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Remembering the 9 Lives of Jewel THE IMMORTAL ONE

couldn’t figure out what was going on until she brought us a baby mouse. We came to find out that she had been running around in the crawl space. There was a tiny crack in the

A few weeks ago, we said goodbye to our beloved cat, Jewel. She was 18 years old and had been part of our family since my daughter was a little girl. One of my earliest memories is of my childhood cats. My mom has been known to have up to five cats at once, each of them well-loved and spoiled. When I got married, my wife and I had pet cats for most of our marriage and our daughter got her first cat when she was 6 years old. After our neighbor’s cat had kittens, Audriana (Augee) came home from “Uncle” Fred’s with the runtiest runt of the litter, which she happily named Jewel. This cat grew up to be a beautiful tortie and she was my daughter’s pet from day one. As soon as Augee sat down, Jewel would be right in her lap. Each night, Jewel crawled under the covers with her and Augee always woke up with the cat still sleeping next to

foundation and mice had gotten in. Jewel was down there trying to take care of the problem. We sealed up the hole and that quickly remedied her weird, feline-pattern baldness. She was a real special cat, always eager to run around and play. Even after she came down with kidney disease years ago, she

“Every time Audriana came home, Jewel would be glued to her side.”

wasn’t willing to give up the ghost just yet. That’s how she came to be called the “Immortal One.” Each fall, when Audriana went away to school, we told Jewel she just needed to last until winter break so Augee could see her again. And then we’d ask her to make it until summer vacation. She always did. Every time Audriana came home, Jewel would be glued to her side. For years, Jewel wasn’t

her. For the longest time, we had two cats, Daniel and Jewel. Daniel was a big Maine coon cat. He had the run of the house, with Jewel playing second fiddle, but after Daniel passed away, Jewel had something of a renaissance. She went from hiding in the basement to being on your lap, dying for affection all the time. Jewel was a good mouser, too. Once, we noticed she was losing fur on the top of her head and ears. We

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