8/8/09

Happy Cat Appreciation Day!!

The Cat that Came Before...



Addie - May 1987 - July 2005

In the spring of 1987 a litter of kittens was found abandoned by their mother in the coastal town of Sea Bright, NJ . The kittens were only 3 weeks old, had not yet been weaned and needed homes fast!! I was lucky enough to adopt one of these kittens. I bottle fed her, then weaned her to kitty "mush" food. She was a cute tortoise shell calico that would climb up my pants leg (inside OR out) and sleep next to me on my pillow! To the day she went over the rainbow bridge, she kneaded bread and nursed on my shirt sleeve.

This kitten grew to be a wonderful cat, and my best friend. She saw me through a very trying and abusive relationship, moved cross country from NJ to Texas in the front seat of my Neon sneeking into various hotels along the way. She accepted her new stepdad (after a trial period of course) and tolerated the addition of Bilbo (after a year of hibernating). By the time Dory came around, she even liked dogs...ok, maybe tolerated them. We had some rough and tumble times, but she always had cat food and cat litter from me, and I always had love and companionship from her.

In the Summer of 2005, at the age of 18, Addie succumbed to a sinus tumor, I held her and murmered sweet nothings into her ear and silently cried as she crossed over... I will always miss her.



Playing with a straw...



She could play with straws for hours!!!



Addie in the Box


Where's Addie????

Dancin' Addie..

21 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Beth....oh what a touching story about Addie...she was your soul mate, protector and best friend. 18 years of loving her was all she ever wanted from you. Addie was a beautiful Calico...Dory probably knows this but Addie paved the way for her and Bilbro.
Madi and Mom

Bijou said...

Hi,

That was a wonderful tribute to your cat Addie on World Cat Day. Mom now wishes she had thought to do the same for her kitties, Chase and London.

Wags & wiggles,
Bijou

chicamom85 said...

Oh that was a beautiful tribute on kitty day. You were so lucky to have each other.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Snowy and Crystal said...

Oh we loved that story, Beth ... thanks for sharing


Maltese Paws

S&C

GoldenSamantha said...

What a wonderful story about a magnificent cat on World Cat Day. She obviously loved you and vice-versa. And she seems as if she was pretty good about accepting new "siblings" and family members - that's four stars for kitties! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come and sniff out your blog! I look forward to coming over to visit!
Hugs xo
Sammie

The Army of Four said...

Awwww! What a beautiful kit-cat!
Today is the perfect time to tell us a little bit about her!
Play bows,
Zim

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Your tribute for Addie is beautiful!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Ms. ~K said...

Lovely and loving memories of beautiful Addie!
~K

Lily and Benson said...

Wow, what a nice story about Addie. Mom said she use to live in NJ (wherever that is) but now we are all in CA.
Happy Kitty Day
Benny & Lily

Zoolatry said...

Addie just stole our hearts. What a beautiful story you've told of her love and companionship.
Purrs to all (even to Dory, today!).

The Island Cats said...

What a wonderful tribute to what was a wonderful cat!! Thanks for sharing her story on this special day for cats!

Happy World Cat Day!

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

what a great tribute - she looks like she was a really incredible kitty

Woodrow - Sweetie - Sherman

Tank said...

very nice story

Cocorue said...

thank you for sharing your love for Addie....you are so caring too

your mum is not weird for wanting to kiss my nose....
my mum wants YOU and to smother you with kisses evertime she sees you too....

no silly, i'm not jealous...eh maybe a little ( have to be honest here as mum says i can lose my two front teeth....is she fibbing me??????? do you know????)
chikisses

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur sharing your khat tale/tail so we khould appreciate her!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

hero said...

Addie was a lovely cat and thanks for sharing with us... and she can dance too.

Licks, hero

Deefor said...

It was really good to hear about Addie's life. And the pictures are wonderful.

Deefor

Martha Basset said...

What a lovely story and great pictures of Abbie. How lovely to have had such a special cat in your life.
Our mum also had a cat for 22 years before us - she loved the dogs that mum had then so we are sure she would have liked us too!
It was lovely having a World Cat day yesterday and hearing all these great stories.
love
Martha & Bailey xxx

Mack said...

What a beautiful kitty!

And she was sooooo lucky to have you as her furever family!

pughy said...

That is a lovely story, thank you for sharing that.

Hugs GJ xx

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

That is such a great story. Thanks for sharing that with us. Addie was a lovely cat and I know she was very well loved. I am no stranger to the devastating loss of a beloved pet and understand how difficult it is to deal with and talk about, even years later. RIP Sweet Addie.