"Sid the Wonder Cat"
Lately I seem to be blogging about things other than Group Policy. I promise I'll get back to that soon. But, this past weekend I had to deal with something that was extremely hard. I had to put down our cat--Sid. Sid was an amazing animal in every way-- gentle and tiny and quiet. But she could also be rambunctious and fun and loved to roll around in dirt (she was an indoor cat but we would take her out for "walks"). She was almost 20 years old and so we got to enjoy her for much longer than most people do. That also made it that much harder when I had to take her in. She had chronic renal failure, which essentially means that her kidneys failed. She was diagnosed with it over 2 years ago, so it took a while for it to degenerate to the point that it had on Saturday. I got to spend the last night with her, which was a wonderful thing. It was first time I ever had to deal with that as a pet owner, and I'm 42. That made it even harder. I try to keep reminding myself that she was very sick and in pain, but the bottom line is that I just miss her and I always will. We had a special connection and she did a lot for me. The most important thing she did is that she taught me to like cats. Before she came into my life, I was not a cat person. Sid changed that quickly. Sid was the opposite of what you hear about most cats. She craved affection and was not aloof at all (if she knew you). She loved cream cheese, and whenever she heard the cream cheese container open, she would come running for her share. And she liked muffins, and liked to lick the cantaloupe after we had finished. And she would always wait until her mom finished eating, and Sid knew she was done, before she gently moved in on her mom's plate for the leftovers. We spoiled her shamelessly and were happy for it. In her younger days, she was very animated. She used to go into these modes where she would race from one part of the house to another, for no apparent reason (we called it "squirrel-nut kitty" mode). She also used to play volleyball...yes, that's right volleyball. We would crinkle up pieces of paper and toss them at her and she would raise up on her hind legs and bat them back with her front paws. She was Olympic material for sure . She was also wicked-smart. She seemed to be able to do things and "know" things that you would only expect from humans. She was truly amazing.
Anyway, I will miss her terribly and am a better person because of her. And I hope that she is playing volleyball in cat heaven right now. Her mom hopes she's running through grass in heaven now.
Here is Sid: