Shortly after Tabby’s Place opened, I acquired my first officemate. Slide was an old one-eyed cat who did not do well with other felines. He thrived in my office and was adopted eventually.
Since then, I have not been without an officemate for more than a few days at a time. In fact, since Sinbad became my officemate two years ago, I have had two officemates. Sinbad was such a gentle soul, that he was fine having another cat share “his” office.
I made Sinbad my officemate because he was so timid and non-confrontational that he wouldn’t eat when he shared a suite with other cats. He was happy in my office … even after Pepper moved in. (Pepper is an extremely outgoing cat. I will introduce you to her on my next blog posting.)
Sinbad was in kidney failure and had heart disease, but both conditions seemed to be well controlled.
Just a week ago, Sinbad had his biannual cardiac ultrasound to check his heart. Much to our shock, the ultrasound showed that he had a lot of fluid in his chest.
We were amazed that we hadn’t noticed any change in him, since he fluid was a sign of heart failure. We removed the fluid to make him more comfortable and started him an on a diuretic to help reduce fluid buildup. Sinbad was scheduled for another x-ray this morning to see if the medication was working.
Sadly, Sinbad had died during the night. We found him lying peacefully in my office this morning. He will be cremated along with his favorite blanket and some cat treats, which he loved dearly.
Sinbad was the perfect officemate: quiet, neat, unassuming and friendly. I will miss him dearly.