The Passing of an age

At 6:36pm this evening our eldest cat, Timone passed away.

20 years ago next month my beautiful bride to be, found him in front of the mobile home we just purchased to be our home. So he has literally been with us our entire marriage.

He was diagnosed with diabetes last year, yet made it a full year more.

While I only had dogs growing up, Timone converted me to a cat guy. Early on he would ride in the truck with me to service calls. As time passed he christened me and my wife by drooling on us. When he was happy he would drool and drool, and at night when he jumped up on the bed to snuggle in, he drooled even more, an accidental touch of his ear and he would shake his head, letting the drool fly!

Every morning he greeted Nancy with a hello and would get up / stand up and walk to her as she entered whichever room he was in at the time. Such is the life of a family who gets to know each other.

Gabby and I learned what each of his “meow”‘s meant, food, water, play, mad, get lost… we got to know them all. Yes, Gabby will probably end up as “the crazy cat lady” but in all honesty, she will be having a wonderful time.

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He was even the star of a recent facebook post:

Toilet CLEANING Instructions1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a “power-wash” and rinse”.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

  • Here is Timone after volunteering for the first bathroom.

    Kent Ward's photo.
  • Here are the before and after pictures. Now it may not seem totally clean to you, but remember Timone is 20 years old. Later I plan on trying the 2nd bathroom toilet with McGonigal, she is only a couple of years old so I suspect the bowl will have a glimmering shine.

    Kent Ward's photo.
  • After

    Kent Ward's photo.

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