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Fri Sep 13, 2013, 11:53 PM

My cat Xavier

Xavier was the runt of 7 black kittens born on Friday 13th. He was 18 years old. He had a stroke and we had to put him to sleep yesterday. I wanted to share a few pictures of my sweet baby boy.

We started out with three cats. Xavier is on the bottom stair and his brother, Duma, is on the top. Duma died 2 years ago from cancer. He was 13.




This is Maggie, our last surviving cat, snuggling with Xavier.




This is me holding Xavier. He was a very affectionate cat and loved to be held






This is my husband, (DUer AllenVanAllen) holding Xavier.



Xavier was almost deaf. Last week, someone posted a video of a cat purring (I forgot who it was, but thank you!) I put the speaker next to him and he reached out to touch it. He could hear it a little bit:




This is Maggie. She's 14. She's a very sweet and loving kitty. She misses her big brothers:




I'm very thankful that Xavier was healthy for over 18 years and his suffering was short. Right now, it's hard to stop crying. My heart is just broken. I miss my sweet boy.

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Reply My cat Xavier (Original post)
onestepforward Sep 2013 OP
snappyturtle Sep 2013 #1
onestepforward Sep 2013 #6
Hoyt Sep 2013 #2
onestepforward Sep 2013 #7
fizzgig Sep 2013 #3
onestepforward Sep 2013 #8
Brigid Sep 2013 #4
onestepforward Sep 2013 #9
Butterbean Sep 2013 #5
onestepforward Sep 2013 #10
LoveMyCali Sep 2013 #11
onestepforward Sep 2013 #12
Joe Shlabotnik Sep 2013 #13
onestepforward Sep 2013 #15
sakabatou Sep 2013 #14
onestepforward Sep 2013 #16
CherokeeDem Sep 2013 #17
onestepforward Sep 2013 #23
AllenVanAllen Sep 2013 #18
onestepforward Sep 2013 #28
tabbycat31 Sep 2013 #19
onestepforward Sep 2013 #24
BlancheSplanchnik Sep 2013 #20
onestepforward Sep 2013 #27
MrMickeysMom Sep 2013 #21
onestepforward Sep 2013 #25
BarbaRosa Sep 2013 #22
onestepforward Sep 2013 #26
TexasTowelie Sep 2013 #29
onestepforward Sep 2013 #30
Flaxbee Sep 2013 #31
Tuesday Afternoon Sep 2013 #32
TeeYiYi Sep 2013 #33
Sanity Claws Sep 2013 #34
Phentex Sep 2013 #35

Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:16 AM

1. No words but

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Response to snappyturtle (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:57 AM

6. Thank you.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:23 AM

2. Very sorry. Luckily, you had that fine buddy so long. Take care.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:58 AM

7. He was a great friend.

Thank you.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:27 AM

3. i love black boy kitties

wonderful, wonderful guys.

i am so sorry for the loss of your friend

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:00 AM

8. They are wonderful.

Xavier was my third. I'm sure I will have another on in the future.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:28 AM

4. So sorry to hear about your loss.

I have a black kitteh; they're special.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:00 AM

9. Thank you.

Black kitties are so beautiful.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:51 AM

5. Aw, sweet baby kitties. I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

I have never lived without a cat, and I just don't think I ever could. Cats are just an integral part of life for me. Your kitties look so loved.

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Response to Butterbean (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:01 AM

10. I couldn't live without a kitty either.

Our little Maggie will be extra spoiled now, it that's even possible.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:02 AM

11. I'm so sorry

I lost my boy Cali about a year ago to a stroke, I understand the crying. Xavier was gorgeous as is Maggie. Hopefully you and Maggie can ease the pain for each other as you grieve your handsome boy.

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Response to LoveMyCali (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:03 AM

12. Thank you.

Maggie hasn't left my side and her purrs are so healing. She's a sweetheart.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:10 AM

13. Aw, sorry for your loss.

They all look like a lovely bunch of well-loved kitties.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:52 PM

15. Thank you.

It's so quite around the house now. Xavier was a big "talker."

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:47 AM

14. *hugs*

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:53 PM

16. Thank you.

The compassion helps to ease the pain and I appreciate it so much.



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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:28 PM

17. So sorry for your loss....

Xavier and Duma remind me of my black cats, K.C (Kool Cat...he had a little goatee from birth) and Uhura (yes...after my favorite communications officer). They were beauties like your boys, and I was fortunate enough to have them until 18 and 20. So hard to lose them but try to keep the good memories close to your heart.

Hugs to Maggie and to you.

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 12:55 AM

23. The memories are close indeed

We were both so fortunate to have our cats for so long.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:44 PM

18. You forgot to mention his over-sized ears.



When he was a tiny kitten small enough to hold in the palm of my hands while he slept waiting for his first vet visit I marveled at how big his ears were! He actually grew into them. You can kind of tell their size here as he's licking his brother Sebastian. He loved his big brother. Sebastian was 15 when died Xavier was three and he was never the same after that. It was like his kitten-hood was over. He became so serious after that. I wish we had better pictures of Xavier when he was a kitten. Those were the days before access to good and affordable digital cameras so not many big-eared kitten pictures. I love my little X and I Will always miss him so.



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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #18)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 01:06 AM

28. He was all ears and the cutest kitten I've ever laid eyes on.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:34 PM

19. I am very sorry for your loss

Black kitties are awesome. I've never been owned by one but every black kitty I've met has been a total sweetheart.

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Response to tabbycat31 (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 12:58 AM

24. Thank you.

All three of my black kitties have been so sweet and I've heard that they are the least likely to be adopted at shelters. That tells me that I'll have to adopt another one in the future

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:43 PM

20. heartfelt hugs to you, one and allen.



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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #20)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 01:05 AM

27. Thank you so much.

We'll take them.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:47 PM

21. onestepforward...



I'm sure I join so many others here who surely have our arms around you at this time. Xavier, like Mr. Mickey's sisters, live in our hearts forever...

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Response to MrMickeysMom (Reply #21)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 01:00 AM

25. The many arms around me bring me great comfort.

I'm so grateful.

Yes, they will always live in our hearts.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:55 PM

22. I'm sorry,

losing kitties is so sad. My Bill looks much like Xavier.

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Response to BarbaRosa (Reply #22)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 01:04 AM

26. Bill must be a very handsome boy.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 01:53 AM

29. Condolences to you.

My black cat disappeared earlier this year a couple of months before his second birthday. I know how the loss of a pet can affect a person so I'll advise you to think of the wonderful times that you had together.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #29)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 03:02 AM

30. Advice taken.

Thank you. You're a sweetheart.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 02:21 PM

31. It's so hard to lose one of them.

Xavier loved and knew he was loved back. That's the best of all worlds, and I'm sure he's missing you too but he's someplace peaceful where he can now hear the birds sing



4 years on, I can still barely think of my Tommy without tears welling up. It never totally goes away, but the keen closeness of the sorrow does fade.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 02:25 PM

32. sorry for your loss. thank you for sharing your memories -

cherish them

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 03:02 PM

33. (((((((onestepforward))))))) (((((((AllenVanAllen)))))))



TYY

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 03:13 PM

34. My condolences

I am truly sorry for your loss.
Maggie will be so lonely. She no longer has her big brothers to snooze with during the day and no longer has anyone left to lick her ears clean.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 03:17 PM

35. I'm so sorry...

what lovely pictures. I'm happy you shared them with us.

My heart goes out to you!

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