Basil (Remembered with Love)

American Shorthair
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Age: 15 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 8 lbs.

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Princess, Sweet Pea, Snuggle Bug, Pretty Girl, Sweet Pea-Super Kitty

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-pound cat-cat rescue

April 28th 2001


Having her own home and family, mom's singing, playing with toys, eating, napping and generally being purrfect

French accents (no kiddking, papa had a guest from France and I didn't like the way he talked)

Favorite Toy:
Toy Mice - Especially the ones known as "Harold", "George" and "Daisy"

Favorite Nap Spot:
On the bed in the sun or Papa Nick's pillow on the bed or Mama Krissa's lap

Favorite Food:

Everything she does is special!!! and skillful. But a very interesting skill she has is eating with her "hands". She picks up food in her front paw and eats it (dry and wet food). She puts her front paw in water, too and then washes her face.


Arrival Story:
In late July 2005 I began volunteering at a no-kill shelter. On their website I had noticed a one-eyed cat and was curious about her because I was blind in the same eye myself before having surgery. I found her there and felt an immediate connection. As I spent more time at the shelter, I noticed that no one who came to look for a cat ever paid any attention to her. She seemed very depressed and always was happy to see me and gradually my volunteer work became sitting with her for up to two hours at a time. She was brought in with a feral litter 4 and a half years ago. All her brothers died. She lost an eye to an infection and has permanent upper respiratory infection. She was also painfully shy. But we bonded and I knew I had to bring her home. My fiance also came to meet her and fell in love with her, too. We got permission from our landlord and Basil came home with us in September 2005. She is a wonderful cat who is adjusting well to her family, home and freedom. She loves to sleep in the sun, to look out the window and other little things that she never knew existed. I learned on the second day that she loves my singing. I can't carry a tune, but she doesn't care. She loves smooth jazz on the radio. She plays like a maniac when no one is looking. The "evidence" is all around when we come back to the room (and you can hear it). If she can't help herself and gets crazy and you happen to see it, she stops and starts grooming herself like she's saying "I didn't do that". I could write so much more, but I know that she is the most perfect cat I could ever have. If anyone is looking for a companion cat, please consider an adult or one with special needs. You will get so much love and happiness in return.

I haven't been able to bring myself to update Basil's bio yet. Until now, I have only been able to "help her" write in her diary. We lost our precious, beloved girl in October. She was only 5 1/2 years old. Never in my life have I met such a gentle, loving soul. I have no idea how she developed that way, just as I have no idea how she was overlooked for so many years. She was beautiful, but shy. I have a hard time still to think how she must have felt those 4 1/2 years watching hundreds of other kitties go to their new homes. And I have an even harder time remembering when I met her that it was clear she had given up ever thinking it might someday be her turn. So I try only to remember how happy she was and the joy she brought to our lives that year she was with us. That year with her was a gift we will treasure all our lives. It was a privilege to have her with us. She was born on the street in Brooklyn, a hard start for sure. She was around three months old when she and her brothers were brought into the shelter, very ill. Her brothers all died. From then on, even though she was surrounded by other cats, shelter workers/volunteers/visitors, she was pretty much alone. But she was strong. She held on and I am thankful that we had the honor of adopting her because she gave us more in return than we could ever have given her. Rest in peace, Basil. We love you always.

Forums Motto:
Our Beautiful Angel

The Groups I'm In:
♥A TEAM♥, Black Cat Society of Catster, Navin and Buds, Rainbow Bridge Kitties, The Furry Federation, ^*^Over The Rainbow^*^, ^^^^^ Cafe Turkey ^^^^^, •·.·´¯`·.·•Magical Companions•·.·´¯`·.·•

The Last Forum I Posted In:
911 please help

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Fight Animal Cruelty:
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Resource Center

I've Been On Catster Since:
October 6th 2005 More than 11 years!

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A Day in the Life of a Beautiful Angel

New Year

December 31st 2007 6:16 am
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A lot of humans make New Year's Resolutions at the beginning of a year. What better resolution to make than to help animals? There is so much that people can do. And much of it is very simple to do. Any time is a good time to find out more about ways to help animals. But what a great way to start off a new year!

Happy New Year to all!

Angel Basil



December 24th 2007 6:01 am
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Dear Basil,

It's hard to believe that it is already 2 years ago that we were getting ready to celebrate the one and only Christmas together we'd ever have. Do you remember how I had to work at the doggie day care on both Christmas and Christmas Eve? And on this day, when I got home from work you and I were sitting together and there was that loud BANG and since you didn't want to get up, I didn't get up to see what it was. Then Papa started yelling and pretty soon we got up to see the apartment in the building next to ours that was on fire. There was all the loud "pops" and glass breaking and yelling, but you didn't even care. We just sat together and were happy that I was home from work. I miss you, Sweet Pea. We should have had more Christmases together. I hope you are having a wonderful time in Heaven. You deserve it. Papa misses you, too. And we both will always love you.




November 25th 2007 8:37 am
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Dear Basil,

The few times in my life that anything really bad ever happened, I heard that "it gets better with time". That actually was true. But not for everything. Since you've been gone, time has not helped much at all. Of course I remember the happy times and feel good when I remember you and those times. But every day the pain is still there that you are gone and it doesn't seem to feel less - just lasts for shorter periods instead of all day. I guess that's a good thing though. In a way, you still live with're always in our hearts. You are loved now as always and papa and me both miss you a lot. You really are our Angel.


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