The many faces of Laney McScratcherson

Laney McScratcherson is a tortoiseshell tabby cat (torbie) that I adopted from Animal House in St. Louis in late 2013. It might be more accurate to say she adopted me, because she made it pretty clear that she had decided I was her person. You don’t argue with a cat when they pick you, you just go with it.

These are just a few of the pictures I’ve taken the last few years of Laney around the house, mostly lounging on the bed. She’s known as the Queen of the King-size here, and rules the house with an iron paw.

She’s about 15, diabetic, arthritic, had been declawed before being taken in at Animal House, has a heart murmur, and had the last of her teeth taken out last year due to recurring infections. And she still fearlessly attacks any other cat (or person) that gets on her nerves. Mostly, though, she likes to settle on a pillow and wait for cuddles.

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