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My cat died today

"Today, we say good bye to Zephyr, the best cat a man could ask for. After 17 years of adventure and living with cancer for the past year and a half, Zephyr developed a sudden and severe lymphoma which affected her ability to breath, and she was relieved from her suffering this afternoon, here at home in my lap sitting in her favorite chair. Her ashes will be turned into a Life Gem so she can stay with me forever. RIP Zephyr, 12-29-95 to 5-24-13. This picture shows our first and our last moments together:"


It all happened so fast, and it was completely unexpected. Zephyr had breast cancer for the past year and a half, but she was doing fairly well considering she was 17 years old. She had seen the vet a week or two ago and they noticed a high white blood cell count, but thought it was likely due to her teeth needing to be cleaned. Today, she went into the vet and she began to have problems with her breathing, which became labored. An X-ray was taken and showed her lung capacity to be at half of normal due to the lymphoma. I was actually at my last day of work, just about to pick up a patient when I was called by my mom, and I quickly rushed home.

At first, she seemed to be okay. She was up and walking around. But closer observation revealed that her breathing was extremely labored. She was in a kitty tripod position, and her nostrils were flaring, and even the slightest movement made it harder for her to breathe. So, with a heavy heart, I made the decision to let her go peacefully. A doctor came to our house a few hours later and performed the procedure.

It still doesn't seem real, though the reality sets in every now and then and I burst into tears. As mentioned, Zephyr's ashes will be turned into a diamond so I can carry her with me forever.

"Death is but a dream:
A brief respite from the waking nightmare.
Search for the truth beyond the great beyond,
And free your mind from life's great deception.
In the collective unconscious, you will find peace."

In my time of grief, I ask for the moral support of the DP community. Thank you for always being there for me!

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egapele's picture

So sorry

for the sad time you're going through. Losing a pet can be pretty rough.

Sending lots of love your

Sending lots of love your way. I have lost many a pet and understand the pain all too well. However, their spirit is always with us and Zephyr will always look after you.

If you walk blindly through life, you will run into a lot of walls.

Never got over my amazement

that we can have real and lasting relationships with animals. God did us a favor by giving us these animals. My sorrow for you is tempered by this gratitude.

Mitakuye Oyasin. "To all my relations".

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

RIP Zephyr

I have a couple dreading the day.

I had a dog for 12 years

I picked her out of the pound when I was a young teenager. She was a staple of our family for a long time. Since I picked her out and took her as my own, when I moved out of the nest she went with me.

My wife became very attached to her when I was in Iraq. The one thing my wife knew would be waiting for her after work was Ginger our golden retriever. The excitement of Ginger when my wife came home made it much easier to go home to an empty house.

When I got out of Army we took her to our new house in a new town. She rapidly, out of nowhere, became ill and could not eat. My wife was a wreck when we had to put her down at the Vet.

I feel your pain. Ginger's ashes sit in our living room. We will never have a dog like her. Only since I got another dog did I realize how good of a dog she was. No accidents, loved other dogs, loved kids and could be let on the porch to just sit and wag her tale when people walked by.

All Hail the good master.


Free includes debt-free!

Sorry to hear about your fur child...

I'm sure you gave her a wonderful, loving life. Nothing I can say can alleviate your grief, and I still tear up just thinking of my Tumps, who passed over the rainbow 2 yrs ago, an only spoiled furchild for 12 years (rescue cat at age 3),

I would make one appeal to you and other animal lovers; if you're not ready to adopt yet, please consider joining your local foster network. It's so rewarding to know that you've saved lives, and that they were able to transition on to wonderful loving furrever homes because you cared enough to DO SOMETHING about it.

If you can't foster, than consider pledging to pay for adoption fees for those that do step forward to adopt. It helps them a lot.

If you cant foster or pledge donations, then please become part of the social network among rescuers, sharing helps saves lives!

I'm in the Tampa, Fl area and I have successfully fostered kittens rescued from the Euthanize List. (I have two gray tabby siblings available for adoption now; Tony and Robert - so fun and cute at 8 weeks old) Here's a link to just one volunteer rescue fb page created by people who care and make a difference every day! I hope this inspires others to do the same where they live. https://www.facebook.com/UrgentCatsOfTampaBay?fref=ts

RP R3VOLution

So sorry to hear of your loss

I know it must be horrible for you right now my friend, but it will get better. Time is a wonderful healer and for now, she will always have a place in your heart until one day you and her will meet and be reunited again.

Mine did 2 days ago.

I didn't read this because I don't think I can handle it right now. My condolences though. : (

I attended a 'pet' funeral some years ago ...

invited by a family I was very close to. They had lived in the same place for a long time, out in the country and had a designated 'pet' cemetary for all of the pets their kids had throughout the years, as well as themselves.

4 kids in the family plus the two older adults. It wasn't small.

I was there to bury Chen, a 15 yo dog that had lost his hearing and about all of his eyesight about a year before he died.

I'll never forget the words the mother spoke that day.

"Life Casts no Shadow Where the Sun Didn't Shine."

The message hit me immediately. Don't dwell on the end of it and forget everything accomplished during the journey we all live.

God Bless your sorrow, you gave a good home to a good cat. Be proud you had the opportunity.

Time to do it again,

michcrow's picture

I'm sorry to hear about your

I'm sorry to hear about your cat. That looks like a very nice cat as well. I'm sure your cat appreciated you very much because you look like a very responsible cat owner. They say it's a good idea to get another cat. But I don't know if that's true or not. I still miss all my pets. Keep your chin up and just know that your cat appreciated you just as much as you appreciated your cat.

Two shorten the road.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Cats really are wonderful creatures. My oldest just turned 14. He's been a friend through a lot of tough times, and he's stuck with me longer than most human friends - including one husband. He's as much my family as any human out there.

Keep your head up buddy...

Nothing I say will change your grief...But I will tell you it gets better...I am a dog person and I never had the connection, with a cat, that I see cat lovers have...But I know it's there, I can see it in their eyes...So I thought I would share this...
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Patron Saint of Cats
...Since Gertrude was known for offering hospitality (to people as well as animals), she was kind to the cats that hung around her monastery, offering them food and affection. Gertrude is also associated with cats because she often prayed for the souls of people in purgatory, and artists of the time symbolized those souls as mice, which cats like to chase. So Gertrude came to be linked with both cats and mice, and now serves as the patron saint of cats.

If your Catholic..Give a shout out to Gertrude...If not...I already have for you and Zephyr...

Bad food, worse weather, please rEVOLution the states so I can bring my family back home!
Rosa Koire for for President!

sorry for your loss

“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

Condolences. Can the process


Can the process of turning the ashes into a synthetic diamond also be performed on human ashes? I might want that for my own remains. Do you have a link to a source?

the loss of a good kitty..

I've been thinking about having that done with my parents, 3 brothers and sister's ashes.. all of them into one.

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

LifeGem [dot] com

I remember doing an ad in school for this company. Cool yet a bit odd, I must admit.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pets are proof

God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Ron Paul Was Right

Gah that is wrenching.

I lost the most affectionate and loved cat I've ever had last November to a vehicle on the road and was devastated for a time. But losing her to a car is almost a blessing compared to losing a lifelong cat to a slow and painful process. I feel for you.

In fact, I was so affected after she was killed that I looked on the web and found this blog->


and went ahead and told her story there, and, oddly enough this calmed me and made me feel a bit better.

My condolences.

What precious pictures - thanks for sharing. Sometimes pets depart when they know something new and great is on its way into your life. They take that opportunity to move on, knowing you will be well.

Physically gone but not in Spirit

You seem to have a grasp of that as well so I will simply say, do not mourn the loss of this relationship but rather find comfort in its now new "form".

Thank you for sharing this delicate moment in your life with us.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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I'm sorry to hear of your

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Putting a pet down who is suffering, is a selfless act.

Here is a message that is happy (in the end), but emotional:


Nothing continental nor inter-national about my cats.

Mark Twain's cats "Fast Asleep" photo by Elmira photographer Elisha M. VanAken, 1887.
Mark Twain's cats "Wide Awake" photo by Elmira photographer Elisha M. VanAken, 1887 [Photos from the Dave Thomson collection]

"He would call (the cats) to "come up" on the chair, and they would all jump up on the seat. He would tell them to "go to sleep," and instantly the group were all fast asleep, remaining so until he called "Wide awake!" when in a twinkling up would go their ears and wide open their eyes."

DEAR SIR: -- There is nothing of continental or inter-national interest to communicate about those cats.

They had no history; they did not distinguish themselves in any way.

They died early--on account of being overweighted with their names, it was thought. SOUR MASH, APPOLLINARIS, ZOROASTER, and BLATHERSKITE, -- names given them not in an unfriendly spirit, but merely to practice the children in large and difficult styles of pronunciation.

It was a very happy idea. I mean, for the children. - MARK TWAIN

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


My Sophie is 14. I rescued her as a street kitten. Bright white with one blue and one green eye.

I hope you feel better soon.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

So sad to hear of the loss.

We got a Spay and Neuter cat, by my wife's insistence! Now, I don't know what life will be without him. We call him our lap cat and our puppy because he loves the attention, and acts half dog!

Condolences, my fellow liberty lover!


Each one is an individual. They teach us so much, watching them live a lifetime in, in my cat's case, 21 years.

If I had it to do over again, I'd avoid the corn and wheat in dry cat food. Cats should be fed once a day (after kittenhood) to prevent kidney problems (don't leave food out).

And, as individual as they are, it only takes one to teach you all you need to know about cat language, from housecats to tigers.

I still miss her 20 years later.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I feel for you .....

I understand soooo much. I had mine for 19 years. Here is the video I made for him...so I will always remember. God it kills me to watch this.

Beautiful cat

and beautiful piece. Reminded me of a lot... :'(
But yes, we'll see them on the other side.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Beautiful voices



Beautiful voices

Beautiful memories. Thanks