Farewell to a Dear Friend, Smooch in Kitty Heaven

Smooch the cat, farewelled at 2 pm Saturday 27 January.
By Val
@valmnz (12753)
New Zealand
January 26, 2018 8:46pm CST
This afternoon we said our goodbyes to Smooch the Cat. He has been the best friend any family could have, but now aged about 17, his frail body just didn't want to cope with life any longer. Many of you came to know Smooch over the years, through different online sites. He was the sort of cat who won everybody's heart. When we realised his time had come we took him to the vet. He's lived a long incredible life. We could have opted for treatment but there was no guarantee at his age that he would recover. We chose what we believe was the kindest decision for him. Now he's suffering no more. Tears are flowing here, but we have so many wonderful memories. Rest in peace Smooch, dear friend.
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@xFiacre (4828)
• Ireland
27 Jan
@valmnz That’s so sad. I wonder did he know he had international admirers?
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
He was certainly used to me lining him up with the camera. My laptop crashed recently and I lost most of my photos of him. Thank goodness I can retrieve some from myLot
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jan
@valmnz Oh what a shame to lose your photos. That must have been pretty devastating.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
@JudyEv our son informs me he thinks I have some on the cloud. He is currently repairing my laptop but I'll know sometime soon.
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@rebelann (42519)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Jan
Aww, I so sorry he had to leave you, now he will be your guardian angel. It's what I believe all the pets I've loved and have passed on are.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
I think he knew what was happening as we took him to the vet. We had a good goodbye. They come to us, enrich our lives and move on don't they.
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@rebelann (42519)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Jan
Yes they do @valmnz I've learned so much from all of mine and I still miss each of them. One veterinarian once told me not to be so sad, Prissy was 16 and ready to go so my helping her so she would not suffer was a kindness and that I should remember that if not for me, in this case you and your family, Prissy would not have had such a long life. It didn't comfort me right away but after losing several pets to old age I finally understood what she meant.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
@rebelann I couldn't let any pet suffer to satisfy my own need to have them with me longer.
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@DianneN (82778)
• United States
27 Jan
I'm sooooo sorry. Tears are flowing here from your loss.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
Thanks Dianne. So many people here have known Smooch for a long time. And for those of us who own cats, we know how special they are.
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@DianneN (82778)
• United States
29 Jan
@valmnz Yes, they are extremely special. Again, I'm so sorry.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
29 Jan
@DianneN thank you Dianne, tis a bit strange here at the moment. Lots of daily habits and routines will now gradually change.
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@hereandthere (32584)
• Philippines
27 Jan
i glad we "saw" him one last time last month. i came to know how long other people's pets can live because of sites like mylot.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
This will be the first time in the 46 years we've been married that we've had no cat.
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• Philippines
27 Jan
@valmnz it will be a big change for you, then.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
@hereandthere we've always said a home needs a cat. Who knows if there will be another.
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@LadyDuck (171678)
• Switzerland
27 Jan
Tears are also flowing here Val, you know how much I loved Smooch. You took the right decision, why to make him suffer for days with only a little hope that the cures would have helped to live longer. Rest in peace dear furry friend.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
Dear Smooch, he brought pleasure into so many lives.
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@LadyDuck (171678)
• Switzerland
28 Jan
@valmnz You are right, we all had pleasure looking at his photos and reading about his adventures. He has been an Internet star.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
27 Jan
Scar sends sad purrs
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
Thank you Scar. You keep loving that fella of yours JJ.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jan
I was so sorry to hear this. You will miss him terribly. However the last kind thing we can do for our pets is to stop their suffering. Smooch was such a lovely cat.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
We just knew his time had come. I wouldn't like to be a vet, coping with tearful pet owners
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jan
@valmnz They must find it very hard sometimes. At that point they're sort of treating both the pet and the owner.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
@JudyEv he was young and very nice. I think he was grateful wed made the probable decision before we went.
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@allknowing (68928)
• India
27 Jan
The worst part of having pets is this. Sorry to hear this. You will miss him and life without him will be so different for a while. Hope you will get over it soon.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
Thanks. The house is empty today. His little doggie friend came over this morning and seemed confused when he couldn't find Smooch.
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@allknowing (68928)
• India
28 Jan
@valmnz We animal lovers go through this and more pets we have more we have to face this though inevitable. I can well understand your loss. I am too attached to Preiti and just do not want to think she will not be in my life forever.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
@allknowing how old is Preiti now?
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@celticeagle (119388)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jan
17 is old for a cat. I think that you did the humane thing. Glad you have a lot of memories.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
Yes, we've been amazed at how long he lasted.
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@celticeagle (119388)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jan
@valmnz ....You must have taken good care of him.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
@celticeagle like most New Zealand cats he was an outdoor cat. Amazing hunter. Very active
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@dodo19 (33341)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Jan
I'm really sorry to hear about your beloved friend. It's always sad to lose a friend like that.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
He was a young cat when we moved here nearly fourteen years ago, so the house seems empty today.
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@dodo19 (33341)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Jan
@valmnz I can imagine it does. A pet becomes the member of the family, and it does feel weird without them.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
@dodo19 I keep expecting him to walk in.
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@sallypup (28089)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Jan
Smooch was handsome and loved. I'm sorry for your loss.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
Thank you. He has been an important family member
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@sallypup (28089)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Jan
@valmnz He had a sweet name. My last two feline elders, Godiva and Samyot, lie in a little grove behind my house.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
@sallypup we've had Smooch cremated and his ashes will join another cat in our garden.
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@HazySue (22594)
• United States
27 Jan
I am so sorry to hear of Smooch's passing. It is unbelievably hard to lose a well loved pet. Just keep the good memories close at hand.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
Oh yes, it's been a chance to remember other cats too.
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@HazySue (22594)
• United States
28 Jan
@valmnz I think the kindest thing was to let him go and stop his suffering.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
@HazySue yes, we've always been able to tell when the time has come with our pets.
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@pitsipeahie (2238)
27 Jan
I've grieved for the loss of my dear purrfriends too. The last was 2014 and it took me 3 years to have one again, a gift from my uncle actually. I miss them, each are different from the other, each has their own personality. They all added joy to my life. But they have to go and cross the rainbow bridge Now I just think of them as my furry angels watching over me always. I feel you. I feel your loss. RIP dear Smooch
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
Thank you Eli. They become such a part of your family, don't they.
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27 Jan
@valmnz Yes they really are! And there's this hallow feeling in your heart when you lost your pet because you love them too....
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
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@nanette64 (17867)
• Fairfield, Texas
27 Jan
I know it hurts so much @valmnz . I have had 5 that passed since December 2016. They are like our kids. I'm so sorry about Smooch. But yes, he is in a better place.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
The house seems a bit empty today.
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@nanette64 (17867)
• Fairfield, Texas
28 Jan
@valmnz I know. You expect him to come walking around the corner at any time and you'll even call out his name.
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@JohnRoberts (61433)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Jan
We will miss Smooch.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
27 Jan
He did seem to have lots of friends on here.
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@BelleStarr (39631)
• United States
28 Jan
I am so sorry and I am sending a hug, we have lost two of our dogs in the last year and understand very well the heartbreak involved.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
From memory dogs are even harder to lose than cats - they are so much bigger
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@BelleStarr (39631)
• United States
29 Jan
@valmnz Dogs do have a different relationship with their owners usually but animal love is animal love and we still feel the pain of loss.
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@sjvg1976 (18410)
• Delhi, India
28 Jan
Sorry for your loss. I understand how difficult it is best the loss of our pet when it remained with us for 17 years like a family member.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
You come to love them so much, don't you!
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@LeaPea2417 (21642)
• Toccoa, Georgia
27 Jan
Sorry, that is sad.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
Thank you.
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@LeaPea2417 (21642)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Jan
@m_audrey6788 (13784)
• Philippines
27 Jan
Oh! Sorry my friend I know the feeling of letting go of a dear kitty in our family
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
But at least we know he is out of his misery now.
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• Philippines
28 Jan
@valmnz Yes my friend
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@toniganzon (53314)
• Philippines
27 Jan
I'm so sorry about Smooch. You did what's best for him and though it's difficult, sometimes we just have to let them go. Smooch will always be a part of your family and will always be loved.
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@valmnz (12753)
• New Zealand
28 Jan
The house seems a bit empty at the moment.
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@toniganzon (53314)
• Philippines
28 Jan
@valmnz It takes getting used to.
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