Theo died

I’m terribly sad to report that Theo, the beloved cat of readers Laurie and Gethyn, passed away yesterday. Although I never met Theo, who lives with his staff in London, he’s been featured on this site several times, most notably because he drank espresso coffee without cream or sugar (see here).  I hoped to meet him if I went to London this year (a possibility), but now I won’t, even though I was considered his Uncle Jerry.

Here’s Laurie’s memoriam for Theo, as posted on her Facebook page. It includes the first picture taken of Theo after he was adopted, and the very last picture taken with Gethyn, the day before Theo died. Laurie’s words and pictures are posted with permission:

The first time I read these words, I was not grieving; however, I am now, and they are relevant.

“I seem to have lost a beautiful estate, — no more. I cannot get it nearer to me. If to-morrow I should be informed of the bankruptcy of my principal debtors, the loss of my property would be a great inconvenience to me, perhaps, for many years; but it would leave me as it found me, — neither better nor worse. So is it with this calamity: it does not touch me; something which I fancied was a part of me, which could not be torn away without tearing me nor enlarged without enriching me, falls off from me…”

Theo died in my arms yesterday, whilst I told him I love him. Our hearts and lives are utterly shattered. The first and last photos of our sweet boy 😿

Two of the photos I posted of Theo:

From the cat-shaming contest:

And Theo drinking espresso:

 

45 Comments

  1. StephaJL
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Oh no. My sincere condolences to Laurie and Gethyn. This is one of the hardest, bitterest things. ❤

  2. Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry Laurie and Gethyn.

  3. Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    The loss of a beloved cat is a hard thing to bear. My condolences to Laurie and Gethyn.

  4. Laurance
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh…I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. It’s such an awful loss when a dear cat dies. My condolences, and I’m not just saying these hackneyed words to be polite. It’s a big deal to say Goodbye to a beloved cat. Cats are our Family Members, and their little lives matter to us.

  5. rickflick
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry for your loss. All pet owners can understand and sympathize. Wouldn’t it be great if they lived as long as we do?

  6. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    We are all sad to hear this today. A personal loss of the greatest order.

  7. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry for the loss of this sweet, handsome, and beloved boy. He was a good cat.

  8. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    So sorry about dear Theo. 😦

  9. Blue
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I am sorry, Laurie / Gethyn.

    … … ” d e e e e p in December, ” tbus:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUZpjW7QHGo .

    Blue

  10. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    He was a beautiful boy. So sorry to hear this.

  11. Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    He was a beautiful animal. Just look at the eyes in the first photo!

  12. Mark R.
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    😦

  13. Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry for this.

  14. BJ
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m so very sorry. What a lovely master, and what lovely servants he seems to have had. Take solace in knowing he had the best life a cat could have, and died with your love and warmth.

  15. busterggi
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Tears

  16. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    xxx

    • BJ
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Awwwww! That’s so sweet!

      • Posted December 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

        That’s the picture I drew of Theo in Laurie and Gethyn’s copy of my book.

        • BJ
          Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

          It’s wonderful and a fitting tribute!

        • Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

          Your drawing? Absolutely charming, and such a fitting tribute to a beloved cat!

  17. Debbie Coplan
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear this. Theo will be missed. I’m glad he had such a wonderful home.

  18. David Coxill
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I am so saddened to hear the news ,Jet ,one of my cats was killed last August and i still miss him and feel guilty that i didn’t make more of an effort to make sure he was safe indoors .

  19. Posted December 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Theo, Laurie and Gethyn.
    We miss our kitties and pooches long after they’re gone. Once in a while, I see a fleeting shadow out the corner of my eye even though there’s nothing there.

  20. Posted December 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry, I know it’s difficult to lose an animal friend. You gave Theo a good life.

  21. Serendipitydawg
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Sad news indeed. Sorry for your loss.

  22. Jenny Haniver
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Let me add my condolences to the others on the loss of your dear Theo.

  23. Richard Jones
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear about Leo but whatever happened to Gus who was featured so regularly here?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Richard – the same question was asked, from memory, in the last month or so. PCC[E] replied than [my wording]: that the staff [Taskin I think it is] has ceased comms ~ there’s been a falling out. I expect/hope Gus – in all his pink snozzleness – is well.

      • Richard Jones
        Posted December 31, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        I did ask some time back and missed the reply. At least it is not because Gus is no longer with us. Thanks for bringing me up to scratch.

    • Posted December 30, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      I jus’ love Gus and miss him so.

      • Richard Jones
        Posted December 31, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

        I would like to know why he suddenly stopped appearing here; did he die; did they move? He is such a lovely cat.

        • Posted December 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

          Michael Fisher commented (just above) that there’s sadly been some kind of falling out. I hope it’s not over politics. These are too interesting times, and solidarity is needed.

        • Posted December 31, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

          Oh, and it’s Theo not Leo!

  24. Merilee
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    😿

  25. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    As I write this, the tears are flowing down my cheeks. I’m so sorry for your loss of Theo–he was a beautiful boy and quite a unique one. I know all too well the pain of losing a beloved member of one’s family as my cats ARE my family.

  26. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Sad to hear it.

  27. Josh Lincoln
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Theo and you couldn’t have been luckier to have had each other to take care of for so long. Condolences.

  28. klf
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    No words suffice. But wanted to thank you for sharing Theo with the world. He was a beautiful cat.

  29. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry Laurie and Gethyn. I’m crying just reading about this and I’ve never even met Theo. You must be absolutely devastated. Theo had so much character and was so gorgeous. I’m going to miss the tales of his antics on your website too. 😦

  30. Diane G
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    So very sad! He was a beautiful boy and I know there is a big hole in your lives now. Take comfort in knowing that he was appropriately loved and cared for over all the years the three of you shared. You were very lucky cat staff; and he was a very lucky cat!

  31. John_Q
    Posted December 31, 2018 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    My condolences to this family. I lost one of my cats 3 months ago. I had him for 11 years. A part of me died that day.

    • Diane G
      Posted January 7, 2019 at 12:24 am | Permalink

      I’m so sorry, John.

  32. Posted December 31, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts and words. And to Uncle Jerry for the lovely tribute. xx

    • amyt
      Posted January 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      So sad to hear. Cats allow us to open our hearts when they arrive into our lives, then they steal our hearts and sadly they break our hearts when they die.


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