End of an era

My sweet Taj
@ElicBxn (59911)
United States
June 7, 2017 1:50am CST
At least at my house. On April 26, 2002 I was coming home from work when just before I unlocked the front door I heard a loud, kitten mew. I stopped in my tracks and looked around. No kitten in sight. At that time I had this dead ground that once had a few things growing in it, but hadn't for some time. I had stacked some cinder blocks up and then put some fake ivy there so it didn't look as dead as it was. I opened the front door, put my stuff inside and then went kitten hunting. There, behind the cinder blocks and under the fake ivy I found a little yellow kitten. I knew he was really too young to be away from his mother and I guess he was between 3 and 5 weeks, probably closer to 4. I knew he needed to go right to the vet, and my vet closed at 5:30. I went in to tell Connie (Maggiepie), who was my roommate at the time, that I needed to go to the vet. She wanted to know why and I showed her the baby. She always was a soft touch for kittens and sob stories, so I told her that after I ran him by the vet I'd let her really visit with him. Mind you, I wasn't sure what sex he was just yet, but 4 out of 5 orange cats are male, so I was just guessing the sex. I grabbed my purse, jumped back in the car and took off. Well, he weighed a pound and that put him right at 4 weeks old. He was also a little dehydrated and running a slight fever. The next day my across the street neighbor told me that they had seen him down around the wheel of his car when he was going to work. His wife, who is terrified of cats/dogs/animal, came out and directed him so he wouldn't run the baby down. He didn't say he put the kitten in my yard, but I hate to think that this little kitten crossed the street on his own sometime during that morning/day. Connie named him Ta Shueh, meaning "Walks on snow" because of his white feet, but we always called him just Taj. He was also the last cat that Connie ever named here. Well, yesterday Taj went to the Rainbow Bridge. Fly free my sweet boy, I hope you get to see Connie and can go back to driving her crazy "twanging" her elastics.
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@LadyDuck (108587)
• Switzerland
7 Jun
I am so sorry, I see that the photo is of Taj, he looked to be such a sweet cat. He had a happy life thanks to you.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
7 Jun
Thank you @LadyDuck - he was very sweet. I don't think he ever intentionally hurt anyone. Even when he was really sick back in '08, he just hid and complained.
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@LadyDuck (108587)
• Switzerland
8 Jun
@ElicBxn I love cats, ginger cats are usually sweet boys.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
8 Jun
@LadyDuck Taj was very sweet, but he'd give you a painful nip if he didn't think you were paying enough attention to him.
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@Mike197602 (13309)
• Worcester, England
7 Jun
I haven't dealt too well with pets dying in the past so don't have one now. If I did get another pet it'd be a tortoise as that will outlive me. Sorry for your loss.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
7 Jun
I still have quite a few cats, but Taj had been with us the longest. I will miss his funny little meow.
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@minx267 (10995)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Jun
Aw, that is sad- he had a good life.. RIP Taj And I miss Maggiepie too :( I am sure they are hanging out together.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
8 Jun
Taj wasn't one of my bed buddies, so I don't miss him in bed. I kind of hope he's with Maggiepie, I miss her some too. Some days more than others. I will say that when my wife was so sick and in the hospital, I'm glad I didn't have to deal with her too.
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@minx267 (10995)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Jun
@ElicBxn Yea sometimes things can get to be too much. I have some bed buddies.. who if they aren't there when I go to sleep I like have a problem. I start wondering where they are.. then I have to get up and go look for them. lol
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
9 Jun
@minx267 That was how I found Scamp, because he didn't come to bed.
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• United States
1 Aug
So sad, hopefully they know they were loved and I know thewy were well cared for, may they rest in peace.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
1 Aug
Taj was really special. I miss him, but he wasn't one to sleep with me, I mostly miss him hanging out in the kitchen talking to me.
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• United States
1 Aug
@ElicBxn One of my cats looks like the one in your picture and he does not only sleep with me but he sleeps on me...lol.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
1 Aug
@sumofalltears Taj used to sleep with me, when he was younger, but I think he just didn't like to argue with the younger, pushier ones.
• Preston, England
11 Jul
lovely that you took care of him while you could
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
11 Jul
15 years, I sure miss him...
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• Preston, England
12 Jul
@ElicBxn harder to part with pets the longer they have been part of our family
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@shshiju (8810)
• Cochin, India
7 Jun
Sorry to hear that Taj had gone. Pets had always a bond of relationship with the owners.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
8 Jun
Taj was pretty special, I found him because I think I was supposed to find him. Even though he spent some critical time alone with Connie, he was always my cat.
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@shshiju (8810)
• Cochin, India
9 Jun
@ElicBxn Yes you are special to him also. Farewell to him.
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@BarBaraPrz (16259)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Jul
Sad news, both about Taj and Maggiepie (I hadn't heard). Don't know why I keep missing your posts.
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• United States
11 Jul
I am so sorry for your loss. It nearly brought tears to my eyes. I have a cat. Somebody left her at Walmart on parking lot. She is pretty. I took her from the lot. When I read your post I looked at her. Again, sorry for your loss.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
12 Jul
He was pretty special, thank you
@nanette64 (11867)
• Fairfield, Texas
7 Jun
Oh how sad @ElicBxn . But just think, he was your boy for a long time and if it wouldn't have been for you, God only knows what could have happened to him. I'm so sorry.
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@FourWalls (8415)
• United States
7 Jun
I'm so sorry. Everyone who's ever been owned by a pet knows how painful it is to say goodbye.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
8 Jun
It is painful. I miss him, but I still have to take care of the other cats...
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• China
7 Jun
Sad to learn about it ! Taj was fortunate enough to be living on borrowed time and lived to so many years.Hope you will soon snap out of bad mood!
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
8 Jun
I have too much to do to be in a bad mood. Besides the other cats, I have to take my wife to dialysis and doctor appointments. And I have a few appointments of my own.
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Jun
Sorry the kitty has gone. You rescued him.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
8 Jun
I did, and I miss him. I was feeding him in the front bathroom and haven't gone in there since Monday.
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• Germany
7 Jun
It is really sad seeing your baby pet going away like that ..It is really hard to keep them off the streets ..Wish you a nice day
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
7 Jun
I keep all but one cat inside, but they are all rescued cats. Taj was one of the "more" rescued of the lot.
@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
7 Jun
From another ginger cat owner, my heart goes out to you. Ginger boys are just the greatest. I'm sure you've had many wonderful moments over the years.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
7 Jun
I do love the ginger fellows, and he was the last, we lost Pong back right before New Years.