Remembrance

This time last year, we found out that Monster’s predecessor, Orlando, had terminal liver cancer at just 8 years old.

Human adopted Orlando from the RSPCA when he was almost a year old. He had been in a collision with a truck that left his lower jaw in pieces. It was still wired together when Human took him home. He was a loving, playful, intelligent cat who always seemed to appreciate everything that he had, though his successes in hunting only ever amounted to a few vicious and troublesome leaves and one entirely unharmed mouse.

He adored Human What Cycles to Work from the moment he met her and was usually found resting against her in the afternoon or following her around the garden to inspect her work. He was otherwise critically shy and didn’t easily take to new people.

We decided to let him rest from his pain a short while after we got the news after a routine scan to ensure his heart was up to surgery on a broken tooth. We didn’t want him to deteriorate to the point where he couldn’t enjoy life (or the cat soups he had come to love so much). Human has always said that part of the pet contract is that at some point you must be brave enough to exchange their pain for your own.

We miss you, Wonky Face, and we’re so glad to have known and loved you.

4 Replies to “Remembrance”

  1. “… part of the pet contract is that at some point you must be brave enough to exchange their pain for your own”. How heartbreakingly accurate. It never gets any easier does it, no matter how certain you that you’re doing the right thing?

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    1. It’s hard. I still relive the moment where he was in my arms and his body just sank and he wasn’t there anymore. The pain transfer was definitely immediate. It’s sometimes hard to translate “I killed a member of my family” into “I did what was best for him”.

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