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Our much loved moggy has gone through the celestial cat flap and passed away earlier this week

Partridge has always claimed 'fluffy dude' (his nickname for him) having chosen him as a kitten in the first six months after the AC came home

Fluffy dude has been a much loved kitty and survived numerous grabbings by enthusiastic children and has turned tail very effectively when under duress. He always came gone and purred at everyone. Forgiving and settled demeanour.

He has had several adventures including several games of 'dare' in front of mopeds & the odd long weekend making his own litter before he was encouraged home and the vet gave him the snip!

Despite his many trials, he has loved his family life and purred happily for a rub behind the ears and meoooowed for his whiskers pouches on cue.

Sadly he's become very slender with a swollen tummy in recent months and the vet confirmed he has cancer. He did well on the meds for a time but sadly the cancer has returned and he's become forgetful incontinent and is looking all of his almost 15 years.

Partridge has been updated regularly and popped round to our Orchard base to give 'fluffy dude' a cuddle. Unfortunately I wasn't home and so he panicked a bit and so I spoke to him on the phone reassuring him, he still needs a lot of 'mums here, it's ok love'

Our elderly mog died peacefully at the vets in our arms the following day

Partridge has made several calls, shedding tears but also knowing it was the right decision

Thinking over this, I do think partridge aged 22 is still making progress towards functional attachment of sorts.

We've all cried, he really was such a lovely kitty, our bc pip has never known life without him so it's been doubly sad for her.


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Oh v sorry to hear you have lost your lovely cat. They really do become part of the family and when we lost ours i found it really hard. Havent plucked up courage to replace the last one yet as i had the dreaded trip to the vets to deal with and i am still traumatised by it.

It is good that Partridge has been able to deal with it though as it shows a level of maturity that is v pleasing so take some comfort in that if you can . It is good that he can express his emotions and grieve as well so as you say attachments of some sort in evidence.

Anyway sorry again for your loss x


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So sorry to hear this.


Crazycat. X


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I cried reading this. You are right Pear Tree.


Xxxx


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I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. They are such brilliant companions for children who have a had a bad start in life, unconditional affection - albeit on their terms, and not overwhelming. Our two cats have been the best therapists (both for us and our son) we've had so far, and there have been many.


I'm happy that your son is coping well, but it all must be so hard for you.


Take care


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Just a little update. A friend of a friends cat has had a litter of kittens and we are going to look this evening Smile


They won't be ready for about 3 wks.

I think having a new one will help young Pip and all of us really


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Take two Pear tree, twice the fun! Smile


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Great plan PT. Lovely to have a kitten, I envy you.


We had two kittens 10 years ago - 2 sisters as someone had said brothers were totally uninterested in each other. Ours were adorable together for about a year or so but since have had a love-hate relationship, not unlike our 2 human sisters! I put it down to early developmental trauma of course (abrupt breaking of bond with mother) but at least it's easier to ignore than the human conflicts!


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I think 2 is a good idea too - and lessens the loss when one dies too as well as being twice the fun! I do think having pets (and losing them) is very valuable for children particularly so for those who have experienced a lot of loss as it helps process this. One of our cats had to be put down at the vets - my AD came with me when we took him to say goodbye to family (he had a broken pelvis in a car accident but also had poor heart and thyroid troubles which meant they couldn't operate) and with him into the vets stroking him as he was given the injection which I think showed great maturity. Our second cat was much older - 18 - and I suspect had kidney problems / arthritis and possibly dementia??? - I dreaded taking her to the vets as I thought he would suggest putting her down (she was weeing and pooing everywhere which wasn't very nice!) In the end she was killed by a fox which I think was natures euthanasia as I don't think foxes normally bother cats - the vets is probably the best option.


Enjoy your new kitten(s) when they come!


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Agree getting a new cat helps a lot. Our dd was devastated when our old cat died a few years ago, and I was really worried about her. I think it also sparked off memories of previous losses in her life too. We got a new cat quicker than we had intended to try and help her. It took a while but it really helped her and the new moggy became her new best friend. ( in fact we all love her to bits as she is such a good natured friendly cat)


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