June 1st 2013 4:09 pm
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One year ago today I had Sarge put down. It was one of the hardest things I had to do. He was the first cat I adopted and cared for and not a cat my parents chose. I almost passed him over. The first time I saw him was the week before I was going on a trip so I was just looking. I tried to play with him and he hissed at me. It was near the end of the adoption event so I guess he was irritable. When I got back I arrived early and he was just put in his cage at the end of the row. He was much friendlier now and I read his bio about how he liked to "hang out with the guys" and decided that this was the cat for me.
He bonded to me pretty quickly. In a few days he was making biscuits on my arm and hanging out in the bedroom when I wasn't there. He settled in and became my buddy. Over the next 6 years I lost many hours of sleep as it became routine that the first half hour or so after I turned out the lights would be a cuddle and petting time with the two, and later three, cats. He always wanted to either sleep on my pillow or to the left side of it when I was on my back. Many times he reached out with his paw to touch me, just to know I was there.
I always tried to be there for him. When I was on trips and the neighbors would look in on him they would say he would be at the door to the garage when he heard the garage door open then sulk away when he saw the people were "not-Dad" and how he would get sick if I was gone long.
Now it's been a year since he was taken from me by cancer and not a day goes by when I don't think of him. I'm still angry at the injustice of it, of how a loving kitty could have such bad genes. I had him in sickness and health, when I had a job and was unemployed. He was there for me and I was there for him.
There's new tragedy in the family as my parents' cat Gus had to be put down due to FIP. Find your cats and cuddle them today. They may resist but just hold them for a few seconds. Smell their fur, hear their heartbeats, and remember what they are like. Remember them now so you can remember them when they are gone.
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You're right, Sarge! People should never forget to take time out to love their cats. No day should be taken for granted. My mommy will never forget the babies she has lost, but she knows every one was loved. I'm glad youbhad six happy years with your dad.
Sending lots of purrs for your family today Sarge, we know they miss you a whole bunch, and we know you're looking down on them and sending them all your love from the bridge.
We miss Sarge, too! We was a very special cat, and you took such great care of him. Mommy smiles when she read your diary...she feels so about us-we're there through it all, and are the constant in her life and daddy's.
Thinking of you today-we knwo Sarge is watching over you. Mommy and all of us say 'thank you for adopting Sarge-so many need good homes, and love'
I know this...for I, too, came in 'from the cold'.
Purrs and loves,
Ruffy and the Ridgewood Clowder
and Mommy Deb