Friday, February 29, 2008

Nermal


Nermal is an eight-year-old cat with a problem.  He lived with the Dad's family as an only cat since he was a kitten.  When the Mom and Dad got married, Nermal stayed with the Dad's Mom and Dad.  Recently, they became unable to care for him any more and he moved in with the Dad (and Mom) again, but there were three other kitties already living there.  He had never had to deal with anything like this before and he got so stressed out that he got sick.  He is better now, but he had to be isolated from the other cats again so he could get better.  He likes playing with Virgil, but he doesn't seem to care much for the other cats.  He has gotten into some real growling and hissing matches with Maggie.  Maggie has always been the alpha cat, but Nermal is bigger and older than she is and used to being the center of attention from the humans, so he is not taking to her trying to tell him to stay off her favorite spots.  The issue has yet to be resolved, but things are calmer now than they were just before Nermal got sick.  Nermal and Virgil love to play with a long plastic strip that won't break when they tug and chew at it.  Nermal also really loves his catnip mouse.

                                 Nermal is not sure just where he fits in.
                                 Virgil stepped forward and became his friend.
                                            Maggie insists she's the boss,
                                            Which throws him for a loss.
                                Nermal's trying, but it's hard to fit in.

14 comments:

Kaz's Cats said...

Nice limerick Karen Jo - you've captured Nermal's situation nicely.

Purrs

Gypsy & Tasha

4 Boys and a Lady said...

We love it! It also makes Mama's well up because she feels so much for Nermal. We all really wanna be his friend (maybe not Maggie but she has backed off now that she is more familiar with him), and wish we could all be harmonious. We think things are getting better little by little each day. The good news is Nermal likes Westley too.

Thanks again, Karen Jo!

-d ma said...

oh nermal... you'll find your place. what a sweet looking face.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Nermal is a beautiful cat! But this is why I do not want fursybs. I've been an only cat for a long time.

Princess said...

I like Nermal. I hope he gets better and feels completely happy soon.This is a super good limerick!

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Nermal is very normal for a cat. We all want to be boss. As long as he feels better, he'll figure out how to fit in!

Tybalt said...

Karen Joe, I think that is the best limerick yet. Poor Nermal! I hope he feels more settled soon.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh what a great limerick for Nermal! Hello Nermal!

Forty Paws said...

Boy, do we know what that's like! Great limerick as always!

Luf, Us

Jan said...

These kitty relationships are so funny. Only one alpha allowed per household. :)

Appreciate the comment about Pepper. Momo read it on JFF and asked CB to post the link. That was sweet of her. And there has been some good response. We hope Pepper gets well and has a long happy life.

jans funny farm

Jan's Funny Farm

Daisy said...

Figuring out who is the Alpha cat is a very complicated issue.

Lux said...

I hope everything turns out well, and allkitties start liking each other!

Great limerick!

The Devil Dog said...

It is hard to fit in, sometimes, Nermal. We hope you find your place in the pecking order very soon.

Roxy

caspersmom said...

Sure hope things will change for Nermal. Maggie does look like an alpha cat. The limericks sure do fit the two. Guess Casper was just doing his alpha act against poor Gizmo. Casper isn't the only one getting on Gizmo, Cleo does it also. Poor Gizmo, I have to intervene and stick up for him. Gizzo is a lover not a fighter.