RIP my sweet little Kato kitty….

KatoIt is a sad day indeed, when a beloved animal that has blessed our lives leaves this earthly world…today was such a day for me when my beloved Kato kitty, who was my “dressed in black” sidekick and namesake from the “Pink Panther” Peter Sellers movies…..needed to leave this world. We had been together for 16 years……and my morning coffee while he lays snuggled, purring in my lap every single morning will never be the same….
Kato was my one and only, the only cat I’ve ever had, (but he was actually a dog in cat clothes)…and the love of everyone who knew him…

The things I will always remember about him:

  • the day we met, I’d walked into a pet store in Seattle and heard this ear piercing screech….looking in the direction of the screaming kitty, I saw this tiny, black tiger clinging to the wall of a cage, wailing as loud as his voice could carry, and never stopping. I took him home immediately.
  • he fell in love with Chief (my since passed, beloved Wolf hybrid), tormented him mercilessly, attacking and biting his neck, and when Chief fell ill, Kato curled up between his legs and kept vigil until Chief’s last days….
  • when I’d go for a run with Chief, he’d want to come, too, and he’d run just behind us, darting from parked car to parked car, hoping we wouldn’t catch him following us….
  • he’d climb the curtains, perch on the top of the rod, and when he thought I’d fallen asleep, he’d body slam me and then take off through the house, “laughing” the whole way…
  • he raised three more dogs, ruling like a king and keeping them in line when they played just a little too rough…
  • he let Bear, one of his dogs, gnaw on his head, paw him until he rolled him over, and then Bear would flip him in the air with his nose…..(very tolerant kitty)
  • he came when I called, always calling back, and loved doggy biscuits more than the actual dogs….

He was, as far as I know, one of the most amazing kitties ever to have graced this planet….
He brought so much joy to me and the rest of the critters around here, as well as family and visitors……..he will sorely be missed……RIP my little friend…

…his weak little purr was still going until his last breath…

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