20 May 2011
My Fat Cat
Meet Gree (a.k.a "Greezers," "Greester," "Greasy Gree," or "The Greezy-Wheezy"). He was my most beloved fat cat for six years. He was an awesome cat that suffered compulsive eating disorders and bi-polar disorder...I loved him dearly.
Gree was the kind of fat cat that would lay down to eat. You knew he was heading for his food bowl by the sound of his furry fat rolls dragging along the tile floors of the kitchen. He provided us endless entertainment, and watching him trying to squeeze, slowly but surely, through the cat door made for side-splitting fun. I'm pretty sure his hunger mechanism was broken because he always scarfed his food, even if he had been fed just one hour earlier. Bless his little heart...
As I said, he suffered a severe psychological disorder known as bi-polar disorder. My dear cat would become entangled in my arms, snug as a bug in a rug, one minute...and try to tear off my finger with his fangs the next. For some reason, no one else in my family ever learned to appreciate this unique trait. I loved his unpredictability. I loved that we could go from a sweet nap on the couch to an all out brawl on the living room floor in a matter of minutes.
I guess you could say there was some co-dependence going on on my part. But you know, those sweet times made the abusive times fade away. He may have been ill-tempered, but he really loved me, ya know?
Our relationship ended, quite abruptly, four years ago while I was away at college and my mother gave him away without asking me. It was a sad year for me. I felt as though it was the end of an era. Some nights I wake up fighting for breath, imagining that just like the old days, Gree had perched his fat body on top of my chest and was watching me sleep as I struggled under his weight.
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OH my gosh that is really sad :( I'm glad you had such a good friend in him, but so sad your mom gave him away :-/ I can only hope his next family appreciates his unique and loving traits as much as you did :-)ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend!
i'm sorry you lost your cat, but that picture kind of creeps me out. i feel like i'm at my friend's wedding reception and her creepy uncle Stavros is leering at us girls while we danced along to katy perry's 'california girls.' enter intense shuddering.ReplyDelete
why would she do that??? I am a cat person, the two I have right now are not my first, if anyone would do anything to them I'd never ever talk to them again (and probably hire a professional assasin). did you get a new cat?ReplyDelete
Oh Hannah... so much emotion in this post. I went from squealing with delight at the first picture to laughing & nodding as you described his cat-ly antics, and sighing from the depths of my soul for you as you detailed your heartache.ReplyDelete
Beautifully written. Gracie & I send you hugs for your Friday :)
Aw thanks everyone! It's been a good 4 years since the "giving away" incident. So I'm over it. (Although I still hold it over my mother's head.)ReplyDelete
I just love to be a drama queen about things, and this subject is no different.
...and sometimes I really really do miss him. :(
What a cute cat! Hope he is happy wherever he is :)ReplyDelete
awe what a sad story!! my parents still have our really fat cat. he had a lot of issues as well - def scarfed his food and laid down to eat - would eat so fast he'd puke and would eat the other cat's food so her's was always on a counter he couldn't get to (cause he couldn't jump higher than about 18"). couldn't leave food in his bowl, he has diabetes and needs insulin shots twice a day, his hair is so matted down that touching his back hurts him and causes him to hurt you, he hates people (except my dad) and he has only two teeth. he's 12 years old now, and when i look at him - i am saddened but also laugh - he looks so bad and disheveled! my parents are troopers for putting up with him! we are a def kitty family!!ReplyDelete
Haha...can't stop laughing...so funny...not the part about your mom giving your cat away...but everything else ';_)ReplyDelete
What a sweet fat cat. Is he still alive? I had a bipolar cat too. You'd start petting her and she'd be all prrrey and then she'd attack.ReplyDelete
What a cutie! You should adopt a new kittie. As you experienced, the most cats are sometimes the craziest ones!ReplyDelete
This is hilarious!!!! Awesome post!ReplyDelete
She gave him away!?! That is soooo heartbreaking. <3 <3ReplyDelete
I love fat cats, my parents cat (formerly mine) is humongous. I love him to pieces.
Also my last roommates cat was named gracie (and she's gray) so I always endearingly referred to her as greasy. : )
And when she would fight with our other cat I would call him palmolive because he was fighting with greasy hahaha.
Awww I'm sure your kitty is happy wherever he is!ReplyDelete
that picture and all that talk about his fatness cracks. me. up. ;)ReplyDelete
I think he must have loved you so much 'cause you loved him for his craziness and everything :)ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry that your mom gave him away. That's happened to two of my friends, too! What is it with mothers thinking it's okay to just give beloved cats away when their daughters are away? :( Our cats are a part of this family just like anyone else.. if ever someone would ask if we're taking them with us when we move or whatnot, I'd say that's like asking if they'd leave ME behind! I love Gree's expression in this photo.. he's so pretty, fat or not. :) I'd never heard of a cat having bi-polar. Really interesting, hm..ReplyDelete
Gree sounds like a great friend. It's been said a million times, but the love and affection of an animal is in a universe of its own. The blessing when they're no longer with us is that they once were and we will always have those moments in our hearts and memories (and the memories of others who didn't think it was so funny when your cat scratched up their favorite sweater, or , you know...) I love the pic of him sitting there like a person watching Jeopardy or somthing:) xoxoReplyDelete
Aw he's so cute!! I'm having a giveaway on my blog this week, come check it out!ReplyDelete
That picture is hilarious. He looks so content with his fat belly.ReplyDelete
On another note, that's really sad. It's hard because a pet is just like a family member. Actually, it IS a family member.
Awwwww!!!! I LOVE fat cats...mine is sitting right here...she's HUGE! :) And she is bi-polar too...I think most cats are. Sorry to hear you lost him but sounds like he made quite the impression!ReplyDelete