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Misty was my first cat. Prior to finding her, I always had to enjoy other people’s cats. Misty was just 5 weeks old when I got her, and much too young to take away from her mother. I got her on May 30, 2005, which just happened to be the day before my 43rd birthday. I couldn’t imagine a better birthday gift, even if it was a gift to myself.
The farmer who gave her to me told me that she was the runt of the litter. He said that she probably wouldn’t last for a day after I took her home. He suggested several times that I pick another kitten from the litter and let nature have its way with the runt. But my mind was made up. This was the kitten I wanted. For some strange reason, I felt like this little kitten and I were meant to be together.
Sadly, Misty passed away at 3:00 Am on July 3, 2018. I had Misty for 13 wonderful years. The veterinarian said that she had developed liver disease, but it was mostly age that ended her life. Misty came out to the kitchen and laid down just outside the bathroom door. I tried to pick her up, but when I did, I could see that she was in pain. I laid down on the floor next to her and held her for the last 5 minutes of her life. It was always my promise to my kids that when the time came, they would not die alone.
My little lover. Always in my heart and in my thoughts.
I miss you more than you could imagine.
Four Feet In Heaven
By Alice Chase
Your favorite chair is vacant now,
No eager purrs to greet me,
No softly padded paw to run,
Ecstatically to meet me.
No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
Will say it’s time for feeding —
I’ve put away your bowl
And all the things you won’t be needing.
But I will miss you, little friend
For I could never measure
The happiness you brought to me,
The comfort and the pleasure.
And since God put you here to share
In earthly joy and sorrow
I’m sure there’ll be a place for you
In Heaven’s bright tomorrow!