By Dr. Andrew Jones
In memory of Cleo
Cleo was the longest lived pet I have ever had- he was born April 1997 on the streets of Amherst Nova Scotia, and died May 20, 2014 due to complications of kidney failure.
Cleo was part of a litter of kittens left at the Amherst Veterinary Clinic to be euthanized for severe Upper Respiratory Infection, but his outgoing personality with my dog Hoochie had me treating his infection and adopting him out.
Cleo loved chasing the shiny crinkly balls, rolling in catnip, going for car rides, eating the occasional mouse, and sleeping on a human.
His weather schedule: Sunny days.. good, go outside, eat grass, poop in the neighbors garden… Rain/cold/snow……stay inside and sleep/eat/eat/sleep/eat.
Cleo was more of a lover than a fighter- he seemed to get along with neighborhood cats, and in his 17 years of life he was not once treated for a cat fight injury.
As Cleo aged and was diagnosed with kidney disease, he refused to eat canned cat food, instead opting for tuna.
A can of tuna a day did help keep the doctor away.
Cleo didn’t attain any large status in life- he wasn’t a celebrity, not involved in politics, but he sure had a large impact on his family.
Cleo initially slept every night with myself ( Dr Andrew) or my wife Catherine, and then as our 2 children grew, he slept with them.
Until the night before his death he was sleeping with my 14 year old son Liam.
We banter around the sayings that our pet give us so much more that we can give them back- when you lose a pet you know that to be true.
Cleo taught me that you can never underestimate the power of unconditional love, and that a loud YOWL will get you what you want.
Cleo you will be missed.
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