Yesterday I found out that my oldest kitty Jasmine has a tumor in her left lung. At this point, I don’t know what was going to happen, but as my mom called me in tears I voted to put her down. Jasmine was turning 17 this year so she lived a very long and joyful life. It still makes me sad as I won’t be able to be home for another week and a half. So when I go home the basement will feel empty as if something will always be missing.
Jasmine has been in my life since I was 5. My dad was a cat person, but my mom.. not so much. However, my dad thought a cat would fit our lifestyle a bit more since my dad and mom both worked and me and my brother were in school. We went to the humane society and fell in love with Jasmine and her sister. Though her sister was adopted before we could adopt her. My mom thought of Jasmine after Aladdin which was my brother’s favorite Disney movie. The name stuck.
Jasmine was timid and would hide in the basement. She eventually warmed up to us, but it took a while. Late at night my dad would get home from work and go down to our basement where Jasmine would leap into his lap and fall asleep. It didn’t take long for Jasmine to become his cat. I remember both me and my brother brought Jasmine to our class for show and tell. I carried Jasmine on our old red deck and held her like a sac of potatoes as my family calls it. My dad yelled at me because Jasmine could have escaped. I used to carry string and dangle it in front of Jasmine and she would bite it and chase me around the house. Jasmine loves lounging on our porch and rolling around on our linoleum with cat nip.
After my dad passed, Jasmine was different. Her late-at-night buddy wasn’t around. After getting the Xbox though, I was downstairs every day at least. I would sit in the recliner and call Jasmine’s name and she would run from the office to hop into my lap. She wouldn’t face me because she was so focused on the TV. I joked that she was my gaming cat.
As unfortunate as this is, I’m glad that I grew up with cats. Cats aren’t the mean creatures that everyone says they are. They’re compassionate, lazy, and loving animals that deserve attention. I will forever be a cat lady and that’s because of this amazing soul that came into my life and brought me so much happiness. I will miss you and love you forever Jasmine.