Ever since before we were married, cats have been a big part of our lives. Our first cat, Kittyface (her real name was Kismet, but we never called her that), came to us on New Year’s Eve before we were married.
Many other four-legged friends have come and gone. Some were just outside visitors, some primarily outdoor cats who came in when the weather was bad or it was cold, but most of them came and stayed, having found their forever home with us. Sadly, "forever" is a relative term: some were with us only a short time before leaving for the proverbial Rainbow Bridge, others lived a good, long life of twenty years or more.
Currently, we have one cat, Molly. We’ve decided that when she goes, that’ll be it, at least for a while. I’m disabled, both Mary and I are reaching the official retirement years, and cats are a lot of work, and worry, and money. Not that we’ve minded: we’ve enjoyed having them here with us, and done all that we could do to give them happy, healthy lives. It’ll be a sad day when we have an "empty nest," but Molly seems to be in good health and she is really playing the role of an "only cat" to the hilt, so that’s not an immediate concern.
I found something on Facebook a few years ago that I liked, first because the cat is a dead ringer for Kittyface, second because it seemed particularly apt.
Christine Bialczak hosts Simply 6 Minutes.