Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sad Day

I lost a friend yesterday.

I am so terribly sad today, kind of numb, I guess, as my very first pet passed away yesterday. My cat, Shakan, who was my little old man cat, my sometimes total pain in the a$$, and the cat I often complained about when it came to doing his business wherever he wanted, well, he's gone to a better place, I suppose.

Many friends know who he is, because he was the one member of our menagerie who stuck around when you came over, let your kids chase him and tug his tail a bit, while he stayed on our counters for higher ground. He could pretty much sleep through anything, also, and probably slept through many a packed playdate!

He became my pet as soon as I moved out of my parents' house, literally within days of moving in with friends. I've had him in my life for 12+ years, and that's even longer than my husband! He's been with me through break-ups, moves, marriage, adding our dog, several other cats and a kid to the mix, and it's really suckky that he's passed. I'm so sad and puffy-eyed. He's been sick for a while, we even had him on meds for years, but these past weeks we noticed he was more lethargic, and not his spry self, and I put a call into the vet yesterday, but he passed before they got back to me. Sad

I haven't addressed this yet with my daughter, but she will notice, she's sharp like that. The vet did give me a book called Cat Heaven, which I read last night by myself and bawled through. But I think I'm not yet ready to broach the subject with her, because it's so fresh and raw.

Thanks for listening, and here are a few pics of him throughout the years. He was a beautiful cat and suffered some over the past years, losing weight and whatnot, but he was and will always be my very first baby. I'll miss you, buddy. I already do!


8 comments:

NYC Girl said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how it is to lose your friend. It's going to be hard for awhile but time does allow you to remember the good times. He loved you and you will always love him. Hugs!

Julie said...

Andrea I'm so sorry about Shakan. It is very hard to lose a pet, especially your first. He's a beauty and I know he enjoyed a lovely life with you. HUGS.

Lora said...

I'm so sorry about Shakan.
I can't imagine, and I am living with this horrible fear that my cat won't be "there" for me every day when I get home. So I know what a terrible time must have been leading up to this too.

Love to you and the entire family. And like Julie said, I'm sure he absolutely loved you as much as he was loved back.

mrs_muffins said...

Aww :( I'm so sad now. I can only imagine how i'll feel when that day comes for me with my three kitties. I've had many cats since I was born but when you have one for YEARS and YEARS like that they become more than a pet.
*hugs*

Hope said...

I'm so sorry Andrea. I'm in tears over here for you. It's one thing for your cat to be a pain in the ass. It's a much worse thing to not have that pain anymore. Hugs to you.

Miranda said...

Awww, I'm so sorry. He is such a pretty cat!

Cascia said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss! Our cats are truly a part of our family.

homeschoolceo said...

Aw, I am so sorry to hear about your Shakan. I know what pain that brings. I lost my beloved pet last year just before Christmas. Sometimes I think he was my soul mate, lol. It may sound strange, but they become such a part of your life and who you are.
Bless your sweet kitty.