C.C., who has served as the Alamo's "official cat" for the last 18 years, passed away July 6, according to caretakers of the historic site in San Antonio.
The female feline, who was white with black markings, reportedly had been in declining health the past few weeks. She was buried July 8, according to the Alamo’s Twitter page.
“She was loved by employees, volunteers and visitors and will be dearly missed,” said the Alamo’s Facebook page, which has been flooded with condolences.
“I was so thrilled to meet C.C. several years ago, and it was obvious the staff loved her very much,” one person wrote on the Facebook page. “I am so sorry for your loss.”
Another person commented, “Thank you for giving her such incredible care and for simply having a cat at the Alamo. I hope the organization considers a new kitty some day.”
C.C. showed up at the Alamo as a stray in 1996-- or 160 years after Texas colonists and Mexican troops fought a battle there that inspired the famous battle-cry "Remember the Alamo." In addition to being popular with people, she provided round-the-clock rodent control at what was originally a Spanish mission.
“At times, she likes holding court outside, where she greets visitors,” says an undated webpage of the Alamo-based Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library. “On other occasions, she retreats to the library to seek solace among the books.”
C.C. was not the Alamo’s first cat. A tortoiseshell named Ruby had a similar role in the 1980s. According to the library's website, Ruby "sauntered into the Alamo battleground one day and decided to take possession."