I can remember the first time I met her. I was called to Animal Control to pick up a bobcat who had been a former pet. I walked down the concrete hallway, kennels on both sides. Barking dogs jumped at the fence as we continued down the tight path.
Dog after dog lunged at the fence and then we came upon a kennel with a sheet draped over it. I peered in and there she was. This gorgeous girl walked toward me, let out a small noise and began to purr. Amongst all the barking and strange surroundings, she calmly walked into her crate. Her first step to life at The Wildcat Sanctuary.
This beautiful, calm and happy demeanor continued every day during her life here with us. Sidney lived to be 19 years old. Though we had so many years together, it still seems too short.
She was happy every day, no matter the circumstances. She enjoyed catnip, painting, attention from her caregivers and napping with her bobcat friend Scooter. She would always come to say hello and purr the second she saw you. Her happiness was contagious.
Since 2012, we were monitoring Sidney’s blood levels, which were suspect of cancer and hyperparathyroidism. She had chronic arthritis, but still loved to jump and run. She continued to slow down the past few months, like all geriatric animals. Every day was precious and every day we made sure was peaceful.
The last few days, we moved her to an indoor kennel in the hospital. Just like the day I met her, these surroundings did not bother her. She purred when I entered, slept soundly in her cat bed and was calm and happy, but that’s the way she deserved to leave. Pain free and content. Her kidneys were shutting down, so we had to do what was right and say good-bye.
Even though her first and last days were in a kennel, because of YOUR generosity, every day in between consisted of tall grass, toys, sun, enrichment and companionship of her own kind.
Sidney was a joy to care for and will be forever missed. Her sweet personality and sure bliss to see us is in our hearts forever.
Thank you for giving us the gift to care for her for so long.
So many of our cats are geriatric and saying good-bye is the hardest thing we have to do. We will indeed have to help others pass over this year and the days we can give them at the Sanctuary are a blessing to both them and us.