This morning, we said goodbye to the younger of our cats, Slinky Malinki.
She was just ten years old, and diagnosed in February with chronic kidney disease. Some cats live for years with kidney disease; Slinky, sadly, has had a fairly steady decline since then. This week, the vet told us she had reached the final stages of disease, and would very soon stop eating and drinking as her system shut down. Neither my mum nor I would ever dream of allowing Slinky to suffer, so we made the decision to send her off to sleep, to the Great Hunting Ground in the Sky.
Our faithful pet companions become so much a part of our lives, and part of our hearts, that it’s very difficult, right now, to imagine the shape of life without her. She was a very big presence, even though she was really a rather small cat. But life will reshape itself, of course. We will heal and remember how much she loved us, entertained us, and looked after us. And it is and will be a comfort to remember how much of a happy life she’s had with us, right from being a tiny kitten of ten weeks old.
Slinky, more than our other cat Bumble, has always been very keen on being in photographs of my crochet. So I thought it would be fitting to share with you a few of her star appearances in ‘finished object’, and indeed ‘in progress’, photos over the years she was with us.
Thank you, Slinky Malinki, for everything.