We had to let Lily go today. She was 16, with a serious heart murmur, has had chronic kidney disease for a few years, and most recently, the vet thought she probably had some kind of cancer. We brought her in to the vet a few weeks ago, and after blood work, that was the vet’s best guess. And because she was 16 and paper thin, and not in great health, we decided not to put her through tests and ultra-sounds, etc., Knowing exactly what kind of cancer she might have had wouldn’t have changed anything we were doing to care for her, and why put her through all of that for no good reason.

I wasn’t expecting her to go downhill as quickly as she did, but she stopped eating a few days ago, and hasn’t left her bed for a couple days. Fluids and Mirataz (appetite stimulant) did absolutely nothing to encourage her to eat, so it was time. I wasn’t going to let her slowly starve to death.

I don’t have a lot of pictures of Lily, and you haven’t seen a lot of stories about her here over the years. She was the last of the Three Grays, siblings we adopted 16 years ago, Thomas and Stripe having preceded her in death.

Lily hated the camera, and she hated the limelight, so to speak. She was happy to be in the background, and stayed in the upstairs cat room a good part of her life, especially after Thomas died. She was fine with the other cats, unlike some of my cranky kitty souls, but she also didn’t go out of her way to interact with them. She was contented to be in her heated cat bed in the winter, and in the cat tree at other times of the year. She ate her breakfast and dinner in the upstairs cat room as well, in part to prevent Minh and others from poaching her food.

I haven’t used the upstairs restroom in probably a decade without Lily joining me there. It didn’t matter what time of day or night I used the restroom; Lily was present 99.99% of the time.

She came downstairs occasionally to sit on a lap while Marley or I watched television, but it was rare. She was basically the cat version of a hermit, seemingly content to be contemplating the world upstairs from one cat bed or another.

I have no idea what she thought about all that time, but she always seemed content with some pets and a little Cat Dancer play. And all her beds – I think there are at least 8 in there, and she used most of them, as well as the cat tree. A connoisseur of cat beds of all various types – covered and not, heated, etc.

One of our other cats, Minh, sometimes hung out upstairs in the cat room with Lily. The other two rarely ventured there. It will be interesting to see what happens now with that space a territory perhaps to be claimed by a different feline. We shall see.

Rest in peace, sweet Lily. Your quiet and gentle presence will be missed.

17 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Lily

  1. So sorry and sad about your loss………Lily was a girl who was “happy unto herself” I guess. Many are like that….just happy to be in a safe place and left to her own choices and devices. Bless her heart and yours for having the strength to let her go when she needed to leave.

    Hugs, Pam

  2. Sorry for the loss of sweet Lily…she has been reunited with the other Grays and is well and strong again. And will still be keeping watch over you.

  3. The hardest part of pet ownership is saying goodbye. 😦 I’m sorry for your loss– I hope Lily rests in peace, pain-free at last.

  4. They leave a hole in your heart, but I don’t think we would have it any other way. She was lucky to have landed with you and Marley and the rest of the Farrington crew.

  5. So sorry to read this hard and painful news about Lily. She was a very beautiful cat. She will be missed but she will be forever in your heart.

  6. I am so sorry it is never easy to lose a beloved pet, they are family but it sounds like it was time and you did the best you could for her.

  7. So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful green eyed fur-baby. RIP Lily…no doubt Sam welcomed you at the Bridge, but never fear, he was a total gentlemen around kitties and will no doubt escorted you to your new favorite quiet spot. 💔

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