Three years ago today our beautiful cat Ebony Rose died, just before her seventeenth birthday. She came to us from Cats Protection as a tiny kitten about 7 weeks old. We already had 2 boyz at that time, both rescue cats. Felix was 8 years old and Bryan just 6 months old.
But not long before that, our very old cat Bert had died and the next day we lost Alice too. She had a very sad story.
Her mother and siblings were killed by the family dog in the coal shed of the horrible people she belonged to and she had health problems from the attack which we didn’t think she would survive. We had her 3 happy years but her bad start caught up with her and she had to be PTS at only 3 years old, she had lesions on her brain which caused her to have fits.
I drove quite a way to collect Ebony (or Abracadabra as she was then called) and the CP fosterer said she was a lovely kitten, that she never stopped purring. She was right too, she purred from the moment I brought her home, for the whole of her life. She was the most gentle and happy cat you could hope to meet.
Felix and Bryan loved her and she settled in beautifully. The years went by, Felix died of old age and sadly we lost Bryan to cancer when he was only 10 years old.
So Ebony was alone, but not for long as along came more needy kittens, Walter, then Jozef, then Popsy came to us too when her daddy died. Ebony loved and was kind to them all, along with next door’s cat Tamuri who just about lived with us too.
Ebony was diagnosed with diabetes at 14 years old but thankfully it was the type able to be treated with medication and little and often meals.
She had 3 more happy quality years before she began really slowing down and we knew the time was approaching we’d have to make the decision as to when it was time to say goodbye.
Ebony spared us that! One day she refused to eat and she visited all her old haunts in our gardens, resting in the grass a while, still purring every time she saw us.
The next morning she got up with us as usual, again refused to eat, lay down on her favourite rug and went to sleep.
She left us that day peacefully and quietly with no fuss.
The house still feels empty without her. R.I.P Ebony Rose