In October 2007, my niece stepped outside to feed some of the stray cats around her house. When she called for them, a little black kitten streaked across the street to get his share. My niece picked him up and held the cup of food in front of him and he stuck his entire head down in it. She had no idea where he had come from, but it wasn’t the best of neighborhoods and cats, particularly black cats, didn’t survive around there for very long.
My niece called me immediately because she knew it would be love at first sight for me when I saw this precious baby. She was right! My birthday is October 27, so Mystery (the very fitting name my niece gave him) became my birthday present. When I took him to the vet to be checked out and neutered, we discovered he was only 6-weeks-old.
Mystery was one of those special cats who loves people. He would come running when you called for him, wanted to sleep at your feet, using your foot for a pillow or with his legs stretched out so that a paw was in contact with you. When he looked at you, the adoration and love in his eyes were undeniable. He made me feel like I was the best thing since sliced bread.
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About two years ago, he started suffering seizures. He was finally diagnosed with a brain tumor and we were told that treatment or surgery MIGHT extend his life for a few months. So we decided that instead of putting him through all of that for something that might or might not work, we would just take him home, put him on medication to help control the seizures and love him for as long as we could.
We finally had to let our baby go on January 28, 2019, and my senior cat Raven and myself grieve for him every day. I’ll always be grateful for those two years we were given. I know I’ll see you again someday but until then I will never, ever stop loving you.
Story submitted by Angela J. from Monroe, Michigan.
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