While I was Away…

Rainbow Bridge1

A very tough week at the casa de gatos… 19 years was a long time to have had Sylvester in my life and the time came. I wished that it wouldn’t but then I understand that their lives are short and sweet so that we can rescue more cats. Just imagine how many homeless cats (and dogs) there would be if they lived the years of a human life.

I had last weekend off from the shop and spent the time home doing some fall cleaning. I knew that Sylvester was aging, but in the last few months, weeks and days really I saw such a decline in him and realized every night when we had our bed time snuggles that the time was coming very soon when we would have to say goodbye.

Tuesday morning was a very bad morning and it was a painful wait for the vet to open and get an appointment. I knew that he was telling me that he was ready.


I told AlleyCat to say goodbye to her brother as he probably wouldn’t be coming back home.

Rainbow Bridge

A painful decision, but one that is made for the love of the cat.

One of my favorite pictures of Sylvester where he shows off his beautiful tuxedo coat and those really long white whiskers. And a gift for me from Nordstrom’s too! What could be better than that?

yes I will get another baby as I have way too much love in my heart for just 1 cat! just not sure when. Watchout AlleyCat…


This entry was posted in general by Vicky. Bookmark the permalink.

About Vicky

Needlepoint, morning noon and evening! what could be better than this? I work on the computer in the daylight hours editing stitch guides and drawing stitches that you will see in the next Needlepoint Now for your stitching pleasure! In between this, there is time for taking pictures of my stitching adventures, Facebook and writing stitch guides for canvas that I am stitching for Needle Deeva, Maggie, Ruth Schmuff and others. Mostly needlepoint you ask? well we will talk about my cats Sylvester and AlleyCat, better known as "the brat". Of course I can't forget Felix who was the love of my life for over 14 years. He broke my heart as he departed for the Rainbow Bridge last year. Oh did I mention baseball?

26 thoughts on “While I was Away…

  1. I am so sorry, Vicky. I have enjoyed tremendously Sylvester’s photos in your posts. You had a great many years with him, but that never seems to be enough. Having gone through three kitty losses, I’m not immune to the heavy heart and tears that go with each one. I’m tearing up for you and Sylvester right now. My Sienna died a year ago and we missed her terribly. After a few months, our house didn’t feel like a home, so we adopted three rescues at the end of May. Our big boy is all black and sleek and has a distinguished personality…never in a hurry, always a gentleman. The two smaller girls are special too. All three were living in the streets for nine months but quickly adapted to home life. You’re right, Vicky, there is too much love, and you’ll know when it’s time to be honored by another feline in your life…..Big Hugs

  2. Oh Vicky, I am so sorry to hear the news. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I look at my cat and wonder how much time I have left with her, she is 14 but is pretty healthy. It is the hardest thing for me to do when I have to say goodbye to my pets. Animals are so much a part of my life. Bless you Vicky at this difficult time and I am so glad you will continue to blog, I would miss you.

  3. It’s always so difficult losing one who gives you unconditional love. I hope that when the right amount of time passes you find another kitty to fill part of the hole in your heart that Sylvester has left and grow your heart to be even bigger. In the meantime, give AlleyCat lots and lots of love.

  4. I’m so sorry for you and Alley Cat. It must be lonely. You both gave Sylvester a long and precious life. He will be waiting at the end of the bridge, playing on a cloud. Much love.

  5. Vicky, I am so sorry to hear about Sylvester. They bring so much love and joy to us. I am so happy that you have Alley Cat and when the time is right, you will find another(s). I have so enjoyed hearing about the lives and antics of both Sylvester and Alley Cat. Take good care and hugs to you and Alley Cat.

  6. I am so sorry Vicky, it is heartbreaking I know. Bless you for all the sweet kitties you have given a wonderful home to, and I am so glad to hear that another kitty will be lucky enough to come live in your loving home.

  7. I am so sorry! I went through the same thing in August when my handsome tuxedo cat was diagnosed with cancer. I miss him so much but I know I did the right thing for him. I still have his sister Lily and she also was distant for a few days and now is very loving and sweet. It is so hard to lose such a friend.

  8. Vicky, I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our 18 year old black cat, Mirage, in April so I know just what you are going through. Perhaps Sylvester and Mirage are kittens again playing together. We recently adopted another little black cat. I think black cats try harder as they are often overlooked at shelters. Sending you a virtual hug.

  9. I know exactly how you feel, we had our first cat almost 17 years, and the signs were there to let her go, but I just couldn’t do it. My father was a veterinarian and would always tell me how to manage any problems (lucky me!) and since he had passed away, I was very lost. After a couple of emergency room visits, a home veterinarian visit, the day came and it was unbearable. But now we have two more rescue cats, a tabby and a black short hair, they have bonded remarkably well and I certainly will know how to handle the situation next time. But they have many cat years left, thankfully! l so believe in rescuing animals, they will love you forever for saving them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *