Goldie has been with us for 19+ years. I've lost track on when she came into our lives. Could have been in 1990 or around that time. Back then, I've never had a cat that lived long. Growing up on a farm, I've had lots and lots of farm cats, but none lived long lives. It's hard to remember when we got her as a kitten.
Goldie proved me wrong for a cat to live a long life. Her end of life was getting bad. I don't think any doctoring would have helped her much. I felt so guilty on taking her to the vet Sat morning, but it was something we had to do.
She has extra toes on her front paws which helped her to be a great mouser in her younger days. Every morning she would have a "treat" for us on the steps. Many times she would even make it into the house with it. Nothing like stepping on a soft furry thing in the middle of the night! She would meow out our bedroom window when she wanted to come in. Towards her last few years, she never went outside except to sun herself.
She was hit by a car, we think, in 1997 or 98. Had to have her leg amputated. It cost us $300 and we thought, gee she better live for awhile to have that pay off! She showed us!
I tried to find younger photos of her, I'm still looking, so here are some from the last few years.
She had lots of fine fine hair. After awhile she quit grooming, so I had to brush it out. It would matt terrible, very hard to trim those out.
On her last morning, looking oh so gray and tired.