Little Bit from San Marcos

by My Way Ranch
(San Marcos, Texas)

Those who love to be held are the hardest to let go of.

I'm NOT supposed to be here, doing THIS! I want to scream at heaven - you robbed me of an 8 year old, God Damnit I want my Little Bit back. We had plans. He was supposed to live 5 more years.

Little Bit, aka My Little Cutie Pie, is gone from me now. He passed away suddenly, at age 8 of lung cancer, on Tuesday Jan 27, 2015.

He was the best behaved house cat I've ever had. He was so handsome, such shiny glossy fur, so rich and soft to the touch. Gone is my faithful beloved companion. Gone is my child. Gone is my best-friend. Gone are the bear hugs. Gone are the nose kisses and head-butts.

This cat could say, "I'm so glad you are my Momma" with his eyes when he smiled at me, and he did so several times a day. Momma loves you ever so much My Little Cutie Pie, forever and ever. Good-night my precious angel, RIP.

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Apr 04, 2015
For Dee
by: Little Bit's Mom

Thank-you, Dee. I cannot fathom your pain loosing an 18 yr old and a 21 yr old within 2 weeks. I've never had one make it to 18. I've always had a soft spot for the feral cats and sadly, there's usually something wrong with them.

I couldn't resist Little Bit with his (slightly) crooked legs, over-sized paws and sideways walk. I knew right way that he couldn't run fast or climb well and I had to take him and protect him.

I'm also thinking of getting a tattoo but there are so many names, not just Little Bit. Last night, I dreamed of Little Bit, I got to hold him again, the dream was so vivid. I remember each detail but mostly how it felt to see him again, like my eyes were starved for a look at him.

Apr 04, 2015
Little bit
by: dee

I so understand. He will always be in your heart and may come back in another kitty when you least expect it, mine did. I got a tattoo over my heart for mine.

Mar 01, 2015
It Has Been A Month
by: Little Bit's Mom

To My Dear Sweet Boy,
It has been a month since we said goodbye. Momma loves you ever so much, forever and ever and I miss you more than words can say. I'm still waiting for my angelic visit, as all the other kitties have done - angel or ghost matters not, just come.

If tears could build a staircase
and memories a lane,
I'd march right up to heaven
and bring you home again

RIP My Little Cutie Pie

Feb 17, 2015
The kindness of strangers
by: Odile

We are all joined by our love for cats, as Anonymous said. Here in NY we have been trapped in a deep freeze for several weeks. I can't stand the thought of kitties who are homeless out there - dogs too! It breaks my heart. Today I had a good day in the stock market so I donated to 3 shelters, hoping they could help a few more. The need is so great no matter what I do I feel helpless and sad.

With regard to Little Bit there is a Haiku poem I recited at the little funeral service we had here at home when Charlie died. I no longer remember it all but the last line was "...just the last nap". Sometimes it helps to think of this.

Feb 17, 2015
I feel for you...
by: Anonymous

I really feel your pain, and I am so sorry. God works in the most interesting ways, doesn't he? I sincerely wish you the best in your healing process, and hope that another cute perfect child will soon be running around on little paws giving you headbuts and kisses.

Feb 12, 2015
The Kindness of Strangers
by: Little Bit's Mom

I'm deeply moved by the kindness and sympathy I received here from complete strangers. We're not really strangers, we are kindred spirits in our love for cats and in our grief when they pass. Special thanks to sweet kind Odile.

Feb 09, 2015
My thanks
by: Odile

I am so happy to hear that you have other cats, and other animals too. None will ever take the place of Little Bit but they all require care and TIME. It is helpful to be busy, and you certainly are.

You are so right; at some point another will show up. Our newest black cat, which we took only because his story was so sad, is a true joy. I can't believe that for 4 years he couldn't find a home! He is a FANTASTIC cat. I am sorry you have one that is not well but I know you will see to it that you do the best that is possible for that one.

You are a truly good person - I wish you only good things and happiness.

Feb 09, 2015
My Thanks
by: Little Bit's Mom

Thank-you, Odile, for your kind words and support. It helps to ease the sorrow. Little Bit is not my only pet, I have 3 other cats and a dog. My 12 year old diabetic will be next, she's not doing well. People always assume that b/c I have so many pets I love them each less and I won't miss one -not so. I never married, I have no children, no family - my pets fill all these roles.

20 years ago, I started rescuing feral cats. I'd trap them, take them to the vet for medical care, vaccinations, spay or neuter. Then I'd let them choose to go back to the wild or stay at my place. About 20 of them stayed the rest went back into the wild. At one point, I had 42 animals cats, dogs, horses, fish, frogs and I have a bird sanctuary (I participate in the The Great Backyard Bird Count each February). You cannot have too many animals as long as you can care for them and clean up after them, which I did with joy everyday.

On that rainy day when I saw Lil Bit, our eyes locked and we just knew. I think it took me 5 minutes to tame him. It was an honor and a privilege to be his Mom. He could have gone anywhere and he picked me.

I never seek a pet, they just appear in many different places, in many different ways. I've had pets, in large numbers, all of my life, I get this from my Mother. I have vague memories of her rescuing baby bunnies at the park, finding stray cats, making my Dad angry over all the animals. I never really listened to him, Mom didn't either. We would take in any animal that needed us. Mom said that's how it works, they just appear, in need and we filled that need.

Am I sad b/c I spent my money on a sick cat and not on an Ipod or an xbox or a fancy TV? NO Definitely NOT.

Feb 09, 2015
We DO understand
by: Odile

I think everyone who posted here understands all too well the depth of love that one can have for a cat. (Same goes for dogs). They just have a way of worming their way into your heart. That pain of loss is every bit as great as is the loss of a dear family member or mate. It is sad that their life spans are so much shorter than ours but then again it is our obligation and privilege to care for them.

You never mentioned if Little Bit was your only cat. I suspect he was. It won't eliminate your pain but try to think of the millions of little ones out there homeless and freezing, and who never knew the love of a human - who never had a warm bed in which to sleep or a meal he could count on. You were a wonderful caretaker and companion to your little cat and he was blessed to have had you as his human.

I hope you will adopt another, not only to give a good home to one who sorely needs one, but perhaps as a legacy to your dear one who is gone.
This is probably what he would want. When the time comes you will be ready and won't hesitate. I don't think there is a cat on this earth that can't bring love and joy to one with an open heart.

My prayers are with you and I DO feel your pain.

Feb 08, 2015
Kindness of Strangers
by: Little Bit's Mom

To All The Folks Who Made A Comment:

I can't thank you all enough for your kind words. Most people can't understand this sort of thing. I was asked by a close friend why i over invest myself in these cats? Because I never learned how to love a pet half-way; I love them 110%, I spend all my free time w/them and I spend all my money on them. They have better healthcare than I do.

Little Bit showed up on a cold rainy day in May 2006. He was wet and shivering and had mud in his eyes. And, he was so very small, only 6 weeks old but small even for that. His front paws and hind legs weren't shaped correctly, not real bad, just not quit right. His nickname was sidewinder b/c of the way he walked. He never could run very fast or climb well.

One day, he climbed a tree and could not get back down. I stood under that tree for 6 hours calling him, coaxing him down and finally, he took a leap of faith, literally, down he came into my arms. After that day, it became common for Little Bit to call for me from a tree limb and then jump, knowing Momma would catch him and I always did.

As the years went by, I became fearful that something would happen to him so I stopped letting him outside. He never once asked to go back outside, he was content to be my shadow inside.

When Little Bit was a kitten, he thought my fingers were food. He'd sneak up on me, grab a finger in his mouth and try to take off with it. So funny! Mostly, He just wanted to be in Momma's arms giving me kisses, using his paws to hold my face.

Those who love to be held are the hardest to let go.

Goodnight, Little Bit
April 2006 - January 27, 2015
RIP My Sweet Sweet Cat

Feb 07, 2015
Little Bit
by: Dee

This is so painful;please KNOW you will be sent one that needs you.maybe Little Bit maybe will know. There will be a sign. It has happened to me more than once. They do not always look the same but you will know. Lost my heart, Bunny at 18. She was gone in 2 days. I got a tattoo over my heart with her and my 211/2 yr old who left 2 weeks later,names the year and a heart. It helped some.

Feb 07, 2015
by: Ellena Linsky

So sorry for your painful loss. The problem with loving is the day that terrible loss comes, and whenever it comes, it is far too soon. How fortunate that you and your kitty had each other.

Feb 07, 2015
my condolences
by: Connie

I am so very sorry.

Feb 07, 2015
Heartfelt Sympathy
by: Babbs

I am soooo sorry for your loss & the ache in your heart!!! My days are yet to come!! I hold my Babies close every chance I get!! No words can take away or lessen your hurt, but we DO care!! RIP Sweet Little Bit!!! YOU were dearly LOVED!!

Feb 07, 2015
black boyfriends
by: Marinda

I was in junior high school when some kittens turned up. We kept one, a shining black Bombay Bengal(looked just like your sweet Little Bit). He was the most gentle, loving cat. I have another black boyfriend now, a Chantilly. He's such a sweetie.

Feb 06, 2015
I didn't mean to be anonymous!
by: Odile

I have posted here many times before - as Odile I think. Sorry I missed the cue.

By the way when Charlie died we had 3 cats. We didn't want another for quite a while. But one cat was brought to our attention who needed a home badly; he apparently was miserable in the foster home where he was; many cats attacked him and he was sensitive and shy. He is also all black and black cats have a hard time finding homes. We took him because of his need and he is a FANTASTIC cat!
He has totally bonded with our female and is very happy here.

No cat will ever replace Charlie but we love him a great deal. He has added so much to our household! You will never forget Little Bit but I can tell that your heart is big enough to love another - when you're ready of course.

Feb 06, 2015
Sharing your pain
by: Anonymous

We lost our precious once-in-a-lifetime cat a year and a half ago. He was very special - a very intimate cat. We still miss him terribly. I try to remind myself every day that he was only on loan to me - and I always knew it would not be forever. I try to rejoice in the knowledge that we gave him a loving home and that he was happy with us; so many have never known this. That's about the best we can do.

Feb 06, 2015
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear about your baby.

Feb 03, 2015
Ashes That Once Were Bone
by: My Way Ranch

Little Bit, it has been 1 week since you left. I got your ashes back today. I held that urn close to my heart but it's cold and hard not soft and warm like you were. The urn won't put gentle paws on my cheek and give me kisses. So here I am again, in sorrow, looking for something, some piece of you but you are gone. You were my happy handsome lovable little guy Sunday night and you were gone by lunch time Tuesday, and you were only 8 years old. You're not supposed to be gone. Oh Lil Bit, what's Momma to do without you? Momma loves you ever so much forever and ever. Goodnight my beloved Little Cutie Pie, RIP

Feb 02, 2015
Sweet Angle
by: Terrie

At times like this I always try to remember that I was Lucky just to have known them and have them in my life.

This little guy truly was precious. He was one of those pure beings that showed that no matter what adversities life delt U just keep move'n and never give in.

Animals are Wonderful like that. Even if they themselves have something dabilitating themselves they just keep giving U love and their whole selves. He will Always stay that precious little guy in our Hearts.
Love U Romney

Jan 31, 2015
Little Bit
by: Anonymous

I am sorry for your loss. RIP

Jan 31, 2015
It's Momma
by: My Way Ranch

Little Bit, Momma misses u so! This is my 4th day to wake up without my good morning greeting and kisses from you. Now, I have the entire day to get through w/o hugs from you.

Jan 30, 2015
I'm sorry for your loss
by: Kurt

I'm sorry to hear about Little Bit. RIP kitty.

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