We lost one of our cats today, Everett. He was one of 5 cats born to Sneaker in our house about 7 1/2 years ago. A picture of him just before he died, as well as him as a young kitten are shown here. He had a heart problem that surfaced recently and we made the decision to put him to sleep this morning. Later today, we buried him and had our own family funeral service.
A co-worker, on another team, died last week as well. I’m revisited by when my wife’s step mom died and the focus on how short life is. I’ve seen plenty of cats dead along the side of the road and yet realize that when you are close to an animal, like our cat Everett, it has a much different effect. I feel more empathy now for pet owners who lose their pets and also look back wishing I had paid a little more attention and exercised more care, than I did to Everett.
He was a happy cat with an extraordinarily loud meow. Quite often he’d meow and then I’d meow back at him. That would continue for many minutes at a time as the meow tone kept getting louder and louder. I feel like he had a good home and he was surrounded by those who loved him at the end on the vet table, where you see a picture of him minutes before he was injected and put to sleep for good.
My wife has a special connection to our cats, more than I do. With my sorrow, I can only imagine how difficult this must be for her. Even the death of a pet is having a big effect on me and where I’m putting my thoughts and focus today. I can only imagine what it is like to lose those close to us who are our fellow human beings.
I’m given perspective today. So often I get focused on building and creating things, along with preserving wealth, that I forget that life is presently finite and that each and every moment may be our last. I will look to do better in the department of providing emotional feeling and connection with those close to me, even the other 3 cats which we still have: Sneaker, Dido, and Ator. Life is this crazy chaotic journey and it can end so suddenly.
Everett was barely alive before he was injected and died. It was only a couple seconds before his body went lifeless. I’m brought back to a current quest of mine to understand the true nature of reality. On the one hand, I could see it as Everett being shut off and gone for good. On the other hand, I hope I get to see him again, pet him, and have another meowing contest with him. I don’t know what the future will hold. Moving forward, I’ll seek to be more compassionate and make the most of each moment of every day.
RIP Everett, one of your owners,
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