|Aliyah (2001 - 2016)|
It is with a sad heart that I share with you the passing of our sweet Aliyah kitty, age 15. She had been in fragile health for some time and in multi-organ decline for several months. We made the difficult, but correct, decision to have my vet hubby put her down today. It was time....but it was still sad.
She was born to a feral barn mommy we called DeeDee. We found DeeDee's kitten nest and took the babies so we could curb the cat population by having tame kitties we could spay and neuter. DeeDee rewarded us by shimmying out of the net every time I tried to capture her and by having two litters per year for the next 6 or 7 years! Ackk!! This is how we ended up with so many DeeDee babies!!!
|Rubbing on things and trying to pick her way over to me to nestle against my shoulder.|
Aliyah was fostered by a nursing mommy cat belonging to some friends and brought back home when she was 6 weeks old. She bonded onto me immediately and nestled against my shoulder under my chin for comfort while she was still tiny. For the rest of her life until she got very ill, Aliyah often "needed a shoulder" and would pick her way over my stacks of craft supplies with a worried look on her face to get to my shoulder.
|Aliyah napping on top of my piano music in between stacks of hymnals, etc.|
We had a lot of good years with Aliyah and I am really going to miss her. Aliyah's arch-rival kitty, Chaienne, who is also 15 is now top cat. Shy-Cat has a more mellow personality than Aliyah, so the other cats are probably all heaving a sigh of relief! Shy-Cat is not in good health, either....vet hubby says she has maybe a year. We'll do what we can to keep her stable. It is hard to see my kitties getting old.
Thanks for sharing in my sadness today.