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The Sweetest Cat I've Ever Known Is Gone

Discussion in 'Crossing the Bridge' started by YVMSV, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. YVMSV

    YVMSV Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I started account here because I just had to tell someone this. I need to put this out there where the world can see it.

    Monday morning, July 1, 2019 EST, the sweetest little cat I've ever known passed away. His name was Oreo ... a little black and white American Shorthair ... and I've never known a cat like him. To me, he was the most greatest, most amazing cat that has ever lived.

    I've never met a cat who was so affectionate ... who expressed his love for me and for his mama (my wife) in such sweet ways. When I sat down, he'd hop up on my lap, put his paws on my chest and give me sweet little kisses. Then he'd push his little forehead up against my chin or my head.

    He would sleep cuddled by his mama's head, right on the bed beside her with her arm around him. But as he got older, he could not curl up like that anymore, so he begin sleeping on her chest, with his head pressed against hers.

    He would respond to the things we said. I don't know what his vocabulary was, but I know he understood a good bit of the English language. And he had an uncanny ability to make his desires known ... to genuinely communicate with us. No one can tell me cats can't talk.

    He was 17 or 18 years old when he died. Our family's world is a sadder, emptier place without him.

    Oreo ... I will never forget you. I will never ... ever stop loving you. No one who knew you will. You were the most wonderful cat I've known.
     
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  2. Maria Bayote

    Maria Bayote Mama of 4 Cats, 3 Dogs , 2 Budgies & 2 Humans Top Cat

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    My heart goes out to you and to your wife. I am so sincerely sorry for your loss, and I pray that one day you will get to remember Oreo with more of a smile on your lips, than of grief.

    He will be eternally grateful for loving him, and for the life he had with you.

    Rest in peace, Oreo. Until you meet again.
     

  3. di and bob

    di and bob TCS Member Top Cat

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    And he always will be the most wonderful cat in the world to you. Because you shared something that few do, a real mingling of the spirit, a bond of love that because it is spriritual will be alive forever. A bond that nothing can break, that can never be taken from you, "Death cannot take that which never dies". This kind of love cannot be replaced, because it has it's own special place in your heart.
    Oreo left you his legacy of love, he taught you the meaning of love. You WILL love again because of him, just as he taught you. No, it can never be the same, but as a mother loves each child for what and who they are, so will you, making room for another and welcoming it with joy, and he will be there, right beside you, guiding you to learn how to live your life once again. As it is meant to be, with happiness and joy. Because that is what you would want for him if you were the first to go, he wants no less.
    Right now, the pain is so great it can take your breathe away. It is like the ocean, where all life comes from, placid and calm one day and then returns as a tsunami of tears that strips away yor world and consumes you.
    Time is the only thing that truly helps. One day at a time. To help you realize that your sweet boy will always be as close as your thoughts and prayers, that he will forever follow your life's journey because he is a part of your very soul. No one can feel what you are feeling right now, because no one shares the same love. But we have loved and lost loved ones too, so want you to know you are not alone. We can listen, we can cry with you because we have suffered too. We can share your burden and make it lighter, because we too have known grief and survived. Take care my friend, and know many will be thinking and praying for your little Oreo, we will love him because you do. We will grive beacuse you do too. My heart cries for yoru pain......RIP sweet Oreo. You will be forever remembered, you will always have a special place in a loving heart. May the good Lord bless and keep you, until you meet again!
     
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  4. betsygee

    betsygee Don't believe everything you think. Staff Member Moderator

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    Oh, little Oreo—he sounds like he was the most amazing kitty!

    I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP, sweet boy. :rock:
     

  5. Antonio65

    Antonio65 TCS Member Top Cat

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    It sounds like Oreo was one of those special cats with the ability to leave a permanent mark in the life of those people who had the luck to meet him.

    You and your wife were chosen and blessed to live your lives with a creature that had only one mission, make your life rich and better, happy and perfect.
    Be grateful to Oreo for the mission he accomplished.
    He will be forever in your hearts and you will be in his, until you meet again.

    RIP Oreo, you will meet more special cats like you at the Bridge!
     
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  6. lavishsqualor

    lavishsqualor TCS Member Top Cat

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    You have my most heartfelt sympathy, YVMSV. Until you've had that special bond with an animal like your Oreo, no one can really understand the pain such a loss causes.

    Take comfort in the fact that you loved and cared for Oreo for all those years. He was immensely lucky to have you and your wife as such fantastic custodians.

    My heart breaks for you.
     
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  7. mservant

    mservant The Mouse servant Veteran

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    Oreo sounds like a truly special cat. :rbheart:. And one who has been truly loved. Thank you for coming to TCS to share your experience and relationship with Oreo.

    My heart goes out to you and your wife as you adjust to the physical space that has been left in your home.
    The love you all shared with each other will always be with you. Remind yourself that the precious time you spent together on this earth is beyond value. The gift of love remains even when any physical body has gone.
     

  8. betsygee

    betsygee Don't believe everything you think. Staff Member Moderator

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    Oh my gosh. I meant to put in a rainbow heart but ‘you rock’ is probably appropriate, too. :rbheart: :hugs:
     
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  9. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    Im so sorry for u n ure wife's loss....RIP SPECIAL SWEET KITTY:alright::heartshape::redheartpump::(:petcat:
     
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  10. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Rest you gentle, Oreo, dream you deep. You walk in Mama and Daddy's heart forever.

    And now you have done the hardest thing...supported Oreo as he shrugged of his heavy coat of flesh and fur that could no longer support his great spirit and loving heart. Now he dances on sunlight in a Place where time has no meaning and Eternity is but a moment. One day, in the fullness of time, you, too, will shrug off your heavy coat of fur and join him in joyous reunion. Until that day comes, dance on, Oreo, dance on.
     
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  11. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Rest you gentle, Oreo, dream you deep. You walk in Mama and Daddy's heart forever.

    And now you have done the hardest thing...supported Oreo as he shrugged of his heavy coat of flesh and fur that could no longer support his great spirit and loving heart. Now he dances on sunlight in a Place where time has no meaning and Eternity is but a moment. One day, in the fullness of time, you, too, will shrug off your heavy coat of fur and join him in joyous reunion. Until that day comes, dance on, Oreo, dance on.
     

  12. calico man

    calico man TCS Member Adult Cat

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    You had a wonderful cat for 17 or 18 years that you obviously cared a great deal for and he returned that favor by showing his love for you in so many ways. You can't ask for more than that! RIP Oreo and hopefully you will get a new fur baby soon!
     
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  13. Rhall

    Rhall Momma cat to 3 fur babies! Adult Cat

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    So sorry for you loss.:grouphug2:
     
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  14. Edwards62

    Edwards62 TCS Member Kitten

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    *****I am truly sorry for your loss. Cats that are loved so deeply as your Oreo become family. The term pet has been shed. I rescue cats and have 9 forever cats and am working with 2 farel cats. I understand you pain all too much. I lost 3 of my sweet rescues just last summer. One was my most precious Suki. So I created a memory garden and laid him to rest. It has helped me. The pain will remain for a while bit in time the sarrow turns to a sweet memory. Thats how Oreo will live on.
     
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  15. les26

    les26 Sylvester's daddy Top Cat

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    I am sorry that you lost your little friend, how wonderful it was that you all had such a special bond with each other, cats like that come through our lives every so often and you were lucky enough to have had one. And you will be reunited again one day and it will be wonderful.

    "Their last breath on Earth is their first breath in Heaven" :rbheart:

    I am sorry for your loss, I hope that your hearts heal a bit more each day, God Bless.....:alright: :grouphug2: :rbheart:
     
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  16. catsknowme

    catsknowme TCS Member Top Cat

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    Condolences on losing your dear Oreo. She was truly a soul kitty.
     
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  17. YVMSV

    YVMSV Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you, everyone for your support. It's still hard. And it still hurts. We know time will help. But we're not quite there yet.
     
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  18. danteshuman

    danteshuman TCS Member Top Cat

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    All cats are great but some cats you just bond so closely with like they are you best friend or dearest child. I’m so sorry for your loss. :alright:

    What advice helped me through the worst of my grief was to talk to my Bud like he was here (while tearful petting the kitten.) I’m not saying get a new kitten. If I had not already been fostering a kitten before my cat got sick I would not have been able to bond with him/adopt him. If Oreo was an only cat perhaps you can volunteer at a shelter or foster? I also found telling my Bud’s life story helped.
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