Both cats, although sisters, had never really gotten along anyway: they tolerated each other more than they liked each other, so that was a good solution.
Can a cat be transsexual?
The white cat slowly became demented and lived on the farm for a few more wonderful years.
As cats befit, the black cat has gotten itself a completely new life. She thrived in the family. She lost her excess weight, enjoyed all the attention, and explored the neighborhood.
But there was something strange about her. Although she was a female, she had something masculine about her. Manuela van der Horst, a good friend who can communicate with animals, had talked to her once and said that she answered in a very deep voice and saw herself as some kind of black panther. Kristel’s daughters knew nothing about this but decided to call the black cat ‘Thomas’. Crazy enough, that name just fitted.
(Could cats be transsexual too?)
Several times a year I would visit and Thomas would meow back when I talked to him/her, just like he/she always had. I had the feeling that we still had a bond and that he/she was grateful for this second chance.
The final years
Thomas grew older and less mobile. Another cat came into the family and they did not get along. His favorite spot became a table in the garden, from which he could watch the busy family life from a distance. There is nothing more fun than being part of the family without having to participate in it yourself.
In the meantime, Thomas was already 21 or 22 years old by then. Every time I spoke to Kristel, I was afraid of bad news. “Is Thomas still going strong?” I asked carefully. “He sure is!” she would assure me, after which we were both surprised again about the long and crazy life of this cat.
One day Kristel called me. “I have something sad to tell you,” she said. I knew immediately: “Thomas!” It turns out that he disappeared just before their vacation, looking for a quiet place to go to sleep forever. His story and his long life have been beautiful, and it was OK. Thomas is now again that slender, strong, black tiger running through the ‘eternal hunting grounds’.
Do you know that my cats have given me tremendous insight? In my book ‘What’s Your Excuse?’ I describe how they initiated a valuable process. You can read the chapter here.
So with this, I want to thank the white and the black cat: not only for many years of cat fun but also for the wise lessons. Also thanks to my ‘Bro’ Michael R. Jacobs for the ‘excuse’ to bring the kittens for you, and of course to Kristel, her family, and parents-in-law for the years of good care for ‘our’ cats.
Is there a special cat in your life?
What did you learn from him/her? Curious to hear your stories…