Tuesday, November 11, 2008

RIP Nike

Our cat Nike died this evening. "Our cat" is somewhat of a misnomer - although I have lived with Nike for two years and considered her one of my pets, Nike was Noe's cat through and through. Noe adopted Nike 15 years ago when his sister's cat had kittens. He also adopted Nike's brother Snowball, who died the year before we moved to Connecticut.

Nike missing Noe when he went
to Connecticut a month before we did.

Nike was not always the nicest cat in the world - in fact, she was downright mean sometimes. The first time I ever stayed at Noe's house, she perched on the nightstand and growled at me for several hours. She warmed to me somewhat over two years, but I always felt that it was out of her feeling of inevitability and not necessarily affection.

Nike's "call to prayer."
She liked to sleep like this!

Nonetheless, Nike was a good pet. She was seldom any trouble and she was very social, always coming out to say hello to guests. The fact that that hello was sometimes followed with a hiss or even a bite is beside the point. Nike was a good cat and she will be missed.

Rest in peace, Nike girl.

Buns keeping Nike company
when Nike couldn't move around much.

Buns and Ralph slept with Nike
when she made her "nest" in our room.


Amanda said...

Very sorry to hear about Nike. Let me know if there is anything I can make for Noe, since I know the way to his heart is through sweets!

Alison said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Nike. :( She had a great life.

Bobby G said...

Sad times...Cats are awesome! was it old age or was Nike sick?

Cailin said...

:( Pobre Nike and pobre NoE! Amanda will be sure to cheer Noe up with some sweets! Her peanut butter balls kick some serious ass.

Amy W. said...

She was just old - 15.

Becky said...

Aww....Sorry to hear about your kitty. I'll probably fall to pieces some day when mine eventually go. But, she made it 15 years, which is a long time! I'm sure they were happy years too.

And the ginormous tan cat in that last picture cracks me up. He reminds me of my giant cat.

Amanda said...

BTW - Ralph looks very fat in the last picture. Maybe he has kitties in his belly.

Amy W. said...

Yes, the weird thing is Ralph is not very big in real life at all. But because he is closer to the camera he looks giant, AND he has managed to look incredibly fat. I am not sure what is going on with that.

Becky said...

Sorry about Nike..... I loved her even though she hissed. I like to think of it as her way of showing me she loved me!