Deborah has come home and our 19-year-old cat is still a happy, mostly healthy friend. My biggest fear while Deborah was away for nine months during her academic fellowship was that something would happen to the cat and Deborah would not be able to see her again. I see both Deborah and the cat as survivors who have been through a lot together and my job as caretaker of the cat to see her through to Deborah’s return.
I had a scare about a week ago when the cat’s behavior started changing. I was worried we had made it so close to the end and now something goes wrong. A trip to the vet revealed only a mild intestinal issue that was easily relieved, so we made it. The two are back together.