Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Requies-cat in pace
Sooty died this morning. He had become poorly again over the weekend (he was ill the weekend before and the vet got him back from imminent renal failure with some steroids and antibiotics) and it became clear that his kidneys weren't going to manage a lot more. A blood test yesterday confirmed that they weren't functioning, and there was nothing else left to do for him.
He had a very good day on Monday, eating some roast chicken Mum cooked for him (and her) and sunning himself in the garden, but from Tuesday onwards he refused to eat, drink, go to the loo and wash himself. It was obvious that the end was going to be very soon and it seemed kindest to take him to the vets to end it. Mum and I were with him when he died.
Sooty was a very sweet cat. A half-Burmese (the result of an accident when his Mum encountered a farmyard tom), he would let anyone do anything to him. When we first got him and his sister, Smokey, when I was 8, I used to push him around in my doll's pushchair. Smokey would never have stood for anything like that! Smokey predeceased him by 3 years.
Sooty was involved in a car accident at nine months old and had to have a leg amputated but that didn't stop him shinning up trees, caterwauling on flat roofs and killing mice and birds (including my pet budgie). By the time he turned 18, a year ago, his one back leg was very arthritic and he could no longer jump onto anything. But anti-inflammatories meant he could still get around. He was very good at sucking up to guests ("Look at me, I'm a poor pussy cat, with only 3 legs!") and would follow people around demanding to be picked up and cuddled. He also regularly chatted to me on the phone whilst I was away at university.
He will be very much missed. It is a great consolation though that he had such a long life (and active one!). I don't see any reason why animals can't go to heaven as well as humans, and I imagine he's up there already, probably already with my Dad who would be saying something like, "Oh God, the bloody cat's up here too now!". In a weird sort of way (God working in mysterious ways?) I'm glad I couldn't get to Greenbelt last weekend as it meant I could spend the whole weekend with Sooty and go to the vets with him yesterday and today.