Tara showed up on our porch in 2003. She was a sweet little cat, very dainty, quiet and polite. When she was hungry, she would go and sit at her feeding place until we noticed her. She never got into trouble with inappropriate urination or scratching. She always slept with us and with our other cat. She was with us until June of this year, when we discovered she had pancreatic cancer that had spread to her abdomen. She was 14 years old. She began to neglect her grooming in April, but we figured she was old and probably had arthritis like the rest of us. She was still active and had a good appetite, but she started to chew with a strange, grinding sound. We thought she was having problems with her teeth (she had lost 5 over the years due to resorptive lesions. When she was sedated for the dental check, she had some blood drawn. It showed some disturbing results. Her pancreatic levels were off the scale, she was anemic, her white blood cell count was high and her blood protein was low. Her subsequent ultrasound gave us the bad news. She was a good cat.
A donation was made in Tara's memory and the memorial was created on July 26, 2017.