We Have Lost Mama Cat

Disciples of Otis,

My name is Kevin. My wife Julie and I are the Guardians that, until today, have chosen to remain in the background of The Cult of Otis. I can’t do that today though. Not after what has happened. I cannot write a story through this pain.

Yesterday morning, Julie was sitting on the couch and Mama Cat was resting next to her. Suddenly, Mama Cat began to show signs of discomfort and distress. We rushed her to our veterinarian and then received a steady stream of bad news all day as the results of blood work, x-rays and other diagnostics came in.  Mama Cat was dying.

Mama Cat in front window

We had no warning that Mama Cat was even ill. This is her playing in the front window less than two weeks ago.

A day that started like any other ended with us having to say our final goodbyes to Mama Cat, and that day came before our tears for Otis have even had a chance to stop, let alone dry. We are both in shock.

I know this news causes you pain as well, and for that I am truly sorry. There is some comfort to be found in the thought that Mama Cat spent her final 5 months safe, warm, and loved, but it is too early for us to fully embrace that comfort. Right now it just hurts.

Mama Cat window reflection

She was such a beautiful girl.

The pain of the loss is also too acute to see beyond to what this means for The Cult of Otis blog and website. Julie and I still believe in the mission and the message, but it was difficult continuing after losing Otis, and it feels even more daunting now that we have lost Mama Cat as well.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I want to thank you all for you kindness, love, and support, especially over the past few months. Your cards, your words, your thoughts, and your prayers have been bright spots during a very dark time.

I also want to invite you all to help keep the message alive. There are more than 1,100 posts in the Blog of Otis archives. If you find ones that you like, please share them with others. The newly redesigned Cult of Otis website will remain up as well, and it contains the Teachings of Otis that are woven throughout the stories in the blog.

Mama Cat window reflection

Please help keep the message alive. There are many more cats out there that need help.

Thanks again for reading, for caring, and for helping to create a world in which cats are happy, healthy, and safely confined.

So Sayeth the Guardians


Filed under Daily Life, The Good Word

157 responses to “We Have Lost Mama Cat

  1. Nijinsky Cat

    I don’t know what to say!!! My deepest heartfelt purrs are extended to you. I am so sad to hear this. Thank you for letting us all know as quickly as possible.

  2. What a horrible shock, after she’s been integrating so well! How I feel for your hearts, still soft with grief from Otis. Please, take all the time you need to heal yourselves. We will remember your kindness, and are oh, so glad, you took in Mama Cat so that she did not die alone and in pain, as she would have if you had not heard her needs. I’m sure she knew what was happening, and wanted to experience the love and affection of living in a home, until her time came. May you two humans and all your lovely felines feel the warmth of our love in your loss.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are being sent your way. Thank you for all you do for cats.

  4. CindyD

    Like you, my heart is once again broken. Words can’t express the sadness. Please know that so many of us grieve with you. If you can find the strength, please stay with us. So many of us look forward to being allowed to share and feel your love and strength as we try to spread the words of Otis each day.

  5. I am truly sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine the shock of going through that and I know the boys must be so confused. I hope you will take the time needed to mourn and grieve, then return it continue the message.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about Mama cat. It brings our family sadness to hear of your struggles. We all wish the entire Cult of Otis household very big hugs and kitty smooches.
    MainerChick, Kids, & fur babies Toby & Peanut. ❤

  7. merbear74

    Like a punch to the gut, I learned to love Mama cat so very much. So sorry, comforting vibes being sent.

  8. Oh, dear, what a terrible thing to go through as guardians. I agree with Bernadette, I think there’s a very special reason why things unfolded with Mama Cat the way they did. I know this is no consolation for now but it may be one day. Even in grief (tears are rolling), sharing the experience of love is worthwhile for me and for that love that you two allowed me to feel for you and your cats, I am very and eternally grateful. May time show you the answers and heal your hearts. ♡♡♡

  9. I’m so sorry. There aren’t words strong enough to express it.

    Mama Cat’s final months would have been so much worse if you hadn’t helped her. And she knew love and warmth and comfort before she died; that is a gift you were able to give her.

  10. I am so, so sorry. Words cannot express. Thomas, Henry, and Oliver must be bereft, as well. I’m sending you much sympathy and all the good Karmic vibes I can; take all the time you need to grieve because it’s important to honor both Otis and Mama Cat properly. I sincerely hope to see you back blogging, but I understand completely if you do not. I can only say that we’re all here to help share the burden, and may the Gods bless you for giving Mama Cat the right of love and safety for the last part of her life.
    Love, Trish and the Kats

  11. We are so very, very sorry to read this. I hope you can gain some comfort knowing you gave Mama Cat warmth and safety. Kevin, Julie – you have been so strong passing on the message and inspiring the blogosphere. Take time to heal. We know the message lives on. xxxxx

  12. debbarnes

    From all of us at Zee and Zoey’s, we are so sorry to hear of Mama Cat’s crossing to the Bridge so suddenly. We offer our heartfelt purrs to you all…

  13. My first thought on seeing this title was: “Why would Mama Cat ever run away?”, but now I see it is much more than that. Just paused my Christmas music to have a moment of silence in her honor. She and Otis are guardian angel kitties now.

  14. I can’t even believe that her time has to end before she has even fully adjusted to her new life. I am so sorry for you, that you have to lose 2 very dear cats so close from each other, and I know that my deep sadness is not anything compared to what you are feeling. I am so sorry that this had to happen!
    I’m so sorry.

  15. Joy

    I’m so sorry for you! I can’t imagine how painful it must be for you. Maybe you should look for another cat out there that needs adopting, since you have so much more room in your hearts. I’m so sorry that you have lost both Mama Cat and Otis. I purr for you.

  16. Mama Cat and Otis are playing together now. Oh wow, such a shock though to read this. My heart goes out to you. I have nothing to say that can help, I wish I did. May light and love be yours always.

  17. I also cannot comment as Savannah…I am Linda and my husband is Peter who also follows your blog. He just delivered this news to me having seen your post first…he is sobbing. WE both are…we felt like Otis and Mama Cat were our family too. We had a beautiful boy named Popcorn who looked so like Mama Cat…and she was such a special survivor from living in limbo for so long. But oh how she relished sitting next to her new guardian Julie on the couch; playing inside with the wand toys. Your writing, wisdom and gracious caring for all things animal, especially cat, will be missed…but you must decide what your hearts can bear. We know some of your pain as all 3 of our before Savannah cats, Popcorn first, then Boris, and finally Tasha…all passed within 9 months. Yes, they were 16 years old, but the loss still burns in our hearts. Savannah brought grace back to our lives and has healed some of the pain…but …well…just but…grace, peace and goodness to Oliver, Henry, Thomas and you Julie and you Kevin. be wel, Linda and Peter and our saving grace, Savannah

  18. Reblogged this on Savannah's Paw Tracks and commented:
    If you don’t know yet, The Cult of Otis has lost Mama Cat to The Bridge. Please let them know you are with them in this trying time…so soon after losing precious Otis.

  19. We are sorry for the passing of Mama Cat. How wonderful she was able to spend her last few months inside with all of you where she appeared to flourish. We know you are feeling the pain and shock of losing a beloved cat suddenly. Hugs, purrs and pawtaps

  20. We have not been followers in the past but we read about your loss today on Facebook. We know the pain of losing our dearest friends and so send you our deepest sympathy.

    The Poupounette Gang in France

  21. How heartbreaking for both of you, and for Thomas, Henry, and Oliver. Saying we are so sorry seems so inadequate right now. Mama Cat was fortunate indeed to have your love and care the past five months. We know are grieving. Whether you are able to return to the blog or not, please know that your thoughts go with you and the lessons of love you shared here remain. Love and purrs to all of you at this difficult time.

  22. Oh no, we are so sorry to hear this news. Our hearts are hurting with yours. I also hope that one day you can take some small comfort in knowing that you saved her from Limbo and made her last months so very, very happy. At last she knew the warmth and love of a true family.

    One of my favorite pieces…

    The Fragile Circle

    “We who choose to surround ourselves
    with lives even more temporary than our
    own, live within a fragile circle;
    easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we would still live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only
    certain immortality, never fully
    understanding the necessary plan.”
    ― Irving Townsend

    Sending much love, many hugs and continual purrs,
    Finnegan, Buddy, Jazzy and Mom Nora

  23. Oh I am so so sorry for your loss….my heart is with u and I wish your family the best. 😦 so sad when this happens, I can only imagine how u must feel….sending big hugs and warm wishes your way

  24. Nan

    Oh my, I am so sad, the tears flowing…and feel so for you and the cats! How horrific, yet Mama Cat was in the best place ever at that time. She had you!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do, most importantly with your cats, inside your home, and for those who seek some love, food and shelter in your yard. That’s most important.
    Although I very much value that Cult of Otis brought me back to religion, what’s most important is that you take care of yourselves, Guardians, and your precious cats. You have left us with such riches/wealth, that we can reference again and again. We’ll go on, with that support.
    I have learned so much from you. I will be here if you return, and I will always be a disciple. I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts. Take care, all of you. Love to you all.
    Let us ALL continue, “…helping to create a world in which cats are happy, healthy, and safely confined.”

  25. Lia

    The job of Guardian is so painful sometimes. Mama finally learned love from you and she takes it with her to the Bridge. She and Otis will send another needy one to you in time. Purrs for the Boys and you both in your time of sorrow. I ring the Bridge chimes in her honor and to guide her on her journey. So very sorry.

  26. Oh how terribly sad. Whee have not known you long but whee are crying for and with you.

    Whee know nothing whee say can truly comfort you at this terrible time but whee are thinking of you.

    Run free Mama Cat

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  27. Sherry Narens

    Hang in there. Time is the only path through heartbreak, and please find a little comfort in the knowledge that so many of us are out here sharing the sorrow.

  28. Wendy

    I am so very sorry… I am a newcomer to the Cult of Otis. I lost two beloved cats last year – one after a long illness and one unexpected and quickly (and far too young) so I know the pain you are feeling. Sending strong thoughts and purrs to you all.

  29. Alanna S

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you all in your time of sorrow.

  30. lkoch52

    Dear Kevin and Julie, we are so incredible sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to phathom the depth of pain you all must be feeling right now. Mama Cat was such a beautiful girl, and we were all so thankful that you were able to take her in and give her the love and care she needed even for so short a time. We will continue to spread The Good Word and honor Otis and Mama Cat’s legacies. We hope when you are feeling stronger you’ll be able to continue blogging, but if not, we will totally understand. Much love and purrs to both of you, and Henry, Oliver, and Thomas as well.

    Linda, David, Lola, Griffon, Luna and little Otis

  31. Oh Mama Cat… this can’t be happening. It just can’t.

    Although your time with your peeps was far, far too short, you did have them for as long as you did. That’s important. I know it is. You were loved. That’s so very important. Your peeps will be hangin’ onto that knowledge, I am sure. They loved you. Yes, they’ll miss you tonnes and tonnes and their hearts are breakin’ right now but that’s only ’cause they loved you so much.

    The more we love, the more it hurts to say goodbye. But it’s not goodbye forever. It never is.

    Until we meet again…


  32. We are so, so sorry to hear about your beautiful Ladycat. We send you purrs, gentle hugs and our love. I did not know Mama Cat but the love she had with you shines through in her photos.

  33. I am shocked and saddened to hear the news about Mama Cat. I can’t imagine the grief you must be feeling given that you just lost Leader Otis so recently. At least Mama Cat spent the last few months inside, safe and warm…and loved. Thank you for giving her that. I wish I knew the right words to say…but I don’t…all I can say is that I share your tears.

    Island Cats’ mom Sue

  34. We are so sorry to be meeting you under such sad circumstances. Being fans of Savvy, we read about your loss on her blog. We would like to offer our purrs, prayers and condolences at what appears to be two recent losses. Two of our brofurs went to the RB within months of each other, one very quickly and unexpectedly, so we do understand your sorrow. We will keep you in our thoughts. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  35. Guardians, Brothers, and Thomas –
    I am deeply sorry for your recent loss. Mama Cat was indeed the Queen. Her leaving so soon after Otis has left a joke in my heart.
    Please know that I (and my 4 cats) am sending loving thoughts your way.
    Sandy, MeiMei, Sunni, Ellie-chan, Miko

  36. There are no words at times like this other than know you are loved, know you are not alone, and know that most of us totally understand this kind of pain of loss. It sounds like Mama Cat had the BEST….it’s all we can do really.

    Love and Hugs, Sammy and his Mom Pam

  37. Charlotte

    Dear Kevin and Julie, you have such big hearts to take in so many needy cats, and the pain you feel in losing another important family member is probably indescribable. I feel a part of your pain. Mama Cat became a part of my family. Please know that you are a hero for the work you do. I will keep you and the boys in my prayers.

  38. denise goldstein

    oh gosh…i don’t even know what to say. you are such beautiful, kind humans and to have yet another feline loss is too much to bear. so so sorry to hear about precious mama cat. she was loved and that is what you wanted for her. she loved you too.

  39. Erin

    My heart hurts for you right now. I am sorry for your losses, and I have said a prayer for you. Whether you continue the blog or not, know that we will always be Otis’ disciples and that we will continue on our own work for cats in his name. Please know that you have done so much good work for the cats of the cult and for so many other cats through this blog. If the blog needs to end, then so be it. But the cult will live!

  40. I a so very sorry for your loss, and for the suddenness which I am sure makes it even harder. Sending you lots of healing purrs.

  41. Oh this is truly devastating news. We can only add our tears to yours and send virtual hugs out to you all. We are so very, very sorry for your most painful losses.


  42. Ok Kevin and Julie, I am so very very sorry to hear about this. I was just telling my husband about what wonderful things you do and what lengths you went through with both Thomas and Mama, and the story of Otis – all because I saw a blow up wiener dog Christmas decoration at Walmart..

    I foster kittens. I sometimes lose kittens. I actually lost two this year after having gone years with out losing any, and the pain is so acute, it is easy to forget that being able to give them love, a fully belly and a soft place to lay is so very very important. We never have enough time with them, but when they die before they even get to walk or find a home it seems so senseless.

    Both of you and Mama Cat were so incredibly blessed to have the time you have.

    I do hope you do not let this stop you from continuing to spread the word. What you do for the animals, is so much bigger than you can imagine. Seeing people like you who are willing to build walls so that Thomas has a safe place to get used to life in the promised land makes it easier for me to do what I do. You set an example for what an amazing pet parent is which in and of itself is huge..

    Sending you purrs of comfort and healing. and giving my fosters a few extra kisses and hugs in Otis’ and Mama’s name.

  43. Spitty and I are so very sorry. Yes, it may be too soon and the hurt too new and raw for you to take much comfort in this, but you did give Mama Cat love and comfort, and made her feel warm and wanted and loved again. And you cared for her, and were her brave and loving guardians to the last. ::bows head:: Sending you purrs and purrayers.

  44. Isn’t it astonishing how fast we let our cats conquer our hearts and then suffer from having to say a last goodbye? I, too, like many cat ladies have suffered from such a loss and as you lost a beloved family member I will express my heartfelt sympathy. I don’t care if it is unusual to say that about the loss of a pet – those little fur-balls are beloved and cherished family members – and to lose them is like losing a human member of the family. So take your time grieving.
    Just – do not forget – the only thing your cat could pass on is the place full of love you had for her – in her name give it to another rescue, when the thought is a little less painful. Not to replace her – but to honour her presumed last will.

  45. Deb Smorra

    You and your wonderful blog have made a difference. So far, four people I have encouraged to read your blog have decided to keep their cats inside. Two have also adopted “rescue” cats.

    Thank you for sharing your hearts and fur babies with us. So sorry about Mama and Otis. Losing a loved pet is the hard part of being a guardian.
    Allan and Deb

  46. Sweet Julie and Kevin, looking into the future, I see all the furry souls ahead, that will wander into your lives and heart in the years to come. Bright eyes unknown yet, and looking backward all the faces of past companions will be warm, beautiful memories, for you to treasure.

  47. *tears* I am so sorry to hear about mama cat aka her majesty. Thank you Kevin & Julie for being the guardians and taking in Thomas, Otis and mama cat. She had a wonderful five months with you and I know Otis had wonderful years with you. I will make sure to spread the word and the blog as I simply adore the blog and you have only ever asked for the followers to care and be the miracle, now it is time for us to do so.

  48. Time shared is precious. Sudden loss doesn’t give us time to wrap around the fact that our time together may be short. But we know that love is not measured in days but in how it opens our hearts to feel deeply, everythng…

    May your grief be softened by the kindness and affection you shared…

    Soft Purrs,
    Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz

  49. Mary

    So sorry for your loss; my husband and I went thru something similar about a year ago .. adopted two cats a few months after losing the last of our three “original” cats, then lost one of the new adoptees within a year. It still hurts, but we take comfort in knowing that our Maedi”s last year was a good one. Hugs and purrs to all of y’all in the Cult.

  50. houstoncatlady

    I could not believe the news. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Be thankful you gave Mama such a wonderful, loved ending to her life. Your blog and kitties enrich the lives of your followers and I hope you’ll be returning as you will be missed.

  51. Claudine E.

    I am crying for you and with you Julie, Kevin and Siblings…It is not fair…and so sudden. With my love, claudine

  52. I cannot possibly imagine the depth of your sorrows. Losing Otis was beyond difficult and to face a second loss so quickly is just unimaginable on the pain level. There are no words that will be of comfort and one cannot make sense of the senseless. I do believe it is not the length of time that one can measure a life by and in the 5 months that you’ve shared with Mama Cat was the amount of time she needed to be with you. Perhaps one day the true meanings of those months will be revealed to you. To know she was happy, safe and well loved will in time help ease the sadness in your hearts over her loss. My hope for you is the the love you shared with both Otis and Mama Cat will sustain you and help you bear this terrible sadness that hovers over you like a blanket of snow. One day the sorrow will be replaced by less heaviness and you will remember the joys. But that is not now and I can only offer you what I do myself recovering from the loss of my beloved angel Abby, be gentle and go slow and easy. Do whatever brings you comfort, wherever you may find it. Know you are wrapped in the arms of a loving community that supports all you do and most importantly know that the love you gave continues on, it will never leave your hearts. Otis and Mama Cat live on, in our hearts, as well as yours.

    What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.

    Anais Nin

    Abby’s Mom Debra

  53. With many tears on the keyboard, we too mourn your terrible loss of these two wonderful furkids. Talk about a double-whammy… Our hearts and prayers are with you. (((major hugs)))

  54. We are so very, very sorry…Our hearts break for you.
    We hope you feel the warm embrace from friends and even strangers in far away lands.

  55. We are so sorry to hear this! Sending warm purrs of condolence and comfort from all of us at Prancer Pie.

  56. So sad, so sorry for this heartbreaking loss. Bless you for taking such good care of her while she graced your lives. Holding you in my heart. We all here, who love our fur babies, know this experience all too well. Love, Paulette

  57. There are no words to express the degree of your loss, and its impact on all those whom you’ve let into your family. We cry with you and send gentle thoughts to you all.

    -Christian and April; guardians of Pansy, Anabelle, Saffi, Leyla, and Oliver

  58. Shelly

    Thank you for sharing this with us. So much pain in such a short time-I’m very sorry and wish you nothing but peace, comfort, and love.

  59. Fay de Grimston

    Dear Julie and Kevin,

    My sincerest condolences, two such great losses in such a short time. Her Majesty’s story had just begun for us. I, too, lost a beloved cat in the blink of an eye and know it will take a long time to get past that. There’s no magic shortcut around the grieving. Embrace your very beautiful Boys, Oliver, Henry and Thomas, and ride out the night. If you don’t return, it is understandable and I will greatly miss following the adventures of O, H & T. But though the heart may crack, it still beats on and I think we will all hear from you again in time.

    Thank you for sharing all of this with “us”, I am grateful to have been privy to the story. My best wishes to you and your Boys.

    Fay & Little Evie



  60. Dearest Julie & Kevin & Cult of Otis Kitties: Please accept my heart felt condolences on losing Momma Cat suddenly…..I am in shock as well…all of us who follow your wonderful blog are…as silly as this might sound I loved Otis & Momma Cat as of they were my own. I think because you let the cats use their voices so to speak I came to know them so well. I KNOW there is littlc comfort in the words yet, but you DID bring Momma Cat in & gave her 5 glorious wonderful paceful months of life indoors; knowing warmth, love, kindness….she is now in Summerland with darling Otis & they are looking down on all of you with gratitude & LOVE!! Never forget that cats LOVE just as much as we do altho they may not show it as we do…..take ALL the time you need to grieve. We will wait for you. Please do not abandon this blog…you Julie & Kevin are shining examples of true feline lovers!! You both are a big part of the Cult & we NEED & love you as much as if you were our own family members. When I lite the Menorah tonite I will dedicate the candlelite to Momma Cat & Leader Otis….
    Your friends in Canada Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue Sweet Feet xoxoxoxo

  61. Sandy

    Words fail me – I am so sorry. Just know that there are so many of us sharing your sorrow.

  62. priestess of bast

    We here at the Temple of Bast share your sorrow and are sending many purrs your way during this difficult time. When we open our hearts to love, we open our hearts to pain. But I know that you both have much more love to give, once your sorrow has eased somewhat.

    Please take all the time you need to heal; while we will miss your blogging here at the Temple, we understand if it’s something that you may not be able to return to.

    Both Mama Cat and Otis experienced true happiness and love due to your good work as Guardians – and that is the greatest thing you could ever have done for them. We never know how much time we will have together, but I think everybody can agree that you both made the best of the time you had with Mama Cat and Otis. The only thing that I can say is that even though you are hurting right now, in time, it will hurt less.

    We are all very sorry for your loss.

  63. Fab

    Dear Julie and Kevin, life can be so unfair and it has been so with you.
    You’ve been so good with cats and now they are taken away from you.
    Please try to keep doing what you were doing, it meant so much for many people, and there will always be kitties out there that need your help.
    Love from Italy

  64. Michele Ganstine

    I am so very sorry!! I know the loss you must feel, losing two beloved pets so close together. I lost my 12 year old dog, and my 18 year old cat on the same day!!!!!!!!!!! Half my life spent with my babies! My love to you and your sweet babies left, may they comfort you!

  65. So sorry to hear about Mama Cat 😦
    Sending lot of (((purrs))) and huggies ♡♥♡

  66. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mama Cat. My thoughts are with you.

  67. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are grieving and in pain. You loved Mama Cat in her final days and that is a gift. My sympathy. Andrea
    I just posted on the pain of loss and a meaningful gift given to me in one of my babies name.

  68. Christy Jones

    Oh my god, I am so sorry that you’re going through all this again, and so soon. 😥 I am so sad myself, still feeling the grief of Otis’s loss, so I’m sure it’s ten times worse than that for you…
    Mama cat was so, so beautiful, and I’m so glad you took her in and gave her the best home possible for the remainder of her life. No matter how short a time, it’s always worth it to rescue and love another animal. I can’t stop crying myself, as I know exactly how you guys feel right now.
    We lost both of our girls in less than 24 hours, one slowly (from cancer) where we knew the end was coming, and the other very suddenly, due to seizures and a probable brain tumor. They were 14 and 16 respectively, but we were a family for nearly 9 years.
    We were in shock for a while ourselves, and our grief was immeasurable, but we tried to find a silver lining in our dark cloud, and thought maybe it was a sign that 2 new kitties needed a forever home soon.
    That was in August of last year. We ended up adopting two fifteen-pound 3 year old brothers, only to find that one of them had FeLV and the other had serious UT blockage issues. We lost one of our new boys in early October this year, to his FeLV, and nearly lost his brother back in June due to a blocked bladder.
    We still miss our girls, and think of them often, but our beautiful black cat was less than 4 years old and our hearts are heavy with his loss still.
    But we keep adopting, trying to give a good home to other adult cats that need a place to go, just like you do.
    You will get through this, I know you will, but you’ll never forget the ones you’ve lost, because they changed your life as much as you changed theirs.
    Again, I’m so very sorry for yet another loss, and I’m sending virtual hugs to you both, as well as Oliver, Henry, Thomas – and even the weiner dog.

    RIP Mama Cat. You are missed already and were loved more than you know. ❤

    • Leigh

      “We were in shock for a while ourselves, and our grief was immeasurable, but we tried to find a silver lining in our dark cloud, and thought maybe it was a sign that 2 new kitties needed a forever home soon.”

      Christy Jones, I think this is a beautiful way to view the loss of your beloved girls. I think there’s no better way to honor our special departed cats than by rescuing or adopting another kitty in need and giving them a life where they are adored and kept safe. Thank you for being an amazing person and guardian.

  69. Leigh

    Kevin and Julie, I can’t even begin to express my grief over how you must be feeling. Horribly this last spring I experienced almost exactly what you have. After months of battling what was likely cancer, I had to say goodbye to my beloved cat, whom I’d rescued off a highway when she was a 12 week old kitten, at the too young age of 8. I was heartbroken losing her. Several weeks later, the elderly cat I’d rescued from the streets just a year before after he’d spent 13 or so years in Limbo, started showing signs of URI. Sadly, it was far worse than that and within 24 hours I had to put him to sleep. The double whammy of grief felt like more than I could bare and it hurts my heart to see such wonderful people, and the other cats in the Cult, having to face similar heartbreak. Death feels so unfair even when we know it’s inevitable, but please know you gave Mama and The Leader so much joy and bliss and we’ve all been so blessed to share in their adventures. Please know all of us who read the blog send our condolences and love to your family during this sad time. Loving beings with far shorter lives than our own would be insane if it wasn’t also so full of pure happiness, please try to take comfort in the pure happiness your other boys bring. Take care.

  70. Oh hugs! hugs and hugs to all of you! What a horrible shock on top of the shock you were still feeling for dear Otis. My heart breaks for you. I know Momma Cat was not young, but I’m sure this was not even close to being expected.
    I am so glad that she was safe and loved for the end of her life. I’m glad you were her guardians. I hope that you can see that the pain of losing her was worth the love of having her.
    I hope you know how much we all love you and believe in your message and are sending our love, hugs and purrs.

  71. Kevin Julie and Otis clan kitties .I cannot express my sadness to you only know I understand as we also lost two precious boys within four months of each other one we had to make the decision the other it was decided by a cruel human with a gun…the pain is soul destroying this we know,you need to be with each other as a clan and grieve in your way..i know Mama cat had those who loved her with her thank you for that..nothing I say will help..it can’t but I send my love from myself my hubby my cats,dogs and sheep..we may be thousands of miles away but animal lovers are always just a paw pat away in spirit. Love and such huge hugs Bev xx

  72. Please keep blogging and spreading the word! Otis and Mama Cat, I believe, would have wanted it that way. However, I understand if you need more time to heal. In the meantime, keep feeling the love from Brothers Thomas, Henry and Oliver and know you made Otis and Mama Cat’s lives so much better.

  73. ldrew1

    We are so sorry to hear what has happened. It is hard enough to lose one loved one, but to lose a second so soon is heartbreaking. At least she went to Rainbow Bridge from a loving home where she felt safe and loved. There is a big hole in your hearts which will take time to heal. But it will heal, although the pain still remains. Take time now to be with Oliver, Henry and Thomas as they too will be hurting. Although we are in Australia our prays and love are being sent your way to help you all heal.
    Love, purrs and sandpaper kisses
    Louise, Sam and Lucy xxx

  74. Oh Kevin. Oh Julie. This is heartbreaking. Loss added to loss. No time to prepare. No time to say goodbye properly to your beautiful girl. I was just thinking of her this morning when Luna padded into my office to let me know it was time to brush her. I told her that she was close to achieving “Mama Cat’s clear communication style.” Her days with you were the happiest of her life. From a woebegone, bedraggled, mostly abandoned little being, she became Our Lady of the Flying Squirrel, Queen of the Cult, mistress of all she surveyed from the top of the Super Outpost Tabby Tower. The photo of her cuddled next to Julie a few days ago warmed my heart. Those five short months would have seemed much longer to her, a heaven of safety, comfort, and love. For her, as for Otis, you were the miracle. But right now you just miss them. I hope you’ll find a path back to blogging, but if it doesn’t happen, know that you’ve created a community here of once and future disciples, and all of us are holding you in our hearts. Mama Cat, I will never forget you. With love to you both, Rhiannon.

  75. Purrs of sympathy on the loss of Mama Cat.

  76. Kevin and Julie — My heart is heavy as I finish reading this unexpected post. But, how wonderful, as you note, that Mama Cat had the chance to know love and security as she did in your home her last few months of life. Holding you and the Brothers in my thoughts. Perhaps Otis needed her help across the Rainbow Bridge. I hope you will return to the blog after you have had even more time to grieve. Your work benefits so many in Limbo and those who help them. With sympathy, Kat

  77. MJ

    I am so very, very sorry. Even though this is a terrible time, please don’t forget the enormous good impact you had on Mama Cat’s, and Otis’s, too-short lives. They knew very bad times and then very good ones, and the good were because of you. Thank you for that.

    I like to think that Mama Cat and Otis are sleeping in a sunbeam together now, and they don’t remember anything about their lives on Earth but being in a nice warm house with good Guardians, together. They’re best buds, no one ever hissed or growled, no one was ever hungry or alone, and they are happy to have each other.

  78. I’m so sorry for your loss. This is very heartbreaking news. Wish you all the strenghts for the future time. Pawkisses to comfort you!

  79. Diane

    I am so saddened for your loss!

  80. we are so very sorry about Mama Cat. You are right in that there is some comfort knowing how much love and comfort you gave her in the last few months. Please give yourselves all the time you need to grieve – and know that we have all been there. We believe in the saying “we can’t do everything, but we can do something”. And you did – by bringing her inside and showing her love you DID something. Which is more than some others would have done. We are sending purrs and hope you know how much we all care about you.

  81. Dear Guardians,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mama was a sweet, beautiful kitty. Thank you for loving her and sharing her story with us. Your blog has inspired my family and I to take better care of our two kitty girls and provide them more enrichment. Purrs for strength and comfort during this sad time.

  82. I am sorry for the loss of your beautiful kitty. Hugs and purrs.
    Sue B

  83. Herman

    Dear Julie and Kevin,
    I’m so sorry to read this tragical news. It’s so difficult to find the right words of comfort on moments like these. Please cherish all the warm memories of Mama Cat and Otis deep in your heart.

  84. the meowers from missouri (edmund, nitro, xing lu, igmu sapa, and james t. kirk) all send their softest, most comforting purrs to you all at this saddest of times. we, too, are scarcely over dear otis, and we purrray for peace in your hearts.

  85. I am so sorry for the loss of Mama Cat. I know that she felt how much she was loved in these last weeks, and that the depth of your pain is a measure of how much she and Otis were loved. She and Otis will live in your hearts, and in ours, too, since you so generously shared them with us. You are right to take some healing time, and I hope that at some point you will feel able to come back and share your cats with us again. ConnieM and Cecelia Kittycat

  86. Words cannot fail me because something that doesn’t exist at all cannot fail or succeed. I’m so so sorry to hear about this. Please know You and the Boys are deeply loved. The beautiful and handsome duo that has left is still loved just as deeply. I and my three fur babies; DoubleT, Cotton and Tween, send much love.

  87. Jackie D

    I have no words to express how sorry I am for your loss.

  88. Lynn Delage

    I am fairly new to reading your blog and I was so sorry about Otis and now Mama Cat. It is too much in too short a time. I hope you will continue to let us in on the doings of your cult members. I admire your efforts and wish I could do as you do but I am unable, both physically and monetarily, to do more than read about your efforts and cheer you on as you help those you can. My heart-felt condolences to you in your double loss and hugs and kisses to you and the 3 boys still with you.

  89. Oh my goodness, Julie, Kevin…I’m so sorry you have to endure another loss on top of your recent loss of precious Otis. Nothing any of us can say or do will make this any easier for you. But you will someday realize how much love you’ve managed to share, not only with your sweet feline babies, but with a world sadly in need of love. Bless you both for all you’ve done to show just how much difference two people can make in this world.

  90. I am so sorry. No time is ever enough to spend with those you love. Deepest sympathies to you both, and to the Brothers.

  91. I am so sorry. No time is ever enough to spend with those you love. Deepest sympathies to you both, and to the Brothers.

  92. Vicat

    Can’t imagine the pain in your hearts! We’re so sorry for your losses!
    ~Vicat, BratCat, Rags, & Geo

  93. Tracey47

    Kevin and Julie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is unfair that you have had to say goodbye to another one of your charges so soon and so unexpectedly. I’ll be thinking of you, Henry, Oliver, and Thomas in the coming days.


  94. Chris, Monster, Buggy, Bunk and Calico (and a wiener dog)

    I’m beyond shocked and so very sorry! However, I’m so thankful you all provided Mama Cat with so much love and shelter these last few months. And a merciful passing. This is none of what she would have had at her previous home. You all are and will continue to be in my prayers.

  95. I am so sorry to hear this and I sympathize so much with the pain you both must be going through. You have brought your cats so alive to all of us through your wonderful blog that you must know how much we grieve with you for your losses.

  96. Torii Croft


  97. I think for anyone who has lost a beloved cat suddenly this kind of news resonates in an unusually painful way. I know we cannot truly know your personal pain, but oh how we can sympathize. To say how sorry we are is simply inadequate. Please know we’ll be holding you close in our thoughts as you grieve these two precious lives.
    ~Lisa, the mom behind A Tonk’s Tale

  98. Codi

    So shocking, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and heart during this difficult time.

  99. Oh no. This is just too much. Your poor heavy hearts. As others have said more eloquently, you were the miracle for her and for so many others. Thinking of you and sending hugs. There are truly no words.

  100. Reblogged this on this clever camera and commented:
    After losing sweet Otis less than a month ago, Kevin and Julie have suffered another incredible loss. Please include them in your prayers.

  101. Kevin and Julie,
    This news deeply saddens me. I know your hearts must be breaking right now, so much loss in so little time. You have my most sincere condolences. I wish I had the words to lighten your hearts and suffering, but I’m afraid that words alone would be of little comfort. Just know that you and your fur friends are all in my thoughts, and all my love goes out to you.

  102. Ruth

    My heart aches for you. The loss of any cat is devastating, but to lose yet another so suddenly and so soon after saying goodbye to Otis makes it all the more painful. We too lost a cat suddenly four years ago, and it still pains me to look at the chair where she slipped away from us. Like Mama, Q was acting perfectly normally until she left us. Please cherish the time that you had with your precious girl and continue the good fight.

  103. My heart aches for your family. I am just so sorry…

  104. I’m coming to pay more respect to Mama Cat and to leave comforting purrz to those she left behind. *bows head*

    Cathy Keisha, Savannah’s BFGF

  105. Joseline

    Dear Guardians,

    Just read this story and I feel sad that Mama Cat has passed away and joined our Leader Otis to the Bridge.

    I have enjoyed her stories from the time she showed up until her rescue. I understand your heartbreak upon the sudden demise of a lovely cat. Mama Cat will always be part of the cult.

    I also understand that you may temporarily stop blogging to attend to your and the kitties’ personal healing. Hugs and kisses to all.


  106. Dear Julie and Kevin.

    Thank you for sharing your great hearts with us. Thank you for sharing your great hearts with Otis, Oliver, Henry, Thomas, and MamaCat.

    May Thomas, Oliver and Henry be with you for many years yet, and may the five of you take comfort in each other during this dark time.

    To MamaCat: Bon Voyage to the Summerland, and beyond. You will be missed

  107. mistletoeandhitch

    Dear Kevin and Julie, my name is Dorothy and I am one of the adults acting as guardian to Mistletoe and Hitch along with the born feral twins, Tiger and Pumpkin. I have no words that can express my sorrow over the loss of Mama Cat. She was a beautiful queen that lived much of her life in limbo. But, no matter what, you both enriched her life and added to her security. Even before she joined the Cult of Otis you looked out for her and once her original guardian died you stepped in and made her life bearable. You gave her the greatest gift of all. You loved her and you acted on that love, giving her the security she had never known. The time she spent with you was way to short but it was the best and happiest period of her life. I know that it will take a long time before you recover from the loss of both Mama Cat and Leader Otis. It’s like missing a part of yourself, a piece that you still expect to see and feel. When you reach out and that warm, furry presence is missing, it’s like losing them all over again. We lost our Lizzie several months ago but I found myself thinking, ” oh, Lizzie will get it ” as I dropped a piece of the Thanksgiving turkey. I know that someday I won’t expect her to be there……and part of me dreads that day. But we’ll never forget these loving, four legged gifts at have shared and enriched our lives. Mama Cat, Leader Otis, my sweet Lizzie, and all the others, have taught us what it means to truly be human. What it means to love unconditionally. And in the case of both Leader Otis and Mama Cat, what it means to carry on in the face of pain, danger and uncertainty. Thank you for sharing the Cult of Otis with all of us and bless you all for sharing the teachings of the Cult of Otis with us all. I hope you can find some comfort in the outpouring of love on this page. These are only a fraction of those you have touched. Mama Cat was blessed to have you and we were blessed that you shared her with us. Thank you and remember we are here if you need us.

  108. Grief is the price we pay for love.Otis and Mama cat were loved…truly loved.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

  109. What a precious girl. My heart breaks for you. My kitties and I are sending lots of love and purrs and we are keeping you in our hearts and thoughts.

  110. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Mama cat of the cult has gotten her wings. Please send some kind words to the guardians and the boys as leader Otis just passed away last month. Thank you.

  111. Eileen

    When I saw the photo in your previous post of Mama cat sleeping on one side of Julie, and Henry and Oliver sleeping on the other side of her, I thought it was such a sweet and wonderful photo. I was so happy to see Mama Cat so relaxed and safe. I hope that in time your pain will ease, and you can take comfort in the fact that the last month’s of Mama Cat’s life were spent in such a warm and loving environment.

    Thank you for sharing you’re family with all of us.


  112. Sending lots of love and prayers to you! Ku and the whole pack

  113. Kevin & Julie –

    I know how you feel, because that is almost exactly how I lost my cat Calpurnia just 20 days ago. There was no warning, and no reason to think that her life was coming to an end. I am so sorry at the pain you are feeling.

    For me, continuing the blog was therapeutic. I could see that keeping in character would be harder, but you could stop doing that for now. But just do what you think is right.

  114. Nirmala

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss,that too so soon after Otis leaving. I am from India ,and in my 60 years I have lost so many wonderful cats.But the pain,I can understand that. But please keep up your good work.

  115. JJCollette

    Oh no. This is just beyond awful. My heart breaks for all of you. Looking at yesterday’s photo of Mama Cat on the couch, I was so pleased to see her curled up right next to her guardian. Thank you Kevin and Julie for giving Mama Cat some peace and safety, happiness and security for the last months of her life. Losing Mama Cat now so soon after Leader Otis departed is a terrible blow, I am so very sorry.

    I’m relatively new here, and I’ve truly enjoyed reading the blog the last 3 months. Leader Otis and his stories and photos of cats in limbo inspired me to adopt two feral kittens 6 weeks ago. The brothers are gingers and I chose them because they remind me of Mama Cat. They are such a joy, I am grateful every day they are a part of my family’s life now and that they are inside cats, protected and loved.

    I do hope you will continue the blog either in character or as yourselves, but I understand how daunting that must seem right now. Please know that all of us are praying for you both and for Thomas, Henry and Oliver.

    Cult members Jaymie, Wayne, AnnieCat, Cooper & Riley

  116. We are so sorry for you Loss so soon after Otis,Don’t give up you do a wonderful Thing,I know its hard at the moment but don’t give up.You will see them again ,Love to you all,xx Speedy and Mum

  117. May blessings come to soothe your grief.
    Love and purrs from us all

  118. We know the pain of which you speak and we are so very sorry for your loss. Be gentle to yourselves and take care of each other. Decisions can be put on hold until you are ready. Love and purrs – Jobi and Fisher

  119. So sad and shocking. I don’t know what is worse, the shock of sudden loss of the anticipation of slow decline followed by inevitable loss, but you have been hit by both so close together. You still have each other and the other cats who need you. And you know you did your best for her, which will in time be some small comfort.

    But for now, take all the time you guys need away from the blog. Even if it’s months. We will still be here. We will still keep our kitties safely contained and advise others to do the same. We will still watch out for kitties in limbo. You have done so much, all of you, for spreading this message and when the time is right, you can return to it. Or not, if you have found some other path. You, and all your cats, have touched many hearts around the world. You have done a good job of it and now you are hurting, it may seem a poor reward, but you know you have helped both your own rescue cats and ones in places which would have been far beyond your reach not so many years ago. And of course, your work with other animals in need.

    It may not be a comfort either to realise how much better Mama’s end was with you guys than it would have been if she was still out there. Not just her final days, which were warm and happy, but this day. Even strong people reel at blows like this. Take time to comfort each other and the remaining kitties who still need you. And I hope you can draw some strength eventually from the support of many people around the world who respect you and care about you and your cause.

    Love Knotrune and Pebble.

  120. We are holding you all in our hearts. We can’t imagine the hurt you are feeling right now, but our mom says the deep of the hurt always matches the deep of the love. There is no need to for you to do anything other than what comes naturally for you at this time. And know that your futures will unfold as they will and in their time. Pain and grief will morph and change and love, compassion and caring will remain. We will keep our eyes and hearts open to you both, the brothers and Sir Thomas for I’m sure we’ll meet again.
    You are all some of the truly blessed beings in this world.
    Harry, Dexter, Willow and Tipp
    Mom Carolyn and Dad Mark

  121. emilykarn

    Reblogged this on emilykarn and commented:
    Such sad news!

  122. Reblogged this and commented: “Such sad news!” *Leaky eyes!* My prayers and Sellecks purrs to you and tha boys, especially poor Sir Thomas. Mama Cat was a true Queen and she will be dearly missed. Thank you for sharing the lives of Otis and Mama Cat with us. They were real living examples. Selleck and His Person, Emily.

  123. I’m so very sorry to hear about Mama Cat. I’m at a loss at what else to say. Please take comfort that you looked after Mama even before you brought her into your home. You are the miracles.

  124. Susan, Shadow and Joey

    Kevin and Jully, Thomas, Henry and Oliver – this hurts so very, very much. I feel especially sorry for Thomas, who has lost his Queen.
    So many others have expressed pur feelings so wonderfully, especially Nylabluesmum. We’ll must you while you are gone for only a time. Please come back – you are family.
    We don’t knpw why this trials are opurs to bear but must trust that God only asks of us what we CAN bear. My prayers and love are with you.

  125. Susan, Shadow and Joey

    sorry about the spelling – it’s hard to type when you are crying

  126. Oh no 😦 We are so very sorry. All the House of the Mostly Black Cats is sending purrs of comfort. ❤

  127. There are no words that can help comfort you at this time. Just know your site has helped and been loved by many. Perhaps Mama just wanted to go with Otis. My prayers are with you.

  128. What an awful shock for you all. Dear Mama Cat – we’ll miss her moves and her beauty. Strength in making your decisions and hugs to you all.

  129. I am so in shock like many here :-(. You took Mama Cat in and saved her and gave her love and kindness in her last few months. You are wonderful people always remember that x

  130. Paula Ogier

    Kevin, my heart breaks for you and Julie. You have had some very hard blows lately. You have done wonderful work and will no doubt continue to in whatever way is best, but this may not be the time to try to make decisions. For now, be kind to yourselves and don’t put pressure on yourselves to decide what the future holds. Eventually you will know.

  131. My heart aches for all of you, to lose Mama Cat so soon after the loss of Otis is a difficult cross to bear. I hope you find some comfort in knowing you gave Mama safety and peace in her death, knowing your love and caring kept her from being alone in Limbo.

    Thank you for loving these cats, for the work you’ve done and the strength of your message. Thinking of you, take care.

  132. gail

    You are in my thoughts & prayers. You’re beautiful, generous and inspirational. Feel the love. Gail

  133. Oh Dog! This leaves me feeling incredibly sad. I was very happy that Mama Cat enjoyed her final days indoors. She is an inspiration to us all, as are the Guardians. I send comfort to you, and to Thomas, Oliver, and Henry.

  134. so sad. you are in our thoughts and prayers. purrs.


  135. Judy & C.A.T.S

    We are so sorry for your loss. We send prayers and good thoughts your way. It is wonderful that Mama Cat spent here last months in a loving home. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S) and Judy

  136. Jordan

    Just checked today to see if I could find a smile on your blog as I have so many times before. Tears are running down my face as I read your news. I had to say goodbye to my beautiful 10 year old calico girl the very same day, with a nearly identical story. I am so sorry for your loss.

  137. Batya Harlow

    The cruelty of the universe to send this sadness so soon after losing Otis is so unfair. I have been thinking of you and Mama Cat all weekend, trying to think of something comforting to say. But I know there is no immediate comfort after losing a loved one. It rips out pieces of the heart and leaves such an awful emptiness. Maybe some day you will grow scar tissue, but your lives are forever changed. I am sure you bless the day you decided to take Mama Cat in, and give her the love and attention she deserved. The difference you made in her life was profound. Reading about the Cult of Otis has provided much happiness in my life, some days the only happiness, as have the wonderful photos. You have been so generous with your time, sharing your beloved Cats with us. I have fallen under their spell. I hope the Guardians and Henry, Oliver, and dear sweet Sir Thomas, will start to heal from this double loss. Much love, from Batya and my beloved Cats Trout & Kismet . . . and of course Misha and Brindle, with me in spirit.

  138. Wow sending you both a massive hug, I am so sorry for your loss and that you are struggling with where to go next. Take some time to grieve and then who knows! A big hug to you both from everyone here!!

  139. SusanSurreal

    Blessings to all of you…..

  140. I usually just read your posts and don’t comment. But this morning I just wanted to let you know that my heart and thoughts have gone out to you. Thank-you for everything you’ve said and done to help kitties the world over. All four of mine appreciate it as they live that much more safely and securely as a result.
    Both Otis and Mama were beyond lucky to stumble upon you both. I know your hearts are sad and heavy now, and that nothing can make you feel lighter. Just know that the both of them are curled up on a warm fluffy pillow waiting until they can be re-united with all of their family (guardians most of all).
    Thanks, and hugs to all five of you. Kirsten, hubby, and cats (Oliver, Barkis, Bianca and FatFat).

  141. No words can help but you are in my thoughts.

  142. Sometimes beings (people and animals) are put in our lives for a reason. I believe Leader Otis and Mama Cat and the rest of the boys were meant for you. To help you get out the word. I am so very sorry for your loss and completely understand your pain as I have lost a friend or two along my journey. I hope the thoughts and prayers we are all sending your way will help with the healing process and I hope you will find the strength to continue your mission both on and offline.

  143. Susan M

    I am just now seeing this. Blessings to Mama Cat’s soul at the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for giving her such love and care in her final months. I can’t imagine how it feels to lose two such vital members of the family in such a short time. I am thinking of all of you — the humans and the cats on this side, and the noble souls on the other side. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful lives with us.

  144. Kris

    That is such a shock and so sad for you both. She was such a beautiful girl and I really was hoping she’d have many more years of feeling safe and warm and loved. You just never know, especially with seniors, but your determination to make her life easier and finally to give her a home sent just as strong a message as any on the page. Senior kitties deserve every chance of a safe and happy life- for however long they have. I can’t imagine how sad you are losing Otis and Mama Cat in so short a period of time. It’s bad enough to lose even one. The Guardians are as well loved as their furry cult. Be well.

  145. We, too, have just seen your post. Our hearts are heavy and we are saddened by Mama Cat’s passing. But we are lucky that we got to know her, and she was lucky to part of your family. There is never enough time. We are purring for your family.

  146. Terri

    I miss Otis, Mama Cat, and all of you every day. This was the first blog I would each day, checking multiple times for updates. You put out such a great message and brought joy into our lives. I hope at some point you’ll be ready to take up Otis’ message again. Love and hugs

  147. This really is so sad and shocking. We became attached to sweet Mama Cat and watched her journey with you from outside in limbo with her fabulous Da Bird skills to her coming into your home. We send you the Guardians all our love and gentle purrs as this is so heart-breaking a loss and so soon after your precious Otis. We are so happy that Mama Cat got to be truly cherished during her last time here and thank you for helping her and caring for her the way you did. Holding you both in our hearts and prayers.

    Be Well Sweet Mama Cat

  148. Karen

    I love reading about all your beasts and their adventures and antics. Please give serious thought to continuing the blog. The excellent care you take of your critters has inspired me to take even better care or my already-spoiled, strictly-indoor girls. You have also given me a perfect example to follow of when it is time to let go. My 14 year old girl is now on thyroid and kidney meds, but she loves her food, laser pointers and “throne” (just an oversized cushion, but don’t tell her that). All I can do is make her remaining time as happy as possible, and prepare myself for the inevitable, much as you have done. Much love from Molly, Mitzi and the help.

  149. Dear Kevin and Julie,

    You have my deepeest sympathy. I too recently lost a family member – my beloved cat Seti. We were together for 12 years.

    Early morning December 4th Seti was showing signs of distress (just like Mamma Cat). I rushed him to the Tufts ER Vet Hospital and was informed Seti was suffering from cardiac arrest. The only thing to do was to ease his suffering. The ER Vet said Seti was slowly suffocating to death. I arrived at the hospital at 1:15 and by 2:30 a.m. EST (December 4th) my beloved Seti was gone. I haven’t stopped crying and I keep expecting to see him around the house.

    In closing, I dedicate this poem to both of you as I feel it best describes my feelings over the loss of Seti.

    Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,
    Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.


  150. Reblogged this on grandmasmad3ringcircus and commented:
    This is such a sad situation. I just thought we could all send our thoughts and prayers their way!

  151. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute. It is so hard to lose them, but they always stay with us.

  152. This is so sad. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Mama Cat was just beginning to shine and she was becoming such a precious member of the cult. You showed her so much love in the last 5 months and drastically improved her life with your kindness. It’s hard, very hard to go through that loss so soon. But hang in there.

  153. I had to return to this post. To sad to write before.Mama was sent to you for a reason – she would be cared for, live in safety and warmth, and when called to go on, her leaving would be as gentle and well done as possible. She chose well.

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