Saturday, July 10, 2021

Cat says final goodbye by placing her paw in his hand

This is what the human companion and caretaker said of his cat on

I had to unexpectedly put my cat to sleep this morning. She was my best friend for 16 years and I loved her more than I love most people. As I said my final good-bye, she used her last ounce of strength to put her paw in my hand. I miss her so much. She lit up my life. Goodbye Holly Bear

They are great words. They sum of the feelings of genuine cat guardians on the loss of their cat when they pass over the rainbow bridge. It hurts to hell. 

Cat says final goodbye by placing her paw in his hand
Cat says final goodbye by placing her paw in his hand. Photo: Reddit user: u/Ohgood9002

The death of a cat companion can be slow. Elderly cats often die of conditions such as kidney disease which is quite a slow process. The cat's guardian has to make a very difficult decision about when to euthanise their cat. This is one of the hardest decisions a person has to make if they genuinely connect with their cat and have a good relationship. You don't want to do it too soon or too late. The decision is always about cat welfare and what is best for them. You should be with your cat when she is euthanized.

The moment leading up to euthanasia is stressful. It's a background stress in the life of a person and when the deed has been done there is this emptiness. The loss of a cat companion does leave a hole in the life of a person if they are living alone and have no partner living with them in their property.

But that's another story because this is about Holly Bear who said her final goodbyes with a gentle touch to the hand of her human companion. May she rest in peace. 


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