Simply put…

Simply put…

Hey, it is me Alex the cat… and I have three words for you….


Getting old sucks!


Trust me, I know…..


At seventeen and a half I am finally feeling my age and it isn’t fun.  I haven’t been myself these past few weeks.  My appetite has disappeared causing me to lose a lot of weight.  My five bathrooms are no longer sufficient.  My parents had to add two more to the mix, but despite their intentions, it didn’t stop me from disrespecting the air conditioning ducts (my fragrance is now present throughout the house). To add insult to injury, I am no longer as steady on my feet as I used to be.


I wiggle and wobble when I walk.  Stairs are no longer my friend (and I live in the stair master house).  My parents decided it was best to keep me confined into my former recovery room so that I don’t hurt myself.  They had to put on their tinfoil thinking caps to figure out a way for me to get fresh water without getting hurt.  Fortunately they rose to the challenge.


They are on their best behavior.  They even switched beds so they could stay we me (Sillies that they are don’t have any doors in their room), and I am thankful. Despite their best intentions, I am still sad.  I know that my days of being a fun, fearless kitten are over.  It is a hard pill to swallow.  But I am thankful for the good times I have shared with my parents and I love them more than words can say.


These past few days have been way harder on them then they are on me… And I know they are struggling with what the future brings.  I just hope and pray two things… One, that they know how much they mean to me, and two how thankful I am that I had them in my life. I couldn’t ask for better servants (even if they don’t wake up early enough for me).  I hope they know how much I love them… Now, tomorrow and forever….

129 thoughts on “Simply put…

  1. Oh Alex, you have our Mom’s eyes leaking this morning. Getting old is not any fun. We are so sorry that you are feeling puny. We are sending tons of purrs and prayers to you. You are so right, those peeps that are your servants do love you so much. We sure have enjoyed knowing you and love visiting you. We are also sending your peeps some gigantic hugs because we know this is hard on them too.

    1. Marg – thanks so much… I am sorry that I am causing everyone’s eyes to leak…. I don’t mean it… My servents eyes have been very leaky too…But my eyes are leaking too.. I don’t like this getting old business and I don’t like not being able to do everything I used to do and love… But, I am a trouper……well, that is what my mom & dad tell me… I love that I got to know you too…. Purrs…. Alex

    1. Madness, Trouble, Squish & Milkbone – Thanks guys… i love having you all as friends and my mom is so thankful for your mom… XOXO Alex

  2. Oh, I forgot so say: When Bubbles got sick and didn’t want to eat, the one thing I could get him to eat was ham-flavored baby food. Maybe you could see whether Alex might like it too.

    1. Cecilia – that is a good idea… We have been cutting up table food really small for him and he seems to be liking it a lot. Actually as I type this Marc is chopping some lamb from last nights dinner and Alex actually trotted down the stairs to get some… it is funny – he gets some bursts of energy

  3. I know how much you love him & how much he loves you both. Your blog made me have tears in my eyes. I hope you both keep strong.

  4. Alex, you’re making us all very sad. Our mom’s eyes are very leaky right now. We know your humans are doing the very best they can for you, and that when it’s your time, when you no longer have quality of life (we hope not for a while yet!), they will give you that last and best gift, the hardest one to give. Sending you and your humans purrs and purrayers.

    1. Fuzzy Tales – I am sorry.. I seem to have that leaky eye effect on everyone these days… I hope you are right that that day isn’t for a long, long time, but i do know that my parents will make sure I never hurt….and I don’t compliment those two often, but they are doing a good job these days… I am a lucky mancat! XOXO Alex

  5. Yep – Maestro agrees (and he is 17 and 1/2 too). It is hard on our people cause they know they don’t have a very very long time with us…. but we know they know how much you love them. Purrs to you and your mom and dad….

    1. Random – yeah to maestro – us seniors have to stick together… It is so funny, one day I was a spry young kitten and the next day I seemed to age all of a sudden… but I guess if 1 human year equals 5 cat years it kind of makes sense…. thanks for the purrs…. XOXO Alex

  6. My dear friend Alex, Gracie and I are so sad to read that you are not doing well. Gracie sends you her best love and hugs and she will always love her Mancat, always.

    1. Brian – tell Gracie I love her more than I could ever express and thank her for keeping me young.. Her loving is just what I need! But dont let her be too sad… I am a fighter after all… XOXO Alex

    1. Angela – thanks.. I think I would like to cuddle with your girls too… I am liking the cuddles more these days… XOXO Alex

    1. Katnip – It’s hard getting old… you can say that again (and again). It’s not much fun either, but my servants have been very attentive and I appreciate.. I love you guys too! XOXO Alex

  7. Aw man, and here I thought it was going be a more cheerful insightful post from You Alex. Getting old does suck the big one and I know your mommy and daddy appreciate you no matter how trying times can get. We all love you!

    1. Blueyes – I am sorry… I hate to be a downer, but sometimes you got no choice…. I am lucky – my parents do love me a lot, and didn’t get mad once (even after they realized I peed in 3 a/c vents)… I love those guys… and I love you too… XOXO Alex

  8. Beautiful Alex!! Me and Charlie hope you try and eat a little but apart from that we think you are growing old very manfully and gracefully! You are surrounded by love and are loved for who you are. Your beautiful Gracie is forever with you and you have the bestest mum and dad!! Take care

    1. Old Kitty – I am eating, but only a little. But I am lucky, my mom and dad have been giving me lamb and salmon which I like a lot… You are right.. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful fiance, and two parents who love me a lot… But I am also so thankful for friends like you and Charlie…. XOXO Alex

    1. Inner chick – thanks so much… I appreciate all the cat prayers (so does my mommy). I love you too… Purrrrs XOXO Alex

  9. Oh Alex….your post was so sweet and it made my eyes leak…a lot. Your mom and dad have taken such good care of you and I know without a doubt that they know how much you love them. We are all out here in the blogosphere pulling for you and Buddy and Holly especially are sending hugs and purrs your way. Be strong.

    1. Beth Ann – thanks so much… It helps me & my mom so much knowing how many good thoughts are coming my way from our bloggy friends. You guys are the best. I think you are right. They must know how much I love them and I know how much they love me….I will try to stay strong (hopefully my parents will too – their worry is driving me crazy!) XOXO Alex

  10. Oh Alex, we’re all leaky eyed here. We are pretty sure we understand what your Mom and Dad are going through, as our Sammy is now somewhere between 17 and 19, too. It’s hard watching our sweet boy slow down so much. We love him, and know he loves us, and we cherish every moment we have with him. We know it is like that with you and your parents, too.

    We love you pal, and send you all our purrs and prayers. And hugs, too.

    1. Meowmeowmans – I didn’t know Sammy was a senior… and older than me? WOW! He is my idol! I can’t believe how quickly I seemed to have aged. I dont really understand what is going on, and why I can’t jump so high, and why the stairs are so hard to climb. But my parents have been giving me so much love – so that kind of makes up for it… Love you too! XOXO Alex

    1. jan – I am sorry about causing the leak… I seem to have that effect on everyone lately (mostly my mom & dad). Thanks for the purrs and paw hugs.. I need them XOXO Alex

  11. Purrrrrrss & Headbonks to you, Alex. So sorry you are not feeling well.

    Hang in there as long as you can, kittie, but if you have to leave, we’re sure your pawrents will understand.

    1. Lee County – Thanks… I am planning on putting up a good fight… I am a fighter and a trouper, but I know you are right… when I can’t fight anymore my parents will understand, and they will always love me…. XOXO Alex

    1. FL Furkids – Sorry about causing the leak…. My parents are doing a good job. THey have made me so comfy and made everything easy. I have three litter boxes in one room, the bathroom sink is always flowing and they brought in tables and draws into the bathroom so I can climb up for the water easy without having to jump…..

  12. Oh, Alex, we are sorry you are feeling poorly. We send you big purrs and hugs to the ‘rents as we know it is hard for them too. We hope a vet has seen you to make sure it isn’t something simple and fixable. Something like phosphorus too low can make you feel like that. Always remember that we love you, Alex, you handsome wonderful boy.

    1. Laura & Taffy – I had the double vet whammy… My parents brought me and my uncle the vet was just at the house for a visit… They both insulted me by calling it old age! XOXO Alex

    1. Hannah & Lucy – my mom, dad and I really appreciate it… we are so lucky to have such great friends. XOXO Alex

    1. Feris, Socks & Scylla – thanks guys… I really appreciate it… I guess we can’t stay young forever…. although i would like to (and my mom would like to also!) XOXO Alex

  13. Precious Alex, mommy has very very leaky eyes as we read your blog, and we hope and purr and pray that you will feel comfortable. I know your parents love you so much and I know that you love tham as well. You mean so much to all of us dearest little one. We are all in a pawcircle for you. Kisses and snuggles and love.

    1. Katie – A pawcircle for me? wow… thanks so much. I feel the love. Your love, all my friends love and my families.. I am one lucky cat to have you all…. Hugs and headbutts XOXO Alex

  14. Alex, We are so sorry you are having a rough time right now. We know your parents are doing everything they can to help you feel like a kitten again. We understand how hard it is to watch your friend age, as we have been making some adjustments for Smokey, who is 16. Hang in there…Hugs and Purrs

    Four Crazy Cats

    1. Four Crazy Cats – with Smokey being 16 you understand… it is so funny how quickly they change and start to show their age. A week or so ago Alex was walking up and down the stairs with ease. On Sunday he so struggled – he looked like he needed a cane…

  15. Oh goodness, we don’t think we have ever visitied you before, and we are sorry to read that your elder body is failing you. We are certain your servants know how much you love them, and we are certain they love you tons too. We are also certain that we see our people again, once we are all over the bridge. Sending hugs and gentle headbutts to all of you.

    1. Junior, orion & sammy – no, I don’t think we have met, but I am so glad to mee you…. I agree… someday over the bridge we always get to see our loved ones again….But I also think that we also look down on our loved ones and smile at them and help them. And that is what I plan on doing for my servant… They will need all the help they can get because they are basket cases now and I am still fairly okay, just not myself…. XOXO Alex

  16. Alex, we are so sorry you are not feeling your best, we know your beans are doing all they can to make you comfortable and happy. You know you are loved, and we want to add our love and let you know you are in our thoughts. We’re all seniors and doing okay so far.


    1. Team Tabby – thanks guys! Us seniors have to stick together… Take my advice – enjoy every day… Old age just sneaks up on you….I don’t know what hit me… Seems like just last week I was a kitten…. I do feel the love… thanks! XOXO Alex

    1. Diane – and 3 furry kids – Alex and I appreciate so much….. All the well wishes help us both.

  17. Sweet Alex, we know this is a hard time for you and your servants. We’re sending loving purrs and gentle headbumps in hopes you’ll feel back to your old self soon.

    Seth, Maxx, Newton, Tessa & Pia Bean

    1. Colehaus Cats – thanks… It is a trying time. I miss my freedom (do you know how humiliating it is to have to climb on make – shift ladders to reach the sink?) I used to be the king of the jumpers… But I am a tough man…. and my parents are too…. Thanks for the love… XOXO Alex

  18. We are so sorry you are feeling your age. As much as we hate to say it, did you go to the vets? Our mom is a veteran of several senior kitties who were older than you, and she thinks the vet may be able to help you. Maybe, its worth a try. We are purring for you, Alex.

    1. Oui Oui – yep… I did… And not only did my parents take me their, my uncle (the best vet in the world) was just visiting from out of town and he examined me more times than I could count. They both said the same thing… Old Age… sheesh… do they know how to hurt a man’s feelings or what? But I did get some shots last week that helped me a little, but not so much…. XOXO Alex

  19. We hopped over from Brian’s home. So sorry to hear you’re not feelin well. Princess agrees bout gettin old. Purrs and pawsitive thoughts bein sent from all of us at Prancer Pie.

    1. Prancer pie – thanks so much for the purrs and pawsitive thoughts… I really apprecaite it! XOXO Alex

  20. All this time I’ve known you, I don’t think I ever realized your age. Maybe we just don’t want to think of such things. Alex, no matter your age, no matter your physical prowess (or lack of) and no matter whether it’s hit or miss on the bathroom business…you’re a star, you’re a cool cat, you’re the awesome in your parents’ day and comfort in their night. And you’re the best friend anyone could ever hope for.

    I wish for you comfort and warm sun spots, and peace of mind and heart for your worried parents…
    CindyLu (and Kim) xx

    1. Kim T – insert evil grin – I like to try and look / act younger than my age – I take after my mom (or at least I suceed and she only tries)…. thanks so much for this beautiful comment… you made me (and my mom) feel much better…. I am going to stay a star and a cool cat as long as I can…..Love Alex (and Hilary too)

  21. Hi Alex! We wish we were metting you under much better circumstances. We rushed right over here from Mr. Brian’s blog. Getting old is very hard. It’s hard on you and hard on those who love you. We will be purring and praying for you and your wonderful family, and sweet Gracie too. We just know your family feels your love, and that you feel their strong love for you – always, sweet handsome mancat Alex. We wish peace be with you all.

    Gentle hugs, tender headbumps, and butterfly kitty kisses.

    1. Kwee Cats – I wish we could meet under better circumstances too, but I am so glad that we met… your comment touched me & my mom…. we both thank you so much… And I know you are right… my parents do feel my love and I feel them smothering me… They are watching me like a hawk (but I got to admit I love it) Hugs and headbumps back at ya… XOXO Alex

    1. Percy the cat – and your mom… thanks so much… I am sorry I am making everyone’s eyes leak, but I am thankful for all the love XOXO Alex

  22. Oh Alex, I’m sorry you aren’t feeling like yourself but I’m so glad you have two of the best parents a cat could ask for! Loco, Phantom, and Buster are send you their love. Loco especially, her 14 year old self isn’t feeling too much like herself either. You’re a trooper little man!

    1. Jennifer – thank you so much… you are right… I am lucky with the parents… (They have earned bonus points these last few days). Send my love to your guys especially Loco – I feel her pain XOXO Alex

  23. Dear Alex we are purrring and praying for You & Your Mom and Dad!!
    Lots of hugs for you all!!
    Your TX furiends,

    1. Cat’s Cats – rumbly purrs? really? for me? thanks so much… those are the best kind! XOXO Alex

  24. Alex, we are so, so sorry to learn that you aren’t feeling well, us and Momma all have leaky eyes because we don’t want you to feel poorly now after all you have already been through. We are sending our strongest purrs and purrayers to you to help you feel better, and to your Mom and Dad too because we know how much they love you, and we hope you know how much we love you too …
    Love and ((((hugs))),
    Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan

    1. Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Mom Jan – ah… you guys… you are the best.. Yes, I know how much you love me and it fills this old heart with joy…. I am so lucky to have friends like you (as is my mom to have Jan). I am a trouper – I proved it last year, and I intend to keep fighting… XOXO Alex

  25. Purrs & prayers from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde & their Feeders. We’ve had this happen several times since the founding of the Horde. It’s a hard place to be. Help your humans know when you’re ready to cross the bridge to wait for them and just love on them until then the way they love you. We know how much you love each other so you’ll have many memories of love to outweigh grief.

    1. Kat & the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde – It is such a hard place… Marc and I are trying to prepare for what will ultimately happen… while keeping Alex as happy as possible. So far he seems happy but frustrated… It is so sad to watch, but I hope you are right that he guides us….Thank you so much for such a touching comment – Hilary (and Alex)

  26. I’m sending lots of good thoughts your way. Hope all three of you are hanging in there… I’m sure our grandma can commiserate with you Alex. She always says getting old is the pits!

    1. Susi – I have heard my grandma say the same thing (my mom and dad too) but now I get it… UGH! XOXO Alex

  27. Hi Alex, we don’t know you, but Ann from Zoolatry said you needed some tender loving purrs, so here we are all leaky eyed too! Yep! Getting old sucks, but your humans are obviously of the very highest calibre. Hugs and purrs from Austin, Tigger and the hairless biped xox

    1. Catachresis – thank you so much for visiting me and offering purrs…. I really appreciate it! You are so right… getting old sucks! that is my new motto! XOXO Alex

  28. Deew Alex

    My Mommi has often told me it’s no fun to be old even fow hoomans. I came to tell you
    That yoo awe not alone and don’t be scaiwed of what comes next. You will always be sowwounded by love whewevew you awe
    Smoochie kisses on yoow boottiful dot

    1. Asta – thanks.. I am kind of scared. I was afraid to admit it, but I am.. But I also know that I will be safe and see some of my friends and family that are no longer here, and I also know that i will always live on in my mom & dad’s hearts… XOXO Alex (now my eyes are leaky too)

    1. Angel Momo – thanks… it is hard, especially when you really don’t know what is going on… fortunately he seems happy but a little frustrated

    1. The creek cats & maggie may – thank you so much… My mom and I really appreciate your thoughts and purrayers (especially the rumbly ones) XOXO Alex

  29. Alex,

    I have, once again, neglected blogging for a few months because of my schedule, etc, and now I feel even worse for being out of the loop now that I’ve read the news about your poor health. I’m so sorry to read this news but I hope you know that you are prayed for and loved all across the world thanks to your mom who types your blog posts. How she had the strength to write the words you dictated to her, I’ll never know! I would be a in a heap of tears, unable to write. I hope your appetite comes back and that you start to feel better. I know, it’s hard to be old!

    1. April – my mom and I are very glad that you came back to the bloggy world to read about me. She was planning on emailing you if you didn’t…. She knew you would want to know… I know you are right about being prayed for all accross the world and sometimes I still can’t believe it – who would have thought little old me would have had so many friends. I am one lucky mancat! My mom does a good job typing my words for me but don’t give her any credit she doesn’t deserve – she was a bucket of tears while she typed this post for me – but she can’t say no to me so she typed away… I am trying to eat – and do eat a little bit…but I am still losing a lot of weight… It is hard to be old! XOXO Alex

  30. Hi Alex, I’m so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I’m just meeting you now for the very furst time and I think you are beautiful. We will keep our paws crossed for you.

    Lily Belle

    1. Lily Belle – I am sorry we have to meet under these circumstances too, but I am thankful to have the opportunity to meet you… Thanks for crossing your paws… XOXO Alex

  31. I’m so sorry to hear this Alex. I’m still hoping maybe you just have a kitty flu bug or something. It would have the same symptoms. I’m sending all our PAWSitive vibes and most powerful purrs your way, buddy.

    1. CCL Wendy – I hope you are right, but every one says I am showing my age…. But it is OK… I have no complaints. I am at least 17.5 years old and I have had a great life and I am very happy, and my servants are making sure that I stay happy… XOXO Alex

  32. Oh Alex, I am so sorry I missed this post on Monday. Getting old does stink …I am with you on this as stairs are not my friend either. Ask your parents to get you some meat baby (human) food. Just make sure it is 100% meat (no veggies). It’s easy to digest and most kitties love it. Also, heated cat beds are nice on aching muscles.

    I am sending you all my very best wishes and healing yorkie wishes.

    Your best doggie pal, Pip

    1. Pip – why do we have to get old anyway? Isn’t just getting better and cuter enough? It is funny I used to love the stairs… they were so much fun… now not so much. I will tell my parents about the baby food & the heated bed (maybe I will make them give me a heating pad as a try)…. Thanks for you yorkie wishes (they are the bestest kind buddy!) XOXO Alex

  33. My father always said, “Growing old is not for sissies.” We are sending purrs and hugs to you and your pawrents.

    1. Terri – your father nailed it! I don’t want to be a sissie! XOXO Alex PS… my pawrents appreciate the purrs & Hugs as much as I do… XOXO Alex

  34. Hang in there Alex. We understand that getting old sucks the big one. Maw is getting a wee bit ancient herself. She wobbles herself at times. We’re sending you purrs and purrayers and tons of hugs!

    Luf, Us and Maw

    1. Forty Paws – sucks the big one… YEP! you guys nailed it… I am sorry maw wobbles too… it isn’t fun. My mom keeps telling me I look like I need a cane. Can you picture me with one? UGH! thanks for your purrs and purrayers… they all are helping! XOXO Alex

  35. Alex, we have never met you or your parents but we heard about you from Brian and wanted to come lend our love and support. We know how very sad this time can be, but please know how very much your humans love you – and know that we are sending you many purrs and paw prayers!

    1. Rykers – it means so much to me and my mom that you took the time to meet me under such circumstances and offer me love and support. We are always amazed at how wonderful everyone is in the blogging world…. We can’t thank you enough… XOXO Alex

  36. We rushed over as soon as we saw Gracie’s message. We’re so sorry to read about this, and we’re here to send you lots of love and purrs and prayers. Getting old is no fun, but it also means we had the opportunity to create many MANY memories with our loved ones. Sending you lots and lots of hugs (and to your parents too!).

    1. Whisppy – thanks for rushing over here… I really appreciate it (as does my mom). You are right… I need to look at the bright side. This past week has been rough for me, but i do have lots of memories, and my parents have been pulling out all the sstops to make sure I am comfy…. The dynamic duo is doing a great job… Thanks for all the love & hugs! XOXO Alex

    1. Deborah – “my heart is yours” filled my mom & my eyes with tears… Big hugs and love to you… XOXO Alex

  37. Dearest Sammy,

    Mom and I are soooo sad to read this. We are shocked and we feel awful. We wish there were something that we could do!!

    We are hoping that you start to feel more like your old self soon!!

    Mom subscribed to your blog but isn’t getting your updates in her email…HELP!!

    Much love, Cody and Mom

  38. We sure are sad that you is not feeling so gud. We knows how it feels to be getting old. We purrs you will be up and about- one more time!
    Love, TK and Squashies

    1. TK – I am sad too… so is my mom & dad… but I am trying to keep wiggling my stumpy… it could always be worse… thanks for your purrs XOXO Alex

  39. We are sorry that you are not feeling so good. We are sending you and your family lots of purrs and purrayers and hope that you will soon feel better again. Maybe you have arthritis and have moved awkwardly and aggravated it.

    1. Eric & Flynn – I think that arthritis may be part of it… Alex just walked up the stairs and it took him forever… he walks like he needs a cane… thanks for the love & purrs

  40. Dear Alex
    We are so sorry that you are not feeling well. We found you on Brian’s page and came to wish you and your mom big purrs. Lucy is 16, and she’s getting pretty creaky. Skootch is just losing weight and is very skinny. We treasure the time we have with our kitties……

    1. Cattywumpus – We have to always treasure each second… It is amazing how quickly they age… Alex had a rough year, but he was doing amazing. then in a couple of weeks it was as if he aged 10 years…. Thank you so much for visiting us and sending big purrs… Alex & I really appreciate

  41. Oh Alex, we are so sorry to hear that you are not feeling your best. It’s never easy to get old, but we all do. 🙁 Big hugs to you and your humans!!

    1. Julie – yeah, that is what my parents keep telling me… I get it but I don’t like it! thanks for the hugs! XOXO Alex

  42. Oh, Alex, we haven’t been by in such a long time. We are all sorry that you are feeling your age and not doing well. Mom is praying and we are purring that you can be comfortable and not suffer.

    Karen Jo, Herman, Spyro and Oja

    1. Karen Jo – thanks so much for coming by and sending me such a nice note. I am pretty comfy (but not really that happy). I miss my youth…. but I am hanging in there.. XOXO Alexv

  43. Oh, Alex, we are purring for your quality of life to get better, and we are purring for your parents, too. We send lots of healing energy and warm light.

    ‘Kaika and his mom

    1. kaika – quality of life – that is key… marc and I can’t decide what that means… we keep changing our minds about keeping him in a closed room so we dont have to worry about him falling or letting him roam around the house and enjoy his freedom…Thanks so much for all the good wishes…

  44. Oh Alex! We’re so sorry to hear you’re feelin’ poorly … and my MomKatt sympathizes with your pawrents, worrying about you as we’re sure they are. We’re purring for you in NC!

    Selina & MomKatt Laura

    1. Selina – Yeah, your mom katt is right.. my parents are worry warts – true basket cases. THey are driving me a bit bonkers but I am loving it… thanks for the NC purrs… I am a lucky guy! XOXO Alex

    1. William – sorry we didnt mean to choke you up, but it seems like Alex & I are having that affect on everyone lately… Alex sends you a big paw hug back (and so do i)

  45. Aging really is a drag. I’ve gone through this three times in the last 6 months and it is SO hard. When Bluebird got to the point of not eating anything at all, I drove into town and bought some KFC for her even though I’m a vegetarian. It felt so good to see her gobble it down even if it was just a short reprieve.

    Hang in there, looks like you’ve got plenty of souls working with you.

    1. Andrea – thanks… You so understand…when he eats anything we are thrilled…. Bluebird was very lucky….

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