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The End Of An Era

A photograph of my cat

On Wednesday morning we lost my cat, Tabitha or Tabby, who had just turned 20. She was a trooper – she survived the shock of the death of her mother earlier this year, made it through two moves in quick succession, made a valiant effort pretending to hate the dog, and in her final days pushed back against the progression of a year-long illness.

Born to our half-wild/half-domestic cat, her ancestry was apparent. She was off the wall and always had to explore every nook and cranny no matter how many times she’d done it before. She could often be found sitting in the empty bath. She’d get locked in the shed by accident. She’d never sit on your lap, she hated being picked up, and would let everyone but me touch her belly. But she was incredibly loyal; she could often be found sitting on the very edge of my desk trying to find a way down from a place she really shouldn’t have jumped to or would sit on the top of the back of the chair I was sitting on, knocking her head against mine. One of the most Tabby-like photos I have is of her lying on her back; she loved rolling around outside and would do it more if she knew you were there.

It would be fair to say this human has lost her mistress; frequently, instead of spending time with me, she preferred to spend time trying to usher away from us the dog (and my parents… and friends…).

Tabby was the last remaining cat of four in our family; Badge, a classic black and white; Dusty, the grey half wild cat, Harry, Tabby’s litter mate who died long ago (another lives with a friend). It’s going to take some getting used to – I loved her to bits, as I know many of you will relate to – but there are plenty of wonderful memories.

 
 

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

September 15, 2017, 7:26 am

I am sorry to hear the sad news. She seems to have been a wonderful personality. Cats have such integrity.

Jeanne

September 15, 2017, 1:19 pm

What a beautiful cat she was. So sorry she is gone.

Kelly

September 15, 2017, 8:26 pm

You have my sincere sympathy. They are such important parts of our lives.

jessicabookworm

September 15, 2017, 9:30 pm

I am sorry to hear of your loss – she was a beautiful cat and she sounds like she was a real character!

Mary

September 16, 2017, 12:06 am

So sorry to hear this. I know folk frequently say it but it truly is like losing a family member x

Jenny @ Reading the End

September 17, 2017, 4:02 pm

She’s gorgeous, and I am so so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and many good thoughts your way, friend.

jenn aka the picky girl

September 18, 2017, 10:48 pm

I’m so sorry about the loss of your beautiful cat, and what a long life! I’m so happy you have such fabulous memories, but I know you’ll feel her absence keenly.

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