|Purred: Fri Mar 13, '09 8:12am PST |
|No, no cat can take the place of another. And we all continue to grieve for the ones we've lost--look at all the Rainbow Bridge kitties on Catster. The death of my mother (a Human, not a Cat) sent me into a depressive spiral that I am still trying to get out of. But life is mysterious and wonderful, too. There will always be a chance to meet up with a kitty who is different from the last one, but just as special. That doesn't mean euthanizing your cats because they are inconvenient, or disposing of your kittens after they have left that "cute" stage. It means that...life goes on. So many cats, so little time...shed the tears, try to deal with the grief, and try to find a way to share your love with another cat. It's not possible for some people, but it is for others.
And Izzie--Ernie's death was not your fault. It was just very, very bad luck. I lost a cat in 1985 in Tokyo--still don't know what happened to her. In that case, I WAS at fault--I let her outside (which is common in Japan) and one day she just...never came back. I'm pretty sure she met up with a traffic accident, but I learned that lesson from that one. Fortunately, none of my subsequent kitties have been bolters, so I've never had that problem. (Boku, when he was eighteen and slightly senile, did wander outside once when there was work being done on my apartment and the door was open, but he didn't get far.) RIP Ernie...
Edited by author Fri Mar 13, '09 8:21am PST
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