- Sep 7, 2018
I live (and work) alone in a one bedroom apartment. I don't have the luxury of storage. I packed away everyday reminders like her toys, litter boxes, food dishes, and her medicine corner. I packed away the pen I kept her in for two weeks of activity restriction following her ear surgery. But all her trees remain. I don't imagine I'll get rid of any of them except perhaps the stairs by the door which we never used--not as cat stairs anyway. The tree that arrived the same day she passed away is the hardest to look at. It's the worst trade ever! I'd send it back if I could get Krista in return. But I'll keep it because I have a place to store it out of the way. And because the next cat(s) will likely love it. It will be the only one that doesn't smell like Krista. Krista's favorite tree was a hand-me-down. Krista didn't care for other cats and I know the previous occupant of that tree, Edwina, probably would have hated Krista, despite sharing similar tortitudes at times. Honestly, I think it's going to be the Katris that will be most bittersweet. Those I purchased specifically for an aging Krista who wasn't jumping as much as she used to. But more than that, Katris is an anagram of Krista. Silly. But it's going to be in my mind every time a new cat uses them. I'll adopt again. Cats are too special and precious to not open myself to another one. I may even get two next time. Krista had small feet but she leaves very big shoes to fill. I'm not asking the next cat(s) to replace her. But I think it could be good for me (and the next cat) to not place all of that stress and expectation of a new feline relationship on a single cat's shoulders.