Anyone who has loved a pet can understand your loss. May it help to know how much others care. We, at Cats Exclusively, think of our feline friends as family. This is a place where you can post a photo and some fond memories about our lost loved ones. Send your pet photo and note to firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you would like to send us pictures or stories about your kitty to be memorialized on our website please send them to email@example.com
Sometimes making a memorial for a loved one can help you cope with the wild, uncomfortable energies you feel after a loss.
We understand what you are going through as we have all been through it ourselves and we are here for you. You can call on us.
You can also follow the links below to pet loss support pages. They have information on how to tell your children about what has happened and they can also explain for you the stages of grief you may be going through.
There is a local support group at Lollypop Farm (Humane Society) for owners who are grieving.
We said our final goodbye to our dear, sweet Alfredo this evening around 10:15 p.m. We made the dreaded trip to the ER, as it was time to free Alfredo from his confining body. He was the “Maitre D’ ” of the house – always greeting those who entered – whether two-legged or four-legged….He readily welcomed visitors with his pleasant disposition and ear-deafening meow.
He was such an easy-going guy – even when we had to have his tail removed in May 2012 after a recurrence of a fibrosarcoma that was removed in April 2012. He wore his “surgical collar” for two weeks – and maintained his pleasant and loving personality….Unfortunately, the tumor started to regrow in 2013….but was further down at the base of his tail nub….in a location that was not operable due to all the nerves involved in that area. So, we let him live his life…and that he did until December of this year (right in the midst of Ava’s medical issues). He was diagnosed with hyperthyroid – which created some impaction issues for awhile…We got him regulated on his thyroid meds…and we were adding Miralax to his morning and evening meals to keep his stools passable without much effort – as the tumor had started to grow considerably. He was not in pain – but we could tell as the days passed that it was beginning to bother him just by being on his body. It was growing “out” versus into the body – which was a good thing….but it was still growing.
He and we did the best we could at keeping him content – with lots of TLC and fires in the fireplace (one of his FAVORITE things). Over the last couple of weeks, his appetite began to wane. We tried a few more scenarios to see if we could get his appetite back. He rallied a bit – but then over the last two-three days, he was not eating much, again. At this point, he lacked his enthusiasm for life and just looked and acted pretty darned tired…..After MANY, MANY, MANY tears, we made the trip.
I share this with you all, as I know that you have all been supportive and caring during these trying days (which seem to be never ending). It’s never, ever easy to lose those we love – two-legged or four-legged….we cherish them all the same in our hearts.
Hi all! I wanted to share a pic with you. I'm not the craftiest individual but just completed this shadow box (my first) for Nina. It was therapeutic to work on. Also sending a few pics of her along as well.
Thanks as always for all your support!
I'd like to take a moment to recognize and thank everyone at Cats Exclusively for your support, compassion, patience and efforts during our recent loss. Nina, who yes was technically a cat but really our little girl, became suddenly ill on Wednesday. I called CE right away & was met in the parking lot by staff ready to assist to get Nina in right away. While the amazing, diligent & caring Dr. Bob tended to Nina, Melinda & Lisa took me to a room to offer support & comfort that was genuine and so appreciated. I was kept informed of how things were going to try & ease the extreme anxiety and fear I was experiencing. Nina, who was 10, suffered what ultimately was a stroke due to Congestive a Heart failure. Dr. Bob gave me all the facts, what to expect but didn't give me any false sense about Nina's future. This is/was a terminal condition with a short lifespan. CE worked so hard to get Nina stable & feeling well enough to come home. She was to return the next day for more tests. She did not make it to tomorrow. Nina passed with hers arms wrapped around a small pillow she liked from our son's room, where she frequently slept. My husband slowly stroked her head as she took her last breaths, knowing how incredibly loved and cherished she was. We called Dr. Bob in the morning & I could hear the sincere sadness he felt in his voice & by the deep sigh he took. Again, staff was waiting to help take Nina in to CE when my husband arrived with her. Not because it was an emergency but because they truly cared & wanted to show their support. As my husband handed off Nina's now deceased body, wrapped in a blanket, still with her pillow by her side, he was given hugs by the staff & Dr. Bob that were sincere, heartfelt and indicative of the true love these folks have for their little patients. In life or in death, there is no other individuals that I would ever want caring for our precious furry feline family members! Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Bob, Dr. Andy, Melinda, Lisa, Dave and Sherri. Dave and Sherri are the technicians who treated Nina but also showed her such love & dedication and showed us by the sadness on their faces & tears in their eyes, that they understood what we were feeling like no one else could. Nina has crossed over the rainbow bridge & watching over us all and talking, a lot!
We lost both our boys this past fall. We miss them.
Ann Patterson and John Tokoli
Dear Dr. Bob, Dr. Andy, Melinda, Lisa, David, Sherri, Kayla , Karen and all the previous staff who over the years helped kitty and myself . Without u guys, we never would had the 21 years together.
In gratitude, I will share 2 stories with you. In one story, u guys are directly involved . The other one is just an elaboration of a story I told Dr Bob the other day .
Before kitty, I never had a pet. I had horses over the years. My mother had lap dogs but my involvement was minimal. I was totally ignorant of cats.
In the spring and summer of 1993, kitty was in the woods and near the water around my place. In my hikes thru the woods, I would see him or if I was fishing I would see him on the shoreline.
If you live in a semi rural setting, strays are not uncommon so he was one of many I saw over the years.
I was talking to a neighbor one day and she mentioned that 2 local kids were harassing the orange and white stray and she was worried that they might torment him. I said I would be on the lookout and take action if I witnessed anything.
On a cold, rainy October day. a good friend and myself were going to take a hike. I suggested a through the woods hike to get out of the worst of the weather. I also said I was trying to keep an eye out for an stray. She agreed . As we arrived at the trailhead, there was kitty sitting there. I walked over to him, picked him up and stuck him inside my coat and proceeded to take a 4 mile walk with him inside the coat. Then took him home and he never left... I never even thought how unusual it was to take a 4 mile hike with a stray adult male cat in your coat that you never touched, fed or talked to until that moment.
The second story is how he got his " The Cat " name. This is where u guys come in.
I knew I had to take him to a vet. My brother suggested that cats are much better off if u go to a cats only vet. I looked in the phone book and called the first cat only vet I saw . Dr Andy
Brought him into the former house office and the receptionist asked me to fill out a form . i filled it out and handed it back to her. She said " you didn't fill in the name " . I said I didn't have a name for him and that he just showed up last week. She said you have to have a name the whole office and treatment paperwork system requires a name . I said put in my name . no I can't do that .
okay, his name is " The Cat " .. all anxiety left a name was given .
Over the years, i appreciated having a cat named " The Cat " . it evolved into kitty or kitty- kitty at home .
i would call to make a vet appointment and i would say need to bring the cat in for a checkup .
go to wegman's to pick up a prescription and i would say picking up meds for the cat
someone taking care of him while i was away . call and say how's the cat
no explaining that fluffy was a feline .. if your name is the cat, no need for further explanation
Thank you so much for trusting us in the care of Chase and Stoli, and thank you for your generous donation that will help complete our special Feline Environmental Enhancement room at the hospital. The room will be dedicated in their names.
Miscio ~ The Best Cat in the Universe
Shadow ~ She possessed the Wisdom of the Ages and could stare down the Devil
Onyx in the window
Died June 21, 2012 Born August 2002
Onyx, you arrived at the Johnson household on Christmas Eve 2002 as a pure black, five month old, male kitten with a Christmas collar and bell around your neck and you jumped out of the small "surprise gift box" from our daughter , Lauren, glanced around the room and immediately headed for and settled on Janet's lap where you stayed for the rest of the evening.
During the course of the evening, everyone was trying to think of an appropriate name for you. Suddenly, Janet said, "I've got it, his name is Onyx"! Janet had chosen the name based upon the black, onyx jewelry that she was wearing that evening. Thus, Onyx Johnson was christened and became a member of the Johnson family. During the following weeks, Onyx, you slept under Janet's chin at night until you became too big to fit at which time you slept mostly on top of the covers.
Thus began the amazing saga of Onyx, the cat who loved people but not other cats, who could open doors, cabinets, closets as well as scale tall ladders, scaffolding, wine racks and other high places, but who was always looking upward to find something higher.
"Onyx we loved you from the very beginning and we will always love you and miss you until we see you again!"
Your Loving Owners, Bruce and Janet Johnson
Died August 2010 Born September 1995.
One of the best friends I could have ever had. Toby saw me through some really tough periods in my life. No matter what type of a person I was in a day, no matter what I might have done. Toby was always glad so see me and curl up with me. He had a great sense of Humor and in his last months fought bravely and hung on to life with almost a supernatural desire. He lived to see our Grandchild. But the day came, as it does, that Toby needed me to let him go. He had had enough and was tired. It was time to rest. Now Toby waits eagerly, but patiently at the bridge for the time I will join him, never again to be separated.
We miss Yas every minute of the day. He was a beautiful, outgoing kitty, who made us laugh and smile. Love always, Kate, Sean and Jas
I picked Junior out of a family of five tigers at Lollypop Farm 18 years ago. I should say he picked me, because he was the only one who came up to me. I thought his downward tail was different and meant he was special. (click on Junior's image to read more)
Loved and missed by Marie Pesando and Jason Binimow
Dinky loved by Ann Patterson
Angelika loved dearly by Melinda Kelsey
Mortimer loved by The Cheng Family
A donation in memory of your pet has been made by Cats Exclusively Veterinary Hospital to Four-Legged Friends Animal Adoptions, Inc. They are a local charity dedicated to enriching the lives of displaced animals. They have a memory wall located on their website, http://www.4-leggedfriends.net/Memory_Wall.html
"To Remember Is Painful, To Forget Is Impossible."
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