I have several more stories just like this one.One of my Cats fell from the 2nd floor landing feet first on tile floor some 20 feet below, without so much as a bruise (he rather jump off than allow my niece to "capture" him). He checked out fine & rather lucky from the Vet visit I rushed him too.
However, Rocky, soon won our hearts over. Especially Hubby.
He was a survivor. About 18 months old, and a fighter. He had thick muscular legs, one of those thick necks with big jaws, scarred and fresh battle wounds. We would see him bravely enter a neighbors garage to fight for food. This neighbor had 10...yep, that's right, TEN cats. Rocky would sneak in the garage and steal what he could, before getting attacked by several of her males.
Rocky loved the coolness of the sinks. We would often find his snoozing away in one. While Mario regained his strength, Rocky, who was the same age, seem to become very gentle and tentative of him. Curiously, more interested in him, than our other cats. We had "the Boys", as they were called neutered and de-clawed together. (yes... I now realize the cruelty in de-clawing & we never would have had it done had we known then what we know now). The boys healed together and became sweet playmates. They always sleep together. Even as Rocky slimmed down from his Tom days, losing the big muscles, and Mario became a HUGE Fat Boy.
|The Boys sharing a nap box in 2004|
It's thought that Rocky was born around 1993. That makes him 18 years old. His health is ailing. I thought we were going to lose him a couple of times. He is senile. He has difficulty with his joints stiffening up. He is completely blind now. And somewhat Deaf. Some days are good. Some not so much. He loves to eat. Having several small meals a day of dry mixed with canned cat food (prefers Kitten food). He is able to find his litter box daily. As well as making several trips walking around the house "murring". He will pur like crazy also. He is strangely a Happy Cat. Not ready to go.
He may be advancing in age, but don't tell him it's time for him to pass... he just isn't quiet ready.