The cat blogging community is both a small and close knit group of friends and cat lovers, as well as a kinship that stretches across the planet. We never imagined having friends in every corner of the world, but that's what this wonderful experience we call blogging has given us. We share in each other's joy like the adoption of a homeless cat in need or a new kitten in the family. We also share each other's pain and loss.
Today is dedicated to remembering those special furry members of our family we've lost. They live in our hearts forever and as much as is hurts to say goodbye, our lives are considerably richer for having known them and loved them.
Katie & Waffles On Death and Dying
The following is dedicated to a fellow blogging cat who left her paw print on our hearts. It's a very special conversation between Katie and Waffles. One we hope will leave an imprint on your heart and comfort you as you remember those you've lost.
KATIE: Waffles, we lost a very dear friend yesterday.
WAFFLES: Well shouldn't we go look for her? Make some signs and stuff?
KATIE: No, Waffles. Signs aren't going to bring her back. And she's not really lost. She's in our hearts now.
WAFFLES: What do you mean?
KATIE: Well, you know how Glogirly says that her mom and dad live in her heart? And Nicki, the cat that came before us, he lives in her heart too.
WAFFLES: She even has a special box for his memories and stuff.
KATIE: Well the really special memories don't fit in a box. They're so big, the only place they can fit is in our hearts.
WAFFLES: But what if my heart isn't big enough?
KATIE: Don't worry Waffles. When your heart is filled with love, memories and friends, there's always enough room.
The Cat that came Before Katie & Waffles
Many of you have asked if there was a cat that came before Katie & Waffles. Nicki was a beautiful black panther. He traveled everywhere with Glogirly and LOVED riding in the car.
She worked in a downtown Minneapolis photo studio and Nicki would come with her everyday. He was so friendly to everyone that came in the studio, even the dog in the office next door. Glogirly and Nicki took a cab to work everyday and it wasn't long before the cabbies started calling her the Cat Lady.
Since she started blogging, Glogirly has learned so much about cats and how to ensure they live happy, healthy lives. She wishes she could have done better for Nicki, who died at a very young age from kidney disease. She often thinks that if she knew then what she knows now she could have helped him more. RIP sweet boy.