Maggie is the quintessential “big sister”. She was just three years old when we took in the newborn kittens. Initially, I had been a bit concerned how she would react. Rejected by her catmom, Maggie had been a bottle fed orphan. She went on to become a CFA show cat, as a champion Maine Coon polydactyl. Her life had been very different before we adopted her at age one.
I need not have worried, though. Her sweet, loving, and accepting nature took to the babies immediately. She was curious and fascinated. When I fed and cared for them, she became a fixture next to their crate. She sat up with me night after night, as I filled their humidifier and helped them breathe.
When the kittens were old enough to be weaned, Maggie was left with the dynamic duo. She took it upon herself to teach them the basics of cat behavior and etiquette. Independent Grizelda was a quick study, while Chloe Jo took a lot more work (even still). This actually cemented the closeness that Maggie and Chloe Jo maintain today. While it gives Maggie a pirpose, it seems to gives Chloe Jo a mission!
Since Chloe Jo has been so sick lately, Maggie has made it a point to be even more accessible to Chloe Jo for comfort and warmth. She watches and follows Chloe Jo, without invading her space. She knows not to upset Chloe Jo. However, she is sure to be available for care and face washing She makes extra room for sunbathing and at naptime, too. She is leaving all of the entertainment to Grizelda.
We are so proud of Maggie for her sweet, loving, and patient ways. She has always been unselfish to the point of indulgent. She even accepted Stella, the Sheltie, without question. We know it hasn’t always been easy to be the "big sister", but she took it upon herself to be the best one possible. We love her all the more, as do Grizelda and Chloe Jo, and Stella, too.
*Thank you all for your support
for Chloe Jo! Please keep her
in your thoughts and prayers.
We appreciate it!*