My wife and I baby sat a cat for a friend while she traveled the world(roughly a year) Well the time came for use to get married in Hawaii and we were astonished that the owner said to just leave him with enough food and water and he'll be fine(we were gone for a week and a half) we get back and he's fine. The owner came back and took him(hendrix back) Hendrix ended up getting some kind of cancer(15-16 years old)
The owner wanted to put him down herself(giving him a pill and that puts him to sleep for good) she called us over to spend some time with him before that and I Def shed some tears and he totally recognized us and even though he was in obvious pain, he rolled up on his back one last time for us to rub his belly
RIP Hendix. One of my Fave pics of him enjoying our warm laundry as my wife folded it fresh out the dryer. Dude was diving in it like Scrooge Mcduck in his money vault
About 2 years later we got our own Kitten and named her Nermal(after that kitten that always got on Garfields nerves). She's got a fang missing(I wanted to name her toothless or Frieda based on her appearance))old guy we got her from said she always was like that) She's about 3 now. We're looking to get a 2nd cat, most likely male as the reason we were able to get nermal was the previous owner had 5 other cats and Nermal being so territorial took up half this guys house to the point where the other cats had no space. We've heard Males don't really care, my bro and sis in law have a male and female and get along great, because the male is so submissive.
here she is