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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goodbye KC

In the wee hours of the morning we had to take KC to the emergency vet. He was having a seizure. His temperature reached 109.  When we got to see him he was still panting. They had him packed in ice with an IV.  His eyes were glazed over and the pupil was tiny and fixed.  We felt there was no hope for him in the condition the seizure had left him in so we had to make the decision of letting him go.  It's going to be a very tough day.  He was such a nice kitty.  He was a very mellow cat and I loved him very much.  He loved to lay on me, especially by my face!  And he would give "kisses."  I would just ask him to "give me a kiss" and he would rub his whiskers across my nose.  And if I would say "no, a nice kiss," he would do it really slow and go almost to his ears.

I got him on Christmas eve in 2001.  We were at hubby's niece's farm and they had kittens outside (in the cold).  This little kitty came up to greet me.  It was love at first sight.  The entire time I was there I kept telling hubby that I want that kitty.  Our son was saying "let mom have the kitty" and even my mother-in-law said "let her have the kitty."  I even went as far as saying, "if you let me have this kitty I will quit smoking."  There were a lot of kittens in that batch and as we were leaving, hubby said, "pick out the one you want."  I eyed this fuzzy orange stripped one but looked for the little guy that greeted me.  He was dirty and smelly.  We brought him home, put a litter box in our son's room and went off to the Christmas party at my folks place.  He just made himself right at home the first day and has since (as you can see in the photo!).  

Every day he greeted hubby when he came in the door from work.  He loved to be brushed and he especially loved under his chin scratched.  He would gaze off into space and we'd rub his chin until our hand was tired!  If he was laying on you and you were rubbing under his chin and quit, he would pull your arm back towards him.  Even if you were done, he wasn't!!!  He was quite the character!

He liked to play pickle in the middle with our son and me.  We would toss his mice back and forth between us and he would jump in the air to get them.  When he got them he didn't want them, he just wanted to play with us playing with him.  

He loved to lay under the Christmas tree.  I think it was to remind me that he was a gift.  You know, one of those that keeps on giving.  I got hair balls, litter boxes to clean and cat toys to pick up!!!And I got a lot of love from him.  He was such a special cat.

He did have issues with crystals in his bladder and all in all over the last 5 years, I think we spent over $3,000 on vet bills for him.  Pretty expensive for a free cat!!! LOL  

We had some nicknames for him too: Bug, Butters and Buddy.

Thank you for being such a wonderful cat KC, I am glad you were a part of our family.  I am going to miss you for a very long time.

Thank you for reading this.  I will have something stamped to post later,
Wanda

13 comments:

Sara Paschal said...

What a wonderful story of KC and I love this pic on the couch;) Sorry for the loss of your furry friend:(

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about KC. I cried when I read your story. My heart goes out to you from one cat lover to another. Carla

Susie said...

Oh Wanda, I feel so badly for you. They become family. He will always have a special place in your heart. Sending hugs.

lisa808 said...

Wanda, I am so sorry for your loss.

Mary said...

Wanda, I sad to read that you lost your little buddy, he looked adorable! So sorry for your loss of your best friend

butterflystamper said...

I am so sorry for your loss...but so glad for your time together. I also have 2 fur babies who I love very much. They touch our souls.

Charlene H. said...

I agree that those little fur balls really do become a part of your family and it is incredibly sad to loose one - especially so quickly. We have lost cats quickly and also over a prolonged period of time - neither is better. Even if you know its coming its still not easy to deal with. Loosing them quickly - you sometimes don't get that final time with them that you could so desperately cherish.

I have a cat now that sounds so much like your KC. My son brought her from the farm as a kitten. We didn't think she would make it through the weekend. A few thousand dollars later and she is still here with us. I am "her" human and she always sleeps with me. She does the same thing as KC where she loves to be scratched under her chin and when you stop she will very gently tap you with her paw to keep going.

Just so you know you are not alone in your loss. Most cat lovers will feel your pain as they read through your blog post. Please find some comfort in all the "cyber-hugs" you are receiving. You are certainly getting one from me. Take care, Charlene

Carol said...

I am feeling for you right now. It is not easy to let go of our furry friends. So sorry!

mudmaven said...

Oh Wanda - I'm so sorry! Our fur children are so dear to us and it is so hard to say goodbye. Big hugs!!!!! ~chris

Peg said...

So sorry to hear this Wanda. I loved your tribute to him and I hope you will find some comfort in your memories.

Lorraine said...

Wanda, so sorry to hear of your loss. KC was so lucky to have your love and you to have his.

Just Peggy said...

Oh, Wanda, I am shocked that KC is gone. He was a gentle "giant". He was a very sweet kitty and I liked him alot. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I know how much all of your "fur babies" mean to you. I will miss him, too.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet KC. He was a beautiful kitty...I love his eyes! I hope he is playing with a mousy right now up in kitty heaven. ((hugs))