Monday, November 22, 2021

Sienna Rose Koenig (2005-2021)

The cream-colored Sienna before the stripes took over

 Shortly after 9:00 a.m., this morning Sienna Rose Koenig died peacefully in her mother's arms.  She was 16 years old and much loved.

Sienna was born on June 19, 2005.  Three months later she and her twin brother were found by a local rescue group and placed with a foster family.   In early December, the kittens, along with other felines, were a part of an adoption show at Petsmart in Springfield, Virginia.  

Sienna was not afraid to show love

Sienna decided nearly right away that Harper would be a great little brother

Sienna and her big brother, Edison

Sienna loved the Nats as much as mommy and Harper

Sienna was a monarchist, of course, but if she could vote, she would vote Democat

a kiss for Edison

Let's be honest, she chose her furrever mommy ... me.  

There I was in Petsmart, with a shopping cart filled with food. I had three cats at that time:  Buddy, Edison, and Ella.  There were no plans to adopt another cat.  

As I walked past the cages with the kittens and cats,  I felt a tap on my arm.  A cream-colored kitten was giving me a love pat.  

Hey, look at me.  I looked.  

You are so cute,  you have blue eyes. I have never had a blue-eyed cat.  She was cream-colored with few stripes.  

Pure joy for Sienna being able to snuggle with Edison

Edison and Sienna thought it was fun to play in the tub without water of course

I asked to hold the kitten.  I held her for a few minutes.  Purring.  Those blue eyes.  The next words out of my mouth were: where is the paper to fill out for adoption? 

The approval took a few days as the rescue group called my vet, who reassured them that, yes, I am a great cat mommy.

Sienna was a Lynx Point Siamese, which means she was part Siamese.  She had the features of a Siamese, the eyes, and the fur, although the cream-colored fur changed to stripes by the time she was a year old.

She was going to be named Sophie, but my friend Robbie said:  "She doesn't look like a Sophie.   How about Sienna"... so she was baptized Sienna Rose.  Sienna Rose Koenig.  She joined Buddy Rich, Ella Louise, and Edison James Kittycat as a Koenig cat.   For a few weeks, I kept her in the guest bathroom with a screen so the other three cats could get to know her better.


The best things come in boxes

She had a great faith

On a  Wednesday night, after choir practice, I came home and hurried upstairs to check on Sienna as well as the other three. The screen was down and Sienna was not in the bathroom.  Did she break out or was she helped?

I found her lying on the living room couch with Buddy, Ella, and Edison.  She was "I am kitten, hear me roar."  She wanted to be with her siblings.

Sienna was always kind and loving.  Never a cross word or a hiss from her.  She was a nurturer.  Ella liked to bully Buddy so Sienna would walk between them, giving a stare to Ella as if to say "Knock it off." 

Ella died on February 28, 2012, followed by Buddy on August 8, 2012, and Edison on July 21, 2015.  

Sienna loved all her siblings but she adored Edison. They were devoted to each other, always snuggled together, wrapped in each other's paws.

Sienna and Buddy help to make the bed or was this a private joke between them

A snuggle with Buddy

It took less than a month for Sienna to fully accept Harper

I love you, Harper.  I love you, Sienna

A Nats kitty

Flat Cats for Caturday at Nats Park

Sienna loved her little brother, Harper

In 2019, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and was given the same medication as humans but in a smaller dose.  She preferred the chicken pill pockets combined with Lobster-flavored Temptations (Dreamies) although being clever, Sienna would find the pill, and leave it on the carpet.  I reminded Sienna that Mommy always wins the pill war.   Put the pill in the pill pocket and try again.  

I think Sienna just wanted another chicken treat.

In February, I came home to find blood all over the comforter and wall in the guest bedroom.  Sienna had a tumor that burst.  The tumor had not been there in December when she had her annual checkup.  I took her to the emergency vet clinic as it was in the evening and my vet was closed.  I could not go in with her due to the pandemic.

For three hours I sat in the car, waiting.   The vet called me to say her heart was fine,  but she has mammary cancer.   I made the decision to not put a nearly 16-year-old cat through surgery.  Everything else was fine including her weight.  The daily pill was keeping the hyperthyroidism under control,  She gave me antibiotics and pain killers.  Sienna's medical information was sent to her vet and I spoke to them later in the week.  I also brought her so her vet could see her.  

She was eating and using puppy pads as she had stopped using the litter box in November 2020.  She was a fastidious cat, and she made sure she used the puppy pads, next to the litter box.  

Until last week.  That is when I knew it was time.  She was eating less and stopped sitting in the bedroom doorway, looking ever so beautiful, where she would wait for her treats.

She was able to jump on the bed last night and this morning, so we had our final cuddles. I told Sienna:  "I love you more.  I love you best."

Sienna will have a private cremation. Her ashes will be scattered.  The service will be officiated by my pastor.

Sienna is survived by her mom and her little brother, Harper Lee, 7.5 years old. 

Sienna was a cat of great faith.  Saying her prayers

The last photo, November 21, 2021


Cea said...

What a beautiful girl! I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with us.

nettyroyal said...

My sincere condolences. I have always enjoyed all your cat posts, also on social media. 16 is a good age for a cat. It was her time, but she will be truly missed.

Unknown said...

As a fellow cat mum I can imagine your feelings. Sienna is in my thoughts. Lots of love for you and Harper

Bobbi L said...

So sorry for your loss.

Unknown said...

Bardzo bardzo współczuję!!! 😥

Claire said...

What a lovely story. I'm so sorry for your loss! Clearly, Sienna had a wonderful life with you and her feline family, but I know from experience how hard it is to say goodbye.

Barbara said...

Losing a beloved member of your family is so hard.. my thoughts with you.

Admin said...

Marlene, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Over the years I've seen your tweets about Sienna and Harper and often thought how lucky they are. I know how painful the loss of a pet can be and wanted to let you know you're in my thoughts today.

This post is a beautiful tribute to Sienna and the wonderful bond you shared with her.


Lori L said...

What a lovely tribute to her. You will never forget her. The imprint on your heart will last forever, which is more than that little kitty at Pet Valu could have ever imagined. What a wonderful life you gave her and it sounds like she repaid you. I am so sorry for your loss.

L'Artisan said...

Sweet Sienna. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Unknown said...

So sorry 🖤

J said...

My condolences, Marlene. She lived a good life, you two were lucky to find each other. Big hug to you, dear Marlene.

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry Marlene. Sending you and Harper all my love.

Unknown said...

So sorry to read this. I love the way you include your cats in your posts. Wonderful photos. These are the days we cat-lovers dread so my thoughts are with you. kathymac

Stephen said...

Lovely cat, I bet you will miss her terribly.

Peggy said...

What a beautiful, loving girl. I am so sorry for your loss, the love you have for Sienna lives in every word.

Elena Ciocan said...

So very sorry about your loss! The furry friends are the best!

aejone6478 said...

Marlene, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We, as animal lovers, become so attached to our animals as our children, and it can be so incredibly difficult to let go. I’m sending strength, hope, and love your way.

KM said...

So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful creature she was and what a beautiful tribute. Fly high Sienna, straight to the arms of God.

LiveAloha said...

I’m very sorry for your loss - your writing beautiful as always and an apt tribute to your baby. My sincere condolences.

broomway said...

A beautiful tribute to Sienna... l'm sorry for your loss, but what wonderful memories and photographs you have of Sienna.

Unknown said...

Unsere Katze wurde auch 16 Jahre alt, wir koennen den Verlust nachfuellen!

Ally said...

I’m so sorry for your loss, Marlene. She had a wonderful life with you.

Wendy Hunter said...

I am just reading this now, Marlene, or I would have written earlier. As a long time pet rescuer, I feel your pain. But I also know what love Sienna gave and received. You were both lucky. Adopting a pet is one of the best things you can do!

BlueSaphire70 said...

I am so sorry! As a kitty mom myself, I know. I'm sure Harper is devastated just like you. My sincerest condolences.

Billy Burckure said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss she's very beautiful RIP

Billy Burckure said...

I am so very sorry for your loss She was very beautiful Rest in peace Sienna Rose Koenig