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Life without Percy

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

My large cat, Charlie, is missing his recently deceased brother. Not in a howling, sort of way. Or even a prowling sort of way. He did not (as I'm told some cats do) spend days looking for Percy. In fact since they were always both very outdoors cats, they weren't often in the same place at the same time. That, and the fact that Charlie always found Percy irritating because he wanted to snuggle up.

Now, however, something in Charlie's cat brain is missing Percy. This is manifesting itself in clinginess and attention-seeking. It's my attention he wants of course. Where he used to say hello to Percy and they would mill around together and dash into the kitchen ahead of me to be fed, now Charlie's doing all this on his own and he clearly misses the interactions he used to have.

This of course makes it LOADS easier for me to get used to being without Percy. Not.

The icing on the cake is that when I got home yesterday, there was a message from the vet saying Percy's ashes were ready for me to collect.

I'm expecting rain this afternoon.
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NCSUE0514 5/12/2013 12:40PM

    We went through a similar situation about a year ago. I contacted a local vet & asked if they knew of someone trying to find a home for a suitable companion for our remaining cat, and thus we found Louie. Turns out the poor guy had been waiting for a home for several months, and had spent that time in a cage at the vets. He's turned out to be just exactly what Lucky (and my hubby & I) needed!!!

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/12/2013 12:15PM

    So sad...poor little boo boo kitties. My heart goes out to you! Lots of love & hugs for Charlie and you!

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NASFKAB 5/12/2013 12:10PM

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JOANNHUNT 5/12/2013 12:02PM

    HANG IN THERE. IT DOES GET BETTER. YOU MAY HAVE TO REPLACE PERCY WITH A KITTEN FOR CHARLIE. I KNOW THAT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO DO.

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LIFETIMER54 5/12/2013 11:38AM

  So so very sorry for your loss of Percy. Losing a loving pet is the same as losing a family member and sometimes worse. Sending you emoticon and my thoiughts are with you..... emoticon

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CICELY360 5/12/2013 11:16AM

  good blog

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GEORGE815 5/12/2013 11:00AM

    Sorry for your loss of Percy.

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NEPTUNE1939 5/12/2013 10:35AM

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LISA_FRAME 5/12/2013 10:12AM

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OFGREENGABLES 5/12/2013 9:58AM

    hugs to you CC.

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NEWMOM20121 5/12/2013 9:44AM

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SHOAPIE 5/12/2013 9:11AM

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GARDENCHRIS 5/12/2013 8:47AM

    emoticon my spark friend.... both of you will get through this. let Charlie give you the attention he needs and you will help each other.

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MOMMY445 5/12/2013 8:31AM

    so sad for you and charlie. sending lots of hugs your way!

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DJSHIP46 5/12/2013 8:29AM

    So sorry for your loss and the grief you and Charlie are working through. Hope the sun shines brightly on you again soon... emoticon

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SHERYLP461 5/12/2013 8:29AM

    I am so sorry for your & charlie's loss

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IDICEM 5/12/2013 8:20AM

  Grief is a slow process. You and Charlie will make it through together. So sorry Percy is gone. emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/12/2013 8:15AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

My darling "Mr. Wilkes" will be dead two years May 24th and we still miss him everyday. He made us laugh so much. emoticon

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GREENVALLEYS 5/12/2013 8:03AM

    So sorry.

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BESSHAILE 5/12/2013 7:36AM

    I am so sorry you and Charlie lost Percy.

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TRYINGHARD54 5/12/2013 7:27AM

    awwwwwwwwww, hugsssssssssssss

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CHERYLHURT 5/12/2013 7:21AM

  So sorry... emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 5/12/2013 7:00AM

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MONGO2TEN 5/12/2013 5:26AM

    I'm so sorry. It's been a year since we lost our cat, Ed. I miss him still. Our shih tzu, Morgan had a hard time for awhile. Like Charlie, she became more clingy to us.

~Nancy

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MICKEYH 5/12/2013 12:10AM

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GOANNA2 5/12/2013 12:06AM

    You and Charlie will get through this together.
Glad you will be getting Percy's ashes. emoticon

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1SALMON1 5/12/2013 12:00AM

    They remain a reality in our lives - but by their absence now, rather than by their presence. Percy, you are missed...

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KELLIEBEAN 5/11/2013 11:23PM

    I'm so sorry you are going through this painful time.

Big hugs for both you and Charlie! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 5/11/2013 10:15PM

    Juneau still misses Bug and it has been over 4 years...Cilantro doesn't seem to care.

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EABL81 5/11/2013 10:04PM

    You and Charlie will help each other through this hard time. Hugs to you both.

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MARYJEANSL 5/11/2013 9:52PM

  I'm so very sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. I hope it does get easier, for you and for Charlie.

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CATLADY52 5/11/2013 9:45PM

    You'll both feel a little better after a while. I think in about two or three eons. Well maybe Charlie will. emoticon

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DANAPRIME 5/11/2013 9:09PM

    Charlie is also reacting to your upset. He is trying to comfort you. Maybe you can comfort each other. Take of yourself and Charlie! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 5/11/2013 7:51PM

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MARILYNROBERT 5/11/2013 7:40PM

    Oh, I'm sorry you lost Percy. Give Charlie a hug for me and here's a hug for you emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 5/11/2013 7:38PM

    losing a pet is often like losing a part of your family. Both you and Charlie must miss him as you grieve in your separate ways. emoticon emoticon

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CINDHOLM 5/11/2013 5:41PM

    emoticon so sorry for you loss emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/11/2013 5:40PM

    Oh crud, this is so hard for you.

If it helps at all, I understand. Many of us here do.

Hugs to Charlie and to you.
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IAMTOLOSE 5/11/2013 5:27PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a pet. Hugs.

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PJBONARRIGO 5/11/2013 5:09PM

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NILLAPEPSI 5/11/2013 4:53PM

    Awww. emoticon So emoticon about Percy. Maybe it's time to get Charlie a buddy?

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KARENLEIGH32 5/11/2013 3:39PM

    They say that time heals loss, I guess it does but you will never stop missing Percy. Hugs to you and Charlie-Cat!

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KIPPER15 5/11/2013 3:34PM

    emoticon to you and Charlie. The sun will come out soon, and you will know that somewhere Percy is basking in it. emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 5/11/2013 3:15PM

    While Charlie misses Percy, he also is very aware of how sad you are. Cuddle with him and talk to him - he'll understand, and it will help both of you.
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SNOWYOGA 5/11/2013 2:42PM

    I'm really sorry I had that with my old lady cat and the boy one, and he always picked on her, but when she passed, he took it hard! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 5/11/2013 2:32PM

    I don't think you ever get over losing someone special. You turn and you're sure you saw him. You wake, thinking his meow woke you. You walk in the door waiting for that familiar routine. Those familiar patterns will change, but you won't forget, you just move forward.
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/11/2013 2:31PM

    I feel so sorry for you and Charlie too. Cats, even more than people, are creatures of routine and they don't like the routine to change. How you must miss Percy! And even if Charlie and Percy did not seem like particularly intimate brothers, they certainly kept track of each other. I often think that my cats say "J'ai connu mon frere depuis longtemps" (I have no idea who gave them the French lessons).

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MRS.DOYLE 5/11/2013 2:23PM

    My 2 cats were not best friends, so the remaining cat doesn't miss the other one. But that to me is sad. I would have preferred them to have got on better in life. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

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ANYVAR54 5/11/2013 2:05PM

    So sorry for the Loss of Percy for you. I am sure that you are missing him as much as his brother is. May you find comfort in the added attention that Charlie wants to give to you.
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