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Posted on 2009.07.12 at 15:40
where am I: Warwick
How I feel about it all: sadsad
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Today is a sad one for the Primrose clan--our much-loved kitty Stormy Elizabeth was gently put to sleep this afternoon. Her health and her weight had been going downhill for the past several weeks, despite thyroid meds and a good appetite. Her breathing had become more and more laboured. The chest X-rays didn't show the lung cancer I'd expected, but rather end-stage emphysema. The vet said she didn't have more than a couple of weeks at best, and that there was no treatment.

The good things are that Mary was able to say goodbye to her (Stormy was Mary's cat more than anyone's, even though she lived with me), and also that I was able to be with her when she died. The vet and her assistant were caring and beyond wonderful. Her passing was peaceful and she purred throughout all of it, and I got to pet her and comfort her the whole time.

She was a little smokey-gray tabby with a sweet face and a disposition to match, and we loved her a lot. I can't remember the exact date of her birth, but we're positive she was at least sixteen or seventeen years old. In other words, she had a lovely, happy, long life in the company of a lot of people (and pets) who loved her--we should all be as fortunate.

She'll be cremated and then her ashes and those of our wonderful old Rhett kitty will be sprinkled on our old property on Block Island (where Mary's dad still lives and where Stormy grew up).

I told Mary that I'm not sure that cats have an afterlife--heck, I'm not even convinced that people do, but if people DO, then surely their pets are there with them. Either way, I like to think of her--and all my lost kitties (and one amazing dog)-- hanging out and playing with their buds over at the Rainbow Bridge. It may be hokey, but I don't care.

Bye, honey. Say hi to everyone for me. ♥♥♥♥


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Cats. Not to be trusted.
catwalksalone at 2009-12-08 08:28 (UTC) ()
Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss, but I'm glad she's not suffering any more.

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primroseburrows at 2009-12-08 12:56 (UTC) ()
Thanks, dear. She was awesome, so she deserved to go the right way.

*cuddles your icon*
peacey at 2009-12-08 13:27 (UTC) ()
*massive hugs* Kel, I'm so so so sorry. I know well how hard it is to lose a furry member of the family, but you can take a modicum of comfort in the fact that you indeed gave your kitty a long, happy, love-filled life.
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primroseburrows at 2009-12-08 17:31 (UTC) ()
*snuggles you*

It's surprising how much comfort I DO take in that fact. :)
mr_t00by at 2009-12-08 15:17 (UTC) ()

<3 Stormy!

I didn't show it much during her life, but I really did love Stormy. It's odd now that she's gone because she's basically been around my entire life. I have Rose to thank for bringing me around to her towards the end; she really pointed out and showed me how wonderful she could be. I'm sure she's romping around in a forest of cat nip trees, munching on infinite sour scream and onion chips, and sipping tuna juice cocktails with Rhett. Farewell kitty, I hope to see you in 60+ years =)
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primroseburrows at 2009-12-08 17:34 (UTC) ()

Re: <3 Stormy!

I never thought you didn't like her, dear. :)

Yeah, you were like three years older than her, so you wouldn't remember not having her.

I'm sure she's part of a whole posse of cats, with Roz as their Seekrit Weapon mascot. ;)

And OMG, you have a Rhett icon!

Edited at 2009-12-08 17:34 (UTC)
suchthefangirl at 2009-12-08 21:58 (UTC) ()
I'm so sorry. *hugs*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-12-08 23:17 (UTC) ()
*hugs back*

Thanks, honey. *hugs some more*
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