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My cat "Ducky" has finally taken her journey across the rainbow bridge to see her sisters after (nearly) 17 years of life.
She passed on after a severe bought with a feline cold and she was too old to fight it off.
She didn't suffer as far as we know, her eyes were peaceful and shining.
Just around 30-35 minutes before she passed my dad and I went in to pet her and she still managed a soft purring.
Ducky was my first cat; the cat that was only meant to stay a while but became a regular tenant at our loving home.
She lived a good life and although it pains me to have her gone I know she did not suffer and for that I am glad.
My heart hurts from the guilt that maybe we could have done something but there was nothing we could do other than prolong some kind of suffering. We made her comfortable and gave her love and petting during her final days.


--RIP 'Ducky' --
"My old granny cat"
I will miss you like madness but we will meet again~
1996 - Oct. 8th, 2013



EDIT: Although a lot of stuff has been happening (most of it negative sadly) we knew Ducky was nearing the end of her life. Sadly she'd been dropping in weight rather rapidly and the vet just told is she is just getting old. She was a bigger cat so her life expectancy was not long, they said not past 10 years old, she was also rather hefty most of her life; big boned and just...big, so she got arthritis something fierce and we had her on meds for that for a bit until we noticed it didn't do anything to help at all.
So regardless of all the crap happening this happening, although sad, is kind of a good thing. She didn't suffer and I was able to say goodbye to her. Our other 3 cats we had in the past I never got to say goodbye to the which was heartbreaking, but I am grateful I got to spend a few of Ducky's last moments with her holding her and telling her how much I loved her and that it was okay to let go. That I would be okay without her now.
I am still and probably will grieve her passing for a long time since she was my first cat, I had her since she was a kitten and she grew up with me. She was my 'fat cat'.
Anyway, I had a few people mentioning the absolute sh*t luck I've had the last few weeks but honestly I think it's sunk if that no matter what I'm kind of destined to have it happen and there's not much to do but realize this and just do what you can do move on from it.
I am very glad for the years I've had Ducky in my life as not just a pet but a friend. She was there for me as a child protecting me from thunderstorms, sharing cereal with me, and her warmth.
So yes, it is sad but death is not the closing of a door but rather the opening of a new one for the soul that parts from this world into the next.
She is with her sisters now pain free and wading in fields of evergreen catmint and clover.
I know I will see her again... when the time comes for me to leave this world I will see her waiting for me.
<3
I made this in MSPaint considering this is all I have at the moment on this computer I'm on. These pics are from 2007-2008.
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ButtFloof Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry you had to go through this, it's never easy losing a pet. They become a part of your family, so it's always heartwrenching when they have to leave us. My family lost our one-year-old puppy named Rosie recently to a sudden illness, and she was just like a little sister to me. </3 So I know your pain. :cry: I wish you all the best! :hug:
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TheButterflyEffectee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*literally is crying* *lost so many pets in my lifetime* *most heartbreaking death was my kitten... barely had time to live...*Waaaah! 
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BlueDragon14201 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
QHQ
I am gonna cry my head off when one of my pets goes
...but I hope I will see them again
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MzMaau Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
May she find endless catnip mice and ear scritches.
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celestialtiger180 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss... I hope she will be waiting for you as well in heaven. :'(
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Rusielewicz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

I have a cat just like her he's big (15 lbs.) and super fluffy  Ive had him since he was a kitten and I love him to bits

 

 

Im so sorry for your loss losing a pet is like losing a family member,scratch that you are losing a family member.

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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   General Artist
I am very sorryWaaaah!
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Mysterious-Secrets Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for you loss... I've lost a few pets in my life. When I was in second grade, my baby kitten ,Teddy who was 10 months old, was killed by coyotes. Its ok. -gives you a hug-
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Mysterious-Secrets Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May your beloved cat rest in peace.
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ThisGurl11 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
R.I.P. D:
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o0Leanna0o Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student General Artist
aw... i am so sorry for your loss D: this made me wanna cry.. :'( maye she rest in peace :heart:
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Aaiyna Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's been almost a year now since my cat, Ice, passed away. He was 13 and I got him on my 7th birthday. I watched his birth. He was my best friend for most of my life. Just wanted to say I think I know what your going through. It still hurts and I still miss him like crazy, but we'll see them again.

 

I hope things get easier for you.

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princessoficestorm Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss and i just have to say your cat looks like my girl cat named bucket
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss;m;
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EpicCatLover Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg... u made me cry. Mainly because I have a cat and share the same friendship you shared with your cat (yes I also share cereal with her, I share more with her than my sister) I have had her since I was little and she has been my best friend all the way but she has a crippled back since she fell down the steps, she is fat, and pretty old. I know her time is coming soon and I just want to be there for her when her time comes. 
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Littleelliott Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, *huggs* I'm so sorry for the loss of your "Old granny cat" but she's still going to be looking over you,
 whether you are christian or not (i'm not), she will go to heaven and she'll be waiting for you, right there, so you can pet her again <3

She's a very cute cat, I'm sure she'll be missing you too after she's gone, just as much as you miss her
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platonicCRUSH Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bawwwwww im so sorry ;n;
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Chai--Latte Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a cat (and pet in general), and more importantly your first, is always a horrible thing to go through as I know and still grieve over. But as you said, her passing opens a door to another world where she's happy and healthy forever. :hug: 

On another note, she is a very lovely kitty. I always had a soft spot for black cats since all my cats thus far have been coincidentally black. Love the top photo of her. :heart:
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Kiamere2401 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm so sorry. :'(
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so so sorry for your loss :tears: I almost lost my cat a few weeks ago, when I read your text it made me tear up... Your Ducky was beautiful, I bet she lived a really good life with you and your family. You two will meet again... RIP sweet Ducky!
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Catsofdeath Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'll see you again but not yet, not yet....(www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5YdWg…

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Cat-Patrisiya Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
:с ...
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WolfofEnder Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
May her soul rest in peace :iconpeacesignplz:
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Wariatka963 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I feel sorry that you have lost such a wonderful cat :( I understand how it is to lose an animal that was like a member of your family :(
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Imaus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for your loss, but I also understand how it was her time. I lost a cat similarly. Know that she is playing with her sisters and all now. She's safe.
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DragonflyWolf989 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
im so happy hearing you were with her when she passed to the other side,that she wasnt alone and feld save...i have had a lot of cats that i coulnd say goodbye to,they were killed by dogs even by my own dogs and i cant forgive them but im not that mad at them cus i know its their nature.At the moment i have 7 cats,2 dogs and 1 hamster of which i know im gonna lose one of my dogs cus shes going really bad(shes already 14 years) but its ok cus its part of life plus i know she had a good life...humans cry because they are mad,sad,confused or happy and when my dog dies i wont cry because im sad but because im happy,i will cry of happiness cus she had a wonderful life with us and will pass to a world with out worrys and pain
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FoxdevilswildUnic Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm so sorry for your loss :(

I'll go crying now ...
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Nakouwolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww... =( :huggle: :heart:
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MaxiMasMac Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
R.I.P ;n;
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MortalKitty Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
RIP Ducky :(
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MeggisWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rest in peace Ducky.
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SunabuKeiko Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. :sadnessplz:  Your cat was beautiful, and I believe she still is, in the memories. :heart:

We were unlucky to lose one of our cats for three years ago, when she was only 7. She was so important to me that I still sometimes mourn after her death, because it was so sudden. She was like another mother to me. She was my support when I had it rough because of school bullies. I also know that I will meet her when my time comes. I know that our other cats, that have died, are waiting for me too.

Try to carry on, NinjaKato :heart: Support the sadness
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Hoppefanart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
... :hug: ..

Peace, Ducky :c
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Feline-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw *hugs*
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MellowTheCat Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Ouh no :c ...
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akela34 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. My kitten is dead a month ago. She is only 5 months old, when dead. I'm so sad, but, she rest in peace in Kitten Heaven. And your too. My and your cat maybe friends :)
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BluePawProductions Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013   General Artist
I'm sorry to hear about your cat.  I know what that's like.  I've lost dogs and cats before.  Just know, that Ducky's in a better place now, somewhere she won't feel so old, stiff, and achy.  And trust me, you get better with time too.
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Pyrotemis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so, incredibly sorry for your loss. :( 

May she rest in peace in Kitteh Heaven. 
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KarmaDash Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She was born the same year as me *sniff* she's stunning. She will be happily watching over you from now on, instead of you watching her. :D :huggle:
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DuchessAmbrosia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rest in peace, Ducky. <3
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VoiceActingChibi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I've never had any of my pets live that long, so I don't know how it feels to have a pet in my life for so long. However, each loss I suffer is painful, regardless of how long they were in my life. I've lost quite a few cats to cars on my busy highway, so I can relate on a certain level to your pain. *hugs*
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Bloodnale Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the feeling :(

We had a reddish cat once, his name was Guus, & after having a few brain haemorrhages we knew he would left this world soon. He eventually became deaf and then he lost his smell. Eventually he became blind too... when we noticed he just walked around in circles one time, we knew his time had come & we had put him to eternal sleep. :(
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woospuss Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Im so sorry for your loss! at lease she had a long happy life :hug: 
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Luinsaro Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
So sorry about your furry friend...but she had a long life full of love!

Both of my cats are getting "up there", so I worry about them both, as they both have a few issues.  One of them is a tuxedo also, and it seems to be the norm that they are "easy keepers" -- she eats, a lot.  Lately they've both been slowing down too -- she's fifteen and he's fourteen, so it's to be expected.  But it's amazing how the little devils, the constant and perpetual toddlers in fur, work their way into your lives, and how much you know you will miss them once they are gone...
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kyubifan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;_;
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KuscoChan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for your loss and I understand you. Three weeks ago my cat dies after 17 years. <3

I hope you feel better soon, Ducky will always be in your heart and belongs to your family!
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KuscoChan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*died of course
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Vocol Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks a lot like my kitty... My kitty is 14 years old and relatively healthy though now she's got allergies on and off and she's on herbal meds when need be... I will be highly upset when she goes but it happens. May peace be with your lovely kitty. She will be missed but never forgotten.
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colour-droplet Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel the exact heart break you are going through :c

Recently (like literally 4 days ago) my cat Sparky had to be euthanized, he was a black tuxedo who lived to be fourteen. 
your "Ducky" looks almost identical to him.

Sparky's health started to decline rapidly, I knew his days were coming to an end.. but a small part of me wanted to believe he'd be okay. Some days he seemed normal, and others he seemed worse. I feel a bit of guilt for not giving affection him the night before the trip to the vets. His heart was surrounded by fluid which was emptying into his abdomen, he was suffering and I never knew it. 

I may not know you, but I am sorry for your loss as well. Ducky and sparky had lots of similarities (from what I've read in your description of her.)
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TheLadyYuki Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I have a "granny cat" too, though we haven't been together for nearly as long as you had Ducky. (My Kiki was already ten years old when I adopted her.)

I am so very sad for your loss, but since you loved her so dearly I'm sure you'll see her again. :hug:
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