Monday, 14 May 2012
Sadly Cleo our cat died today; she was 18 years old. She joined our family when my two girls were still small, and she was only about 5 weeks old... too young to leave her mother really, but we were told that she was an unwanted farm kitten that was going to be 'disposed of'... how could they? She was so tiny and scared, but she gradually learned to trust us and love us.
I think that she lacked any human social contact in her first few weeks of life and that left her very wary of strangers; she also hated to be picked up and would only tolerate so much of being petted before batting your hand away, but at the same time she enjoyed being around our immediate family and liked our company and a warm lap to snuggle into. She actually got much more affectionate during the last year of her life which was nice for all of us.
She was a healthy cat, who never suffered through any illnesses or injuries. Her social phobias meant that trips to the vet were truly an ordeal for her; her last regular visit to the vet was about 6 years ago when I took her for her annual booster, but she was shaking so badly, and was so scared that she was actually panting. I made the decision then not to take her annually to the vet any more, she was 12 years old, had always been healthy and I didn't want to put her through it again. Thankfully I've never had to regret that decision and apart from going deaf about 3 years ago, she's kept the flu and other diseases at bay. The last couple of years had seen her gradually slowing down, and getting thinner, but she did ok until suddenly she deteriorated very quickly and seemed very weak and was stuggling to walk on her back legs and so an appointment was made to take her to the vets. She died about an hour before she was due to go... to be honest I am so glad that her last moments were at home and not in her cat box or the vet's surgery which she always found so distressing.
Anyway, the reason I am posting is that I just wanted to recognise, and celebrate really, her life on my blog; as I said she had a long, happy and healthy life and she loved and was loved very much, so all in all she was a very lucky cat! She was part of our family for 18 years and we will all miss her. God bless you Cleo xxx