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Our house is haunted

Our house is haunted. I take the can opener from the drawer and wait for someone to come near. I hear noises and expect to see a little face peering up at me. I walk into the bedroom and look to see if someone is napping on the bed. I eat my morning cereal and save just a bit of milk to share with a little friend. Yes, our house in haunted by the memories of two elderly cats which have been a part of our lives for the last eighteen years.

We knew this day would come as they aged, lost weight, became less active, stopped playing, and then showed signs of actual suffering. But still the dreaded days came too soon. We lost Adelaide in December and then Clementine just this past weekend.

So, for the first time in many, many years there are no little felines sharing our home. Will we get another cat? Perhaps, but not for a time. The cat accouterments are boxed and in the attic awaiting possible future need.

Are there animals in heaven? Randy Alcorn has an interesting perspective on this in his book Heaven. I do know that God created the animals and that He cares for them and wants us to take good care of those which he has entrusted to our care. I'm thankful for those which have given me a great deal of joy and left their paw prints on my heart.


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8 Comments on “Our house is haunted”

  1. #1 Rhonda
    on Mar 26th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss! We have become cat rescuers, so currently we have three, one of which is going on 15 years old. It’s very sad to watch her age and difficult to know how much discomfort is too much. But we, too, love our kitties that we consider to be a blessing in our lives. I hope that you will pull those kitty accouterments out of the attic sooner than you think you will.

  2. #2 Sonis Johnson
    on Mar 26th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our pets always occupy a small corner of our hearts.

  3. #3 Ann B.
    on Mar 26th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Becka, I never thought I’d be a “cat person,” but when we lost my daughter’s cat the weekend after her high school graduation, it was very hard for all of us. Here is a link to what I wrote at the time, if you are interested.

  4. #4 Deb Holman
    on Mar 26th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I am so sorry to hear that you have yet another loss! I truly understand what it is like to expect that you are going to see your pet. There habits remain after they are gone. I still have times when I expect to see Cocoa, Taz, or Wile! They are still missed after several years of them being gone! Share my love and thoughts with Rob and the rest of the family! Love you guys!

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Mar 26th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I’m so sorry about your kitties. You must miss them so much.

  6. #6 Deb
    on Mar 26th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    So very sorry, Becka. I’m not even a cat person, but I know how I will feel when our 14 year old Springer Spaniel is no longer with us. I know you’re going through a tough time losing your special pets.

  7. #7 Mary Ries
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your sweet fur babies. I know how hard this loss must be. You can borrow Fiyero whenever you want to!

  8. #8 Nora
    on Apr 7th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This just made me cry. I am so sad with you and for you. As much as I joked about Clem, she was a really nice cat. And I miss spunky little Adelaide. I dread losing our pets and I am sad for you that you have those little empty places in your home and your heart. Let me know when you want me to dog train your next cat. 😉 love you mom

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