Thursday, August 13, 2009

Turnip, Too

I began writing this post one week ago and never completed it. I never had the heart and I still don't. Turnip has died. He was hit by a car last week. Thankfully (again), it was quick and he was beautiful in death. John has buried him in the garden. Turnip was always so timid and fearful that I never ever thought he would make it all the way down to the road. Yet he did.

Turnip (named by Amelia because she "always wanted a cat named Turnip") was one of Matilda's babies, born in August, 1996 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was almost 13 years old. He was such a sweetie that he never fought with any other cat. He was totally submissive yet was very caring towards the other cats, and was always cuddling and washing the others. Zorro, Turnip's brother, is now the only survivor of Matilda's family.

Here is a slideshow of Turnip's life

Turnip's loss has been very difficult for all of us this week
but time heals.



  1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of beautiful Turnip.
    I can't write much because I am so devastated by the loss of my Charlie Taylor yesterday, but sharing will help.
    ML (Mary Lynn)

  2. Purrrrrrs and ((((((hugs)))) to your family Andree!! Turnip was very handsome and we know he will be missed!! Till we meet again Turnip!!
    Your FL furiends,

  3. I'm so sorry about the loss of Turnip, Andree. Silver, Stevie and Socksie send purrs and mews to you and all in your household. I send my condolences to you all as well.

  4. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our woofie cousin was killed by a car last week, so we know this is very hard for you. But we are so glad you found the courage to reach out to others to speak about Turnip. That, too, is part of the grieving process.

    Purrs and tail wags.

  5. We're so sorry to hear about Turnip.

    (((Hugs and headbonks)))

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  6. We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Turnip. We are sending many gentle purrs to you all.

    'Kaika and the Yosemite cats

  7. We is so sorry bout sweet Turnip! Mom has a soft spot fur tuxies cuz da firstest cat an cat afore Bonnie were bof tuxies. Turnip lufed you an knowed how much you lufed him. We hope yur pain will ease an you can amember da good times togefur.
    Hugs, purrs, an licks,
    Victor, Nina & Tabbymom Jen

  8. We is goin to send purrs and headbutts to da beans. And Turnip, when yoo cross the bridge and happen to see a shy Aby girl kitteh named TT Girl, wud yoo tell her's we misses her and loves her? Fanks,

    Mom, Laure

  9. Rufus and I are so sorry to hear this news. :( At least we know Turnip is in a happy place now.

  10. We are so sad to hear the news about Turnip. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    MamaCat & the FurryPurries
    Ozzy, Alice, Bootsie, Freckles, Lola, Dandelo & Honey

  11. We is so sorry fur yoor loss...we is sending gentle headbumpies and soft purrs. We know how hard it is to say good bye to a furry frend.

  12. We iz purrin fur you and gentle Turnip... Mom losted a boy named Patches to furry bads car. Him looked like Turnip.

    Gentle luvs and tears...

    Wittel Bootsie Woo.
    and da Katie Katz

  13. We are purrin' fur your heart to feel better and are feelin' really bad that poor Turnip had to leave this world too early. Sometimes it is betters to keep the kitties in the house whether they like it or not. It is a furry skeery place in the biggie world and there are many things that can kill kitties.

  14. We're sorry for your loss. Turnip was a very handsome kitty. We understand that you must miss him lots. Sending purrs to comfort all of you,


    Gypsy & Tasha

  15. I'm so sorry! :-(

    What a beautiful face!!!

  16. I am so sorry. I bet my Sebastian was there to help Turnip cross the bridge and show all the sights.

  17. I am so sorry to read about this kitty's death. As always, when we allow cats outside their lives are very short. You are most likely going to delete my message but there is no such thing as a beautiful death when you are young and you have been hit by a car for no other reason than being let out the door.

  18. No, I shall publish it. Dissent is no sin. I know how much you care and thank you for your condolences. I used to keep all of my cats inside the house. But living in the country, far far from a road, I was sure they were safe. But as my father always told me, all it takes is one car. Turnip was such a timid cat that I never thought he would walk so far from home. But he did. I have no excuses for allowing him to roam. It was a conscious choice on my part and I accept responsibility.


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