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271. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

It was last night just around 10:00. Our oldest cat, Cordelia (Heather's favorite) passed away at age 14. (She would have turned 15 in April.) We thought she was going slip away on Friday, then Friday night, then during the day on Saturday. We had to be in the city for a family gathering yesterday and hated the idea of not being here with her when she died. It appears she wasn't too keen on that either as she hung in there until we returned home. We were able to hold her and comfort her all the way through to the end. Though we still have 5 inside, the house feels emptier and the rest just want constant attention. We're going to miss her along with those who have gone before her.

272. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

It was last night just around 10:00. Our oldest cat, Cordelia (Heather's favorite) passed away at age 14. (She would have turned 15 in April.) We thought she was going slip away on Friday, then Friday night, then during the day on Saturday. We had to be in the city for a family gathering yesterday and hated the idea of not being here with her when she died. It appears she wasn't too keen on that either as she hung in there until we returned home. We were able to hold her and comfort her all the way through to the end. Though we still have 5 inside, the house feels emptier and the rest just want constant attention. We're going to miss her along with those who have gone before her.

Awh Gretchen & Kris - l am so sad poor wee Cordelia my little sneezer, l hope she didnt suffer - the poor gang lm sure they miss her too. Im gutted absolutely gutted. She was a perfect little pussy cat.

For me - a bloody terrorist attack in Northern Ireland where 2 soliders were murdered - l thought we had long ago moved on from this crap - l sickened, disgusted and ashamed.

273. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

It was last night just around 10:00. Our oldest cat, Cordelia (Heather's favorite) passed away at age 14. (She would have turned 15 in April.) We thought she was going slip away on Friday, then Friday night, then during the day on Saturday. We had to be in the city for a family gathering yesterday and hated the idea of not being here with her when she died. It appears she wasn't too keen on that either as she hung in there until we returned home. We were able to hold her and comfort her all the way through to the end. Though we still have 5 inside, the house feels emptier and the rest just want constant attention. We're going to miss her along with those who have gone before her.

Very sad when you lose a pet you've had for so long :(

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Mar-2009, at 18:57 by james ]

274. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

It was last night just around 10:00. Our oldest cat, Cordelia (Heather's favorite) passed away at age 14. (She would have turned 15 in April.) We thought she was going slip away on Friday, then Friday night, then during the day on Saturday. We had to be in the city for a family gathering yesterday and hated the idea of not being here with her when she died. It appears she wasn't too keen on that either as she hung in there until we returned home. We were able to hold her and comfort her all the way through to the end. Though we still have 5 inside, the house feels emptier and the rest just want constant attention. We're going to miss her along with those who have gone before her.

Aw that's sad. I know how you must be feeling as I had a cat for 16 years and the house felt so empty when she died.

275. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Thanks you Heather, James and Bex. And Nikki too for the e-mail hugs. It was just a long 3 days but since I could keep her free of pain, we decided to let nature take it's course rather than do the vet call thing. Her brother, Duncan, passed away just about this time last year which doesn't seem so very long ago. Thankfully, the next oldest (Moe) is only 10 and our youngest (Lilly) will be 4 very soon. Feels like she was just a little palm-sized runt not long ago.

276. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Oh, G--that's so sad! Your cats are like your family, and they each always seem so special to you. I hope the others give you lots of loving company while you're missing Cordelia. Big hugs from up here. xoxoxoxo

277. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Oh, G--that's so sad! Your cats are like your family, and they each always seem so special to you. I hope the others give you lots of loving company while you're missing Cordelia. Big hugs from up here. xoxoxoxo

Thank you, T. And, they are pretty much our family (especially with the human family we have). Most of the inside ones have been "bottle babies" so I was up for those every 2-3 hour feedings and washing their butts. In their tiny little heads, I'm their mom. (No, we don't anthropomorphize our cats - they are still cats, not children - for those who may think that by my responses.) Cordelia was sort of an exception as she was an outside cat for 2 years - looking in the bathroom window with sad "let me in eyes" most of that time. When Kris' cat, Hamlet, died Kris brought her in so she would stop staring at him. They bonded through the window and she was his cat - no question.

Anyway - thank you all and we appreciate the hugs!

278. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

Thanks you Heather, James and Bex. And Nikki too for the e-mail hugs. It was just a long 3 days but since I could keep her free of pain, we decided to let nature take it's course rather than do the vet call thing. Her brother, Duncan, passed away just about this time last year which doesn't seem so very long ago. Thankfully, the next oldest (Moe) is only 10 and our youngest (Lilly) will be 4 very soon. Feels like she was just a little palm-sized runt not long ago.

It's sad when a beloved pet passes away.

279. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora
In their tiny little heads, I'm their mom. (No, we don't anthropomorphize our cats - they are still cats, not children - for those who may think that by my responses.)

Y'know Gretchen, I get tired of making the same response to people, in case they think we're weird - in fact, I'm going to stop doing it now. Those who know really do understand, as much and more than we cat-lovers can hope for, and those who don't know will never understand, so, it's all ok.

And, they are pretty much our family (especially with the human family we have).

Loved that bit, and I agree completely - I know some lovely people who have confided most unexpectedly that they love their cat more than many people in their lives and even some of their immediate family. I know I do.

I am so so sorry for your loss.

Helen

280. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Thank you Q and Helen. Sorry for not thanking you earlier, Q.

Helen, I gave up explaining things quite awhile ago as it just wasn't worth the time it took and people still didn't get it. (Okay, minus this last explanation in this thread...)

Our cats expect us to feed them, let them sit on our laps at night, have the couch to themselves during the day and change the litter boxes when needed. Unlike the select few family members who expect everything from you and see very little need to reciprocate because "that's what families do". Basically, family is everything until you ask them for something (favor, input, support, etc) and then it's "obviously you're not talking to me". I won't digress any further and we get to "share family time" at a memorial service a week from today. A couple more weeks and we do it all again for Easter and a birthday. (Can we just send the gifts???)

Thank you again everyone for the condolences and you all know they were received in the spirit in which they were given. You guys are great! ;)

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