We are posting this Remembrance Candle to honor those "Cats Who Came Before", both in our family and around The Cat Blogosphere. Thanks go to Kashim, Othello & Salome for starting this and to Maggie & Zoey at Zoolatry for the graphic.
Mom has always been a cat person and had cats when she was a girl, but Puff, a dilute tortie, was Mom & Dad's first cat together. She came from a shelter in Mew Jersey when our 7 year old human Sister B's Brownie troop went there to donate things. B begged and begged for a kitten and that's when Puff was adopted. She had to be helped to The Bridge at age 6 due to throat cancer.
With Puff gone, that left only the Irish Setter dog, Kelly, who was 14 and had to be helped to The Bridge not long after Mia & Shadow came. By that time B and J had decided they should each have a cat, so Mia & Shadow, two littermate sister kittens, were adopted. Mia, a black & white tuxie, was my Sister B's cat and Shadow, a house panther, belonged to my brother J. They lived 14 years and had to be helped to The Bridge one month to the day apart. When Shadow left, Mia stopped eating and got very sick. She was kept alive with a feeding tube and Mom slept by her side. After a short while Mom realized she was keeping Mia alive for herself, not for Mia, so she was sent to join her sister, Shadow. Mom was heartbroken to lose both girls and said "No more. I can't do this again".
Well, by that time B and J weren't living at home anymore and without cats the house was so quiet and empty, after two months Mom & Dad couldn't stand it. That's when my littermate sister Gracie, a dilute calico tabby, and I were adopted as kittens. Sadly Gracie went The Bridge very unexpectedly from heart problems at age 6. Mom & Dad came home one day and found her, dead. I was terribly upset and cried and cried for two weeks, looking all over for my sister. Mom got really worried about me thinking about how Mia was after Shadow left, so they decided to adopt a kitten to keep me company. That kitten was Tipper and you know the rest.
Mom keeps pictures out of all those who came before and misses them.
We send lots of purrs to all the Cat Blogosphere families who have lost their beloved cats and dogs. You will never forget them, but time will heal the hurt.