Calypso – May 2002-December 2019
Calypso came into our lives as one of a litter of foster kittens. We already had 3 cats and were not planning to add to our family, but Calypso had different plans! He endeared himself to us with his personality and affectionate ways. Calypso was always very attuned to the emotions of other animals and people. As we continued to foster kittens, Calypso would cuddle the girl kittens and wrap himself around them! He also was very aware of the emotions of his human family.
Calypso was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at age 7. He responded well to Atenolol and was an active and happy cat. At age 14, Calypso was diagnosed with IBD and came close to death a couple of times. When he was 16, Calypso was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and hyperthyroidism. He also had degenerating corneas that caused infections in his eyes. In spite of all of his ailments and copious medications, Calypso remained affectionate and happy. He would sometimes voice a forlorn meow when he was picked up for medication time, but he didn’t fight and sat patiently as medication after medication was administered.
When Calypso was 14, we decided that we weren’t going to use pet or house sitters any longer, because he always had the blues if we went on vacation and would eat significantly less in our absence. We got an RV and started taking him with us on trips. Calypso didn’t like the car ride, but he was a trooper and he loved camping in the RV once we arrived at our destination. He always loved the outdoors and we had a large catio at home, so on our RV trips we would set up a shelter outdoors and sit with him to watch the chipmunks and other critters.
Calypso became more frail and vulnerable as he aged. He outlived all the other kittens we had adopted to make it to 17.5 years. As he became more frail, he depended on our affection even more. It was clear that he needed us emotionally and our bond deepened more and more. He wanted us near him, and he wanted us to talk to him. He just loved sweet talk, and he didn’t want you looking at your phone at the same time – he wanted full attention.
In his last year of life, we rarely left Calypso alone for more 3 hours at a time. His vet told us every week was a gift and we treated it that way. I would seek him out first thing in the morning, and any time we left I would be anticipating our return to Calypso. On Calypso’s last day, I was sitting on the couch next to where he lay on the back of the couch, weeping off and on. I spent the whole day there with him, just talking to him and being with him. At one point when I was crying, Calypso reached out and put his paw on my shoulder. He wanted to comfort me, but it also somehow felt as if he somehow knew his little spirit would go on and was telling me it would be okay.
Calypso was one of the sweetest kitties we have ever had in 39 years of having pets as an adult. His loss has been devastating, but we are grateful for the 17.5 years we got to spend with him. We know without excellent and attentive vet care he would never have lived as long as he did. Calypso left his paw prints on our heart, and we will carry him forever in our hearts.
A donation was made in Calypso's memory and the memorial was created on January 15, 2020.