Thursday, September 18, 2008

In Loving Memory...

Last night around 8pm, we finally had to put our cat Tigger to sleep.  I am grateful that we got to spend 3 extra weeks with him, but it didn't make it any easier.  I knew it was coming, and for a bit, he seemed to be doing well, but on Tuesday, he wasn't eating, and having a hard time going to the bathroom, so I brought him into the vet.  They gave him fluids and a steroid shot, and she said it wasn't the time yet.  But he just never got any better yesterday.  He laid on the couch all day, and when I brought him some food, he ate a bit, then about 45 minutes later, he threw up, and you could tell he was suffering.  I made Chris call the vet, because I couldn't even talk without crying.  She agreed, it was time now.  So we took him after dinner, and we were all a mess, especially Emma.  Poor Emma was in hysterics, crying that she wanted him to stay forever.  That was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.  I could have accepted it more, if he just would have went on his own.  I stayed with him when they did it, and held him, and talked to him.  It just hurt so bad.  Chris buried him last night and today the girls and I will get flowers to plant where he is.  I spent all night crying, and couldn't sleep at all.  I still can't talk, because I just keep tearing up.  He was the best cat.  So sweet and loving, and a giant teddy bear.  People always commented on how big he was, over 20 pounds, and 3 feet stretched from head to tail.  I will miss him climbing up onto my bed, and laying next me, and licking my head when I put it near his face.  

I feel like someone punched me in the stomach today, and my heart literally hurts.  I have had him since I was 19, and he was my first baby.  I needed to share some pictures of him, he was such a beautiful cat.  I don't think there will ever be another cat like him.  He was like an old dog.  I will miss him tremendously...

Cowboy Tigger

Emma around 6 months with her boy Tigger


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I know what your going through. I got a cat for christmas when I was 3 (it acutally belonged to a friend of the family, but she saw how much I loved her, that she gave her to me) and I had her until I was in Highschool. I will never forget having to put her down. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I will be praying for you, your daughter, and the rest of your family during this hard time.

  2. I'm sitting here crying. We love our kitty and I dread the day she has to go(hopefully that is many, many years away). I've ordered loads of GenMarie and as soon as I get it I'll send you some photos. Hugs to you and your kids. xoxo, m

  3. I"m so sorry Christine!! I am sending you big ol' Texas sized hugs!!!

    I know it had to be hard!!!

  4. I'm just so sorry. We had to do that with our dog a few years ago - she was 16. It is one of the hardest things to do and it might be hard for a while but rest assured, you did the right thing. Hugs to you and your family!

  5. Christine, It's taken me 5 days to comment because it makes me cry. My Abbie had to be put to rest a few months back and it still breaks my heart. You gave Tigger a great home but most of all you gave him the love he deserved. You're in my thoughts.


  6. Your post has brought tears to my eyes as memories flood my heart. I got a kitten for my 16th birthday, Thomas, who resembled your Tigger. He grew into a HUGE tabby. He was a wonderful cat. He lived to be 17 years old and was a tough guy right to the end. At about 15 years old, he was attacked by 4 wild dogs and held his own. But, he was a wonderful cat.
    I feel for your loss.
    Hang in there!


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