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Sweet Charlie

A different post from usual this week and a sad one too.
This is Charlie, my lovely 17 year old cat who had to be put to sleep on Monday. He became ill at the end of last week, and after several days of not eating and hiding himself away then struggling to walk I knew that this trip to the vet would be his last.
The vet could tell straight away from his eyes and ears that he was jaundiced and probably had a growth on his liver. There was nothing the vet could do to help so Charlie was sedated and gently put to sleep. And I've cried a lot for him.
Anyone reading this who doesn't have pets probably thinks that's a bit silly, those of you who do have pets will understand I'm sure.

He was the sweetest natured cat I've ever come across, born feral but very affectionate, miaowed when he wanted brushing {he loved being brushed} and had a bit of a rubber and bleach fetish. He also liked to chew any houseplant that vaguely resembled grass. The plant in the kitchen still bears his teethmarks.

He was loved and cared for and will be missed. Thank you for sharing your life with me Charlie


  1. They are like our children and its heartbreaking -I am so sorry to hear of your loss -

  2. He looks so royal in this pic, I feel for you and I am sorry for your loss

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss! We lost our little kitten quite sudden this sunday night so I know that feeling all too well... :( It always hurt so much, sometimes it takes a little time to take in but there's always pain, and no matter if they are young or old it always happen too soon. They will at least live on in our hearts, in our memories. The hurting inside subsides and instead the fond memories take its place. Charlie got a long life full of love and joy and that's a memory of him that I hope, with time, will help ease the pain of the loss. He looks so sweet and beautiful in those pics.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie. Losing a pet really sucks so I know what you are going through. He was so handsome. 17 years is a long life and I'm sure you made it a happy one for him. :)

  5. I am a reader of your blog, but very rarely comment. Today, I must leave you a comment of encouragement. I too have a Charley born feral that I captured one December when he was about 4 months old approximately 8 years ago. Also, a gray tabby with the big "M" on the forehead. I also have hislittle brother born a year later. I understand your loss and know the sadness of losing a beloved pet too many times. Your Charlie was fortunate and one of the lucky ones to have been found and adopted you. Remember, there are more waiting in line who need a chance to provide you with comfort during your loss.

  6. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and leave a comment, your kind words have helped me to stop feeling so sad.
    Maneki - I'm sorry to hear about your kitten x

  7. Aww I'm sorry Tracy that you had to let him go. Just try and remember all the daft things he did and it will bring a smile to your face x

  8. I have a cat who is the love of my life so I do understand. Charlie is gone but not forgotten and will live in your heart forever. Even so, I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking to be sure.

  9. So sorry for the loss of your fur baby!

  10. Sending you a big online hug Tracy. As a fellow cat lover and owner of various cats since I was little, I know the sadness you are going through. Cats are such wonderful pets and great company. When you are ready, I recommend getting a new friend. They don't replace the lost ones but they do help the pain go away.

    All the best
    Kristin :)

    1. Thanks for your comment Kristin, he was part of the furniture really. I do have two other cats but still miss sweet Charlie {I think the other two do as well} :D

  11. Ti capisco proprio, sono solo animali... ma a volte si crea un'intesa incredibile con loro! Un abbraccio!

  12. Awwww, they grow attached to our lives. I've just lost two brothers within 4months of each other. I feel your pain. Hugs


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