December 16, 1989 to February 17, 2007
Well, now we're down to two cats again. I'm sad about Kato; I'd had him since he was very small. In fact, I got him as a Valentine's Day gift from an old boyfriend, so he was with me exactly 17 years and a couple of extra days. Still, as with Friday, I'm relieved that he's no longer suffering. His decline was swift and shocking.
Losing Kato and Friday, one right after the other, feels a lot like losing my youth. They were with me from the time that I first moved out on my own, and they were a constant through various boyfriends, moves, jobs, friends, and every other life change since my early 20s.
My husband is taking Kato's death extremely hard. They had a special bond and spent a lot of time together. As much as Friday was my favorite cat, Kato was his.
Now I'm really glad we have the kitten, because her liveliness brightens the mood in the house. By the way, the name Xena seems to have stuck to her. The fact that it works in the Name Game (Xena, Xena, Bo-beena...) may have been a factor as well. Every cat needs a theme song.
Xena and Velcro aren't exactly best buddies yet, but I think Velcro appreciates the idea of having another cat to play with. She's always had to struggle for her place in the household and now she gets to be the dominant cat by default. I don't think it will be much longer before they're playing and snuggling together.
I hope this is the last of the gloomy posts for a while. We're due for happier times.