I was not going to write a Remembrance Day cause I spent yesterday upset for the peeps that had lost a dear member of the family. Today I feel differently. Kali was such a huge part of my life. I just had to talk about her.
Thank you to Deb Barnes for making this day possible and to Ann at Zoolatry for the beautiful badge. You both are angels that walk amongst us.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was started by Deb Barnes from The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey. It came from her desire to find the love, beauty, and dignity in saying goodbye to Jazz, her Ragdoll cat, that she let go of on August 28, 2013. Each year we use this day to remember our beloved furry friends that have left us. Deb is hosting a blog hop, which you can find here
Kali was always a little different. When I first met her she was walking along the washer and dryer in her parents home. Her mom was a lovely slink Lynx Point and her dad was a big Flame Point. Kali took after her father. There was nothing dainty about Kali…she was sturdy, shall we say. She was parading back and forth on the washer and dryer with her tail held high and she….FELL into the washing machine. I laughed and I swear she did too. Our fates were sealed. We had to pay for Kali….a whole $40. Kali is Hawaiian for “Happiness” and she was happiness incorporated. I remember handing her over to my friend to hold till we got home. He fussed the whole way home that he might hurt her. He never held a kitten before. We all arrived at home in good shape. No broken bones or fur falling out from stress.
When we got home my other Siamese was there to greet us. Keeko was a Siamese Birman cross and she didn’t care for other cats at all! She liked and even loved me but other people and cats were not to be trusted.
Kali fell asleep the instant we got home. My friend was so happy he hadn’t somehow squished Kali.
The next time we looked over at Kali…..Keeko was on top of her. We were afraid Keeko’s streak of liking just me would come out but Keeko seemed to really like this new white furball.
They became fast friends and remained so.
When Kali was 2 she started losing her teeth. She had a disease that attacked the gums not gingivitis but something she was born with. By the time she was 3 she had 4 teeth left. She couldn’t seem to hold her food down without it coming out the other end. I went to so many vets to find the cause and no one knew why. The final vet in town thought she might be allergic to commercial cat food and sure enough….she was allergic. Once the change was made she never looked back. We spent many a long night on the bathroom floor when she was so sick. Me just a singin’ my heart out and cuddling Kali and her finally relaxing in my arms. This was a bonding time for us. Kali had her own album on the computer which I would play when she got uptight.
We would all go for a walk down along the Fraser River. Keeko and Kali didn’t need a leash cause they kept right up with me.
Kali would rush over and greet her friends at their doorways and Keeko would hiss at them from the road. Everything was as it should be.
Kali was absent minded and would forget she was out walking with all of us. She would consume herself with the smells of the day. I would call Keeko and Kali and Keeko would go round up Kali and bring her to my spot.
Kali never cared for catnip but she loved Oregano. She even had her own plant. One day she came in from the backyard smelling like dinner. This is when I discovered just how much she loved oregano. She was black from toe to the top of her head.
A quick rinse and she no longer smelled like spaghetti. We bought her an oregano plant she could call her own after that episode.
Shoko entered Kali’s life when Kali was 7 and she was very unsure of this whipper snapper. They also grew to be fast friends but Shoko was very similiar to Keeko when it came to liking others.
The day came that we had to part with Kali. We will not talk of that day. Kali watches me now from the garden right next to her oregano plant.
May your memories be as sweet as ours.
This post will also appear in The Cat On My Head’s selfies.