Just a short time ago my cat Buffy passed away. And I am so sad right now.
Buffy was in the final stages of kidney failure. I knew she wouldn’t make it through the week. And over the last twelve hours she went downhill very fast.
This morning I found her lying on the basement floor unable to move. But when she saw me, she struggled to lift her head off the floor and gave me one weak meow.
So I carried her upstairs, laid her on her bed and placed her beside me.
After a couple of hours, I knew she didn’t have much time so I pet her, told her I loved her and thanked her for letting me share her life these last thirteen years.
A half hour ago, she quietly passed.
I buried her in the garden surrounded by blanket flowers and daylilies. It’s a nice spot. I think she’ll like it.
I got Buffy and her sister Willow thirteen years ago. Every day, I drove past a farm on my way to and from work. And in September 2006, I saw a giant plywood FREE KITTENS sign by the road. So I pulled in and there they were – two tiny calico kittens curled up together sleeping.
I picked them both up in one hand that’s how small they were. And I brought them home with me.
Of course I named them Buffy and Willow since I’m such a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.
Willow is the one I told you about who plays fetch. She’s still in the kitten phase. Buffy, on the other hand, left the kitten phase back when she stopped being a kitten. She was content just sitting and purring on my lap while Willow ran around like a maniac.
Oh, poor Willow. I don’t know what she’s going to do without Buffy. They’ve been inseparable their whole lives. I think I’m most sad for her.
Cats can be stubborn, independent and incredibly indifferent to humans.
My friend once gave me a birthday card that had a picture of a cat sitting with its back to the camera. Inside, the card read “You’re nobody until you’ve been ignored by a cat.”
Ordinarily, that’s very true. But Buffy’s the polar opposite of that – extremely personable and friendly.
Hell, she would even come if I called her. Both my cats do that. They’re more dog than cat in that respect.
Losing her is such a blow. I’m really going to miss Buffy. And I’m really sad right now.
It doesn’t matter that I knew it was coming. It still hurts.
But I’m also glad. I’m glad I got to share the last thirteen years with her. She had a great life. And she certainly filled my life with love — and cat hair.
Farewell, Buffy. We’re going to miss you.
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