Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo Challenge 21

A picture of something you wish you could forget.... No, I don't wish to forget my cat Tica!

Tica, modeling, inquisitive, playful, interested and even trying to drink my coffee.... (click to enlarge).

But, losing Tica was one of the most painful and sad days in my life.

I got Tica (aka Tikis) back in March 2005, she got to me only a couple of weeks old, found by a volunteer for the Humane Society, on the side of the road with her other 3 siblings and her mommy cat killed by a car. 

When I first got her, she didn't even had her eyes open, yet! Now, not only she was my very first cat (although my Mom has one but she was never this small when she got hers, Lea). I didn't know much about taking care of a kitten and specially one so small... 

Thank God for another volunteer, a local lady that was about the leave the island cause of her husband being very ill, gave me food, a kennel to keep her warm and even a book call "An Idiot's Guide To Cats".... I do have to say the name of the book is not the best, but this was a great guide to help through this very important process...

So, yes, Tica was practically my daughter. I had to feed her "kitty formula" with a syringe, "teach" her how to empty her bowels (as a Mother Cat teaches that herself), teach her how to drink water, how to eat food (both wet and dry), so pretty much, teach her how to be a Cat. 

I have to say this was an amazing experience and none of these parts I want to forget...

Anyway, I am not going to get into much details about the tragic and sad day that my lovely Tica disappeared. But I do have to say that the evening of that November day 2006 it's one that I would definitely like to erase from memory, as just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes.

And yes, unfortunately I'm still not over her loss.. I still look for her every time I drive by the area, every time I see a stray cat that looks like her, I can totally see her in their eyes and wish to find her again. 

But I also know that a long time has gone by and that having her back is no longer possible. One thing I am happy is of the fact that during the time she was mine, she got spayed, so at least I know wherever she is, there's no worry that she will end up pregnant and having to take care of more kitties on her own...

"No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch."
- Leo Dworken

6 commented; now it's your turn!:

Anna E said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oooh, that was painful to read about! It is always the worst thing when not knowing what happened to someone you love. If only you knew about her destiny and perhaps living with another lovely person, it could be bearable. Well, at least your great memories with her will always remain.. guess that is one of the good things about having a dog, that one (usually) always knows where it is! :-)

Joey Y said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I used to look over baby cats that were born in front of my house too. We gave them foods and all. But honestly I never really like cat, oopss :S But this is a really meaningful post and it touched my heart :) The memories between you & Tica will be live in your heart forever.

MarkD60 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Seeing you so sad the day you lost Tica makes it one of the saddest days of my life too. I will never forget that day.

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awwww...this makes me sad! You know how much we love our kitty babies! I have had my Kitter since she was about 4 weeks old. She was SO TINY. Her mom also got killed by a car. Love em while you got em I say. Nothing like our furry friends.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am so sorry for the loss of your little kitty that you raised from birth. That would be especally hard. I had a little kitty who looked like your little one, who was born under a hosta bush. I named her Charlie~Anne and just loved her too. We went out of town for a weekend and left the kids to look after her and when we came home she was gone. I was so upset.
I still look for her, and it was 6 years ago...debbie

God's Little People said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh how I empathize with your loss of Tica. That's a very special and and close bond you established with her - it's something so special when you know you've saved a little life. It's got to be a comfort knowing the wonderful things you did for her - she got to feel God through your human warmth, inclusion and care. Even if it was for a short while she knew she was loved.

We never know how short or long a contract with our animal companions will last, but every single moment with them is such a blessed one.

Thanks for sharing this tender memory of Tica.

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