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Sunday, April 14, 2013

RIP ~ Tat the Barn Cat

Tat died of old age yesterday morning...we'll be burying him this morning.

Tat was a cat of his own...which I think most cats are. In August of 1997, I got two free kittens which I wanted as barn cats, and they were named Tiz and Tat. Well, Tiz had other ideas; he promptly made himself at home at the neighbor's place...on their bed! They loved him dearly, so how could I take him away from such a great home.

Tat didn't want anything to do with people, he would hang around and occasionally rub your leg, but petting was not allowed by his standards.

I quickly glanced at his file this morning and took a total of the medical bills that I had kept; $740. Whoever says owning a pet in not costly doesn't take care of their animals! He got kicked by a horse one time and it knocked the hip bone out of the socket...$300 later he was a good as new. Then he developed a urinary tract infection and has been on special (expensive) food ever since. But, you just do what needs to be done.

Tat the Cat
~Rest in Peace Tat~

Tat had become a "mud room" cat in the past couple of years as we knew that he wouldn't be able to withstand the harsh winters here in Harney County. He was already very thin and didn't have much of an appetite, but quit eating a couple of days ago. He only showed any sign of pain a couple of times...and whenever you petted him he purred like crazy...to the very end.

He had a good long life, but my mud room is sadly quiet.

17 comments:

Barb said...

What a beautiful cat he was. So sorry for your loss.

Mary said...

RIP Tat, it's always so hard to lose a pet. It sounds like he had a long lovely life. I know that feeling of the "empty room" all too much. As aloof and independent cats are they sure have a way of making sure their presence is known. Real sorry for your loss.

Crystal said...

Oh what a loss. My mom has my cat and he too is getting old and thin, but he just hasn't quit yet but I know it will be soon.

Maia said...

I know how hard it is to lose a cat, But he certainly did have the best life a cat could have and was loved by some very special people.

Shirley said...

Awww, I liked Tat, I'm sure you'll miss his fuzzy presence. My old Bubby passed away the same way, just got thin, and eventually quit eating and passed within 2 days of that.

lilyrose said...

He sure was a handsome fella. Sounds like he had a good life with you. Sorry for your loss.

Cindy D. said...

If I were a mouse or some other kind of rodent, I'd have been terrified of that face. He looks down right ferocious in that picture.

Rest in Peace Tat, you handsome devil you.

Val said...

I'm so sorry! he is a beauty of a cat though.

We have a special place or our pets. Sort of sad to see these wonderful animals cross over.

cdncowgirl said...

Aw I'm so sorry. As much as I try not to get attached to my barn cats I do, so I understand.

SheMovedtoTexas said...

Aw, I'm sorry for your loss :(

Paint Girl said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss of Tat. It is never easy losing a pet. He was beautiful!

KarenTX said...

Handsome boy! Hugs for your loss.

Candy C. said...

I'm very sorry for the loss of Tat, what a pretty cat he was. I know you'll miss him. {{HUGS}}

marygilmartin said...

Handsome Tat's paw prints I'm sure will remain in the memory of all.

K.K. said...

I'm sorry to hear about the lost of Tat.
My free barn cats too have racked up quite the medical bills in the past year. My neighbours and just about everyone else has laughed at me when I tell them that I took one of my cats to the vet to get stitched up after she fell asleep in the engine of the pick up truck. I have a bleeding heart and couldn't let that sweet thing suffer.
Again I am sorry to hear of your loss.

Tricia Hays said...

terribly sorry... he's a beautiful cat.
this saturday will be a year since i lost my cat, LiL MaN! he was a hoot & a half

ahundredyearsago.com said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of Tat. He reminds me of some of the wonderful barn cats that my family had when I was a child.

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