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Waldo: a great cat

June 26th, 2017 at 02:59 pm

I had to have Waldo euthanized this morning. His kidneys were failing.

I thought after losing my mom in 2015 that anything else would be easy, but of course that's not really true. The vet did a good job, remained calm yet compassionate, and the whole procedure went smoothly. I very much appreciate that since I can't say the same for the prior 3 times I've been through this.

I am very sad and miss my baby. He was the most affectionate cat I've ever had, and the only one who would repeatedly head butt me in affection, or lay down on my pillow wrapped around my head, or climb onto my shoulder in a recliner chair, just to be close. He truly was a love bug, and while he learned the joys of chasing a string or even a live mouse every now and then, he much preferred to snuggle up and be petted.

I got him when we were both in middle age. He was 8, only knew the shelter and was afraid of people. For months he lived under a small cabinet in my office and I would bring his food up to him and lay on the floor while I talked to him. He would only come out late at night, when all was still. It took a full year for him to come around and let me touch him. When I first tried to play with him, he was frightened of the string over his head and ran off. He was basically afraid of his own shadow.

But he came a long way since then. Incredulously, I noticed at one point he no longer was bothered by thunder and lightening. Even my noisy blender didn't faze him. Still, he would hide when people came to the house. My mother saw something gray once as he raced from the room. Interestingly, he came out a few times when my father was here, but no one else ever saw him in 8 years' time.

He bonded with Luther and they often groomed each other and were always in each other's company. He would chirp with pleasure as I gave him a massage, and he especially loved that little spot on the lower back, just above the tail. He lived to be petted and rubbed, as if making up for lost time.

The hairbrush, catnip and a piece of Alaskan salmon every now and then were special treats.

I didn't think I'd have him this long as none of my prior 3 cats lived to be 16.

He had a good life, and I miss him dearly.

21 Responses to “Waldo: a great cat”

  1. snafu Says:

    I am sad to learn that Waldo has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was a cat with a distinct personality and happily you were a joy for each other for many years and even entertained SA readers. It is so difficult, I admire your bravery and selflessness in releasing him in peace.

  2. Cassie Says:

    This brought tears to my ears. What a fitting tribute.

  3. Butterscotch Says:

    I'm so sorry. It sounds like you had a special relationship. You were lucky to have shared many years with each other.

  4. Cassie Says:

    What an idiot I am! Eyes, eyes!!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Aw, RIP Waldo. Thanks for sharing many stories about him over the years. He was a special guy and lucky to have spent the second half of his life in such happiness with you.

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    He's lucky he found you. You gave him a good life. Much better than any that came before you. It's hard, but no regrets. It's the best we can give them!

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Grieving a pet is so hard. For the most part they love us unconditionally. He was definitely lucky to have found a home with you.

  8. scottish girl Says:

    Hugs. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  9. kashi Says:

    I'm so very sorry! Frown

  10. Carol Says:

    I am sorry too. Each new loss brings up the ones that went before. That Waldo was so loving makes it extra hard. Hugs.

  11. CB in the City Says:

    I am so sorry. It is clear from your posts how much you loved him. How amazing, though, what your love did for him! You truly brought him into the light. Hoping time will ease your sorrow.

  12. rob62521 Says:

    I am so sorry.

  13. Kymberlee Fisher Says:


    Losing a pet is SO hard.

  14. Dido Says:

    Some kitties are worth the wait to overcome their initial reticence. Clearly Waldo was one, and so lucky to have found you--and you to have found him. I am so sorry for your loss. Kidney failure has been the cause of the demise of all my kitties so far--evil illness.

  15. LuckyRobin Says:

    My one and only cat lived to be 16. It broke my heart so badly when she died, I've never had another cat. I am sorry you lost your lovebug, but glad you had him for as long as you did. I will miss seeing his pictures and hearing the stories about him.

  16. VS_ozgirl Says:

    So very sorry to hear your sad news, our pets will always hold a special place in our hearts. RIP Waldo, {{hugs}}.

  17. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I can't imagine what you must be going through, but I appreciate you sharing so many stories. It sounds like he was a wonderful cat and you're blessed to have given him such a loving home for 8 years.

  18. TurtleLover Says:

    You had blessed Waldo with a home with love for many years. How is Luther doing? Hugs and purrs to you both (You and Luther)

  19. Laura S. Says:

    I am sorry for your loss.

  20. Analise Says:

    I don't blog on this site anymore but still like to read my favorites, and you're one of them. We just returned from a 3-week trip and while catching up with entries, I was saddened to read about Waldo. I know it was hard, but it was an act of love to end his suffering. Waldo was one lucky boy to live his last eight years with you and you were lucky to have such a sweetie in your life. Please accept my condolences and hugs from afar.

  21. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I am so sad to hear about your loss. Hugs!

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