Thursday, 2 October 2008

Farewell my lovely

We woke to an incredibly sad day Sunday. Lily, one of our most precious of cats had died in the night at the age of seventeen.

She was boney and deaf due to old age, but still had the most willing of purrs. You only had to smile at her to set her off.

Outwardly I may seem fine, but I still have that lump of sadness within me. I'm still teary, but keep looking back at what a wonderful cat she was.

Lily had come to us a sickly and feral kitten. A week after we had got her my Dad died suddenly. She helped me through it. My focus went on her. The vet was doubtful she would make it. She was riddled with cat flu and ear mites. I remember studying her nose one day and discovering it was actually pink not black. It was covered in solid dirt.

When she was younger she would cuddle up in bed with you, head on the pillow beside you purring. She would sleep in the bed just like us humans, head and front paws on the pillow with the rest of her down under the covers. She even got to know the word 'bedtime' and would dash upstairs ahead of anyone who was retiring for the night. She also knew the word 'birdies' and would fly to the window to watch the birds devouring what had been put out for them.

I'm biased I know, but she was so very special.

There's a light on her grave the comes on when it gets dark. I like to look out and know she's there sleeping.

Farewell Lily my lovely, I'll always miss you.

Sarah x


Babs (Beetle) said...

Oh I so feel for you. We lost our Sheba when she was seventeen. It seems like only weeks ago, but it was almost two years ago now.

Maybe it was the best way, for her to go in her sleep. Sheba was very poorly and we had to help her go, which was unbearable! I have to try to block memories of those last, awful days for her.

Sarah said...

It's strange, but only days before I was thinking 'Please don't let us have to make that decision in the future'. But it was only on the night she died she was restless and not herself. Still purring though, bless her.

Hugs, Sarah x

Laura Lynn said...

Oh Sarah I am so very sorry!! Sending many hugs for you... Laura Lynn

Sarah said...

Thanks Laura. Though still feeling sad, I'm remembering the long life she had and the lovely memories I have of her.

Hugs, Sarah x

Lux said...

Many hugs to you, Sarah. Lily had a very special home, it seems, filled with love.

Bumpkin Bears said...

dear Sarah, I really do understand how you are feeling. I had a wonderful siamese cat for 21 years, so most of my growing up years. He too would sleep by my side, always on the left. I am so glad that she passed away peacefully, we had to make the very hard decision for our cat and that was just heart wrenching. Dear Lily girl had the most wonderful contented life with you, thank goodness she found you and you found her - you helped each other :) Sending you lots of big hugs,
Catherine xx

Rachael Rabbit said...

So sorry - it is always heart breaking to loose such a treasured furry friend.

All Bear said...

Hugs to you Sarah, such a pretty girl cat! Having lost three of my girl cats over past years, I feel your sadness only too well.

Aleta said...

I'm so sad for the loss of your furry Lily. :o(

Thinking of you with heartfelt bear hugs, Aleta