i was wrong about her years with me..i went back and looked...she was just 9 yrs old. i suspect in being able to look closely at her once she was sedated that dix was an untreated hyperthyroid cat whose kidneys finally burned out. the vet said her breath smelled like a kidney cat and she wasn't able to palpate her kidneys because they were so small.
in any case, i find it interesting that dixie crashed on the day after that sunny was locked in a cage away from her. when ogidie died, she transferred her neediness for security and company to sunny and suddenly sunny was gone. i think dix has been sick and coasting for a very long time and she simply finally ran out of coasting room.
i will always carry a ton of regret about loving and living with this little feral cat...i just hope she doesn't regret living with me.
i hope you find ogidie waiting for you on the other side..rest in peace now sweet and wild dixie.