1993 - 2010
In mid September I had to put my sweet kitty, Jasmine, to sleep. My family got Jasmine in 1993. She was a seal-point Himalayan with beautiful blue eyes. I was in the 5th grade when we brought her home. We named her Princess Jasmine after the Disney movie Aladdin that had recently come out. She was exotic and beautiful just like the Princess Jasmine in the movie. Jasmine lived in Tuscaloosa for the next 13 years of her life. Then in 2006 when I moved to Atlanta I decided to move her out there with me. We joked that she became a "city cat" and adjusting to life in a small 1 bedroom apartment would be a challenge. But she did adjust well and she lived with me through 2 apartments and my new townhouse.
Early this summer I noticed she had a mouth infection. I took her to the vet and learned she had a tumor on her tongue. I was told this was common in older cats. We gave her several shots to fight the infection and help ease pain but the tumor was not going anywhere. After 2 months Jasmine got very sick and was unable to eat food easily. It was at that point I decided she had lived a wonderful 16 and 1/2 years and it was time to give her the rest she deserved.
The process was incredibly hard and I cried a lot. After everything I feel very relieved and I know it was the right decision. She went peacefully with my mom and me by her side petting her. I'm still adjusting to a house without her. She used to stand at the top of the stairs and greet me when I came home from work. She used to jump in my bathtub in the morning and want to drink water from the faucet. She used to curl up next to me on the red chair while I watched TV or read. She used to sleep on the sub-woofer under my desk because it was warm. All great memories. I do miss her a lot!