Tabby Tuesday - Featuring Jennifer (RIP)I've mentioned the "Kamuela Cats" in previous posts and I'll introduce them to you individually. When my sister Leona (the source of most of our cats) moved to the Big Island, she took her 3 cats, Jennifer, Snookums and Snugglepuss to Kamuela with her. After several years, she separated from her husband and moved back to Honolulu with her cats. When she got engaged again, it was to someone who was severely allergic to cats so she couldn't keep them and on 4/16/99, her 3 senior lady cats joined Emily, Shirley, Blackie and Bebe and we ended up with 7 cats!
Jennifer is actually Shirley's daughter. Shirley managed to escape from Leona's apartment before she could be spayed and met a romantic neighborhood tomcat and became a teenage mom. Leona found homes for the kittens but kept Jennifer for herself. She was either injured when she was very young or was born with something wrong with her hips. She couldn't jump very well and walked in a stiff-legged swaying way. If you ran your hand along her back, her rear end would collapse under your hand. She ended up with crumpled ears when each ear, at different times, developed what the vet called aural hematomas that had to be drained and then stitched up.
But she was the most sociable of Leona's 3 cats. During family parties, she would mingle with the guests instead of hiding like the other cats.
She demanded her stinky goodness every evening and wanted her saucer of milk in the morning. And she loved to sleep on her back in a twisted position with her tummy exposed!
She went to the Rainbow Bridge on 1/5/04 at the age of 17.