January 27th 2013 7:19 am
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Hallie has passed & like everything else in her time with me, she did it her own way.
Hallie was the undisputed ruler of my cat family. The other cats would get out of her way when she came through. When she wanted a certain spot such as the cat bed by the windowsill, any other cat who was there would vacate it without question. When she came through a hallway, if other cats were in her path they got out of her way. I've never before seen this kind of phenomenon before where all the cats in the house would peacefully and unprotestingly yield to one cat.
Hallie got in the habit of always sleeping on my bed right beside me. Then came the morning when I woke up & reached my hand out to pet Hallie as I usually did & Hallie's spot on the bed was empty.
It was so totally unusual & out of character for Hallie to not be on the bed beside me that I immediately got up & went frantically running around the house looking for Hallie. I looked under beds, behind the couch, in my laundry baskets, all the places the cats love to go. No Hallie.
Finally I came into the kitchen and there were four cats sitting still in front of the kitchen cabinets under the sink. I reached out & opened the cabinet...& there I found Hallie laying in a pile of soft towels I keep in a box under the sink. She was lying quite peacefully on her side. Obviously her spirit had freed itself and left the physical body behind her.
Hallie now rests in the catnip garden, where her spirit can join & play with the spirits of other previously departed members of my feline family.
Like everything else in Hallie's life with me, she was the queen of the house & the master of her own destiny in death as well as in life. She showed no warning signs at all that she was close to passing, no changes in her eating/drinking/bowel/bladder habits etc, nothing at all to indicate she was getting ready to pass.
Hallie obviously knew or else she chose when her time had come. Why she chose to go open the kitchen cabinets and select the spot in the towels under the sink for her passing, only she knows the answer to that.
Why four of the other cats sat lined up in a row in front of that cabinet & stayed there almost unmoving until I came forward to open the cabinet, I don't know the answer to that one either.
Hallie's passing affected all the other cats. They were sort of lost without Hallie's dominant regal queenly presence.
The question remained...who would take Hallie's place as the Queen of my feline family?
The answer came from a most unexpected place...
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We are so very sorry to hear of your kitty passing. Lots of love and hugs
Hallie sounds like quite a cat. My condolences to you and to her fursibs, who will miss her, too.