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[attachment=0:156hbbjj]Zane.JPG[/attachment:156hbbjj]Zane was my late father's cat. He was a fat, grey tabby. (That is why he was called "Zane"--because he was grey. He was 'fifty shades of grey before it was fashionable.')

After Father died, I took him. That was in 2007. He was such a sweet cat. Very affectionate, very playful, very smart. A sweet cat. Sometimes I get bad back spasms; when that happens, he would curl up right where the pain was the worst; perhaps because the inflamed tissues were warmer--but for whatever reason it was great. I called it 'taking feline therapy.'

Yesterday (June 19) he seemed quite as usual. I bought a supermarket rotisserie chicken for dinner, and when I gave him some he Hoovered it up.

However, at about eleven when I was getting ready for bed, I found him in the bathroom, and when I said his name he didn't react. When I touched him he let out a little yelp. His tongue was lolling out and his eyes were fixed. Something was VERY wrong. I knew I was in no condition to drive, so I called a friend and he came. By the time I found Zane's carrier, there was a reddish gel coming out of his mouth. I got him in the carrier and we rushed him to the emergency animal clinic. The vet shoved him in an oxygen chamber, and determined that he was in the feline equivalent of what in a human would be called 'congestive heart failure. The vet said that anything they could do would be only palletive, and could only delay the inevitable.

I therefore performed the last duty of a responsible pet owner.

St. Francis hold him.

I have cried about nonstop ever since. Every time I feel cried out, something reminds me of him and gets me started again.
 

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I feel for your pain. Let me say, you're not alone. I think we each have lost a loved pet over the years, so we understand your loss.

There will never be another Zane to replace him. However, in time, I hope you take the chance and bring another cat into your life to love and to be loved by.

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Sorry for your loss.....!!! I know what you are going through right now as I have gone through this many times over the years.

My backyard - looks like a pet cemetary and I have buried each and everyone of my dear sweet friends with compassion as I placed each handfull of soil gently on their wrapped little bodies. I could not bring myself to even use a shovel.......!! I put two of my dear friends to rest myself with the use of subcutaneous liquid Valium...very gentle. While we played soft classical music on the stereo. We had him covered with a blanket and his little head on a small pillow. This was in 1999 and while I type this - my eyes are filling with tears.

I am probably the only Jew in the whole world with a 125 pound concrete statue of St. Francis in my garden.....

REST IN PEACE - DEAR FRIENDS Some day we will meet you on the other side of the bridge
 

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Sorry for your loss. I too feel your pain. Our dog had cancer and in Jan. 2012 he lost his fight,it was very tough to go through, he was 13 years old. Several months later we went to the local shelter and adopted a young dog that needed love and a good home. That helped but we will not forget the one we lost.
Take care. :thumbup:
 

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I spoke with the pastor at my church, and he will allow me to put Zane's ashes in the same columbarium niche as my late father's; Zane was his cat before he was mine.
 
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