Our cat Deva passed away today. Though she did not ever mention her age, she lived a long and happy life with us. In recent months, some chronic illnesses that she battled for some time caught up with her and today sadly it was time.
We're not sure of her birthday but she came to us in October of 2000 along with her "sister" Nina. She had already had kittens so was probably a couple of years old by that point. She joined a household with two other very special cats and she fit in effortlessly. In fact from the beginning it seemed that Deva (pronounced 'day-vah') transpired on another astral plane. She passed through the noise and bother of everyday life - and seemed to be contemplating deeper and more profound subjects - but always had a great time doing it. Think Cat-Dude but without the cursing.
Deva had 'the foot'. We noticed after a bit that when Deva sat, her right rear foot would sneak forward until it was sometimes actually further forward than her front feet. For some reason I found this terrifically amusing though Deva did not.
She was the quintessential 'quiet one'. While the other cats - and later dogs - would demand attention and cause a ruckus, Deva was always floating quietly through the scene and the day. Her fearlessness and calm led others to respect her without question and her right to the window seat the office was never even a subject. We worried for a time that we didn't pay her enough attention as the squeaky wheels (especially Nina) would get the oil but I think Deva would say we did exactly what we needed to do; it would not be in her nature to allow us to do otherwise.
When I first got know K2 and before he came to live with us, I would joke with Deva that I saw her boyfriend today. They looked so similar to me that I thought they would make a great couple. When K2 did come to live with us they finally got to meet. Deva treated the occasion as she would any other; no big deal. K2 (on the right below) told me he was mightily impressed.
While I'm relieved that she is no longer battling her illness, the house already feels more empty and dark. She was a constant calming influence on all of us and a reminder to keep perspective and recognize what is truly important in our lives. She was a teacher as well as a wonderful companion and we were so lucky to have her for so long.
Good bye Deva - say hi to Nina for us and be well.