Amidala’s MaMA is my mom’s daughter, but I call her MomGoth. That’s because she’s like a second Mom to me, and because, no matter what else she’s feeling, she’s always a little sad underneath. No particular reason; she just is.
She does have a reason this week, though: She had to let Amidala go to the Rainbow Bridge. Amidala and Munchkin are two kitties that MomGoth adopted a couple of years ago, after their Daddy passed away. I broke the news here on November 1, 2014. Amidala was 15 and Munchkin, a stray, was probably a couple of years older.
MomGoth was crazy about them. Even Charlie, who isn’t all that crazy about animals in the house, came to love them — in his Uncle Grumpypants way.
Munchkin was hyperthyroid; when MomGoth and the vet got that cleared up, it was plain the Muncher had lots of other problems and, rather than drag him through attempts to prolong a life that was an obvious misery, MomGoth let him go.
Lately, Amidala stopped eating. She had … well, it isn’t nice to talk about, but she had intestinal parasites. Clearing them out helped for a few days, but then she went back to not eating. She stopped cuddling with MomGoth and hid out in the bathroom.
The vet checked Ami’s blood and examined her, and gave MomGoth the bad news: kidney dysfunction. At Ami’s age, the prognosis wasn’t good and it wasn’t long. So MomGoth made that hard choice again.
The vet said — and doesn’t this just sound like Ami? — that Amidala was “mouthy, but good.” The vet said that usually if a cat was mouthy it was fighting, and if it was still and compliant it was quiet. Amidala yowled and growled and hissed and fussed, but let the vet and the tech do whatever they needed to do.
When MomGoth was going through Ami’s papers, she learned that the name Amidala had originally been adopted with was Heidi! Ami never said! I think she liked it that her Daddy changed her name to the name of a queen, don’t you?
Charlie dug another hole back by the playhouse, and Ami (17) joined Munchkin (17+), Al (18), Katya (14), and Tiffany (19). I’m only 10, so I don’t expect to take my place back there for a good, long while!
Oh — Ami left me her scratching posts. Here I am with them. I had just been playing with them when MomGoth got her camera. In honor of Ami and all cats everywhere, I immediately stopped doing what she wanted to get a picture of.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR ANIMALS: What do you think is on the other side? Do you think there’s really a Rainbow Bridge?