Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In Memory of Kitten

Anna called late last night with the news. I will let Aaron's e-mail tell the story:
"I am sorry to say that when Anna and I came home tonight, we found that Kitten was no longer with us. She peacefully passed away on our living room floor. I know I won't forget her sassy attitude, her dainty little paws, or her tenacious snuggle factor."

A loss this sudden and unexpected is very difficult to deal with. Anna is reeling from the shock of finding her Kitten. We all know that this death could not have been prevented; many of us have suffered a loss of a beloved cat in this way.

Anna got Kitten from a drug dealer on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut. He had approached Anna in an attempt to sell a tiny kitten for money for more drugs. Anna threatened him and he surrendered the small cat to her without payment. Kitten was her name because Anna never expected to keep her. 

I remember visiting Anna in her Hartford apartment back then. Kitten was an ankle-attacker: when you walked through the apartment, you would suddenly find this small cat attached to your ankle by teeth and claws. You would jump in fright of the sudden attack, and Kitten would release you and scamper off (gleefully, no doubt). 

Anna, I hope that despite your pain, you are able to read the comments to this post for Kitten.


  1. Oh goodness, how sad. I'm so sorry. I'd be crushed.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about Kitten. Those are beautiful pictures to remember her by.

  3. I am very sorry to read about the loss of beautiful Kitten. My sincerest condolences.

  4. She was so beautiful! What a joy she must have been in your life.

    Many hugs and purrs from Siofra and I. Please remember the good life you gave to Kitten, and all the love she gave you in return. These are the things that are important now.

  5. I'm sorry to hear about Kitten. Those are beautiful photos. I always say make sure you take lots of photos of your pets. They can be comforting when the pet is gone. Sorry for the loss of Kitten.

  6. What terrible news ! Coming home and finding Kitten dead on the floor. This must have been a terrible shock. Please tell your daughter that I can feel what she is feeling right now. The void that an active cat leaves behind, even the scratches and the fact that maybe she demolished rugs or furniture she will miss. There are no words to pronounce to even try to appease the pain. Only the time can do something but Kitten will always be present in her heart. Now I can remember without pain my Max who passed away 2 years ago after 19 years of commun life. Now I only remember the nice moments we had, the laughter he caused how cute and clumsy he was sometimes. Rosie who is now the 5th cat could never replace him each cat is unic.
    I am sorry for your daughter and even if this phrase is ordinary "Time heals wounds" it is the truth. The memory will always stay.

  7. I am so sorry to hear that Kitten has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. My condolences to you and your family on your loss.

  8. I'm so sorry to read about wee Kitten - she looked a beautiful cat. {{Hugs}} to you.

  9. Sweet photos and such a sad story. Thanks for blogging it.

  10. I am so sorry about Kitten. How sad, but I think Anna gave her a really wonderful life (certainly better than what she might have faced had Anna not taken her in!).

    It is sad though. The same thing happened to one of my cats this summer while I was away (as you know Meeyauw). Nothing could have prevented it.

    She was a lovely kitty. I am sorry.

  11. She was beautiful. I know she will be deeply missed. It's wonderful that she was given such a good life in stark contrast to the one she almost had.

  12. Kitten was a pretty kittie. We're all sure she enjoyed her ankle attacks, especially in the middle of the night, when the bean is on the way to the bathroom and half asleep.

    We're sorry for your loss.


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