One year and two weeks after we lost our first cat, we lost our second cat today. We had to have him put to sleep, the same as before; he was essentially end-stage advanced urinary tract disease. We’d spent the last two weeks doing everything we could for him.

This was our cat Lucifer. He was 13. We’d also raised him from a kitten. He was a big Maine coon, with six toes on each of his front paws; he looked like he was wearing mittens. He was also the sweetest cat you would ever meet.

Yes, it sucks. It’s like that, sometimes. But at 13, he lived a full, happy, loving life with no complaints; there’s not much more you can ask for.

10 Replies to “Mortality”

  1. Dang, Jon. I’m so sorry. I know your family loves your pets as much as we do, and so know that we’re thinking of you. The best thing that you can do is give your pets the life that you’d want if you were reincarnated as one of them. It sounds like you’ve always done so…. Take care….

  2. I am so sorry! I feel really bad because I was too busy with work and derby to get updates from your wife.

    Know you are in our thoughts.

  3. I’m sorry about Lucifer. I know that my cats are my babies, and I hate to think of anything happening to them. I also like to think that if necessary, I will be able to make such an important decision like that.

  4. I lost my 11 year old cat Charlie 2 months ago today. Had to put him to sleep because of lymphoma. It was really hard for a week or so afterwards, then fine, then last night, I can’t remember the last time I cried that hard.

    My deepest sympathies to you both.

  5. Exactly two months ago today, I had to put my cat Charlie down because he was near the end of his terminal lymphoma. It was a pretty rough couple of weeks afterwards, but last night, it really hit me hard. I can’t even remember the last time I cried that hard.

    My deepest sympathies to you both.

    (and your comment system, maybe you have moderation on but it didn’t work the last time I tried to post this)

  6. Thanks, everyone, we really appreciate the sentiments.

    gopher: Yeah, I’m playing around with moderating comments; sorry about that. Thanks for the thoughts.

  7. Bummer Jon, sorry to hear the news. I took my cat I had years ago in to the vet to get him fixed, when I came back after the 30 mins or so was up the vet said he had died do to complications with the anaesthesia. that hit me pretty hard.

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