lydamorehouse: (cranky aizen)
[personal profile] lydamorehouse
 Last night, completely unexpectedly, we had to say good-bye to Inky.

Big, old black cat on a comfy chair

I'd noticed he was kind of poking at his food and water, but he is our quiet, retiring boy, so, while I was worried, it didn't seem dire. Until yesterday. He was hiding more than usual and seemed to be limping a little. After how fast we lost Ball, I thought: nope, get him in right now.  So, rather than wait for an appointment, I took him to the emergency veterinary last night around 6 pm. 

By 9 o'clock, he was gone.

I don't know what the f*ck is happening with this house, but it needs to stop. I can't take this. 

Doctors say it was a fast-moving cancer, a lymphoma or pancreatic. What the actual hell. How did this happen so fast that we never saw it coming? Doctor assured me that some cancers are like that and that cats are terrible about letting you know when they're ill--moreover, it probably ripped through him in no more than a couple of weeks.

Just like Ball.

I looked at her and said, "Okay, but you're sure this isn't something contagious? Because I can not." She told me there was nothing like that in cats. (I mean, there is Feline Leukemia, but they've all been tested and no one goes outside...)

We have sat down with our remaining three cats and explained to them that they are simply NOT ALLOWED to get sick.

Yesterday, we also found a bird frozen at our bird feeder. She may have gotten her head stuck in the feeding tube, or... who knows, but she was hanging there, dead, and it was awful, and so f*ck right off, everything is awful, and I am done with dealing with death, and so NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO GET SICK, Y'ALL TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES.

And, especially: JANUARY, GO HOME. YOU'RE THE WORST. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN FOR ANOTHER WHOLE YEAR. GOT THAT???

I could not be happier that we have started February.  February is time for renewal. We're going to renew our house blessing and celebrate the renewing spirit of Imbolc, because we're done with this bullsh*t now, k?

Here's a picture of Inky (the black one) and Buttercup (orange/sandy) playing together on the iPad in a rare moment of harmony. Buttercup was always very much "Notice me, sempai!" about Inky, but Inky never much wanted much to do with the "new kid" so this was a photographically significant moment.

Inky and Buttercup playing with the iPad

Gucci, gucci Inky. You were a good cat.

Date: 2019-02-01 03:17 pm (UTC)
naomikritzer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naomikritzer
OMG, Lyda, I am so sorry!

Date: 2019-02-01 05:24 pm (UTC)
naomikritzer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naomikritzer
Oh, Lyda. YOU GUYS ARE REALLY GOOD CAT PARENTS. All your kitties have had wonderful lives with you, filled with warm laps and affection and monkeys they can hound out of bed at 2 a.m. to refill their food dishes.

It sucks losing pets. It totally sucks. But you gave Inky, and Ball, the best lives cats could ever ask for, full of love and care.

Date: 2019-02-01 04:56 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (sea turtle 01 (totaldevotion))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I'm so sorry. ;_; That's utterly devastating.

Date: 2019-02-01 05:56 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
OMG, I'm so, so sorry. Farewell, Inky best of all Inky cats. [sends virtual chicken soup for the cats and chocolate for the humans]

(Your vet should meet some of the cats around here: I know lots in their late teens, but the record was Lydia (the kittia) who lived to be 27.)

Date: 2019-02-01 07:49 pm (UTC)
sraun: portrait (Default)
From: [personal profile] sraun
There are never good words. Condolences.

Smokey says he's sorry to hear this

Date: 2019-02-01 09:53 pm (UTC)
emeraldem: (Smokey)
From: [personal profile] emeraldem
So, of course, am I. That's really rough. *hugs*

Date: 2019-02-01 11:09 pm (UTC)
sundog: (Sad)
From: [personal profile] sundog
I am so incredibly sorry. Cat's are unimaginably stoic, poor critters. My kitties send their warmest purrs and love to yours.

Date: 2019-02-02 01:48 am (UTC)
offcntr: (maggie)
From: [personal profile] offcntr
Waaah! I'm so sorry. Many hugs and skritches...

Date: 2019-02-02 06:42 am (UTC)
evilpettingz00: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilpettingz00
Oh, no! I'm so sorry! :( :( :(

Date: 2019-02-02 07:10 am (UTC)
opakele: (St Helens with Rainier in Background)
From: [personal profile] opakele
Again. I am so sorry.

So seriously sorry.

Inky was gorgeous.

Date: 2019-02-02 08:18 am (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
I'm so sorry. That's so awful and shocking.

(And the dead bird, WTF!)

Date: 2019-02-03 06:40 am (UTC)
escritoireazul: (Default)
From: [personal profile] escritoireazul
I'm sorry for your loss.

Date: 2019-02-04 03:32 pm (UTC)
nimueth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nimueth
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. :( I don't know what's worse between losing them so quickly that you can't see it coming, or helplessly watching them slowly fade month after month. But it's true that cats hide their pain very well, and by the time it's obvious that something's up, it's too late.

I'm sure you guys are all great cat parents, and I can tell from those photos that Inky was one happy cat. Hugs if they're wanted/appreciated.

Date: 2019-02-05 01:10 am (UTC)
sauscony: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sauscony
I am so, so sorry. I went through this last year, losing two cats in two months and it still hurts. :(

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