Mollie R.I.P. 2004 – 2020

This past week we said goodbye to our beloved Mollie. She’s been ill off and on since last fall. Two weeks ago she was diagnosed with diabetes. We were not able to stabilize her blood glucose. Her underlying unknown GI-related health issues may have contributed. It was obvious she wasn’t feeling well. She was ready. We weren’t but it wasn’t about us. RIP my sweet baby girl.

145 thoughts on “Mollie R.I.P. 2004 – 2020

  1. That top picture is the on I will remember: a beauty of great presence.
    I am so sorry – our ancient Westie had the same final week – we did everything, but he was clear we hadn’t failed him.
    The Realm salutes a wonderful creature that graced your lives. May peace and comfort wrap warmly around you.

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  2. Well, 2020 hasn’t been going to well for us so far. My heart is with you, Kate. I know how hard this is. You did all you could for Mollie and she knows it. You did what was right for her, even though it’s heart-wrenching for you. Sending warm thoughts and hugs. 💗

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    • Thanks. I have really bad words for 2020. We had a human health crisis earlier in the year too. Yes you know all about this grieving stuff. One minute you’re good and the next you’re in a heap of sobs. Worst of all it was hard to get vet care for her. I had to wait 10 days to see a specialist and then I couldn’t be with her for the exam. Oh yes, and the weather is lousy too. Rain, cold, gale force winds. I’m waiting for locusts and the rest of the plagues to come through.

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  3. Mollie could not have asked for a better life! And you gave that to her. May she rest now, in peace and pain free. We know that Morgan, Gracie and Sasha will all help to heal your heart.💗

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    • It would have been easier had they been able to diagnose the condition. The uncontrollable diabetes knocked the decision over the fence. Prior to that I was convinced it was really bad reflux. There was something going on in there but wasn’t making her happy.

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      • Me, too. Then an anniversary happens, or a letter addressed to the deceased one. That, at least, is less likely to happen with a fur friend, yet August 1st always is the day Louie the ginger kitty, the cat I had before Andy the Dougy the Persian kitty brothers. died. IUt always is a quiet, reflective, sad day.

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        • I lost my cat Jake on Labor Day week. It’s always a reflective time for me. Hazel died on New Year’s Eve Day. That was the worst because I had dinner plans (which I should have cancelled). Nothing tasted right and I couldn’t focus. Now I have that issue every NYE. There are the good, funny memories too. This one blindsided me. I knew she wasn’t feeling well but I had no idea the extent of her issues.

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          • I had an apartment inspection by the landlord (counting bedrooms and bathrooms!) the day before Louie died. I totally missed the fact he didn’t eat anything that day or feel alarmed he was sleeping every time I saw him. When I put food out for his evening meal, it became obvious he wasn’t doing well. Of course, this was after the veterinarian clinic closed for the day. I called the emergency number and his regular veterinarian was at a sporting event his son was in and woulded be home for hours. I made video of Louie, explaining what I’d observed to that point (I thought it would help somehow, but, of course, it’s still on YouTube. I’ve never been able to watch it…or delete it.) The other veterinarian was out in the country dealing with a sick cow. Louie was stretched out on the livingroom floor by then. I stretched out by him, putting my hand on his paw. I intended to sleep there all night, giving him love and whatever comfort my presence would give him till the clinic opened the next morning. I fell asleep. When I woke up, he was gone. I looked for him, and he had somehow found the energy to climb into the dryer of the stacked washer/dryer, and that’s where he died. It was his favorite place to sleep.

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            • The video in the dryer is hysterical! I had to wait from Tuesday to Friday to get into the vet. I kept checking on her to make sure she didn’t die. Originally the visit was not for euthanasia but as the week went on, I knew she was ill and the meds I was giving weren’t helping. We don’t know what her problem was but if involved her upper GI and made her very uncomfortable. Did you know what Louie died from? He went out on his own terms in his favorite place.

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              • Louie had lymphoma. I felt guilty.], of course, that I didn’t feel lumps or see anything obvious. His veterinarian told me that I wouldn’t be able to feel anything since the lymph glands involved were along his spinal column, and not detectable by feel. I still felt bad he suffered and I missed it.

                Yeah, the video is a favorite of mine! You might enjoy this little video I made for the children of a German friend. It is a simple moral tale/tail (?) featuring Louie and his nemesis, the late feral kitty, Taco.

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You took great care of her over the years and I know she appreciated it even if she didn’t always express it. Thank you for having shared her with us.
    My deepest sympathies to you and all the other beings in your household.
    Namaste.

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  5. Oh, I’m so sorry to read this Kate … it is not easy and I often mention my friend Carol and her cat calamities to you, but because Mollie had not been feeling well and you were sick with worry, I didn’t want to tell you that Carol had Dudley euthanized on May 1st. Like you, her heart is broken. Dudley was the oldest of her cats and lived to 18 years old, but just like Mollie, the quality of life was not good as there were ailments and pills and rejection of meds, food, water … Carol was beside herself and this was her last resort.

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    • Mollie was an incredibly healthy cat until last fall. I was sure she’d be the first cat to live to 20 but that was not meant to be. She barely made 16. She didn’t have any of the usual “old cat” diseases. Whatever she had was a mystery. My heart goes out to your friend Carol. It’s not easy even when you know in your head that it’s the right decision. The head and the heart often disagree.

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      • Yes, the head and heart are not in sync when it comes to beloved pets. She had asked the vet at the second-to-last appointment how she could be present due to COVID-19 and was fretting over that as well as it was difficult enough with Harley June, just 18 months before. HJ was 16. One cat left, also 16, who is now listless and on the prowl looking for Dudley most waking hours.

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        • The remaining cats have to make an adjustment. When I lost Hazel I notice a different in Morgan. They were buds. It’s like she outgrew kittenhood overnight. Perhaps she would adopt a friend for him. Cats aren’t the loners people think they are. Hopefully your friend was able to be with Dudley when he passed. That’s the only time my vet allows the owner in.

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          • I’m not sure what they did because Carol just posted on Facebook “we’ve decided to let Dudley go.” Then a few days later she did a little tribute to him. When she took Dudley in for that second-to-last visit, she did a FB post saying she/husband asked how they would handle it. It is New York. The vet was not allowing anyone into the office, dropping pets off in carriers only and suggested a vet come to her house or they could have it done on the lawn outside the vet’s office. She posted those options and no one asked or commented so I don’t know what she chose. She has said she won’t get any more cats after Smudge is gone – he is 16. Too painful. She shelters several feral Mama cats and traps their kittens when they are weaned and old enough and takes them to a feral cat shelter.

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            • In the midst of the pain of loss, I don’t want to connect with anything again. Yet I had 14 wonderful years with Mollie. It would do a disservice to her if I didn’t continue to rescue cats. The best tribute you can do is to adopt in their name but each of us has to make that decision. I have three so there aren’t plans to add. We are getting older so any new cat may outlive us. I am blessed to have three great cats that get along.

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  6. So sad to hear this. Never easy to lose a catkid. Mollie shared love with you and that is a wonderful blessing for both of you. The many sweet memories will help you as you grieve.

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  7. I’m so sorry, Kate. Mollie was so beautiful and I loved reading her posts. Take comfort in that she’s no longer in pain. You are in our thoughts.🐾🐾🐾

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  8. Oh Kate. How heartbreaking. I’m so sorry. I know it’s a bit like having your heart ripped out when this happens. She was a beautiful cat, inside and out. She had the poise of royalty and the glamour of a supermodel. I will miss her posts.

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss Kate; you did everything you could for Mollie and you and she were lucky to have spent the journey together. She was really special and I hope that you don’t grieve too long because the other kitties need you too. Bless you for your caring for all of your cats because they could not be in a better home.

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  10. Oh Kate, I just saw this on Twitter. I’m so so very sorry. What a beautiful wonderful family member. I know you did everything you could do for her. RIP Mollie. We all love you.

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