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I miss my Cat

Sugar and Patch

Sugar (on left) and her brother Patch.

Readers of my blog know that Tanya and I have a dog, Carson. But I’m not sure I’ve mentioned we also have two cats. Well only one now because last Sunday we had to put our Sugar down.

Sugar was a very special cat. For one, she was an orange female, which I’m told are fairly rare. Our vet, in fact, said she’d never seen one before. Our other cat, Patch, is Sugar’s brother, and the two were totally different. Patch is very friendly; Sugar very shy. But once she got use to you, she could be very affectionate and loyal.When we first brought the two cats home as kittens, Sugar hid under the furniture for days, while Patch immediately started exploring the house (and begging for food). Patch has a loud, almost aggressive purr; Sugar’s purr was quiet and calming. Sugar was actually my daughter, Janelle’s cat. Janelle, who’s now 22 years old, no longer lives at home, and if she had tried to take Sugar, I doubt Tanya and I would have let her go.

Sugar was a great hunter, and when we lived in the wooded suburbs near Gig Harbor, she’d often bring home live critters of every sort (mice, birds, snakes, frogs, etc.) She loved to have her head scratched and would often hop up on the arm of my chair and rub her head under my hand until I scratched it. She also really liked to use her claws, digging in when she was happy. I don’t know how many sweaters of mine she ruined while I was petting her.

Sugar had been sick for a while, with no clear cause. But even while sick, she was still affectionate and active. Then last week she stopped eating and stopped roaming around the house and yard. The vet thinks it was probably liver cancer. She went downhill fast, but I like to think she had a good 13 years. We had a good 13 years with her.

This blog is my tribute to Sugar – one great cat. I will miss her.

17 responses

  1. A beautiful post. She sounds like she lived an incredibly loved life. I’m sorry for your loss.

    June 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    • Thank you for your kind words.

      June 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

  2. I am so sorry for your loss…Sugar sounds like my Minnie…so soft and sweet. They become your children and Minnie is so very human. She is 18 this year and recently got over a bladder infection. It is so very hard to loose our precious kitty angels, and my heart goes out to you. God Bless Sugar…and sending my heart felt thoughts to you and Tanya.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    • Thank you so much. Take care of your Minnie.

      June 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  3. I have a ginger female cat (Clementina) and I am very sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this story.

    June 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  4. Amber

    I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a beautiful cat.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:12 am

    • Amber, thank you for your kind comment.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

  5. Joe, we had a cat almost exactly the same color as Sugar…and I know how much they are loved. Our cat was Bubba, a big male. He lived 14 years; went upstairs one day; laid down behind a chair and went to animal heaven. Bubba is buried on our old farm; two of our Goloden Retrievers are buried there and at our house. That may sound strange that I say that, but the Holy Scriptures talks about God’s creation of the animals and that some day the lion will lay down with the lamb. He must an ultimate purpose for these little ones. I believe it to be so..and expect that I will some day see a resurrection of Bubba when the great resurrection comes. After all God has a whole universe so there would be room for all. I also have a statue in my garden of St. Francis, the lover of all animals. Blessings from Nancy at

    June 26, 2013 at 8:01 am

  6. Maggie Foran

    Pets are part of one’s family, so we know you, Tanya, Brooks and Janelle will miss Sugar. Glad she had a happy life and did not suffer for a long time but remained affectionate until the end. Our Mickey is now 17, as skinny as can be, and we did not think he would make it past Christmas, but he continues to keep us company each evening. Thank you for sharing the lovely photo.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  7. I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. I had to put my seal point Birman, Minnie, to sleep last year, one month before her 20th birthday. I remember her with such love and now I channel all my affection on my remaining seal point Birman, Poppy, who is 11 years old and currently sleeping at the side of me on the sofa.

    July 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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