Rudi went on his final journey on Friday afternoon.
By now he should have arrived in cat heaven where no doubt he found an elevated position, a high place from where he can observe in his unique dignified way everything going on around him. Rudi loved being king of the castle and in a way he also was King of the Sanctuary. Whether he was sitting on the dish rack next to the sink, on a window sill or on top of a shelf, his powerful presence was felt by cats and people alike.
The desire to love and to be loved is a basic feline need and Rudi was the embodiment of this truth.
it was not only his handsome Persian looks, his silky brown and white coat, his fluid movements, his expressive, enigmatic amber eyes, - it was above all his gentle, loving and very special personallity which attached him to carers and visitors alike. Rudi definitely did what he wanted to do, but on the other hand, he never hurt anybody. In a way he seemed to know that he owed his life to the sanctuary. Rudi radiated a very dignified, strong and loyal affection which was reciprocated by whomever he met.
Rudi made it obvious that he enjoyed his life. He relaxed deeply, slept soundly, moved effortlessly wherever he chose, took a dignified, intelligent interest in life and was universally liked. When at last his liver failed, he did not suffer long, but left us quickly, making room for another cat.
Another cat which in his place will receive shelter, food, care and the chance of happiness. Another cat whose affection we should reciprocate. In loving memory of Rudi.