An update on Luna.

Luna on the beanbag chair

It’s a sad tale of two cats these days. Luna continues to herself, beautiful, elegant and enjoying the small sites and pleasures in the world, as in this photo taken Saturday of her sitting on her beanbag chair in the studio. Something out the window caught her attention.

At other times, however, it is impossible not to see her continuing decline. This was especially the case yesterday. She was tired, with very little energy, and getting a bit frightened and skittish – I can’t begin to imagine how frightening and disconcerting this experience is for her. But she still continues to enjoy a few of her low-energy favorite things, like sitting on her throne and getting pets and scritches.

Luna with throne and scritches.

We have moved the “throne” pillow to the floor as she prefers not to jump anymore. I have also spent more time sitting with her on the floor, even spending a portion of some nights sleeping not he floor with her. We are getting towards the end, painful as it is to admit it. But she is still holding onto life and our connection, and I want to make her remaining time as comfortable as possible. I love her very much, and want her to know that she is still loved.

It’s been difficult emotionally to deal with her illness and decline. I see the cat that I’ve known for years, and think of all the memories, and that it will come to an end in the near future. And that each meal, each small activity, takes on an added gravity. There is also a lot of anger. Some at myself for not noticing this early enough to head it off, probably in late 2014 or early 2015. Some of the anger is at the world, where horrible people are thriving while the sweetest creature I have ever known is facing an early and difficult death. It’s taking its toll. I will be pulling back a bit from live shows – and I will continue to work through the backlog of reviews and reports, so it will seem like I’m as busy as ever. But much of the time will in fact be with Luna over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued purrs, thoughts, and vibes. 💕

7 thoughts on “An update on Luna.

  1. I send you and your beloved cat all my best thoughts. Your post is very moving.
    Pardon my poor english.
    Mes meilleures pensées pour vous et Luna.
    Pierre ( on Twitter)

  2. As many cat people can attest, this is by far the hardest part of loving
    our cats.We have such a bond, it is hard to break it.
    We know that when the time comes you will do what is best for Luna.
    We just wish there was something we could do for you to make it easier.
    Sending you both lots of love and purrs.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ
    and mum Nancy

  3. Luna and Amanda, we wish there was something we could say or do to make things better. We love you both, and are sending all good thoughts, purrs and prayers that the time you have left is as comfortable and love-filled as can be. <3

  4. I think of you both so often. Please don’t blame yourself for missing something. Cats are instinctively great at hiding illness and pain. Just enoy each moment with her and talk to her, reliving the precious memories you share. Luna understands mire than you know. This last bit of time with her is important for both of you. Sending love and light as always.

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