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“In Memory of Rufkat”

Description from The Witch of the Woods: Rufkat was a tiny calico barn cat that lived on a farm in upstate NY where I lived for 6 very difficult months of my life. She was small, elegant, perfectly independent, utterly aloof but (a complete wonder to the farmer that owned the farm) she would let me pet her. She never saw the inside of a house or a vet, and she never had kittens. She died last week at the age of 20. She was a model of strength and beauty, and a very rare and special creature. I don't expect to meet her like again and I tried to capture her colors and elegance, and my love for her, in this pick.

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  1. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    What a lovely pick for a WonderCat. I love the story!

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    As an avid cat lover, I appreciate your lovely pick in memory of an obviously unique kitty. I would love to have known her. I used to socialize and help ferals and get them innoculated also took in any stray that came along. Everyone was spade/neutered as well as innoculated. I met so many different personalities over the years and could write a book on the kitties I’ve known over the decades. I commend you on this lovely memorial. And yes you told a beautiful story. I suspect you are beautiful as well.

  3. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Yes, I get a sense of a uniquely elegant, but strong and practical calico from your choices. And your connection, how special she was to you and your love & respect for her. It is no small thing that you had her respect to be allowed to pet her. Few cats live to 20. I had a cat, Bear, when I was a girl who lived to 19. She, too, was aloof, chose her favorites very selectively, and was the cleverest cat I have ever seen. A queen among cats. Your Rufkat was an amazing, admirable creature, it seems with this same regal nature caught in a commoner’s life.

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Sorry for your loss of Rufkat. I know that when a pet lets you enter their life, you are special in their lives. Not many feral cats let humans into their lives. From your pick, she must have been a beauty of a cat also.

  5. The Witch of the Woods
    The Witch of the Woods says:

    I appreciate all your kind words about Rufkat. She was an amazing little thing. I think of her in random moments and tears come to my eyes knowing I will never see her again. But she lives bright in my memory.

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  6. B Harrelson
    B Harrelson says:

    What a beautiful tribute.

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