Darwin Blog

The Death of a Loved One
Sunday, 5 August, 2007, 11:00 am
Filed under: Observations


This is my cat basking in the afternoon sunlight, in the dining room.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the most awful task I have had to do in a very long time.  I had to decide whether to prolong my other cat’s life.  He had sucumb to feline aids which saw his kidneys fail, his refusal to eat and a heart condition.  Apart from being able to prolong his life for a couple of months with antibiotics, I was terribly saddened by the fact, I was losing one of my companions and babies.  I was also very concerned about the remaining cat, as he too was also losing his constant companion.

After deciding to put my baby to sleep and then actually going through with the act, I am still shaken, if not somewhat haunted, by the fact that the last person and memory my little cat had, is of me.  I also discovered that the cats eyes do not close, not matter how much you try, so you see your own reflection permanently etched!

The tabby left behind is coping, but he is constantly by our sides.  He sleeps with us at night, when we sit on the lounge he sits on our laps, while I hang out the clothes he follows me to the line, sits and watches and then comes with me back inside.

I am hoping that it is quite sometime before I have to undertake a task of this nature again.  I can so that I am in no hurry to replace the deceased cat – I still miss him.


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