You may perhaps remember my one-eyed cat, Sniffles. Last year, I ran a contest to name the pirate kitty for the book I'm currently writing, The Raven Saint. Angela Robinson won that contest with the name Spyglass. You'll have a chance to meet Spyglass when The Raven Saint releases in January 2010.
Sniffles is now 19 years old. (which is 92 in people years!) She seemed to be having trouble with her mouth lately, so I took her to the Vet last Saturday, thinking that maybe her gums were infected. Well, it turns out that the cancer that took her eye has now returned to claim her mouth.
My family was very upset to hear this news. Sniffles has been a part of our family for so long, it will seem so empty without her. Let me tell you about this great cat. Last month, she went completely blind (in her other eye) and completely deaf. We thought about putting her down then, but after a few days of bumping into furniture and walls, she has been able to find her way to her cat box and to her food and water dish, and then back to her heating pad. Without a single accident!
On Saturday, the doctor wanted to put her down immediately, but I know my Sniffles. She wasn't ready yet, so we brought her home and she's been eating and purring and finding her way to her cat box just fine. Her resilience, courage, and joy in the midst of pain astound me. I wish more people could be like my Sniffles.
Regardless, I know her time is short. At the first sign of pain or inability to eat, I'll release her to my Heavenly Father and she can join the brood of beloved pets waiting for me in Heaven.