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Diesel

My liitle, brown cat was put to sleep on Tues afternoon. It was a very tough decision to make, as she was still bright and interested in what was happening around her. However, she was eating less and her breathing looked to be a bit worse in the afternoon than it had been in the morning. She could have lived contentedly for a few days longer, or she could have collapsed and died a distressing death, maybe when I was out shopping, or asleep. I felt that sooner was better than too late.

I'll miss her in so many ways. For her lovely and rare brown colour, which was like dark chocolate on her points but tipped with red on her body to give her the golden-brown glow of rich gingerbread in the sunlight. I won't be fishing her out from under the bed, or sharing space on the footstool with her when I'm in the recliner. She won't suddenly turn skittish and chase the laser pointer around, as she did only a few weeks ago. She won't sit on the corner of the bath when I'm on the loo in the mornings, and bang her head against my arm to let me know she wants her breakfast. She won't materialize out of nowhere when I open a yoghurt or eat a melon, and sit beside my chair looking hopeful. I won't enjoy the feel of her deep, plush fur. I won't enjoy seeing her curled up with Iella, and the two of them washing one another.

And I'll miss that big, rattling, rumbling purr.

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rhino_neil
3rd Jul, 2014 06:15 (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that Diesel's left us. I'm sure that was a hard decision to make, but it sounds like it was made out of the love you shared.

Look after yourself.

Neil.
longrat
3rd Jul, 2014 08:23 (UTC)
Just because a decision is humane doesn't make it easy.
She was a lucky cat to have an owner that cared for her throughout her life and made sure that she didn't suffer at the end of it.
I am so sorry for your loss.
vilakins
3rd Jul, 2014 09:25 (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I know what a hole they leave. She was a beautiful little girl in more ways than the obvious one.

I still miss my brown girl.
helflaed
3rd Jul, 2014 16:43 (UTC)
I'm so sorry- I'll be thinking of you. How's Iella feeling?
san_valentine
3rd Jul, 2014 16:57 (UTC)
Thanks for the kind comments and good wishes.

They all had treats regularly over the weekend and Mon, as that's how Diesel was taking her pills. I decided to give the fluffies a treat anyway on Tues night. They came to the kitchen door and both looked around, expecting Diesel to be joining them.

Iella was a little unsettled yesterday, and very pleased for affection and a good head rub. She's not snuggled up with Tycho in the past, but it may happen when the weather turns cooler.
edy_
3rd Jul, 2014 19:31 (UTC)
Sad news, but I have to agree with the others. She was well loved. Thinking of you. Take care,
*hugs*
ceehoss
4th Jul, 2014 17:31 (UTC)
Sorry to hear your news. Its always a really tough call an I admire your courage. She was indeed a lucky girl and obviously gave as much as she received. Hugs xxx
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