fueryIre wrote:So sorry to hear about your loss, HC.
Having had to calm and comfort a much loved cat while a kindly local lady vet put an end to the utter misery he was suffering as a result of kidney failure a couple of years back, I know exactly how you feel.
Hope that your other pets are all hanging in there and that they will bring you and your family some happiness over the Xmas and New Year holiday.
Rayge wrote:Sorry for your loss, Hepcat. A consolation perhaps is that 18 is a good age for a cat and he obviously had a great life after such a poor start.
Thank you both for your kind words.
We were in no mood to put up the Xmas tree this year but I realized that if we didn't maintain the tradition by putting the tree up for an eleventh straight year then it might very well never go up again. I therefore fought through my sadness and resignation and finally put the tree up on the 24th. Usually we cap the tree off by draping the branches in icicles and then swathing the whole thing in angel hair to complete the silvery-white magical winter wonderland effect. But I didn't have the wherewithal this year to even go out and buy the icicles or angel hair we needed so the tree was a bit more sparsely decorated this year than most.
But on Xmas morning we woke up to find that Scout our twenty month old female cat had already torn down and broken one of the silvery balls.
This of course left shards of broken glass on the floor and was a safety hazard. As a result The WOMAN strongly suggested that I replace any breakable decorations with non-breakable ones (we've acquired a surfeit of decorations over the last decade) and I had to agree. Once again though my enthusiasm level was really low and I had to fight through frustration as well as resignation to do the job of making the tree Scout proof.
It's a good thing I did though since Scout removed another four decorations the next night and a total of nine in all to this point. And the non-breakable ones are tougher to take off because they're hung from a string! I shudder to think how many of the delicate glass ones that all go on with fragile hooks Scout would have broken.
It's all been well worth the effort though. The tree is still a thing of beauty and always draws my eye. Like I say, it represents a magical wintry wonderland with the fibre optics and seven colour LED light strings shining through the silver and white decorations. Gazing upon it has had a calming therapeutic effect on both of us.