Kitty Couch FINISHED! (A happy and sad post.)

Our kitty, Little One, enjoying her new couch

I am so proud to report I finally finished this LONG, overdue WIP! Yay! I believe I mentioned in my last post I had started it in 2020. I had become so discouraged with the problems I was experiencing in following the pattern, I had given up. (See my last post for more information.) I’m so glad I drudged through and completed it, especially when I see how happy she is.

Our furry companions give so much to us and really are family members. They deserve to be treated well.

I am more aware than ever of the emotional ties we have to our four-legged friends since sadly, our other kitty, Pumpkin, passed on the 20th of May.

Pumpkin with my Granny Stripe Throw

She had been a part of our family for 15 years and as you can imagine, we loved her very much. But, unfortunately, she was diagnosed last summer with thyroid and kidney problems. We pursued all the dietary and prescription resources suggested but there is no cure for kidney disease. Eventually, she became too weak to continue on and wasn’t eating.

Crocheting the Claigan Cowl by Claudia Dingle @sunbirdcrochet. Pumpkin on her last day

Towards the end, she mostly stayed on my lap and it was very rough seeing her so depleted and frail. I am very thankful to have a hobbie like crochet. It soothed my frazzled nerves and breaking heart. I could focus on just the next stitch and the next stitch….

But eventually it became obvious she was suffering. I contacted a mobile veterinarian and Pumpkin was able to pass in my lap at home. My children, who had grown up with her, were there. We buried her in a beautiful little spot, under a small tree in our yard. I plan to get a little cat statue to place over her grave. (My son’s very good idea!)

I still experience some amount of sadness every day, but mostly I can think about her now and not bawl my eyes out. Time does eventually take the deep sting away.

If you are experiencing pet bereavment, the following website is wonderful: The Pet Loss Support Page. It answers questions about grief, when is the right time to euthanize, and other subjects related to pet loss. Well, I think that is all for now as writing all this is making me a bit sad and tired.

If you would like to share craft projects you have made for your furry friend, I would love to see them. Or if you have stories of your own, please feel free to share those too!