Lucky our hostel cat – an icon…
15 years old this year – died today 29 September 2015.
Lucky was almost 15 years old, was rescued over the 2000/01 Christmas holidays by Tracey at a previous place of employment. A fellow workmate brought in a tiny kitten who was near dead after being thrown on concrete by some neighbourhood kids showing how tough they were. The workmates son took the tiny near dead kitten to his Mum who was leaving for work she brought it with her to our workplace. Not having the heart to finish it off we nursed the unconscious kitten, she had lost fluid from her nose and remained unconscious for 3 days. Tracey moistened her nose with milk, tuna and sardine juice as often as possible.On the 4th day the tiny kitten woke up and started licking a little and eating, but still unable to get up she remained in her box for weeks. About 6 – 8 weeks later
It took about 2 weeks before she could get up and out of her box, when she did her back legs/hips faulted and she would stumble and fall over all the time in the first couple of years. Initially we all thought her hips were broken and she may not recover, however every day she slowly gained strength. We believed as time went by that Lucky was very lucky to have lived at all and most likely had some brain injury. We believe it was likely the messages ‘forgot’ to tell her hind hips and legs to work. This faulting and falling over while she walked still happened years later on occasions.
Lucky had a really lovely nature and made connections with a lot of lovely travellers who passed by our hostel over the years. This is Lydia ‘walksbyfaith’ who posted on 2014 this was the first time she had touched a cat in her entire life.
Some travellers would even sneak Lucky to sleep with them. Lingham believed Lucky was a very smart cat, when he stayed in his campervan Lucky would be waiting by his door at night to be let in for bed. She would sleep on his chest and if he happened to snore too loudly she would ‘nip’ him in the throat just enough to remind him to stop the noise.
We recently moved Lucky home to enjoy some time with our family for her well deserved retirement. We have noticed this past year she was finally showing signs of her age. We were beginning to notice again her stumbling and taking time to move after waking up from her sleeps… She has always remained a graceful young lady, most people thought she was still a kitten / young cat because she was really tine and lightweight.
We have and still get postcards and emails from around the world asking how lucky is… to you all we say thank you – and let you know Lucky is now resting peacefully. This is our tribute to her.