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)…

26 thoughts on “The Sucky Part of Pet Ownership

  1. So very sorry!! We have recently experienced this extreme sadness again. It does suck in a big way. Your words are so on point. Praying for your sweet family as you navigate your days moving forward.

  2. Thank you for this. We have 3 older/elderly dogs, one in constant pain. We struggle with holding on to him, or giving him a well deserved pain-free rest. It’s hard to let go.

  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. So, so sorry for your loss. I’ve been through it several times and it is sucky. Hugs to you all and a few tears. 🙏♥️

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  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. 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”

  10. I’m sorry for your loss . I know and millions know the pain your feeling . Hugs and love to you and yours . Will Will Swain


  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Just what I needed to read. Our kitty is getting up there in years too. I appreciate you! Mary Ann

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  14. I am sorry for your loss.
    This loss can never be compensated for. I know how it feels to have lost your fur baby,they take away a part of you with them. I hope this innocent soul finds peace, wherever he is.

  15. So sorry about your sweet kitty. My kitty is a rescue also and up in years. She suffers from IBD is having a lot of issues. Patti has been so precious to me and such a comfort. I truly know the feeling that comes with losing our fur babies. I’ve been through it before. I wish you God’s peace and comfort.

  16. My heart breaks for you and your family during this time of great sadness. Praying for you. Pam

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. My husband and I had two special beautiful beagles and a beautiful guinea pig. We loved them with the same heart and same love for our human family. God have us these precious fur babies and we were their stewards. We were blessed to have had them to love and care for them. I pray you find peace in knowing you were blessed to have a special fur baby, and one that was also blessed to have you.

  18. I’m so sorry about the loss of your beloved cat. Blue grays have a special place in my heart because many years ago, I had one named Spaz who loved me well. I pray for your peace and strength, as well as your writing and direction.

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