Spittles from Iowa

by Stephanie

Spittles chose me in December of 2001. I think she was born around Thanksgiving.

My friends had a litter of kittens and had picked out their favorite one for me to adopt. When I got there a little gray and white kitten caught my eye. I picked her up and she touched my face and loved on me in a way that touched my heart. I knew that she was the one that should come home with me.

Spittles had the heart of a dog. She was loyal and extremely affectionate, not a mean bone in her body. She only wanted two things in life; love and food. She made me the center of her world and chose me over everyone else. She became a very fat cat with a thick luxurious coat of rabbit like fur.

Spittles started having health issues in 2013. A couple of vet appointments and lab tests revealed liver problems. From that spring on, she lost weight. In the last six months of her life she became skinnier than we ever thought possible. Her soft flabby belly and even the saggy skin shrunk away.

She was cold all of the time, stayed by the heater vents, and I put her in small dog sweaters. At her last vet visit I was told she had a gum infection, jaundice, end stage liver failure, and had two weeks to live. We were devastated.

She couldn't keep enough food down to pull out of the jaundice. She had such mental clarity that it was hard to believe that her body was dying, she was slowly starving. She still wanted food and attention, and it seemed like she was fighting to stay with us.

Eight days later on February 14th, 2015 we put her to sleep to prevent complete organ failure. She was 13.

The hours before the appointment were torture. How do you say goodbye to someone who doesn't understand that they will never see you again?

When the time came and I put her on the table, I held her close, and kept saying "I love you Spittles!" over and over. I begged her to forgive me. Once she was gone I wrapped her in a baby blanket with her favorite toy piggy. I buried her next to 'sister' Kittie so they could once again be together.

Now her suffering is over and mine begins. I see her everywhere but can never hold her again. She had a heart of gold and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Spittles. Mommy loves and misses you more than you could ever know.

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Feb 20, 2015
by: Sharon Golden

Your Spittles looks a lot my Shoes and in April he will be 11 and HE and I adopted each other and this "Cat Mama" loves her boy also.

Feb 20, 2015
by: Anonymous

I understand what you're going through about 2 years ago I lost my cat she was 13 yrs. Old. I miss her very much. Her name was Puffy she was a black and white cat she was the last one of her siblings left.

Feb 20, 2015
I understand
by: Michel

I have recently lost two of my senior kitties both approximately 20 years old, both were females and were constant companions to each other and to me. Shoodie died August 2014, and Junie just this past January. They are also buried side by side. They were a part of me and I a part of them. I understand your pain. Just keep loving the next one that comes along in rememberence of the one(s) you have lost. And remember, that they are now in a better place. The word of God says so, they were a gift from him and will always enrich your heart. God bless.

Feb 20, 2015
by: Gill

So so sorry for your loss. You clearly loved her and I'm sure she returned your love many times over. Be brave and remember she is free of all pain now, but she will always be with you. No matter where you go or what you do, she will only be a heartbeat away. xxx

Feb 19, 2015
by: Little Bit's Mom

What a touching story. Spittles was a beautiful cat. I'm sorry for your loss. All of us here know your pain all to well. I just lost my precious boy, my sweet sweet cat Little Bit. RIP Spittles

Feb 19, 2015
In sympathy
by: Janet

Spittles was definitely very loving and devoted to you and enjoyed life with you and Darren. She was a great cat. I am sorry for your loss.

Feb 19, 2015
so sorry
by: Grumpy's Mom

So sorry for your loss of your sweet baby! I just lost my baby boy, Grumpy yesterday due to the lack of communication and heart from my vet. I am forever going to love and miss him and I completely understand how you feel: it's so hard to let go of someone who you loved so much and gave you so much love. I never even said goodbye.

Feb 18, 2015
by: luna

so very sorry;she will be FOREVER in your heart

Feb 18, 2015
I'm sorry for your loss
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm sorrry for your loss. RIP Spittles.

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