So I know this post is not about fantasy or my writing but my lovely tabby cat, Neeko is currently unwell. He gained a few large wounds on his front legs while out a couple of weeks ago and has had to wear the dreaded cone of shame and endure daily treatment and antibiotics, which he is greatly unhappy about.
He’s been moaning and mumbling and feeling sorry for himself, so I thought I’d write a post sharing a few facts about him!
- He’s no spring chicken
Neeko was born in 2003. I don’t know the exact date but it was around Feb/March time. So he’s not a young ‘un anymore. In fact he’s quite old in cat years (approx. 68 human years).
- He’s a foodie
He LOVES his food. And mine too for that matter. I once caught him going into my bag to search for food, and after I stopped him I realised it was his second visit – he’d already stolen my opened Twix bar with one remaining finger and eaten it under the bed! He even took on a wild fox once to try to wrestle food from it. He didn’t come out of that well. After that I had to be extra-careful about his access to food, both cat and non-cat food, but it wasn’t easy. I could fill this entire page with stories of his antics to get food! However once I regulated his feeding times (five times per day) he calmed down with the food hunting and was able to lose a few pounds (he was overweight during his younger years).
- He has the best Side-Eye
Cats are the BEST at giving the dirtiest looks. They have such great reactions and expressions and its great way to learn their personalities. Neeko is a pretty grumpy cat and has mastered the art of the side-eye (but he can be so sweet when he’s ready).
- His Subtle Warnings
Cats use their bodies to react different things in their environment, so sometimes a twitching of their tails, a twist of their ears, a little moan or sharp look can be warning to stop whatever the hell you’re doing! With Neeko it’s a combination of all of those things. People tend to think that when he hisses from them stroking them, it’s come out of nowhere, but really they were just not very observant. Didn’t you see the tip of his tail twitching? Such an obvious sign to go away?!
- Not a touchy-feely kinda guy
Neeko’s not a fan of being touched. He likes his head stroked but that about it unless HE comes to you for a cuddle. He’s so stoosh (i.e. stand off-ish) but I like that about him (unless of course I have to treat his wounds…). However, he likes to cuddle up to me while I’m reading, or writing, and if I don’t stroke him he’ll bat my face with his paw to get some attention. So demanding!
- Master of persuasion
There’s a reason why the Shrek writers/creators made the Puss-In-Boots character have an ability to soften the toughest enemies by his cute big eyes – cuteness their magic power! Although Neeko’s quite a big cat, he can have his moments.
- Bully or just strong willed?
Cats tend to get very territorial and can be bullies to get their own way, even if they’re neutered/spayed. They are the boss of the home and you will do as they please or suffer their wrath! Okay, it’s not that bad but you get what I’m saying. With Neeko, I have to be either sneaky or forceful to get my own way or to get him to do what I need him to otherwise he will flat out refuse and hiss at me for good measure.
- ‘Bark’ worse than bite
Even though Neeko will hiss, he will rarely attack unless his feeling pain and I won’t leave him alone (errr… like now) but even then it’ll be a soft warning bite to give me time to retreat. A couple members of my family are very wary of him but it’s all about learning to read the signs.
- King of the Jungle
Neeko is a big cat. A big male cat. Who isn’t particularly friendly with humans or other cats. So it’s safe to say he has territorial issues. He keeps the cat next door at a distance, even though it’s clear the cat only wants to play, and I have had to go and interrupt a ‘who can wail higher’ session a couple of times when I’ve heard him from inside my home. So he seems to think he’s the king of the area, which is probably why he’s suffering from these wounds. I’m torn between keeping him in and still letting him out once his wounds heal. I think it’s kinda cruel to keep him in, but I can’t be sure he’ll be safe while out and he’s not getting any younger.
So there we are – an overview on Neeko. Although he seems like a grumpy cat, he’s got such a personality that you just can’t help laugh at his antics. His wounds are healing up nicely so he’ll be back to his normal self no time.
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