matt | January 29, 2016
Our tortie, Heidi, passed quietly in her sleep yesterday afternoon, stretched out in her bed in a sunspot.
When we got Heidi, she was thin and had ear mites and what could best be described as a “smoker’s cough”. As near as we could tell, she’d had a rough life as a street cat and then rescue. She wasn’t adopted at clinics because she just sat in her cage. Not shy, really, just ambivalent. We took her to her new forever home, took care of the mites, and let her play in the yard. She fattened right up, enjoyed sleeping in the sun, catching birds, and loved it when we’d feed her poultry scraps, especially duck. LOVED duck. She’s also the only cat who would stand up to Mikey, because she didn’t take anything from anyone else. Loved having her ears scratched, hated being picked up. Later in life, he cough became more pronounced, so she was on prednisone for the past fear years. Just before Thanksgiving, she started having accidents in the house. The vet couldn’t find anything obviously wrong. Over the next few months, we tried different foods, etc. but nothing seemed to help. Just after Christmas, I noticed that her weight loss had become pretty severe and brought her in for another exam, where the vet was able to feel an abdominal mass. She only lasted about a month after that. Up until the end, she still liked being petted and brushed.
This is the most recent picture I have which actually is of her, rather than her in the background.
I don’t have any of her playing with the boys, but they both loved her. We’d even found her curled up in a crib with one of them at times. I just don’t have pictures of it.
For the curious, we don’t know how old she was. She was full grown at the time, so at least 2, which means she was at least 10, but she could have been anywhere from 10 to.. who knows. 15?
She was a good cat, and we will miss her. I hope she enjoyed her time with us. We enjoyed our time with her.
In the end, I guess that’s all you can hope for, right? Enjoy spending time with the people you love, chasing your passions, living your life, and eventually you’ll die warm and safe in your sleep.