"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Saying Goodbye and..Hello!!

I had a pretty awful year and a half when it comes to pets!! I lost all four of my beloved senior cats, that I had since birth!

Most recently, I said goodbye to my sweet Fozzie girl, after her battle with lymphoma! She really gave it a good fight! It may sound stupid for some, but once I told her to let me know when she was ready to say goodbye...she did. She no longer came around me. She didn't eat for 4 days, and wouldn't even lay next to me, she would turn her back on me. Cats know more than most people think they do!

Like I did for all of my pets..when the time came, we went to the hospital for our final goodbye. I petted her, and whispered into her ear how much I loved her, and what a good cat she is...until her little soul left her sick body.

I have a really hard time with euthanasia. I understand that it is humane...but in the back of my mind I still feel like it is should not be my decision.

She was the last of my kitty family. I had these cats when I was married...we met at a completely different time in my life, and they have been through so many moves, and break ups. They have heard all of my heartaches, and you can't just "get another cat" to replace such long term companions. I cried until I thought my eyes would explode!

That being said...it felt like cheating, but once I knew Fozzie's diagnosis, I began looking for two new cats. I wouldn't adopt until we had said goodbye, but I had a tricky wish list, and I wanted to get my feelers out.

The cats had to be bonded, and adults! I don't have the patience for kittens, as cut as they are!  I was accustomed to adult snuggley cats!

I prefer persians...but wanted long hair cats, because believe it or not...(having had both) long hair cats shed less than short hairs.

In short, after putting my feelers out with several rescues, I was lucky enough to adopt a bonded male and female from my favorite rescue!

I adopted Garret and Aurora. (named after Jack Nicholson and Shirley McClain's characters in Terms of Endearment) 

They were from a hoarding situation, so they were loved, but had to be given up.  I hope their former owner knows that these two hit the jackpot coming to live with me! 

Life goes on. 


Teena in Toronto said...

I'm so sorry about Fozzie :(

Thanks for opening your heart to new kitties.

People react differently. I've lost furkids over the years and need to fill the hole in my heart right away. A woman I work with said good-bye to her 18 year old kitty in December and says she'll never get another one because no one can take Betty's place. That's true but there are so many kitties that need homes and love.

Fizzgig said...

Thank you Teena! I agree. Some think it is too quick to get another cat, but I have never not had one. They don't replace mine, and I still mourn for Fozzie. If you go into it with the mindset that it is not a replacement, it's easier. It's hard for some to not to have expectations with new pets..but I just see it as giving these guys a second chance at a great life...and freeing up a spot for another cat that needs rescued to fill their place!

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs said...

Hi there! I haven't been around for a while! I'm so very sorry for your loss. A tough year indeed. We just lost our 17 year old Natasha about a week ago. I'm so worried about her partner Boris, who we adopted at the same time when they were kittens, but surprisingly he seems okay. Trying to give a little extra love these days.

You're two new kitties are beautiful. I wish them a long and happy life. They probably don't know how lucky they are to have you for a cat mom.

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