27 July 2014

The Lone Ranger

Oliver
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Over the last two years my friend here has made a couple of appearances on my blog yet I've never really discussed what it is like to live with a cat. I should imagine living with a friendly, affectionate cat is pretty darn good however my cat is no ordinary cat, he's rather anti-social to say the least yet he has an incredibly gorgeous face to make up for it. 

Oliver or more often known as 'Ollie' or 'Little One' has just turned 14 so he's getting on a bit now, in cat years this makes him 73 according to an online calculator; he's a fragile old boy. I've had Oliver ever since I was 11 years old and still to this day remember going to fetch him with my mum. He was a tiny bundle of fluff with baby blue eyes, a white nose, soft grey fur and his white paws which still to this day look like he is wearing socks.

Being young myself when we had Oliver I think it was only natural to want to play with him and cuddle him at any given opportunity however me and my family swiftly learnt that that he just wasn't going to be that type of family pet. Don't get me wrong he certainly has his affectionate side however for the first nine years or so these were few and far between. It has only been the last five years I would say where he has finally mellowed and will come and sleep on your lap for an hour or two or will let you fuss him on the lawn in the sunshine; he knows and has always known where his bread is buttered.

Living with quite an anti-social cat has been all I've ever known, he's the type of cat that comes in and eats his dinner and hops back outside to lick his paws for a good ten minutes. Oliver is most certainly an outdoor cat, in fact he absolutely adores being outdoors and loves nothing more than lying down and having a snooze or two under his favourite spot in the garden. Being a boy he's naturally very territorial and despite being neutered when he was younger he has always remained very protective of his territory, aka our garden. Of course with him being so protective of his patch this does not come without injury as he has got into so many tussles with neighbourhood cats over time that I have now lost count. From minor cuts which I've treated myself to more damaging injuries such as a broken tooth or general illnesses such as cystitis which he suffered from a few years ago (he was so poorly), it certainly goes without saying that cat insurance is vital; those vet bills can and do mount up rather quickly.

I realise that I've made him out to be a bit of a brute which in truth he has been in the past however he has changed so much over time and now has become quite a friendly boy when he wants to be. He's wary of strangers and always will be I think which isn't necessarily a bad thing yet he knows where home is and where his family are. His latest habit is jumping onto my lap whilst I'm trying to write blog posts at my pc, and proceeding to nudge my hands out the way of the keyboard. This to me is not even remotely annoying as I just adore this softer side to him which was vacant for so many years. He means so much to me he really does whereby I guess if you don't have pets yourself you may struggle to understand those types of feelings however if you do then I'm sure you can relate.

Having a cat in my life has been fantastic despite his awkward nature and I wouldn't change him for the world. Meeting other people's cats over time leaves me at the conclusion that Oliver is quite unique in his attitude however I'm sure there are more out there like him somewhere.

What is living with your cat like? By the way Oliver's neck doesn't always look like that, he recently had to go under to have some teeth removed so they vets had to shave some fur from his neck and front paw.

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  1. I got my first ever cat in November last year and I've got to say she had definetly changed my life! Having grown up with dogs around me it's kind of a nice change, she enjoys her own space lounging around the house but then always sleeps at the foot of my bed. She's one month of being a year old now so still very much a kitten at heart, loves to play and chase things! Just recently she has been so affectionate (waking me up in the middle of the night for a fuss) which I love, but right now she's quite happily stretched out on the floor having a snooze! I adore my cat 😊

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  2. My cat was a stray (we think abandoned) who turned up in our garden last Autumn and wouldn't leave. She had an injured paw and we took her to the vet, and ended up keeping her. She's definitely won our hearts, and I can't imagine life without her - she's completed our little family! It's been a funny way to start with a pet, and she definitely had moments of strange behaviour and plenty of trips to the vet at first, but now she's such a happy little house cat, she's paid us back for looking after her that first day 100 times over! I loved this post, it's so sweet that you've had your cat since you were 11! xx

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  3. Awww Oliver is gorgeous! I have a lovely cat Thomas who is turning 16 this September. He's such a friendly little thing but he meows A LOT. Apparently it's one of the symptoms of his condition (he's got an overactive thyroid). We were quite unlucky with pet insurance because the company we had him insured with went out of business and then no one would insure him (for a reasonable amount as far as I know) because he already had a condition, so his tablets are MEGA expensive! Definitely worth the money though :) I can't imagine not having him here. xo

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  4. Oliver looks great :) I know how it feels like to have a 14year old pet, it feels like he spent the whole life with you (which he did in fact...)... my 14 year old dog died three months ago and we still can't get over him :/ but it's comforting and nice to see other people's pets <3

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  5. Oliver is such a cutie! I have a little one, Toby. Matthew and I went out to get him two years ago (I had been begging and begging for a kitty and Matthew finally said yes!) and we went into the SPCA and saw this tiny grey and white bundle that was missing one eye. He had had surgery to get it removed previously due to a cyst. It was love at first sight. Toby (or One-eye, Toeface or Gato) can be quite detached but often at night he will follow me around, meowing just for a chat. He will sit on out laps or very near and his purr can be so loud and also dotes on our bunny, Ronald, they play together when inside. Got to love your little kitty, its such a pleasure to have them!

    ambermarie

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  6. Aw how cute! Such a lovely post!

    Emma x

    BEAUTY AND RAGS

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  7. He is so cute, and personality-wise sounds just like my cat Chicken. She's not one for too many cuddles but will occasionally instigate some affection! All my friends complain about her being antisocial but they never see her when it's just me and her. I wouldn't change her for the world! x

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  8. My little cat is called Hemingway, and I love him so much that he's in the header for my blog! Plus, I kinda go a bit cray with posting photos of him on my blog sometimes... I love finding other cat lovers in the blogosphere!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  9. Omg he's so beautiful!!! I kept going back to the photo after a few words :)
    O know exactly what you mean, my grandma's cat is exactly like this and we love her for what she is. She's 20 now which is insane for a cat, she is pretty much blind from one eye and nearly deaf, but she's able to take care of herself brilliantly and she's just too beautiful :) xx


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  10. Oliver looks so adorable! I love cats so much :) I have one and he's the cutest thing I've ever seen xx

    Love,Sara Wallflower

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  11. Your cat is the most gorgeous cat I've ever seen! I'm not much of a cat person but I'd give him a big hug, I love the color of his fur!


    Sophia
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  12. He's so adorable! My boyfriend has a cat and he's such a tart, loves being pampered and cuddled. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  13. My boyfriend has three cats and they're all so different. Two of them would happily be fussed over for hours and will offer their belly for strokes but the third one is a really strange one (she's known as the bitch!). She likes being stroked but you're best to limit it to about three strokes and then pull away because she'll go for you! I don't really understand it x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  14. Oh bless her, she sounds adorable! I just love cats and find that they are so easy going and much easier to look after, especially when working etc xx

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  15. Oh wow how wonderful you kept her, we need more people who are kinder to animals. I know if the same happened to me I would keep one too, I just wouldn't be able to say no. Having Oliver for such a long time has been truly special, he's awesome! x

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  16. Oh bless him! Oliver seems to have lost his meow, it's definitely not as loud as it used to be. Yes insuring with a pre existing condition is a nightmare, age also goes against them as we really had to shop around for Oliver. They are always worth it :) xx

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  17. It sure does feel that way and it is a lovely feeling :) I'm so sorry to hear that, it must be extremely difficult. I'm sure you have some amazing memories, it will get easier over time xx

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  18. Toby sounds a right little gem! I bet it is so cute to watch them play together, I kinda wish we had a friend for Oliver whether it was another cat or a rabbit however he is too old (and stubborn) for us to introduce another pet now. I think in the future when I have cats I will have two together :) x

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  19. Oh that's an awesome name Bee! I agree, they can often be very different around their owners compared to other people. Oliver too has him moments and sits on my lap for a cuddle :) xx

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  20. That is a super cute header!! I love finding other cat lovers too, I never get tired of seeing cat pictures haha x

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  21. Thank you :) 20 is incredible, I think cats are so graceful at any age but particularly as they get older. She sounds gorgeous xx

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  22. Thank you Sara! I'm the same as you, I love my cats and any other that I meet come to think of it xx

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  23. Aww thank you Sophia :) His fur is gorgeous, in the summertime he gets a tinge of ginger along his back which is quite odd haha xx

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  24. Julie if I could be any animal it would be a cat...for that reason and that reason only haha!! x

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  25. It's funny how they can all be so different although I guess it's like us humans really, we all know what we like and what we don't xx

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  26. Oliver is a beautiful colour. My cat, Crunchie, used to be a bit anti-social but over the past year he's chilled out quite a lot and often comes in miaowing and demanding attention and will come to me for fuss.


    Cats don't really 'need' people so it's nice when they come to you for attention.


    Rosie x www.eatreadglam.com

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  27. Thank you so much Rosie! Also, I'm sorry I'm so late in replying to you! I try to keep up with comments as much as possible but yours must have slipped my radar. Crunchie is an awesome name, he sounds very much like Oliver to be honest as he is the same now that he has got older. I agree, Cats rarely need people, I live in hope that one day I have a cat that enjoys my company haha! Oliver is as the title suggests very much a lone ranger 99% of the time x

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