Today is Meowmorial Day. On this day we honor the memory of the feline friends that we have loved and lost.
The most difficult part of being a cat guardian is not the challenge of keeping kitties safe, healthy and happy. Certainly, these things are not always easy, but the motivation for guardians to take good care of their furry companions comes naturally from the love that they feel for them. But no matter how well we kitties are cared for, the simple truth is our lifespans are much shorter than those of our human guardians, and odds are good that our guardians will live on long after our years are spent. Living with this knowledge, and ultimately facing the day when we must finally depart is without question the hardest part of being a cat guardian.
When you truly let us into your heart, the pain of losing us is unlike any other. This pain flows from the sudden break in a chain of affection, joy, shared challenges and genuine love stretching back in time to the point at which you became our guardian. It hurts, and badly, but at the same time that pain is a testament to just how highly you valued your relationship with us. For a kitty, the greatest thing we can hope for is to share our lives with a guardian who truly values us as individual beings, and who loves us so much that they feel a profound sense of loss with our passing.
Now, let us honor the memory of some very special kitties. They have departed from this life, but the love and joy they brought to this world lives on in the hearts of the guardians who cherished and protected them.
First we honor Brindle and Misha. Their guardian, Batya, rescued both Brindle and Misha from the shadows of a feral existence. Misha had lived with humans in the past, which was evidenced by the fact that she had been declawed. She was about 1.5 years old and had reverted to feral behavior when she found Batya. When she was about six weeks old, Brindle got under the hood of Batya’s car on a cold, desert night. She was drawn in by the warmth of the engine and had singed whiskers when Batya discovered her. Both kitties found their forever home with Batya and lived out their lives in a protected, indoor-only environment. They are both sorely missed.
The Cult of Otis honors Brindle, our dearly departed sister.
The Cult of Otis honors Misha, our dearly departed sister.
We would also like to honor Cinnamon, a lovely orange-and-white tabby that was adopted from the RSPCA by her guardian Annette. Annette has written a beautiful and moving tribute to Cinnamon that can be found on her blog. I encourage you all to read it so that you may all know and remember this special feline. She is sorely missed.
The Cult of Otis honors Cinnamon, our dearly departed sister.
There are four other cats we would like to honor. They are Merlin, Bomber, Sniglet and Nefer. Linda and David, the guardians of these four cats, remember Merlin as their sweet, big boy. He was nine years old when he passed on Memorial Day 2001. Bomber was a huge, sweet and talkative boy that came to Linda and David as a stray when they lived in Kuwait. He died on Labor Day in 2008. Sniglet was a crazy, nearly feral kitty that was also adopted as a stray in Kuwait. It took Linda three months of coaxing before Sniglet would even let her touch him. After that, he was a sweet little boy. He died on Mother’s Day in 2003. Nefer, who was nicknamed “psycho kitty” due to her upset, cobra-like hissing fits when she was taken to “The Bad Place”, was a sweet, loving girl who liked to ride around on shoulders and cuddle. She died on July 3, 2007. All four are sorely missed.
The Cult of Otis honors Merlin, our dearly departed brother.
The Cult of Otis honors Bomber (top), Sniglet(middle) and Nefer (bottom), our dearly departed brothers and sister.
So today, remember all of the felines that you have loved and lost. Find happiness in their memory, and don’t be afraid to embrace the pain of their loss. Your pain really means that your kitty was well loved, and it should serve as a reminder of the amazing gift that you gave them by becoming their protector and friend. For that, The Brothers and I honor each and every one of you.
So Sayeth Otis
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