10.05.2012

The Never Ending Cat




 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 As some of you may notice, the Pita Pata counter on the sidebar is gone.  Our dear little Adjima died yesterday, at the ripe old age of 21.  She was her usual gentle, but extremely persistent self, right up to the end. She had gotten to be so old, that I'd started to refer to her as the 'never ending cat'. I guess all good things really do have to end. It's amazing that a cat who weighed in at just 4 lbs last week, has left such a gigantic hole in our lives.

    In the end her little body just couldn't keep up with her big heart. We'd watched her slow down, made a trip to the vet who tested, confirmed what we already knew, and assured us she was not in pain, just old. So we changed her diet and she'd bounced back for several weeks and many additional deck walks.
                                     
 
Adjima loved her early morning walk abouts on the deck.



    Funny little thing she was. Disliked loud noises and stayed below when the wind blew hard or the rain pelted. Only liked to be out when it was calm, quiet and flat water. Yet if she sensed our anxiety she'd join us in the cockpit on anchor watch in spite of the 40 knot wind and driving rain. Or when I (Steve) was in Iraq she sat with Lynn every night, something she'd never done before and less often since. She loved road trips and we enjoyed having her along this summer for our 8,000 plus mile drive around the U.S. In all she'd been in too many countries to count and most of the US states including Alaska and Hawaii. She'd sailed with us for nearly every mile of our ~25,000. And she was tough, rarely off her beat in spite of all the travel and occasional puking seas. The final tally was 21 years, 1 month, 3 weeks, and 3 days. Wow what a ride. After all those years, we'll surely miss the pita pata of her feet down this companionway and her constant company.
 

10 comments:

More Joy Everywhere said...

What a fabulous life she had. And so loved.

Equinox Crew said...

Our condolences. She sounds like an amazing pet, not to mention friend.

Patty said...

my heart aches for you all...she was indeed a special cat who will be missed.

Darcy said...

Oh, Steve and Lynn! I'm so sorry to hear it.

Amanda said...

I love the photo of her standing...she looks all desheveled and sort of grumpy. Very cute.

Anne and Chris said...

So sorry to hear about Adjima - what a great cat. We're glad we got to see her this summer.

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Anonymous said...

It's amazing when a cat becomes a compadre.

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