I was born in the springtime, one of a litter of three. My mom was a calico cat and my dad was a black and white tuxedo cat. I don’t know what happened to my brothers, but I ended up living with a family in a house with a big backyard. I loved spending lazy days stretched out in the sun, but I also liked to explore and hunt for bugs and birds.
When I was three years old, the family got a dog. At first I was scared of him, but we became friends and I even used to let him chase me around the backyard. I liked to play tricks on him, leaping out at him from behind bushes and then running away.
As I got older, I started spending more time indoors. I liked to curl up on the sofa or in a sunny spot on the floor. I liked to watch the family members come and go, but I always made sure to stay out of the way when someone was carrying something hot or sharp.
I liked to sleep a lot, but I was always alert and ready to pounce if a bird or a mouse happened to wander into the house. I liked to sit in the windows and watch the world go by.
One day, when I was about eight years old, I woke up and realized that I couldn’t move my back legs. I tried to stand up, but I fell over. The family took me to the vet and I found out that I had a disease called feline leukemia. The vet said that there was nothing that could be done for me and that I would probably only live for a few more months.
The family was very sad, but they loved me and they decided to take care of me at home. They made me a little bed next to the sofa and they started feeding me canned food because I couldn’t eat dry food anymore. I was losing weight and I was very weak, but I was still happy to be with my family.
I spent the next few months sleeping a lot and enjoying the attention that my family was giving me. I knew that I was getting closer to the end, but I was content and at peace.
One day, I woke up and I knew that it was time. I walked into the living room and I saw my family gathered around me. I went to each one of them and I rubbed my head against their hands. I said goodbye and then I lay down and closed my eyes. I knew that I was going to a better place.