Thursday, January 07, 2010

Goodbye, Sweetness


It was a sad night for us at our house. Our dear sweet kitty, Midnight left us and went on to be with his little brother in heaven. He came to live with us (along with his brother Bootsy) 17 years ago when my husband found the 2 newborn kittens abandoned near his workplace. They were so tiny, their eyes barely open. We had to feed them with bottles of cat formula and train them to eat and drink from a bowl. It was quite an exciting experience for our daughter, who was 9 years old at the time. Midnight was her favorite and he loved lying on her pink robe on her bed. (Midnight was always partial to the color pink.)
Midnight's decline started on Saturday when he didn't eat as much food as he usually does. Then on Monday he started walking strangely and held his head at an odd angle. We thought he must have had a mini stroke. He continued to eat small amounts of food and lap up his favorite delicacy - a scoop of fresh snow.
Somehow he always knew when it had snowed and he would run to the front door when he heard it opening hoping to get a handout of few snowflakes. As the days passed this week Midnight grew weaker and had trouble walking. He stopped eating completely, but his bowl of snow kept him hydrated. But on Thursday night he lost his fight, took his final breath and passed away right in my arms. Although he was my constant companion, Midnight never was a lap cat-type. But in the end I hope he found some comfort snuggled peacefully in his mama's loving arms. We miss you Midnight.
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27 comments:

Maija said...

OMG, Jeanne- I am so sorry for your loss. I understand your deep love of animals! Take care of yourself!

LindaSonia said...

So very sorry for your loss (sniff!) Hugs... LindaSonia

Shannon said...

Sorry to hear that.
hugs,
shannon

Karen@Table, Hearth and Home said...

Oh Jeanne, I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my beloved
Alexandra after 17 years of loving companionship...so I know how much it hurts. Like your Midnight, Alexandria died in my arms. Seventeen years is a nice long run for a cat. I'm sure Midnight enjoyed those years as much as you did!

Warm regards,
Karen

Heather said...

Jeanne, I am so sorry about the loss of your furry little friend. I know how hard it is to lose a pet, a member of the family who is always there for you no matter what. My thoughts will be with you all and I am sending HUGS to you across the miles.
xoxo

Ellen said...

Oh Jeanne, how very sad. I feel for you... Hugs...Ellen

Gerry said...

You have my Heartfelt Sympathy.

sashagirl said...

Oh, bless your heart! I am sitting here with tears over your loss. Our fur babies are such important family members and the love and companionship they give us can never be measured. My heart is just aching for you. Remember the love you shared! Take care.
(((hugs)))
Milli

Terri Gordon said...

Oh Jeanne, I am so sorry about the loss of your wonderful Midnight, it is so hard, they become such an important part of our family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Terri

Babsarella said...

Sending you cyber hugs.

Lori said...

oh, Jeanne...i am so sad for you...sending hugs to you my friend...

{natalie pozniak} said...

I miss you already Midnight!!! Tell Bootsie I say hi...

vivian said...

Awwww.. I'm so sorry Jeanne. I know the sadness all too well, was there twice this last year with two old friends as well. Midnight knew he was loved and he had a good home what better blessing and life can a kitty have then a warm home and loving family.
so sorry!
(((Hugs)))
vivian

m i c h e l l e said...

Dearest Jeanne..Oh man...those little furry creatures enrich our lives so deeply and take so much of our heart when they go. Big hugs to you and wishing you comfort.

xo,
Michelle

caroline joy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. May your days get a little brighter as time goes on...

PJ said...

Oh this is such a hard thing in our lives...losing our furbabies is so hard! I'm so sorry..Midnight (&bro)were so blessed to have your love! Rainbow Bridge is a special place for our animals!

Cassandra said...

OH my goodness. This breaks my heart! I am so so sorry. I have had a VERY similar thing happen in our family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Hugs
Cassandra

kana said...

So sad to hear about your cat.

Cathryn said...

I am just visiting your blog for the first time. I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. We lost ours this week, too. So sad.

natalea said...

aw, Jeanne. So sorry to hear it. That is such a long time to have your cat- it's devastating like losing a family member. I hope you are feeling better. xo natalea

Jeanne said...

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments about our dear Midnight. I appreciate each and everyone of you for taking the time to comment. It's very quiet around the house - too quiet!
Thanks again,
xo
jeanne

icandy... said...

oh, jeanne,
i am so very sorry for the loss of your pet. my thoughts are with you. i know this must be a very sad time.
God bless you,
christina

Little Pink Studio said...

OH Jeanne,
I was just read your post now. Loren and I were in atlanta the past four days and I didn't even know.
Your post made me cry. I'm so very sorry sweetie!
I'm sending hugs your way, and you're in my heart.
xoxo, Cerri

Margaret said...

Jeanne, I'm so sorry to read of your loss, Midnight was obviously a very special companion, hold onto those wonderful memories, special hugs winging your way Mx

dear jane said...

Jeanne I just read your post as well I'm so sorry for your loss... I understand the love for Midnight... It's so special the love of a pet...My prayers are with you!

Hugs, Kelley

Jackie said...

I am so sorry about your kittys passing. :-( {{{hugs}}}

XOXO

Elise said...

Hi Jeanne - We also have a black cat named Midnight. I adore him and he sleeps with me each night!

We had to let go of our other sweet cat, Tabby, last year! I am so sorry for your loss and understand completely.
Love,
Elise

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