It would be easy for me to feel sorry for myself because I am a diabetic cat. But then I hear a story like that of Clyde, who didn’t have a human to take care of him for a long time. Then I realize, I do have a disease, but it is under control, and I have a human who loves me. Things are not so bad.
Clyde was a neglected cat for far too long. But his path crossed with a very kind human, who scooped him up in a pouring rain storm and took him to the vet, with both feline and human soaked to the bone. The prognosis was not good. Clyde was a senior cat, and his teeth had all either rotted away or been damaged due to being neglected. He also was FIV positive, had high blood pressure, and a heart condition called cardiomyopathy.
He was sick, and the time he had left was limited. But the wonderful human who scooped him up on that rainy day committed to taking care of him and making sure he was given the love every feline deserves for the rest of his days. She built an enclosure for Clyde, and introduced him to another special needs cat who was also FIV positive, Oliver.
Clyde finally got to enjoy being taken care of by a human properly. And he responded by giving lots of love to not only his feline furiend Oliver, but his humans. He went on walks in the yard, enjoyed rolling the leaves, sniffing the grass, and most of all, watching the fireflies. Clyde loved to walk with the fireflies. He said watching them made him feel not like the old sick cat that he was, but like a young, healthy cat again and that he knew that when it was time to go, the fireflies would lead the way.
Yesterday, Clyde had to go. His body was shutting down, and his humans had to carry out the one last act of love that humans show felines. They had to take him to the place with white coated humans one last time so that Clyde could get the help he needed to go to his final rest.
Clyde went peacefully and surrounded in love. He was looking at his human right in the eye, letting her know it was okay. He had his stuffed firefly with him, as well as the tiger striped blanket that his human made for him. These were some of his favorite things. His human will have these cremated with Clyde, so that they will be with him forever.
I wish that Clyde had more time to spend with the humans who loved him and took good care of him. But that was not to be. We can all take a lesson from Clyde, though. We can all learn to love others, be they felines or humans, who have special needs. And we can let others into our hearts even though we know there will be sadness when they leave us.
Don’t give up on a special needs cat, whether it’s one like Clyde, or a diabetic cat like me. And when you see a firefly, think of Clyde. He’ll appreciate it and that way, he’ll always be with us.