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Saying Good-Bye to Our Pets

As I write this, the cat my parents took in a few years ago has passed on. Her little kidneys were shot and there was nothing to be done. But she at least had a good life at the end.

Boots was already old when she showed up at my parent’s house so we don’t really know what her life was like before she showed up. The vet estimated she was around 14 or so based on her teeth (which were mostly rotten and falling out). She came in during the winter and was skin and bones and the sweetest little Siamese cat you ever did see. Boots took one looked cross-eyed at my dad with her blue eyes and that was all she wrote.

I took Boots to the vet and had her checked out. My folks already have a cat (Scooter) and didn’t want to expose him to anything. Other than her teeth and being malnourished, she was fairly healthy. So the vet yanked out the rotten teeth (which was pretty much all of them) and mom and dad adopted her.

Because of the lack of teeth, she got wet food most of the time. Which made things interesting come that spring and summer when my folks wanted to go camping. It’s impossible to leave enough wet food for a cat for several days so they ended up taking her along. They even bought her a wee pink harness so she could spend time outside in the great outdoors.



It was quite hilarious watching dad walk this itty bitty Siamese cat around the campsite πŸ™‚

She was such a sweet girl and loved to snuggle right up next to my mom’s face at night. Of course, as any cat owner will tell you, Boots was allowed to stay right where she was while mom turned her neck in the most awkward positions so she could breathe around the cat πŸ™‚

Rest in peace, little Boots. You found a good family to take you in out of the cold and didn’t care that you were already old. You were warm and spoiled and loved for the last years of your life.

Makes me glad I took in little Oreo, even though acclimating her with my resident cat has been troublesome. Just knowing Oreo is warm and safe makes it all worth it. There are so many older cats out there that never get their forever home because everyone wants the kittens. But these senior cats can be great additions to any family and are often craving love and attention. If you are thinking of adopting a cat, consider visiting your local shelter and picking out the older ones. You will get a great pet and some amazing memories filled with love.

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2 Comments on “Saying Good-Bye to Our Pets”

  1. Inion N. Mathair February 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    So sorry to hear of you and your parents’ loss. It is so difficult when you learn to love something so dearly, especially a creature that you rescued and put the time in to rehabilitate. Most of our pets have come from shelters or strays that have been abandoned. Wishing you and your family well. πŸ™‚

    • drshaywest February 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks ❀ Mom said it was very peaceful. She really was the sweetest thing. It's amazing how quickly we can become attached. She pretty much won our hearts the second we met her πŸ™‚

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