Our elderly study subject Rebecca doesn’t play much anymore. The Director’s wondered if she would at least appreciate a few new stuffed toys. Would she ignore them or snuggle up to them? So, we gradually added some stuffed animals to her favorite napping chair.
She immediately examined her first new toy after we placed it on her chair and settled in next to it. So far, so good. We placed more toys on her chair the next day.
The test results indicate that older cats can bond to new as well as old stuffed toys. Amazing discovery.
The Directors of the Institute should have told you earlier about the demise of Little Fishy and Big Fishy, but each time we tried, we choked up and tears blocked our vision. Sigh.
Little Fishy passed away January 14, 2017. He was only half grown. We don’t know why he passed. He was fine the day before. On March 19, Big Fishy also swam under the Rainbow Bridge. He lived for over nine years, far longer than most goldfish. Since we understood that goldfish can live for up to 30 years, we expected he would live a long time. So we provided for him in our will. He died of dropsy, a common and difficult to treat ailment in goldfish.Perhaps, he also missed Little Fishy.
Zippy adored Big Fishy as you have read in this blog. After Big Fishy passed, Zippy seemed despondent and went up and down the sofa beside the aquarium looking for him. As her depression increased she began to sleep a lot. The other cats didn’t give a cat’s meow that Big Fishy was missing, but Zippy required lots of neck massages to lessen the pain of losing her companion.
We wanted to give Big Fishy the same proper burial that we gave Little Fishy—we carefully buried him in the garden near three kitties who passed before the Institute was founded. Now those beloved kitties can “swim with the fishies.”