Pics and stories about basically-not-a-cat-anymore cat plz. I've never known a cat so old as to not be a cat anymore!
This is Joe!
Joe adopted us when we lived in West Virginia. I was like, five? When we moved the family that owned him told us to take him with us because he liked us better. So we did!
These pictures are from 2006. He’s much skinnier and just sort of… more raggedy looking now. He has one tooth left. The others all got infected and had to be removed, and we were told he the steroids he was put on for it would shorten his life. He’s at least twenty now, maybe twenty-one or twenty-two, so if those things shortened his life he is probably some kind of immortal cat lich.
He’s completely deaf and I think he’s going blind. He’s outlived my other, younger cat, Henry, who got alarmingly sudden cancer and had to be put down several years ago.
When he was younger he was a very sweet and loving cat. We would joke that he was more like a dog because he would go right up to new people in the house and be their best friend without fail. He was also very patient. My idea of playing with him as a kid was to trap him under laundry baskets.
The dogs do not give him any shit. He doesn’t put up with shit.
When I was a kid my mom would tell me of the adventures of Joe the Wonder-Cat. A while ago I wrote this in tribute to him and his old adventures, and I have some other ideas floating around that can be attributed to him, too. He got to be pretty inspirational as far as cats go.
I think once we found him sleeping in the sink.
These days pretty much all he does is sleep, eat, and forget how to use the litterbox. I am mildly terrified he’s finally going to give up the ghost while I’m here alone with my family on vacation because I don’t want to deal with that wow.
He’s very old, but we all still love him.