Please keep in mind that in the wild (strays and ferals prove this) cats only live 2 to 5 years. By adopting a cat, we human caregivers quite often automatically double, triple and often quadruple their lifespans. They are not biologically designed to live as long as many do. Living to 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and as far as 20 years old is a miracle and a blessing for each cat. Just by providing them with regular food & just water, shelter (from natural predators), love and the occasional trip to a Vet's, we are lengthening their lifespan exponentially. So it may seem that losing a cat as young as 9 is young, where in fact your cat was one year away from being considered a "senior cat."
Thank you, James! I need to keep reminding myself of this all the time. That we domesticate these animals and expand their lifetime. I get upset a lot because Bubby was only here for 10 short years but then I think would he even have lived that in the wild with his condition. My answer keeps coming up as no. So as hard as it is that he just shy of 10, I need to keep remembering what you said about that each year after 5 is a blessing.
Thank you. I needed that!