Farewells On a Cool and Windy Thursday

My daughter feeding KitKat. 1992

Two weeks ago I posted : It’s a Blustery Day, KitKat, where I spoke of our feline granny family member and her dedication to us for almost 20 years. I mused about her love of rolling on the grass in the warm sunshine, and her favorite place to nap among the mint.

I mentioned her fearlessness when chasing dogs out of our yard, and her cranky, but mellow mood as she aged. How she put up with birds eating her food, and the addition of 4 other cats in the last 3 years.

Just a few days before, a little wobbly on her feet, and light as a feather, she stood at our back door waiting for the chance to duck in for a little nap and scratch on the head.

On May 25th, we all left the house around 5pm to go downtown, KitKat was hovering at the door as usual. The next morning, KitKat wasn’t in her usual spot at the patio door. She didn’t show up for lunch, or dinner.

We did a neighborhood search, but she wasn’t to be found.

On the third day, Thursday, May 28th I left the house around 7:40am to drive my son to school as usual, and just as we left J sent me a text message that he found KitKat was on our front lawn, not moving… but breathing.

I rushed back after dropping D off.  J had laid her on the back lawn.  She was barely conscious and looked totally dehydrated.  I called my good friend who is a cat lover and retired Doc. While I waited for her to come, I spoke to KitKat, and repeated God’s name as I pet her. She twitched her legs periodically.

I called and cancelled a date with my sister who was visiting from the East coast. She said of course to stay with kitty.

Doc came over and said just in case there was a chance that she was only dehydrated, to take her to the Vet.  I wrapped KiKat in a towel and drove the three blocks to the Vet.

Verdict: The vet said that her heart was beating very slowly. The tumor she had developed 2 years ago, had probably spread. Our sweet little old lady, having lived a full and wonderful life, was ready to move on.

Feeling like I didn’t want the responsibility alone, but knowing it was the only decision, I agreed to put her to sleep, and brought her home for a family memorial.

KitKat’s resting place in our yard

My daughter drove over, and when D got home after school with his girlfriend, we had a sweet celebration of KitKat’s life.

We reminisced about her escapades, her adorable grouchiness the last 3 years, her ability to make us laugh and to make us fawn over her, and her ability to stealthily run into the house when we came through the patio door before we could realize she was there.

J planted catnip between the rocks, and the other kitties are often found rubbing themselves on the rocks and chewing the leaves.  I hope KitKat gets a kick out of that!

The evening turned cold and blustery, like the day I wrote the post 2 weeks before.

Our church was celebrating the long-awaited ground breaking of a new Sanctuary in our neighborhood that evening, and I figured that KitKat realized cats weren’t invited and wanted to attend.

Pets bring us joy, but more than that, they bring us health.  Seniors who have pets live healthier and longer. Being around or petting your animal friend can decrease Blood pressure, Cholesterol levels, Triglyceride levels, and alleviate feelings of loneliness.

KitKat lives on in our memories as one of our dearest pets, and our hearts as a companion.

Here’s to your new life, sweet kitty. May you reap as much love and joy as you sowed in us. 


18 thoughts on “Farewells On a Cool and Windy Thursday

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that your dear little KitKat has crossed over. She had a good life with you and, from what you’ve said plus your photos of her, she looks like she truly was a joy to your family. You saw her out with love and caring; none of us could ask for anything more at the end. RIP KitKat.

  2. My heart goes out to you as only someone who has had the same experience. These beautiful little souls bring so much to our lives and are truly a unique part of our family. Bless your little kitkat and the beautiful memories she created for you to remember her.

      1. I know; my first cat lived for 16 years and it was so difficult when she left us… However, Kitkat had a wonderful life in a loving family… Like your blog too.

  3. sorry to hear about your Kitkat. what comfort, laughter and joy your family must have enjoyed for 20 yrs.

  4. Aww this brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad that you shared a connection while she was here. Pets hold such a special place in our families.

    It was about 2 years ago that we had our cat Bosco put down, he was an elderly, vocal, bony, and grumpy 19 years old, and had been a faithful companion for 17 of those years. It was about 6 months after that when a youngish cat showed up on our doorstep, just in time to lick up an icecream that my son spilled… the resemblance of the markings were incredible (he looks SO much like Bosco did when he was young) and he has stayed with us as an inside/outside cat ever since. We named him Scribbles and I feel blessed that he found our family when we didn’t even know we were ready for another cat yet 🙂

    Thinking of you and your KitKat.

    1. Thank you Gretchen. Yours is such an adorable story and what a sweet gift you had sent by an ever attentive Universe! We are positive Kitkat will return as a dog since she frequently forgot she was a cat!
      I love the name Scribbles!! Gotta browse your posts for a photo.

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