March 26, 1999
March 26, 2015
Yesterday ... on her 16th birthday ... Sophie passed away. Her health had been slowly declining for a few months. She was no longer able to climb stairs or jump up on our bed. She would usually stand next to the couch or next to my recliner & wait for one of us to pick her up. She was no longer cleaning herself & had difficulty using her litter box. She did not act as if she were in a lot of pain, but she had difficulty walking & she would moan no matter how gently we would lift her. She was not very active at all & slept most of the time. Yesterday she suddenly worsened. She had difficulty lying down & getting back up, & even more difficulty walking. Although she had a good appetite, she was losing weight. She could not even purr. John & I made the difficult decision to call the vet & have her put down. We did not want her to leave us, but we were not going to make her suffer just for our sake. The vet suspected kidney disease as well as cancer.
The house is empty now. Terribly empty. I keep thinking that I'm catching a glimpse of her walking through the kitchen or standing by the back door watching the birds. I keep looking down to see if she's standing by my chair wanting to curl up in my lap or for me to put her on the table next to my computer. Last night I got ready for bed & thought to myself that I needed to check to see if she had enough food & water before I turned off the lights. Then I realized that I didn't need to do that anymore : (
At lunchtime yesterday I gave her a bit of her favorite treat ... a little piece of cheese. I gave her a bigger bit than usual. She hobbled over to eat it, then just laid down on the throw rug like she had no energy to do anything else. At least she enjoyed a good treat before she left.
Sophie had been with us since she was 9 months old. We were living in Michigan at the time. Matt came to visit us for Christmas, & the day after Christmas he & I went to the pound & there was Sophie. I took her out of her cage & she snuggled right into my arms. I knew we were the perfect match for each other. She has been with us for many moves. When I'd come home from the hospital, or one of us would be ill, Sophie would be right there next to us. She knew that we needed comforting.
My heart is broken. I have cried many tears. The pain of losing her is immense.
Here are a few photos that have appeared in past blog posts that I'd like to share again in memory of her.
Sophie always loved to snuggle on my lap early in the morning during my prayer & Bible study time.
When she wanted to take a nap, this moving box was her favorite spot.
She liked napping & playing in all sorts of boxes.
If you put paper down on the floor, she thought you put it there for her.
Sophie enjoyed Christmas. She'd always have a gift under the tree.
This photo was taken when Flat Phoebe came to visit last year. Sophie, Pearl, & Flat Phoebe are watching Sleeping Beauty.
When I'd be working on my computer, she would often stand on her back legs & put her paw on my thigh. This was her way to tell me she wanted to either snuggle on my lap or next to the computer.
Of course she loved hogging all the heat by lying on the heating vent. You can see her favorite little mouse nearby. I love this picture of her.
Farewell my friend. I will always ... always ... miss you.