Hey! I totally slipped up on keeping the VM convo alive again. My bad. I finally found my camera so I'll have lots of adorable fat cat pix to you as recompense.
Have you seen the avatar in motion? It's Kanbaru Suruga from Nisemonogatari, good anime if you can handle tons of dialogue and a touch of questionable content. Did the animation myself, I can finally create gifs in Adobe ImageReady without the use of a tutorial. Success!
Indeed, cats are fastidious bathers. They spend a significant portion of their day licking their fur clean, so they're always nice and fresh (and sometimes slightly wet).
Sad news, my oldest cat died on New Year's Day. He was two months short of 16. That morning, he got the strength to crawl under the Christmas tree, after which he entered his death throes and passed about 15 minutes later. It was very hard to watch, and I'll always have a hole in my heart as he's been my lifelong friend, but his suffering is over. His death will ensure that a future kitten that I adopt will have a life that it otherwise wouldn't have had.
My little fat cutie's name is Poppy. My sister has insisted on the past couple of cats having floral-themed names, though this one kind of works because she's a calico so she has the same orange and black coloration as the flower. I would have pics except I misplaced my camera for a week or so.
Glad to hear you're doing okay, I'm understandably not in the best emotional state right now but I'm managing. I'll want to continue on as long as there's some new game or anime that catches my eye, which there fortunately always is. About opening a business, it's always been a personal aspiration. My parents were antique dealers when they were younger and if nothing else passed the ability to buy low and sell high on to me. One of my favorite shows on TV is Pawn Stars, which airs on History here. Not sure if you get it up there. It follows a family of pawn brokers in Las Vegas who do millions in business each year because of their sharp acumen. I've always secretly dreamed of a life where I peddle treasures and oddities in a quaint little shop. Problem is most people I meet who are living that dream are independently wealthy and do it as a hobby in their declining years, not as a source of income.
I really don't know what kind of business I'd get into if I couldn't just be a buy/sell/trade guy.
It's a shame about the cat, in my lifelong experience they don't smell at all outside of the litterbox, which can be contained in a closet or other small space. Cats are more concerned with personal hygiene than virtually any other animal considering that they try to bury their feces and spend large portions of their day bathing themselves. It sounds like your dad might just be adverse to the idea of pets in general. Keep fighting the good fight, though.
My newest cat is now legitimately fat, she can barely go airborne when she jumps. It's adorable, I'll send pics.
Trust me, the house is only pretty at Christmas. It's a drab, soulless, cramped little abode the rest of the year. As far as plants go, not really. I used to keep cacti in my windowsills, but they all eventually died. Plants are strictly for the backyard now.
No other pets, I could easily become someone that has even more cats, though. I have a severe soft spot for stray animals and, well, cats just complement my personality. I don't dislike dogs (although I have a phobia of large dogs), I guess I just value independence over loyalty.
15 is the upper end of the average lifespan, 20 is statistically improbable. Lucky cat. My old cat just has a defeated look in his eyes, his legs and neck are also becoming scrawny while his chest becomes larger as he has congestive heart failure. It's a sad thing to behold, as he's been my constant companion since I was 8.
This particular cat has always been very large but not necessarily fat; just in body structure he's abnormally sturdy and big, bigger than some dog breeds. This was part of his downfall as his greater mass wore him out more quickly...same principle as 2.3+ meter tall people dying early because their hearts can't effectively circulate blood through their body, I suppose.
Fat cats are indeed quite huggable, though. My youngest cat is quite fat, though not from overfeeding. Female cats have a high probability of permanently gaining a lot of weight after being spayed, which happened to this one. She's squishy and just a pleasure to hold and cuddle.
About selling, it's really just games and dvds. Find something at a flea market, pawn shop, or yard sale for an abnormally low price, buy it, hope to sell it for more than what I paid. It's not always fun but I've managed to sustain my hobbies after having no income for a year and a half.