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  •  I'm sorry for the loss of a family member... (10+ / 0-)

    ...I know this might sound flippant, but as soon as you feel up to it, you might think about adopting a new friend.

    The shelters are filled to the gills with our feline friends.  I keep on getting notices from the internet.  (I already have three!)

    •  It's a good advice, but probably too soon. (19+ / 0-)

      I adopted a shelter cat who was 8 years old at the time a week after a cat I'd loved for 17 years died.

      He's a horrible old thing, but I adore him.  

      The grief after my cat died almost killed me.  In that regard, rescuing that shelter cat probably saved my life.

    •  When my late pootie Tosca went (14+ / 0-)

      to the Rainbow Bridge at the ripe old age of 19 - which was the longest time I've had any living being, human or pootie, in my adult life - I consciously decided to wait until I knew it was the right time to get another cat. That was unusual for me, because I'm rather impulsive about these things.

      I lived cat-less for about 8 or 9 months. In some ways it was a relief and freeing, and besides her presence was (and still is) strongly with me. So it was okay. And then, around the yuletide season of the year she passed, I started "feeling" Tosca jumping up on the bed with me. After a week or so of this, I knew she was telling me it was time to get another cat. So when the New Year came around, I signed up with a rescue organization to be a cat foster home. That didn't last long - my second foster cat was LuvLee, whom I adopted. That was 9 years ago (she's 13 today) and the pootie people here read about her exploits when I comment on the daily PWB diary.

      These things happen when they happen. Tosca, for example, came marching into my life, along with her sister Mimi, just three weeks after I'd lost her predecessor, Pogo. But I'm glad I waited for LuvLee.

      Best wishes to CajunBoy & all of his family.

      You should sit & mediate 20 minutes each day. Unless you don't have the time. Then you should sit for an hour.

      by jan4insight on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:21:09 AM PST

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    •  Not at All Flippant (16+ / 0-)

      Thanks for your kind thoughts.

      It is a bit soon for us to consider adopting another cat. We still have Felix's brother (same litter), who is healthy as a horse. He was very agitated when Felix was rushed to the hospital and (in his eyes) disappeared for two days. I think Felix's being stricken so suddenly and dramatically (and our panicked response) might have caused it; he was unusually clingy, and his meowing had a frightened edge to it.

      Since Felix's passing he has been quieter and a bit more normal; in fact he's been playing and doing some of the entertaining kitty things Felix was more wont to do around us. We aren't sure how this kitty will respond to a new cat, especially one that hasn't been with him since birth.

      I'd love a house full of cats and dogs, but that probably won't happen until my husband and I are retired and fully committed to the life of being "those cat and/or dog people down the street". But who knows? They do give so much love to their humans...!

      -8.75,-8.00. 1,138 rights and responsibilities of civil marriage are denied married same-sex couples, and I demand that we get them. RIGHT. NOW.

      by CajunBoyLgb on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:39:38 AM PST

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