Sockie Mom is gone. Our feral cat that we have fed for over ten years died last night.
She and another feral had kittens under my front steps about ten years ago. It was very odd to us that two females shared the same "nest" and apparently both nursed all of the kittens. We gave all of the kittens but two away and had our own little feral colony for a while. They dropped out, one by one, three from natural causes and one I believe was taken by a Coyote. Old Socks had a good life, she only left our front porch for hunting or going to the bathroom. My wife has always tended to her, she had a heated house and she ate well. She appeared to be healthy and happy up to the end, but we knew it was coming. It was only in the last several months that she started allowing anyone to pet her, and that on a very limited basis. I always referred to her as "that old nasty cat", but I will miss her (but I won't admit it).
He was with a bunch of kittens we had neutered and released. Hes the only one left. He comes up on my second floor deck every night I have a little house there for him. And I worry 11 years is a long time for an outdoor cat. He has let me pet him for years now but hes still a little skittish and wont really come inside.I have a cat indoors that actually came to me on my deck a few years ago. He has been owned before obviously. So he stays inside now Crazy how we love our kitties. you have my condolences
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The Lounge is meant as a fun meeting place. So, that would seem to be at cross purposes with a post about grief.
Also, this recent insistence on a hard reading of that generalized statement of purpose is insensitive.
Let people grieve. How does it hurt for it to be in GD.
If the OP spends most of their time in GD, this is where they'll find the other DUers that know their posts.
If grieving, connecting with familiar names is important.
Sometimes rules are merely suggestions.
But you can take solace in the fact you havee her and her descendants a far better life than they would have had otherwise and her spirit will still be with you. But it is a loss and it hurts.
to have had her as a means to build your compassion muscles! If everyone was like you guys.....!!!
Im sorry to hear this. You both were great guardians. It was worth every minute, even the painful ones. Thanks for reminding me (us) how important these relationships can be.
The passing of an animal is far more difficult for me than that of a human, including relatives.
Even if you wont admit it, I know she was. Thank you for caring for her all those years.
that I'm taking to the JSPCA tomorrow.
By the way it's not unusual for them to share the nest. I've observed baby stealing among feral cats and then watched them share duties. I've even seen both mothers resting on the same patio chair.
I am a dog guy and I have had some mangy mongrel around throughout my life. This my first real cat experience. My current dog spotted on Socks passed away on my front porch this morning and barked until I came to see what it was. The dog has been moping around all day. I hope she is not wondering if I am going to put her in a box and bury her by the fish pond.
I appreciate all of the kind words from everyone.
Like you I was a dog person for most of my life although mum and dad had both dogs and cats.
Looking after the feral cats has been an amazing experience.
There is nothing quite like a wild animal's trust.
I have my own feral brood (out in the country). I trap them and get them "fixed up." Sometimes they hang around, sometimes they are never seen again, by me, anyway. But at least they are not making more kittens. Good for you for caring for another creature.
was, after she finished nursing her kittens, we trapped her and her partner and had them spayed. Socks did not like the trap, and I mean really did not like it: and I don't thing she ever forgave us for it.
Did I mention that she did not like being trapped? On the way to the vet, I thought we had something from a Stephen King novel in the back.
The trap is a pretty big betrayal. Especially after they have just started to trust you a tiny little bit.
Last month, I had to put down our indoor/outdoor (when she wanted out) cat. She lived 25 years, and had a pretty easy life. Sometimes, I think I still hear her meow from the basement. She was doing fairly well, but one day, she had just come in from outside, made a horrible sounding meow, and fell over. I don't know exactly what happened, but I suspect her heart. Pain seemed to recede after a few minutes, but I figured it was time, and didn't want her to endure any more pain.
I don't think I've heard of one living to that age. Well, heck. You were both apparently good for each other.
She was a good cat, not really getting into things like others. Pretty mellow. I used to work 3-11, and about noon or so, would lay down for a bit and watch TV, and that was "our" quiet time.
to those who grieve her.