Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Illinois, United States
Posted Oct 12, 2012
Cricket has been a member of our household since my college-aged brother was a baby. He will be turning 20 years old this January and is the oldest cat we have ever owned.
Cricket is the first and only male cat we've ever had. Generally we have had female calicos and torties. Cricket's companion is a 12 year old tortie that we have had since she was about 6 weeks old. He gets along with her, but she likes to pick fights with him.
Since he is 20, it's only natural that he doesn't have quite the health and vigor he did when he was younger. He has a pre-renal condition and is a bit wobbly. Mentally he still thinks he's 3 years old and occasionally gets the "cat crazies." When he was younger he was fond of destroying toilet paper, bags of Fritos, and any fresh baked goods that were left on the counter. Now he urinates all over the house, despite the vet checking him out and giving him a clean bill of health, demands constant attention from my retired father (it's really quite something to hear him yell at my father through the telephone), and will jump up on the dining room table for attention, even though he knows that is off limits.
When he was younger he was NOT friendly with strangers, and even though he was declawed before we got him, he would swat at them and growl.
As far as maintenance and cost, he is on a special Science Diet cat food diet and uses your basic kitty litter. Over all not expensive, unless you factor in occasional vet care and the cost of food.