Monday, June 06, 2011

The Bitter with the Sweet


My dear cat Fatty died over the weekend.  She was 15 or 16 years old, and came to live with us after the neighbors she'd lived with moved away and left her behind.  They'd adopted her from a shelter, so she had an uncertain early life, but she had great spirit and a big personality, that helped her maneuver in the world until she landed at my house.


The neighbors named her Cleo, but giving nicknames based on physical attributes is a Mexican sign of affection and familiarity, so she became Fatty to me.  Ironically, when she got sick over the last few months, she shrunk down to half her highest weight.

She was very photogenic, and she liked to "talk" and "sing."  Here's a favorite post I wrote in 2007 about Fatty, with one of my favorite photo sequences of her.

 She's in the Spirit World now, but I'll always remember her with great love.


floribunda... aka Julie said...

So sorry for your loss, Barbara -- it amazes me how "just a cat" becomes such an integral part of our lives!

Debra Spincic said...

What a sweetie!

I remembered that pic of Michael from the first time you posted it--always one of my favorite chuckles.

Judy S. said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty, Barbara. She was a pretty one.
If you've not read the children's book Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant, I'll bet it'd bring a smile back to your face. Hugs.

Allison Ann Aller said...

barbara and Fatty smooching....what a timeless and lovely portrait of woman and cat! I'm so sorry for you loss....

quiltmom said...

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dear cat Fatty- She was one beautiful cat with lots of character- the photos of her with you and Michael are priceless.
She will be missed-.
Warmest regards,

Magpie Sue said...

Oh Barbara, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose a pet, especially one with a lot of personality.

Meanwhile, this is my first visit since your spur of the moment wedding - congratulations! We knew it was coming of course but what a happy surprise that was to read about! It was marvelous the way everything came together for you, even the lovely shawl. :- )

Kay said...

What a sweetie! I can well understand how sad you feel about this.

BTW: Can you believe the word verification that came up for this comment is "micati"!

dee said...

sorry Barbara. I loved seeing pictures of Fatty. They really are such a lovely part of our lives. I still miss my darling cats and both are gone a long time now.
Peace to sweet Fatty.

Finn said...

So sorry to hear of Fatty's passing on to a higher plane. I know she will be missed here on Earth. She looks like a real sweetie, and how nice to hear I don't have the only "chatty cat" who chirps, mumbles, grumbles and occasionally sings. Ebby was outdoing herself this a.m. keeping her tiny bit of Siamese blood alive and verbal! Strange to hear all that coming from a black cat, LOL. Hugs of comfort dear friend, Finn