The Sucky Part of Pet Ownership

This morning our beautiful kitty passed away in my daughter’s arms. She was 16 and we had her for 7 years. She was adopted from the Humane Society when no one else wanted her or could take care of her. So we did.

Pets bring us such joy, yet so much sorrow when they have lived their years. We tell ourselves that they lived a good life — which they did. Yet, we don’t tell them that they are dying because of us — because we sinned in the Garden. It’s heartbreaking to think of the Garden and how everyone was disease free and then one mistake ends up in death as a penalty for all — even the innocents. We love them with every breath in our bodies, but that cannot save them from death.

I can’t pretend to understand God and His ways, but when it’s time to say good-bye to those you love, it’s a conflict of emotions.

I write this with my 17-year old cat on my lap. Her days are numbers as well (as are all of ours)…

I know God was there to welcome my kitty into His arms. I know my other two dogs were there as well, to welcome her, too. And tell her it’s okay. That is all I can hold onto.

Hug your pet today because one day you won’t be able to.

Thank you all for your many prayers. I’m sure they helped.

20 thoughts on “The Sucky Part of Pet Ownership

  1. Your writing is beautiful and brings emotion to my heart and tears to my eyes. I promise to hold my kitties tighter (they are already incredibly spoiled) for their sake and for mine. Hopeful and prayerful for you and your family in this loss.

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  2. I pray for peace for you and your family and for your kitty. It is a difficult time. You gave her love and she returned it many times over.

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  3. I’m so sorry. It sounds like you gave her an amazing second half of her years. Try to take some comfort in knowing that. We love them so much and then our heart breaks when they leave. Hugs

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  4. I hope Romans 8:21 comforts you and your family. 🐈⛅✨💖

    19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved.

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  5. The only thing worse than losing your pet and i’ve lost 8 dogs over my lifetime, is losing your husband of 57-1/2 years + 11 years pre-marriage, from early middle school through high school and college and naval officer’s 2 year candidate school, in mid-word and mid-sentence while lying right next to you enjoying morning coffee, with no pre-existing conditions or warnings, as happened to me this past fall. One nano second my best friend was with me and the next nano second he had been raptured. Poof! Gone! Never to return! No heart attack! No aneurysm! Just used all his allotted heart beats! Losing your animal is heart ❤️ breaking; losing your soul mate is ….. i don’t have an extensive enough vocabulary to describe it!

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  6. Blessings, they are family and loved as one. Prayers and consolations to one and all.

    atozmom posted: ” This morning our beautiful kitty passed away in my daughter’s arms. She was 16 and we had her for 7 years. She was adopted from the Humane Society when no one else wanted her or could take care of her. So we did. Pets bring us such joy, yet so mu”

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  7. I am so, so sorry. It hurts so much because you loved so much. Prayers for your family and especially your daughter. We lost our very old cat last year. I am a dog person—I had no idea I could love a cat…but I loved this one so much that I brought home a TINY kitten who was alone and meowing at the gas station island while I was pumping gas. I love him, too.

    I pray once your heart has healed a little that you’ll rescue another one.

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  8. So sorry for your loss. We had to help our 11 year old Schnauzer, Abbie, to heaven in January. We still miss her as her 11 year old sister, Bella. Bella and Abbie were littler mates. God will give you grace about your kitten.

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