Even when you know and you try to prepare, it's still surprising how sad and awful it is. TJ was with James for over 18 years - his little, white shadow. And he's been my favorite furry friend for more than a decade.
The best of cats. Friendly, smart, curious and patient. He came when you called him, was always gentle and kind and so very loving and affectionate. I love this photo - taken years ago when he was healthy and in his prime.
He looks lost in thought.
Or curled up in a pile of blankets.
And even when we saddled him with a needy, crazy little kitten, he was calmly accepting.
But he was happiest when he was with his favorite human. Just relaxing and enjoying the moment. It doesn't get any better than that.
You were a good kitty. We miss you so much.