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Thursday, January 5, 2012

sad parting

The end of the year 2011 was very sad for me. On the last day I had to say good-bye to my beloved little cat Josefínka. Two weeks before she suddenly stopped eating; the vet found she was severely anemic and blood tests revealed feline leukemia. There is no cure for this disease in cats. She made it through Christmas and even raised my hopes by becoming slightly better and starting to eat a little. Then, toward the end of the year she gradually became worse and worse. It was heartbreaking but at least I was able to stay with her until the last moment. I miss her very much.

I would like to share with you some of the happy moments we shared together last summer.

On our balcony with her "siblings". She loved to soak up the sunshine there.

Last year we got this wonderful portable cat enclosure from my sister and so the cats were able to enjoy a little bit more outdoors at our Grandmother's garden where it is not safe to roam freely.

She loved going out on a leash. And she was fearless, in spite of her frail constitution she wasn't afraid of strangers or dogs or anything. She enjoyed lying on the ground and watching ants or birds or squirrels or anything that caught her attention. The less she saw with her only eye, the more she looked.

She loved people. The cat shelter where I picked her advertised her as a very timid little cat no one wanted. She remained timid for about a week after I took her in. Later she seemed never to get enough of the human touch. She was only able to enjoy it for four years with us. I was taken aback by her illness. Suddenly there was so little time left. I wish I had given her more strokings, more cuddles, more kind words. 

I hope that the love and bond we shared - most intensively during the final days - can somehow last forever. 
On the last morning I promised her it would.


  1. Beautiful tribute to your beloved one! What a gorgeous soul! hugs of comfort to you..your bond of love is infinite and can never end!

  2. Thank you very much, Victoria, for your comforting words.

  3. We are so sad to hear about your loss. The four years Josefínka shared with you were good times filled with the love she truly deserved. We are very touched by you saying that suddenly so little time was left. It's a good reminder to cherish your loved ones consciously as often as you can.
    Rest in Peace, sweet Josefínka.
    Many purrs, Siena & Chilli and hugs from mom Britta

  4. Thank you, dear Britta, Siena and Chilli. I once read the thought that "The time you spend with your cat is never wasted." It is so true.

  5. What a sad experience! You did do everything you could. And I am sure this little cat knew exactly that you loved her!

    Love to you, Brigitte

  6. Thank you, dear Brigitte. It helps me to know that there are blogging friends out there who understand...

  7. Hi, Chamomilla. You don't know me, but I still wanted to extend my condolences over the loss of your sweet little wondercat. Josefinka forever!

  8. Thank you, Grumblebunny. Your kind words mean very much to me.

  9. We loose our cats in the same time.I know how sad you can be. Thank you for your kind words on my blog and big hug from us.


  10. Thank you, dear Delphine. May your new kittens bring you much joy!