Months have passed since Zeus the cat bid adieu to his companion Sam, a dog who passed away. But the bereaved cat’s affection for his longtime canine friend is still very present in his heart.
And now, it has been quite evident that this is the case.
On the surface, Zeus and Sam’s relationship may not have seemed too atypical for a cat and dog living under the same roof.
But despite the contrasts in their species and temperaments, a bond formed between them — though they did express it in different ways.
Emma Catanzarite, the pair’s owner, told The Dodo that Zeus “always attempted to snuggle with Sam and play with him, but Sam was always indifferent.” Zeus enjoyed making fun of him all the time.
But really, he just want proximity.
But while cats are usually the ones who have a funny way of showing affection, in this case it was Sam the dog who expressed his love through tolerance.
Sadly, though, their time together couldn’t remain indefinitely since Sam’s passing two months prior had a profound impact on the cat’s heart.
After Sam died, Zeus appeared to be quite lonely, Catanzarite said. “He spent more time following my mum around during the day, and when he passed away, he meowed a lot like he was hunting for him. When my mother entered the room the day Sam passed away, he was covered in a blanket and Zeus was lying on top of him, as if he had finally gotten a chance to cuddle with him.”
Despite Sam being gone, Zeus managed to get in touch with him this week.
Catanzarite’s brother had kept the dog’s old collar on a bookshelf in his room ever since the dog had passed away. Zeus discovered it the other day, and his heart immediately grew larger.
Zeus rushed up and sat down right by the collar when he finished smelling near the bookcase, Catanzarite recalled. “Seeing how thrilled he was to locate that and finally smell Sam again made me so sad,” the author said.
Here is a clip of Zeus finding the fragrance he had been longing for:
When he found it, “he appeared really thrilled,” Catanzarite added. “I believe that may have benefited him.”
Nothing will ever bring Sam back in body, but his presence still lingers in spirit and scent — and now Zeus knows exactly where to go to find it.