This is a sad time of year for me, as it marks the passing of two cats that together cover 32 years of time…from my undergraduate college years to the arrival of Rhea and Davout.
The two of them were linked in a lot of ways…they are my most long-lived cats to date, overlapping for about 5 years from 1997 to 2002. Cassie, the tortie, lived for 20 years, and Gus of course make it for 17 years. Cassie died on an April 15, Gus died overnight on April 16. Both were passed away at the vets without having to be put down when they stopped eating. They just didn’t want to be any trouble.
Cassie spent most of her life with another cat, a female tabby (with white) that she liked to posture with and fight from time to time. Gus spent most of his life with a male tabby, Julius, who sadly only outlived him by a few months.
Cassie didn’t mind Gus, but they weren’t very close since their ages were so widely different and for a good part of their shared time she had health issues and began to spend more time on her own. Outside of some kittenish mis-steps, Gus treated her well and tried to give new cats a chance himself.
In those years I didn’t take a lot of pictures, even when I got a digital camera and film costs weren’t an issue. Starting the blog was primarly a way to get me to take more pictures of the cats. This is from 2009, I think it is.
This is Julie, on his first day or so here in fall of 2002. I don’t think Gus even hissed at the little fellow, but circled wide and sat down in the basket to watch him play.
And finally this is from his last months, just a few weeks after Rhea and Davout were adopted and when they were exploring a new and scary house. Gus again was careful and welcoming and made the kittens welcome. Rhea struck my fancy because she echoed Cassie’s color without being a carbon copy.
And the kittens learned, and acted the same way with Anna and Harrison and now Grant and Sherman. Each pair of cats share a single plate like Cassie and Gus used to. The laws of the household that Cassie set up live on unto the third generation.