Thursday, September 11, 2008

Goodbye, My Sweet Cleo


I hate to add to the doom and gloom here, but last night we had to put our eldest cat to sleep.


Many of you know of our struggles with our sweet Cleo. She just wasn't using her litter box anymore. This had been going on for about the last two years, and there was never any explanation for it, other than that she was acting out in this way. She would use the concrete basement floor as her litter box, and that was tolerable. Well, as tolerable as it could be. Then last week, her business moved upstairs into our living space. And on Saturday, it moved into the way upstairs where we sleep.

We had a tough decision to make. Probably the toughest decision we have ever had to make. And last night was one of the hardest nights I have experienced in a long time. We didn't know what else to do. We couldn't re home her, knowing what she was capable of, and no shelter was willing to take a 10 year old cat that doesn't use her litter box. So, we were left with what we felt was the only thing that we could do.

I got Cleo in December of 1998. I was on Christmas break at Michigan State, and I was living with some girlfriends at the time. I had pondered getting a kitten for a long while, and decided to take the plunge on a cold, snowy afternoon. My friend Kym and I drove down to the Ingham County Humane Society and picked out the sweetest little kitten. Her name was Petra. Right away, we named her Cleopatra. It just seemed to fit her so well. We brought her home and we all fell in love instantly...well, that was until a few of my roommates returned from Christmas break. They were less than thrilled with my decision, but she was my kitty now....and eventually, they learned to love her. Even to this day, a few of them always looked forward to seeing her when they would visit us. She moved around with me a lot...and eventually, she took very well to her Dad, Curtis. We both loved this animal more than we ever thought we did. Last night proved that. She was always the cat in our house that would be at the door when you came home. She heard that garage door open and she would bolt to the door to greet her masters. When we returned home last night, there was no cat waiting for us. It was so terribly sad. And this morning, it was like there was a piece of our family missing from the puzzle. It's a big void, and it hurts to not have her here anymore.

So, in honor of my sweet baby, I want you all to hug your pets today.

12 comments:

Kerri said...

And a hug for you too.

Keri said...

So sorry that you have to go through this. I can't imagine. Hugs to you too.

Beth said...

I just cried. I'm so sorry.

Amanda said...

So sorry Em! I agree, hugs to you!

The Loucks Family said...

I am so sorry Em :-( How sad.

Jill said...

Em, I'm so, so sorry about your sweet kitty. Big hugs.

Lmoshe8228 said...

You know I understand your pain right now....Hope you're holding up okay. Sorry, girl.

Mandy said...

So sorry, Emily!! Hugs!

tiffany_k said...

Again, I'm so sorry Em!

Christina said...

I'm so sorry! Just remember all of the good times and how lucky of a kitty that was to be part of your family. Not all kitties are that lucky!

Laura said...

I'm so sorry, Em. Big hugs!

Erin Marie said...

I'm so sorry Em.