Wednesday 24 June 2020
Instead of bird and nature news, today is devoted to my sweet cat Emmalina who passed away yesterday at age 14 with a massive tumor in her belly. She was the soul and spirit of our house and we miss her at every turn. If you’ve lost a pet I’m sure you understand.
We adopted Emmy at Animal Rescue League (now Human Animal Rescue) in September 2006 when she was five months old. She had been a stray and was very thin but she was beautiful. I chose her because she purred so loudly while I petted her on my lap.
Emmy captured our hearts and earned a longer name, Emmalina, both of which I use when writing about her (see links below). She was an indoor cat but that didn’t mean her life was boring.
Emmy taught us tricks she wanted us to perform by using non-verbal communication. She inspired science blogs, chased house centipedes, watched birds outside the window and subdued a turnip (she hated turnips). In late 2011 she heard a mouse under the sunroom floor that lead to weeks of activity and three articles:
- Mouse in the House: Emmy hears a mouse but neither of us can get it.
- The Observer Effect: Emmy’s presence affects the mouse-trapping experiment.
- What’s That Smell: Mouse is still there.
Here are some photo highlights of her life.
In January Emmalina started losing weight but the vet couldn’t find anything wrong; the cancer was sneaky. This month she declined rapidly. Unable to eat, she slept most of the time and was no longer herself. We began to miss the kitty she once was.
Emmalina never lost her purr until her last days on earth. That’s how I knew her end was near.
Sleep well, sweet Emmalina. See you on the other side. Much love, Kate.
(photos by Kate St. John)