saying goodbye

December 6, 2008

in Cat blogging

I had to say goodbye to my number one cat today. Kady took a turn for the worse on Wednesday. It’s true — you know when it’s time. I’ve never had to have a pet put down before. Scheduling her death was one of the most surreal things I’ve ever done, and waiting the last day and a half was a wrenching experience. Although the first three words that come to mind in describing her are “surly”, “neurotic”, and “lazy”, she could be subtly sweet, and always soft and warm. We had a lot of those sweet moments these last few weeks. Here is one of my favorite photos of her.

And here is one of her last portraits, which I took yesterday.

She was my first cat and I will always feel grateful for all she taught me. We love you and miss you already, pretty girl.


{ 14 comments }

Rose Connors December 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm

I can feel myself starting to cry just thinking about it. I will give my kitties extra hugs and scratchings today. So sorry you're lost your little friend.

John December 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I'm sorry that Kady finally succumbed. It's hard watching a cat slip away.

BerryBird December 6, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. I had to put a beloved kitty to sleep a few years ago, and it is unspeakably hard. Cats are such a huge part of our lives.

Rurality December 6, 2008 at 8:49 pm

So sorry to hear this. It's especially tough when it's your first cat.

Seabrooke December 6, 2008 at 11:55 pm

That's very sad to hear. Over the years my family has said goodbye to several cats, but it's never easy, even when you know they don't have much quality of life anymore. Our time with them is too short, but they leave us with so many good memories.

Nuthatch December 7, 2008 at 8:51 am

I want to thank everybody who has offered their thoughts and sympathy. The support of this community of friends has really helped. That sounds a bit overwrought, I guess, but there's been a lot going on here that has made this situation especially trying for me. Thanks again.

D December 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I'm sorry for your loss. Pets are members of the family and you hate to have to say goodbye to any of them.
You have my condolences (sp).

Hawkeye December 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I am very sorry for you loss. Hang in there.

Aydin December 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Sorry about the kitty.

colin December 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm

That is sad, I am so sorry to hear that.

P.M.Bryant December 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss her as well as seeing her pictures always reminded me of a dear cat we lost several years ago.

Nuthatch December 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I remember your cat and your own loss, P.M. I thought of you when I was going through my photos.

Maureen December 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I'm so sorry to hear that beautiful Kady is gone. I don't have a pet at the present time and I've never owned a cat but I have owned dogs and I know how distressing and heartbreaking it is to lose a beloved pet. I sympathize. Big hugs to you.

Nuthatch December 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Thanks, Maureen – it's especially nice to hear those thoughts from one of my earliest readers.

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