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My cat passed away last night...

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KittieCat Mon 05-Aug-13 08:59:20

My amazing 19 year old moggy died just before midnight last night. I'm devastated and feel utterly bereft. She was my best friend and had been since I met her16 years ago.

She'd used lots of her nine lives, having gone missing for 6.5 weeks many years back, but thanks to an extensive search and poster campaign we found her. She then went through two years of chemo and came out the other side but this time she was out of luck.

Trying to be as normal as possible for DS who is 2.5. Not wholly successful...

No idea what we'll say to him when he realises she's not around. Any age appropriate suggestions? Don't want to scare him into thinking if you're unwell then this is what happens, but equally don't want to lie that she's gone to live on a farm etc...

It's shit. I miss her.

cozietoesie Mon 12-Aug-13 16:16:38

Then he probably has noticed - but being so very young he's likely just registered the fact and thought little more of it. There - not there. Who can really remember what it's like to be that age but they're not necessarily deep thinkers.

Glad you're feeling a little better.

KittieCat Mon 12-Aug-13 16:11:00

That sounds lovely, Tabby, maybe I can blame the usually crap Britsh weather for my green fingered failures..?

If I thought a dandelion was a fitting tribute for The Best Cat on Earth then I'd be sorted!

Still missing my girl loads but the Ease info was great. DS still hasn't noticed or asked where she is but he has been talking about her. Got Goodbye Mog and wept like a baby. So glad I read it on my own first...

tabbycat15 Sun 11-Aug-13 07:19:06

We put the rose in a patio pot & got advice from the garden centre. We give it fertilizer for roses & lots of water. I am in Australia & so it gets lots of sunshine. We prune it & so far it's doing fine. We got a white rose flori bunda & we got lots of lovely flowers this year from it.

KittieCat Sat 10-Aug-13 15:10:10

Thanks, Tabby. I would like to plant something but I am crap with plants and think it'd probably upset me again when it inevitably dies due to my lack of ability to keep plants alive!

I've seen Rainbow Bridge and the sentiment is lovely.

tabbycat15 Sat 10-Aug-13 13:19:14

So sorry to hear that. We lost Dotty last Nov & we still miss her so much. She was 15 & had pancreatitis.
We had her cremated & made a special box of all our things. Our vets sent us a pet loss pack. There was a lovely poem called Rainbow Bridge. It made me cry reading it but it was a comfort. We got some sunflower seeds to plant, her paw print, some pot pourri & candles. We planted a rose in a pot & called it Dotty's rose. Maybe you could plant something with DS to remember her.

KittieCat Sat 10-Aug-13 08:31:35

That's great, thanks sunshine.

SunshineBossaNova Fri 09-Aug-13 21:07:18



KittieCat Fri 09-Aug-13 20:18:25

Thanks for the advice Maud and I'm terribly sorry to hear about your boy. That is completely how I feel, doing the simplest thing seems to take me forever, that's after it's already taken me forever to get round to doing it. The worst of it is when we've lost animals before she's alway been around and a massive source of comfort sadly this time she's not here when I need her most.

I think a call to the Blue Cross or Ease (thanks sunshine) might be just what I need to do.

Maud2011 Fri 09-Aug-13 18:57:43

Thanks SunshineBossaNova.

SunshineBossaNova Fri 09-Aug-13 11:37:48


I'd also recommend Ease pet bereavement charity for online support. They have been amazing with my boy's death from cancer, and my other boy's illness and my fear of his death.

Maud2011 Fri 09-Aug-13 11:08:07

I had to have my sweet 19 y.o. boy put to sleep a month ago and I think it was the worst thing I have had to do in my life. I've been lucky I suppose in that I haven't met anyone who made "it's just a cat" type comments. He was the being I lived with continually for longer than any other in my life and leaves a huge gap. At first it was very difficult to pull myself together to do anything at all, now life is going on but I miss him every day. It's so hard not being able to cuddle him any more.

I made two calls to the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Service and they were incredibly helpful. I'd recommend them to anyone going through the loss of a much loved companion animal.

I had my boy cremated and his ashes returned to me in a beautiful black wooden casket shaped like a sleeping cat.

KittieCat Thu 08-Aug-13 21:29:16

FWIW I think you were right, too. There was nothing to be gained from them knowing and it playing on their mind all day. It's bad enough for it to play on yours.

Glad to hear she purred. Hope it was as peaceful as it could be.

Planting a tree is a lovely idea. I'm not to be trusted with anything green (other than weeds!) otherwise we'd do similar. I think I'm going to have some of our girl's ashes made into a piece of jewellery or a glass paperweight from Ashes Into Glass.

stealthsquiggle Thu 08-Aug-13 21:22:26

Kittie I hope you can cuddle one of the other cats and feel a little less lonely tonight.

She died purring. We all talked tonight about planting a tree in the garden and scattering her ashes under it. It seems to be what the DC need, and I think I was right not to tell them it would be today.

KittieCat Thu 08-Aug-13 21:16:33

Poppy that awful news. Hope you're doing ok? Six years is a long time, certainly more than long enough for a cat to become entwined in the fabric of your life. Really sorry you've had to go through this.

Likewise, Stealth that's really sad, hope you're doing ok and at peace with your decision. How were your DC?
Sending thoughts to you all, 22 is an amazing age.

Thanks also to all who recommended Goodbye Mog and especially for the warning that it'll upset me, too. Think I'll have to read it alone first. I'm REALLY bad with sad animal tales. Read an interview with Ben Fogle about his late dog, Inca, and wept like a child...

Today was more bearable as I was out and about with DS, so barely had a moment to think, let alone dwell on anything. This evening has been tough once again.

I know I can't have her back but I'm looking forward to the moment that I think of her and am able to smile.

stealthsquiggle Thu 08-Aug-13 12:52:31

I am similarly unsure about whether we have done the right thing with the DC. They are 6 and 10. We told them at the weekend that we had taken the decision, and that it would happen this week. There were lots of tears, but we chose not to tell them that it would be today. I decided that there was no point in them weeping their way through today's holiday clubs (especially DC1, who is at a rugby camp where no-one knows him) but will they feel betrayed when they come home and find her gone?

OP - another vote for Goodbye Mog. You won't be able to read it without crying, though. My DC both read it at school at various stages. I don't need to explain the concept of death, but this is the first time they have had to deal with the death of a pet - DCat is the only cat they have ever known as our other cat died when DC1 was 2 - he doesn't really remember her and we decided not to get another as DCat really doesn't like other cats much.

LurcioLovesFrankie Thu 08-Aug-13 12:46:00

Big hug from me too. Our cat died a couple of months back - it's terribly sad. DS is 5 so a bit of a difference in terms of telling him, but I would say go for the truth in an age appropriate way (had to do it with DS at about 2.5 in connection with human death - it is very hard, but probably better than "gone away" etc). I second the suggestion about the Mog book - it's lovely (though it makes me cry).

SunshineBossaNova Thu 08-Aug-13 12:34:29

kittie I cried for days when we lost our lovely ginger. They're family.

stealth I'm so sorry. Big, big hugs to you and your lovely girl.

stealthsquiggle Thu 08-Aug-13 12:28:28

The vet is on her way to come and put our 22yo cat to sleep right now. I know it's the right decision. It was my decision FFS. She is deaf and confused and unhappy and has no quality of life left at all. Still can't stop crying though.

poppymagnum Thu 08-Aug-13 01:08:11

Sorry, I worded that badly. I mean, I am devastated after only having him for 6 years so I can't imagine how sad you are after so much longer.

poppymagnum Thu 08-Aug-13 01:06:47

You have all my sympathy. I've just got back from emergency vet having had my lovely boy PTS. He was only 6 sad

KittieCat Thu 08-Aug-13 00:15:35

You're both entirely right. DH and most of my friends have never known me without my girl and she's been around for the whole of DS's life.

She was with me for just over 16 years so expecting her to be around is going to be a hard habit to break.

I hope it does get easier soon but I guess it is time that will heal the most and make it all less raw.

I just wish losing pets wasn't so damned hard. I've found most people don't really get why I'm so sad. That said i've not wallowed or made the situation into a drama!

hugoagogo Wed 07-Aug-13 20:15:36

Yes, I had a cat from the age of 5 and when she had to be pts I just couldn't imagine life without her.

The cat that died recently had only been with us about 5 years (rescue cat) and I thought it hadn't been very long, but still dd (11) couldn't properly remember life without her. sad

It does get a bit better with time.

cozietoesie Wed 07-Aug-13 17:20:48


She was a very lucky (and clearly much loved and well-cared for) girl to get to 19 in the first place. The trouble is that when they live so long, you deep down can barely imagine a life without them - and the youngsters in the family may never have actually known a life without them.

It's truly hard.

KittieCat Wed 07-Aug-13 16:58:11

Still missing her desperately and keep seeing dark coloured shapes (she was a brindle tortie) out of the corner of my eye and for a split second I think it's her.

I'm at home with DS tomorrow so that's going to be hard. Think we're going to have to have a busy, outdoorsy day.

No tears yet today so that's a positive move and DS still hasn't asked where she is, so I've not yet had to cross that bridge. He is, however, fixated on getting a dog, having spent time at the weekend with a friend's lovely Shih Tzu / Jack Russell cross. The answer is and will remain 'no'...

I love animals but when they go I always forget how unbearable the pain is. As an owner I feel responsible and keep thinking 'what if..', although I am entirely aware that at 19 years old she was at the thin end of her nine lives.

Tomorrow is another day. Thanks again all for visiting the thread and kind words. Cozie your continued thoughts mean a lot - thank you. Moon sorry my thread scratched at your scar, hope you can remember your girl happily for the most part.

Mumble, you're right it IS good she was home and I hope in time I'll take proper comfort from that fact.

Mumbledore Wed 07-Aug-13 13:32:02

Just wanted to give flowers

Hopefully you are drawing some comfort from the fact that she was at home when she slipped away. I know my boys can't last forever, I just desperately hope they're at home when they go.

Thinking of all of you who've lost your kitties, they are such special animals.

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