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The day we said goodbye to Saffi our cat

Updated on April 17, 2012
My lovely Saffi
My lovely Saffi

You were only young when I arrived, lying there with closed eyes. Upon the sofa resting safe, curled tight up but I could see your face.

One of three, you appeared left out, you fought for space but you coudn't shout. A little squeak was all I'd hear when you yearned for someone near.

You always seemed last in line, pushed aside by the other felines. But then one by one the others left, found new homes and in you crept.

You grew and grew into something new, confidence blooming with life anew.

We loved you and loved you with all our hearts, never believing we'd eventually part to an awful illness that was too clever, leaving us both at the end of our tether.

We did all we could and spent all we had, on treatments and diet but it just drove us mad, until eventually our hearts were so deeply sad cos we couldn't do anything for our sweet little Saff.

We watched you grow incredibly weak, not able to stand, not able to eat, the pain we were feeling as we lost in defeat,was tearing us up in that very last week.

We anguished and anguished. Was it time. To end all your suffering you,d given us the signs.We couldn't believe that in such a short space of time your kidneys had failed and you'd also gone blind.

That God awful day we drove to the vets,the cruel thing was you seemed at your best but maybe you knew you'd soon be at rest and that give you strength to help us suffer less.

We cried and we cried as we said our goodbyes and eventually you gradually closed your sweet eyes.




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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Felina, Think I'm following you around these hubs tonight! Thankyou for reading. Yes you do become very attached to your pets and it certainly is a huge loss when we loose them.

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I have four pussycats, 2 older and 2 younger, the older ones are getting really old and I don't know what I would do after all this time. I certainly feel for you. It is funny how pets can show such unconditional love. I think we could take a few lessons from them. Cheers Felina

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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      frogyfish; thankyou so much for your kind words and for reading this hub. best wishes.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      You wrote of a sweetly tender love in spite of obstacles and sorrow...and that love of a pet remains always.

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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Thankyou for your heartfelt comments K kiss.I understand where you are with Aristo.Its the hardest decision to make but you do find the courage from somewhere if your best interests are with your pet. Thankyou again

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      K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      It was a very nice tribute to your Saff. One of my own kittens is very sick. Always need to feed him separately because he is never as fast as his brother when it comes to finishing food. He also just recovered from very high fever which left him very weak. I hope I don't have to let go of my Aristo. You are a brave and a good person to have done what you did. I felt your emotional turmoil thorough and through till I couldn't help but let a single tear slide.

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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Thankyou for your comments BlossomSB.This piece of writing had no discipline I just wrote as I felt the emotion.You do learn to live with it although the thought of loosing a beloved pet can be scary.Thankyou again.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      This was tricky! At first I thought it was prose and then realized there was rhythm and rhyme hidden away. A reflection of our feelings when we contemplate having to have a beloved pet put down. I dread the day when this will happen with my little dog. Voted up.

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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Thankyou for sharing that.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      It is always difficult to adopt an animal with health issues or limited life expectancy, but it can be fulfilling too. I had a wonderful siamese/tabby with many issues, the worst being feline leukemia. He was such a spirited boy and provided great company throughout my pregnancy. We knew his limitations: He had lasix to help control the fluid in his lungs, and we had to tether him outdoors. He lived with quality for a year before we put him down for a large lung tumor As I said before, our hearts simply grow bigger with each lovely cat, and it is important to never stop loving and caring for them. Bless you for that!

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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Hi Cat, its nice of you to empathize. Yes it was a very difficult time for my partner and I last October when Saffi was ill. Unless you're an animal lover then its difficult to understand the grief.She is still a huge loss today and we both miss her dearly.However,we did shortly after adopt another cat which we have called Sacha. We both felt we'd like to give a loving home to a cat that maybe others didn't want to take on due to an illness or a special need, so after much research we found Sacha.Sacha has a tumor which cannot be treated and so we have her for as long as she has left basically.No-one is 100% sure of this time.She is a beautiful cat and is about 13yrs old, sleeps and eats alot but we love her so much already. Lovely to spk with you Linda Cherry

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Oh, how difficult it is to say good bye to our beloved furry friends, especially when they are ill, and we are helpless in making them well. Bless you for the loving care you provided right up to the end. Your dear Saffi made your heart just that much bigger for the kitties that will come your way throughout life!