Our Old Lady Cat Missy is 17 years old. We rescued her and Boots as tiny kittens when we lived in Lubbock, TX in 1995. Our daughter, Hannah was in first grade so she and these two ladies were “kittens” together. Bootsie died this year https://kittybunnychicken.com/2012/05/08/boots/ and Missy has missed her a lot. It seems like as soon as her sister was gone, she decided to join her as soon as possible. Missy is deaf and almost blind. She is skinny but she still eats and drinks some each day. She doesn’t seem to be in any obvious pain and she snoozes most of the day away. She has completely given up using her litter box, so we just let her sit on clean old towels that we replace 2 or 3 times daily. It’s not fun, but the least we can do for an old friend. Missy enjoys getting love from us and will purr when we pet her. She lives in our office in a cozy kitty condo with food and water nearby.
I put a litter box just a couple of feet from her in case she remembers the drill. I keep the big kitties away from her because they have a tendency to get on her nerves, but she tolerates the little kids pretty well. Alley Sue is fascinated by the ancient animal locked away in the office. She tries to “play” with Missy, to no avail.
Anyone who has ever had pets has to deal with some sad events in their lives. Mostly having animals is joy, but with the joy must come some sadness. I won’t take the old girl to the vet unless I am certain that it has become necessary. For now, she’s enjoying the twilight of her life in relative comfort and contentment. It is our hope that we find her some morning having drifted off to a long restful sleep. No one could ask for a better end to a long happy life and this is our wish for our dear old Missy.