Monday, January 25, 2010

In Memory: Widge the cat 1994-2010








I know it is the logic of life that nothing lives for ever. But it doesn't mean it hurts less. Thursday night, our beloved cat Widge (initially named Minnie [the Minx] for her fur-raised, teeth-showing animosity to humanity) was sat on our laps - snuggling, purring, contented. Over the years we had loved her into loving us, as much as a cat ever can on their terms.

We'll miss having her around.

13 comments:

Persephone said...

We've had many cats over the years. They are not our furry children. (People who call their pet that have a pretty screwy idea about parenthood, methinks.) However, they are family members and under our protection and love. Widge was obviously (given her long life-span) well cared for and loved.

Krypto said...

Sorry to hear that :-( It always hits harder than you expect. Hope you both are doing ok.

Skuds said...

We lost our Scar on Friday and managed to wait a whole two days before adopting a new one.

The weird thing is, you will not believe how close we were to calling our new cat Widget yesterday!

jams o donnell said...

I'm sorry to hear of Widge's passing. She gave you years of love and affection.

chrissie_allen said...

Widge was a fab moggy. Thinking of you Lisa. XXXX

Evil Pixie said...

Sorry to hear about the loss to your family. It's not easy, no matter what people say, and the loss will echo for a while. But, on the positive, you have some great memories (and photos), so Widge still lives on in spirit.

Toby O'B said...

Widge looks like my late, lamented Tigli 1984-2004. Somebody abandoned her on the 12th floor of the hotel I worked in and it was the best that could have happened for both of us. (She wasn't weaned yet and it was quite a shock that first night when she crawled under my covers looking for a food supply....)

Well, I hope Tigli shows Widge around and I hope the pain from the loss eases quickly for you both....

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Thanks everyone - It feels horribly weird not having her 'quacking' at the door for food (she acquired her second name of Widge from the sound she made squawking at us, she never quite mastered the 'miaow' except when she had caught something when she sounded truly demonic!)

Also, the local big ginger tom cat, owned by one of our neighbours, is now most put out that his extra source of snacks (from Widge's food bowl) is no longer supplied. He looked terribly indignant when he turned up last night.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Persephone: yes, she was family and under our protection and love. Was she a furry 'child' to us? I don't know, not least because I don't have children (nor have I had siblings, nor did I have pets growing up -- unless you count dad's tropical fish). I don't think you can compare/equate the two relationships for sure, but she was 'baby', partly because she was such a little cat. She was often mistaken for a much younger kitten because she was small.

Krypto: it's hard because we've had her so long. It's weird to sit and think about shutting the living room door because we always left it ajar so she could come in from the kitchen / go out for nibbles from sitting on our laps.

Skuds: yes I saw about Scar! I don't think we'll succumb (so quickly) mostly because our cats have all been 'inherited strays' so we haven't done all the formal stuff of jabs etc demanded of properly acquired cats.

Jams, Chrissie and Evil Pixie: thanks again. The only thing I wish had extra to the pictures is some film of her because we miss her noise so much right now.

Toby: I totally hope that Tigli is showing Widge around. I bet they'd make a great pair!

J.J said...

I'm really sorry Lisa and Neil. No one who hasn't had a pet can possibly understand the sense of loss, but there are so many of us reading this who can instantly recall our own distress when our much loved pets have died.

Michele said...

Oh! Neil Gaiman's cat Zoe went last night, too - that's two much loved cats who've been lost in the last week. Many, many hugs...

Kris said...

Sorry to hear about Widge. Hope you are well.

bringmesunshine said...

So sorry x