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Some of you may have seen Sargon's post; Fish died late Monday night or early Tuesday.

We don't know why. Sargon went into his room and found her lying on his coat, like always, only she wasn't asleep.

It appears she went fast and painless, with no signs of distress. She'd been doing everything normally in the days before, and not acting sick or in pain. We're sure she was never in any discomfort.

She was young, only about nine years old. Obviously this came as a total surprise.

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We're holding up okay. I feel aimless and lonely and sad, and kind of like I've been taken apart and re-stuffed with dirty rat bedding and sand, and all the other things you feel after a truly unexpected loss. Sargon seems to be feeling much the same. But we're coping.

Fish was, objectively, an awful cat. She bit us and knocked things over and crapped under Sargon's desk and sometimes peed on the floor and screamed like a buggered banshee if one of the other cats so much as poked her. She farted like a leaky zeppelin, would never stop sharpening her claws on the area rug, whined incessantly if you tried to brush her, and had all the grace of a furry eggplant. Of course, we loved her dearly.

We called her Fish because "she's grey on top, white on the bottom, small, stinky, and likes to nibble." She was Fishery-Dishery, daFeesh, Chub, Chub-Rub, Chubbs, Chunky Monkey, Fatass, and Thunderoceros (or Thunderosaurus, the spelling was never clear). The only cat I have ever had that I could hear coming into the room simply because she made the floorboards creak. Probably other nicknames, too, once I start remembering them all.

She was incredibly soft, plump, and pleasing, even if you could only enjoy it for a few seconds before she got overstimulated and bit the ever-loving crap right out of you. And she was a gorgeous cat. She had green-yellow eyes and a little of that double-thick coat over her shoulders that Russian Blues get. She had tiny feet and the shortest tail of any cat I ever had except Twindle, who lost hers in a battle with space Mongols or something. And she had the longest whiskers of any cat I ever knew.

She was a good auntie to the kittens, when we had them. She was a pretty rotten friend to Etrigan, but she still washed his ears, and he genuinely didn't seem to care about being bitten as long as he could nuzzle her fat belly.

She was not my cat, she was Sargon's cat. She slept with him and went to him for affection and pestered and farted on him, mostly, if she was going to do it to anyone. I'm really, really sorry he's lost her.

The other cats were called in and shown. Smooch and Sif know, but are just trucking along like normal. Etrigan was upset, though. He usually looks like he doesn't understand – I've met rubber bands smarter than this cat – but this was a different kind of doesn't understand. He looked hurt, and scared, and haunted. He fell asleep in my arms while we went to bed last night, and slept with me all night, right up against me or on my legs, something he has never before done. He was really upset this morning, just hunching into himself and in general acting like he was really cold, which is cat for "in pain," whether emotional or physical. We had company today, and he was played with and had some treats, and he's feeling so much better. I finally got a purr out of him around five. He has an Etch-A-Sketch for a brain, which works mostly in his favor. Nothing troubles him for long. We should all be so lucky.

I've been scarce lately anyway, so I don't know that this will affect things more than they have already been affected, but . . . I don't know that it won't.

Because I don't want to end on a down note, I will simply say that Fish made the best crazy faces I have ever seen on a cat. This was my favorite, from the day she caught her one and only mouse.

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I . . . I actually think that picture sums her up pretty well, if you imagine cat farts and then sudden shrieking.

I will miss her.

Comment amnesty is declared: I will be reading, but maybe not replying. I'm very tired. A certain black cat kept waking me up so I got very little sleep!

Have a safe holiday weekend, if this is a holiday weekend for you. Love your pets and your people.
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Date: 2013-11-27 03:06 pm (UTC)
bkwyrm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bkwyrm
Oh, honey. I'm so sorry.

Date: 2013-11-28 07:45 am (UTC)
tainry: (perceptor contemplates art by kkal3)
From: [personal profile] tainry
Aw man. I'm so sorry. ::hugs::

Date: 2013-11-29 07:24 am (UTC)
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
From: [personal profile] marahmarie
So sorry for beautiful, farty, stinky cat's passing. I've had cats something like her and they're just as missable as the quieter, gentler and better-smelling ones.

Date: 2013-12-01 07:05 pm (UTC)
guruwench: one of my roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] guruwench
Oh no - I'm so, so sorry for your collective loss. *hugs* offered and good thoughts held for all of you.

Date: 2013-11-27 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am very sorry.

Date: 2013-11-27 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:( I am so sorry for your loss, but glad that both you and Fish got to spend some great years together. *hugs*

Date: 2013-11-27 08:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No! I just...


Dammit, hon. I'm so very sorry. I loved her.

Date: 2013-11-27 08:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

She was a good cat, and I'm sorry she didn't get enough time.

Date: 2013-11-27 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is so sad. *hugs* Makes me snuzzle my kitty more tonight.

Date: 2013-11-27 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good! You do that! :D And then be amused at the expression of confusion. Because that's always funny.

Date: 2013-11-27 09:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
RIP, Fish. I have enjoyed the tales of her from afar.

Sympathies on the loss.

Date: 2013-11-27 09:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine
Oh no! I'm so sorry, guys. I know what it's like to lose a kitty like that, when everything seems to be normal and you don't know... I am glad, for her sake, that it at least doesn't seem to have been painful. The poor dear. When our Angel passed, our other cats... well, it hit Ras and Bessy (her sisters) very hard, much like Etrigan. Even Ebony was more than a bit somber. I'm not surprised Etrigan's clung to you, and I hope his little Etch-a-Sketch brain recovers quickly.

If it means anything, I will be saying a prayer to Bast for the (apparently not so) little one, and for you guys.

Date: 2013-11-27 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. *hugs* *HUUUUGS*

Yes, put in a good word for us. Thank you. <3

Date: 2013-11-27 09:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maribou
Oof, how awful to be surprised like that. She was a most memorable cat (even for those of us who only ever saw pictures) and I am very sorry she's gone.

Date: 2013-11-27 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so sorry for your loss. From your posts, it's clear that the cats are a really, really important part of your family. Thinking good thoughts at and sending sympathy to you both.

Date: 2013-11-27 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so very sorry to hear about Fish. It's really hard to lose a pet, and to lose one suddenly and unexpectedly is all the worse, I think.

I wonder if being nibbly/bitey is a Russian Blue thing. I've only known a couple, but they were all very much prone to pouncing and biting. I accidentally punted a friend's Russian Blue once. I was half-asleep on their couch, and he jumped on my feet, and my shock reaction was to kick. Fortunately, said cat's people were not in the room at the moment. I felt terrible, but I WAS mostly asleep, and am not used to being jumped on by critters. The cat avoided me for the rest of the visit, but didn't seem to remember the next time I came by, though that was a month or two later.

Date: 2013-11-27 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So sorry for your loss. It's never the "right" time to lose a pet. Good thoughts streaming live.

Date: 2013-11-27 12:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-27 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so sorry. I loved the posts you made about her.

Date: 2013-11-27 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so very sorry. Hugs to you and yours.

Date: 2013-11-27 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*hugs* Its so hard losing them.

Date: 2013-11-27 01:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] celtic_maenad
I have tears for you and Sargon. My love to you both, I know how hard this can be.

Date: 2013-11-27 02:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jasra
I'm so sorry.

Date: 2013-11-27 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so very sorry to learn about Fish's passing. I've had many cats over the years, some of whom have been more reliable friends than any human.
I'm conflicted over which loss is harder to process. I've found several of my cats dead without warning, and I've had to make the decision to euthanize others.

All in all, I feel worse about having to make the decision to euthanize a beloved pet, but it is never easy, however their passing may occur.

Hugs & sympathy.


Date: 2013-11-27 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss I only knew of fish through your words and pictures here but I felt I knew fish well despite that limited window into that furry soul. I have set an offering on my altar to Bast and lit a candle. You all have my most sincere sympathy please snuggle the other beasties for me.

Date: 2013-11-27 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so sorry... *hugs* plus *extra hugs* for the other kitties.

Date: 2013-11-27 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Think of Fish as being in that place where the mice are easy to catch, but not too easy.

Date: 2013-11-27 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And nobody ever bonks her on the head for biting, and there are ALL THE STACKS OF BOOKS for her to rub her face on and knock over with nobody getting annoyed!

Date: 2013-11-27 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm very sorry for your loss.
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