I scooped her up right away and then I started freaking out. However, Kitty could tell when I was upset. I pulled it together, put her on her pillow and started looking up emergency vet centers. (Remember, I just moved here in August.) I chose the Animal Medical Center on 62nd St and York Ave.
She got a bit spirited this morning. She realized she was unable to get from point A to point B and that made her really upset. When she started getting really upset, I put her in her travel bag. She's used to it. It is soft, and she knows I'm not far away when she's in it. It's a long story but I realized when I moved to Korea in 2000 that, for her, home was where I was (by 2000 we'd be together for 10 years). I'd left her in San Francisco because I thought she'd be more comfortable there. Then got reports she was terrorizing the girl subleasing my room (ooops). I made arrangements to get her immediately and never left her anywhere after that.
Somewhere between leaving my apartment and getting to the vet this morning she died. I checked on her a few times en route and it didn't look like she was breathing. I was just hoping that maybe her breathing was shallow and a magic shot would make her okay again.
19 years is a long and full life for a cat.
People are telling me she was lucky to have me. However, I was incredibly lucky to have her too.
She was with me through a lot. She was there when:
- I lost my parents 5-weeks apart from each other (she was a mere tot - around 4 years old then)
- I moved to San Francisco for law school (just a few months later)
- I moved to Korea and living there for 8 years with me (I moved in August 2000; I came back to get her in December 2000.)
- a trooper of a traveler when we moved back (March 2009)
- a trooper of a traveler from San Francisco to Philadelphia (May 2009) - sat on my lap in the airport and let me pet and feed her (what cat does that?)
- a trooper of a traveler from Philadelphia to Manhattan (August 2009)
Hanging out with me after I fell face first on Memorial Day weekend due to low blood sugar (common for diabetics - the low blood sugar, not the head impact) and went to the ER for stitches.
She ALWAYS walked on or sat on my laptop (I think I paid it way too much attention for her liking.)
More Kitty laptop hate ;-)
To my feline baby:
Barbra Streisand - Evergreen Love Theme Froma S Mp3
(of course, the code isn't fixed and there is no way I'm doing it today - the "read more" link doesn't work.) Sphere: Related Content