Cao - photo and painting by Julie
Cao was an amazing cat. She was pure Siamese but I was never concerned with papers or pedigree. We got her from a mall. She was the runt of the litter. She fit in the palm of my hand. She had a respiratory infection and almost died.
She ate a teaspoon of cat food at a time. She would only eat Purina seafood cat chow. We tried to get her to eat something different once and she wouldn't eat for two days. She was set in her ways and never budged an inch.
Although you can't see her brilliant blue eyes in this picture; it is one of my favorite pictures of her. she was such a little Diva!
She lived for nineteen years. Cao grew up with all the kids of our family; they all have good memories of her.
She brought so much joy to so many people, we have a year's worth of stories. This is an oil painting I painted a few years before her death from cancer (signed with my middle name).
Cao loved to hide in the middle of the Teddy Bears and do her imitation of E.T.
She loved all our feral cats over the years and was best friends with our Collie Merlin (who has since joined her). Hope you all like the painting. I had to put it up for a while and we just hung it back on the wall last night.
It makes us a bit sad still but she was such a love and well worth remembering. The only love we really keep is the love we give away!
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