The story is sad. The story is costly. The story almost ended, well, in cat demise.
When Frosty, the cat in question, or should I say the questionable cat arrived, he was a stray that roamed the streets for years. How he ended up as my housemate was a result of his daring and cunning nature.
I would be out walking my big brute, 103 pound, white Akita and out of nowhere would appear this orange and white tiny cat, saddled up right beside my Akita. Now this took some fortitude or outright stupidity on this cat’s part because my Akita had a reputation. And not a good one.
Neighbors would scoop up their little dogs and call in their cats when they spotted Bram coming. All living creatures would vacate the street. Squirrels would scamper, rabbits would run. My dog ruled and had no problem eliminating his neighborhood subjects if they ventured too near. He sent a few to the animal hospital and was proud to put a notch in his collar each time one was conquered or eliminated. Of course he was securely on the leash, so this was not my fault mind you. But back to Frosty.
This crazy cat ignored the neighborhood warnings and decided to befriend the Akita. To my astonishment, Bram accepted Frosty. Everyday, we would take our walks, side by side all through the neighborhood. Big dog, tiny cat, side by side.
This went on well into the winter with the commingling of the unlikely, yet happy friends. Then one morning, Frosty appears at my back door, screaming his head off, icicles hanging off his fur, freezing his tail off. The screaming persisted until I let him inside. This is how he became known as Frosty, by the way.
Another test for the big guy. Outside territory is one thing, but his palace, his kingdom? Well strike me down with a feather. The two were true best buds. So much that they cuddled up on Bram’s warm blankly for a nap each afternoon.
Now, where does evil cat appear? Like any cat, they have two distinct and polar opposite personalities all contained in the same fur sack. The sweet innocent, helpless one and the evil kitty. I bet the movie Gremlins was based on some guy’s cat.
So, I am sitting at my computer one day working on a CAD file with lots of architectural design work, when all of a sudden, Evil Cat appears. They don’t approach as Evil Cat, so your defenses are down. They mosey on up so cute as if looking for some loving attention. Then like a banshee they strike. I am working away ignoring the little monster, then I peer down and think ahhh, how sweet, he came in to give me some company. But I do not pet him. Big mistake.
The evil creature turns around, points his orange behind directly at the computer, lifts his tail, and sprays. Now how he knew to spray into the fan is beyond me for maximum damage, but the little sucker did. This spot was the only place where damage would occur too. Ya think it was payback for his recent neutering? I immediately saved and shut down, but too late. The machine was fried. Maybe he was holding a grudge for the declawing. But anyway….
I wanted to kill this cat. Since it is my husband’s pet, I had to contain myself. My work was safe because I have redundant backup external drives, but the computer was kaput.
I have a laptop, so I hook up the two monitors, tablet, scanners, speakers and all the rest of my equipment to the smaller machine and hope for the best. It worked fine for a couple of years, but the hard drive is small at 1 TB (well over half full) and the ram insufficient at 4 Gigs for the large files I routinely work on. I also work with multiple apps open simultaneously, very ram heavy stuff.
So yesterday I awaited my new Apple, Mac Pro, a leased machine. Not taking chances this time. It is an 8 core machine with three TB hard drives and 12 gigs memory. Should be good for a while. It arrived in the late afternoon and I will be spending today setting up the machine. This process is made so simple by Apple. I remember the old days of transferring files, but no more. With an application called Time Machine, with a click of a button, my old machine is now my new machine. Everything is now on the new machine, and I mean absolutely everything. Not one thing to do except add the peripherals.
No more spinning beach balls when I open up a Photoshop file, no waiting for filters to apply. No crashing CAD projects. I am happy as can be. Now all I need is a Rottweiler to guard the door, and keep my office cat free.