Goodbye to my old lady

I know we all in the stitching community love our dear pets so I felt you all would be good people to share this with. I have mentioned once or twice before that our family has a feline member-this is my stitching buddy, Kiwi.

I was only 22 or 23 here! And Kiwi was just barely out of kitten-hood.

Kiwi died today. I am so sad. She had turned 19 in July so she was a really old lady. She was just the best, sweetest cat. When the kids were babies (actually the youngest is almost 3 so for the past 12 years that we’ve had babies) she had always been so tolerant of them, never scratched or bit any of them! In fact when we had preschool play dates over at the house, she would plop down amid all the little children and they would pet her or play around her and she would just meow at them until she’d had enough and would move out of the way.

Here she is playing with my oldest…and having her dinner monitored by my youngest…pictures taken about 10 years apart.

This is the best most recent picture I have. In old age, Kiwi would still jump up on the couch to sit with me every night when I would stitch. She stopped jumping up a couple weeks ago, and was in a fast decline all week.

We feel so blessed that Kiwi was able to die peacefully, and rather quickly at home this weekend. She had a very good life and brought us a lot of joy. I will really miss her! Good bye, old lady!

18 thoughts on “Goodbye to my old lady

  1. Oh Mary. I am so very sorry my friend. I have never had a pet live to be that old! I do know how much your heart is breaking now unfortunately. God bless you my friend. Take care. You and your family are in my prayers.

    1. Thank you so much Vickie. Your prayers are powerful! We miss her but it was clear it was her time, which gives me great comfort. Thank you so much for your sympathy!

  2. I know what it’s like to lose a family pet so I definitely feel your pain. In fact several years ago, we decided not to have any more, because it hurt too much when we lost them. That changed last year when a feral cat gave birth in our backyard. Our current cat looks a lot like yours, too.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Kiwi. Our fur babies touch our lives in so many wonderful ways. She certainly lived a long life. Not one of my cats has made it to such an age yet.

    1. She was remarkable! I never thought she would make it so long as she had been sick with a thyroid issue for the past several years! Even the vet was always impressed! Thank you so much for your sympathy!

  4. I’m sure there is an empty spot in your heart, Mary! My cat died 12 years ago and I still miss him dearly. How wonderful that she lived to be 19–amazing. Lots of TLC from your family through the years, I’m sure 🙂

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. 19 years is a wonderful age for a cat, some of ours have reached their late teens and you think they will go on for ever!
    Lovely photos of her too.

    1. Thanks, Jo! She was incredibly old. She lived a good 2 years longer than I thought she would after she developed a thyroid condition. She just kept going and going! I was grateful to have it be so clear that it was her time to go. It was much easier to let her go.

  6. So sorry to hear about Kiwi, 19 years is a long time for a pet, she had a wonderful life, was loved as another member of the family and will be sorely missed.

  7. I’m so sorry, it’s never easy when you lose a furbaby. What wonderful memories you have of sweet Kiwi, treasure them.

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