Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who expressed their sympathy on the loss of our kitty. We aren't doing great; there's a huge cat-shaped hole in our hearts, and our family has to continue without her, no matter how much it hurts. It's difficult to face, and it's painful to even think of her in the past tense, let alone speak of her in that way.

She was really cool. When Dom would harass Morgan, usually-sedentary Teya would go over and kick his butt. When she was younger, she learned how to flush the toilet, and would stand on the sink, paw holding the lever down, so she could watch the water swirl around. Brian thought something was wrong with his toilet, because he kept hearing it flush, and caught her in the act one day.

She was absolutely devoted to Brian; it took her a long time to warm up to me when I moved in, because she wasn't a fan of non-Brian people. But I spoiled her with lots of grooming, and she eventually decided that I was tolerable. I brushed and combed her, because she had difficulty grooming herself, and I occasionally bathed her, which she grew to enjoy because the warm water felt good, and being clean felt good too. One pass with the brush or comb, and I had instant purr.

She also loved ear rubs, and the last day she was with us, she didn't want to purr until I gently rubbed her ears. I'm glad I knew her ways well enough to bring her that little comfort. She got plenty of hugs and kisses before she left us.

I suppose time will make it less painful, but I don't want memories to fade. I want to keep her here, in my mind and heart.

Again, thank you all for your kindness.


Kat said...

Before I had my only child, my cat Sapphire was my baby. She continued to be my best friend & shadow until she died this year at almost 17 years old. They are more than pets, they are as unique & as individual as people.

Sapphire was very jealous when we brought our baby home from the hospital. She ignored me for days. I'll never forget the moment she forgave me for the baby.

One day as I was resting the baby on a pillow to nurse her, Sapphire crept up, curled up next to the baby's head & went to sleep purring. Everything was ok after that.

Time does heal & sweet memories never pass away. Hang in there. You'll continue to be in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I know how you felt. I would've said something, but I felt no matter what I said it wouldn't do much to ease your loss.

People who aren't pet people don't realize, it's like loosing a baby. That you care and feel nuturing towards your cat the same way you'd feel towards a child. So it's just as much of a loss.