Mahalia 1995 – 2010
She lived the best possible life a cat could live, basking in and returning the affection of people who loved her. In January when she became very ill, I didn’t want her to go in Winter, so we gave her insulin injections, thyroid medicine; she gained weight and rallied. She enjoyed the Summer and Fall outdoors, looking and sniffing and soaking up the warm weather. A couple weeks ago she even chased a squirrel.
Last week she took a turn for the worse, and this morning it was evident she was headed downhill fast. We took her into the vet, who gave her an injection of liquid happiness that would sell for who-knows-how-much out on the street. She relaxed, dozed in my arms; her breathing became regular and it was obvious she was feeling no pain at all. Then the vet came back in and gave her the other injection, which acted instantly. To all appearances her passing was painless and peaceful.
We called her Holly. She is survived by her brother Oscar. We will all miss her.