Sunday, January 15, 2012

In Memoriam: Nuts and Outdoor Cat

In Memoriam: Nuts & Outdoor Cat
This winter we lost Nuts on December 20, 2011 and Outdoor Cat on January 9, 2012. Both were older with serious health issues so we knew it would happen eventually, but it was still heart-breaking. Nuts was my husband's cat, and she adopted him some thirteen years ago when a friend of his found her as a stray. When she was little she would run around like a crazy cat, and his young son said "This cat is nuts!" and the name stuck. She was the reason we kept a "Beware of the Cat" sign by the front door because she hissed at everyone except my husband and once chased our former landlord's dog out of HER yard.
IMG_2859x Beware of the Cat
Outdoor Cat was much shyer, and when we bought our house, we did not even know that she was living under our deck until our neighbor told us she had been there for some years. No one seemed to remember how long, but the previous owners used to leave food out for her, and everyone told us she was "not very friendly." I have described in previous blog posts how Outdoor Cat went through the Wisconsin Humane Society's Trap Neuter Return program and ended up coming indoors.
She adopted me and slept on my side of the bed at night, while Nuts slept on my husband's side. Often the humans would end up squished together in the middle third of the bed acting as a buffer zone between the two cats, who would hiss at each other on sight. Fortunately since they were older female cats, they mostly pretended the other cat was not there.

IMG_0784x RubyOur remaining cat Ruby would like you to know that we do not need another cat. Ruby is enjoying having full command of the humans' attention and having access to rooms that had previously been the other cats' territories. She distributes her fuzziness equally between our laps.


fiberdance said...

I remember the "saga" of Outdoor Cat being brought into your lives, and thank goodness she had her last few years owning you. I remember meeting Nuts briefly at your house-but I think all I was allowed to do was look at her.
I still miss my cat after 2 years-and for her 13 years I always had a hate-love relationship with her.
We just don't realize how much they enrich our lives til they are gone.
Ruby is going to be one spoiled cat from now on.

vintagepix said...

Belated thanks, Kathi for your kind words. It's been over a month and I still miss 'em.

Trece said...

I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it must be to lose 2 cats so close together; my heart is wrenched, just thinking about it.
Last week I found one, probably about 9 months old, that was apparently dumped in my apartment building - not by a tenant. So now I have a menagerie.
Like yours, sometimes they hiss at each other or play "patticake", but for the most part, they all get along. Some of them even play with my daughter's Teacup Chihuahua!
Here is a piece that has comforted me many times. I don't know if you've seen it, but I hope it will be a blessing.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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