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February 16, 2016 / Rae Spencer

Scamper, 2001-2016

BOTH CATS DEN

In 2001 we moved from a small duplex to a house with a garage and yard. We had one cat and one dog, and soon added a pair of orphaned kittens.

BOTH CATS

One of the kittens (on the left in the above photos) was sweet and gentle, and the name “Sabrina” seemed just right for her. The other kitten was fierce and playful and somewhat neurotic, and she defied naming. Nothing quite fit. She became “Scamper” on her medical chart, because I had to put something on her chart, but at home she changed names as often as she changed moods. She was The Scamperer. Thing 2. Her Neediness. The Bad Cat. The Wee Baby Kitty. Supercat.

SCAMPER 1

She was The Bird Watcher. (When it was too cold for open doors and windows, birds on television were better than no birds at all.)

CAT TV 3

Cats May 15

Cat March 26

In her middle years, she grew overweight and lazy. None of her kitten names fit anymore, if they ever had. She was still Scamper when she went to the vet, but at home she was Herself.

Scamper 2014

Cats Aug 24

In many ways, she was the essence of what I love about cats — neuroses and all.

Scamper 2008

In her later years she liked blankets and patches of sunlight and, every so often, an afternoon nap on the couch with me.

Scamper Jan 2011

Health problems came with age. There were medicines and special diets, all of which helped for a time, but as 2015 progressed her condition declined steadily. She lost weight faster than medicine, food, and love could counter. The calendar turned and she lost more weight. Then, in early February, she stopped eating altogether.

So I made one last trip to the vet with our cat of many names. I stayed with her through the euthanasia process, which was gentle and peaceful, and drove home to a house that is achingly incomplete. There’s an empty spot near her favorite upstairs window, one that can never be filled.

Cat Nov 9

Note: Most of the photos in this post were taken by my husband.

12 Comments

  1. Denise / Feb 16 2016 8:05 PM

    Okay. This was a lovely tribute. But made me cry. Buckets.

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 16 2016 9:47 PM

      Me too! 😦 (This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever put together.)

  2. RobK / Feb 16 2016 8:15 PM

    My condolences.

  3. jeanryan1 / Feb 16 2016 9:21 PM

    I was right there with you, from the first photo to the last. How we love our feline friends and how worthy they are of our adoration.

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 16 2016 9:50 PM

      I think the hardest part of loving them is losing them. I like how you said it… “how worthy they are of our adoration.” Exactly.

  4. Sharon Poch / Feb 16 2016 9:50 PM

    I grieve with you — there is no replacing the spirit of beloved pets

  5. Sharon Poch / Feb 16 2016 9:51 PM

    PS Todd’s photos are incredible!

  6. ProsperityAndCalamities / Feb 17 2016 12:21 AM

    Sorry to hear about your cat but those are adorable and amazing pictures and it sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories to cherish forever.

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 17 2016 11:56 AM

      Thank you. I’m so grateful to have these photos of her. They really do help. (Even when they make me cry…)

  7. Herman / Feb 17 2016 3:14 AM

    So sorry to hear about your loss. You wrote a warm and beautiful tribute for a very beautiful cat. Please cherish the heartwarming memories of Scamper.

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