Our wee, baby cat Seamus lost his struggle last night. He was a very sick kitten and even after 2 days on an IV and intensive care, his body continued to shut down on him. In the end, he got down to under a pound, his lungs began filling with fluid so he was unable to breathe, and his temperature was so low that even with a warming bed and blanket he still shivered. It’s likely that he also had some kind of congenital disorder disrupting his digestive system. The kids were able to say goodbye to Seamus, but waited in the vet’s lobby while Dave and I stayed with him until he was gone. The doctors and staff at the AM/PM Animal Hospital were all amazing. I’m so glad he spent his last hours in a place with such good people. Special thanks to Dr. Smith (who attended to him when we first rushed him to the hospital), Dr. Parker who aided us in working with the shelter to get him all of the medical attention he needed) and Dr. Renner who shed tears for him and relieved him of his misery in the end). We’re so grateful to you all.
It’s funny, I’ve never really considered myself a pet person, per se. When you’re with an animal when he dies though, you see how similar they are to us and what amazing creatures they are in their own right. He was only in our home for a few days, but we all loved the little guy very much.
I know that most of you who read this blog do so for knitting content and light-hearted fodder, but we really appreciate the well wishes that were sent while our cat was sick. Thank you.
So sorry for your loss.
I stop by here a lot but this is the first time leaving a comment. Just wanted to send sympathetic wishes to you and your kids. My kids lost a cat a few months back and I was surprised at how hard it was for all of us!
PS I’ve been designing with your craft yarn recently and have to tell you how incredibly gorgeous it is!
I’m so sorry to hear about your kitten. Hope your boys are doing o.k; I know it’s so hard on kids. Hugs to you all…
You have my deepest sympathies. Losing a pet (no matter how long or short their stay has been) is losing a member of the family. Hugs.
ugh, that sucks! i’m a total cat person and all i want to do now is hug my three and tell them i love them. they will, of course, give me death looks as they are not cuddlers, but i will feel better none the less.
here’s hoping the boys are doing okay with it, and that you all mourn properly before moving on to considering another kittie. even though seamus wasn’t with you for long, he was a member of the family!
I am so sorry! Poor little guy. Hang in there.
Aw V. I’m so sorry. Give your boys a hug from me okay? Our dog was sick last week and it was so upsetting for our kids.
I hope your boys–your family–are doing well. Any loss to a family, even if they were only a member for a short while, can be devastating. All my best…
i’m not a kitty person but i’m sorry to hear about your kitten. he looked like my in-laws cat peanut when he was a baby.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I know first-hand that losing a pet is very difficult (we lost 2 dogs within 3 months-one got into something poisonous and one was hit) and is heart-breaking. The hardest part is consoling the kids,(I have 3 boys) I hope that your boys are doing ok and even though he was with you a short time, he’ll leave a mark on your heart forever. Again my condolences.
My condolences. I’m sure this is especially hard when you have to help your boys through seeing him go. Seamus was lucky to have you, even if it was for too short a time.
I’m so sorry to hear about little Seamus. I’ve had cats all my life so I understand what you’re going through. Lots of well wishes to everyone.
I’m sorry to hear about Seamus. 🙁 I know it must be really hard on your kiddos. I’m glad Seamus was with a wonderful family that was concerned and loved him.
I can understand the heartache your family is going thru with the loss of a pet. My hubby and I have four rescued dogs. We treat them almost as if they are people. It is very difficult to lose a pet even you only had him for a few days. I hope your boys are doing ok.
Thank you so, so much for all of your kind wishes. We’ve been a little weepy here all day and really appreciate know that we’re in your thoughts.
Craftyone- My youngest especially, really wants to get another kitty, so we’re discussing that now. We think as long as we get one who doesn’t look anything like Seamus that we’ll be ok with it, as it won’t seem like we’re just trying to replace and erase his memory.
I am so sorry for your loss. I’m also very glad your kids got to say goodbye. That is so very important, I believe, when a pet is not long for this world.
I am sorry for you loss. Losing a pet is tough and I am a major pet person.
I lost my little Sweet Cablegirl kitty of 11 years in June. I am still grieving for her.
She was a kitty that I nursed back to health as a kitten.
Many years she had health problems but lived a full life.
Still I look at the back of my wheelchair to see if she is sleeping on my ventilator. That was her favorite spot.
best wishes to you and your family.
I’m so sorry about Seamus… I’m glad you guys were with him when he went, though.
I’m sorry to hear about your cat. It’s hard to lose a pet, even when they haven’t been with you very long.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family are doing well.
I’m sorry, that’s a hard thing.
I am so sorry that Seamus lost his life. Something very similar happpened to my first kitten when I was ten.
As a family, through Seamus, you were able to experience so much love, joy and wonder during his short life. I wish you never had to experience the pain and worry of his sickness and now sadness and heartache of his death.
My condolences to you and Dave and the children.
So very, very sorry for your loss. Tragic and sad, but for some reason Seamus was brought to you and your family – even if meaning so he could travel over the Rainbow Bridge peacefully and feeling loved by his family. Big hugs to you and the boys!
Vickie, I am so sorry. I send you and your family cyber hugs. If there’s anything we could do, just let us know 🙂
Our kids (2 & 4) have yet to loose an animal, but I don’t look forward to the day I have to explain it. Hope your kidos are coping (as are you!).
I’m so sorry for the loss of your kitten. I’ve been with our pets when they died and it is very hard. I’m just glad that at least Seamus was with such a good and loving family, even if it was for such a short time. I hope your boys are dealing with it okay. Unfortunately, this is a part of life that we all must deal with, be it with a pet or a human family member. It should bring comfort to you to know that he was with people that loved him when he died and that means a lot. Hugs and kisses.
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
delurking to say sorry about your new baby kitty. at least everyone got to say goodbye. sending good vibes to your family during this time.
Vicki I am sorry to hear about Seamus. Its really heartbreaking to lose a pet. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Hugs:)
I am so very sorry about Seamus…I have a kitty and two dogs and we can’t imagine life without them…
Sending some well wishes your way. It’s so hard to lose a pet .. especially for the kids. Seamus was lucky to have you all to take care of him during his short stay.
It is amazing what pets give us as you wrote so eloquently. My condolences to you and your family.
Seamus will always be in your heart.
I know what this is like. I lost one of my cats in december. It is no fun. But I have recently adopted a new one. It took me 6 months, but I am glad to have my new kitty. Hope the boys are dealing with this okay too.
poor little guy. We are huge pet people here and we send warm wishes to your family. what a sweet picture too. Seamus was lucky to have found your family and feel all the love you gave him. Your approach to the possibility of the new kitty sounds like a good one for the kids too.
I’m so sorry about your little kitty cat. *hugs* to your family.
sorry to hear about seamus. i’m thinking good thoughts for all of you!
Loving animals, knitting, & special folks like yourself, I just wanted to let you and your family know how well I empathize with your feelings for Seamus McG. He had a short but love-filled life thanks to you! BTW, sooo glad I can record every episode of your wonderful program on both HGTV & DIY! (Love my Direct-TV!) So here’s hoping your hometown gets less rain/more sun soon…& maybe a special little furry friend? And thanks so much for keeping your blog going!
XOX Linda B in NJ
This is really sad for your little Seamus but I’m sure he felt all the love you had (and still have…) for him. Hope things are going to be better soon.
Sorry to hear about Seamus-but he was such a lucky guy to have you guys there and showing him all that love!!! Hugs!
Seamus was blessed with a family to comfort him in his last days. Your family did such a great thing by adopting this beautiful furry fellow and giving him a family. I’m so sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for you loss. It is never easy. And I have never really thought of myself as a cat person (Although my nickname is Cat) I inherited a cat when I married my husband and she was around for 15 years. We lost her a few months ago and I think I was more upset….I still look for her in the morning.
I am sending your healing thougts
Little Seamus…is now safe and sound and in a much better place beyond the stars…
That’s such a bummer! Not fun. Not fun at all. It’s tough at any age. Happy times ahead!
Thanks for sharing your experience with your kitty… our pets are part of the family & really teach us about love. I have devoted my summer to trying the fabulous patterns you share with us and watch Knitty Gritty reruns and Stylicious as well. You really keep all your knitsters inspired! Thanks for everything Vickie…best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Oh dear lord!!!!! i just spent the last half hour catching up on “the adventures of vickie howell” since i have neglected my blog reading for pursuits such as beer drinking, and suntanning. now i have tears rolling down my face! poor kitty.
in other news–i just finished a project last night that’s right up your alley–it’s a little tank in this crazy strange fuzzy black yarn with a silvery white fiber running through it, and instead of a true seam, i laced it with some hot pink ribbon. i should send you a pic!
Hi Vicky, this is my first time to comment on your blog. I myself enjoy the company of 2 kitties. My oldest is almost 17 years old and she’s beginning to worry me. Just today I called out for her and she heard me enough to respond, but couldn’t hear me well enough to figure out where I was. I saw her in the next room meowing and searching for me. She finally turned around and saw me. It’s so hard because even when you have them for a short time, they are soooo easy to love you get attached right away.
I hope you all will consider another cat some day, they make wonderful loving members to any family, and there are certainly enough of them out there who could appreciate a good family like yours to call home. 🙂