Yesterday, I went to my first yoga class – kitty yoga. The instructor asked us to keep in mind a pet we had, or had had, that meant a lot to us. Of course, Texas was on my mind. Today is the one year anniversary of him departing for the rainbow bridge.
Texas was a birthday gift from my husband and a blessing in my life. We were just looking at cats that day, with no firm intention to adopt, but Texas found his way to my heart. This little ball of white and cream fur was introduced by the store’s salesperson as “a little wrestler.” She took him out of the cage he was in so I could play with him a bit. Such a delight. We could see he was an affectionate kitten but he played seriously, and he might bite occasionally if you dared touch his tummy. That’s how he got his name: Texas. I’m a nice kitty but don’t you mess with me.
Texas was a very smart kitty.
I’m sure I’ll remember other occasions after this tribute is posted, but some of the things I remember, is, for example, how he quickly and without any human guidance understood not to use his claws when his paws were on human bare skin.
When we told me to stop doing something, he understood. He did as he pleased sometimes, but it was clear there was no misunderstanding after the following mischief.
He was also a bit possessive with me, in an affectionate way. At one point, when my husband was living in Belgium, during the weekend he would come pick me up, and Texas would stay with my Mom. At that time, Texas wasn’t as nice to my husband as when we all lived together. I am pretty sure he connected the dots between my husband and me leaving. Rest assured, my husband and Texas had a good relationship afterwards, when we all lived together!
He was also much quicker than our other cats to understand certain words. For example, we give our cats wet food once a day. Because it is served in a small dish – petit plat in French, we’d call “petit plat !” to signal it was served. It didn’t take him long to recognize the words: his eyes would open wide and he would rush to where were were!
Texas was also a very affectionate kitty.
The times I was feeling blue for whatever reason, he would always come to me and do one or both of two things: stay close to me to purr, and console me, or do something clownish to make me laugh. He wasn’t a lap kitty, at least not with me, but he would get next to me when he felt I needed support.
When we adopted Kitshka, it took him 2 days I believe to take her under his care, kind of like a big brother. He would play with her, bathe her, nap with her, and even get back at Milou when Milou was hissing at her at the beginning!
And indeed, Texas was a little fighter.
He didn’t always get along perfectly with Grouik and Milou when we were in New York. And he wouldn’t let them mess with them.
He would also gently signal humans that they should stop touching him by gently biting once or twice… and humans were expected to understand before the third love bite ;)
As a kitten, he was serious about defending his food. Later in life though, he would let Kitshka push him aside so she could have some of his food.
Texas was also a gorgeous ginger cat.
Although I never really called him ginger. He was “cream and white” with beautiful, silky fur. His white paws were always super clean.
I remember well how many people commented on the color of his coat. When we brought him home from the store in the Parisian subway, someone even asked if I would give him to them (huh, in your dreams!).
And of course, he was featured in Westchester Magazine, as one of the cutest pets in Westchester County, NY in 2013 (thanks in part to you too, dear readers).
He was a well-travelled kitty.
Texas lived in France (in three places), visited Brussels once, lived in Westchester County, NY, and west of Austin, Texas.
He traveled by train (to Brussels in Belgium), by plane (to America), and went on a road trip with everyone when we moved from New York to Austin, And of course, he traveled by car (to the various vets – probably not his favorite transportation).
He was a refined gastronome.
He loved plain yogurt, but always – always – full fat. Activia was one of his favorite (unfortunately, plain Activia yogurt is not available in the U.S.). He loved cream cheese and mascarpone. Once I also caught him eating the little bumps on top of my freshly baked madeleines! He loved catnip – really loved it. And some of his favorite foods were European brand Almo Nature, and in the U.S. Petite Cuisine, Natural Balance’s Catatouille, and Applaws.
One evening at my Mom’s place, we caught him licking olives that were on the table. That is how we discovered he luuuuved olives. It would put him in a state close to the one catnip would. He could smell them from another room and would come and beg for one. He loved to first play with it, and then eat it.
The day before he crossed the rainbow bridge, we stopped by a place called Wimberley. This time of the year, we see a lot of “Dia de los Muertos” decorations of course. And I saw this beautiful painting. The cat. The heart. The message.
Texas was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and probable congestive heart failure two weeks before. He had a big heart, figuratively and unfortunately for him, quite literally. He took a piece of my heart when he left, a piece that was his to take. He stays forever with me in my heart and memories though.
The painting now belongs to me.
We miss you, Texas. I know I will always will.
What a wonderful tribute to a very special kitty.
Thank you so much, Ingrid.
Thank you for giving us such a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to one of my first adorable furry friends, Mr. Texas!
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I mis him too… he was a kind of a hero for me… the one who rode on a train and the one who traveled over the giant big pond…
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Such a sweet, sweet tribute to that special one. Hugs from all of us.
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What a wonderful tribute to an extraordinary kitty! Thanks for sharing.
Have a great week,
Pit & the four-legged crew
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Such a beautiful tribute to your sweet Texas. The love (and heartache) comes through in every word and memory.
Thinking of you today on this sad anniversary!
By the way, I’m happy to see you blogging once again.
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Such a loving tribute to a special cat. We won’t forget Texas either. Purrs and hugs to you as you remember him on this day.
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Eos et moi nous avons lu et surtout compris comme nous le pouvions cet émouvant hommage
Merci de tout coeur de l’avoir lu et d’avoir laisse un petit mot, ca me va droit au coeur.
He was so beautiful and so courageous to travel. He left far too young too. *hugs*
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Thank you so much for your kind words.
Thank you very much for this beautiful tribute. I couldn’t stop my tears while I was reading. I loved your fur family….One of the reasons now I have four cats is because your fur family taught me how lovely cats are. I’m sure Texas misses you,too…
Awww… thank you so very much for your sweet message and for visiting us regularly. We all so much appreciate!
Words all seem to pale when talking about things of the heart. I can tell with the words you have written the deep sense of love and loss you feel. It brings tears to my eyes as I place myself back in time with my beloved Abby. Texas is a beautiful cat, and oh so deeply missed. I looked at that one photo of him staring at you with love blazing in his eyes, that is so special, and i know you carry that within your heart everyday. He loved you then and now. I hope time continues to help your heart heal and if you believe as I do that one day when the time is right you will be reunited with your special sweet boy.
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Thank you so much for your kind words. They went straight to my heart. I remember reading your posts when you were taking Abby to the vet. I was heartbroken for you at the time. They will live forever in our heart, and we are lucky to have spent some of our days on earth with them. Hugs.
A heartfelt tribute to a very hunky fellow.
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What a beautiful tribute to Texas ! Hugs and purrs
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What a loving and moving tribute to Texas. “Siempre en mi Corazon”; always in my heart. Texas will never be forgotten. ♥
Never! Thank you so much!
Un très bel hommage pour Texas , chat adorable et si beau. J’en ai les larmes aux yeux . Je ne l’oublierai pas .
Merci beaucoup de tout coeur. Ca me touche beaucoup.
What a really lovely kitty your Texas was. Your stories of him remind me of Mr. Teeth, my once-in-a-lifetime boy, who also left us too soon about 18 years ago, at about the same age as Texas. He lives still in my heart as The Most Wonderful Kitty I will ever know. XOXOXO
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Feel this way about my precious Bhu, but it hasn’t been quite a year yet. So hard missing them Effuryday! xoxo
It is hard, but we are so lucky to spend time with them! Thanks for your kind words!
What a lovely tribute to a very special boy. I know Sparkle would have been sad to hear that her pal left all too soon. Purrs to you as you remember.
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Thank you so much. We all miss Sparkle too very much. Purrs and hugs.
I always cry, and I loved your blog with Texas.
This is a lovely post, a really lovely tribute to a one in a million boy.
Thank you so much. Many hugs!
What a lovely tribute ! Thank you for sharing these memories ,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by!
This was beautiful. My Angel Bobo was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when he was 16. He lived til age 18, and his death was attributed to his heart issues. My heart goes out to you, I soooo understand xoxo (((hugs)))
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I read that so many kitties have this, this is so sad. I’m sure Bobo is playing with Texas over the rainbow bridge. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. Many hugs.
Such a beautiful tribute to Texas. I know how hard it must have been for you to do, and to choose the photos to honour him. Sometimes the pain of loss is so hard to bear, but they leave us with so many happy memories to help us. Hugs to you.
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This is so true. I am so grateful to have spent many years with him. Thank you so very much for your kind words. Many hugs to you too!
A loving tribute to a special kitty. They live always in our hearts <3
They do. Thank you so much!
Wonderful tribute to your beautiful boy. XO
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Such a lovely tribute to Texas. Such a handsome – and obviously mischievous cat. I once had a cat that loved olives. Would play with one until it literally fell apart and then she would eat it. Each cat leaves such happy memories with us when it’s time to leave for the bridge. Thanks for sharing some of yours with us.
Texas did exactly the same with the olive :) Thank you so much!
dood, we knoe you were loved very much …and you arre missed…very much. how domwe know this? by this awesome tribute post mom wrote for you. we understand how hard this day is; we send loves and hugs…♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
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Thank you so much to all of you! Purrs and hugs
p.s. tuna says, we look enough alike to be siblings, even down to the slight
tan ‘stash on your whiskers~~❤️🐈
What a beautiful and fitting tribute and awesome photos.
Thank you so much!
This is such a beautiful tribute to special cat. Thank you for loving Texas so much, and for sharing him with all of us. <3
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What a beautiful tribute to a special cat. Purrs to you. I wish you were still a neighbor in Westchester!
Thank you so very much! I miss seeing you too!
What a wonderful kitty!
Quel bel hommage.
Il aura eu une vie bien remplie Texas. Une vie inhabituelle.
C’est tellement compliqué de perdre une partie de soit même.
Une pensée pour ton ange.
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Merci beaucoup pour ce tres beau message. Il m’est alle droit au coeur !
What a beautiful tribute to an incredible heart kitty. Texas was extra special for sure. Thank you so much for sharing him.
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