(Date posted: 18/06/2010)
My little Slarty crossed Rainbow Bridge on Saturday 29th May 2010. I saw her born on 24th June 1999, one of four kittens to a little cat called Annie who I had taken in as she had been abandoned, heavily pregnant. Unfortunately Annie went missing a year
later never to be seen again, despite my desperate attempts to find her. My sister took on two of the kittens - both still around and healthy
today, and I still have her sister Misty who is definitely missing Slarty.
Slarty was the runt of the litter and wouldn't have survived beyond a few days if she hadn't had the care and attention we gave her. She always thought I was her mum, and she was like my baby. I made sure she got some milk when the kittens fed and the others pushed her out of the way. When they were weaned, she needed extra encouragement to take solid food, and I used to cradle her like a baby and get her to lick food off my finger, which was the only way she would take it. When she was big enough she was always the playful one and would chase a piece of paper or a feather tied onto a string, much longer and faster than the others. Once, chasing a feather, she did a complete back flip landing in the coffee table perfectly on all four legs which made us laugh so much! She slept on my pillow every night and teased my hair with her paws - often in the mornings I got up with something of a haystack on my head, my hair having been backcombed, and we often joked about my 'hair by Slarty!'. She was always happy when I went to bed, so she could snuggle up on the pillow, and always there kissing me and pawing my face in the morning when it was time for breakfast.
Hence she is very much missed - her rather sudden exit has left a big gaping hole in our lives. She had developed a tumour on her kidney, unbeknown to me, and by the time it was discovered, it was past operating and she had secondary cancer in her lungs. She went downhill fast, and by 29th May she was suffering so much I had to say goodbye to her very reluctantly.
I love all the cats who have come into my life, but some are more special than others. Slarty was certainly special, I always said she was the smallest cat with the biggest character and she will always have a special place in my heart and memories.