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I can’t believe I forgot to post these cute photos of Lugosi, Ruby and spirit cat Spider! Well, better late than never. 🙂
Since Spider’s death 10 days ago, things have not been the same around here. I know that animals grieve the loss of a family member or close friend as much as us humans do, but obviously, their grief manifests in slightly different ways from ours. We can see the obvious signs of apathy, searching behaviour, clinginess or loss/increase of appetite, but what really goes through their little heads is something we cannot possibly understand.
Ruby absolutely adores Lugosi, but has never been very close to Spider. Nevertheless, the first few days after Spider’s passing she was very clingy and vocal, followed by now being rather withdrawn. The whole dynamics in our household are wrong now, and everybody knows how cats hate change!
Getting back to understanding Lugosi’s grief… I’m trying. And whenever I am close to Lugosi I do actually *feel* his pain, and it hurts me more than my own grief over Spider to see him suffer.
Lugosi and Spider have been together since birth and have never been apart (except for vet visits). Whereas I can talk to friends and family and creatively work through my grief, Lugosi has no little feline buddies he can “talk” to and grieve and share his pain with, so losing the “yin” to his “yang” must be a terrible blow to him and something he cannot understand or make sense of.
“He still isn’t back. It’s been such a long time and he’s not back. Even his smell is fading everywhere – let me stick my nose in the air and see if I can find some more scent of him…. [walks around the room] ah, there’s a little bit of him there, but it’s faint. And there too, but yesterday the same spot smelled more of him. There has also been nothing new deposited by him in our communal toilets for ages, and I have not seen my brother for the longest time now.
Is he going to come back? I don’t know. I am confused. I have never been separated from my twin and I don’t understand what has happened with him and where he went.
From the way the human acts, all confused and crying and acting very different from her usual self, there is something definitely not right. His smell is also no longer on her.
The girl [Ruby] has not been very helpful. She is suddenly more clingy than usual and I’m not in the mood for her. She has been acting strange and erratic too recently. My stomach has been sick and pooping has been painful for a few days. I really miss my brother, I don’t know if he will ever come back…”
I don’t know whether this is what he is thinking, because cognitive and sentient thoughts are really just how us humans think and relate, but no matter what, I am there for him if and when he needs me, and I tell him this, along with other reassuring words, various times a day. And that I LOVE HIM.
In honour of my boys’ 18th birthday last month, I decided to have another cattoo of/for them done. I already have one with their initials on my right leg, but I now have the boys in their full glory on my left leg.
Getting Lugosi and Spider inked on my leg…. 😻😻 Cattoo by @annyladyline #cats #tattoo #cattoo #inked #tabbies #tabbycats #gatos #katzen #katt #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catpeople #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #catsoflanzarote #seniorcat #oldcat #mycats #catlife #meow #catphotos
And this is the one I had done 10 years ago, their initials, my own design…
The boys celebrated their 18th birthday on Monday. Here are the highlights from that special day… 🙂
What a long life for 2 kitties, eh?! I am so amazed that both of them made it to this point, what with chronic illness and life-saving surgery (Lugosi’s perineal urethrostomy and feline urinary syndrome) and a successfully removed malignant tumour and renal disease (Spider), plus moving country together with them – just to mention a few major things…
Some say that it’s all my doting and looking after them so well, and spending so much money on veterinary costs that should have been spent on my own holidays! But I would also like to think that they were both born with good, strong genes and are simply very hardy creatures. And as for holidays… I would rather be in the presence of healthy, happy cats than going on holiday any day!
18 TODAY!!! 🎁🎉🎂🎀🎈🍾 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVES OF MY LIFE SPIDER & LUGOSI! 💖💙😻😻💙💖 Come party with us throughout the day here on Instagram – everybody’s invited! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 See you at the party! 😊 @pkupcake @lorrainecrazycats @michlob @petej68 @catlady_k @the_feline_fanatic @dimitriball @pioneerinjoy @lord_alex_cat @arigrafie @streetcatphotography @deegregory3 @dee.arnold @pumpsi3 @findingbleu #cats #birthday #18thbirthday #tabbies #tabbycats #gatos #katzen #katt #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catpeople #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #birthdayparty #cumpleaños #catsoflanzarote #seniorcat #oldcat #mycats #catlife #meow #catphotos
For those of you who don’t know, I even got married to them in January 2004. This is not really serious or official or legal anywhere, but the serious part is that I love them to bits and it just had to be done….
I adopted them when they were already 8 months old, so I do not have a picture of them pre-2000, but here are pictures from each year since March 2000, when they came into my life and changed it forever….
18 TODAY!!! 🎁🎉🎂🎀🎈🍾 Spider & Lugosi having their birthday breakfast 💖💙😻😻💙💖 Come party with us throughout the day here on Instagram – everybody’s invited! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 See you at the party! 😊 #cats #birthday #18thbirthday #tabbies #tabbycats #gatos #katzen #katt #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catpeople #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #birthdayparty #catsoflanzarote #seniorcat #oldcat #mycats #catlife #meow #catphotos
The boys “told me” that they didn’t need any more presents at their grand old age, so I decided to donate €50 to a local Lanzarote cat charity called “Freddy’s Cathouse” instead – this is their birthday / thank you card. 🙂
If you want to catch up on *all* the fun we had all day long today, hop on over to our Instagram!
Lugosi (left) doesn’t look very happy, but I don’t blame him, because he had a thermometer stuck up his bum when I took this picture!
Nom nom nom!
Ruby doesn’t like beef, so she just watches the boys – but she got some other treats instead! 🙂
Apologies to our fans for not posting anything over the last couple of weeks – no reason, just being lazy! 😉 So let us continue with the boys, enjoying some yummy treats.
Here are the boys, all paws and serious faces!