Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edison James Kittycat Koenig (1997-2015)

Edison lived the life of luxury. A relaxing massage from younger sister, Sienna.
My darling Edison James Kittycat Koenig died in my arms this morning.  He was 17 years old.  He died peacefully.  He was ready to go to heaven.

It was in late October 1998 when my husband, Bill, and I walked from our home to Edison High School to purchase a Halloween pumpkin.  We noticed a cat jumping in an out of a storm drain. He was underweight and hungry.  To make a long story short, I went home and got a can of food.  We came every day for two weeks to try and catch the cat.  I brought a crowbar and opened the drain. (There had been a drought so no real water in the drain.) 

All of this was being done less than two months after having a hysterectomy!   It took us about two weeks to finally catch the cat.  We took him home, and kept him overnight in one of the bathrooms in case he was ill.  The next day, we took him to our vet, and said, if he said serious issues, it might be best to euthanize.   Later that day, the vet called back to say he had no serious issues, and we had a little marshmallow.    My husband and I looked at each other, and said to the vet: snip him.
true kitty love. November 2014 with his sister, Sienna Rose.

In other words, Edison -- what else would we name him -- was welcomed into the family, albeit reluctantly by Louis and Buddy.   Especially Buddy.  (Eventually, they learned to get along in order to gang up on their sister, Ella, who joined the family a year or so after Lord Louis went to cat heaven in 2001.)

Edison James Kittycat was about 18 months when he moved into his forever home.  He was given the birth date of June 1, 1997.  

One of his first party pieces was to climb the Christmas tree, and sleep in middle branches.  He did this without breaking ornaments or taking down the tree.  He also loved his treats, and knew where they were kept  -- in the drawer by my bed.

Ella died in February 2013, followed by Buddy in August 2013.

Edison is survived by his mom, Marlene, and his loving younger sister, Sienna Rose, 10.

A friend gave me this book after Louis died in 2001.  Will read it again later this day. 


Johan said...

So sorry. Good luck, cherish the good times. Our fur children mean the world, almost the same as biological kids.

LastOfTheTimeLords said...

So sorry to hear that Edison has passed on. I'm sure you gave him the happiest of lives. Cherish the happy memories.
Andy, Manchester, UK

Bill said...

Very hard to lose a pet after having him for such a long time.

Michelle said...

my condolences. those of us with fur babies know that they are not "just animals" and truly a part of the family. their loss is felt deeply, and they will always hold a special place in our hearts. sometimes i think animals make better friends than humans - as long as you don't abuse them, they will love you unconditionally and won't argue back. ;-) i'm so glad you got 17 years (or at least 16 he was with you) with your little man, i know we all wish for even more time but at least he led a long, full life. one of our cats was also a stray, he was attacked as a kitten and was struggling to survive on his own so we took him in and he was the sweetest. it amazes me that animals with such a rough start to life out on the streets can be so loving & trusting over time. i hope your remaining girl will bring you lots of extra snuggles and comfort in the time to come.

Gérard Caule said...

So sorry.
Marseille France

phoebes in santa fe said...

I'm sorry about Edison's death, but you know you gave him a great life. And he gave you back years of love and affection. Remember that and I hope another darling cat wanders into your life and makes it happy again.

Rondi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Marlene! It is so hard, I know ...

dragonsdream said...

poor puss! what is a 'litter marshmallow'

Reeves said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a family member is always hard and obviously Edison was very close to you.