Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I lost my precious cat Mattie yesterday

I just had to say that I lost a beloved pet yesterday.  She was a most precious cat that we adopted about three years ago, and we loved her so very, very much.   Her name was rather complicated.  I'll explain:

We, my daughter and I, found her in a backwoods area in Central Florida when we were out on a walk in an area we probably shouldn't have been.  She was underweight, flea-bitten, mangy, and had only three legs.  We took care of the first three problems, found no information on why she only had three legs, but she seemed to get along fine without the missing one, and she immediately settled in as the best cat I've ever had.  She was proud, noble, no-nonsense, and very affectionate -- but not too much so!  She was perfect.

Anyway, I decided to name her Matilda for I guess a kind of coarse reason.  There's an old song, most popularly known in Australia, called "Waltzing Maltida."  Well, Mattie had three out of four legs, and waltzes are in 3/4 time, so -- well, you get the rest.  

We noticed about a week ago that she was hiding out a lot.  Then I noticed that she was thin.  Apparently, without my noticing for probably a week or two she had simply stopped eating.  The vet could find no cause, only symptoms, which he was unable to reverse -- and all his attempts at saving her were futile.  She died very quietly yesterday morning at home in her favorite sleeping place.

This is why I keep painting pets who are gone.  I only wish I had done one of her while I had a chance.  There's an empty spot in my heart today; I'm so very sad.


Jen said...

Dottie, I am so sorry. Losing a pet is terribly difficult no matter the circumstances. There's not much more I can say, but you have my thoughts & prayers.

Zelda said...

I am very sorry about Mattie. It's always so hard to lose a beloved, perfect companion. Please know I am thinking of you during this sad time.

Zelda said...

Oh Dottie, I am so sorry for your loss. Mattie sounded wonderful. It is always hard to say goodbye to a beloved companion and friend. I'm thinking of you.

Dottie said...

Thank you so much, Jen and Zelda. I really appreciate it. Yes, it's been very hard. Sometimes I feel I don't want to have any more pets, but then there's always one that finds me anyway.