Today, with mixed feelings, we said goodbye to our V-8 Kitty. She was 19 years old and really in poor condition. Up until the last week she did not seem to be in any particular distress, but has gone quickly downhill.
She came to us as a stray in 1990, a year that was particularly difficult in our lives. We've never been cat people, but the very tiny kitten took a shine to Om, and so she quickly became his. In 1992 I went off to grad school for a few years, so V-8 and Om had lots of time together.
She was a funny kitten; her favorite place to sleep that first summer was in a small sink. However, the picture of her in the sink may be lost for good.
She has been slowly losing her mind for the past few years. For a while, she returned to her childhood love- sleeping in a sink. This time it was the kitchen sink, which wasn't too handy, but since she changed favorite locations fairly often we just lived with it.
She was never an affectionate cat. She was a great mouser, and very loyal and territorial, chasing much larger cats off our property. She was actually a fairly small cat. She did not like to be picked up, and did not come to seek out a warm lap to sleep in.
However, in the past couple of years she actually changed, and became a cat who sometimes liked to snuggle. Here is the last decent picture of her with Om. She came to him and wanted to sleep in his lap. You can see how he felt about that!
Her passing is certainly not unexpected, and she's much better off. She crawled as close as she could get to her favorite hiding place and died sometime between 3 am and 9 am. In some ways it is hard to be sad. Yet, in other ways, it's really the final end of an era. Our lives changed forever in 1990, and V-8 was very much a part of all of those swift changes. It's like she was the last thread of connection to all the events of that year. Too early to be able to process all of this. Hubby is sad... it's the first animal that he ever felt was his.
And I can't find the picture of V-8's memorial rock either.
Rest in peace, little kitty.
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