Monday, October 3, 2011

IV's story

IV passed away early this morning. She was 19 years old and the last of Jeff's cats that moved with us from NH to NC. She was a real character. She didn't like people and spent most of her time hiding under furniture. If you surprised her she would hiss and run away. When she went to the vet before the big move, they had to wrap her in a towel to give her her vaccines. Forget about an exam, there was no way she was going to let anyone look closely at her!

During the past year her two siblings died. After we lost Frannie in March, IV slowly became friendly. She didn't hide as much, stopped hissing at us, and eventually we could pick her up! We decided that for 19 years she wished she had been an only cat! She even didn't seem to mind my cat Sophie, although Sophie still wanted nothing to do with her. Unfortunately we noticed this summer that IV was getting thin. We switched her to canned food and her appetite picked up... but she was definitely slowing down.
Since last week she wanted to sit with us a lot... and we indulged her.


We will miss you IV... and we were glad you got to be the "only" cat for a few months.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Michele, sorry for your loss. My cat is in her last years as well, she too is getting very thin and stays closer to the house these days. Too bad our pets have such a short life span, that wasn't planned out very well was it! I miss them so much when they pass on! My cats, my birds, my dogs, so sad.....

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  2. I'm so very sorry, Michele. The holes our furry friends leave are so hard to fill.

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  3. So sorry to hear of her passing; but at least she had a long, well care for life and is not happily running around in kitty heaven with a new, young, healthy body.

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  4. OOPS, that should have read: "Is NOW happily running around in kitty heaven!".

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  5. So sorry about your loss, it's so hard when we lose a well loved pet.

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  6. I'm sorry for the loss. It is hard to lose our family members on four legs. thinking about you both.

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  7. She looks a real character in that photo.

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  8. You never know what will bring a cat out of it's shell, so glad to know she was an only cat for a while and sorry for your's and Jeff's loss.

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