Saturday, May 8, 2010

In Memory of Tori

This is a repeat of a post I did a few years ago. Our elder cat Tori died early this morning. She was exactly 19 years old.

This is Tori.

Tori is the second cat I have ever had. She is a torti. She's brown and black and beige. She has beautiful brown and black eyes, and a cute little pink spot on her nose.

I got Tory from a neighbor who rescued animals. Tory and her siblings (I can't remember how many, now) were living under a deck. Their mom just disappeared one day. They don't know what happened to her but her kitties were too little to live on their own. They were rescued and bottle fed by my neighbor. Tory was actually about 6 months old when I got her. I was not really wanting another cat at the time but my neighbor held on to her. I guess she knew that I would change my mind eventually. I did and I'm not sorry at all.

She has been the greatest cat. So sweet and affectionate and always ready to purr. She used to jump 6 feet up the wall to get a spider or fly or whatever bug happened to be there. She was also a great hunter. We used to joke that she single-handedly wiped out the population of mice and moles in our city she used to kill so many. One day she even got a little bunny. You can bet she got in trouble for that one!

She also has used up 3 or 4 of her nine lives. Once she was caught in the dryer with a load of clothes. Once she disappeared for two nights; I think she got locked in a garage or shed. Once she got caught in a back yard with a dog and had to take shelter in huge hole that the dog had dug until we could come and rescue her.

She's 16 years old now. Although she is the only cat that we allow to go outside, she never wanders anywhere anymore. She stays in the back yard, laying in the sun or watching the birds fly by. She's slowed down alot but she still is in really good health.

I know some cats can live into their 20's and I'm hoping she's one of them.

Well, she almost made it. She was a great cat and we will miss her like crazy.

Tori 1991-2010


Sally said...


Jeanette, I'm so sorry.

Karen M said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our "furry family members" bring such joy into our lives. That was a wonderful tribute to your special Tori.

Donna said...

Our Kiki made it to 17...I'm SO sorry sweetheart...I'm crying For you....

Donna said...

I am so sorry for your loss, sweetie. {{{hugs}}}

Anonymous said...

Oh Jeanette, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Tori! Please know that I'm thinking of you! {{HUGS}}

Grandma K said...

I know how you are grieving. We,like you have been, are so lucky to have our animals live such long lives. When we lose them there is such loneliness. I recently adopted a kitten, knowing what I will face when he passes.

Hugs to you in your grief.