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My roommate and I both had cats when I moved in. His was 10, and mine was 4 (Itchy and Angel). I moved into my own place, but eventually moved back in when my landlords found out the apartment I was in was not zoned residential. Itchy had been living on my roommate's uncle's farm for 5 years, but had gotten pregnant and sick at the same time; so, he brought her back here to live. She had cancer, but lived long enough to have her last 5 kittens. Shortly after they were born, my roommate was going to take them outside to hit them over the heads with a shovel. I forbade this, and he said they were my responsibility. I decided to keep two of them. Well, I decided to keep Tiny (the runt of the litter), and another one to keep her company. None of the others were making a case for themselves until one of them started jumping in my lap and asking for attention. He had a light film over one eye, so I named him Cloud. My nephew took the black one - a real troublemaker; and, when my roommate sold me the house to move down south he took the other two. :-) So, it was Angel, Cloud, and Tiny for a couple of years until I lost Angel. As you can see from the picture, their coats are pretty much the same; but, Cloud is about 20 lbs. while Tiny is around 9. I took them both in to be spayed and neutered, and to get their shots. Since the only time they have gone outside has been to go to the vet's, they won't even go near the door when it's open. Actually, they won't even let me pet them if I have my coat on... They turned 10 in March of '14, and I have spoiled them rotten. They both sleep with me: one at my feet, and the other near my head. I can't imagine life without them, and hope they hang around for a long time to come.

Robert Larsen
La Crosse, WI

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