Cat: Banshee (Domestic Shorthair) – Albany, NY (Oct 2000 – Mar 8, 2018)
Banshee earned his name. When he wasn’t screaming at his humans for food, he was screaming at visitors for entering his territory, or to anyone for disturbing his place of rest on the sofa.
It took him a long time to warm up to a person, but unlike “fraidy-cats” who would run and hide from strangers, he stood his ground and made it very clear who was the boss of his domain.
Despite his tough and curmudgeonly demeanor, he was loved. As he aged, he softened around the edges, and even started to purr freely when cuddled, rather than just squirming to get away. He stopped assaulting visitors, and became an amenable old man.
Sadly, he was one of many cats diagnosed with feline kidney disease, and despite inexhaustible efforts from his family, he succumbed five months after his diagnosis. His absence is almost as loud as his presence, and he is deeply missed.