Monday, December 12, 2011

A Loss

The Observer household has lost a member: Our wonderful LadyCat passed away a week ago today. She was 16 years old. She came to me as a stray, a momma cat who had had a litter of kittens. Everyone loved the adorable little kittens and they were all given homes by various residents and neighbors of the apartment complex in Grandview that I lived in at the time. No one wanted to adopt the mostly grown adolescent mom cat. So she came to live with me and the other cats I had at the time.

She turned out to be sweet, kind and flexible. Never one to put up much of a fuss, she accepted a move and another cat being brought into the household. More kitty personality started showing up after the move as our quarters were bigger. She shined despite health problems, presenting herself for medicine when needed without needing to be chased. She was the last of the first group of cats I owned, comforting as cat losses to age and illness came and accepting of newcomers.

My only regret is that her final acute illness came when I was away. I could not hold her, stroke her fur or talk in her ears as she slipped away.

You become one who cares for animals knowing that almost all animals do not have as long a life span as humans. You know that the day will come when your animal's life will come to an end and you will have to say good bye. Yet you accept this as part of the deal, because of all the richness you receive by having animals in your life.

Peace, my LadyCat, peace.

6 comments:

Hyperblogal said...

I'm very sorry, we lost Miss Penny a year and a half ago and I still miss her.

Laila and Minchie said...

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. Always loved. Never forgotten

chuck said...

How is CHICO the chiwauwau?

Bob G. said...

T.O.:
Sorry to hear about LadyCat's passing.

There is not a day goes by that something doesn't remind me of all the four-legged friends I've lost.

Then I look at our two cats...both littermates and 14 years old, so I know the time will come once again for me.
Oddly enough, the ASPCA played their commercial with Sarah MacLachlan singing "arms of an angel"...gets me every time.
And that got me thinking all over again.

They come into our lives, stay too briefly, yet leave behind SO much with us after they're gone.

And I suppose THAT is why I have to believe in THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.

http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html

(you're gonna need some kleenex for this one)

Rest in peace, LadyCat.

The Observer said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words. I do miss her.

chuck, Chico the Chihuahua is my mom's dog and he is doing dandy--I had no idea Chi's were so awesome until my mom got one.

The Observer

chuck said...

I have one. They are very funny! :)