s another litter box. Melissa follows and tries to bite or actually does bite Violet’s rear legs.
Violet screams her annoyance, and mutters and growls under her breath, and moves faster.
This has no effect on Melissa whatsoever.
Violet practically runs up the stairs.
I sometimes try to grab Melissa, which is actually impossible, as she’s lightening fast.
Does Violet actually get to use the litter box? Definitely. But this way Melissa has provided Violet with additional exercise.
Violet loves Melissa and genuinely has accepted her into the family.
They sleep together almost daily.
Good job, Melissa, and thank you.
MELISSA: “I love you, Violet.”
VIOLET: “I love you, too, Melissa.”