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Loss of a pet, he was just a cat........

post #1 of 17
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So why am I so darn upset by it. Last night, around 5:15 P.M. just as the the full moon broke from the clouds our little 8 year old cat, who was being held lovingly by my wife, shuddered and shook then meowed his last meow and fell silent and still in my wife's arms. My wife passed him to me and I held him for the last time as he lay perfectly still in my arms, no more was he ready to slap his paws at me in playful gesture and never again will he stand before me ready to don his harness to go for a walk outside or go for a ride in the convertible which he loved to do. Every morning he would greet me and we would go down the stairs together and I would feed him and he would eat while I would make breakfast for the wife and myself. All the playful times I can think of with this cat who acted more like a dog at times, I'd walk by the chair he was sitting on and he would jump up and take a swat at me or he would run at me then go hide behind the couch as if to say come get me and then the hunt was on and I'd chase him throughout the house. This cat was a jumper, he could jump from the floor to the top of the fridge effortlessly and higher is given the chance. I remember one time I had him down by a stream and he was looking in the water and a fish came out of the water and scared him and the cat literally jumped 6 feet straight up in the air, funniest thing I ever saw and quite a memory. The vet said there was not much that could be done for him, we hoped the meds would make a difference but they didn't. I don't know if there is a cat heaven or not but if there is I know our cat Backpack will make it there because he was one good cat.

post #2 of 17
I think you are so upset because he wasn't just a cat. He was a friend. I'm sorry for your loss.
post #3 of 17
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
post #4 of 17
He wasn't just a cat; he was a wonderous creature that gave you much joy and enriched your life. Rest in peace, little one.
post #5 of 17
He wasn't just a cat - he was your friend and companion. I am so sorry that you lost him at all, but 8 years is no age is it. At least you have the privilege of sharing your life with your kitty for that time though. I am so sorry for your loss.

Play happily at the Bridge little man
post #6 of 17
I'm so very sorry for your loss It sounds like you have many fond memories of him.
post #7 of 17
I'm so sorry about the loss of Backpack. He sounds like a wonderful friend. Play happily over the bridge
post #8 of 17
There's no such thing as "just a cat". He was your friend. RIP Backpack.
post #9 of 17
You loved him and he loved you and there's nothing "just" about that.

I'm so sorry for your sorrow.
post #10 of 17
Here at TCS we understand how you are feeling.
Rest in peace Backpack.
post #11 of 17
One of the things that helped me when I lost Willow was to make a list of the memories, habits, and other wonderful (or pesty) things she did. Part of what upset me the most was that I was afraid of forgetting her. I didn't want to forget how she rubbed her chin on my shoulder or how she would climb on my back. Writing things down helped me get through some of the grief over losing my baby.
post #12 of 17
Not "just" a cat, family, and you feel this loss as much as you would a loved human member. You have many lovely memories, it seems -- treasure them, and be gentle with yourself.

RIP Backpack
post #13 of 17
I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace little Backpack. You were certainly loved!
post #14 of 17
I'm so sorry for the loss of your good friend. Sounds like the two of you had a great life together. Rest in Peace Backpack.
post #15 of 17
Hi Vic 1,

You are mourning the loss of a great friend and companion that was a big part of your life. Let all your good memories help you through. Your wife probably shares many memories with you and will listen patiently to you tell her all the great times you had with Blackjack, even if you've told them to her before.

I'm sending my condolences. Everyone here at tcs shares your feelings toward cats.
post #16 of 17
They are never just a cat, they are friends, and part of our family. I am sorry you have lost your little boy so young, he was loved and went with people he loved, and that is important. Here is a link to the Rainbow Bridge poem, Backpack will be waiting there for you. RIP little one

post #17 of 17
I dont think that any of us would be here if there was such thing as "just a cat". I think he was more than that! A member of the family and you're are mourning the loss of a family member. CATS ARE PEOPLE TOO!!


Good luck to ya, sorry about your loss!!
May he ba happy and healthy over the bridge!
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