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Pussy Willow, aka Willow, named herself. When I brought her home from the shelter, she started exploring. She discovered a vase full of pussy willows and immediately pulled them out of the vase and spread them around the room. The pussy willows matched her fur.

I think she was a little less than a year old then. She stayed rather small and very kittenish her whole life.

We had many good years together. This photo was taken about two years before she died of kidney failure in 2009 at the age of 21. She had patiently endured subcutaneous fluids for several years. My partner was out of the country, so I sent him a series of emails during Willow's last 24 hours. I just now reread those emails and now feel very sad, but am also smiling at many good memories of Willow and our other cats during Willow's lifetime. Will look for more photos from that period that might be good for puzzles.
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I really like the way you chose her name. wondering what you feed your cats , the longest any of mine lived was about 15 years. Our Spirit is 15 now, I really would like to have her live a healthy life for as long as possible.

Limosa

What a beautiful cat and story. I'm glad you gave each other so many good years!

dhi

What a loving story, Vtsnowangel

Vtsnowangel

Thank you for all the kind words, Patsy. I have had cats since I was a teen. I also trapped over 20 cats abandoned mostly by college students. Thankfully most found homes. My favorite bonded pair ended up on a farm where the farmer provides vet care. The adjusted well considering they were probably brothers, abandoned and feral. They were so cute together. One was powerful, aggressive and the other playful and danced around his brother, but always together. I trapped the strong one first and the other one was alone, frightened, fending for himself. I was so happy when I trapped the other and they were happily reunited. Sorry, I'm rambling. ~ Lori

Vtsnowangel, I didn't realize Bailey was gone. I still had a couple of Bailey puzzles bookmarked, which I'll do eventually. Went looking and found your goodbye puzzle, which I had skipped because it was only 30 pieces. Now I'll go back and read all the comments and do the puzzle. I trust that you can remember the joy you shared with Bailey. Let us know and see if you adopt another furbaby.

dhi

My last two cats (the past 16 years) have been older cats who needed a new permanent home and I was glad to have them as they enjoyed being so well spoiled and I thought much deserving of same. I know there will be a future one too. And in over 50 years of pet ownership, they have all been gifted to me, I never went looking.

Vtsnowangel

My last cat, Bailey, died about three years ago and I posted a goodbye puzzle to her. I miss her dearly and having a furbaby to love. I have been seriously thinking about adopting a cat in the near future. I will surely post a picture when I do!

Thank you for your words, and for an opportunity to look back on the days that Willow was a very spirited member of our fur family of three, now all gone. But these days we have four more who are the centre of our lives. Wishing you and yours the best, Patsy

Vtsnowangel

I so understand your sadness and know the pain too well. It is so hard to say goodbye to the baby you have loved for 21 years. I feel that cats that get into mischief are very intelligent, the most challenging and the most fun to interact with. How fortunate she was to have a dedicated and caring mom. So sorry for your loss and sad memories. I hope you remember too the joy you gave her and she gave you.

Yes, she was a very loving, affectionate kitty, and we loved her back. She was also a jealous kitty, jealous of attention we paid to the others. I'd swear she could scowl! So she just got more attention from us, and she rewarded us many time over.

Looks like she was a loving kitty

Lynetteoz

What a lovely looking cat Pussy Willow was and you have such happy memories too. Love how she got her name too. Our Willow came with her name when we re-homed her at 2 years of age. When we lived in NZ we had pussy willows which we both loved so that's how she got those two names Patsy :-)

AMomentInTime

How lucky Pussy Willow and all others were to find places in your loving home. I am certain she was pampered and that she adored her life with your family. It is always so difficult to remember the ones who pass because it involves a book and not a page. Best wishes to you as you travel the chapters.

I am sorry for you loss, she is a beautiful girl and always will be.

dhi

It was such a great name!

Thank you for your very kind words Donna, Jean, Isaly, Impie, and anybody I have missed. I'm glad I shared this photo and the beginning and ending of Pussy Willow's story with you. Today I can look at her photo with joy.

I have added a line above about Pussy Willow's name: The pussy willows matched her fur.

Now back to doing a few of YOUR puzzles! -Patsy

Impie

♥♥

dhi

So well said Impie.

Impie

She was beautiful, Patsy, thanks for sharing your beautiful kitty girl and the lovely story about how she got her name! 21 is a wonderful age, especially given her illness. It's always hard to let go of our precious pets. I can fully understand that you'll get emotional rereading your emails....it's like reliving that time and the pain!
It's like with any loss of a loved one, either four or two legged. the pain will ease after a while, but the scars of the wounds remain!

dhi

;)

Isaly

Loved the name and the story behind the name.....Sorry for your loss. Tks for the tag Donna

myself1935

She is- was- lovely- and is waiting for you to join her in Heaven along with your other cats.
꒰•‿• ꒱Jean

Thanks for the tag, Donna-

dhi

What a beautiful pet owner you are! Bless you.
She was and still is beautiful, too. What a treasure and how smart you were to determine then name she wanted.
Thanks for posting her.

Again, thank you & I would like to share your Little Miss with some of my friends.
@Isaly
@Birgit73 @kmccarrel @Donnajames @nanapuzzler @irisriver @IssyCoston @bdmc @lovesgulls @Magaella @Droelfzehn @myself1935 @Peggystarr3 @renegal59

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