Thursday, April 22, 2010

Comet

When I was in high school, my little sister and I set our sights on getting a cat. We’d recently moved into a new house, and we decided a pet was needed. Neither of us had any experience with cat ownership, but we figured a cat would be less messy than a dog and our pleading might therefore succeed. Our parents relented and, much to our great delight, we ended up with not one cat, but two! They were five-month-old litter mates named Star and Comet, and immediately upon taking them home, I officially became a Cat Person.

Star turned out to be quite social, smart, and dashing, with sleek fur and perfect tuxedo markings. Comet... well, we joked that these two were the George and Lenny of cats (from Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men). Comet always had slightly mussed fur, and he was huge – not fat, at least when he was young, just large – and he didn't seem to be terribly bright. He was easily startled, and spent much of his time hiding in the most remote corner of the house he could find. Despite all this, Comet adored me and liked to sit on my lap and purr while I did homework. Every time I visited my parents after I moved out, Comet would seek me out and insist on being held and petted and cuddled, as if to make up for all the attention he missed while I was gone.

I am telling you all this because Comet died today. He's the first real pet I've lost, and he wasn't even very old. My parents said they don't know what happened; he was sick about a week ago, recovered, then got sick again yesterday. They found him dead this morning.

Maybe this is the reason a tiny black-and-white kitten came into my life when she did. She turned out to be needed.

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23 comments:

Patti said...

Thanks for loving all of your kiddos as much as you do. You do my heart good.

Katnip Lounge said...

My sympathies. I sincerely feel that Cats know when to arrive in people's lives...and not to fight it.
xx Lounge Kat Mommy

BethAnn said...

Natalie! I am so sad to read this! I hope both Scarlett and Melly give you extra cuddles tonight and I just know that the new Angel Comet will look over them, and you, always.

xoxo, BethAnn

sue said...

This has made me cry. Your story is so eloquent, and your love for Comet so deep. I imagine you writing this post with tears streaming down your face.

I truly believe that things do happen for a reason. Melly was meant for you from the day she was born.

And Comet soars on.. Be happy sweet kitty.

Natalie, my deepest sympathies.

Anne Boleyn said...

Blessings on the dear Comet, and on you and your girls.

Natalie said...

Thank you all for your comments.

BethAnn: My mom said Comet is like Clarence in "It's a Wonderful Life" - a rather silly, bumbling angel, but one with a good heart.

Sue: There were indeed many tears. Melly was sitting on my lap purring and purring and trying to figure out why her human's face was leaking.

Martin Hooper said...

Natalie I know how you feel - My Sooty lived with my parents and he died a couple of years ago and I still miss even now when I go to my parents house...

*Hugs*

tigernbee said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dear Comet. My condolences to you and your family. Believe me, it is no coincidence that little Mz Melly came into your life ... I swear our furbabies never want us to be sad so they help guide another little soul to us. Aren't cats AMAZING?

I hope Comet is ready to play at the Rainbow Bridge because Tommy Whiskers, Humphrey, PeeWee and Pepper are all waiting for him!

Anonymous said...

Oh how sad for Comet. He'll dance over the Rainbow bridge with so many of the precious souls lost in my favourite kitty blogs of late :'(

I feel your pain as my tabby boy Wink had to be hospitalised last night. He's my first ever real pet and it just breaks your heart to think that their time might end before you're ready. Sorry you've had to face that.

G said...

Natalie: What with my postings extolling the wonders of cats and with what I am about to post, I should probably turn in my man card...

I sob at "It's A Wonderful Life" and I begin within the first minutes when I hear Clarence talking about George Bailey. I have always harbored a strong belief that those who are simple of heart (like Clarence) are dearest to God. I suspect Comet is in this class. I am sorry for your loss but remain convinced Melly didn't come into your life by chance.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your kitty. He sounds like a such a lovely spirit. I hope Scarlet and Melly are able to bring you comfort.

Anonymous said...

Comet will live on in your memory, and in time that will help you through the pain of losing a much loved companion. I am so sorry for your loss.

Puglette said...

i am so sorry to hear about sweet comet. it is always difficult to lose a beloved pet. comet had a wonderful life with you and your family.
hugs,
puglette

Kitty said...

I'm so sorry. Sending hugs your way.

Rene said...

My condolences. It's hard to lose a childhood pet. I lost my childhood kitty, Berries, four years ago (who was 19), and hardly a day goes by that I don't think about her.

"Rise up slowly, Angel. It's hard to let you go."

Cynthia M. Suprenant said...

Dear Natalie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful guy, wasn't he? Your love of and appreciation for him resonates strongly in what you wrote. May he rest in peace!!!

Cynthia

beka0430 said...

So sorry to hear about Comet. I have really struggled each time I've lost a pet (which have been cats most of the time), so I understand how devastating it must feel for you. I will keep you in my thoughts, and I hope you find some comfort in Scarlett and Mell, although I am in no way suggesting that any animal can ever replace another :)

Marlene said...

I add my condolences to those above. I was totally devastated when I lost my Q last year and still miss him today. My new pair of kitties do help lessen the pain as I hope Scarlett and Melly do for you.

Sylvestermiasmomma said...

Oh my, this brings tears to my eyes. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP sweet Comet. Hugs to you Natalie.

Tanya Sloan said...

Oh, Natalie. I'm so sorry. I am one of the people that struggles very hard emotionally and physically with loss. I've had three very special cats pass away, and every single time I was not there with them. It tore me apart. I think that's why it has always hit me like a brick wall and I have a very hard time sometimes when I think that I wasn't there to say goodbye. Then I remember how much I, and my family, loved them, and I know that before they passed away they knew that they were loved and that they were part of a family.

I think of my three little angels every day, and I love every single kitty I meet with all my heart, because I know of the incredible power of love and friendship that each of them has to give to their human families. For me, supporting my shelter has been a huge help. Every time I send a kitty to a loving home, I feel a little like I'm waving to my lost pets, because I'm honoring the importance of their impact on my life by making it possible for others to experience the same connection and love. I hope you find something that will help you feel better.

Rest in peace, Comet. Virtual hug to you, Natalie.

Laurie Cinotto said...

Yes, it's no accident that Melly found her way to you exactly when she did.

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Comet was very lucky to know your love.

Take good care,,, Laurie and the kitties

carmar76 said...

Just now catching up on posts & wanted to add my condolences. *HUGS* Each kitty has a special place in our hearts, and it's never easy to lose them, even when we have others to help us heal.

Anonymous said...

The late and lovely Comet reminds me a little of my Xena, who has that same cinderblock-with-fur build but a few tabby bits where Comet was all black. I cried because I was sad for you and because Comet reminded me of Xena (who is thankfully asleep in a chair a few feet away) and of a wonderful cat I lost a couple of years ago named Tiggy. I got Tiggy when she was about 11 -- her people had gotten a dog, and it wasn't working out. Tiggy was a torbie, which is why having arrived at our home as "Samantha," she soon became "Tiggy." Tiggy hid a lot for a few weeks, then fell in love with me, and vice versa. She had kind of a muffled meow that sounded like "mrr," and if I called "Tiggy, come see mommy," she would race to get to me, every time. After a few years, my husband and I found her panting one night, took her to the emergency vet, and found she had lung cancer. It wasn't treatable, and with a lot of money, we *maybe* could have gotten her well enough to take home, but not for long. So we sent her off that night, and she was such a sweet cat that even the vet cried. I've had cats for about 35 years, and it never gets easier. My husband and I, and Xena, Lolly and Maya all send you big hugs. I think Melly will be a huge comfort to you. She sure is cute! (I got Maya as a little black kitten about 3 months after I lost Tiggy, and she was a lifesaver!)

Jenn