My kitty Ginger died this morning. As much as I knew it was coming, it’s still never easy to say goodbye to a pet. Ginger was an “old lady”, as I liked to call her these past few years. She just turned 20 this month and has been a little slow and fragile these past few years, showin’ her age. She lost most of her sight 3 years ago, but did a great job using her whiskers along the wall to find her way around the house- smart girl! Ginger was tough from the day we brought her home from the farm to her last few years as a blind cat.
My family likes to do things together and when we can’t, its hard on everyone. We find ways to cope on our own now that we can’t do it together.
When my first cat T.J. died, I remember my parents reading the book “Ten Good Things About Barney” to me. We made a list of the Ten Good Things About T.J. I did the same for Foursy on my blog over a year ago and now it’s Ginger’s turn.
1.) As Paul put it in a voice mail he left me today, “Even though she was grouchy sometimes, something about her made us still love her.”
2.) She brought us Twosy and Foursy. Growing up with three cats was a lot of fun!
3.) She loved her “Tommy” (my Dad) and could find his lap anywhere. He could do no wrong as far as she was concerned. I think she spent whole days waiting to meet him at the door when he came home from work.
4.) Ginger didn’t love Mom the way she loved my Dad, but knew how to get what she wanted from her by meowing for food in the morning or taking up all the space on the bed. Their relationship was a little bit different.
5.) She would let Foursy budge in and eat her food, and maybe just growl, slap him on the head once, and wait for him to finish eating.
6.) Even when she was blind, she still knew when it was Christmas morning and Santa brought her treats. She’d get so excited.
7.) She was very health conscious in her old age. She did circles in the living room to stay in good shape.
8.) Though she looked pretty stupid being tied up to an anchor outside on a leash when she was young, she still let us do it and didn’t escape out of the collar like Foursy did.
9.) She had a lot of funny noises. From Meh Meh to MaMaMa Meow, she was usually walking around the house calling for something, whether it be Twosy, Foursy, Tommy, a spongey, a lap, food or a place to sleep. She was on the hunt for something pretty much every night.
10.) Ginger was tough. She went through a lot in her 20 years and I respect her for that. Though towards the end, she lost a lot of her teeth, lost her vision, had to have pills daily, and didn’t look real pretty she still kept her spirits high. Life became tough, and she was still happy.