Goodbye to My Sweet Sophie

Sat, Mar 20, 2010

Loss & Memorial


Today I had to say goodbye to my sweet kitty Sophie. Sophie was an older cat, probably around 20, I’m not sure. She had only been with me for five years, coming to me after her owner passed away. She was such a tough cookie, fighting kidney failure, feline diabetes, and arthritis. She just kept going and going, and I know she would still be going if her little body hadn’t given out.

This is the first cat that I’ve lost as an adult and I’m just heartbroken. Even though I knew she’d be the first to go, you’re never really prepared to loose one. As you probably can tell, my cats mean the world to me and I cherish every moment I have with them. These little creatures are there every day as part of your life. You build a daily routine with them and when one leaves, there’s a hole.

I know this is what everyone says when someone you love passes away, but this experience is just a reminder to appreciate the time you have with your feline companions. These special little souls are each so unique — they are full of personality and can touch our lives in deep and meaningful ways. Everyone, please go give your kitties a kiss and tell them how much you love them.


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300 Responses to “Goodbye to My Sweet Sophie”

  1. 101

    :( best wishes

  2. 102

    I’m sad to hear of your loss, but glad to know that Sophie had such a long life…a testament to the wonderful care that she was given. May memories of your sweet companion bring you comfort.

  3. 103

    It’s not easy saying goodbye to them, that’s for sure, even when you know the end is in sight.

    Sophie was one lucky girl to have you Kate – my sincerest condolences

  4. 104
    Alice Kieft

    It is very hard, and I know Sophie is not in pain anymore, and has left behind tons of fond memories (and some beautiful pictures). I will send you light.

  5. 105
    Tammy Botzon

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful special lady.

  6. 106

    Much love to you~ we think about death from time to time and you’re right, we are never really prepared for it. i hope your fond memories, and the knowing that Sophie was loved and cared for deeply by you, will fill the hole and keep your heart up and up. If you have other cats, I hope they adjust well.

  7. 107

    :( So sorry..

  8. 108

    Oh, I’m so sorry! Strange how quickly our fur babies steal our hearts. She was lucky to have you guys to love and care and give her another five good years. I’ll give my Sophie extra lovins today for yours.

  9. 109
    Cathy S.

    I’m so sorry. I’ve lost two kitties of my own (one named Sophie) and several foster cats and kittens and I can tell you, it breaks my heart every time. Every cat is special in its own way, and losing them takes a little piece of you.
    Sophie was a beautiful girl. Bless you for taking in an older, sick kitty. As a foster/rescue person, I know that makes you a very special, loving person.
    Hoping your memories of Sophie help you through the tough days.


  10. 110

    I am so sorry to hear of Sophie’s crossing. It’s terribly hard to lose such a good friend. I will send Light for you and Sophie both. My heart goes out to you.

  11. 111

    Kate, I am so sorry to hear of you losing your sweet girl. It is the hardest loss ever. You should be so proud that you gave her 5 amazing years and I am sure she knows that she provided you with 5 years of love and happiness. Stay strong- your other kitties will need you to lavish them with love while they try and figure out why Sophie is no longer with them.

  12. 112

    I’m so sorry you lost one of your kitties. I’ve lost so many over the past few years (strays and my own cats) and it never gets any easier.

  13. 113

    Sending you healing on your loss. I’ve lost several cats over the years, and there’s always a special place in my heart for each one and a corresponding hole when they leave. Blessings, love, and light to your feline and human families.

  14. 114
    E. McPan

    Aww, so sorry for your loss. Don’t worry – Sophie’s in kitty heaven scratching up armchairs and other furniture.

  15. 115

    So sorry for your loss. I know how you feel having lost our beautiful cat Chaka, too. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. 116
    Louise McCloud

    I know exactly how you feel, I had a cat Frisky, she was a gift from my son and I got her at 8 weeks old, I had that black and white ball of love and fur for 23 years, she was my best friend, my companion, she and I would have the best conversatiosn, her meowing, me asking her questions, she was so affectionate, smart, lovable, intelligent, it broke my heart when she died and I vowed never to get another cat, but I discovered Frisky had other plans, the day she died, my friends and I had a burial for her complete with eulogy, she was just such an angel, but as it happened a cat in the apartment complex where I live really needed a home, I was reluctant to take Patches but as soon as I saw her, I knwe I had too, I couldn’t let her go to a shelter, it didn’t take long to realize how much like my angel Frisky Patches is, then it occured to me, what frisky and I had was so special she would never want me to be alone, so she sent this special little cat, not to take her place, because nothing ever could, but for me to love and care for as I loved and cared for frisky.

    Clearly Patches is Frisky gift and I swear frisky is still very much with us, sometimes I will take friskys picture and show it to patches, she “snuggles up to it”, and sometimes I swear I can feel her presence, so can patches.

    I know this time is so hard, I feel your pain, but I believe cats become angels and go to heaven and someday we’ll be together again forever.

  17. 117
    Louise McCloud

    Please, if others have stories to share, please lets share?

  18. 118

    Hang in there hun. All we can hope to do as cat owners is to give them the best lives we possibly can, and I know you did just that. Just by looking at her adorable face you can tell she was well loved, well cared for, and had owners that really wanted her to be there. She wouldn’t have pulled through all her medical issues for almost 20 years if she didn’t love you guys. Big hugs <3

  19. 119

    Just remember that you gave her a wonderful five years – she looks so happy in your photos! Most people reading your blog have lost cats. We all know what it’s like, and we share your grief.

  20. 120
    Tanya B

    ;_: I’m sorry for your loss…. she looks like she was a beautiful character. Just remember she’ll always be with you =^.^=

  21. 121

    I am sorry about it. I have happened for your situation in several occasions since I devote myself to gather kittens of the street and to give them an opportunity. I have many, what it has taken me to all kinds situations.

    The march of a being wanted always leaves trace, but I am sure that you will be able to find to another kitten to which you will be able to deliver all your love, and although it will never cover the place of the previous one, you will be able to give him an opportunity.

    I wish you that you recover your forces and adopt to another kitten, although better two, since company will be made.

    A very strong hug.

  22. 122
    Cathy M.

    Kate, I am so sorry for your loss. Our cats truly are our children (I have both the human variety (2 boys) and the feline variety (2 boys, 2 girls) and they are all precious to me. My two oldest cats are 15 and 14 now, I can’t remember life without them. You were blessed to have Sophie as long as you did, and she was blessed to have you to care for her. My heart is with you.


  23. 123

    I am so sorry that you have lost your beloved Sophie. I recently lost my beloved Coco and no matter how long you have had your pet losing that pet is not easy. There is a wonderful website called Rainbow Bridge that just might help. I have used it and it did help me alot.

  24. 124

    My greatest sympathies… Losing a kitty just sucks, there’s no two ways about it. It does get easier though. Everyone at my house will be thinking about you.

  25. 125

    …there’s nothing i could say that will help you… so i just wanted to let you know how sorry i am.

  26. 126

    I am so sorry for your loss…i loved my pets that are gone so much they are tattooed across my back so I understand…

    I’m sure Sophie knew how loved she was, she was a very lucky girl to find someone as caring and cool as you! Not many people will adopt an older cat and make their golden years so special!

  27. 127

    I am very sorry for the loss of your feline friend.

  28. 128

    this may seem silly but this song i equate with owning pets…we all know how it’s goin to end yet we choose to love them anyway!

  29. 129

    My cats will be 14 years old this year, and I’ve had them since they were kittens. Fortunately they’re still in good health, but as they age I do think about the time that will eventually come, and it makes me sad. I’m sorry for your loss of Sophie. Not all cats who lose their owners get adopted by someone else… – you gave her five years of joy!

  30. 130

    I’m so sorry, my heart is just breaking for you. I know how it feels and no matter how much you know it’s coming, you’re never ready. Sophie was a lucky girl, and you were lucky in return for having shared your life with her. May your memories and the other cats help you through this difficult time.

  31. 131

    It’s wonderful that this senior girl got to spend the last years of her life with someone who cared so much. There are many older kitties that lose their owners and don’t end up in such a nice place.

    Personally I think that the beings we love never really leave us, they just come back to us in a different form. I’m sure she’s near you now saying, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  32. 132

    We are sorry to hear about your loss. She was a very happy and lucky girl. I hope you are able to open your home and heart to a new kitty who needs you. Thanks for sharing her photos with us.


  33. 133
    Miki Lo

    What a beautiful and wonderful pet Sophie will always be. I lost one of my cats, Sammi, last year. She was a black American Shorthair breed and she was such a sweetheart. It is just heartbreaking to lose a member of your household. My most heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  34. 134
    Missy K

    I’m so sorry.
    She looks sweet…

    I lost my Morticia in 2004,and Chan in 2008.
    I adopted Morticia from north shore animal league when she was 4 months.She had ciggarette burns on her body.Her whiskers had been burne off. Chan I found starving filthy crying ,in Chinatown NYC.
    I had Morticia her entire life,and she lived to be 24 years old.It was like a person died.She had kidney failure.She died in my arms after I told her,”just go,don’t worry about me”.
    Chan developed cancer within a year of Morticia dying .I absolutely believe he was heartbroken when she died too.I had to remove part of one of his paws to get rid of the tumor.
    Chan was the sweetest soul id ever known,human or otherwise. He was 16+.
    The cancer came back in 2008,and he died in my arms in Dec.
    I had 4 other cats…,and still the house felt empty.Chans personality was so big.
    I waited about 6 months,and decided I needed to get another cat.
    I adopted a 13 year old that lost her human to old age,and I adopted a pure breed dumped by her humans after they kept her caged for 3 years.I love them,but no one comes close to Morticia or Chan.
    I decided to get a kitten .
    I took a tiny sickly male kitten,that jumped into my lap of his own accord..The woman that had them said,”the kittens never go to anyone at this age”.
    He’s a totally different breed from Chan,but at 6 months,he still didn’t answer to his name.He mewls like Chan,eats like Chan,plays like Chan.He’s almost as sweet..hes is a hand full .
    One day ,I just called him Chan,and *thats* when he answered to his name.
    I honestly believe,he just might be Chan.
    He’s finally figured out what his name is now,but he answered to Chan,when thats not what i called him for 7 months .
    So sometimes,we get them back.I like to think so.They’re not exactly the same but,its them.
    So I take comfort in that.

  35. 135

    So sorry for your loss. It looks and sounds like you have loving memories to help you through this time, and you have this wonderful site/blog as a tribute to her and all critters feline. For Sophie, for me, and for many others who enjoy what you do for us, thank you. Warm furry hugs & purrs.

  36. 136

    What a beautiful kitty! God bless you for providing her with a loving, good home. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  37. 137
    The Island Cats

    We’re so sorry to hear about Sophie…even though she had a good long life, it’s still difficult to say goodbye…purrs to you…

  38. 138

    I’m so sorry for your loss – I treasure every moment I have with my kitties and I’m so sorry you didn’t get to have more with Sophie. It is terrible to lose any loved one, animal or human.

  39. 139

    So sorry for your loss.

    Sophie was a beautiful cat.

    Adopting an older cat can be so rewarding- but also bittersweet.

    I am glad that you were there to love her and be loved by her for five years. I am sure that when the time is right you will see her again.

    Hugs and much love


  40. 140

    Oh, Kate, I am so very sorry for you and your family for your loss of precious Sophie — what a little fluffy beauty! and indeed, such a trooper. We could, I’m sure, share many stories of loved ones who grace our lives and leave too soon; and how well I know the “hole” of which you write. It’s been in our lives many, many times. Do be glad you had the very good time your did have with this special little girl, and that she had such a wonderful home and loved life as part of your family. I know we will be reunited with our loved ones and I hope you believe this as well. We will always hold them in our hearts — and your Sophie may visit you if you are quiet, aware, and receptive. <3 Sophie ((((((((^^))))))))

  41. 141
    Tabbymom Jen

    I’m so sorry! I know how you feel. I was 17 when I lost my first cat; he was 15. Scruffy was 10 when we got her and died from a tumor at 12. We had Bonnie all 11 years of her life and her death was completely unexpected. I loved them all and miss them. I think of them every day. With time, it will hurt less. Remember the things you love about Sophie. Mix laughter with tears. And know that all your cat-people friends know and understand how you feel. Hugs, Jen

    Victor & Nina send purrs, nose kisses, and ear licks to your kitties, who will also miss Sophie.

  42. 142

    I am so sorry for your loss – having lost my wonderful Toto (age 16) to Cancer in January, I can understand how devastated you must feel. Be kind to yourself, heal at your own schedule and remember Sophie often.

    FYI (in case it helps), I found it useful for myself and my younger cat Jasper to use a flower essence to help us – there are many options, you can email me if you’d like the details of the one I used.

    Peace and happy memories to you once the pain has passed.

  43. 143

    aww may she rest in peace!

  44. 144

    So very sorry to hear about your loss! She was very beatiful, and I’m sure will be remember with love.

  45. 145

    I’m so sorry to hear about Sophie, Kate. {{{{BIG HUG}}}}.

  46. 146

    Oh, what a pretty kitty. Such a distinctive face! And what a life of love she had.

    Wishing you peace and comfort.

  47. 147

    very sad news, wishing you peace.

  48. 148
    Elizabeth Berrien

    How wonderful for Sophie, that you adopted her at such an advanced age, with such special needs… and let her spin out another five years feeling cared for and loved.

    She had such knowing eyes – a very old soul… I love to think of Sophie’s kitty spirit liberated from the used-up, discarded body, soaring carefree til the day she signs up for a new body… and greets you in her renewed form.

  49. 149
    Mari P

    I’m so sorry that you are hurting. You are paying tribute to a beautiful life who touched you deeply, listened to your trials, shared your joys, enjoyed your love and nurturing. God Bless You!

  50. 150
    The Creek Cats

    So sorry about the loss of your sweet Sophie. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. (((hugs)))


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