Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Goodbye to a Great Kitty Cat

RIP Patch: 1995-2010

We heard her purring when we entered the room. She was always happy to see us, and not just 'cause "she knew what side her Friskies were buttered on," as my Mom would say.

The Scribe Family said goodbye to Patch the Cat yesterday. She'd been getting "up there" in years, but started a rapid decline recently. I took her to the vet on Monday & was told that her time was not long comin'.

Patchy was a good ol' kitty. An "outdoor" feline with no front claws, she'd climb a tree in a second~in her younger years. As one of 2 "pound kitties" we rescued in 1996, Patch's care & feeding went to Ella Numera Dos. The kid was gaga over that cat~and with good reason.

Some complain that cats are standoffish, selfish, solitary souls. It's true~they don't slobber all over one like a dog is wont to do. But they have their special ways of endearing themselves to their "people."

That's it, plain & simple: Patch was a "people person." The old gal had the loudest purr we'd ever heard. In fact, we sometimes called her "motorboat." She'd use any excuse to curl up with her humans. One of her favorite positions was up high, on the left side of my chest. I dubbed her "armpit kitty" on those occasions.

The hardest part about losing a member of the family is telling the kids. I had to break the sad news to Ella Numera Dos over the phone, since she's away at college & all. I've had to say goodbye to pets before, but this was the most difficult "adios" I've ever experienced.

Vaya Con Dios, my pretty friend, Patchy. I know God's got a bowl full of kibbles for you up there somewhere.


quilly said...

My heart and prayers are with you as you mourn the passing of your beautiful Patch.

Emily said...

Patch sounds like a wonderful cat, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Alicia said...

awww...i'm sorry....losing pets is a least you have some precious photos and memories of patches...big hugs to you!!

Yaya said...

I'm sorry. :(

Amy said...

Awww, I'm sorry about your cat. )=

Hootin' Anni said...

I'm bawling!!! It's so hard to say goodbye to our furbabies, isn't it?

Mine is Footprints in the Sand...

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I'm sure Patch was a great cat--I think they all are. It's amazing to see all the different personalities that cats have. Each one is special but it's the ones we live with that we get so attached to that are the hardest to let go. My heart breaks for you. I know how painful it is, been there, done that--several times.

Susie said...

It so hard to lose a pet! It looks have you had some great memories with her.

The Blonde Duck said...

I am so sorry. Losing a beloved pet is hard.

Fierce said...

Awwww, but Patch is in a really good place now, and she lived with people that loved her so her life was pretty fulfilled.


singedwingangel said...

Aww hun I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so difficult for everyone..

CCW said...

So very, very sorry, sweetie. I hope she's climbing trees and eating only the finest kiblets alongside my dear, long-gone, BearRat. She'll recognize him — he'll be the one eating a eternally refilling bowl of tuna. I'd like to think he'd share, but I'm thinking that not even in kitty heaven would he have learned manners like that. ;-)

Jen said...

I am so sorry for your loss, it is so hard to say goodbye to them.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Big hugs to you hun!!! As a cat lover myself, I know how hard this is. Pets really are family members.

More hugs!!!!

Tara R. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our cats are such a huge part of our family too. My condolences to you and Ella Numera Dos.

Tracy P. said...

Oh, so sad, Melissa. :-( You have some great photos to remember her by.

Paloma said...

I am sorry for your loss!! :(

She was really beautiful!

Herself said...

So, so sorry!

Sarah said...

she was a pretty cat. i'm so sorry for the loss.

Tortuga said...

Oh noes. It's never easy to lose a pet. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the Scribe family.

CARMEN said...

an adorable cat! Whit beautiful eyes! turquoise? what a color?!

Kristin said...

I'm so so sorry. I've been there and it just stinks.

CelticLady said...

Sorry for your loss, we too will have that day in the not too distant future. Our kitti GiGi is 17 and we had to take her to the vet and found out she had a thyroid problem so now she is on pills. So only weighed 4.2 lbs. Now she is at least 5+ lbs. But she has the start of Kidney failure which most cats have...
Losing a pet is really hard...

Katherine said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss! She sure was a beautiful little thing!

Tracie said...

RIP Patch.

I've always wanted a good lap cat. Hubs is allergic so it's not going to happen any time soon.

Sorry for your loss.

Quasi Serendipita said...

I'm so sorry :(

paulandrewrussell said...

Sorry to hear about Patch. We're cat people too; they really are a part of the family.

Best Wishes.

Jayde said...

I'm so sad to hear that you've lost your family member! I know I am devastated by the losses of my pets and so is the rest of my family.

Lucy said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your Patch and I know you and your family must be super sad.

Christy (Columbia Lily) said...

i am so sorry....=(

Allyson said...

Oh Melissa, I'm so sorry to hear about Patch. It's true...cats don't leap all over everyone that walks in the door...they pick and choose who their affection goes to and when you receive it, it's like none other. I've said goodbye to a LOT of kitties over the years and it NEVER gets easier...especially when they've been a member of the family for so long. The cats I have now outlasted a fiance. I will be SOOO sad when they finally go. But it's also true that when cats decline, it is RAPID. One day here, next day gone. It's a shock.

I hope your daughter is taking it OK. Even harder when you couldn't be home for it. Bless her heart.

tattytiara said...

What a wonderful life she had with you, and what beautiful eyes she had. I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye.

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

Lovely kitty, and wonderful memories to cherish. Sorry for your loss, but happy that you had her for so many years.


storyteller at Sacred Ruminations said...

Awww ... so sorry to learn about your loss of Patch the Cat. Reading your post brings to mind that Ms Kitty is about 20 years old and has really slowed down herself so I'll no doubt be facing such a loss in the not too distant future myself. Those 'fur-kids' do take a piece of our heart with them don't they ... leaving tender memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Hugs and blessings, said...

I'm sorry for your loss. We watched Pepe pass away from this world a couple of weeks ago. Still grieving that empty spot in the house.

miss jo said...

My condolences on Patchy's passing. What a snuggler. Irreplaceable. Sorry you had to break the news over the phone to Dos.

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