KUDOS & KINDNESS: Thanks to my Tahoe cat and vet | TahoeDailyTribune.com

KUDOS & KINDNESS: Thanks to my Tahoe cat and vet

I will always love you Kerouac, my dear sweet cat companion and muse. You were a multi-faceted creature with an uncanny sixth sense. It will take an extraordinary feline to fill your paws. Thank you for being patient when raising my two Brittanys, sensing oncoming earthquakes and storms with me, our dangling conversations, keeping my lap warm when I penned articles and books, relaxing me during radio shows, purring me to sleep and using your gentle paw to ask me if you could share my cereal and milk in the morning. I enjoyed our last bittersweet days together. You were the fearless one this morning in bed when you told me it was time to go for dignity’s sake.

I promise not to cry too much (I’m lying but you surely sense that, right?). Your cat trees, cat nappers, tops of fish aquariums and window sills are empty. There is a void in the house. I miss your even tempered presence that gave me balance. We’ll reconnect in my dreams, my friend.

A special thanks to Alpine Animal Hospital and Neil Powell, D.V.M. who pointed out that my one- year-old cat was an “athlete” and as a senior kitty was “one tough cat.” I now buy that it was the prescription diet food and my strong human-animal bond that gave my memorable feline a longer, quality life up to the end.

Kerouac, aka K.C., was a mixed-breed domestic longhaired cat who was saved by a private rescue organization in Lake Tahoe. He was a co-author of “202 Pets’ Peeves,” and praised as a seismically sensitive cat in the book, “The Man Who Predicts Earthquakes,” (announced to go into second printing one week after the cat’s passing). Kerouac’s amazing abilities have also been noted in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, msnbc.com and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory for sensing past oncoming Sierra shakers.

Cal Orey


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