Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The painful loss of our cat Lily..

It has been two days since we lost our sweet cat Lily and I keep wondering when this pain will go away!
I'm sure anyone who has ever loved a pet can easily relate to this feeling of emptiness and sadness that I am experiencing right now.  Losing a pet is like losing a member of our family (I am in no way comparing an animal to a human!); it's like losing a friend and feeling as if someone has left a void in our hearts...
When my neighbor knocked on my door on Monday morning I knew "something" was up, considering the fact that daily interactions with him are usually limited to "good morning" or "good afternoon".  He said to me "your cat is laying dead on my driveway"...my heart sank and then I said "which cat?" (we have 3 cats)... and he said "it has a pink collar"...my heart sank again.. I knew it was our sweet Lily, who had been cuddling with us the night before and playing with the girls that morning before they left for school.  The awful news came just an hour after I had seen Lily for the last time.
I immediately stepped outside to check on my kitty, and there she was, laying lifeless on the street.. her eyes were popped out as if someone or something had hit her right on the head, we presume she was hit by a car and died instantly...It was so painful to see my adorable and sweet kitty whom we had just adopted 4 short months ago laying there, like a thing...
The girls didn't take it well! We decided to tell them the truth and they were naturally very sad and heart broken.  Thankfully, kids don't stay sad for long; so even though they still miss Lily, they are back to their happy selves and will always cherish the beautiful memories they made with their kitty.

Lily was the best cat ever! She was sweet, playful, cuddly and acted like a little doggie following us around the house...I used to call her the "purr machine", she made this awesome purring sound whenever she was around.  She loved watching TV with us and was very good at expressing her love for us.  The kids LOVED playing with Lily and she was so gentle with them; there was never a dull moment with her, and even though she was only with us for 4 months, she sure captivated our hearts and made us love her more and more each day...

We were so blessed to have Lily with us for that time and I will always remember her as the sweet kitty she was.  I know she crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is happy playing and jumping around with other happy pets, but I just wish this pain went away!  I haven't cried this much in years...

Here are some pictures of our sweet Lily Mae.


Olivia wrote this sweet note when I broke the news to her... She was really sad and cried her eyes out...


Our next step in this healing process will probably include adopting another kitten and giving him the opportunity to be part of our family.  Adopting cats has always been part of my life and I will continue to house as many pets as I can. 
I am so thankful for all the support messages that I have received regarding the loss of our pet.  It means the world for me to know that I have so many wonderful friends that understand my pain and support me as I mourn the painful loss of our sweet Lily!
Thank you all! 

2 comments:

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

So sorry to hear about the loss your kitty! That must have been one heck of a good-natured kitty to be put in a dress! :)

We just had to have our cat put down and it was definitely hard on our kids. We told them the truth about it all as well and they talk about her a lot. We just got a couple of kittens and it has helped the boys cheer up about it as well.

I think you are taking a great approach with your girls in dealing with this loss.

vaz said...

Hermoso, hermoso...