Our Dear Cat Eddie Has Left Us

It is with great sadness that I write about the loss of our beloved cat Eddie, on Friday, June 9th.

Fifteen years ago (plus two months, to be exact) he came to us from the street, clearly needing a home. He was hungry and his white parts were grey, but he was so full of character and insistence that we couldn't turn him away, after checking diligently to ensure nobody was looking for him. Back then, in the spring of 2002, we were going through a very difficult time, and Eddie choosing us to be his family helped a lot. We were both very attached to this adorable animal, who brought so much comfort and made us laugh every day.

He had definitely been someone's pet at one point, as he was socialized and had been neutered. Of course, he couldn't tell us how old he was, however he was fully grown (although, on the small size because he hadn't been eating well -- he filled out nicely after a month or so of proper nutrition). He was a vibrant young cat, who we estimated to be one or two, and the vet agreed.

This would have made him about 16 when he died, and with the average lifespan of a house cat being about 15, he lived a good long life. Knowing that hasn't really made these days of mourning any easier though. This has been a heart-wrenching experience. They say time heals, so we're just waiting for that time to pass, so we can feel better.

While he had slowed down with age these last few months, he still seemed healthy and free of any pain. We didn't realize there was something seriously wrong until he had what looked like a dizzy spell and fell down, around noon on Friday, while I was home with him and Nick was at work. While we didn't understand what that meant, we knew that it wasn't good, and called for a vet appointment right away.

A couple of hours later, we were caught off-guard by his diagnosis of what appeared to be advanced stages of cancer. Without question, what the doctor saw was a very unwell animal, who was too elderly and frail to respond to any treatment. Her advice was to consider Eddie's feelings and well-being. In an alarmingly short period, we'd gone from an optimistic couple seeking help for a sick cat, to one weeping as we walked down the street with an empty cat-carrier.

Eddie was a major source of joy for us and we miss him so much. He was so friendly and good, and all cat-people who met him, fell for him. We are very grateful for the concern and care shown by our friends, who loved him too, and understand what we are going through.

Regular readers will have seen much of him on these pages, but if you'd like a quick look of pictures that exude his precious personality, here's a post from last Christmas, when he joined right in with the party, and here's one from last spring, spending time outside, including a couple with his best friend, Nick -- coincidentally that was posted one year ago to the day.

Why I'm illustrating this post with photos of a Monarch butterfly : On Friday morning, I carried Eddie out to the yard -- he always enjoyed time outside -- and as we stood out there, a shadow fluttered about around my feet. I searched for its source amoung the branches of the lilac tree overhead, and caught sight of the orange wings. When we went back inside and upstairs, I found the perfect vantage spot, through the kitchen window. Eddie was no more than two feet away from me as I took these shots, on the last morning he was with us.

I'm sure I'll think of our dear boy every time I see a Monarch, here on out.

xo loulou

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20 Responses to Our Dear Cat Eddie Has Left Us

  1. Mariette Gratton says:

    R.I.P. Dear Eddie! You shall be missed by those that loved you!

  2. Gregory says:

    I am terribly sorry for your loss .
    My heart goes out to you .
    Praying for you all.
    Hugs and love

  3. Bryonna says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and Nick on the loss of your sweet furry companion. I’ve enjoyed Eddie’s presence in your posts; I’ll miss him too!

  4. Vix says:

    I’m so very sorry to read of Eddie’s passing. I know how much both you and Nick loved him and how much joy he brought to your lives. I read this through tears as the loss of our beloved Polly Piglet from cancer is still very raw (I still can’t bring myself to scatter her ashes).
    The Monarch butterfly is a wonderful symbol of peace.
    Remember through the sadness that Eddie had the best life and he couldn’t have been more loved. xxx

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Vix. Thanks for your words. It is very hard to lose our pets, for sure. I know you loved Polly very much too. It’s easy to wonder why humans willingly do this to ourselves, but we know the joy on having them in our lives far exceeds the pain of losing them. It’s just hard to remember that right now. xoxo

  5. Lisa Prefontaine says:

    Ahhh Louise. This post brought me to tears. The monarch story is so amazing…reminds me of how fleeting life is and how beautiful and fragile we all are. I’m so sorry for your loss. I am also so happy that you got to experience such tremendous joy and love for such a sweet, gentle animal. He chose you and chose well. xoxoxo

  6. Julie says:

    Big hugs, Eddie was such an incredible little dude!! He will be so very missed.

  7. Julie Bot says:

    The loss of a loved one is terrible, no matter their species! I hope your healing is quick & that soon your remembrances will be joyful again. Those photos are especially gorgeous.

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Julie. Thanks for the note. You are so right. People who can’t understand the depth of love that comes with having a pet, are missing out.

  8. Gaia says:

    It is hard to say good-bye to such a special companion..my thoughts are with you.

  9. Annika says:

    I am so sorry to read about Eddie’s passing. He was such a character, the photos you posted of him over time always made me smile. Lots of love to you and Nick! xox

  10. Cindi Montero says:

    Loulou, I have been perusing your articles for the past two days and have really enjoyed so much of your creative vibe! But right now, I just want to say how beautiful Eddie was and I know how much you’ll miss him. I too lost a beloved cat last month. She was a rescue, who truly rescued us. When we found her, she had been living in someone’s garage for months, and was so neglected. Her name was Turtle. Yes, that’s the name she had when we got her. [I collect turtles, so she was purrfect for me!] She was a tortoise shell calico and the most lovable cat imaginable. She especially loved cuddling at night, and had a little “dance” routine for turning to get her tummy rubbed. And she loved sitting outside in the summer and soaking up the heat. Unfortunately, I was studying in Peru at the time, so being away from her at such a sad has been especially difficult for me. I’m missing her terribly! My heart goes out to you and your family. Losing a loved one is never, ever easy.

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Cindi. I’m pleased to make your on-line acquaintance. Thank you for writing. I’m sorry to hear you lost a precious furry friend recently too. Turtle sounds like she was really cute.

      It has been difficult getting used to not having Eddie around. We keep expecting to see him, and concerning ourselves over his well-being, until we remember that we don’t have to do that anymore. It is taking time, but is getting easier. We’re finally at a point that we can talk about him without tearing up (sometimes!)

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