I actually got very teary reading your post. Poor little Peppy. I am glad you took such good care of him. I just don't understand what is wrong with people!! How could anyone be abusive towards an amimal. It pains me greatly!! So glad there are people out there like you and me!
I know just how you feel about him. They really get under your skin, don't they?
Yes I do remember you and your concern. Jinxy is doing pretty well. I dont have a scanner so I cannot give you one of the MANY pictures I have. He is unequivocally the cutest kitty ever!! I'm not even being biased. What a face. We are selling our house and we have people coming in to look at it every day, and no one can resist his powers of cuteness!!! He's too much. He blongs on one of those calendars!
However, he had another accident on the couch last night. All of the suggestions I have been getting are good ones, but my husband is the real problem here. He's a good man and he loves animals, but he is a clean freak too and he also expects this cat to behave just like Norton did. Norty had few accidents and was easily trained. The problem is that we have a much bigger home than when he trained Norty in his small condo. The litter box I feel is just too far away in the basement. When he gets excited, he messes up. My husband (Eric) feels that since he knows where it is and goes most of the time there should not be any problem. He smacks him when he does it even though I tell him this is ineffective and mean. ("worked with Norty!") He does not want the litter upstairs or consider getting a second litter for upstairs. I am sick of arguing about it with him. He thinks Jinxy is stupid. He is not. Today I am going to buy some double sided tape as someone suggested and put some on a towel and tuck the towel into the couch with the tape on it so that when he jumps on, he wont like it and hopefully jump off. There are 2 couches in question. I dont care what Eric says, I'm doing it and when we show the house, I'll take them off. This better work, because he wont consider the other alternatives (2nd litter box or unpleasant smell on couches to deter him) Wish me luck with this. If you have any other non-messy, non-smelly advice, please let me know.
Otherwise, still very sad about Norty. We received a plack (sp?) in the mail yesterday which I ordered in his honor. When I opened it I cried like a baby! I am not ashamed, I miss him so much. I wrote a long letter to him, just for myself, and it made me feel closer to him and a little better. I don't particularly want to feel any better though. I will always feel this way and it is my tribute to him because he was so wonderful and worth my thoughts, tears and love every day.
I absolutely love this site and am so glad I found it. I guess I can indirectly thank Norty for that too. People here are so nice and so helpful. I really didn't even know such niceness existed in the world really. This site changed my outlook and I am thankful to everyone who tried to help me with their advice and kind words. It helped me so much and continues to help me. I only hope that I can be as nice, compassionate and helpful to everyone as they have been to me. I will make sure of it.