She lived to be 20.

How did Sukie get her name?

She came with it.

How did she come into your life?

Her then owner brought her into the clinic I worked at with a badly mangled leg that had to be amputated. When I heard she was an outside cat & the people were going to put her back out I offered her a home. She was 12, declawed & now a tripod. They said she was put outside in the first place because she had litterbox issues. She had perfect litterbox manners while she lived with us- never a problem (till the last few days when she was so ill).

How did she take to the other cats in the family?

She would have preferred to be an only cat. Sukie was more comfortable with the dogs (that have all since passed from age related ailments) than the cats.

Where were her favorite places to sleep?

She always loved sleeping in the crook of her dad’s arm.

What is your favorite memory of Miss Sukie (if you don’t mind sharing?)?

Although our cats are indoor cats I allowed Sukie out in the fenced yard occasionally but only when someone could be with her. (I figured she was the only one that could not outrun me.) She really loved being outside & would walk around meowing & munching grass. When she was done she’d sit on the porch & wait for someone to take her in.

What would you like to say to those who are hesitant on adopting a cat rather than a kitten?

I cannot imagine why. You have a much better idea of an adult’s personality. With kittens it’s the luck of the draw.

Anything else you would like to add about Miss Sukie?

We called her our old biddy because she grouched all the time & screeched when she was picked up. It didn’t matter because we loved her anyways & she loved us, too.

I want to add that if your cat starts having litterbox (or other) issues please work with them. Take them to the vet & have them checked out. If they’re medically okay & you don’t know what to do or who to ask you can always speak to the folks here on FB. There’s almost always a solution to the problem.
I found out later that Sukie’s problem started about the same time they got a new puppy. I can think of at least 10 things that could have been an issue for a cat using the box with a puppy around.


This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Sukie.
You are very missed and will always be loved.

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Diane for answering the questions about the late Sukie. There will be an auction on the Peace, Love & Whiskers facebook page to benefit Missy’s Friends.

To skip to other “Opt to Adopt” Articles link the below link.  The image was made by the wonderful Miss Ann of Pawsitively Pets.