Friday, June 29, 2012

Saying Goodbye

My darling girl left me today most unexpectedly. 

I am not sure how much I want to go into here, but it felt right to write about her. I have a candle in my apartment burning for her. 

Kitty came into my family as a surprise birthday present to my sister. She was so small she could sit in one hand, and had huge ears that stuck out like Yoda. She liked to play with my toes under the covers of my bed.

At that point, we weren't ready for a cat, and my mom advised us not to name her because we were going to find her a good home and shouldn't get too attached. Surprise, surprise: someone got too attached (me). Kitty came to us at only 6 weeks old, and I did a lot of research on how to take care of her. When the time came for my mom to take her to her new home, she returned later... with Kitty. She had seen the note I had written the night before with instructions on feeding and how to care for her, looked at me and said, "I just couldn't do it."

So Kitty became mine. I spent some years living in other cities and at college, but always came home to her. And finally, she moved in with me at the start of this year, and somewhere in the back of my mind I named our time together, "Erin and Kitty's Atlanta Adventure".

But today my darling girl left me after 8 years. I didn't realize she was having a stroke as I cradled her in her beloved blankie and rushed to the vet's.

Kitty loved tuna, belly-rubs, and curling up on top of my feet. She is dearly, dearly missed. I kept her collar and put it up next to her candle.

This last picture I took on Instagram - my baby and I, holding feet.


  1. Aw this is really sad :( I know exactly how you are feeling, my cat that I had since I was little got run over just as I left for uni this year, it's so hard. xx

  2. As awkward as it is to say, "hi, I'm a stranger, but..." I still feel the need to say that I'm so very sorry for your loss. I would be devastated if I lost my kitties and it is clear that you adored yours. I hope missing her gets easier with time.

  3. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that. I know losing your cat is horrible! Your kitty seemed to be a wonderful creature indeed<3

  4. :( so sorry for your loss.. *big hugs*

  5. It's always so sad to lose a dear pet and I'm sending many (((hugs))) your way. Oliver sends his purrs and kitty hugs too.

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. :( Big "Hugs"

  7. :( I'm so sorry your heart is hurting. Is so hard to lose a dear pet friend. They really do give us unconditional love.

    love your last shot and hope it brings you some solace that you were special to each other for 8 years. ((()))

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so difficult. I have recently had to say goodbye to my to one of the best dogs ever Ben. Take care and lots of (((Hugs)))

  9. SO sad.

    She was a part of your life...



  10. I'm just a reader of your blog, but I wanted to offer my condolences as well. I am sorry for your loss and hope that you will find comfort in the memories of your beloved companion.

  11. Thank you all so very much for the heartfelt words and hugs. I am still adjusting, and it still feels a little unreal, but I really appreciate all of the support <3

  12. Oh dear, I'm so sorry for your loss. A pet really is part of the family. :-( Sending you a big virtual hug and a fresh cup of coffee.


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