|Purred: Sun Jun 1, '08 5:27am PST |
|What a good idea. When Poppet died (it will be 3 years on 06 June) I was totally devastated. He was my little soulmate and all he wanted was my company - he just tolerated the other cats, apart from Gwinny, the little feral he mothered. I had an awful sinking feeling for at least a month and, although my other cats were a great comfort, all I wanted to do was hold him in my arms again. I got him at 8 weeks old - he had had petrol poured over him in a very bad area and he clung to me ever since. I had to bathe him constantly and he just let me do anything as he knew I was helping him. When I went to friends he went with me and always sat next to me purring on their couch as if he was joining in the conversation. He slept with me every night, never left my side when I was ill. It was the worst day of my life when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, at only 9 years old. The vet thought it was probably from the petrol he digested when a kitten. He hated all the medication, but when I said "just have this for mummy" he would take it like a good boy. I got lots of cards and poems from friends when he died but couldn't look at them for weeks, it was too upsetting. I often see him out of the corner of my eye and, like Jen, feel him next to me at night. I still miss him so much and always will. He could be a little rogue at times and very persistent and if he wanted something he had to have it that very minute and always had to be fed first.
Nine days after Poppet died, I lost Vivaldi also to cancer very suddenly. He was my little comedien and brought so much laughter to the house. It was almost too much to bear and he was only 8. Most of my cats had lived to a good age, 18, 21 and even 26 and I felt cheated that Poppet and Vivaldi had died so young. I miss all my cats who have died but feel guilty that I miss Poppet the most. I think it is because he interacted with me the most and just loved me as much as I loved him and in his short life brought more happiness than I could ever have imagined.
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