My darling Raya who came along with 7 other litter mates was by far the one I was most worried about. Not because of her health, but because she was so antisocial and timid. When potential adopters came over to meet her and her siblings, she did nothing but hide. Her tail was always between her legs. She always hid from me. I was so sad for her thinking no one would want her.
Two weeks ago, she started coming around purring, loving, cuddling, and never leaving my side. Ironically, it was around the time we had any sort of indication there was something wrong with my mom's cat, Angel.
After Angel passed away on Tuesday, something inside me guided me to Raya. It was a gentle voice, soothing, and yet encouraging. Each day I heard my mom more discouraged and empty. She even talked of how her older cat, Stella, was missing Angel. On Thursday I discussed Raya with Dr. Sharon, our vet, and we both agreed she would be a great fit for my mom.
She was. I had brought her over for a "visit" and I went home empty handed and leaving my mom seeing her smile once again.
We don't know why things happen the way they do. What I do know, is that Angel's passing may have saved three other kittens. As devastating as it is, I'm so grateful for Raya. She bonded immediately with my mom with purrs, head butts, and kisses. She is even giving Stella the most respect I've ever seen a feline give to another. She will look for her, check on her, then walk away. There has been no hissing, no growling, and has my mom completely relaxed (that's huge!). The most amazing thing of all is hearing my mom happy again. I'm not one to push animals on others right after a loss, but I know my mom and what she needs. I was happy and comfortable picking out Raya for her as she looks nothing like Angel. I could have given her Adalyn but I don't want to take Angel's memories from her or make her feel as though I'm trying to replace her, because I'm not. With Raya, now Tami, my mom has a new companion to help ease her pain of sudden loss. I don't feel there is anything wrong with that... Everyone grieves and copes differently. My mom can now grieve Angel while getting a reassuring purr and head butt to let her know she isn't alone.
Thank you Raya for being all that my mom needs and more ❤️