Goodbye Seeta

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Goodbye Seeta

Postby ShadowCat » 25 Jul 2015, 08:48

Last thursday my parents made the hard decision to help our elderly tabby cat Seeta cross the rainbow bridge. She was one of the last links to my childhood and her passing is a painful reminder of how relentlessly time passes.

Seeta was only a tiny orphaned kitten when we took her in. I was a girl of 17, living at home still and took care of her intensively for as long as I lived there. When I moved out at age 19, I couldn't take her with me. She spent a few weeks waiting for me to get home by the front door every night, like she would to when I went out on weekends. Then, realising I was gone for good (bar the occasional visit) she turned to my brother and ignored me whenever I visited.

That has been 18 years ago. Since then I've moved house again (in which house three cats decided to move in to too), my brother became a dad and husband, we said goodbye to our last grandmother, my parents retired and Seeta was still with us as this little steady value in fur we all adored. In the last year we saw her becoming an elderly lady. Skinny, sometimes a bit confused, but still higly spirited. She became gentler though, enjoying a careful cuddle more than before. I've sat with her a lot in these last weeks. Talking about "old times" as we girls can do that.

Yesterday, when my parents came over and told me, I realised how much life changes every day. Just like the little fleeriddled troublesome kitten dangling from the drapes became an elderly catlady with the usual ailments of oldage in what seemed the blink of an eye, we too changed as much as a family. I see now, that my parents aren't young anymore. My inlaws both passed in this last year and a half. The relentlessness of time passing is aweinspiring, and yet weirdly beautiful. Not something to fight, but something to savour. Everyday is different than the one before.

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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby Heddwen » 25 Jul 2015, 09:56

Blessings upon Seeta's passing :candle:

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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby Selene » 25 Jul 2015, 22:15

I'm so sorry for your loss, ShadowCat. Blessings on her journey.
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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby Hennie » 26 Jul 2015, 01:00

Wonderful how death, well perceived, can enrich life, doesn't it? Wishing you strength,

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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby adiantum » 26 Jul 2015, 05:58

Be aware of your dreams the next while, and she may come to you! My old kitty who was my primary companion for 18 years still comes to me from time to time in the dreamworld.....even over a year later....
"But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task,…If anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?’--Tolkien
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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby DaRC » 26 Jul 2015, 15:55

Sorry to hear about your cat Seeta :( you have a wonderful way of perceiving her progression through life.
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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby Carbonscorpion » 26 Jul 2015, 23:25

What a wonderful perspective on life Seeta has imparted to you, blessings upon her journey. My wife works in veterinary medicine, as such our house is always full of cats (currently 5). It is amazing the stability of love and companionship animals can provide us. Carpe Diem, indeed!

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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby ShadowCat » 27 Jul 2015, 08:19

Thank you all so much for your kind words...

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Re: Goodbye Seeta

Postby Aphritha » 28 Jul 2015, 16:48

So sorry for your loss... :-( :candle:



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