In a few days time, I will be handing over this delightful cat into the care of Uncle Fester. On his journey he will meet Zoey and Bari the lovemaster (as Jimmy calls him) and I know that Jimmy will be a good cat guardian until Starlight rests in his new mama's arms. I have to thank this cat for showing me a world I would have not seen otherwise. I admit to swallowing the myths about breed cats, and rescuing scruffy ferals I never really thought about other cats but them. My profound apologies now to all those who own breed specific cats as well as the ethical breeders who support the lines. I guess, I was a feral snob, without realizing it.
Having Starlight in the house has shown me the incredible devotion that people who own Persians (and other breeds) must have in order to keep up with the energy level, the grooming and personal care etc. Every morning, I will go upstairs and straighten out the cat room, because he loves to romp and he romps and slides all over the place, turning over cat bowls, crumpling up carpeting, flipping books off of shelves. He does two of the funniest things. His turbo scratcher is on a tile floor. He stands back and watches it carefully and when I start the ball in the trac, he runs full throttle toward it, jumping in the middle of the toy, and sliding across the room onto the landing of the stairs! Cowabunga! My boogie board kittie! He loves this game, and when I put the turbo scratcher on the carpet, he looked so insulted and wouldn't even glance at it, but when i put it back on the tile, he went tile surfing again! LOL
He also wants me to chase him, and I know it is a game because he runs up to me and circles my feet several times, then bats my ankle and takes off like a shot into the bedroom. So after a few times of trying to figure this behavior out, I figured he wants me to chase him, so I did. He looks behind him at me several times in the hallway, then slides under the bed. If I walk around the bed, he tags me in the ankles and then he chases me, down the hallway, up the stairs and across the two rooms! LOL If I did that to my ferals they would turn around and nail me, but with him it is high enjoyment.
I will miss him a lot. I am grateful again to all who saved him, to Cass who alerted me and to God for blessing me with his presence. I have no qualms about Debi being his new mom. Her emails and phone calls have shown that she has his best interest at heart, she knows Persians and understands them and so although my heart will be heavy when I hand him over. I know I made the best possible choice for both Starlight and for Debi. I thank all of you who helped me with this little guy, and I am sticking this thread, because it is such a journey of hope and optimism and a true testament of human kindness. It celebrates the resilent courage of a little kitty that against all odds found hope and a new life where before there was only darkness and despair.