Uso, our cat was killed on Sunday. He was only three years old.
I remember when he first came to me. I was sharing a place with some friends. They knew I was a bit lonely. There were several ferals around our area. My roommate picked up a kitty who was abandoned and put it in my arms. He was so small then.
After a vet check and shots he was mine. All mine. He slept on my bed with me, he would wait for me while I did things around the house. Anyone could touch him anywhere. He was the most affectionate laid back cat I have ever had. He came when called and always waited by the door for me when I came home. He was vocal, always ready to purr or to meow inquisitively if I suddenly stopped petting him.
When we first brought Balou home it was hilarious. Obviously, Uso was the dominant one. He would cuddle on top of the pup and lick his ears. Later, when Balou grew and grew they would chase each other outside. It was funny to see such a large pup being chased by a small cat.
He was so gentle. We have a two year old niece who would sometimes pull at his tail. Not only did he let her, he would rub up against her constantly wanting affection.
I had him neutered when it was obvious that he wasn't going to stay inside. But he would only venture out into our yard and the side of the street.
Sunday, I came home to Uso's collar around our door knob. We asked around. Several neighbors confirmed that he was hit.
There's this kid who is always on his moped. I've seen him try to hit several tiny dogs that run about. Apparently, Uso wasn't his only victim. Animal control confirmed his death. They also stated that his body looked as if he was hit in the grass and drug out to the middle of the street.
I feel so bad. I tried keeping him inside, the park I live in has a speed restriction. Uso never laid in the road or ran in front of cars. He never hurt anyone. Strangers could pet him. The neighborhood kids used to pick him up and pet him. Why would someone do this?
Uso, you are loved and you will be missed. Balou knows it. He misses you too. He's been my shadow since I found out. He keeps waiting by the door for you. He will go into the bedroom and look around for you. We all miss and love you.