One Less Cat

We are down to 9 cats now. We had one die last night. The poor guy had a tumor on his sternum which was inoperable.

We’d noticed that he’d recently gained a little weight, but we thought it was because about 4 months ago we stopped ever letting him out. So he wasn’t getting as much exercise as he had previously. But it turned out that he had a tumor which was growing pretty fast. And, in the end the tumor prevented him from being able to eat or breathe easily. Poor guy. I think he suffered during the last week or so of his life.

He was about 4 years old when he died. We took him (and his mama and 2 of his brethren) off the street when he was about 5 months old. I’m grateful that he did not die from something avoidable, like being flattened by a car or from a preventable disease.

I’m sad to see him go. But I’m especially sad for his mama, because she adored him. The two of them would each wrap his or her tail around the other’s so their tails were twisted up together. And then they would rub their faces together while their tails were entwined. It was pretty damn sweet. I’ll really miss seeing them do that.

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3 Responses to “One Less Cat”

  1. Cdn Cat
    February 24th, 2008 12:38

    Sorry to hear about the loss of one of your lovely kitties. I hope Mama cat is not taking it too hard.

  2. RiverGirl
    February 24th, 2008 15:38

    Thanks Cat! We are ok, it’s making us feel more connected to the remaining kitties.

    Mama cat seems a bit grumpy I’m afraid. Hopefully she will find a way to be affectionate with one of her of offspring, or one of our other kitties. we shall see.

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