Jericho - A Love Story
by Patricia Higgins
(Wilmington, NC, USA)
Jericho - Forever Written In My Heart
This past Saturday, August 18, 2012, my kitty Jericho was put to sleep because of kidney disease and a brain tumor. The last few months before his death, he also lost total vision in both eyes.
Jericho was 15 years old, and had been with me and my son since he was a small kitten. Wherever I went, Jericho went. We cuddled, we slept together on the same bed, we both loved each other deeply. He would always be at the front door to greet me when I came home from work, and he was never more than a few feet away from me.
It broke my heart to watch Jericho the past few months, isolating himself at the front door entrance, only coming to visit me when I would encourage him to eat and drink, of which he did both very little, and just for me. He would no longer sleep on my bed, and the loss of vision caused him to lose his direction and sense of balance. He walked into walls and other obstacles, but he just kept going. He was down to half of his usual 14 pound weight. I knew he was ready to go, and finally decided it was time to put Jericho first. He went softly and peacefully to sleep with hugs, kisses, whispers, and all my love. I've never cried so much in my life. I will always love and miss my baby. My heart is totally broken. Jericho was the light of my life.