One of my kitties died this afternoon.

@GardenGerty (105254)
United States
January 19, 2013 11:53pm CST
Creamery AKA Fluffernutter was on the love seat,sleeping, and as I came downstairs to get ready for work he gave a little gasp and was gone. Pretty unexpected and we have no idea why. He was my youngest cat, at nine years old. He has been eating fine, peeing and pooping fine. He has always coughed occasionally and has had dental issues, but he caught mice and jumped and climbed and played. For over four years I have been sure my old cat would not make it through the winter, or not make it through the summer, etc. He has health issues. I often find him sleeping so soundly I think he is dead. I will miss Creamery, as he was the most affectionate cat I have ever had, and always was a little small. When we found him as a stray he had lots of sneezes and allergy symptoms, and once he coughed up a huge tapeworm. I know he did not have worms now, so I do not know, I guess it was just his time. He was not in pain, and not sick. . . I just do not know.
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@allknowing (72831)
• India
20 Jan 13
Sorry to hear about that GG. All pet lovers have to go through this as they live for just so many years and they are gone. We lost our rooster recently who used to crow at odd hours throughout the day. We miss that now but have decided not keep birds as pets. He lived for 12 years and his last couple of years were not that I know he spent happily. You will get over it as we all do.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I have been telling my husband that we will not be getting more pets, although he loves animals. He also loves to travel and that is hard to get people to care for the animals properly. My kitty had a better life and probably a longer life because he was part of the family. I have had cats for over fifty years, and have lost quite a few. I have neighbors with roosters I can hear although they are a little ways away. I read other people's posts about pets, and think about new ones, but really just want to care for the ones I have and then not have any more. Visit other people's pets.
@allknowing (72831)
• India
20 Jan 13
It is difficult to leave pets behind unless there is someone to care for them in the house. We had live in maids those days who loved our pets. There was no problem. At the moment it is not so. I have just one now - Preiti. She is a nice dog but quite attached. Cannot think of leaving her alone and going anywhere!
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@prashu228 (25520)
• India
20 Jan 13
Hi allknowing I am so happy i found you .I am so happy to know that yours lived 12 years . we expected our roosters to live for atleast ten years. The reason we too had rooster pets passed away 6 months back . They lived for 5 years.we didnt leave them and never went anywhere all those five years. They fell ill all of a sudden. People used to laugh when they see our pets as we kept roosters .I hate those people. They both were our first and of course last pets too. we decided not to keep anymore pets. Its so painful when they leave us. Now i just look at their pictures and the videos and cry.
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@deazil (4641)
• United States
20 Jan 13
GG, I am so sorry. How awful. Nine is really not that old but apparently it was time for him to go. At least he went peacefully and was not suffering. One of my nieces found her cat behind the couch one morning. She thought he was asleep at first but he had passed away for no apparent reason. Losing our little friends is not easy. I know the feeling well. I have 3 cats left and when they are gone I, like you, don't think I'll get any more. I'm heartbroken over the last two and the sadness has never left me. Again, I'm so sorry about little Creamery.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I believe he had a compromised immune system and I am thinking he had some kind of virus. He was really in bad shape when we adopted him and so he has had nine years he might not have and was happy to just be here.
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@deazil (4641)
• United States
20 Jan 13
You gave him a good life and he loved you. I'm sure he passed away in comfort and with a feeling of being loved.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
He was purring and whirring most of the time. People would call and he would get in my lap and start purring loudly, and he had a unique sound to his purr.
@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 13
Well, perhaps Creamy went the way I would like to when the time comes. He just went to sleep and didn't wake up. Sounds like he had a full and happy life. Oooh! Tapeworms. Not being in pain or sick is a fortunate way to go too. Sad to lose such a dear animal but such is life.
@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jan 13
Yes, sad to lose the quiet companion. I bet you have some great memories. It sure would be the way to go.
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@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
I'm sorry for that.Surely, you are going to miss her. That is life anyway. Maybe you should find another cat to overcome her loss.
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• India
21 Jan 13
Yes having another cat with you is a great idea May be you find little difficult for some days to adjust with the new cat and after some days you will love it and this will surely make you to forget the feeling of losing the lovely cat you had. Happy Mylotting
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
I still have two other cats. Each one is different, but yes, I will miss this one.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
20 Jan 13
Oh no, that's awful news and so unexpected too. I also don't know what might've happened but I guess someone may help you out in that respect. It's always sad whenever our pets die so my heart goes out to you my friend.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
After looking up symptoms and disease progression I am reasonably certain he had Feline Leukemia virus, which is not a cancer but a virus that can cause a cancer.He always had a weakened immune system but he did not act like it. I am glad we gave him a good life. Oh, and he also was a good mouser and there are diseases they can get that way, so that could also have happened.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
20 Jan 13
Aww, bless 'im.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Jan 13
so sorry to hear this. always hard wehn ya reallydont exspect it hard too when you know its thier time hugsssssssssssssssssssssssss
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Yes, and I was really surprised, but I am glad he did not suffer. We will miss him as he was always close at hand.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Jan 13
So glad didnt suffer and I know you will miss him
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@robspeakman (1705)
20 Jan 13
Can I take this opportunity to say I posted my Kitty post before this one. Not being a pet person I don't understand the sense of loss... However I don't wish or like to see a person upset, so I offer my sympathy
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
robspeakman, I saw your discussion, although I do not remember the details. I grew up overrun by pets,at one time over thirty two cats and kittens and have had pets for over fifty years. I am going to miss this one a lot, and I have an old kitty that you can tell is becoming decrepit, and one very healthy eight year old kitty who is very independent. I will miss the kitties as they pass but I am not replacing them with more. I have reached a time in my life to be independent. I am often tempted when I read posts about pet rabbits as I have had those as well, but I will be content with things as they are and as they play out. Pets love you for who they believe you to be and often think better of you than you do of yourself.
@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Okay, I had not read about kitten curry, I was thinking you had another discussion about not owning pets. I know some cultures eat what we consider to be pets. . . some cultures are cannibalistic as well. I am such a wimpy person, I want to buy my meat completely distant from its original source. I cannot believe that I used to eat squirrel and dumplings at my uncle's home.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Jan 13
That happened to Moonshine, one of the cats I had growing up. She wasn't too old either, and I wonder if she got into something that she shouldn't have. sorry about your kitty :-(
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
We will miss him. Hubby is taking it rather hard. We have talked about the possible causes though and both agree that it was probably a hidden health problem.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan 13
Nine year old seems very young for a cat, we've still got our cat, she is 19 years old, bless her and she still keeps going. RIP Creamery, btw that is a lovely unique name for him, where did the name and fluffernutter originate from?
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
I will just copy and paste my answer about the name to another friend. He was a very fluffy cream tabby, about the color of peanut butter mixed with marshmallow cream, and he was nutty about us.Sandwiches made of peanut butter and marshmallow cream or "fluff" are called fluffernutters, It stuck. It just kind of got added on to him, Creamery was the first name and it also fit the creamy fluffy kitty. I have had some long lived cats and some that were gone too soon. Often they were strays and they picked me. I have a fifteen year old fellow still and a ten year old Princess. I have had cats live until around twenty.
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@BlueAngelRS (2900)
• Canada
21 Jan 13
Hi GardenGerty been along time since i've been in mylot....i'm so sorry to hear of your loss hun loosing a family pet is never easy because they are a member of your family....I do know you are feeling I had to put my 6 and half year old cat down humainly last march...It was discovered he did have health issues with his liver... I miss him everyday as he helped me with my health issues we did get another cat a few months before he passed and she has somewhat helped me fill that void in my heart.....All the best to you and big hugsssss..
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
I am sorry you have had to be gone for awhile and that you had health issues as well. Each of o Tigerr pets is different, and just as one child would not replace another, one pet does not replace another but the affection does compensate some for the lost one. Cats are pretty susceptible to liver problems. Tiger cat is sitting here with me to keep me company.
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• United States
21 Jan 13
Your little furry may have had an aneurysm. (Don't know about the spelling of that wonder.) That is either a blood clot or a burst vein somewhere critical like the brain. It happens to humans too sometimes. They can go to bed and just not wake up one morning.
@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
That has been suggested and heart problems and virus as well. I will not know, I am sure.
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• United States
21 Jan 13
It must have been his heart or something like that. Some people just die in their sleep. Maybe it's the same for cats.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
21 Jan 13
It probably is just the same.
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@jerzgirl (8058)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
20 Jan 13
Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. I hate losing my pets. In fact, I almost prefer when they get hit by cars (no, I don't let my current kitties outside) to just seeing them die because I can at least justify their deaths that way. It was easier knowing I'd lost Shadow to a truck hitting her than it was watching her mother Shady deteriorate to where I had to put her down at age 23. But, that's me. I still feel guilty about Shady because she was such a loving cat and had been with us so long. But, I haven't had anything happen like you described. I think I'd be terribly upset and wondering if I'd done something wrong somewhere along the line.
@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I know I did nothing wrong and I am pretty convinced it was a virus. He was normal all morning and it was like just turning off a light switch, it was just that fast. I do not like picking my kitties up from traffic. The one that got to me was a young male who suddenly developed a blockage. I had to use an emergency vet as ours was showing horses at the state fair. The only option given to me was one that would have cost thousands of dollars, which we did not have. I feel if it had happened when my vet was available she might have come up with something else.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I am sorry to hear that one of your loving cat is gone suddenly. Maybe it is unexpected, and they can not communicate and let you what is wrong with them. So, I hope that you will let it go, and maybe you will find another loving cat in the near future. My part - time boss also a cat - person, behind the restaurant, there were a couple of stray cats, and he will feed them daily with good foods. I am sure those cats love him too.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I have two more cats remaining, but thank you for your sympathies. It is hard not to feed stray animals when we have food and they do not.
• United States
20 Jan 13
Aww GG, I'm so, so sorry about you losing your kitty. At least you gave him a good life for the time he was here and it's good he went peacefully. Maybe he had a heart attack, you just never know. Sometimes losing pets is harder than losing relatives. I'm still not over Kash and it's been 2 years now. When you live with them for so long, you just can't even imagine them leaving. Again, I'm very sorry.
@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Maybe it was heart, or a virus. I miss tripping over him and having him climb into my lap whenever I sit down.
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• United States
20 Jan 13
My condolences on Creamery's passing. I am certain that his was a happy kitty life in your home, albeit too brief a life.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
He had a rough start, and I am satisfied that we did the best we could for him. Nine years of good food and a warm home and laps to sit on and vet care when needed, plus home made foods. I am glad he was not in pain and not out picking fights (he thought he had to guard our property) but was at home in a cozy spot.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
20 Jan 13
hi dear GG, I am so sorry to read your kitty has gone over the rainbow bridge. Even more sorry reading that he was so affectionate so he sure has and had a special place in your heart. Hugs to you..........
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Thank you friend. I know he is happy and healthy now in a fresh new body. I am glad we gave him a good life.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I'm sorry. At least he did not suffer and it was very quick, which is a blessing. He's in a better place, waiting for you.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I know, this was much better. The last cat I lost developed a very painful urinary blockage and I could not afford 100 a day to do an experimental treatment that might not work. I had to have him put to sleep.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I'm sorry to hear about that. It is so hard to lose them..they are family.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
He made sure we knew he was our baby, too.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I'm so sorry. I remember when you found him, he was such a little love bug. So sad.
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I am wondering if he had picked up FelineLeukemia virus as he had a lot of the symptoms. I am just relieved that he had a happy life and was not in any pain. Just a peaceful ball of fluff.
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