Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adieu Mr. Kitty (1999 - 2018)


In his window seat

We lost our handsome 18 1/2 year old ginger boy Sunday night. It was unexpected but Don and I were sitting on either side of him on the sofa talking to him and holding him when he passed.

Sleeping with utter abandon


He had hyperthyroid (on Felimazole) and odd bouts with nausea, vomiting and loose poop off and on since we had him but nothing showed in tests. I managed his symptoms with natural remedies. Then a few weeks ago his left back paw and later his front paw became swollen and sore.  All tests were inconclusive.  We will never know what took him.

Begging for food.

Mr Kitty was only with us for two years and nine months but he ensconced himself into our home and hearts like he had always been here. True to his Maine Coon background his intelligence, friendliness, playfulness, curiosity and ability to live in the now captivated us.

Mr Kitty at his first home.

 Mr Kitty grew up in a household with two human brothers, Nate and Jason and their parents, Deb and Barry. Mr. Kitty was a gift as a kitten to Nate for his tenth birthday. Mr. K was so very loved and spoiled in his home. When Barry had an organ transplant they were not allowed to keep pets so I offered to bring Mr Kitty to our house for however long he lived.  He joined us at age 16 and adjusted well for his age.

Mr Kitty and Don

Mr. K was a social guy who loved people, especially men, greeting all guests with an opportunity to give him some love. Our ginger cat loved my husband Don with a passion.  They bonded on the two day trip to our house.  Mr Kitty always had to be sitting next to or on Don.  If Don went out, Mr. Kitty was on alert for the sound of the back door and would be right there to greet Don as he came in. When Don wore his baseball cap, Mr Kitty rubbed his face against the visor purring with pleasure.


He did not care for the other cats but Mr. Kitty tolerated Sweetpea for some reason.  They could be found spooning each other on the sofa while napping,  Sweetpea was with us on the sofa on Mr. Kitty's last night.

Mr Kitty with Sweetpea on the sofa

A purrfect model for holiday photos and special occasions, wearing costumes or bow ties, Mr. Kitty tolerated the fuss.  He wanted all the attention good or bad.  He had a habit of pushing things off the coffee table with his paw if no one was paying him attention.  He was a true attention hog.


His favorite place was in the office on the window seat catching the morning sun. or on cold days in front of the heater.  His time on the back screen porch was something he cherished no matter what the weather.

In his window


On the porch with Tabitha

In front of the heater

Always curious, Mr. Kitty loved to check out the grocery bags when we came home from shopping.  Once he pulled a full loaf of bread out of a bag on the floor and ran down the hall, dragging it.  The cat toy basket was a source of fun for him.  He would pull out several toys , digging around to find one that caught his eye to play with.





If you cannot see this video, go here.


These past few months his personality was mellowing out. He was less and less active. He had a couple of good days on Friday and Saturday.  He spent time on the back porch, was treated to cooked chicken liver, and sat in all his favorite places. He enjoyed his time with Don on the sofa watching TV. We did not expect to lose him on Sunday.

In all his gorgeous glory
We wrapped him lovingly in a soft fleece blanket with is catnip flower and buried him on our land next to the others we have lost.  Rocks cover his grave with a bouquet from our holiday wreath.  I have ordered a stone for his grave site to be put there later.



This big beautiful boy with a larger than life personality left a gaping hole in our hearts. I am forever grateful we were able to have him in our lives for the time we did.  He brought us so much joy, laughter and love.  Rest well Mr. Kitty, until we meet again at the 
Rainbow Bridge.


P.S. This morning before I woke I dreamt I woke up and Mr. Kitty was sitting on the end of the bed in all his glory looking so content just like in the photo above in his window seat.  When I did get up I saw him again in my peripheral vision next to my feet in the kitchen where he always sat waiting for his breakfast..  I know in my heart he is safe and young and happy once more on the other side of the veil watching over us.





99 comments:

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty. He certainly had a great life with you. Sending you lots of comforting purrs....

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. I remember when you adopted him from your friends. This was a wonderful tribute to your sweet boy. XO

The Cat Realm said...

we are so sorry for your loss. what a wonderful tribute to mr. kitty. sending lots pf purrs.

Rene said...

This is a wonderful tribute. You gave Mr. Kitty a great home to spend the rest of his life.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to a special friend. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely tribute for your special, gorgeous Mr. Kitty...I'm reading this at work and it made me cry for your loss; I am so sorry this sweet boy had to go to the Bridge...You guys have such big hearts and he was lucky to become a part of your loving family...Wishing you all comfort at this sad time, sending much love and big hugs...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat
"Always the years between us...Always the love...Always the hours..."
This is engraved on the box where I keep my babies ashes...xo...J

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Godspeed your journey to heaven Mr Kitty. Your mom wrote an awesome tribute for you and we enjoyed your movie. We know if you could speak, you would not only say, thanx mom and dad...for everything.....you would also say; I love you both too. Hugs and loves to mom, dad and your family; we are truly sorry. ♥♥♥♥♥

daisy, tuna, dude, sauce and boomer ~~~~~~

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

What an incredibly kind offer you were able to give to your friends when you took Mr. Kitty in. My heart breaks for all of you at his loss.

with tears..

JaneA Kelley said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty's passing. What an amazing cat he was. Even when they're only with us for a short time, they leave a big hole in the heart when they're gone. Much love and compassion to you.

Marg said...

Oh Cheri and Don, we are so sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty. But just keep in mind that Mr. Kitty was so lucky to have you take him when he needed a good home so badly. He was such a lucky boy that you and Don took him in. Sending big hugs to you. I know how hard this is. That was one terrific tribute to him.

Debbie said...

I am Cheris friend that was blessed with 16 years of Mr Kitty. We loved him very much and missed him terribly these past few years but he had a wonderful 2nd home and life and was much loved by Cheri and Don. What more is there to say. He was a love bug and was loved in return. It was his time to go

Cindy said...

He was very loved and he loved a lot. God bless you for taking good care of him. God bless you.

Eastside Cats said...

And Angel Mr. Kitty came back to visit you too, after he'd crossed over...how beautiful! Sending purrs and hugs to you all.

Just Ducky said...

Sending loving purrs of comfort to you on the loss of your sweet ginger boy Mr Kitty. He will live on in your hearts.

The Church Cat Family said...

What a special kitty to have made an impact like he did. Some kitties just reach our hearts more than others. So glad he was loved by you and will always be remembered. - Julie & Tom

Kea said...

Oh, Cheri, I'm so sorry. Completely unexpected, indeed. I remember when he came to live with you and Don, and why.

You've written a wonderful tribute to him, such a special four-legged companion.

And how beautiful and loving that he came to you in the dream, to let you know he's okay now.

Lots of hugs and universal Light, with purrs from Nicki and Derry.

Blessings. ♥

CATachresis said...

Our hearts are sore for you! Mr Kitty was very much loved and will be very much missed! You gave him a good life. ❤️❤️❤️

Maggie@shelter-cats said...

This is the sweetest tribute - you shared your special boy and made us love him too.
Romp in peace and joy at the Bridge, Mr. Kitty!
With sympathy,
Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

Jans Funny Farm said...

Mr. Kitty was very fortunate to have had two such wonderful homes. He sounds like a great kitty and we know his humans will miss him greatly. Hugs!

Debra Taylor said...

Mr Kitty looks like such a dear one. I totally know how hard this is as they are such a part of the family.

My heart goes out to you. We have had to let so many go who brought such light and joy to our home.

Debby

RescuesAndMore.blogspot.com

Mishkat said...

Cheri - so sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty's passing! But thanks so much to you and Don for giving him such a wonderful second home. Sending many purrs, and much love. <3 from Katie and the cats.

Suzi said...

Your tribute to this cat is so beautifully expressed I have no words to express the depth of emotion. What a cool, loving and quirky boy he must have been.

Forty Paws said...

We are so very sorry that it was Mr. Kitty's time to cross over. It is so difficult to lose a furred friend. We are glad that you took him for the later part of his life after Barry had the organ transplant. He looked so happy in his photos. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers are being sent to you from all of us at Forty Paws.

SuziQCat said...

So sorry to hear about Mr Kitty. He was a lucky boy to have two wonderful homes during his life. He has known love and compassion and will always be remembered.

LBJ said...

We are so sorry to hear this but what a wonderful memorial you wrote for him. He was indeed blessed to have you as family.

Abby T. Lab and her family The Johnson's

Criz Lai said...

We are sorry to hear about your loss. Don't get too sad as Mr. Kitty has lived a great life, even for just a few years, under your tender loving care and that's all that matters. At least, he's now at a better place with lots of other angels to accompany him. Tons of hugs and comfort from all of us here at J Family Kitties.

Little Binky and Granny said...

We are so sorry of the loss of your dear Mr Kitty. What a handsome lion cat he was. So good to read that you were both with him when he left for the bridge. Fly Free beautiful Soul <3 Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3 <3 <3

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

You've written a beautiful loving tribute to Mr Kitty. He was so well loved and loved in return. Their years with us are never enough but I am glad he had such a loving home as yours to spend his twilight years in. I am so sorry for your loss as I know the emptiness in your heart. Purrs and prayers from all of us.

The Swiss Cats said...

We're so sorry for the loss of Mr. Kitty. It looks like he was a special cat, and you wrote a beautiful tribute for him. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

Bionic Basil said...

We are so very sorry to learn about Mr Kitty's departure to the Rainbow Bridge, and we loved your beautiful tribute, amazing!

It was lovely that he came to visit you one last time, so very special ❤️

Know you are in our thoughts and prayers

Basil & Co xox

Caren Gittleman said...

So deeply to learn that Mr.Kitty has gone to the bridge. How blessed you all were to have each other for so very long. You gave him a wonderful life and those memories will be with you always. (((hugs)))

Teri & her Stylish Cats said...

To Love and Be Loved is Life's Greatest Treasure...May the love you shared help soften the sadness in your hearts and may, as time passes, the memories of the times you shared bring a smile instead of a tear...Fly Free, Dear ManCat...

Elvira Mistress of Felinity said...

Dear friends, what a wonderful tribute.

Sneakers and Friday join me in sending lots of purrs and purrayers your way.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Cheri and Don, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Kitty was such a handsome boy and I know you are hurting so badly now he has gone to the Bridge. I send my heartfelt condolences to both of you. You gave him a life of love and happiness when his previous owners were unable to keep him. I know they are also very saddened, and I send my condolences to them too.
I am glad he let himself be seen the next morning. It does help when they let you know they are now healthy again. With love, Jackie.

Anonymous said...

So very sorry for your loss of this gorgeous and special ginger boy. He may have joined your household late in his life but it's never too late to know love and to have had him at the END of his life is even more special. It sounds like he went on his own terms and if you are seeing him now, he is watching out for you ALL forever.

Sending hugs of comfort....he sounds like he was a very special boy.

Love, Pam and Teddy too

da tabbies o trout towne said...

we wanted to also express our sincerest condolences to Nate, Jason, Deb and Barry. Mr. Kitty was, is, and always will be, one totally awesome dood; we are happy we were able to know him through Cheri and Don. We are truly sorry ♥♥♥ hugs and lovez from the tabbies in trout towne; daisy, tuna, dude, sauce and boomer ~~~~~~~ ♥♥

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Aww, bless you for taking care of Mr. Kitty in his last years. It sounded like he lived not only a long but wonderful life. Sending oodles of poodles consoling comfort. 🐩

The Florida Furkids said...

We are so sorry to hear that Mr. Kitty has gone to the Bridge. He was such a handsome mancat and so lucky to have found his home with you. (((hugs)))

The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

We are so sorry to read about this devastating loss. I know part of your hearts, your house, and your life is gone. He sounds like a very special boy. I am glad he is visiting you in your dreams. Sending you lots of love and prayers.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Our Best Purrs Of Comfort to all of you as you miss dear Mr. Kitty...

Deziz World said...

What a handsum mancat Mr. Kitty was. We are so very sorry fur your loss. He was well luvved and will be furever missed. We're sendin' lots of hugs and purrayers.

Luv ya'

Dezi, Raena and mommy A

Everycat said...

We are so sorry to learn of the wonderful Mr Kitty's passing. That's a beautiful tribute to such a special boy. Thank you for giving this lovely fella such a loving and fun home for his final years. He will always be with you

Run free Mr Kitty, catch many mousies

Love from
Jane
Mungo & Jet xx

Mary McNeil said...

What a blessing you were able to give him a loving home when his first owner could no longer keep him. He was certainly loved all his life, and will be there to greet both his families when the time comes !

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May it merely be temporary and not be too awfully long before you-all can spend all of eternity together with our Heavenly Father in His Kingdom of Heaven. Now, I cannot say, “Thus saith the Lord,” about this like I can other things, but I cannot imagine Heaven being nearly as joyful without our beloved pets being there with us.

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are so very sorry for your loss...our deepest condolences to the family. Xo Chloe, Juliet, and Romey

Random Felines said...

we are so very sorry....he sounds like a special boy

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

So extremely sad to learn of your loss. Mr Kitty was indeed a most special cat. I happy he returned soon to let you know he made his journey over The Bridge safely and that he is once again well and pain free

The Dash Kitten Crew said...

Mr Kitty, you were so special. You lucked out twice over with two wonderful homes. I know both will grieve at your passing.

This post is so full of love, and pride in Mr Kitty. It's been so moving and so inspiring to see all the wonderful picture. Mr Kitty was loved, and spoiled and everything a cat should be. Farewell wonderful ginger boy. Your family are not alone in shedding tears at your passing.

See you at the Bridge one day,

Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew

Karla said...

There's nothing quite like the love of a ginger cat, both giving and receiving it. I know that well for my beloved Sweet Little Miss Peach. May you and Don be comforted my all those memories that you have shared with us, may they sustain you on those dark grey cloudy said days and nights. Please know how much I care at the Cozy Cottage for the loss of your beautiful mr. Kitty. what a wonderful gift to be able to see the little Spectre as you go throughout your day an unexpected spots. That is truly a treasure that mr. Kitty has left for you, much much love from the Cozy Cottage and Little Miss hope

3 kats and a kwiltr said...

Charles and I send purrs and hugs. Mr Kitty was loved and knew it.

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so sorry and incredibly sad to learn of the loss of your handsome Mr. Kitty. What a wonderful home he had with you. Beautiful tribute to him. Hugs

World Purrs said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
Purrs!

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

So very sorry, know how you are hurting.

Sandra Alawine said...

What a lovely tribute. So very sorry for your loss. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy.~Alasandra the Cats and Dogs

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are so sad to hear that Mr Kitty has gone home to the Rainbow Bridge. We have known him for oh so long. He will be missed by many. Watch over us as you fly over on your new wings dear friend. We send purrs and prayers of support.
Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

Astro said...

Sweet Dreams Mr Kitty.

In Loving Memory
Linda & Astro
Seattle, WA

Cats Herd You said...

We're so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Kitty sounds like a larger than life personality. Sending purrs of comfort to your family.

Mickey's Musings said...

Hugs and purrs as you say goodbye to this precious kitty.
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

Webbthistle said...

So very, very sorry that Mr. Kitty had to go to the Bridge. My condolences to you and to his first family. He was a special boy and certainly loved you as much as you loved him.

Katie Isabella said...

This has brought me to tears. Your babies always do when they fly away. What a beautiful precious dear boy. Rest in peace precious boy. I send my condolences to your mom and dad. And my love.

Nathan Berthiaume said...

This obituary meant a lot to me and brought a tear to my. I'm glad he was so very happy in his last few years. Mr kitty was companion in life growing up. I have never had a friend that brought so much ease and joy and comfert to my soul in the way he did. Thank you for taking such good care of him for me and us my family. Tell him I miss him and love him.

Brian said...

We totally understand how that handsome and loving guy could capture your hearts. He was lucky to have you caring for him with so much love and attention. We're so sorry Mr. Kitty had to leave and we send you both hugs and all of our love. Run Free Mr. Kitty, you touched so many hearts.

Marty the Manx said...

So sorry Mr. Kitty has made his trip to the Bridge. So glad he could fill his time with you with such joy. What a comfort having his spirit come back to let you know he is ok. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute.
Luvs
Marty and the Gang

Cathy Keisha said...

I'm here to pay my resects to Mr. Kitty. *bows head* He was so handsome and reminds me of my love, Parker, who's also a Maine Coon.

Smokey said...

I’m so sorry. Mr. Kitty was a handsome ginger and so lucky to have you as their family. Hugs n Purrs from AngelSmokey8 and Butterfly

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

That's a beautiful tribute. We're so sorry for your loss. Hugs and purrs from all of us.

Nina Furfamilylife said...

Such a beautiful tribute. He was obviously so very loved. I don't know how we continue to bear the heartache that comes from losing our sweet angel babies, but we do. The joy that they bring makes all the tears we shed worth the price. Crying with you and sending you love in your grief. I'm very sorry for your loss. I wish there were words enough to soothe your hearts at having to say goodbye. So glad he's already come to visit, so glad you opened your hearts and home to this very special boy ❤️

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful cat. You were blessed, but so was he. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Peace.
Annie at ~McGuffy's Reader~

edie said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Bernadette said...

That's so traumatic for you and Don, Cheri, my heart is with you. But Mr. Kitty was in the arms of love all along and never knew pain or sorrow. What a wonderful kitty to get to know and love. <3

Aimable Cats said...

I'm glad someone was able to take care of him and love him after his original favorite humans could not any longer.

Julie said...

SO very sorry to hear your sad news.
Thank you for sharing Mr Kitty's story, what a wonderful fella
Sending you lots of luffs and hugs
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

The Whiskeratti said...

We're so sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. And he sure was a handsome mancat.

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so sorry Mr. Kitty was needed at the Bridge so soon. We understand completely how you saw him in your peripheral vision. Our angel Zuzu did the same to us in the week after her passing. We know you'll continue to feel the love in your heart he is sending.

Summer said...

I am so sorry about Mr. Kitty. He really took hold of your hearts in the short time he had with you. Many, many purrs to you.

catsynth said...

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Kitty's passing. Sending you all our thoughts and condolences.

That is a wonderful tribute. We knew he came to live with you late in life but didn't know the other details. Thank you for giving him a happy and loving home to finish out his senior years. He will be missed.

Three Chatty Cats said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy. Sending lots of hugs and purrs. RIP, Mr. Kitty.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Thanks so much for the support when Mr Buttons had to go over the Bridge. It was very sudden and he was a big part of our family. He was our official greeter and never met a stranger only new friends. We wish you all could have met him.
Purrs dear friends
Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

LP said...


We can clearly see that Mr.Kitty had a wonderful life with you! We know you will miss him. We also know how difficult it is to say good-bye. We hope you will take comfort in knowing he had the best family he could ever wish for and that you loved him well. Rest in peace, Mr. Kitty.Our hearts and love are with your family.

the critters in the cottage xo

Quill and Greyson said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our love and warm purrs go out to all of you.

Amber DaWeenie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Kitty. Keep all the good memories in your heart forever.

meowmeowmans said...

Cheri and Don, we are so very sorry to learn of Mr. Kitty's passing. It's clear from your beautiful post that you loved him so much, and so well. Thank you for loving him, and hold fast to the knowledge that you will see him again, one fine day. Love and hugs.

John Bellen said...

What a cat Mr Kitty was, and what a good life he had with you. Though he went too soon - as they all do - I am glad that he passed away at home, with the people he loved. Godspeed, Mr Kitty.

Marilynn said...

We love all the photos and video you included of Mr. Kitty. He led an exemplary life, to be sure.

Many purrrrrrrrrrrsssssssss and {{{{hugs}}}} for you all as you remember what a love he was!

Love, us -- Marilynn, Grace, Ruse, and Audace

Squeedunk Cats and Z-Girl said...

Mr. Kitty had such a beautiful life, with his first family and then with you. Look at his beautiful coat and toe floof in the photos! I’m so very sorry for your loss. Each loss is unique and significant, because each life is so special. The photos and your lovely tribute are so heartwarming. Your PS is what brought tears to my eyes—he is surely watching over you and may appear, briefly and brilliantly, from behind the veil every now and again. A sweet orange reminder of his gratitude and external love for making his life so comfortable and fun. Goodbye, Mr. Kitty, may you run free and enjoy nip at the bridge. Love from Laura and the Squeedunk cats

Nancy said...

I cried so when I read this about Mr. Kitty's passing. What a beautiful boy! May he run free and happy in the forever summer lands! What a beautiful life he had, and it sounds like he is watching over both of his families that he loved! Tears and hugs!

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thank you Nancy. I know he is a handsome kitty angel now.

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thank you so much for stopping by. It helps us to know you care.

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thank you Marg. He was a special boy.

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

What a gift that he showed up from the great beyond and to go naturally and to enjoy 2.5 years of joy with you and so honored to the grave. Still a loss, a transition at a powerful time and I send a big hug xoxo

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thank you for stopping by. You are so kind.

Erin the Cat said...

If tears were stars then I could fill the night sky with new stars I shed for your loss of Mr Kitty. What a wonderful and special guy and a mighty fine tribute to him..... God speed to a new life, and I have no doubt he will be with you when you need him to brighten those darkest of days with his special magic
Gently purrs
Erin and staff

Cleo said...

Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Kitty's passing. Our hearts go out to you as we know fully well the feelings of loss and sadness can be with our furry ones. We're thinking of you at this very sad time.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

We're so deeply sorry for your loss. We're sending healing purrs to your family.

Katie and The Katz said...

Just read about the loss of Mr. Kitty. He lived so many wonderful years and so thankful you were able to take him in and give him a loving home. To go home surrounded by the humans he loved - that's just precious. My oldest went home in my arms and meant so much.

Purrz and Prayers fur you and your furbabies
Katie Kat
Psalm 36:6

World of Animals, Inc said...

We are very deeply sorry for your lost. Mr. Kitty will be waiting across the Rainbow bridge when its time to meet again. Hope he made your life better when he was in all your lives. Hope it gets easier day by day. Thanks.
World of Animals

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Peaches and Paprika said...

Good Morning Cheri and Angel Mr. Kitty. We are doing a slideshow for our FB readers and will be including Mr. Kitty. Unfortunately not much room to include our blogger friends as we have nearly 100 kitties, but we think Mr. Kitty is an extremely memorable cat and we'll be including him on our Memorial Day FB post (might be posted May 27, Sunday). - Love Peaches, Paprika and Carol

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