Niska's Story

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Our 12-year-old cat died in April of 2016. We grieved (still do), but opened our hearts to 8-year-old Niska in October 2016. He had some scars, a chunk missing from one ear, and was afraid of loud noises. This made us think he was a stray at one point, or even for most of his life. He came home with us and never went outside again. He had food, treats, his own mug for water (Mommy and Daddy have people cups. I want a people cup.), scratches, towers, everything. He spent that X-mas with us in complete awe. I don't think he had ever seen a X-mas tree or lights before. Of course he got presents too. Mostly though, he was a cuddler. He always wanted Mommy or Daddy lap time. Devastatingly, we had to put him to sleep today (Sept. 25, 2017) because of a rare heart condition. It was a complete shock. There was no warning. He was fine last night, then this morning, my husband heard some strange breathing sounds, so we rushed him to the vet. An hour later, he was gone. Bit this is still a success story! We think we made his last year his best year. He certainly filled us with joy and pride. When we are ready, we will once again open our home and hearts to another senior kitty. It is so painful to lose a fur baby. It's like having your heart ripped out of your chest. But senior cats deserve love too. What if you get to give them the best year or years of their life? It is worth it. <3

-- Jeanie

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