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First night in nearly 26 years without a cat...

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meikyo Sat 20-May-17 20:56:23

We said goodbye to our gorgeous 18 year old tabby Zara this morning. She slipped peacefully away under the care of our local vet after the bad days outnumbered the good. She was much loved puss with a gentle, quiet nature. I got her when she was 10 weeks old.
She was my third cat in the last 26 years...never been without a cat in that time...we will miss her so much. Been a tough few days for our family.

TimeIhadaNameChange Sat 20-May-17 20:58:33

So very sorry to hear this. Hope you can find comfort in your memories.

Could we, maybe, see a photo of her?

Amy106 Sat 20-May-17 20:59:39

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It is so sad when they pass on. flowers

caoraich Sat 20-May-17 21:01:33

I'm so sorry for your loss flowers she sounds like a lovely cat. It's so hard to lose them, they really are family aren't they

JennyOnAPlate Sat 20-May-17 21:05:13

I'm so sorry for your loss flowers

Vinorosso74 Sat 20-May-17 21:13:42

I'm sorry your girl has gone. It sounds like she had a long and happy life with you but they do leave a big hole once they're gone. RIP Zara flowers

Reow Sat 20-May-17 21:15:40

RIP Zara flowers

I often kiss the urn with the ashes of my old boy. They are awesome creatures.

meikyo Sat 20-May-17 21:19:41

Here she is...Thanks for your kind messages. it means a lot.

Lanaorana2 Sat 20-May-17 21:22:05

RIP Beautiful kitty. What a lovely face.

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YesItsMeIDontCare Sat 20-May-17 21:24:56

What a beautiful girl OP. It's so hard, but take comfort in the fact that she chose to share her life with you and you gave each other much joy and happiness.

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TroysMammy Sat 20-May-17 22:25:40

Sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful puss. flowers

Penfold007 Sat 20-May-17 22:34:09

I'm so very sorry for your loss

ElizaDontlittle Sun 21-May-17 07:10:07

What a beautiful cat. I'm so sorry, I do hope you've slept ok, and can find some comfort in the wonderful life she had with you right to its end. flowers

RueDeDay Sun 21-May-17 07:35:13

She was beautiful. I'm so sorry for your loss.

meikyo Sun 21-May-17 07:37:32

Thanks all. I slept a bit better last night. I made the vet appointment a week beforehand. Making the decision was so hard, as Zara still had some good moments. However, she had been slowly declining since last year, and this had accelerated since about March this year. This last week she spent her days on her favourite rug lying in the sun and being spoiled rotten with loads of cuddles.
My DD is 14 and has known Zara all her life. DD knew Zara was going downhill but has found it very difficult this week. DD and I were with Zara yesterday as she very gently passed on. DH loved her too having known her for the last 7 years. She had a wonderful life, having started life as a semi feral farm kitten, so we have lots of lovely memories to treasure.

GertyTheGert Mon 22-May-17 18:58:33

So very, very sorry to hear and I send you lots of hugs. Am in nearly a similar position. My dearest cat is 19 yrs old and developed an abscess on his face 5 wks ago. The locum vet did not make it clear when he gave him an antibiotic jab that Sir P should be brought back in two more weeks for another antibiotic jab - all he said is watch out for the cat behaving differently/not eating/hiding away etc etc. None of this happened but the other day I realised Sir P wasn't 100% so took him back to the vet - this time the proper vet who has an interest in older cats. Turns out the abscess is worse and she is surprised Sir P is so tough that he is still managing to eat! BUT its nearly the end of the road as an op is out of the question. So I have to watch for ANY signs that all isnt well and bring him back to be PTS. I have cried each night since and know its for the best - but I love him to BITS - he saw me through dealing with my mother's dreadful drawn-out death. He and Zara may shortly meet over rainbow bridge (if it exists) ..............Sorry, I seem to have put rather a selfish post here. Sorry. x

Mermaidinthesea123 Mon 22-May-17 19:00:08

Big hugs to you, sweet kitty, you must miss her terribly. She will always be with you.

meikyo Mon 22-May-17 20:15:05

Gerty, sorry to hear about your lovely boy. How awful for you. It is so hard when they reach the end of their little lives. I had Zara's friend Felix for 19 years...then her on her own for the next 7. Zara kept me going through miscarriage and IVF.. comforted by the thought of Uncle Felix being there for her now.

Want2beme Mon 22-May-17 20:24:26

Sorry for the loss of your lovely Zara. Thinking of you and your family.

MudCity Mon 22-May-17 20:35:53

What a beautiful girl.

The loss of a wonderful being who shared your life so intimately in many ways is dreadfully painful.

Take heart from the love you shared and will continue to share even though you are currently apart on this physical plane.

If you don't mind, I shall light a candle here for her...I do it for all my animals who have passed over and Zara can join them tonight.

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SnowBallsAreHere Mon 22-May-17 20:41:07

RIP Zara. It's always hard to lose a cat that has been a member of your family for so long. She was lucky that you took her in as a feral kitten and that you loved her enough to let her go. We said a silimar gentle goodbye to the first snowcat after 14 years and I found it so hard to be without a cat...he'd been there long before the kids.

forfuckssakenet Mon 22-May-17 20:42:22

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exWifebeginsat40 Mon 22-May-17 20:43:39

oh! she looks just like my Stella. i'm so sorry for your loss.

ifonly4 Mon 22-May-17 21:37:33

So sorry to hear about your lovely little cat. I had to have my boy put to sleep three weeks ago. Making the decision was the hardest and I couldn't sleep for a couple of nights after. I'm not saying it's easy for you now, but hopefully in a few days you'll have the comfort of knowing it was the best thing to do for Zara and also will start to remember the happy times with fond memories. Hold onto the fact she had a great home with a family who loved her very much. RIP Zara.

bigtapdancingpimp Mon 22-May-17 21:50:55

So sorry about your beautiful little girl, you must be heartbroken. What a life you gave her though, a happy, beloved pussy cat xx

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