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Saying goodbye

In my single days, I had a few different roommates. Some were awesome and still good friends (Hi, Ana!) Some were. . . interesting? I had one roommate who had a cat that died. She then suggested we get cats together, so we adopted two kittens, Keaggy (my cat) and Herbicide (her cat who ate everything, especially plants.) Both kittens had come to the shelter at about the same time with broken limbs and had become very close during their recovery.  Our roommate situation did not last long, and, feeling that we shouldn’t separate the “brothers”, I got both cats. I’m still not sure how that happened.

So we had Keaggy and Herb. And for years, Keaggy was the boss of the duo, even though he’s always been considerably smaller than Herb. Herb is a sweet, lovable, completely graceless beast. Keaggy is terrified of strangers (i.e. anyone not in the immediate family) and pees on things out of spite. Seriously, if MTG left anything at my house when we were dating, Keaggy would be sure to pee on it.  Anyway, the bossing ended when they were about 7 years old. Herb got out of the house and disappeared for two days. He came back a braver, bolder cat and refused to take any more of Keaggy’s guff. (I do love Keaggy, but it’s not necessarily because he makes himself loveable. Herb is loveable.)

He had another great adventure on our move to Texas. In Alabama, he slipped out of the hotel room. Despite a search of the hotel, we couldn’t find him anywhere. (The hotel staff kept asking if he wasn’t just hiding behind the chair. Like we’d miss a 16-pound cat behind a chair.) Finally, we had to get back on the road because we had to meet the movers at the new house.  We left contact information, a cat carrier, and hoped for the best. That was one of the saddest moments of my life, driving away from Birmingham without my cat. Obviously, he was found and shipped back to us at no little expense. In the interim, poor Keaggy was completely befuddled and just stared at the door waiting for Herb. I’m not sure what’s going to happen when Herb is gone.
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Because it’s pretty evident he’s going.  A little over a year ago, we found out he has heart problems. He’s suffered a torn ACL and never really regained full mobility, he’s lost lots of weight. He’s old, and his body is failing. And I don’t want him to suffer. Tonight he’s not eating. He is still drinking, but…

I’m really gonna miss this guy.

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2 responses to “Saying goodbye”

  1. Carrie Avatar

    I’m so sorry.

  2. Dana Avatar

    🙁 I’m so sorry.

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