What’s Left?

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak's adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak's adoptive baby

As most of you who read this column regularly know, I have a lot of cats. I don’t say how many - but there are too many - in the matter of me spending quality time with them. But as happens, by atrition, I have lost several in the past year and I lost one just this past week. Her name was Prissy and she was the sweetest, cutest cat that I’ve ever had. She was about 17 years old and had been suffering from a thyroid problem which she was taking medication for over the past year or so. She has three brothers and I got all of them at the same time. Her brothers are very pretty, too. Two of them have long gray and white hair and one has short hair and looks totally different. Prissy had long hair and was white with some gray and was a very petite little cat. She rarely meowed but she would open her mouth and act like she was meowing but no sound would come out. It took several years before I knew for sure that she could meow. She just never put enough “umph” into it to make a sound come out. And she was the “mommy” and “aunt” kitty. Anytime there were kittens around, she would clean them and comfort them. She was just a great cat. I will miss her and the other cats will really miss her. It’s sad - they look around for her. You wonder what a cat knows about death. I do know that when I’ve had a cat die or be put to sleep, wherever they die - even after you clean it with Clorox - the cats avoid that area for a long time. It’s like they can sense that something happened there. Even cats that did not see the “passing.”  Obviously, I can’t explain that but to say that there must be some sort of spirit type thing there that they can sense.
My other cats are pretty much doing well. I have cats in all stages of life so there will be more going and I am not adding anymore. Someone else is going to have to step up and be the new “cat lady.”  I love cats but I know that it is time for me to pass this torch on to someone else who loves cats!
Go to your happy place!
Have a great week!
See you next week!