October 14, 2011


A Tribute by Cloon's Human

Inka was my 2nd cat.  I found her through an ad posted in a 7-Eleven.  She was a stray kitten.  The night I met her and held her in my arms, I fell instantly in love with her sweet, gentle, loving nature.  I will always remember that moment and that memory, it stands out so clearly and joins only a few others as one of my most cherished moments in time.  Inka was my kindred spirit, my soul kitty or heart kitty, and my little girl.  

I was very unprepared for her loss as I had never envisioned her passing at the young age of 10 and I never saw the next 10 years of my future without her. 

Inka slept beside me every night for 10 years and loved the sound of my voice.  Whenever I would talk aloud, she would come out from wherever she was and come right beside me, listen intently, purr and look at me with her soulful eyes.  She was a Zen kitty, she loved peace and quiet and Zen.  

She loved watching birdies, having the sun on her fur and lying in the breeze of an open window.  She LOVED tuna.

Inka and Clooney were the best of friends.  She loved to groom him.  They slept together and played together many times every day.  In the three weeks before Inka passed away, Clooney could be found lying right beside her wherever she was hiding.  I witnessed him crawling into the small blue "Prince" bed (that Neytiri now sleeps in) and squeezing himself right up alongside Inka even though there wasn't room for him.  When Inka passed on, a piece of Clooney's heart went with her...I know that he has had as much of a grief experience as I have had.   

Back in January of this year, Ann from Zoolatry had created these special pictures of "Angel Inka".  They mean a lot to me.  

Inka was an expert insect catcher.  She loved bugs especially moths.  The only insect she left alone and just observed was the Ladybug.  After Inka passed away, I witnessed Ladybugs in unusual places and circumstances.  I thought if something was to be Inka's messenger, a Ladybug would indeed be fitting as both Inka and I have had a special fondness for them... 

 Today is a hard day for me...even 2 years later.  As cancer had overtaken her, I said goodbye to my beloved Inka at 10:56 AM on October 14, 2009.

4 months after Inka passed, I travelled through Australia and wrote these words above in the sand at Coffs Harbour.  Australia was a very special trip for me as I had done lots of personal reflection.  On a special day when I was in Australia (March 5, 2010) close to Inka's original birth date, Neytiri was born...

"Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know.

Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone.
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.

Loving you has been the greatest gift of all."

(Excerpt from Karla M. Bertram)


  1. What a beautiful tribute to Angel Inka. *hugs*

  2. Ladybug, ladybug ... fly away home. Though your beautiful and sweet Inka flew away to her new home, she has left your heart full of her love and her memories.

  3. What a beautiful post about your lovely Inka. She was beautiful.

    Have a good weekend.

    pawhugs, Max

  4. That really was a beautiful tribute to Inka. Our mom has wet eyes now but that was terrific. Inka sounds like a wonderful girl. Thanks for telling us all about her. Big hugs.

  5. A very heartfelt tribute complemented by photos that say so much just by themselves. We are so lucky we get to know what it's like to have a soulmate and how special our little friends are to us.

    A beautiful post and one that recalls one's own losses, too. May Inka be with you always.

    (((Hugs))) Tom & Julie

  6. Absolutely beauty tribute friend. I'm so sorry she was taken from you so early.

  7. Inka was beautiful! We send you comforting purrs as you remember her on this day.

  8. That is such a beautiful and loving tribute to Inka. I hope the wonderful memories can make your heart smile.

  9. (((Hugs))) and Light to you.

    That was such a beautiful post, a moving tribute.



  10. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful kitty x

  11. We send yous much love. Such a wonderful tribute to such a wonderful friend.
    Nellie, Kozmo and family

  12. What a wonderful tribute to your sweet, beautiful Inka. Reading it brought us tears. We are leaving you lots of warm, comforting hugs and nose kisses

  13. Ann made such lovely pictures of Inka with her angel wings!!! This is just a beautiful tribute to sweet Inka. I know you are still heartbroken over her loss, what a hard day this is, I am so sorry! My boys are sending you healing purrs...hold tight to Tiri and Cloon, they will want to comfort you :-)

  14. Purrs to you today. You post made my human sad because it reminded her of the cat before me.

  15. There shouldz be 10squillion comments here. And you should have posted a mascara warning. MOL
    Good thing I've been so sick I haven't been wearing any and when my boss comes out and sees my eyes full of tears (from your beautiful post and tribute) I can just LIE and blame it on my cold.

    LOVE and hugs to you, from one who well knows still how hard it can be to take a breath while thinking of the one that's gone on ahead.

    That Woman

  16. What a sad, yet beautiful post. She is with Autumn and Nicky eating tuna and chasing ladybugs and waiting for her Mom to arrive, but not too soon cos Cloon and Neytiri need you.

  17. Such beautiful words in an exceptional tribute to your beautiful Inka. Our deepest sympathies...

  18. What a lovely tribute to your dear Inka.Sending warm healing thoughts to you today. xo Hugs.

  19. this was one of the most beautiful tributes I have ever read.

    Inka was indeed a special cat. What a gorgeous girl.

    It hurts but take comfort in the fact that those Lady Bugs are your beloved Soul Kitty...Neytiri was sent by Inka...

    (((((hugs)))) to you on this most difficult day

  20. Your love for Inka shines through in your beautiful tribute.

  21. Such a beautiful remembrance tribute so full of love. We are sending you love and purrs today.
    What a beautiful cat Inka was ~ you are very lucky to have shared so many years, there would have never been enough time together.
    The quote is truly beautiful too.

  22. What a beautiful tribute to your sweet Inka. I could not read without tears. She is so much loved and even though she went to the Rainbow Bridge so young, she lives in your heart.
    The story of Clooney squeezing himself with her in the Prince bed is so sweet.
    I've heard kitties who went to the Rainbow Bridge come back to us in a different coat. I wonder if Inka decided to come back as Neytiri.

  23. Such a beautiful and wonderful tribute to Inka. Thank you for loving her so much. Hugs and purrs to you/

  24. What a beautiful post. And I'm so sorry for your loss (sob).

  25. Lovely looking girl cat, and she clearly had a lovely life with you.

  26. We never forget them even when they've been gone for many years. There is always room in our hearts for precious memories.


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