The life and death of a reader’s cat

Reader Amy reports the death of her beloved cat, “Kitten”, but also sent some pictures of his long and happy life. This post is Amy’s memorial to Kitten. Her words are indented, and do read and pay attention to Amy’s final remark:

I seem recall a recent post where a WEIT reader’s cat died of a saddle thrombosis. This was the recent fate of our dear Kitten in late November. Fortunately, we were home at the time and quickly bundled him in the car at 3 a.m. for a very long 30’ drive to a 24 hour vet clinic for euthanasia. He was featured in an October 2014 WEIT post “spot the orange cat”. He was very proud of this, his only publication (reproduced below).

Kitten was 18 and ruled our house and lives for 16 years (he was 2 years old when he adopted us). He was a very special cat; as they all are.

Here are some photos of him enjoying a few of his favorite things. It was hard to select just a few photos out of hundreds.

** Smelling stinky shoes.

What is it about cats and boxes?

Of, course…sleeping.

Surveying his kingdom from on high.

Here he is exploring the vet exam room. The picture on the wall says “We humans are indeed fortunate if we happen to be chosen to be owned by a cat.”

Looking for potential prey.

He loved to pose for the camera. You have to agree he was most handsome.

Here’s to all those cats out there. Humans, give your cat(s) a special scratch and treat in honor of Kitten!!


  1. merilee
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Amy, so sorry for your loss of the very handsome Kitten:-(

  2. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Amy, I’m so sorry to read about your loss of Kitten. He was indeed a handsome beast, and it looks like he had lots of character.

    Ginger cats (as we call them in New Zealand) are my favourite. Kitten looks a lot like Monty (named for WWII General Montgomery), who ruled my grandmother’s home for many years.

    I love the sentiment on the vet’s wall. It is so true.

    • Posted January 1, 2018 at 4:24 am | Permalink

      Yes, me too. He reminds me of our Monty, actually Monte Carlo, but Monty to his friends, and everyone was his friend. He had 19 good years, and is still missed.

  3. Posted December 31, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I do agree, he was very handsome. I know you miss him and I am very sorry about that. I always offer the same advice though. Find (or be found by) another cat — soon!

    Again, my condolances on your loss.

    • amyt
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      I have already been looking at local adoption sites. My house is just not the same without a cat.

      • David Coxill
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        Hi ,sorry for your loss .A while ago i posted something about a person on a carer’s site who had to have her cat PTS ,i mentioned that it upset me ,even though i had not met her .

        Anyway she got another cat .A female ,first time she had one .
        Things didn’t work out the cat didn’t take to her. So she replaced him with a cat from the animal shelter she volunteered at .

        Everything is ok now and the other cat has now got a male staff .

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

        I add my condolences to the loss of your noble Kitten, and concur that once one has had kitties, one’s house isn’t the same without at least one. I can’t have cats where I live now, and I feel the absence — guess I like to be dominated by felines.

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    It’s hard to see them go. 😢

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I hate these stories and love them at the same time. A cat lover is always very sad to hear about the death of a cat. I also must say your Kitten looks just like our Bumper. We are all sad for you today and know that Kitten had a good long life.

    • Blue
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      O, Ms Amy, I +1 to all of what Randall just
      stated. And cuz I loathe the sorrow of
      reading such stuffs, I purposefully today put
      that off until now.

      I am glad that you were able to be .there.
      for and with him at the end.


  6. BJ
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry for your loss, Amy. I hope another wonderful cat adopts you very soon.

    Kitten was very handsome. If Michelangelo had done cat sculptures, I imagine one of them would have resembled Kitten on the tree stump.

  7. Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    What a sleek, good-looking boy he was!
    Sorry for your loss.

  8. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    So very sorry for this Amy. He was indeed a handsome boy! I especially like the picture of Kitten sleeping, with his little toebeans showing. I, too, have a male orange tabby, and I will give him extra love and pats and treats today in honour of Kitten.

  9. Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I’m glad Kitten had a long and happy life. Makes me want to seek out our two cats and make sure they understand how happy they make us. And to soon wish them a Happy New Year!

  10. natalielaberlinoise
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Very sorry to read about your loss. He’s definitely a looker: from his green eyes down to his beautiful toe pads. RIP Kitten.

  11. Posted December 31, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    So sorry for your loss, Amy.
    I love Kitten’s ju-jube toeses.

  12. Linda Calhoun
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. But, if he lived to be 18, you clearly treated him right and gave him a good life, much to your credit.

    I see by your above post that you are looking for another cat. It will not be a “replacement”, but a new friend. They are all individuals.

    Your pictorial tribute was a joy to read.


    • Merilee
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Linda, you might consider getting TWO new cats. When our dear Freddie died (can it be 3 years ago?) we were st the Humane Society 10 days later and came home with two unrelated and totally different oldish kittens ( 5 and 8 months) who bonded immediately and have been great pals and playmates ever since. Two kitties are really no more trouble than one😻😻🐾🐾🐾🐾

      • David Coxill
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

        I thought that when i had 2 cats and got 2 more .
        They are in for the night now ,been fed and are busy doing what cats do best .

        • Merilee
          Posted December 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm | Permalink


      • Linda Calhoun
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        I agree completely about getting more than one.

        I currently have nine, and only two of them didn’t come in in pairs (or, in the case pf my barn cats, in a group of four). I think they do better if they have a litter mate or an age-mate to pair with. And, the two old guys, who came in as singles when much younger, bonded with each other, so they, too, have a buddy.


  13. Sarah
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    He was a fine figure of a cat! He will be fondly remembered far beyond his own lifetime.

  14. RGT
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Such a happy and gorgeous boy! RIP Kitten, you definitely won the kitty jackpot by choosing Amy as your guardian.

  15. Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry to read of the loss of your beautiful Kitten, Amy. What a magnificent cat he was! I hope you can find comfort in good memories.

  16. Seversky
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Like all the other cat-lovers here, I’m sorry for your loss but comforted by the knowledge that you and Kitten had a long and happy life together. There is undoubtedly another cat out there who is waiting for the forever home which you can provide while Kitten lives on in your memory.

  17. Laurance
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ll say to you what someone said to me when my cat Ginger died many years ago (and I paraphrase somewhat):

    Kitten is now marching proudly around the rings of Saturn with all the other cats who have preceded him.

    That image stayed with me, and I find it beautiful. Even though I don’t believe in life after death, the idea grabs me. I am now imagining Kitten joining in this magnificent parade.

    • Merilee
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Lovely image, Laurence😻🐾🐾

  18. Hemidactylus
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Dog companion here and sorry for anyone who loses a beloved pet. Will scratch my gerontic blind dog in honor of Kitten once she stops barking at dimwits shooting fireworks in neighborhood. Ironically she despises other dogs but has always had a strange fascination and affinity for cats.

  19. amyt
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you everyone for your kind posts.
    The beginning of the story……
    Sixteen years ago in the backyard under the influence of wine my partner proposed the following deal:
    “I’ll let you get a cat, if you let me get racing pigeons.” Seriously? You had me at “I’ll let you get a cat…” You see he always said he was allergic and that cats never like him. Three days later we were at Cat Welfare. Kitten was still isolated from the other cats (which are allowed free range/reign). The cage was opened and “Rex” immediately wrapped his paws around his neck and began to purr. The deal was sealed. “Rex” was renamed “Tex” (at 11 pounds he was still skinny). Tex had to remain downstairs (part of the deal). But ever so slowly he was allowed upstairs each day for 30 minutes. 30 minutes grew into a few hours and in no time he had free range of our house. Rich’s allergies had ‘disappeared’ and Tex was renamed (again!) to Thumper for the sound he made running up the stairs. I just called him Kitten as he never responded to Thumper. And Kitten he remained all 22 pounds!!I have been looking at adoption sites and will soon get another cat. Best of 2018 to all!!

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