It’s part of the deal. Pets don’t live long enough and we know that going in. Adopting a senior cat likely meant even less time and maybe that’s why most people don’t want to do it. You know it in your head but no one tells your heart.
Our hearts found out the hard way yesterday when we had to say goodbye to Spice. He was 18, a good long life, and we had more than six years with him. We will choose to be grateful and keep our grief to a minimum. At least, that’s what we’ll try to do. But I’ll miss the way he’d claim one of us with a paw and sleep with his head on our hand. Sometimes his tooth – one of four remaining – would dig into the flesh but I wouldn’t move him. When he was well, his language was distinct. He had a certain cry for food, as in – hey! – is anybody around here going to open a can or what? Another sounded like he was saying “Mom”, I kid you not. And still another meant he had his favourite toy and he was happy about it. He had a wonderful personality and we’re so glad he chose us.