Thursday, 5 July 2012

Goodbye sweet Cally-Cat

Yesterday, we had to say goodbye to our sweet
following a short illness.

We always knew this day would come sooner
rather than later, since she came to us in January,
age 16 when we fostered her from 
where Hope volunteers on a Saturday morning.

(first day with us)
Cally had a few medical issues
for which she took various medications
but her main problem was loneliness.
She loved to chat and adored company,
but as much as the overworked staff
tried to give her their time, 
they have so many other
animals to be cared for.
At her age and with her medical problems,
realistically Cally was never going 
to be picked for 'forever family' adoption.

Fostering Cally was an easy decision.
She very quickly settled in, and she
and Rosie Mae soon came to an agreement
that she would do as she wanted 
(walk on Rosie, sleep in her bed, steal scraps etc)
and Rosie Mae would do nothing about it.

She was rather absent minded
and would be found stopped in her tracks, 
clearly having forgotten what she was doing.
She often ate her dinner half in and half out of
her 'cupboard', forgetting to totally get
through the flap!

Cally enjoyed wandering around the garden,
usually telling the birds off for tweeting.

She made the loft room her own, melting into the 
carpet with the warmth. 

Recently, Cally's arthritis made her rather
uncomfortable, but with more
medication and her cat flap removed
(leaving just the hole)
she returned to her usual chatty, 
always-round-my-feet insistent self.

Sadly, her kidneys finally gave up working
and the worst-decision-in-the-world
 had to be made to let her go.
I was upset not to be with her at the end
as I was on a school trip,
but Carol, the animal centre's 'cat lady'
was with her and she loved Cally
as much as us, so this gives me some comfort.

Goodbye, sweet Cally.
We had you in our lives for only a short time,
but we loved you so much
and we will miss you forever.



craftattack said...

So sorry Jo, this must be hard for you. I hope she is now playing the diva in her cat heaven, free of pains, and knowing she was loved by you all. Valerie

SusieJ said...

I hope the same as Valerie for Cally Cat.
I'm so sorry and I know how you must be feeling.
Take comfort that you made the last months of her life happy ones and that she's no longer in pain.
Big (((hugs))) xx

Susan T said...

Oh Jo I am so sorry. I know you grew very attached to Cally, and it was very brave of you to take her on at the end of her life knowing how poorly she was already. I am sure you made an old cat very happy and she will be looking down on you from Kitty heaven.

Anesha said...

So sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a lovely character.

marigold jam said...

So sorry to learn of poor Cally's demise but she must have had a wonderful few months living with you at the end of her life and knowing that she was loved which was so important. Time the great healer will do its work but in the meantime you will miss her terribly I know.

Carmen said...

Oh dear - this post has really choked me up. Thank goodness for people like you and the animal centre staff (not forgetting of course Hope who bought you all together) for giving characters like Cally Cat a wonderful, loving place to live out their final days in happiness and comfort.

Big hugs Jo x

Sabrina said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Callie, but it sounds like she was able to enjoy her last months because of your family. That really is a blessing to have made her happy and comfortable in her life. Best Wishes.

Leslie said...

Good on you for giving that poor old cat a home for her final days. My cousin had a chatty cat like Cally and I was amazed how much she had to say every time I visited. You did a good thing.

Anns Art said...

So sorry. This decision always breaks my heart, but has to be done, after all it's the last kind thing we can do for them. Doesn't make it any easier though does it.

Ruca said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that you had to let Cally go, but it sounds like she was lucky to have had an idyllic existence with you. She seems to have been an absolute sweetie. I'm sorry for your heartache.

scrappyjen said...

Thinking of you at this difficult time. The photos you have posted are perfect and I love what you have written. (((hugs))) jenx

hensteeth said...

Oh goodness, sorry. x

Menopausalmusing said...

Our cat died about five weeks ago and I still look for him........

Callycat had the best of homes for the last stretch of her life. I nodded at the bit where you said she melted into the carpet in the sunshine... cats can do that, can't they?

Trece said...

My heart aches for you. Here's something that may help. It has comforted me.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

BadPenny said...

Bless her little heart. She touched all of us in her short time with you. Dear little Cally Cat, night night xx

sugar Creek said...

Oh so sorry about your sweet kitty. At least she is pain free and at peace now and you gave her the best life she could have at her age! sending you hugs!!

JansArtyJunk said...

Oh, So Sorry to hear this Jo...Your post and pics are a wonderful tribute to dear little Cally cat, and well done you for giving her a wonderful loving and happy home to live out her final days. Hugs! Jan x

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so, so sorry to read about Cally! But what a blessing you were to her this past 6 months! You opened your heart and home to her when she needed someone, and just as I told you then, I admired you for that! I know your time with her was much too short, but I think you would do it all over again if you had the chance! Take comfort in knowing you truly made a difference for her, and that one day, you'll see Cally again--And what a day that will be!! xxxx

Becky Dunham said...

I am sorry about your Cally-Cat Joanna! She was truly beautiful and it sounds as if she was beautiful on the inside too. I am sure she enjoyed her time with you. Hugs!

Margaret said...

I'm so sorry to read about dear sweet Cally-Cat. How wonderful that she was so loved and understood by you and your family over the past few months, bless her. Big hugs Mxx

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Jo this is a wonderful tribute to miss cally-cat. I am trying not to cry! i am glad you wrote about her. I think both you and her are very special. xoxo (hugs) (more hugs) lenna

Pennyblossoms said...

So sorry to read of your loss.
It is the one real downer to owning a pet.
But she had a lovely, happy life with you and those memories are what make it all worthwhile.
Z xx

Printed Material said...

Jo, if there is a silver lining to this it has to be that you gave her a fantastic loving six months in a family home without loneliness. What a wonderful thing you all did for her and she obviously gave back much in return.

Lisa said...

Just saw your post title on another blog and just had to pop over and say I am so sorry you have lost such a dearly loved cat such as Cally. She sounds like a real character. You are right it is the worst decision ever that has to be made, but we have to do it for them. I had to do it for my dad's dog who came to live with us after he passed away. It is so heartbreaking but the love we shared with them helps us in the aftermath.
Take care
Lisa x

Jewels said...

:( Nothing more to be said Jo - I know exactly where you are at. J

Alix said...

So sorry to read this. Cally clearly brought a lot of joy into your lives in the short time she was with you, and you gave her just what she needed, lots and lots of love.

Sarah said...

You absolutely gave her the best home she could wish for in her last few sad for you though that you didnt have longer with her :(

Devon said...


I'm so sorry to hear about this - I'm sure she loved living with you, you look like you gave her a great home.
It's obvious you gave her loads of love.

Devon xx

Virginia said...

Sending you the biggest hugs, she had an awesome home whilst she was with you and obviously enjoyed it immensely - thinking of you all!

Monica said...

how heartbreaking. you made her last few month happy, safe and gave her lots of love.