Kizzy, a beautiful Persian, was born with an overshot jaw and a heart murmur. It didn't affect his health at all but when he was 6 weeks old his breeder took him to the vets to be PTS because he was no good for showing or for breeding from.
Our friend/now neighbour too, happened to be at the vets at the same time and persuaded the breeder to let her take Kizzy home with her as a pet.
He was her very first cat.
In his lifetime Kizzy travelled with her and the rest of her feline family she acquired after him, from Cornwall to Cumbria to County Durham, where they settled in a house with a garden.
We built an outside run with access from the patio doors, as eventually Kizzy had 14 adopted sisters and brothers, all rescue cats with their own sad story and the house was overflowing.
All the cats love the run but Kizzy had special privileges too, sometimes he just loved to sit in the garden outside the run. When he wasn't sitting on one of our laps that is, as he was a very friendly loving cat.
Kizzy started slowing down and showing his age a few months back and a few days ago decided he'd had enough of life. He wasn't ill, he wasn't in pain or distress, he was just old and weary of life.
He died yesterday in his 'mothers' arms and we, his 'aunties' were there with them. Every single one of the other 14 cats had visited him to pay their respects so we knew his going was imminent.
Babz and I have taken care of those cats many times and we loved Kizzy very much. He died peacefully and it was a huge relief to us all that we wouldn't need to make the decision as to when to call out a vet.
Kizzy was 16 last month, a good age for a Persian, especially one with a heart murmur. R.I.P Kizzy, we will never forget you.
You can light a candle for Kizzy or for any other cat by following the link about half way down our Claws Connection page.