Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Goodbye

We had to say goodbye to our angry 20-year-old kitty Miguel tonight; it was time.

We actually thought we would have said goodbye quite a while ago. He was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2003. Four years ago our vet in Vermont told us he probably didn't have much time left. My husband was convinced he'd actually died a while ago but was walking around out of habit. This cat just kept hanging on, sleeping next to my leg on the couch every evening and near my head most nights, and trying to beat the snot out of the dogs several times each day. Even at 140 kitty years and pretty much senile, he was still loaded with attitude.

But he was ready; life was getting harder and it wasn't going to get better.

Goodbye old man. You were a good little buddy and I'm going to miss your grumpy old self.

16 comments:

Sydney said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... so sorry. It's not easy, no matter what the age. Hang in there.

Tikabelle said...

::hug:: I'm so sorry, my Bestest Friend Evar. Even though it may have been time, it still hurts. ::extra hug::

Kathy in San Jose said...

Oh Rachel, I'm so sorry to hear about Miguel! Hugs to you & Brian and the dogs (if they'll stand still long enough). You have many happy memories of him, and that's the important thing.

BerkeleyBecca said...

I'm so sorry, Rachel. Those goodbyes are always hard, especially for a family member of 20 years. Wishing all of you well.

Marilyn said...

I'm so sorry. It's hard no matter the age or the condition...

Cookie said...

Oh, Rachel, I am so sorry. Miguel hung on for a long time and that's a testament to how well he was cared for. I'm so glad he had such a long and happy life with you.

xo

cari said...

Oh man... I'm so sorry.

AlisonH said...

I'm so sorry, Rachel.

kamaaina said...

So sorry to hear about Miguel. Such a lucky cat to have a fabulous family.

Sending love your way.

Sleeping Si said...

i'm sorry for your loss.
::hugs::

pam

beentsy said...

Ah girl, I'm so sorry. Sending you hugs and gentle thoughts.

Toni said...

Awwww. VERY sorry to hear about Miguel.

stash haus said...

Like Sydney said, it's never easy no matter the age. Hugs to you all.

Mrs.Q said...

I'm so sorry. ((hugs))

Norma said...

Cracked up about the "continuing to walk around out of habit." Even the cranky deserve love. Heh.

Celia said...

Aw. Sorry to hear of the loss of your cantankerous old buddy.