September 1998 – December 2015
Kako was the only lady in the house. Sometimes the term “lady” didn’t apply in her case, though oftentimes it did.
Because she was the only female in the house and was the most petite cat here, she had an attitude that you could see before she entered a room.
She would fight me anytime I said “no” to her, and heaven help me if I decided I needed to be physical with her (a tap on the nose, a swat on the butt, just pointing at her — it all led to unpleasant violence!).
She had a white-trash relationship with Grendel (that was her man), but, step-sibling incest aside, it was actually quite cute as she would hunt him down anywhere just to snuggle with him.
Kako was a talker (her lungs must have taken up most of her body), and I sincerely believe she used the phone all day when I wasn’t home.
She had a genetic predisposition towards extremely acute urinary tract infections and had to be monitored constantly for any signs of trouble. In fact, it was Kako’s UTI problem that meant I had to feed them a prescription diet.
Kako never purred for anyone except me. This caused a certain level of distress for Derek throughout his many years with us, yet he understood she was Daddy’s Girl and would never be as close to anyone else. I could always rely on her to leap to my shoulders and lie on my back, to purr for me and snuggle with me at every opportunity; I also know ours was the only relationship of its kind for her, and she would never open up that much to any other human regardless of the circumstances.
As she entered her seventeenth year, her health began to decline. Not severely, no, but slowly: more sleeping and lethargy, a gradual loss of weight—all the signs of age. And it was her growing loss of appetite that spelled doom, for her food was the only thing standing between her and a deadly infection. Which is what eventually got her. Never one to let an animal suffer, I had to make the hard decision to let her go once she showed symptoms of a UTI.
Pronucniation: KAY koh
Namesake: Kako, a female character from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; so named because she and her brother, Kazon, were virtual twins when they were young and I wanted their names to be similar while remaining individual
Relationship: Kazon’s sister
Breed: Domestic Short Hair (DSH)
Color: Black tabby
Birthdate: September 1, 1998
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Did I mention she had an attitude?
She wanted some attention, but I was standing too far away for her to jump to my shoulders.
Lying on her back in front of the fireplace.
She was my little Julie Newmar — very statuesque.