This was Calise, our beautiful Calico Cat. She was about 21 years old and she arrived at my wife’s parents house when she was about 6 months old on Halloween. As candy was being handed out to the neighborhood kids she was on the front steps with them but no one claimed her so she was instantly adopted by my in-laws, who have saved cats and dogs from danger for years. Calise immediately became the Alpha cat, taking control of the other cats and dogs.
She had medical problems like diabetes and she got insulin twice a day for years and she had debilitating arthritis in her back legs and hips but she was a trooper and a wonderful example of doing everything to live her life. She managed to work through all of her problems with the goal of bringing happiness to all of those who were fortunate enough to engage her. When my father in law had passed away we adopted their cats including Calise.
Just the day before she had managed to summon the strength to come out to the living room where she got into her little pink bed that had her favorite toy in it and eventually made her way back to the bedroom where she stayed. She had a whole bedroom to herself.
We did what we could to make her last days comfortable realizing that her time was near. She had placed herself a little bit under a bed in her room and there she stayed. Ramona covered her with a small blanket to keep her warm. Our Jack Russel, Ginger had crawled under the bed to be with her and I laid on the floor nearby letting her know I was there. When she passed Ginger gave out a low cry and moan and stayed with her for quite a while.