I keep listening to the jingle of the little bell and tag on his collar. Our other cats are quiet little ninjas. When I couldn't find him I'd call his name and he'd jingle. When he stopped responding to his name I knew something was wrong.
I've said that he was "my cat", because he chose me and loved me and followed me, but in truth he was more Colleen's cat. She was the only one whose lap he would sit on. He would curl up there for hours, or sit on the footrest of her recliner, or lie on her chest next to her heart.
When he started being a picky eater, she was the one who made sure he ate, and chased the other cats away from his bowl. She fed him cat treats, and when we had bacon for breakfast she would break off pieces for him.
Here's the one I call "cat and mouse" (that my userpic comes from); I think it's my favorite. He's leaning over my trackball, and in the background you can see the keyboard pushed out of the way under the monitor. Unlike the other cats, he hardly ever stepped on it. It's my laptop's wallpaper now.
And this is the one I call "Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit" -- Colleen with Curio in her lap, and Cricket and Desti on the top of the chair back. Cricket looks like she's about to come down and get some of the pettin', but I don't think she did. The fabric later wound up on my desk.
This one is "The Cat In the Bag" -- I still have it as the wallpaper on my phone. It's from a year ago, before he became so ill.
I thought about posting the last picture I have of him; I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet.
Finally, here are some links related to FIP:
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus Web Site the "official" link, catvirus.com, appears to be broken.
- Feline infectious peritonitis - Wikipedia
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis [pdf] via the copy posted on Support F.I.P. Research
- AmazonSmile: Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box One of the keys to preventing the spread of FIP's precursor, Feline Enteric Coronavirus, is keeping litter boxes scrupulously clean. This looks like a good one, not fully automatic, but very easy to use and doesn't need power.
- Kona's Story - Fighting FIP heartbreaking, especially this post, but it's good not to be alone. Curio will have lots of playmates.
- KONA'S FIGHT: Tiny Kitten, Big Heart eBook: Deborah Jesson: Kindle Store Proceeds go to the Bria Fund.