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R.I.P. sweet Biscuit


I posted last week that my cat Biscuit had lost her appetite, probably because the intestinal cancer they found in February came back. I tried appetite stimulants and different kinds of smelly and tasty food, but no matter what she wouldn't eat more than a couple of tablespoons a day and she was losing weight fast.

She still followed us around, and sometimes talked to us and enjoyed attention, but she was acting uncomfortable more and more of the time (not purring or reacting when petted, not sleeping as much, but meatloafing and staring into space instead, sniffing at food as if she was hungry and then turning away).

So I asked the vet to come this afternoon and help her pass.

If you like to think about the meadow beyond the Rainbow Bridge, then imagine that Biscuit is happy to be able to cuddle with her buddy Angus again (he preceded her there in April), and there are perfect places for her to scratch her chin on, and lots of juicy noses to bite.

Hug your human and animal loved ones for me. Heck, hug your plants too.

"Kindness" -- Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
  Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
  you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
  lies dead by the side of the road.
  You must see how this could be you,
  how he too was someone
  who journeyed through the night with plans
  and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
  Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
  only kindness that ties your shoes
  and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
       purchase bread,
  only kindness that raises its head
  from the crowd of the world to say
  it is I you have been looking for,
  and then goes with you every where
  like a shadow or a friend.


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eeyorerin
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
starcat_jewel
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
My condolences on your loss. May she be remembered well.
bunnybutt
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
<3
ellenmillion
Jul. 26th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
**huuuuugs**
zpdiduda
Jul. 26th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Rest in peace, sweet Biscuit -- in the sunny meadow just beyond the bridge.

I'm so sorry for your loss, firecat. I'm snuggling my furry family tonight and sending warm healing light to you.
ljgeoff
Jul. 26th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
*hugs* love you
tiger_spot
Jul. 26th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry. That's a lovely poem.
johnpalmer
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:41 am (UTC)
Hugs and comfort offered... I'm so sorry for you and Biscuit.
hitchhiker
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
i'm sorry :( *hug*
pameladean
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
Oh, poor honey. What a sad year for you. I'm so sorry.

P.
fimbrethil
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss. Safe Journey, Biscuit.
clawfoot
Jul. 26th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
Oh I'm so sorry. :(
xiphias
Jul. 26th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
I'm sorry.
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sabotabby
Jul. 26th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I'm glad she was well-loved and had a good life with you.

That's an amazing poem.
carol_kitty
Jul. 26th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
So sorry will hug yoink, boot, fling, and mesa the three kitties and the dog. Hugs to both of you as well.
sarahmichigan
Jul. 26th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I know how heart-breaking it is to lose a cat, and I can tell she was special to you. *hugs*
erin_c_1978
Jul. 26th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry about your sweet kitty.
the_siobhan
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.
auntysocial
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
beaq
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, biscuity Biscuit.
eveningstartwo
Jul. 26th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
((((hugs))))
bibliofile
Jul. 27th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Geez, two in just a few months? I'm so sorry.
firecat
Jul. 27th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's not fair. I have an appointment to say a few words to Bast.

Thank you.
elynne
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Empathy, and thank you for giving her such good care.
epi_lj
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry for your loss. :( *hugs* I will skritch the cattens for you for sure.
jillzilla
Jul. 27th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear you've had to say good bye to Biscuit, especially after losing your other kitty earlier this year. Sometimes the second loss hurts even more than the first.

I'm glad you had good years together.
firecat
Jul. 27th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the second loss hurts even more than the first.

In this case, kind of, because now I have no cats for the first time in nine years.

Thank you.
baratron
Jul. 27th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, hell. I'm sorry that you've lost two cats within the space of a few months - that is beyond awful. Best wishes, and many gentle *hugs* if you want them.
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