I have known & loved many, many cats in my life. Each is wonderful in his or her own way. But Ringo was one of the most magnificent and well-loved cats it has been my privilege to know and care for.
Ringo was loved by all who met him but was not seriously considered for adoption for several years due to his age and illnesses. But, much to our joy, he was adopted by a wonderful couple in early February of this yeat.
This afternoon, I had the sad honor of being by his side as he left this world to begin the next stage of his journey.I can still remember when Ringo came to Tabby’s Place in May of 2006. He was 14 years old and had been abandoned by his owner when Ringo became diabetic. Ringo always appeared very fragile. In addition, he added heart disease and inflammatory bowel disease to his diabetes.
Despite this, he amazed everyone (especially the vets) and thrived in the Lounge, where he received plentiful human attention.
Ringo’s new family stayed in touch with us and sent us the video to the right a short while after they adopted him. Certainly, no cat was more loved.
A few days ago, his family called to say that Ringo was doing very poorly. As with many elderly cats, his kidneys were starting to fail. While this problem often lends itself to medical management, Ringo’s advanced heart disease was a significant complication.
After several days of treatment, it became clear that Ringo was failing and was ready to leave. The owners kindly invited me to be there when they let him go. When I arrived, I spent some time with dear Ringo, mostly stroking his gorgeous head and passing on ther goodbyes and good wishes of everyone at Tabby’s Place.
I miss him more than words can tell. I will never forget him and his amazing spirit. Goodbye, dear Ringo. Say hi to Tabby for me. I lool forward to being with you again one day.