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 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

If you're one of my Facebook "friends" (we know they're all just blow-up dolls anyway) you will probably already know this. We had our beloved cat Oscar put down last Friday. We were all (my wife, my son and I) pretty cut up by it all. It's strange the little details that send us unexpectedly into floods of tears - on Friday night we were seemingly fine, out with the extended family having a few wines, then I got home, opened the fridge, and saw the packet of his favourite sausages, opened. He had eaten two that very morning. There were three left. And the rest of his tin of "Recovery" food for very old cats. Chucking it into the bin was one of those very tough moments. Just little details.

But this all sounds like attention-grabbing. Maybe it is, who cares, but we're not wallowing in self-pity. Instead I'd like to rejoice in the 23 years of joy and happiness he gave us. He was abandoned shortly after his birth. My son found him during the school summer camp in July 1999, helpless and abandoned. He and the other kids at the camp looked after him until my wife and I drove the 200km down the coast to get him, take him home, and care for him. We had to give him warm milk from a tiny little bottle. He slept in a cardboard box beside our bed, on top of a plastic bottle filled with warm water and covered in a small blanket until he was old enough to fend for himself.

Even the vet was upset on Friday. She was checking her records and realised that he was the only cat left in her books which had been born last century. But he had a great innings, a long and happy life, and we are grateful to have had all that wonderful time with him.

R.I.P. Oscar: July 1999 - November 18th, 2022

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 3:57 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that. My condolences. 23 years old, wow, I am sure Oscar had a great life with you.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sorry to hear it, Graham. I never had a pet myself (outside a fish tank for a year or two when I was a kid, which barely counts in this regard), so I'm in no position to understand exactly how it is to lose one, but I know via many friends and acquaintances how tough it can be. At least he got to have a long and good life for a cat.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

The thing about pets is they are not people, you get what you see. Love , affection, fun , memories , whatever. I don't think you get a pet that's a devious a hole, etc.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Graham, you all gave Oscar an unimaginably better life than he would otherwise have had. Thank you for that, on behalf of all cats and cat lovers.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Yeah Graham sorry to hear about Oscar.
how incredible to give a cat who had an unfortunate start so many years of good care n love.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Sorry to hear about your loss, Graham. 23 years is a real good, long life for a cat...

I felt devastated when I lost my cat Homer in 2013. We'd had him since 1995. It hurts like hell when they're gone.

Eventually, though, those painful feelings of loss will be replaced with only your good memories of Oscar.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Sorry to hear your sad news, Graham.
Like Thor, we've never had a pet and I'm actually allergic to most household animals, so I've never had to experience any pet-passing situations in my life.
Nice story of how you/your son rescued and cared for him in his early days.
Sounds like he brought you many happy times and memories.
Celebrate the good times.
Hope you're FELINE fine soon.
CATch you later.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Graham, so sorry for your loss. Pets truly are family, and their loss is so painful. Condolences to you and yours.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

It's hard to lose a pet friend. I just lost my dog Fred .
We were heart broken.
Sorry for your loss

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Heartfelt sympathy and blessings to you, Graham.
It's awesome that you had 23 years together and all the joy he brought.
Best wishes to you!

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Condolences. We lost our 13 year-old cat in September and I miss her terribly…

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

My condolences Graham. You and Oscar must have had a great relationship.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Dreaded double post again!

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I'm sorry you lost your friend, Graham. frown

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I got home, opened the fridge, and saw the packet of his favourite sausages, opened. He had eaten two that very morning. There were three left. And the rest of his tin of "Recovery" food for very old cats. Chucking it into the bin was one of those very tough moments. Just little details.

I recall a friend's cat died. When I visited their home not long after, I saw the cat's collar on the counter. My brain immediately said "It's empty now."

I didn't even know the cat well, and I was still saddened at the thought.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

R.I.P. Oscar. You'll continue to feel his presence. He lived the good life. Every cat (and dog) loves their rescuer(s).

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I lost my cat Marlene (a black and white tuxedo) a few years ago at age 11. One day she appeared as a little kitten on my patio, acting as if she owned the place. I took her in and the vet estimated she was about 6 weeks old. No idea where she came from. Anyway, she gave us years of unconditional love and her passing left a hole in our lives. The day I had to have her put down at the vet was very painful, but it put an end to her suffering. If only we humans could do the same thing legally. So I can relate to what you're going through.

 Posted:   Nov 22, 2022 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful words.

 Posted:   Nov 23, 2022 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Graham, I went through a similar event some years ago when I had my cat of 22 years put down. I had been giving her lactated ringers and a daily kidney med for more than a year, but she dwindled. From a norm of 12 pounds, she was just under 3 pounds when I made the call to my vet.

It tore me up in many ways. To this day, it hurts and this happened in 2008. I had her cremated and still have her ashes.

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