03-24-2014, 04:10 PM
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Some of you have seen previous posts about the cats we adopted. One of the cats was Snowy - a very old cat that had some medical issues.

She was a lovely cat. It took her a while to adapt to our house (she would have been happier as a single pet in a family with no kids). Still, she eventually adapted well and was a great lap cat. I spent most evenings reading with her purring on my lap.

She was a bit of a diva, and liked to be held and paid attention to. She loved to be rubbed and stroked and would clamor for attention if she was ignored.

Her passing away was pretty sudden. She was fine on the morning of that day, and then started hacking like she was going to spit out a hair-ball (something she did often). She went down into the basement, where her litter box was, and never came back up. My wife went down there and found her stretched out and stiff, next to her litter box.

It was a very sad day for us - especially me, as she preferred spending time with me. Still, it seemed like a quick end, and we tried to keep her happy.

Of course, after she was gone, I started recalling small signs that things weren't quite right these last few weeks. I'd noticed her shaking occasionally, and I put it down to the weather, so I moved her near the stove. Stuff like that. It's hard to keep from beating myself up about the signs I missed.

I'll miss her.

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 03-24-2014, 04:12 PM
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Yohann.

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 03-24-2014, 04:27 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that. But at the same time I'm happy that she found a lovely home with caring people to spend the rest of her days.

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 03-24-2014, 04:32 PM
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I'm sorry for your loss, Yohann. It's always very sad to lose such a great friend.

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 03-24-2014, 04:49 PM
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Sorry for your loss, Yohann.

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 03-24-2014, 04:50 PM
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I'm sorry, Yohann. I know what it feels like to lose a loved pet.

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 03-24-2014, 04:54 PM
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I am also sorry for your loss, Yohann. I hope you and the family can retain the lovely times you shared with her.

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 03-24-2014, 04:54 PM
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Yohann, It saddens me deeply to hear you have lost your good friend. We have cats and our little girls are our joy and peace they are very independent and very loving animals that are an integral part of our home. If and when you adopt another friend she will have part of your Snowy in her. condolences from another cat lover.

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 03-24-2014, 05:18 PM
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Yohann, I was so sorry to hear this. However, as others have stated, your family and you gave her a kind and loving home and she returned that love to you many times over. May your memories of her always be sweet.

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 03-24-2014, 05:52 PM
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dear yohann -

i think i understand how you might feel. i have now 5 cats but have had many more during the years - most of them all white.

the picture is my nicest cat ever - minnie - long hair - 6 toes on each foot - blue eyes. she suddenly died on my birthday a few years back. i found her peacefully curled up in the grass outside just like sleeping and i was devastated.

initially i was afraid of cats since childhood and thought myself being a typical dog-person. how wrong i was Blush

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 03-24-2014, 06:27 PM
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I'm very sorry for the loss of your cat. I had a cat (Dee Dee) for 18 years, and had to say goodbye about 10 years ago.

Please don't beat yourself up. Even if/when the signs are obvious, it's very difficult to know the best course of action...even in hindsight.

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 03-24-2014, 06:36 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about your loss.Sounds like she had a great home and also was a great comfort. I have a 12yr old pit bull who is a mush.I dread losing her also

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 03-24-2014, 11:24 PM
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You shouldn't feel guilty about not noticing the small signs, maybe she was just cold. Giving and receiving love from pets is wonderful and dead is part of the cycle of life for everything that lives has to die, but the nice things you experienced together will always be thought of with a smile on your face.

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 03-25-2014, 06:01 AM
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I do appreciate them.

While there is a tinge of sadness about her passing on, I've been focusing on the great joy she gave me when she was here. Cats can sometimes be portrayed as being distant, but that wasn't the case with Snowy.

I'm just thankful for the time she spent around me. We were all fortunate to have had her touch our lives.

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 03-25-2014, 06:13 AM
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I'm a cat boy and three cats died from when I was a kid, it's though I know, please don't beat yourself Smile

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 03-25-2014, 11:26 AM
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Sorry to hear of your loss. Pets became family and take a place in our hearts.

Phil

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 03-25-2014, 11:35 AM
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Yohann - that's pretty lousy and I'm sorry. Animals can be such a part of the family and its always sad to see them go.

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 03-25-2014, 12:04 PM
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So sorry to hear this Yohann. My best friend is of the four legged type. One day soon I'll be going through the same thing.

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 03-25-2014, 01:51 PM
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Sorry Yohann. I had to put an old cat down about 20 years ago, and it flat out kicked my butt. I still think about him all the time.

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 03-25-2014, 03:56 PM
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I am saddened to hear of her passing.

Cats rarely let us know how ill they really are. It's just how they operate. No sense to feeling like you missed it. She has had a wonderful home with you and your family.

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