My Sweet Cat, Tama
by Hisae Yamazaki
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Tama was my constant companion for the last 10 years. After my divorce and after my son went off to college, her presence at home was something I truly cherished.
She was a personable cat. When my friends came over, she always went to investigate them by sniffing their toes, and when she felt safe, she jumped up on their laps and immediately started purring. I used to snuggle and put my ear to her nose just so that I can hear her contented purr (she was on her back, and I am holding her front paws while sticking my ear in her nose!).
She loved shopping bags. She loved sleeping in my laundry basket. She woke me up in the morning by gently nibbling on my fingers or putting her cold nose in my face.
But for the last three months, she did not do any of those. She suffered from polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and from congestive heart failure. PKD was diagnosed a year ago when she stopped eating and starting hiding under my bed for three days. She recovered from the first crash with regular sub-Q fluid injection and daily supplements to help her kidneys function better. Her congestive heart failure was diagnosed about a week ago when I took her in to the vet. She died early morning of March 31 at the vet.
I miss her terribly. I miss her morning “wake-up” nibble. I miss hearing her purr. I miss holding her. I cry as I write this. I don’t know when I will be able to look at her photos without crying.