... my beautiful Pease Blossom ...
(a boy, just to clarify)
((my main cat, just to be more clarifcific)) ...
passed away, convulsing in my arms.
He had renal failure and was not robust in his illnesss. Many times choosing not to eat.
If i were rich he would have spent weeks on drips and bi-weekly blood tests and over $100 monthly pills.
Such was not possible.
He would hide if a car pulled up in front of a neighbours house.
When at the vets he would need to be force fed unless i could visit, for he would not eat or defect if i were not present.
He always slept on my hip, or back or stomach.
He would be on my lap if i were still.
Or on my back if i so much as leant slightly forward.
He liked back-surfing.
I would take him on trips around the house like so.
He waged a war with the Tablet, where he won if he sat closer to my face than the screen.
I had to work last Saturday.
I work every Saturday now because no one else wants to work saturdays, even though they know i would like to have two days off in a row at least once a month. Even though i cover all their shifts whenever they don't want to work them.
The manager was on leave, so i didn't feel able to not work.
Blossom waited until i came home.
I rinsed his mouth out under the tap and bundled him in a blanket, stroking his poor head.
He seemed to give me a purr, though that could well have been my overstrained imagination.
I cradled his corpse for far longer than was probably necessary because i couldn't differentiate between the blood pulsing in my ears and a heartbeat.
He is currently in my freezer pending a decision on burial.
Its been raining alot.
The irony is fierce.
It rarely rains here.
We have been on level three water restrictions for months.
The radio station personalities are calling Townsville "the Dome".
My yard is underwater, so burial with commerative garden is unfeasible at present.
I am very sad.
He was a very nice cat.
He was only nine.