Poor old Pussus Green; she’s had a bit of a time of it lately with her health.
She had ticks in the summer, fleas, as you know, a month ago and this week has been at death’s door.
She sits in doorways between two rooms. Part of her is of this world and another part has moved on; sitting in the doorways is so symbolic.
There has been a lot of cuddling and tears as we’ve been convinced she isn’t going to last another 24 hours. We’ve been spending quality time with her and I’ve been thinking about my cats and all the things they have taught me and shared with me over the years.
The most wonderful thing about animals is the unconditional love we can share with them. They ask for little in return for a whole lot of loving. They take little except your heart which they carry with them and likewise, you carry them in your heart too.
I’ve been spending time with her on my chest feeling her purr while she rises and falls as I breathe. And I give thanks for all that we have shared.
Pussus Green was always the mischievous one. She was the one with a permanent grin on her face, the one who would look at you slyly and the one with an opinion on how to do anything.
She would jump out at you, especially if you had bare toes. She would allow you to tickle her belly, then grab you with all four paws and nibble your hand. She would skid around on the wooden floor on a carrier bag (see, they do have uses!) and would race up and down the stairs chasing ping pong balls.
As a kitten she used to take apart the Christmas tree and would spend time in a box desperately trying to beat sleep whilst hanging over the edge intent not to miss anything. She would sit on the edge of the bath while I was in there trying to pull out the plug.
She was the one who dragged home a rabbit and pulled it through the bathroom window before depositing it at my feet one morning.
Well, those days are rapidly coming to an end. We’re lucky if she can make it through the front door now and every morning when we go to see her, it’s a blessing to find her still alive.
However, she is not too old or decrepit to teach me just one more thing.
The other day she was following me around while I was doing the vacuuming. She knows that regular vacuuming is essential to keep fleas out of the home, but I hadn’t thought of saving all those plastic bottles and medication packs of flea treatments out of the landfill in this way before.
Please enjoy her finale, smile with her and keep her in your thoughts; we’ve just called the vet to come around and put her to sleep – it’s the kindest thing now …
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