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I Lost My Favorite Kitty Today

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Until 6 pm today my best freind, Lexi, was always by my side whenever I was at home. She may have had 4 legs and only wieghed ten pounds but she had a heart as big as all outdoors. I got her when she was about 4 weeks old and she was just a tiny little bit of black fur with no tail.

She loved tomato sauce and once when young got her head caught in a jar trying to get to her favorite treat. I called the fire dept and the guy just laughed but then I found a vet emergency service and he told me to put cooking oil around her head, but not fill the jar, duh. We finally got her out and I have always rinsed my jars since then.

When she was young she ruled the whole neighborhood. She used to go and steal this Rottweilers food on the next block and developed a love for Puerto Rican food because of it (and I wondered why she was so fat).

She would bring in mice and voles for the other kitties. I would hear her call her kittens and find a poor little kritter cowering on the stairs with the whole crew taking turns at 'playing' with it. I got very good at putting a pot over them and then sliding cardboard under to carry them back outside.

She had a best friend and babysitter in my big yellow lab, I hope they are playing joyfully tonight. When she had the only litter I let her have she would leave the kittens with him, depositing them between his big lazy legs, before she went out to hunt.

In her later years she caused many mistypes on my computer, her last this afternoon, as she would insist on sitting on my lap or on the keyboard shelf. She always wanted to sleep draped around my head and had the not too annoying habit of suckling on me. If she could get to my chin she would, but an arm or hand would do.

She was sixteen and stopped eating last week. She had been ill for a while. She was very special and I shall miss her greatly. I hope everyone can have a furry friend like her at least once in their life. She passed quietly in my arms at the vets tonight. She will be missed but her memory will live on now in cyberspace and forever my heart. Rest in peace my lovely lady.

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Ravenwood, I am so sorry. :( I know this is going to be a very difficult night for you--I'm crying a little as I read this. I lost my kitty last year at 18. He also stopped eating, and declined rapidly.

(((hugs))) to you on the loss of your friend.

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I'm so sorry for your loss, ravenwoodglass. She sounds like she had a wonderful life, and a wonderful friend in you. This is a beautiful testimony.

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Oh Raven! How sad but also, wonderful to have had her. Sounds like you have lots of happy memories.

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Ravenwood,

Your tale brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face all at the same time. I'm so sorry you lost your little buddy. She was something special. Hugs to you!

Jillian

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I wish that half of the people in my life, could touch me as deeply as the animals that I have loved. I guess it's that "unconditional" thing. :)

I have known your feelings. As time progresses, those endearing feelings will go to a special place, and remain there, always. ;)

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Sometimes it's hard being the longer-lived of a special partnership with pets. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you and I'm sure you already miss her companionship.

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Ravenwood,

You have moved me to tears. I'm thinking about you! :wub: There is no pain like this one - - the grief we feel when we lose a kindred spirit, so often found in a loving pet. I've been there three times, and will be there again as I will always have dogs and cats in my life.

Big hugs.. . . .....and this, a poem that has appeared on this forum before - - so poignant is it that I am in tears before I get to the second verse. It has always helped me, somehow, as I grieve the loss of my dearest four-legged friends:

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Awww! My thoughts are with you {{{hugs}}}!

Wenmin

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Oh Sweetie, I feel just awful. I had a cat named Mandy (after the Barry Manilow song) that was almost 17 when she quit eating and passed.....

Well, I'm just a ball of tears for you.

(((((((((((((((((((((((HUGE HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))

Remember this, you gave her as great of a life as she gave you. Remember that. Lots of animals don't get that, only those that are so fortunate to fall into the life of a wonderful human like you.

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I'm so sorry! She lived a long, happy life. It sounds like you gave her the best life a cat could ever wish for. Hope you are doing well!

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Kittehs are such special critters and leave such holes in our hearts when they pass. I am so sorry that you have lost such a special friend, but her memories will live long in your life and bring you remembered joy.

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I'm so sorry. Aren't pets such a blessing? I have one cat (adopted her at five years old, she's about 12 now), one Italian Mastif, and one little terrier mix I adopted. I love my furry bunch so much. My cat has been with me through thick and thin and helped me get through some rough patches in my life. I feel your pain.

I'm sending a hug your way.

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. And thank you for the copy of Rainbow Bridge. I had read it before and will print it out and keep it. I do believe I shall see her and LD again, along with a few others. My arms will be quite full when I cross that bridge. I just hope when my time comes I can go as peacefully as she did, purring the whole time.

Having friends like you all helps ease the pain.

Thank you.

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. And thank you for the copy of Rainbow Bridge. I had read it before and will print it out and keep it. I do believe I shall see her and LD again, along with a few others. My arms will be quite full when I cross that bridge. I just hope when my time comes I can go as peacefully as she did, purring the whole time.

Having friends like you all helps ease the pain.

Thank you.

Raven, I am so sorry for your loss...... I lost my 'special' cat a few years ago.

I love the words of Rainbow Bridge - the idea of meeting our pets again :)

Take care.

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Big hugs Raven.

I, too, love my wee beasties beyond reason and I understand how painful it is when they leave. Snuggle with your other babies and you'll all get through this.

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((hugs))

My condolences.

I'm glad you two had such a long and loving journey together.

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Thanks again everyone. I wish I could explain to her son. He has been yelling for her all day now.

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I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I'm glad you posted her story.

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