Ode To Tigger

Photographs: Sharron R. McMillan

Photographs: Sharron R. McMillan

Tigger relaxing Tigger under step 2 Tigger

Tigger cat was a gift for Ken’s birthday. My sister, brother-in-law and mom brought her over on the ferry.  We were not really looking for a cat but Tigger was looking for a home so here she was.

She spent her first few days under the couch and we wondered what kind of farm cat she would turn out to be. I have a loathing for the whole idea of kitty litter cat toilet in the house smell of cat food and being awakened in the night to let a cat in or out. So Ken fixed up a kitty boudoir in the storage shed. Nice soft bed, window view, heating pad in winter, scented litter box, food bowls, a perfect cat house in the woods.

She was going to be an indoor cat because she wasn’t used to woods or wild animals but an open window was too much temptation one day and out she went. And in she came again. So that escape hatch was usually left open until she decided a gift of a mouse in the house was a good idea. Then opening and closing the window to let her in and out became a full-time job for Ken.

Soon she was in the bedroom,  just the foot of the bed, mind you, where she slept most afternoons until time to go out and in and out again. It was one of these out excursions that she was taken to dinner by the local coyote pack and that’s the last we’ve seen of poor Tigger.

She was a great farm cat, talkative companion, funny performer and a large, warm fuzzy presence which we all miss every day.

©2014 Sharron R. McMillan

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5 Responses to Ode To Tigger

  1. Diane says:

    She was such a beautiful kitty Sharron! I know she brought you both so much joy and love. I love seeing these pictures of her and reading your story about her.

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  2. words4jp says:

    I am so, so sorry for your loss.

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    • hernibs says:

      Thank you for your compassion. Now Ken has adopted a Stellar’s Jay for a pet. It sits on his finger and takes peanuts from his hand now. Not quite the same as a cat but somehow he manages to make the best of things. 😉

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  3. Susan says:

    I am just stunned…..and heartsick. I am so sorry for your loss of Tigger. Nature can be the cruelest of mediums. I know you are grieving your little companion…..I am so very sorry. Susan

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    • hernibs says:

      Thank you Susan. It has been very sad indeed. I keep hearing her at the window or seeing her walk past the door. She was a wonderful cat and we were so blessed to have had the time with her that we did. Sharron

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