Sunday, January 21, 2018

Farewell my loyal friend...Luna you will be missed

Today, I came home from an outing with friends to discover that my cat, Luna, had passed away.  Luna has been in my life since I was 19 years old and she would have turned 19 this August.  She has been there for me for almost half my life. 

Luna and I have been through many things together and I am devastated by the loss of her, though I know she has had a long life.  I love her very much and will miss her everyday. 

In 1999, Luna came into my life when my first love, James, decided he wanted a kitten.  We were smitten with her from the start.  She was a skittish little thing but loved lap time and being near me.  He decided to name her Luna after the cat on Sailor Moon.  James and I didn't last for more than a year, but Luna stayed with me, and is one of the things I am most thankful to this relationship for.

Luna has been with me in 11 different addresses, 10 moves, including one across country from Florida to Arizona.  She spent 3 days in the car and hotels with me and my husband as we made the journey from Florida to Arizona.  She has been with me through four boyfriends, multiple dates and my marriage to my husband.  She seen friends come and go.  She was there during my wild times and my calm times.  She's been with me through college and graduation and five different jobs in 4 different industries.  She's been with me through illness and health.  She has been a sister cat to cats Tate, then Holly and now Fiona and Ringo as well as a slew of zebra and Gouldian finches and two hamsters. 

She has been a good kitty and friend to my step-daughters.  Many things have changed for me over the last almost 19 years, but Luna has always been the one thing that has stayed consistent.

Luna's favorite toy has always been the laser pointer.  She played with it up until almost the end.  She loved cat nip.  She is one of the cats that would eat it and not just roll around in it.  She loved wet food.  Seafood flavors were her favorites.  When we lived back with my parents for a year, my stepdad used to spoil her with tuna fish.  She got the nickname Tuna Tuna.  Some of nicknames I called her include Stellaluna, and Stellie Bellie.  Luna also loved to be held and picked up.  Often times I would be silly and pick her up and dance while she cuddled to my shoulder.  I also made up little songs I would sing to her.

I love taking baths and Luna would always be right there on the edge of the tub with me.  In her younger years she would lick the drops off the side of the tub after a shower.  In the last few years she would drink the water while I was still in it.  At the time this would annoy me but today I took a bath and she wasn't there and it was weird and sad.

Luna loved being cozy.  She loved sitting in the sun or curling up in a blanket.  She has always slept in the bed with me.  In recent years she has taken to sleeping on the pillow next to my face or else sleeping on top of my head and kneading my hair through the night.

She was especially loving and right there for me when I had my hysterectomy in December. 

She loved the clean laundry.  She loved being pet and brushed.  She loved having the spot above her tail scratched.  She loved laying on my books.

And hated the vet.

When I lived with my parents Luna used to love to nap outside on the screened in lanai area and also to sometimes chase lizards.

For a period of time I lived with my parents and also lived there, my mom had a home office with several employees.  Luna was friends with everyone there.  She would often come out and sleep on the desk while I worked or sometimes on the computer.  For all of my other jobs she was waiting for me at the door when I got home.

Luna was a good kitty. She never scratched the furniture.  She never ruined the mini blinds or shoes or anything else some cats can ruin.  Until this last month she never went to the bathroom on the floor.  She didn't bite or scratch people.  I couldn't have asked for a better friend or companion.  I will miss her dearly and I will never forget her.

A Short Prayer to Say Goodbye from ThoughtCo
You have crossed over now,
into the spirit realm.
May you walk with Bast,
and I will see you again some day.


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