First the sad news about St. Mark’s Bookshop, and now this. Spoonbill & Sugartown’s three-legged cat, Rainer, a perpetual fixture in the nooks and crannies of Williamsburg’s favorite little bookstore, has gone to the eternal remainder bin.
Perhaps he won’t be remembered as the friendliest of felines — he wasn’t exactly a cuddler or given to purring, and was pretty much always passed out — but he also didn’t have the easiest of lives. Apparently the poor kitty had been suffering for some time from a host of problems like cataracts, kidney issues and depression (not to mention his wobbly balance).
Regulars at the shop will no doubt miss this familiar face, more often than not splayed over a copy of his favorite Stuart Little. Some of them took to Facebook today to lament his passing. “Aww my kids’ll miss the swipey, hissing hijinks,” posted Chris Fennell. “Oh no!!! I loved Rainer so much – he was the best x,” said Andrea Huelse. Rest in Peace, Rainer– we hope you’re up there playing with Rum Tum Tugger and all of T.S. Eliot’s other cats.
Here’s what the bookstore had to say on Facebook:
Our dear bookstore cat, Rainer Spoonbill Bellamy, son of Myrtle and Felix Bellamy, passed away peacefully last night while reading Stuart Little for the thousandth time. Rainer was born in April, 1998. He was pre-deceased by his boyfriend and brother, Haze, in 2010. Haze was an ornery and not particularly people-friendly cat. He especially disliked children, and his 2003 left hook swipe of a 5 year-old girl resulted in him being de-clawed. Diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he had a leg amputated but then proceeded to get healthier than he’d ever been in his rather sedentary life. He was not an adventurer, his daily routines taking place in a 20 square foot area from which he never deviated. He had cataracts, depression and kidney problems. It is hard to say he enjoyed his life, and in later years we were always looking for someone to take him home so he could have rugs and couches and cuddly owners like normal cats do, but his various ailments and advanced age made this too difficult. We’ll miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made out to the Democratic National Committee.