Our cat is intolerant of new situations. Strange for a cat that recently handled a cross-country trek of over 2,300 miles. Sadly, he lost his best friend right before the big trek across country. I know he misses Ninga... But the truth is...I can't get over missing Ninga yet, either. When I think of how abruptly he left us, on the eve of our move from Chicago, it just floods me. It was really just... a lot for me, at the time. He's been a part of my life for 14 years...it was just supposed to be a check-up visit.
How can we go it without him? --I blubbered into every box as we packed ALL night. This big journey into the unknown... He's the protector in our house. He's the fighter. He'd save you from a burning microwave, and swat a piece of pizza from your hand without hesitation. He went to a top 25 school and ate pizza out of party boxes. He'd leer over you, standing from the top of a door--making you think he'd pounce on your head or at least break a leg getting down. But beware--cuz if you'd reach to try to help him down, he'd rip holes in your arm--like a sheet on a clothesline--on his way to the floor, while hissing like a tiger. He'd get mad if you'd cry. And he would practically clean his own cat box. Funny looking with big, tall, back legs and spots like a dairy cow.
I miss you more than I could have imagined. Surprising, since you were always such an asshole! I would have done anything to save you. I know when you reached your paw up on my arm and laid your head to sleep for the last time--you knew that. And I'm sure you were pissed that I was crying. Thank you for forcing me to grow up and hanging on along the way, Ninga.
Morty is missing you terribly. Not only for the company, but always letting him know what's right. You gave him only the good sides of you, like a good father. He goes out on the new balcony, unsure of the new textures, scenery, and railing. He's scared of the boundaries. You showed him how to be a cat. He still waits for you.
I hope you know how much you meant to my silly life. I had no idea how much you meant to Morty's. We're trying to move on and keep him happy. He had a playdate with a nice cat. His response was...rather pissy.