I have had my lovely tortoise shell, Gia, for over 8 years. About 4 months ago I discovered a bump on her belly which turned out to be cancerous and we went through the trauma (and crazy medical bills) involved in a full mastectomy and lymph removal of 1/4 of her kitty nipples.
She’s recovered beautifully and has been eating, cuddling and being a real trooper over these last four months. She’s also put on a bit of weight, but the doctor said to expect that because I also had her spayed during the surgery.
Last night, for the first time in my life, I watched Gia carry a small catnip mouse (which we’ve had for months) through the house, mewing, before triumphantly dropping it in front of me.
My boyfriend and son joked that maybe she wanted to play fetch, so I grabbed the mouse and threw it about 8 feet. I’ll be damned if this fat, old cat didn’t haul ass to the corner of the room, grab the mouse and bring it right back to me. So I threw it again. And again. Maybe 5-6 times before my boyfriend decided to try to get in on the fun. “C’mere, Gia!” he cooed and sho’ nuff, she brought the mouse to him and dropped it. They played for a little while until she brought it back to me.
We played fetch with the cat for nearly an hour before she lost interest and took off to worlds unknown (likely to start her kitchen/hallway patrol for the night).
This morning we woke up to find her up on the bed with, you guessed it, that same mouse toy in her mouth. I grabbed it and tossed it and she hightailed it off the bed to go get it. This time, however, she opted not to bring it back. She bunny-kicked it a few times on the floor and then left it there and came back to bed with us.
What the eff?! Everyone thinks this is adorable, but I’m kinda freaked out that she’s displaying a new and playful behavior after being a largely lazy cat her whole life. I feel a bit stupid calling the vet with, “HAY! My cat is playing fetch, do you think she might be dying?”
So I ask you, have you ever had a cat randomly develop a new game this far into their life and if you did, was it a sign of some terrible malady?
If it’s not an indication of illness, this is pretty awesome.