Beloved cat, Ty Richardson, 19 years, of Lima, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Metz Petz Veterinary Clinic in Ada surrounded by his favorite person, Krista Richardson, and her husband, Vance Poteet.
Ty was born on September 6, 1999. He was gifted to Krista by her friend Maria Sanchez Ward of Granbury, TX. Krista and her family immediately fell in love with the long-haired black and white tuxedo (bicolor) half-Persian kitten with big round pumpkin-colored eyes, his most striking feature. He looked like a Ty Beanie Baby.
Ty joined the family in the fall of 1999 and initially lived with Krista’s parents, Guy and Vicki Richardson, of Tolar, TX. Guy often fed Ty chicken from the dining room table. Ty learned how to beg for chicken by meowing and tapping your leg with his outstretched paw for a bite.
Ty spent his version of Fall Break at Moncrief (Residence) Hall on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, TX during Krista’s junior year of college. He enjoyed college life and was loved by Krista’s suite neighbors.
Ty joined Krista in Tyler, TX after she graduated from TCU and accepted her first post-college position. Ty adapted well to apartment life. He enjoyed sitting on the balcony and taking in some fresh air. He had the spirit of a wanderer and enjoyed hiding from Krista in the shrubbery while she frantically searched for him.
Ty had expensive taste. His favorite chew toy was the soft footbed of Krista’s REEF flip-flop sandals. She proudly wore them anyway.
Ty’s adventures continued as he and Krista made career moves to Fort Worth, TX and later to Lima, OH. Ty always made each new house a home and enjoyed sleeping near Krista’s head or feet as a young cat. He curled up on her lap atop his favorite blanket in the evenings as he got older.
Ty never met a stranger and enjoyed greeting guests to his home as soon as they walked in the door. He enjoyed eating cat snacks and Kitten Chow, and of course chicken. He loved birdwatching, exploring the garage and outdoors, hiding or sitting in boxes, licking water droplets from the bathtub faucet, playing chase the string, and sitting on a balcony or open windowsill. However, he despised being dressed in Halloween costumes.
Ty also leaves behind his five-year-old human sibling, Camden Poteet, to whom Ty taught many cat behaviors such as hissing. Additionally, he leaves behind his cat siblings, Phoebe and Blu.
Ty was dearly loved and he will be forever missed! He leaves his paw prints on the hearts of us all.