Wednesday, June 10, 2009

R.I.P. Trauma the cat

My wonderful cat of almost 18 years had to be put to sleep yesterday. He had kidney failure and there was nothing we could do for him. He had been treated for thyroid disease for a while and the consequence of that was that it exacerbated his kidney issues that he had. If we had decided to treat his kidneys it would have made his thyroid even worse. It was a no win situation. In addition, the doctors thought he had spinal cancer as his back left leg became paralyzed and then his tail stopped moving a month ago. Basically he was at his end and he was very old...by cat standards.

I'm very sad that he is gone. I adopted him my Junior Year of college as a kitten. His birthday was 1 day after mine. On July 3rd he would have been 18. He had a great life. He was spoiled rotten and the most docile and loving cat I have ever met.

He would purr if you rubbed his belly and actually liked having his claws clipped. He would reach out and try to hold "hands" and like having his paws touched. He loved to chase and kill voles and chipmunks and would bring them as toys into the house to play with. Sometimes dead sometimes not...which always made for some excitement.

Trauma lived in North Carolina, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC and Virginia; He flew on a plane twice and lived with 3 dogs..of which he outlived 2.
He had a pudgy floppy belly that would waddle from side to side as he trotted into the kitchen to get turkey or chicken. He liked to wake up my husband at all hours of the night to be pet, but knew better than to ever wake me...basically b/c he couldn't. He loved to lie on my side of the bed and put up a fuss when I tired to move him...hence his name. Trauma. He whined about everything. His meow sounded like a complaint, everything was about him (as it is with all cats) and you lived to serve him. His purr was loud, his meows even louder.

He was a great kitty, there will never be another one like him. I'll miss him very much. I love you Trauma kitty!

11 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss, dear. Your cat lived a long and full life!

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss!! It must be hard so close to losing Artie!

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  3. Oh Elvira - I can't express how sorry I am but you know at least he is in a much better place with no health problems to bother him :-)

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  4. I'm so sorry about your loss. It's always so difficult to say goodbye to a loved pet. Remember how happy you made him, and take comfort in that!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss... your kitty is like a fusion of my 2, he looked like one but acted like the other! Know you did everything to give him a great life.

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  6. Oh hon :( I'm sorry - Trauma sounds like heh was a complete sweetheart.

    *hugs*

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  7. I'm so sorry about your kitty - he sounds like he had a great life with you!

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  8. sorry to see this. you gave him a good life and lots of love.

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  9. I feel very sorry for your loss. I'm sure he had the most wonderful life, full of love and hapiness.

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  10. OH Elivra! I really feel for you...my Tommy just turned 14, and is still in great health despite diabetes, but he IS getting on!

    Really sorry to see him go! I am sure you have many happy and funny memories of your beloved Trauma.

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  11. i'm so sorry about your cat Trauma. great pictures and memories last forever. hold those near and dear.

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