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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Saying Goodbye ...

I read once that time passes very quickly when we own cats and all too soon it will be time to say goodbye. Saying goodbye is the most difficult thing of all about being a cat owner. Well, in 2000 we had to say goodbye to our great cat Harry.  It was one of the saddest times of my life.  Harry got very ill with liver cancer. We kept him at home and spoon feed him for as long as we could until it was very clear that his time to pass was very near.  He was peacefully put to sleep while in my arms.  We buried him with some of his favorite toys on my husband's family farm under a cherry tree that we bought and planted in his memory.

Nine years later and tears still come to my eyes when I think of my good boy.  We have had many cats since then, but none like our Harry.  I hope when my time on earth is done there will be a few who will think of me as kindly as I think of Harry. I have always felt so fortunate that Harry was ours and that we adopted him.

There are some things I've learned about caring for aging cats since then and I will pass them along. Brush and massage your cat often. Elderly cats aren’t able to groom themselves as they once used to, and they will appreciate a tender, loving touch. Have a night-light or leave some lamps burning with 25 watt bulbs so your cat can find her litter box, food and water bowls, and you more easily at night. Put a warm, draft-free bed at floor level so she doesn’t have to climb or jump to take her nap. If your cat sleeps with you, get a stepping stool for her so that she doesn't have to jump and jar her arthritic bones.Gently massage, or simply hold, her frail body whenever you have the time. Cherish the time left with her and cherish all the times past.


  1. I just viewed your slide show and love your work. I especially loved that little wire basket pin cushion. I have a small collection of those tiny wire baskets and never thought of them as perfect pincushion containers.

    I am working on a new website that will be offering all kinds of vintage and antique doodads for needle arts and crafters. This has given me another idea for things to look for on my treasure hunts.

  2. I just found your blog after seeing your sweet pillow on Robin's...

    Finding this post brought tears to my eyes...because on the date it was posted I lost my dear Chester and saying goodbye to him has one of the hardest things I've ever done...

    He was definitely like your Harry, one of the very special sweet little Olivia will stop and look for him while we're playing...

    Soon I'll go looking for a new friend for plan is to find a shelter kitty that's been there way too long...but you never know which one will choose me...just like Chester did...

    your blog is the perfect mix...cats and creating...

  3. This post brought tears to my eyes and memories to my heart. My "Harry" was Dustin, the best cat in the whole wide world. I found him (he found me) on a lonely country road and a cat I assumed to be his mama lay at the side of the road, victim to a car I suppose. Dustin was a Russian Blue and how a kitten like that ended up on a back road, I have no idea. He was just a wee little thing, could fit in my hand. He was covered with fleas, had earmites and other parasties and needed to be bottle fed but grew into a beautiful healthy loving boy. I had him for 18 "short" years and still think I sometimes feel him snuggling up to me when I'm in bed. I held him at the last too so he woulld have my loving touch as he slept away. Many cats and kittens have come into my life since losing Dustin in November of 2007, but there will never be another just like him. Thank you for that beautiful tribute to your furry friend.


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